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Mechanical Zombie Nomads
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:14:37 AM »


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"It's not just a career, it's a lifestyle change, you are going to become nomads."



–Trucking School Trainer



http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/15/article-2173761-1410D609000005DC-871_964x604.jpg Gary Indiana, located a couple of miles outside of Chicago, has many signs declaring a collapsed landscape and economy.  There are weeds growing in almost every commercial lot, and boards in windows, and people who seem to be poisoned by the water, or the atmosphere, or maybe it's just that they were abandoned by the American Dream.  Whatever the case, there are a lot of people, and a lot of cars, and a lot of stupidity.  Of course, there is stupidity falling like rain in every state in this Idiocracy we're inhabiting.  Fukitol, alcohol, fried fast genetically modified gas station foods, corn sugar, CAFO meats…all in a consumer paradise.  Amidst the weeds growing in the concrete and asphalt of what used to be, there's still "opportunity."  You can get your commercial drivers license, and you can get paid to do so.  In fact, there are more jobs in the trucking industry than there are people willing to work. 



https://i.ytimg.com/vi/d4w9FvY1BJQ/maxresdefault.jpg Everything in this country relies on the Just In Time Trucking Paradigm (or JITTPA as I now like to call it).  Nothing happens without it first being transported on the trailer of a semi truck.  Everyone in the collapse blogosphere knows this, but a lot of them like to not think about it.  Especially the green minded among us.  Do you drive a car, do you buy groceries, do you amazon, do you google, do you have a computer, do you do anything short of living in somebodies else's woods while rewilding?  If you do any of those things then you rely on truckers and petroleum for your livelihood and your lifestyle.  Nothing happens in this country without first happening on the trailer of a semi truck. 



What has brought me to this point?  How does one go from a bamboo internship focused on permaculture ethics to driving a tractor trailer for a living?  Why does a Druid ride a lawn mower?  Why would a Druid be a Trucker?  Fake News?  Denial?  Fukitol (currently I'm fukitol free).  Technically I'm an Agnostic Druid Buddhist Trucker at this point.  What do any of these labels accomplish…and what choice do I have?  I've got a wife and two children to support in a world that's been collapsing for my entire life.  Our way of life has been on notice since before I was born and yet here we are, 37 years later with our world of BAU still functioning like a well oiled machine (I mean minus the supper storms, fires, droughts, flooding, melting glaciers, rising seas, unbreathable air, undrinkable water, radioactive rain water, and starving people).  I've been waiting for collapse since 2007, and ten years later I've still got bills to pay and a credit score to keep up (in spite of the Equifax clusterfuck). 



http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/scale_small/1/17172/1195412-druid.jpg Again, why would an Agnostic Druid Buddhist be a trucker?  It's a valid question, and it's happening, and I'm proof.  BAU just keeps on truckin', and the trucks just keep on truckin', and our way of life slowly dissipates with no hope of changing less Gaia shaking us off like flees.  Why would one willingly atrophy before it's necessary?  To appease one's conscience?  So that one can sleep better at night?  Is having Medicaid, food stamps, and living with an elder relative better then succumbing to the Matrix that has us all imprisoned?  There is no escape from the inertia of our way of life.  Even the rewilders have to deal with radioactive rain, polluted land, water, and biocide drift.  There is no escaping the great American Dream, or nightmare, depending on your perspective. 



Idealism is not realistic, we have to afford to make any change in this world, and there is not one person or entity that has the authority to decide what is best for each individual adult person in this world.  There is no shortage of advice out there to subscribe to in the attempt to figure out what is best.  As the saying goes about opinions, so goes advice, everybody has got one and the end result is mostly shit.  That's not to say that wisdom is not real, or worth following.  But it is to say that everything is relative and opinions depend on perspective.   



At the end of the day, when the tirades and opinions expire, and reality is left standing, we must all answer the call.  If I were a lone soul on this Earth, I'd be in the woods rewilding, or perhaps in a ditch with a needle sticking out of my stiff blue arm.  Those are luxuries I can't afford.  I have two sons and a wife to part the waters for.  In this world that means making money, and in this world those options are withering away like a worm on the sidewalk after a deluge on a sunny day.  Trucking is the literal heart of our society…of our slowly collapsing civilization.  The day the trucks stop is the day our way of life stops.  I'm getting paid to get the license that will allow me to make a good living while BAU persists, and that BAU is only possible because of what I'm currently training to do.  I don't have to go into debt to get this opportunity to slave away for a good living wage of digibits.  I'm getting paid while I make this opportunity a reality.  I'm getting paid in a place that has more weeds growing in the concrete and asphalt of a failed, boarded up,  suburban sprawl arrangement than it has dumb ass people driving around in cars. 

 

Somehow the WASP (white anglo-saxson protestant) took over a continent of indigenous nomadic people.  The WASP took over and massacred the indigenous peoples and the natural resources that sustained them.   They committed genocide of both the people and the environment.  Indigenous nomads had no need of petroleum and civilization.  The Wasp replaced the buffalo with bitumen, and the horses with semi trucks.  They replaced the teepeecs with ticky tacky. They replaced true self reliance and independence with mechanical horses ridden by obese zombie nomads high on fukitol and corn syrup.  It's a god damned tragedy of American proportions, and there ain't one corner left on this blue-green orb that's immune.  I'm no martyr and I've got mouths to feed…mouths that reside in this nightmare that we call the land of freedom.  Reality is a cold hard bitch, and she does not care about the change we'd like to see in this world. 



That is why an Agnostic Druid Buddhist is becoming a truck driver. 





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Re: Mechanical Zombie Nomads
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 09:16:41 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 10:13:56 AM »
LD,
Why do you declare yourself agnostic.

You're not against knowing.
If anything, you're a sponge. You absorb knowledge 24/7....

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2017, 06:20:54 PM »
LD,
Why do you declare yourself agnostic.

You're not against knowing.
If anything, you're a sponge. You absorb knowledge 24/7....

At this point I'm open to anything with respect to the idea of God.  Presently I'm of the opinion that if there is one God than there is more likely multiple gods/goddesses.  My Druid side wants to believe that there are many gods, my Buddhist side doesn't care, and my empirical side has no evidence one way or the other. 

The only empirical evidence I have is that there is life beyond our meat suit.  That's due to multiple O.B.E's I've experienced.  However, that's not proof of a God, or gods.  Technically I'm agnostic because I believe there could be gods, but I also hold that there may not be.  I'm not prepared to hold an atheistic belief because, like theism, it's a belief without proof.  For me, being agnostic is just an expression of complete intellectual integrity and self-honesty. 

Yes, I am a sponge for knowledge. 

In fact, half of my time at this truck driving school is spent reading books on my kindle.  There are four students per truck, so 3/4 of the time I'm just sitting in the back waiting for my turn to drive.  They removed the bed from the sleeper and bolted three seats down in the back.  I think I got a good 6 hours of kindle time today during "training."  I'm getting paid $500 a week for this training though...so I don't mind.  I'm getting paid to do what I'd already be doing. 

I've already driven on surface streets and on the interstate.  It's a thrill driving a semi.  You really have no idea how long one of those trailers are until you pull one behind a semi.  You also have no idea how stupid most drivers are with respect to semi's until you drive one.  The first day I drove out on the surface streets I got cut off probably 5 times.  People are dumb.  I knew that people did not respect tractor trailers, but I had no idea how bad it really is...and I worked on an ambulance for 8 years! 

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2017, 06:27:55 PM »
In fact, half of my time at this truck driving school is spent reading books on my kindle.  There are four students per truck, so 3/4 of the time I'm just sitting in the back waiting for my turn to drive.  They removed the bed from the sleeper and bolted three seats down in the back.  I think I got a good 6 hours of kindle time today during "training."  I'm getting paid $500 a week for this training though...so I don't mind.  I'm getting paid to do what I'd already be doing. 

4 Trainees/Truck!  No wonder it takes 4 Weeks.  We had 2/Truck at Schneider.

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I've already driven on surface streets and on the interstate.  It's a thrill driving a semi.  You really have no idea how long one of those trailers are until you pull one behind a semi.  You also have no idea how stupid most drivers are with respect to semi's until you drive one.  The first day I drove out on the surface streets I got cut off probably 5 times.  People are dumb.  I knew that people did not respect tractor trailers, but I had no idea how bad it really is...and I worked on an ambulance for 8 years!

99 out of 100 accidents involving a Big Rig are caused by dumb ass 4-wheelers.  Until you get behind the wheel of a semi, you don't grasp how bad the typical driver is.

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2017, 06:56:28 PM »


4 Trainees/Truck!  No wonder it takes 4 Weeks.  We had 2/Truck at Schneider.



Well that was in the 90's.  Now there is a severe shortage of drivers in the industry.  That's why the standards have been lowered to just 1 year accident free to be considered an experienced driver.  They just changed the program from 3 per trainee to 4 because they are trying to get enough drivers to handle their current freight. 

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99 out of 100 accidents involving a Big Rig are caused by dumb ass 4-wheelers.  Until you get behind the wheel of a semi, you don't grasp how bad the typical driver is.

Watch your mirrors.

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I know that's the truth.  Truck drivers get the blame often when it's not their fault also.  We had a 4 hour safety brain washing/indoctrination  session today.  They showed us a video of  a car running a red light.  Apparently it was a car load of teenagers who had stolen a lawn mower and were running from the cops.  They blew through the red light and a semi t-boned them and all of the teenagers were killed.  The truck driver had a green light and was going the speed limit through the intersection.  The trainer said that the driver got a ticket. 

I'm not sure I believe that's true.  How could they write you a ticket for going the speed limit through a green light?  Were supposed to "get off the gas and be going below the speed limit through every intersection."   :laugh: :emthup: :icon_scratch:

Yeah right...we're also supposed to leave 7 seconds of following distance on the interstate....that's like a football field in length at 63 mph. 

There's the classroom reality (unreality...corporate CYA BS) and then there's reality. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2017, 07:23:44 PM »
There's the classroom reality (unreality...corporate CYA BS) and then there's reality.

Indeed.  But in reality also, if you have an accident, if you are found not to be following the safety protocols in the manual, then YOU get the blame for the accident.  You have to be very scrupulous, because Safety will run you through the mill, and it's almost impossible not to get a blot on your driving record if there is an accident, whether it was your fault or not.  I heard the stories endlessly at the Terminals, both for Schneider and JB Hunt.

Ideally, just DO NOT get in an accident.  I never did.

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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2017, 08:05:03 PM »
There's the classroom reality (unreality...corporate CYA BS) and then there's reality.

Indeed.  But in reality also, if you have an accident, if you are found not to be following the safety protocols in the manual, then YOU get the blame for the accident.  You have to be very scrupulous, because Safety will run you through the mill, and it's almost impossible not to get a blot on your driving record if there is an accident, whether it was your fault or not.  I heard the stories endlessly at the Terminals, both for Schneider and JB Hunt.

Ideally, just DO NOT get in an accident.  I never did.

Watch your mirrors.

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I'm aware that when you work for a trucking corporation you'll get thrown under the bus and then backed over several times if you so much as scratch something.  They've got an in cab camera as well as a forward facing camera in the truck.  If there's an incident it will be recorded.  Electronic logs as well.  It's a double edged sword on both accounts IMO. 

With the camera, if there is an incident, there's a good chance it will be caught on camera, and if it's not the driver's fault there will be proof.  Before the cameras it was the drivers word against the 4 wheelers.  I feel it's more protective then anything else.  They say it only records when there is an incident and that they're "not looking in on us."  Whatever, if they want to watch my ass driving for 11 hours a day they can have at it.  It can't see into the sleeper when I close the curtains, so I still have privacy in the sleeper. 

I found it interesting that it's against company policy to have a porno magazine in the truck.  It's a terminable offense, as is parking anywhere but an approved truck parking spot (unless it's an emergency). 

As for the electronic logs, well that works to the drivers favor as well.  The DOT has access to those logs whenever they want them.  You can't fake e-logs since they are tied into the truck computer, and the company does not force dispatch.  You can't cheat e-logs, and so they can't say one thing and expect another with respect to our hours and hot loads.  If we run out of hours then we are out of hours.  There can be no tacit expectation for us to drive without the hours to legally do so. 

I don't plan to get in a wreck, and my head is already on a swivel between all six of the mirrors at my disposal.  If I do get in a wreck...then that's that...I'll do my best to avoid it though.  We're governed at 63 mph, and they figure our time on deliveries at 50 mph, so far it all seems very reasonable...with exception to the Corporate CYA BS...but then that's just the reality of working for a corporation.  I plan to play strictly by the rules.  Either way I end up with a CDL, and that's a lunch ticket for life (at least within the parameter of BAU), barring an accident that's deemed my fault.  That's not going to happen. 
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2017, 08:22:10 PM »
There's the classroom reality (unreality...corporate CYA BS) and then there's reality.

Indeed.  But in reality also, if you have an accident, if you are found not to be following the safety protocols in the manual, then YOU get the blame for the accident.  You have to be very scrupulous, because Safety will run you through the mill, and it's almost impossible not to get a blot on your driving record if there is an accident, whether it was your fault or not.  I heard the stories endlessly at the Terminals, both for Schneider and JB Hunt.

Ideally, just DO NOT get in an accident.  I never did.

Watch your mirrors.

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I'm aware that when you work for a trucking corporation you'll get thrown under the bus and then backed over several times if you so much as scratch something.  They've got an in cab camera as well as a forward facing camera in the truck.  If there's an incident it will be recorded.  Electronic logs as well.  It's a double edged sword on both accounts IMO. 

With the camera, if there is an incident, there's a good chance it will be caught on camera, and if it's not the driver's fault there will be proof.  Before the cameras it was the drivers word against the 4 wheelers.  I feel it's more protective then anything else.  They say it only records when there is an incident and that they're "not looking in on us."  Whatever, if they want to watch my ass driving for 11 hours a day they can have at it.  It can't see into the sleeper when I close the curtains, so I still have privacy in the sleeper. 

I found it interesting that it's against company policy to have a porno magazine in the truck.  It's a terminable offense, as is parking anywhere but an approved truck parking spot (unless it's an emergency). 

As for the electronic logs, well that works to the drivers favor as well.  The DOT has access to those logs whenever they want them.  You can't fake e-logs since they are tied into the truck computer, and the company does not force dispatch.  You can't cheat e-logs, and so they can't say one thing and expect another with respect to our hours and hot loads.  If we run out of hours then we are out of hours.  There can be no tacit expectation for us to drive without the hours to legally do so. 

I don't plan to get in a wreck, and my head is already on a swivel between all six of the mirrors at my disposal.  If I do get in a wreck...then that's that...I'll do my best to avoid it though.  We're governed at 63 mph, and they figure our time on deliveries at 50 mph, so far it all seems very reasonable...with exception to the Corporate CYA BS...but then that's just the reality of working for a corporation.  I plan to play strictly by the rules.  Either way I end up with a CDL, and that's a lunch ticket for life (at least within the parameter of BAU), barring an accident that's deemed my fault.  That's not going to happen.

In that case, with all the cameras, make sure you follow at the FULL Football Field of distance behind the dopey 4-wheeler in front of you! LOL  Also do NOT take an off ramp at higher than the designated speed!  (That can be worked out from the dash camera).

All the electronics makes today's trucking quite a bit different than in my time.  The GPS makes the route planning and finding your destinations much easier.  Now they have backing cameras also, which make it much easier to see what is going on when you have to back up your trailer.  Now there are "automatic" trucks that use servos to do the shifting for you, so no double-clutching if you have one of those.  You have Internet everywhere, courtesy of the 4G network.

I don't think Truckstop Food is any better though.

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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2017, 06:24:08 AM »
You might want to consider that in this day and age your online record would also be probed in case of an incident. Attitude, mindset, regards towards safety rules.  If I was a lawyer trying to throw you under the bus I would search... Maybe time to be the grey man for a while?
If its important then try something, fail, disect, learn from it, try again, and again and again until it kills you or you succeed.

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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2017, 06:40:23 AM »
You might want to consider that in this day and age your online record would also be probed in case of an incident. Attitude, mindset, regards towards safety rules.  If I was a lawyer trying to throw you under the bus I would search... Maybe time to be the grey man for a while?

How far do you really want to go into capitulating to the Police State?

Give up the right to even just TALK about your own experiences in life with others for fear of losing your job?  :o  If that isn't straight out of 1984 Orwell I don't know what is.

That is not "Grey Man".  It is "Non-Existent Man".  You have completely ceased to exist as an independent soul at that point.

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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2017, 06:45:58 AM »
Not true at all.  You still exist as an independent soul you are just no longer broadcasting to the world in a digital permanent medium. As far as capitulation to a police state digital tracking logging and video recording is pretty damn far down that path already no?  Probably more so then self editing.
If its important then try something, fail, disect, learn from it, try again, and again and again until it kills you or you succeed.

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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2017, 07:01:45 AM »
Not true at all.  You still exist as an independent soul you are just no longer broadcasting to the world in a digital permanent medium. As far as capitulation to a police state digital tracking logging and video recording is pretty damn far down that path already no?  Probably more so then self editing.

I disagree.  They have always been able to get you if they want to get you, the recording medium of the internet isn't necessary.  They just get testimony from people you talked to.

It is always a risk to speak your mind inside a fascist state.  But there comes a point, a LINE IN THE SAND you have to draw where you will go no further down the path to capitulation.  LD often brings up his responsibility to his children as rationale for why he is doing what he is doing with driving the truck.  It brings in the money they need in this society.  But there is another responsibility you have to your children as well, which is to be a Courageous Man who stands on principle.  Many men who went into the French Resistance during WWII had children and had to leave their families to go underground.  Many dissidents have been imprisoned with children, Alexander Solzenyhtzyn comes to mind here.

Today we have the internet, it can be easily searched and all you ever wrote compiled and searched by bots to find "incriminating" statements.  If you fear this, you are in chains.  I experienced it once, I lost a job because of what I wrote on the internet, and after that I did become more careful about what I wrote, but I still wrote my thoughts, usually in a more abstract manner.  If they want to get me for this, they will.  But I won't give up my freedom to speak out.

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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2017, 07:38:27 AM »
A very well expressed thought. 
If its important then try something, fail, disect, learn from it, try again, and again and again until it kills you or you succeed.

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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2017, 07:42:29 AM »
A very well expressed thought.

Expressed even better by Martin Niemoller.


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