Fri. Feb. 9, 2018 finally …

Well, not exactly ‘finally Friday’ as this week blazed by.

Currently 56F and overcast, with T-storms in the area forecast.

I’ve been thinking.  (smell the smoke?)

Most of the immigration rationalizing has to do with bringing in workers and ‘vigorous breeders’ to support the current populations as they age.   This is based on a crucial and WRONG idea that those imported populations WILL IN FACT support the current one.   WHY WOULD THEY?  They have little in common.  They most certainly have their OWN interests and desires.  They are from tribal and low trust societies where they feel no obligation to help anyone outside their clan.  Further, the desire to import large numbers is based on another flawed set of assumptions.  The idea that the country MUST REMAIN an IMPORTER instead of an EXPORTER and  a consumer based economy instead of a maker based economy.  The Powers that Be KNOW that the current setup is a Ponzi scheme.  The only way to keep a ponzi going is to continually bring in new <s>participants</s> suckers.  But the new suckers have NO intention of participating in the ponzi or any belief in the usefulness or desirability of the  ponzi.

Thus we know it will not work.  So…

There is no problem with a declining population if standard of living doesn’t also decline.  A smaller family can better afford nice things, vacations, education, etc. than a large family.  So too, a nation that concentrates on quality over quantity can prosper even with an overall decline in numbers.

The ponzi WILL collapse.

If you bake that into your assumptions, you should DIS-courage mass immigration.  You should focus on doing more with fewer people (which we already do with robotic factories, and machines instead of laborers.)  As (if) population declines, there will be more to go around, and standards of living will rise.  Focus on enabling technologies.  Focus on exporting.  Focus on doing well at things the unwashed masses can’t do.  There will always be unwashed masses.  They’re vigorous breeders with large families (and by the way, how is that attitude NOT racist in today’s environment?)  Focus on shifting from BEING the unwashed masses to providing goods and services TO THEM.

Then, as your population enjoys the fruits of their labor, they can start raising kids again, and slow or reverse your population decline.

 

TBTB are trapped in their mindset.  They have always seen themselves as a small exclusive elite at the top of a pyramid of lesser masses.  They think it will continue, and if the current masses are refusing to cooperate and not breeding at replacement levels, they’ll just replace them with masses that WILL.  They miss the fact that the imported masses are NOT the same as the domestic masses (who only devolved into masses relatively recently historically.)  The imported masses will have no trouble or qualms about throwing out the existing PTB, and replacing them with their OWN elites.

And while there is a certain amount of schadenfreude in the elites getting their comeuppance, unfortunately, that will wreck the place for the rest of us. We need to fight against their plan, show that it’s wrong, and based on false assumptions, and strengthen our own positions at the same time.

 

nick

Wed. Feb. 7th, 2018 where does the time go?

This week is half over and I’ve hardly started. Time flies.

More later…..

 

Oh, the cold has returned after our brief warm spell.  44F and misty wet this am.   Forecast for T-storms all day changed to ‘showers’.   As soon as I trust them enough to make plans, they change the forecast.  Better not be raining tomorrow.   Grrrr.

nick

Tues. Feb. 6th, 2018 Today is about the financial markets

61F and 100%RH this morning. In other words, slightly cooler than shirt sleeves weather with heavy mist.

Dog let himself out.

Today is a “keep an eye on the markets day.” Lots of potential pigeons coming home to roost. I know, doom and gloom, and we’re still here… yep. 2000 Tech meltdown anyone? 2008? We’re overdue. If you are still in the markets, why? How much higher can it go? Why? If your investments are up, think about ‘locking in your gains.’ Don’t be greedy.

As well prepped individuals, we’ve already built a rainy day fund, equal to [whatever makes you comfortable but] at least a couple months expenses or a new transmission. We already have some cash on hand [might want to increase that, you can always put it back later], we already have food in the pantry and on the shelves, we already have some of our stored up lifetime of work — money saved — in some physical goods that will hold their value [lead, steel, or PMs] so we don’t need to panic or make radical moves, right?

However, when there are storm clouds on the horizon, you clean up the yard and make sure you’ve got what you need to get by for a while.

Keep your eyes open, think about what you’d do if you didn’t have access to your retirement accounts for a while, couldn’t use an ATM (or were restricted to how much you can withdraw), and most importantly, WHAT YOUR NEIGHBORS might do in that situation.

nick

Mon. Feb. 5, 2018 Some sportsball game happened and no one died

51F with 92%RH and kinda clear here in Houston this AM.

Seems that there was a sporting event yesterday. Given that it was in the middle of a city with a large Somali immigrant population, they decided to take extra precautions against terror murderous attacks.

Great BIG .fed and .gov presence. Great opportunity to see what an active police state might look like if you are inclined to believe that way. Keep your eyes open on the web for AAR and analysis. What we know for sure is: air cover; loads of intel-from stingray flying overhead to social media monitoring; roadblocks; papers required for access; weapons free zones (and not in the fun way); etc.

Thankfully no problems. If the jihadis listened to Sun Tzu, they would have ‘attacked where your enemy is weak.’ I’m genuinely thankful that they didn’t. I’m horrified by what TPTB think is required to have a safe game. How in the heII did it come to this? Soldiers with HMMVs manning roadblocks in the street….

I watched about 10 minutes of game when the wife succumbed to peer pressure (family rooting for Pats) and turned it on. I was mystified by the tide ads (seen in passing without paying attention), don’t know what to think about the coke diversity special, and that was it. Oh, saw the Bud ad about canning water for relief efforts.

I guess it was a good game if you are into that. I realized when discussing it with the wife, that I stopped watching the NFL after Superbowl 20, Da Bears! Don’t miss it.

Plenty of madcap shenanigans in big cities as a result. Don’t be there is good advice and appropriate in this case.  ADDED- and I note that there is plenty of video showing it is not the usual suspects.

As we start this week, let’s remember absent friends, and OFD, and the others in our lives that might need help….

nick

Sun. Feb. 4, 2018 EVERYONE let me sleep in…

62F and grey outside.  Never really rained yesterday, just got everything wet.

Today looks to be the same.

The log roller on my bucket trap looks undisturbed in my video cam picture.  I bet no rats…

 

nick

 

added- no rats in any traps.  wife didn’t hear any activity last night either.  One trap in the garage was tripped, but empty, so I know they are still around.

Sat. Feb. 3, 2018 Kids let me sleep in

47F and overcast. Light misty drizzle.  Wet grass.

Lawn guys blowing leaves woke me up. Still feeling a bit under the weather.

Gotta check the new rat trap. Lots of activity last night. I really need a camera up there, because I can’t understand what I’m hearing. Unless rats like to just play ‘chase’ and tear back and forth, it doesn’t make sense.

n

Fri. Feb. 2, 2018 – oh what a world we live in – ” pet marijuana tycoon”

How on earth does someone become a “pet marijuana tycoon”?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5344427/Black-Dahlia-mansion-sold-5m.html

DON’T click that link by the way. Very gruesome shots of the murdered girl as you scroll down.

Can we draw any conclusions about where we are in the fall of the empire from the fact that a guy who sells marijuana infused supplements for DOGS can buy a $5M home?

RBT thought the most likely scenario was a long slow decline, and I’ve gotta say, it certainly feels like we’ve already stepped onto the ski slope. I think we have a lot more ‘peak decadence’, ‘peak perversity’, and ‘peak violence’ still to come.

We’ve already got bread and circuses. We’ve already got half the country on some form of dole. We’ve already got barbarians inside the gates. We’ve already got waning influence over our far flung possessions and juniors. What else is left in the checklist?

nick

Thur. Feb. 1, 2018 I got nothin’

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-01/clark-county-coroner-refuses-release-vegas-shooter-coroners-report-despite-court

“The shooter’s body was cremated Dec. 21. How can the autopsy report not be ‘finalized’ when the body was cremated more than five weeks ago?”

and

“The newly unsealed documents – which were unsealed by court order after journalists at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other media sued – revealed that the FBI is seeking a “person of interest” named Douglas Haig. Haig’s name had not previously been connected to the shooting. What’s more, according to what’s been widely cited as his LinkedIn page, Haig had “DOD Top Secret clearance” and worked for top weapons manufacturers and specialized in Military Ammunition, as we pointed out.”

Biggest mass shooting in recent US history. Still more questions than answers, and now, verifiably unusual behavior on the part of the investigators.

Meanwhile in DC, more circus distracticus from the FBI, DOJ, and various other parties.

[this is where OFD chimes in that we need to get our own house in order, and focus inward for a while…(our being the USA)]

And this is where I remind everyone that we need to get OUR (meaning individually) houses in order.

No matter the truth or un-truths coming out of DC, weakness, division, infighting in the halls of government is NOT good for us on the world stage. Bad actors are looking to find their advantage in all this.

No matter the truth or un-truth coming out of Vegas, (and no Virginia, they didn’t cremate the body of “the shooter”, they cremated the body found at the scene) the fact that serious people can entertain the idea that this was a setup, or a covert op (gone right or wrong), and the appearance is of official coverup or incompetence, is further evidence of the crumbling of our social fabric. That isn’t good.

So keep stacking, keep meeting people, keep working on skills, keep teaching the next generation.

n