Saturday, 1 December 2012

Hair Trigger

Here's a video I put out there with some caution, because I'm not quite sure what to make of the message
within it.

An Micro Documentary, in association with (H/t Mac Slavo at

Now I hesitate because it contains some messages I'm not certain where I am on them, but I put it out there to let people think about what they make of it. The other reason is that it gives a bit of an insight as to what's worrying me. Many of my fellow bloggers are concerned about spending, especially the unfettered spending that has become the hallmark of modern Britain. I don't mind useful spending but what we have now can hardly be classed as useful. We've had decades of it yet if anything we're going backwards. The reason for that is twofold and there is a causal relationship between the two:

1) The politicians and their state apparatus are spending money to do nothing more than garner further votes to keep their place at the taxpayer funded trough.

2) The population has learned that this relationship enables them to vote for money for themselves.

That puts us in a dangerous situation for all kinds of reasons, but they all lead to one thing if unchecked and we fail to reverse it.

We run out of money.

You see the problem with the two points above is that that cash requirement is never static.  Once you start it, more and more people want to get in on the act.  The people enjoying it very rarely want to stay at the same level of cash.  They soon learn to need more to have the same level of "enjoyment" and tend to grow ambitious in terms of other things they want.  Politicians learn that this behaviour gets them votes so doing it for more people will get them more votes. More votes equals greater security at the trough.

Unchecked, this takes us down the dark path of preparing to run out of money.

Now as I mention many of us in the blogging world are screaming stop the bus. Yes we're angry and it's a bit of a cathartic rant but it's much more also.  We've seen where this ends if you play it out to it's ultimate result and it is a dark, dark place.

The bit I wanted to you to see in that video was the madness that takes place for what are effectively pointless doodads.  They're not really needed but we're locked into a psychology of greed, avarice and "me, me, me".  Look at the level of violence involved for this junk.

Now imagine how that would look for food, water and medicine.

You're possibly thinking I've lost the plot and that we're in to tin foil hat territory here.  I'm not saying this is inevitable.  I'm looking at the voracious demand for more spending from everyone.  You might be thinking that the fact that it's an American video and has no relevance to the UK, but let me bring some other things into play to prompt you to think again.  We're more connected than people know in one particular area - finance.  The money we're relying on is all interconnected.  The banks that move it about are global banks.  If one bank takes a hit, there is a knock on effect.  Geographically this video is thousands of miles but financially it's on our doorstep.

You might be saying, "yeah but the banks will be alright".  My question is will they?  It doesn't take much of a search outside of the lame efforts of the legacy media to show you they're in a right pickle.  It's happening all over Europe and look at the calibre of the politicians supposedly trying to fix it.  They're struggling to manage the simple stuff never mind the big stuff.

We're in a time for serious brains with a capacity for telling us the truth to be running the show yet all we have are peacocks strutting their stuff, demonstrating they're pure lightweights posturing on pointless initiatives to look good to a crowd they've dumbed down.  Events over take them day after day.

You might be thinking that we're not like those people in the video.  My question is are we sure? I don't think we all are but here's some food for thought.  Think back to the riots of 2010.  That was a domino effect in action. One incident kicked off a riot.  Many of them had no connection to Mark Duggan, yet they couldn't wait to get out there and let rip.  It soon became not about anger, but a free for all robbery and a thumping for anyone they just didn't happen to like the look of for that moment.

Look at where we were earlier in 2012 when there was the mere suggestion that there might be a fuel strike.  We started panic buying at the pumps.  The country almost came to stop over something that didn't happen because too many of us are operating on a hair trigger level when it comes to what we want for ourselves.

Too many of us have little or no tolerance for a downturn in our lifestyles.  I Understand that.  We've had decades which by and large today has been better than yesterday in terms of overall lifestyle.  Today is more comfortable than yesterday was.  There is more abundance today than there was yesterday.  I have more "stuff" today than I had yesterday.  We have become reliant on the notion that today is better than yesterday and that in all likelihood, tomorrow will be better still and so on and so on.  Those who lived closer to the war years, have more awareness of tough times, but for people like me whose teenage years were the 80's and onwards we have no real notion of hard times and going without.  I'm not talking about going without computer games, two cars and all that stuff.  I'm talking about making food for two go around four.  I'm talking about staying warm and keeping the lights on. I'm talking about the stuff right at the base of Maslow's Hierarchy of Need.

That brings me to the last point and almost brings me full circle.  The petrol "shortage" incident of 2012 demonstrated something that wasn't really commented on at the time and we take for granted.  We presume that something will always be there.  Because we've had decades of better times the dominant thinking is that it will always continue.  But we nearly ran out of fuel where we needed it, in the pumps.  This is because so many of our businesses operate on "just in time" basis.  The fuel deliveries to the station.  The food deliveries to the supermarket.  The drug deliveries to the chemist and the hospital.  They all operate on a finely balanced just in time system, driven by computers and schedules.  It's a constant never ending stream of delivery to keep things topped up.  It's designed to cope with a certain level of demand.  It can accommodate some fluctuations, mostly seasonal, but there is a limit.  Hit it hard like we did with the fuel strike that never was and we expose its fundamental flaw.  That flaw is we run out if we hit it with sustained excessive demand.  Excessive demand that comes from pure self interest.

It's this sort of demand that will see the supermarkets empty very quickly along with the chemist and the petrol station.  That would be the petrol that the power station workers use to get to work to keep the lights on and the boiler running. What's worse, when it gets to this point the prices start shooting through the roof and stuff begins to cost money we won't have and money government won't have and can no longer borrow have.  It's a horrible dark and downward spiral.

We're fortunate.  The lights are still on.  The boiler is still getting electricity and gas and there is still food in the supermarkets

So when bloggers are talking about need to cut down on the excesses of state spending, it's this spiral we're really trying to prevent so that everything stays at a level we're able to cope with in these here modern times.  We do it because down the path is an unimaginable darkness for all of us.

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