Rollin' Like Sisyphus

One Thousand Words

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on July 1, 2015

There are a number of benefits to be had still from existing in a materially insular segment of the world, buffeted on all sides by a number of dominoes still yet to fall.
Chiefly among these is that the misfortune and lack of foresight of others provide object lessons for you and yours.
For example, whatever comes to pass in the days, weeks, months and years ahead, plan well and keep your head on a swivel enough to not be this guy:

This is not a retirement plan.

This is not a retirement plan.

When the squish turns to scrunch, the government will not care about your predicament, whether you are one man or the vanguard of 100,000. When the sun sets, you alone are responsible for your well being — materially, physically, mentally — so create a plan that starts today that prepares you for tomorrow and beyond.
And in the meantime, learn to live with less, each and every day, and try to read the tea leaves to figure which way the wind is blowing near you.
These Greek pensioners have no excuse. This has been a thing for more than a year, with plenty of time to figure something out, but instead they show up after the Mendoza line’s been crossed clamoring for a pittance.
The Greeks are going to have it better than any other state whose economy crumbles going forward; they will have the most warning and the most effort to push back the tide that any country will in the next decade, but yet it still managed to catch the idiots by surprise.
Don’t be surprised.


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  1. El Borak said, on July 1, 2015 at 11:21

    It brings me a weird sense of happiness that every time I bring a batch of potted* plants to work, they disappear in minutes. Lots of people looking to expand gardens and add perennials this year, it seems. Haven’t started in with the herbs yet; thus far it’s been tomatoes, peppers, melons, and various mints. But I just got some 6 dozen oreganos sprouted, and the rosemary, though it’s slower to take off, looks just as promising.

    Hungry neighbors won’t bother you if they’re not hungry…

    * ‘potted’ in plastic beer cups. Dig a hole with your bulb planter, drop it in. Boom, you’re good to go.

  2. Doom said, on July 1, 2015 at 20:30

    I debate whether they are truly surprised. They just chose to believe that having a cake and eating it was a human right. Deep down, they knew better. Now? Might as well be zombies.

    Though you are right. The first to fall have the best opportunity. Some sympathy may come of it, humanitarian aid if absolutely necessary, but with required humbling as well. Charity isn’t something that can be demanded, commanded, or it goes away. But as the capacity to charity dries up just as demand becomes overwhelming, it is going to get a lot harder. Yeah, we’ll get hit. If the average American, as I believe, is actually exceptional… not necessarily a genetic and mix of reasons thing, then they’ll suffer through it and the cream will rise, production will start, and the thing will come together again. It’ll just take some time to sort the fruitful from the weed, plant the good and discard the rest, and then let time carry the world back. Would not want to live in a nation that is dependent on foreign food shipments, or even nations where the peasants are used to free bread as a cultural norm. Not going to be happy. Not great here, but better to be in the shade in the valley of the shadow of death, then out in the sun in the middle. :p

  3. JN said, on July 2, 2015 at 09:13

    I hear Puerto Rico is nice this time of year.

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