OUR DECLINE IS BETTER THAN YOURS
Before I say anything else, please note that I will continue to post drivel until either the day I die or it becomes uneconomical to do so ( for instance, if a tax was levied on the Web ). But there will be big changes afoot here. I’ll continue to post here Monday through Friday. Even if I really went south I’d still post at least once a week ( don’t worry, I don’t think it will come to that ). I just think I don’t care all that much anymore. I’ve posted for five years, almost every waking hour thinking about the subject of our collapse. I think I’m bored. Not only am I bored, I think it is getting harder and harder coming up with fresh subjects. I’ve always had my down periods, and then rebounded. I’ve always repeated, but managed to make up for it with new insights. I just think all that is getting harder and harder. I’m not burned out as far as being able to write, but burned out as far as being so inspired and motivated. Most of you are faithful minions and I want to keep this together, but I can’t help but wonder if its gone from me bringing up new things to ponder to just us sitting around and rehashing the same crap. I’ll keep writing, but this won’t be my main purpose in life anymore. I’m going to stop spending so much money buying books for research, and I’m going to stop caring so much if the Amazon commissions drop. If I’m not spending $120 a month on books, it won’t matter if I don’t get double that amount in commissions and Google ads and book revenues. This is going from a consuming all encompassing passion to just a hobby. And really, how long is it going to hold together anyhow? The post office and the Internet are both on borrowed time. Netflix is a business model in trouble, and so are blogs relying on ads. Last weekend I sat for hours and just pondered the upcoming pit project. It was a nice change of pace from trying to pull an article out of my butt. I think it is time for more Jim time. And it is necessary that I pull myself off the extra money tit before I become addicted. And the “spoiling myself with expensive books” tit. That one will be harder, but the extra money is going to preps. Some part of this is naked fear we are almost at the edge. I’m going to get serious about reloading components and especially rimfire. I played “big heepum business tycoon” role long enough. Time to stop investing in a micro-business and just go for more supplies. I’ll of course blather more on this another time.
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NPR was interviewing some author who wrote a book on North Korea. You know, that relatively harmless country we love to have lined up as a back up Evil Regime Of The Ages just in case a few ragheads with rocket launchers kick our ass in Afghanistan and we have to declare it pacified and desert it ( I’m sure most Afghans are wondering what friggin country we think we are rebuilding when they are still living in tribes ). We have to have SOME country to hate. It gives the sheeple something else to worry about in between Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunctions, lest they shift their gaze to Quantitative Easing #6. It was fiction, but based on his stay there. Diane Rheem and him were breathlessly droning on how comical that government is. For instance, the one tourist hotel open only had two floors available. Our brave intrepid writer snuck around the deserted floors and noticed how all the other rooms were being stripped of fixtures to keep up appearances in the two open areas. And this was supposed to make us all superior and feel good about our standard of living. Really? Who has bridges falling into rivers? Who has vacant houses being copper mined, and the copper shipped over to China? At least the North Koreans are keeping their raw materials in house. Then he went on about how everyone is brainwashed. Really? Who supposedly has a Constitution? Who’s nation is full of uneducated idiots that think indefinite detention without charges is Constitutional? We blindly go alone with the Kenyans declarations of a dictator and spew about how we are the freest country on earth, and THEY are the brainwashed ones? Then there was some other nonsense about incompetent spying. I’m not sure how competent the TSA is compared to any Third World group of wanna-be KGB goons. Perhaps they are more professional than those jack booted thugs in, say, the Congo, but I wouldn’t put the rent money on that wager.
In short, we are as sad and pathetic as North Korea, but far more dangerous as we have more precise nuclear missiles. We have nothing to be gloating about. Yes, I love the idea of America. Too bad it’s a foreign land I’ll never find. And no, I wouldn’t
rather be living in Korea. But if we lie to ourselves and pretend nothing is amiss, nothing will ever change. You can’t fix a problem you don’t admit to having. But I think the thing that really chaps my ass is they insult our intelligence assuming we will buy into this crap. Of course, it could just be it underlines of apathy. Or it could be the Wet Spaghetti Theory Of Propaganda. Throw enough half baked notions against the wall and some is apt to be done enough that it will stick. Bombard us with enough manure and something is going to grow. Repeat a lie enough times and the most resistant will eventually just accept it so it stops bothering them. So why do I cry and you listen? Perhaps its just our brand of circus to entertain us through the collapse. Cheers.
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