Change You Can Believe In

It was a blissfully technology free weekend.

I worked around the compound, fixed a few things, tended the garden and yard, and played with my kids – a lot.

I also spent some time with my neighbors discussing the gathering storm. We have lived in our idyllic, surburban nightmare for 11 long years now and our relationships with most of the immediate neighbors are really quite good. Most are reliable people who will lend a hand or resource when you need it – you know, they act like neighbors.

Even though with tax credits and stupid low interest rates changing the demographic of our CW2 Cube Space, the circle has remained tight and like minded.

We discussed long term plans, the eventual additional 20% value drop in property, and what we think we might need to do to weather and storm. Security strategies got laid on the table, as well as, food storage, canning, wildlife management, and various other issues that will need to be addressed in the longterm.

We are not planning for the end of the world, merely a shift in how society will be managed and dealt with as a whole. These conversations are crucial going forward. Are you having them?

 

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Rehersal for the Big Die Off – Take Two

Echoes of last summer here in Atlanta.

This impacts your plans and the CW2 battlespace to a great degree.

Health officials said they processed 4,000 to 5,000 applicants on Thursday morning, adding that as many as 15,000 could ask to be put on a list with only 3,800 vouchers available over the next few years.

Welcome to the future.

Demand vs. Supply

See this article from Zerohedge.

The macro statement of the entire article here – it drives the point home:

Yet the take home message is clear: resource shortages are coming back with a vengeanceas physical limits on growth once again appear.

This statement is intriguing:

So, while up until now less than one billion people have accounted for three-quarters of global consumption, over the course of the next two decades, the new Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Latin American and African middle classes will bring an additional two billion consumers with similar needs and aspirations as today’s North American, European and Japanese consumers.

I would question the validity of the rise of the emerging economies. China is clearly a bubble waiting to burst in just about every conceivable aspect. Similar states are now showing signs of economic weakness. I still subscribe to the 4GW and Global Guerrillas mindset more than any other. That is not to say that there is no weight to the quote above – I believe it is valid in part. I do not trust the human nature angle to this part. Historically governments, culture, and people from these parts of the world have not subscribed to the rapid growth, western based economic model. It simply has not been embraced. That is not to say that change of this magnitude cannot occur – only that given the historical track record it is not likely to move in that direction.

Where does that lead the western world, specifically America?

Our population is not growing and the aging gimme class will continue to demand the perks they sold out the later generations for. See this Zerohedge bit for a good laugh.

Keep in mind these generational pressures. How do they impact your preps and plans? How does this impact the CW2 Cube? How do you consolidate resources, contacts, and relationships withing your community and larger “tribe” to prosper during the transition?

Inputs/Outputs

I’m late to the party of this one, the post being a few weeks old.

John Robb is smart guy. Check this out. My commentary follows:

My day job consists of being part of the leadership team of a medium sized business. I learned long ago that the industry that the business operate in means very little and that you have to think of the business as an entity that has certain needs and performs certain ways when you manipulate variables. Those B-School exercises that everyone eventually tires of, pulling levers and such for results, are essentially what running a business is. There are of course soft, relational aspects of it, but the care and feeding + exercise regimen affect how it performs more than anything else.

Where I currently spend the majority of my day is a business with certain challenges that reflect the title of this post and reference heavily what Robb says in his post.

In short, due to several reasons, we have issues with what is coming in is less than what is going out. There are of course ways to alleviate this with credit and various other vehicles at the disposal of said business, but in the end, it’s the efficiency that gets you. That equation, like many other universal constants, must balance.

The economy is exactly the same. Credit vehicles are OK when used properly despite what Dave says. But, also to Dave’s credit, they are hardly, if ever, used properly.

We as a nation and as a larger, global community are is a precarious position. Seemingly on the precipice of destruction, always wondering what next black swan will come to push us over the edge.

The shift from what you know today and experience as your reality is about to occur. To survive and prosper, you need to learn how to adapt to that change and profit.

In the meantime…

Got preps?

A Written Record

I keep these written journals in Moleskine notebooks. I have for over a decade now. They mostly contain daily news and events. Some thoughts, but mostly it’s a written account of the happenings of the day with some news headlines thrown in.

The common theme in these is the macro-level, decades long decline of our way of life here in the Once Great Republic. Beginning in about 1989, these pages chronicle my life and the headlines that drove it publicly.

Fun stuff to go back look at – talk about an evolution of thought and philosophy -but also the lack of change in the way one man looks at life and his fellow humans. One tends to be born a certain way, but I digress…

Answer this question: Are you more free today than you were in 1989?

I would venture to guess that 99% of everyone who answers that question would say NO.

So, what are we doing about it? Some things for sure, Appleseed comes immediately to mind, but for the most part, we as Americans have faded into the background noise of Snookie (i syslt had to look this one up), Lady Gaga, Idol, & Dancing with the Stars.

Why?

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” – Wendell Phillips

We got fat and happy and have taken the easy way out. None of this should come as a surprise. If you are reading this, you likely agree with these statements.

The key theme references my last post on 3/24.

America has almost completed the transition from hard to soft. What happens when this is complete and all the sheepdogs have decided to piss on the fire and call it a night? You tell me. I’m interested in the discussion.

Pub vs. Priv

I have worked in the private sector for all of my life with the exception of a three month period where I spent time in a college bookstore. I mention that not to speak about the perils of government based employment, but only to be completely honest and open about myself and where I have been.

 

I have very close family members who are government employees, and many others who, at one time or another, or for their entire careers, work for a contractor that profits from the state.
Here in lies the problem:
The state should never be used as a profit center.

That is a simple statement that has far reaching implications. As a society we should seek to demonize and at the very least scrutinize those who would view the state as a way to make a living regardless of that profession. The state is a service and should be treated as such – long term pensions with return rates 80% higher than the private sector are simply delusional forms of extortion by your friends, family, and neighbors.
The recent protests in Wisconsin are a perfect example of this:
Dear parasite, when did it become your right to receive generous returns at the detriment of your friends and neighbors? Why should you become another class of “something other than citizen” on the backs of your fellow man?

Readers, the problem with our Once Great Republic is not with Washington D.C. and various other capitals across this nation. It is with your friends, neighbors, and in many cases family that have become entitled parasites who seek to profit (for decades to come) on your tax dollars while you watch the price of food increase almost 40% year over year.