Wednesday, February 5, 2014

where the hell is the meltdown?

WHERE THE HELL IS THE MELTDOWN?

That was kind of a weird weekend. All Saturday we were running around in the overcast cold wind getting last minute prepped ( moving expensive stacks of books out of the reach of the one year old for instance ) for the outlaws. Sunday was nice and sunny but I spent most of the day helping them get situated rather than reading and soaking up the sun. And yesterday was take the wife to the doctors, do the monthly shopping and go get the first half of the outlaws food storage which I bucketed in between snow storms. It seemed more like a half day off than a three day weekend. So, I’m a little disorientated getting back to work and getting back to writing. Let’s talk about the financial meltdown that we all know is going to get here, but none of us knows the timing of. My main point I want to make is that fiction has ruined us for a financial meltdown and we most likely are looked at the prospects through an incorrect lens.

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Our AR toting hero, after serving in our imperial forces and being turned into a Super Ninja Warrior, is going along minding his own business and suddenly its Y2K all over again, or The Dirty Untrustworthy Sneaky Communists nuking us. Us! Can you believe it? After all the villages we bombed to make the world safe for democracy and still some other cultures look at us with less than awe and subjugation! The nerve of some people. Everything is suddenly over and done, well done thank you, and the hero quickly takes charge and digs defense works and goes on raids to untouched food stores and a barter network springs up and all is happy ever after in a land called Hollow Lee where rainbows glitter, all girls have unicorns for pets and the 223 ammo never runs out. In reality, an economic meltdown is damn quick, quick enough to bring famine upon the land because of the shutdown in trade, but never ever ever, NEVER, quick enough to leave you alone. An economic collapse is just slow enough to take all your wealth while at the same time holding you hostage to the old economic order. In other words, you can’t protect yourself from the effects of the collapse because your old masters are still holding on to the monopoly of violence. The old crippled system still has enough life left to hold you down for the rape, then it will expire after you are helpless.

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If you have assets in any kind of insurance-life, auto, retirement- you are going to lose it. It used to make sense to be insured. But now that every financial institution in the western world has proven itself bankrupt and corrupt, you should only hold mandatory insurance. And then look at it as a tax. Because it will never pay out. The economic collapse has already been with us for years. We are just not used to the institutionalized, government approved skimming of all our assets. The final, over the waterfall collapse will take us all by surprise. But you’ve had plenty of warning. Act like it will happen tomorrow.

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9 comments:

  1. I'm gonna say something even weirder than usual - lets go! I'm tired of this fake "Economic Recovery" . Crap costs more and comes in smaller packages( this is a paraphrase of another Woody Allen quote, he was fun in the 60's).
    While I'm not looking forward to eating Spam and pinto beans or shooting my neighbors (with the exception of one ;) I still think this "suck the money out of the populace" crap is is just a bandage on a arterial wound ... still bleeding.

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    1. You see the hemoragging. Good. No wool over your eyes.

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  2. Lord Bison of the Great Basin and King of Coiffure;

    I truly feel empathy for you and your dear spouse, for the time of tribulation of your patience is at hand. Lord knows that if there was all of a sudden three small children and two non-productive adults at my doorstep, I'd loose my flipping skull. Again as I've mentioned either the children or the non-productive adults, not both simultaneously, that's just too damned much for even the greatest of us, namely you the Lord of the Great Basin. May the winds of fortune, blow these people to Salt Lake City, so as to give you and your spouse a needed break.
    Keep, keeping it real James!

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    1. Naaa. Its no big deal. We have or own structures and can ignore each other at will. Plus, mom gets to see her daughter as she wishes, and the grandkids. Of course, when things go wrong with her and kid/grandkids, I have to hear about it. But its that or some other form of drama, so its all the same and all good.

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  3. insurance claims are only honored as long as long as the insurance co is in buisness (and not bought out). And most of the time the moneys paid out are in depreciated dollars woth less than what you paid in.
    Thus the best insurance is in what you can provide for yourself.
    IE- Build relations
    A relation with the healthcare workers beyond that of patient.
    A relation with the mechanics and body shop workers beyond that of customer.
    Etc.
    And build your own skills - IE: to improve treat and mainatin your own health, to fix your own transport.
    And design your life to be easily maintained in all circumstances- if you were parapalegic tommorow could you cook, clean, and feed yourself with your current home setup? Eventually we will all get old if not ill/disabled and will need to be able to take care of ourselves as much as possible to survive.

    -Grey

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    1. I forgot about the depreciated dollars. Good point.

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  4. Damn, Bison, that's good stuff, especially the part about the Super Ninja Warrior and his .223.

    '06 shooter, deer and such. Got in the habit using good stuff back during Korea and the real winter weather, colder than hell, -50, that sort of cold. M1 Garand, keep the bolt free of ice-up. Same goes for your '03 and 03-A3. Nice thing about the 03-A3 is the bolt is easily stripped.
    Stack those commie bastards like cord wood.
    Semper Fi

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  5. I do, every day of my life...

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