Before we get into the meat of today’s article, and I’m sure there is no hurry because most of you who’ve stuck around a few years have heard it all before and all you new minions will swiftly desert away to a nice safe Yuppie blog where no one panics or gets upset that the middle class way of life is doomed ( and that includes pampered wives, bug out four wheel drives and a job that allows you to buy twenty three semi-automatic weapons ) as soon as I mention such forbidden words as Peak Oil or PODA ( post oil dark ages ) so I’m being a swell fellow and allowing you this heads up to do so, we’ll talk about today’s little news item with Freddie Mac or Fannie May or whichever Federal Reserve Bank bailout recipient it was that just had an “expose” about how they are actually out to hump you dry. I’m not the least bit surprised about this but apparently National Pravda Radio is all atwitter over said event. It seems FM is taking out derivatives betting against its customers being able to get their loans at a lower interest rate. Everyone is shouting “conflict of interest”. I’m wondering when these idiots are going to learn that “they” are indeed out to get you. I’m also wondering how hard it is to figure out that a bank loses money if you pay them less interest. Then I absentmindedly wonder how close to going belly up these folks at FM are if they are STILL playing with derivatives even after the real estate bubble, and how indicative they are of our whole financial system.
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Because that is our main worry, isn’t it? We have no idea when the entire system takes a big wet runny dump. The people in the World Bank or suchlike are crying on cue to sell the idea of more quantitative easing. The gold bugs are crying imminent crash to sell their wares. The freeze dried food guys the same, and I cry Apocalypse Now through good times and bad. But it is just common sense that kicking the can down the road eventually leads to the road running out. We know it is coming but nobody knows when or how bad. I think we should assume the worse just to play it safe. Which means getting the hell out of the big city. Granted, you could die just as easy in a small town, but the odds are better when you get out of an urban jungle. I still think you should bug out now, while there are no hostile crowds in your way, before the government can blockade you in ( the Warsaw Jews put up one hell of a commendable and courageous fight but in the end they were trapped ) and while you can still earn a living while you learn to live off grid ( it ain’t rocket science but it still requires practice and trial and error ). I’ve harped on this for years but I’m still getting that bad feeling like the cliff is near ( although to be fair I’m a bit of a nervous type and might be overreacting rather than picking up on a cosmic vibe only the reptilian part of the brain is tuned to ). Which might be why I’m so up in arms over “saving” the blog from imminent financial ruin. I might just be thinking it is doomed from grid crash and I’m picking up on the wrong worry. But who the hell knows. The nervous weasel makes a lot of wrong calls diving for safety. I’ve harped on junk land not because it is the perfect answer ( I don’t sell perfect, the Yuppie’s do ) but because it is the affordable answer. But I won’t try to resell you on the concept. You will either glom on to it or ignore it as is your wont. Here we just talk money, how to get to your land.
Anybody can afford to move to a piece of junk land. What not everybody can afford is being able to move all their stuff to it. Your stuff is very expensive to move. A U-Haul is, let’s just ballpark it, about a buck a mile to rent the unit. And about fifty cents a mile for gasoline. This ain’t anything to worry about across the state, but it adds up quick across the country. You need to figure out if it is cheaper to do one of three things. Move it all, move some and replace some, or replace all. Of course, you can start over smaller and cheaper. You can use the excuse of needing to move to drastically par down your possessions if you so desire. Once you stop using your crap as an excuse, you will find that moving is as cheap as a Greyhound bus ticket or a discount plane ticket. Or, just as cheap as the price to fill your gas tank ( if you get thirty miles to the gallon, it will cost only three hundred bucks to move coast to coast, baring mechanical failure ). That U-haul will run you over four grand. Which is more than your land probably cost you. Now, I understand that we are all different. One of you has more tied up in ammunition than four grand, another has tens of thousands of dollars in books needed for reference as you write for a living. I can’t cover everyone’s situation because I don’t know them. I don’t know who has sick relatives, who has a nearby farm to go to, etc.
I do know that in my own experience, paring my possessions down to a few duffle bags gave me the opportunity to move whenever and wherever I chose. I’ve lived most places other than Yankeeland. And when I hated it I just moved on with little lose. No investment, so no worries. That of course was before my children or most of my wives, but I’ve also just dumped all my prep gear and lit out half way across the country and started over again. Dumping all your possessions allows you to move freely about the country ( I think that was an old Southwest Airlines commercial ) and to start over smarter. I can’t tell you if that is as smart right now, collapse timeframe unknown, but it can’t be much worse than living in an almost guaranteed death trap. In short, moving to a safer place has nothing to do with financial ability and everything to do with your frame of mind. If you want it, it is as easy as can be. But for how much longer?
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