Off the keyboard of RE
Published originally on The Burning Platform on December 12, 2010
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Among many other things, I am a Fisherman. Even on the frozen lake outside my cabin now as the cold blankets the Last Great Frontier, I will Fish. 20 Below Zero, I will put on my Red Fox Fur Mittens, and I will still fish. I cut a small hole in the Ice, and I drop in my line to see what comes up. Its cold here in Alaska now in December, and often I come up empty, but still I will fish. I do this because I am a Fisherman.
Here on the pages of TBP (and now on the Doomstead Diner), I am a Fisher of Men. It can be cold here on these pages also, and here also I often come up empty. I seek no money, I have no PayPal account for donations. I don’t even get a kickback from your clicks on Amazon as JimQ does. I have only one reason for what I write, for why I fish on these pages, and that is to Save as Many as I Can. With that purpose in mind, tonight I will write for you a Parable of the Fisherman.
I will begin this essay tonight with a song from Billy Joel about the Fishermen of Long Island, the “Downeaster Alexa”:
Well I’m on the Downeaster Alexa
And I’m cruising through Block Island Sound
I have charted a course to the Vineyard
But tonight I am Nantucket bound
We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday
And left this morning from the bell in Gardiner’s Bay
Like all the locals here I’ve had to sell my home
Too proud to leave I worked my fingers to the bone
So I could own my Downeaster Alexa
And I go where the ocean is deep
There are giants out there in the canyons
And a good captain can’t fall asleep
I’ve got bills to pay and children who need clothes
I know there’s fish out there but where God only knows
They say these waters aren’t what they used to be
But I’ve got people back on land who count on me
So if you see my Downeaster Alexa
And if you work with the rod and the reel
Tell my wife I am trolling Atlantis
And I still have my hands on the wheel
Now I drive my Downeaster Alexa
More and more miles from shore every year
Since they tell me I can’t sell no stripers
And there’s no luck in swordfishing here
I was a bayman like my father was before
Can’t make a living as a bayman anymore
There ain’t much future for a man who works the sea
But there ain’t no island left for islanders like me
Over in “The Real Terrorists” thread based on a Gonzalo Lira article, Stuck and I began discussing the moral and ethical issues involved in becoming a Soldier, which can label you either a Terrorist or Patriot, depending on the perspective of who writes the History Books, or who issues the current Propaganda. I pulled in a Pop Culture reference, the tag line from the AI WOPR program in the film “Wargames”, where the only “solution” the WOPR Computer found to the problem of Tic Tac Toe was not to play the game at all. Smokey of course flamed the reference, because understanding pop culture metaphors and their significance is beyond the intellectual capacity of the mentally challenged. Regardless of what such dimwitted, ethically bankrupt and morally repulsive Napalm Artists will write here though, not playing the game is a possible choice in many ways as we proceed through this spin down. In this post, I will present a few LEGAL means by which an individual can attempt to remove himself as much as possible from the “grid”, and not be forced into becoming a Tool for Evil.
As Stuck indicated in his posting, the choice of not playing the game isn’t always available. For the Iraqui or Afghani who has Ruskie or FSofA Soldiers occupying his towns and raping his wives and daughters, he’s got no choice, he has to fight, or surrender and become a Slave to the Conquistadores.
For the Sons and Daughters of J6P when Conscription starts, their choices will also be limited, as it will probably be a whole lot harder in this go round to escape to Canada than it was in the Vietnam Era, not to mention the Hosers will probably be conscripting up Soldiers as well. However, at least for the moment while the Military remains a Mercenary Force here, our young adults still do have the Choice available not to play the game. The guys who are sitting behind consoles at Norfolk or aboard Carriers flying drones didn’t HAVE to sign up, although with fewer Jobs available all the time besides selling your soul to become an Illuminati Killing Machine they are in a sense forced into this choice. Not quite so directly as someone living in the War Zone is though.
Much more than in previous Fourth Turning cycles, because of the Internet many more people are becoming aware now that this fight isn’t so much between Nation States as it is a fight between the Haves and the Have Nots. This knowledge is likely to become more widespread as the economic spin down proceeds, and it will be very interesting to see how the newly conscripted soldiers will handle what will increasingly become maintaining a Police State inside their own home countries, rather than fighting foreign wars. As with the Collapse of the Roman Empire, my guess would be that the Army will eventually break up into factions, and there will be many Assassinations of Illuminati by Rogue Generals in the various Armies seeking Power for themselves. Locally, said incipient Warlords will confiscate the property of most typical biz owners and landholders, creating small Feudal type states.
Now, in this scenario, at the beginning those who Rebel against the Illuminati and Boil them in Oil are the Good Guys. However, they can quickly Morph into being the Bad Guys once they become the Oppressors in their own local neighborhoods, so in many cases the process will repeat itself in a Fractal fashion as along the way former Good Guys are corrupted by Evil and become Bad Guys.
Remaining Alive as a Good Guy through this whole deal is a matter of luck for the most part, although good Planning and Preparation can help you in Not Playing the Game for a while, until the Big Show comes directly to a Theatre Near You. You can also help yourself by making Connections inside your local community and beginning the process of transitioning to a locally sustainable economy.
What are the most important Choices a Young Adult can make today to remain on the Good side of the line, and not end up becoming a Killing Machine for the Illuminati, and becoming Damned to Everlasting Torment Burning in the Fires of Hell? The first thing would be to move as far away as you can from the center of industrial society. The second would be to operate in all Cash, cashing your paychecks as soon as you get them if you are still employed. This will make your life harder to track in a database .Third would be getting rid of any Internet Accounts in your name, and a Cell Phone in your name. Use a prepaid Cell Phone for communications, and buy the minutes with Cash. Be ready to dispose of the Phone when TSHTF.
Buy a laptop at Walmart with Cash. Only sign on to the internet from Publicly Available WiFi locations, for so long as they still exist. To do Transactions on the Internet, use prepaid Visa Cards you buy with Cash, for as long as those are available (discovered since this is impossible to do on many websites, most significantly PayPal). Set up 2 or 3 separate Google Accounts using different prepaid Cell Phone numbers and do it from different computers you do not own, preferably in widely dispersed locations as you move outward from the center of civilization.
None of this is Illegal, its just making yourself as Anonymous as possible in the Digital Age. There are of course still other ways you can be tracked, such as with your Car and its Registration. If you have an Older Relative, preferably not with the same last name or better yet just a friend of an older relative (more removal), ask that person to register a used car you buy with Cash from an individual seller, not a Car Lot. Give this Older person Cash to pay the insurance. Somebody in a Nursing Home is a very good choice for this. Again this is not illegal, the Old Person is just “loaning” you his car, since he is not able to use it while stuck in the Nursing Home on a Respirator.
Do not Buy Property, and if possible do not even sign a Rental lease anywhere, find someplace you can rent month to month, or look in the classifieds for people seeking roommates, and again pay your share of the rent to them in CASH. Avoid putting your name or signature on ANYTHING. No loans, no leases, no bank accounts, NADA. Anything that requires a Signature, avoid like the PLAGUE. There shouldn’t be too much need for you to use Snail Mail, but if you do need to set up a Post Office Box and be ready to abandon it when TSHTF. Still, I would advise against setting one up because it will pin down your location.
Your Driver’s License is your greatest Vulnerability, and Driving is your greatest Risk in trying to stay Anonymous and off the radar. Go in TODAY and re-up your license for as long as you can, some States its 6 years before you have to go in and show up at the DMV to renew. However, once TSHTF, if you are Dodging the Draft, the minute you get pulled over for having a broken tail light is the minute you end up getting a Buzz Cut for Boot Camp when the Gestapo asks to see your Driver’s License. So practice being SCRUPULOUSLY legal when you drive, and limit your driving as much as possible. Do as much of your Commuting as you can by Bicycle or Public Transportation. Reserve your Car only for Emergency Bug Outs.
Obviously, if you are Employed anywhere you collect a Regular Paycheck attached to your Social Security Number, you are immediately Vulnerable. So the sooner you get off the grid of regular jobs with regular paychecks the better, though this is of course pretty difficult. However, there are many things you can do for CASH if you are young and strong, once you migrate out to the boonies you can do yard work, do painting or other house maintenance tasks or make like an Illegal Alien and follow the Ag Seasons, doing work harvesting or planting in various locales. If you are a good Mechanic, drop cards all around the neighborhood letting people know you will fix their cars CHEAP. My nephew who was UE for a few months kept his head above water this way. He raced on Dirt Tracks in better times, so his Garage is practically as good as a commercial one. He can yank out an engine and disassemble and reassemble it in a day. He had to do that after almost every race anyhow with his race car. If you are really bright with some money to wager, you might even stay ahead by front running the Fed for a while longer here. LOL. Of course, doing that through an anonymous account is quite difficult I am sure.
Ultimately of course, the best option is to get off the grid of money altogether and be able to find food yourself to barter with. I cannot recommend more anything for a young adult than becoming a Fisherman with your own boat, and moving to a location where there is still good fisherie. I have one friend who lives this way, he has a 30’ Downeaster he uses to fish all summer, he sells most of his catch for CASH. Winters, he plows snow, also for CASH. Sadly, we haven’t had a lot of snow so far this winter, so he is hurting some, but he has plenty of food in the larder, so his family is not starving here, and no SNAP card either. I started this post with Billy Joel’s sad paean to the Fisherman of Montauk and Long Island Sound, but to my mind it is the Fishermen who will make it though the Zero Point here. To do this though, you must place yourself in a neighborhood where there is still a good fisherie. The GOM is NOT a good choice here, unless you figure Corexit is a good Vitamin Supplement. I would advise though outfitting your Downeaster for a Sail Rig of course.
Like Bruce Springsteen in “My Home Town”, in the song the “Downeaster Alexa”, Billy Joel explores the loss of a livelihood as industrialization and financialization stole a way of life from the working man in this country. The Fishing Grounds of Montauk and the properties in the Hamptons these folks lived on became priced out of their affordability as the Pigmen of Wall Street made this property their Playground. For the Steel Mills of Pittsburgh and the Factories of Atlantic City, The Boss was RIGHT. Those jobs ain’t never coming back to these shores. For the Fishermen in Long Island Sound though? It may take some time, but one day they WILL return, far into the future no doubt. .
I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man
Id sit on his lap in that big old buick and steer as we drove through town
Hed tousle my hair and say son take a good look around
This is your hometown, this is your hometown
This is your hometown, this is your hometown
In `65 tension was running high at my high school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white
There was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a saturday night in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed in a shotgun blast
Troubled times had come to my hometown
My hometown, my hometown, my hometown
Now main streets whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there aint nobody wants to come down here no more
They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they aint coming back to
Your hometown, your hometown, your hometown, your hometown
Last night me and kate we laid in bed talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
Im thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good
This is your hometown
Decreasing opportunities for “paying” jobs will force many people off the monetary grid. In the end, this is how this monetary system will be destroyed, regardless of what Helicopter Ben does here. You will have to find ways to earn your living that are local and do not demand money as an intermediary. To truly KILL the Banksters, you have to “Go Galt”, and stop using their money. You will be forced into it eventually, but if you start NOW learning how to do it, you might be able to NOT PLAY THE GAME. For a while anyhow, until the Big Show Comes to a Theatre Near You. Then you will have to make your choices, and staying on the Good side of the line will always be difficult. It may cost you your life to stay on that side of the line, but its worth it for your Everlasting Soul to do so, even if you do not believe in the Afterlife. After all, if this is the ONLY life you will ever get and you only have ONE chance going out of it to be on the side of Good or Evil, do you want to leave the earth and your corporeal existence as an enabler of EVIL? I sure don’t. When the Big Show Comes to a Theatre Near You, when your own existence and that of your loved ones is Threatened, there is no more Hiding. Then you pull out ALL the stops, and you TAKE NO PRISONERS. Pick a means to fight and make your Final Stand against Evil. Whatever means you pick, make sure you take out as many of the Enemy as possible before you go to Glory in the Kingdom of Heaven. That is just the way I see it though, I can’t speak for everyone of course, and Jesus Christ probably would not agree with that philosophy. But then, Jesus lived 2000 years ago, not now, and he was thoroughly immersed in the paradigm of the Ag Society as it had developed in his time. We are in the post Ag Society now, on our way BACK and REVERSE ENGINEERING our way to a much different lifestyle than we have known over the last couple of centuries. If the good guys WIN this battle, for all our children who make it through the Zero Point it will be a Better Tomorrow.