Wednesday, January 29, 2014

empire part 2

EMPIRES PART 2

Since so much, almost all really, of our history as a species is random ass guesswork, I’d like to advance my own pet theory and call it fact just like everyone else does. Man has always been combative and most pivotal events can be attributed to this. I’d like to take a new look at the start of the Agricultural Age. You can put forth hundreds of guesses as to the cause and no can say it’s wrong. They can argue as to the probabilities of any said theory being correct, but really nobody knows with any certainty. My favorite to date has been climate change- probably caused by Al Gores ancestors riding around in the equivalent of SUV’s such as elephant pulled chariots warning the people to stop burning so much wood for cooking- upsetting the vegetation that fed the giant herds. Since man had populated up to the limits of his food source-mastodon burgers- the shrinking herds shrunk his food supply.

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Now I’m beginning to wonder how probable that is. Was it perhaps something else altogether? Perhaps some smart military theorist figured out that agriculture bestowed a strategic value. Rather than taking up so much time culling the weak unable to hunt, worrying about limiting population to the carrying capacity of the land, why not just put the weaker, non-warriors, to working the farm and encourage breeding- a favorite government dictate to be sure since nobody likes infanticide if its their own kid and everybody loves practicing making the little crap blowing machines? Best of all, you can quickly kick the ass of all those hunter gatherers and turn that fertile grassland into cropland. The hunters who turned to herding domesticated animals could produce from otherwise un-farmable land and provide meat and fiber. As an agricultural lord you certainly had far less quality of people or food, but since quantity has a quality all its own this was a desirable trade-off.

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Even if this theory is total balderdash- and I’m not claiming it to be infallible- it really doesn’t matter since once we began the Agricultural Revolution there was no going back to hunting and gathering except in areas so remote and inhospitable ( usually defined by rainfall and fertile soil ) that it was a marginal activity and had zero impact globally ( except as pulp fiction fodder which helped the publishing industry and that probably barely registered in GDP figures ). The absolutely only way to return to our ancestral activity of procuring food would be for an asteroid to hit and wipe out 99.9% of humanity. And even then, it wouldn’t last very long since farming conveys an obvious military advantage. Once the Genie is out of the bottle you can’t stuff his unwilling ass back in.

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8 comments:

  1. Jim:

    All empires come to an end.
    Yours is most likely to end soon, as soon as your minions find out that you have the potential to earn $ 156,134 usd. monthly and the value of your blog is close to $ 5, 620, 818.88 usd.
    Even if these figures are incorrect and you make just 10% of the monthly amount, that alone tears down the B.S. about biking to your work site in freezing weather.

    This are not my figures, I figure you're worth much more but that is uneducated guess. Why do I think this? Well. You always post other peoples mistakes. So you must be a brilliant man. You said so in the headline of your post. (end of the world, off grid, politics, economics and other delights of profound wisdom). WOW.. You know a lot and a person with all that wisdom is pretty obvious that he must make plenty of money. just like has been noted and posted on the blog where they describe your income. Lets say it is not 10% and only is 1%. That alone makes you a very well to do person.

    If you have the guts to ask where this info comes from I will provide the site that is publishing it. But you have to post it.

    Lets play chicken.


    Keep up the B.S.



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    1. I disagree with your figures. The penny portion should be 86, not 88. That said, I am so friggin brilliant I understand how stupid it is to think earning money is a good return on my time. If I was doing this for gold coins, perhaps. But not for butt wipe dollars.

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  2. Twas definitely agriculture that started the worlds fighting and eventual downfall to come.
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    . yep! the tomato on the ground!:-)

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    1. Sargon 1 never knew what a tomato was. Didn't stop him from sitting on a throne of Sumerian skulls though.

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  3. You might do it for gold coins and not ustp but would you do it for swiss francs? Lol

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    1. NEIN! The Swiss have prostituted themselves to the current economic system and are going down with it to a certain degree. No longer a sound currency, just as crappy as the rest.

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  4. I watched a show on history of beer ..... urns where beer fermentation took place have been discovered to pre-date bread baking by 2,000 years or more ...The thought is that fermentation was accidentally discovered after gathering the right grains, accidentally leaving it out in the open where it got left in the rain and was discovered a week later with a delightfully intoxicating beverage created. And is thought that this accident is actually the reason that hunter-gatherers stopped wandering and started to focus on cultivating particular grains.

    Mmmm ..... beer.

    C in KS

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    1. As funny as that is- selling our souls for a buzz- it actually sounds rather feasable. Thanks, I'd never heard that one before.

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