PENNY WISE, POUND FOOLISH
Okay, as usual I have something to say unrelated to today’s article. Not only must I say it, if I don’t there is a very good chance that my head will explode. Do you really want that on your conscience? I watched one of the few remaining TV shows worthy of my time last night, NCIS ( remember, I’m writing ahead several days ). And I can’t believe the crap they pulled. I mean, I enjoy perhaps at most a half dozen TV shows anymore to the point I miss them if they are reruns or pre-empted by “How I Was A Survivor On American Idol Where I Met A Bachelor”. I’m not asking for the world to expect those shows to live up to my expectations. But no, the syphilitic asshats at CBS decide that they are going to ruin NCIS. Was it getting too expensive, actually having to share a bit of the profits with the creators and actors? Are you looking for an excuse to cancel it as the ratings go down? Gibbs lets the guilty gal go and lets another guy take the blame for a murder. Oh, he deserves it since he is a drug dealer! Excuse the holy living MoFo’en crap out of me! The only show that lent an air of innocence to federal law enforcement officers ( true, unrealistic, but a refreshing fantasy ) has now joined the ranks of all the other LEO shows that glorify screwing over people and the Constitution because “they deserved it”. The guy is bad, so it is okay to plant evidence or lie on the stand against him. I know this is par for the course, what pisses me off is that Hollywood loves to be front in line in the propaganda war brainwashing us into thinking it is okay. And this is by the same guy that brought us Magnum P.I., the greatest love story ever between blood lusting viewers and the 1911A1. My friggin blood is boiling, let me tell you.
On yet another unrelated item but at least somewhat closer to survival related ( by a stretch, granted ), the mathematical proof of yet another corporation holding us down and violating us with no lubrication. Sure, you don’t have to buy from them, but “buyer beware” shouldn’t be the motto of business. AmeriGas, those monkey molesting whores who offer you the convenience of pre-filled propane canisters, really screwed me over worse than I realized. Prior to moving to the Compound I had four propane tanks. Two came with the trailer, seven gallon jobs, and I bought two five gallon units on sale for $15 each years back. So of course when I wanted to stock up on some more I had quite the sticker shock in store for me when they were at best $35 each. It was the cheapest to just buy an AmeriGas tank already filled at China-Mart. Then, because I didn’t know who was actually open on the weekend to refill ( the town rolls up the sidewalks at 5, other than the casinos ), I just kept going back and exchanging tanks. I knew I was paying a bit more, I just had no idea it was more than 50% more. I never ran the tanks out, not wanting to freeze number 4 if she ran out of propane while I was at work ( with AmeriGas I would flip the tanks back and forth to use up the last of it ). But now that I don’t have to worry about that I just keep running the heater until the gas runs out. I kept careful tract of propane use and with the AmeriGas tank I never got more than 82 hours out of my Mr. Buddy heater ( mid 70’s was the norm ) set on low. That was 26 cents an hour. Now I’m getting more than a hundred, and with refilling it rather than exchanging it, my cost is 15 cents an hour. I haven’t used AmeriGas in awhile, just the first few months, but I still don’t like getting screwed. Rot in Hell, you scum sucking jagoff’s.
Certain Yuppie Survival Guru’s tell you not to bother with pennies, that it isn’t worth your time since they are only worth one and a half times face value. In that aspect, you wouldn’t get very far buying too many extra MRE’s. However, if you save the copper pennies because they are a precious metal, and if you keep history in mind, it is worth straining your eyes to pick out all the pre-82 coins. I say, better to put the kids to work, or deny the wife your favors if she doesn’t go through the coin jar, but even if you have to do it it is far better to occupy yourself that way when the commercials come on. There is going to be a lot of copper metal coming in as uninsulated buildings are torn down and gutted for their components. But a penny is already stamped into a coin and will be the preferred trading unit for small purchases. Right now, two or three cents ain’t spit. But in a post collapse economy the penny will buy a heck of a lot more than it does today. Let’s look to 1853 in Texas and 1861 in Wisconsin. This was pre-oil, pre-Greenback, and even if Industrialism was racing ahead you were still predominately agriculture based. I think it realistically reflects an economy with sound money and with no carbon fuel goosing. Or close enough. By the way, the site I found with these prices also listed a link to a book reprint for the traveling settlers.
Pork was 11c a pound. Bacon 12. Fresh beef was a nickel a pound. Flour four and a quarter. Coffee 12c a pound. Rice was 8. Wheat 63 c a hundred pounds. Rye 40, Oats 16. Corn a quarter a hundred pounds. Eggs, 16c a dozen. Butter 16c a pound. Potatoes 18c a bushel. Lard was 12c a pound. Obviously, a penny bought a lot back then. Or, I should say, a coin with X amount of copper. Obviously, in a peaceful economy. We might get there in your lifetime. And if we do, just a few handfuls of pennies will buy many weeks of food. Instead of 1/5 of an MRE today. I think with no more oil and all the easy ore already mined, they might even be worth more tomorrow than they were a hundred and fifty years ago. Hoard pennies, they WILL be worth the trouble.
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