I want to take this opportunity, before I forget again, to thank Sam for the pictures he sent me. Sam bought my rural paradise junk land some time ago, in Arkansas. I gave him a heck of a deal, as there were no jobs to be had there and thus it was highly unlikely I would ever see it. And since Arkansas has some weird laws governing squatting and absentee owners ( you lose if they squat for X number of time- or so the rumor went ) I decided it was better to take a slight loss on it than see some redneck crack smoking banjo playing ( Deliverance (Deluxe Edition) ) asshat take it over. Well, of course the reason I asked for the pictures was to further torture myself with its sale, and as predicted the land looked beautiful. On other pictures, I’ve updated my “Bison Compound Pictures” page at my web site ( http://www.bisonpress.com/ ). The first three pictures were from about a year and a half back and the last five or six from last weekend. You may now marvel at my good fortune to be living in such squalor ( Splendour and Squalor: The Decline and Fall of Three Aristocratic Dynasties ).
Some time back, talking about the Gulf Of Mexico oil spill, I mentioned that if the government did something stupid with the laws the oil companies would pull up stakes. Such as if they faced too much litigation costs if each effected state sued them. I don’t know the details on the motivation, but one deep water driller just announced they were pulling a good number of their rigs and sending them overseas. Fact one, a good percentage of our domestic production is in the Gulf. Fact two, deep water drilling ( Deepwater Petroleum Exploration & Production: A Nontechnical Guide ) is all that is left as far as growth ( or, more likely the case, not facing as much of a decline ). Fact three, the rest of the world’s oil production is nationalized. This means that outside of Iraq, oil can be used in the future as a weapon against us. That won’t happen now, but it could as our house of cards takes a beating of some sort ( hit them when they are down ). Oil companies ARE our domestic production, which is the only production we can count on strategically long term. To scare away the private companies is suicide ( don’t give me the crap about obscene company profits- the government makes more off each gallon of fuel ). I don’t know if other companies will follow suite, but I would be very afraid if I were you.
I am no more clairvoyant than the next idiot scribbling away furiously. I merely am part of a small minority that is ahead of our time by looking through Cassandra’s ( Cassandra: Florence Nightingale's angy outcry against the forced idleness of Victorian women ) half empty glass rather than the McDonald’s Pollyanna themed child’s cup. I think the worst possible thoughts, because it amuses me and because by nature I believe they are out to get me. I’ve been wrong in years past, as empire hangs on by throwing one last orgy of seed corn consumption after another. But recently I’m becoming right more often. Not because I’m smarter or more attuned, but because a stopped clock is always correct twice a day ( to those crap rapper listening, butt crack showing, ball cap turned backwards, white boy wants to be black, juvenile delinquents out there that can only tell the time by looking at their $100 a month cell phones, I’m referring to the old analog style watches with actual moving hands ). Before, the clock of paranoia was never right, and now it is telling better time. My time has come, bitches!
Let me detour slightly and once again point a shacking finger of shame at the Yuppie Scum Survivalists ( Prophet (Survivalist No 7) ). They plan on the location of their super deluxe bunker so as not to be downwind of a nuclear target. And they seriously debate the effects of either an EMP ( One Second After ) attack or a solar flare. Yet they also advocate slow methodical stockpiling of masses of gear. Only the best gear, and only in pallet size quantities. Are you doing the math, here? If a nuke strike or EMP attack suddenly materializes, and they are not yet prepared because they needed MRE’s instead of wheat and AR-15’s instead of WWII bolt action rifles, and forty acres of farmland with stream rather than an acre of junk land, how do they think they can survive? They are not paranoid enough ( actually, they are not logical enough, nor willing to forego luxury, but I’ll be nice here ). Sorry, let me elaborate further. The Yuppie Scum Survival Guru’s are prepared enough, but their followers are not. They are like day traders following Warren Buffet’s advice the day before the Tech Wreck. But the blind following ( which doesn’t speak as bad towards the leaders as the fat and lazy followers ) this advice are, at heart, simply not paranoid enough. Current events are proven out the wisdom of paranoia. Are you wise? Are you driven to prove Orr’s Law to be infallible?
As a loyal minion reminded me, I did forecast the housing bubble popping almost four years ago ( I won’t take much credit, I was just being very paranoid about events starting to unfold ). A loyal minion also states, “the spice must flow”, which cracks me up every time I hear it, because it is so spot on. Referencing “Dune” ( Dune (Widescreen) ), but eluding to the petroleum. I can’t remember how the remake of the movie was, but the original ( which wasn’t great but was kind of a Dune For Dummies ) used that phrase in a rather eerie way. Anyway, I forecast a bunch of crap, a lot of drivel. Of course the scattergun approach is going to make me look smarter than I am. I’m not taking credit. Yes, I was right about the insanity of mortgages, tuition, or personal credit cards ( as they shot up in interest rates and sank in their limits ). I advocated a small supply of ammunition being more than enough if you use a bolt gun, and did it long before the price shot up and supply dwindled. I told you to get an Enfield long before its price went way up. I told you to buy grains and beans before the summer of 08 when prices doubled ( and have hardly fallen back ). I am as a god. But not because I am smarter, or have a crystal ball. Only because my religion is paranoia and I take it very seriously. I am devote. Paranoia will not destroy you. It will help you survive.
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