Friday, February 14, 2014

enough already

ENOUGH ALREADY

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When is it enough already? When can you stop shopping like a neurotic suburban shoe collecting Yuppie Princess? There are of course several answers because I can never just give you a straight forward response. To do so would allow you weasel room to evade my wisdom, it would make for severally short articles ( I’m paid the same rate as my predecessor pulp hacks of about a penny a word ) and it would be wrong half the time. If you are a Ninja Warrior toting an AR to the collapse of western civilization, six months of freeze dried foods might suffice ( in your world view ). If you think that Fracking Oil is our salvation, that it is the equivalent of the English going from oil back to diminishing forests for wood ( it’s renewable! It will last forever! ), and that therefore the American Empire will be the first empire in the entire history of mankind to last until the sun goes supernova and so OBVIOUSLY you only need a months supply of regular canned goods to last you until the hurricane winds dissipate and the FEMA trucks roll in MRE’s and cases of bottled water, then I can’t convince you otherwise. But if you are, hopefully by this time, convinced that the odds are good that we will indeedily-doodily see a massive die-off in our lifetime ( except for Vlad, cause he is pretty old by now- you lucky bastard ) than you simply can’t ever stop stockpiling. Ever. It will never be enough.

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What good is five years worth of wheat, when weather disruptions ( who cares if it is man-made or not. The weather is NOT the norm of the 20th century which was overall mild and manageable and was part of the reason the Green Revolution worked so wonderfully ) and overworked soil collaborate with starving millions? Like all previous empires, a few stragglers after the die-off CAN survive on the denuded soil in the ruins. The trick is to be alive once everything settles down. Then, you still need stockpiles to get you through whatever other disruptions occur. Just keep stocking wheat. In the five gallon poly buckets, it will last many generations to come, if you never use it all. It isn’t a waste of treasure, just a waste of fiat paper currency. Now, ammunition is NOT like wheat. You can’t grow more ( blank powder flintlocks are fine, unless you are the only ones with them and your opponents have modern ammo ) so you can obviously never have enough because once they are gone they ain’t NEVER coming back ( all the surface high concentration ores are gone. The 19th century coal powered Industrial Revolution can’t be duplicated ). So, because this is your one and only chance to stockpile the last of the Oil Age affordable resources, you can’t stop stockpiling no matter how outrageous the numbers seem ( prioritizing what gets stocked in the little remaining time is another matter for another day ).

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12 comments:

  1. Methinks that some of that wheat is starting to ferment.

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    1. Ardmore you are an old P.O.S.

      I'll bet Jim wont post this comment.

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  2. So then, what is the point? Why survive just to see death come from an unforeseen angle? Why not choose the way death grips you now? I.e Shouldn't we (Those that see no good coming from the future) all just kill ourselves?

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  3. I look forward to the prioritizing article.
    I agree that fiat curency should be minimized by spending it on the things you cant (or cant effectively) make yourself from local materials and may need to survive during and after the crash(es)
    BUT i have learned that buying things in the wrong order (wheat before buckets, etc.) or the wrong amounts (too much or too little at once) ends up being a waste...
    a balaced and growing stockpile is difficult to achieve.
    And then there is the need for intermittent savings of the fiat currency- sudden emergency expenses, shelter building materials, great deals on the widows tossing out a deceased survivalists stockpile at a garage sale, etc.
    -grey

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    1. Thanks for reminding me-I forgot already about the prioritizing article idea.

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  4. Sad it be ...I totally agree.
    Ya only need enuff ta last the rest of your life.....

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  5. Stockpile, schmockpile.

    "THEY" are just gonna take it from you (probably over your dead body) anyway.

    ::having said that - I still continue to stockpile::

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    1. You sleep better at night NOW, so better quality of life NOW. Even if you don't survive, you've improved things.

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  6. Well, that gamble I did paided off. I'm the knucklehead that sold a bunch of ammo last year. I bought a couple of acres of PRIME high desert land and a few buckets of wheat with the money. Finally replaced the sold ammo with a nicer round at only .20ish more per round.

    (JEEZ! 22LR is crazy!! .20-.35 a round!!!)

    (Jim, you can stop reading now. This is 556 stuff, over your head! :p)

    Stuff I sold was all hardball/FMJ stuff. Half was green tip which has a bad reputation. I finally replaced the stuff sold with Federal Fusions which is used for hunting deer. OMGosh! Lil ol 556 taking a deer down...

    Got the best bullet info from the AR-15 page. (Jim, you should check out the wound profile of the 303. Nasty)
    http://www.ar15.com/ammo/project/Self_Defense_Ammo_FAQ/index.htm

    It's hard to keep building cash for the move/settling in and not spending it on stuff like ammo, food.

    Amazon nicks you for sales tax in NV? Also I like Bush beans. Gotta drag a few cans west unless it's sold there.

    Gil

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    1. Pretty sure Bush beans are here. I believe the Amazon state tax is new this year. Hard to tell, I usually always buy used.

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