Saturday, August 6, 2011

Current Events

Greetings good citizen,

It’s been one bitch of a week to be ‘out of commission’. Not only am I experiencing computer trouble but I’m also neck deep in another project with a tight deadline!

Anyway, I’m taking some time to pound out my observations on my wife’s machine, a true ‘labor of love’ because I hate this damn keyboard!

But it doesn’t matter what I ‘like’, this isn’t about me, it’s about us.

It’s hard to say if I was ‘surprised’ by the announcement that S & P downgraded the US credit rating

Are YOU surprised, good citizen?

I sure as hell hope not:

The company, one of three major agencies that offer advice to investors in debt securities, said it was cutting its rating of long-term federal debt to AA+, one notch below the top grade of AAA. It described the decision as a judgment about the nation’s leaders, writing that “the gulf between the political parties” had reduced its confidence in the government’s ability to manage its finances.

“The downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenge,” the company said in a statement.

The Obama administration reacted with indignation, noting that the company had made a significant mathematical mistake in a document that it provided to the Treasury Department on Friday afternoon, overstating the federal debt by about $2 trillion.

Even if the president is correct in his assertion that S & P was ’off’ in their calculations, the ’problem’ is a lot bigger than a measly 2 trillion.

Because the problem isn’t the ’funny money’, they can make up all of that they want. What they can’t ’whip up’ in the kitchen sink (or off of a printing press) is enough energy to keep the price reasonable.

Understand, WE ARE NOT running out, not today and probably not tomorrow but with nothing to replace fossil fuels the clock is definitely running down on the current social model.

I have oft repeated the warning of “what are you going to do when your paycheck no longer cracks your nut?”

What’s the point of working if you can’t live on what you’re paid?

This is what I mean about our ‘social model’ being broken.

The ‘trick’ is going to be staying focused on what’s real when the corporate owned liars are spewing bullshit all over the place, starting with the ‘distraction’ of the, er, dissolution of the EU.

Followed by the, er, ‘unpegging’ of the currency of the world to the US dollar.

Understand what we’re up against good citizen.

¾’s of the, er, Real Estate in the US and Europe is headed for ‘worthless’.

Why you might ask?

Because you can’t live in a house you can’t heat!

Operative word good citizen is CAN’T!

Got a woodstove, good luck trying to get your hands on some wood!

Got enough cut wood to last two seasons?

Good luck keeping it from the freezing masses!

You won’t even put a ‘warning shot’ over their heads, you’ll let them cart off ‘your’ wood hoping against hope that they A.) leave you some and B.) don’t torch your place just because they can!

If you haven't got enough ammo to 'kill 'em all' you had best think good and hard before you go pissing off those who have nothing left to lose...

Having resources and keeping them are two separate issues.

There’s a lot of ‘deadwood’ just laying about here on the ‘rainforest side’ of the continent. The bad news is it is sub-freezing here for months at a time!

How do you lug firewood while you keep your weapon ready to fire?

You can’t, you don’t have enough appendages.

Sure, you can bring guards with you but the odds are pretty good that the people who want to relieve you of your haul have their ‘friends’ with them as well.

And I don’t give a fuck what you say, the one thing you don’t want in a firefight is your arms loaded with deadweight!

Um, oh yeah…in case you haven’t noticed, wood burns pretty quick so you need to gather lots of it.

That’s why the ‘armed firewood party’ is a bad idea, it will inevitably turn into an ambush!

Nope, small bundles you can carry yourself and still maneuver a gun with, lots and lots of them, are going to be the way to go.

Until you get fed up with freezing your ass off, then you will head south…which presents its own set of nasty problems.

We’ve got bugs but they have BUGS!

And you don’t need to make it all the way down to the tropics, the ‘temperate’ zone will do.

You just need to get far enough south so it isn’t sub-freezing ALL THE DAMN TIME!

But by the time we get to that part of the puzzle, you’ll be plenty ‘focused’.

You will, by that point in the game, have lost everything.

The part that will REALLY frost your cookies?

The thought that those responsible for this WON’T be prosecuted, hell, they’re probably living the high life in their villa in that third world hellhole they sent YOUR old job to!

Think I’m making a ‘big deal’ out of a meaningless credit rating downgrade then you’ve missed my point entirely.

Maybe you should go back to bed…

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


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