A minion was wondering if the Golden Horde threat was all that real, and there is a new article out at Energy Bulletin on the end of the ethanol subsidy and import ban. Let’s take the ethanol news first as I have very little new to say on it. When TPTB do something incredibly stupid it is both because they are indeed incompetent short sighted asswhores and because some group is benefiting from the action. When they finally reverse themselves it is not out of logic or common sense but because they have no other choice. When Bush The Younger got us involved in Iraq, it was most likely because his handler Cheney ( supreme douchebag of this century, but also a pretty cool guy that had no problem busting a cap into, literally, the ass of a lawyer. Hell, if Hitler and Stalin killed a bunch of lawyers they can’t be all bad even considering the other 40 million combined body count ) wanted to make a few bucks, because the country needed a nice war spending booster to counter a sagging Tech Wreck economy and to control future flows of oil from the middle east. Obammy The Kenyan promised to end that war but he is a lying sack of crap ( read my big floppy lips, no new taxes. New cigarette taxes two months after swearing in may his evil soul combust in the putrid flames of a bubbling bowel in hell alongside wife #2 ). After three years, he finally placed a piece of eye candy on the sore to make it look like we were out. Why? Not to win reelection because elections are rigged nowadays. Not to fulfill his promises ( read my fecal stained lips that continually suckle the anus of central bankers, no new taxes. What the crap is that new universal health care bill, bitch? ) because he lies so much he can’t remember what he promised. He pulled out of one war because we are hemorrhaging money much worse than is admitted and that was the only choice we had. So when Bush Junior starts the ethanol subsidy it is because it benefits one special interest group plus it denies food to the Third World. Those darn darkies must be ethnically cleansed ( as a bonus, it makes the Saudi’s regime less stable and they are more beholden to us for military support ). And most importantly, at the time we didn’t have the frac fuels we do now. We were desperately trying to stem the decline from import drops. Of course I can’t be sure, but I’d wager the food situation here is much more dire than admitted. We needed to put a heck of a lot more grain on the market for human consumption. As far as gasoline prices, expect them to soar. Ethanol was ten percent of our liquid fuels.
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A minion was wondering why The Horde was such a fearsome foe if most people are going to assume the government will come to the rescue. And given folks reluctance to leave their “castle”, their only form of savings. And their only form of retirement most likely ( I don’t think there will be ANY market for reverse mortgages anymore, but idiots who lived the middle class won’t acknowledge that truth as it is their only life preserver ). These are good points. Most folks will remain stationary. Most won’t have enough gasoline in their vehicles. Most will wait until the roads are a huge stationary traffic jam before they try to bug out. All this is true. But the problem isn’t in the percentages, it is in the raw numbers. Because we are so overpopulated, even small numbers pose an extreme risk. And the places folks live nowadays is far worse than it used to be. Back in the last Great Depression, the bulk of the population lived on farms. Or, they lived in cities near farms. Today, almost everyone is far away from food production and it is totally centralized. To cope with the overpopulation of once fertile food production areas, people moved into all the marginal land. They didn’t see a problem. Here was a piece of land, dirt cheap because it was junk land. They imported federal money to live on and used federally constructed grid power to survive. None of these areas, from the swamps of Florida to the deserts of the southwest, can support more than a few miserable indigenous tribes. When the grid fails or the government checks stop, there is no living off the land. The land is incapable of supporting more than a handful. So, even though a lot of people will eventually move some time or another, even after most are dead there is such a huge number of them ( 15 million in Florida, 7 million in L.A., etc. ) that the survivors, warm from burning McMansions for fireplace heat and still picking the rotting flesh of the first dead out of their dentures, will make up a formidable horde. It is just like the small percentages that toppled the banks. When you are leveraged 100 to 1, a two percent loss bankrupts you. When just a percent or two of every town survives, there were so many there that a huge mob is left. Most can’t hoard enough ammunition.
This is true almost everywhere you look. Small percentages are now huge threats because the system has been overleveraged. To the number of retirees that will bankrupt Social Security, to the amount of money an insurer can pay out before all claims are denied, to the low number of crop failures that will start widespread famine. This ain’t your pappy’s survivalism anymore, as I’ve said before. Surviving the sixties nuke attack was as easy as picking a desolate area not downwind. Today, what desolate areas? I might live in one of the more remote spots, but that doesn’t mean most cars can’t make that 200 miles. It also means that once sleepy town itself is overpopulated so its location is little consolation. Fear the horde.
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