Procrastination or Deliberate Stalling Strategy?

Want to stall someone? Invite them to a meeting.Have you ever noticed people, employers, and governments seem to procrastinate instead of act?  For instance, Iran is still far away from coming to an agreement about nuclear weapons, but they keep entering into negotiations.  North Korea has, for sixty years, threatened to attack, continues to make a bit of noise, but still is attempting to negotiate for a unified Korea.  Saddam Hussein stalled and procrastinated for 10 years before something was done about it.

Regardless of what you think about the three situations, one thing is clear.  They all employed stalling measures so they could find a way to get what they wanted.  For Iran, it is to hurry up and come up with a nuclear weapon.  For North Korea, it makes the noise so the South Koreans don’t forget about the North and to promote fear in the south.  For Saddam, it was about gaining control of a larger region.

What do all of these things have in common?   What appears to be procrastination may well be strategic stalling.  Stalling buys time.  Time is an asset everyone wants on his side.   Both Iran and North Korea think time is on their side.  They both believe no one is going to attack them.  No one will, as long as they don’t attack anyone else.  But, the stalling provides time to gather resources, make plans, and prepare for the aftermath of what ever evil deed they plan.

The normal person would not think stalling strategies would not be used much outside the international political arena.  They would be wrong.  Employers use it to avoid paying higher wages and benefits or to decrease number of employees and assets.   A case in point:  Some years ago Starbucks announced that due to the recession and serious economic losses they were closing some of its stores and laying off those employees.  They did this at the same time they opened new stores and hired new employees in other cities.

They waited for the cover of a recession to implement their plan.  No one questioned them about it.  Heck, many other companies were engaging in this same practice.  Simply put, in our opinion, Starbuck’s used the stalling strategy to wait for a time to close less profitable stores.  Large companies which lay off employees take a hit in the public eye.  If their only motive is to make more money when the company as a whole is doing fine, that doesn’t sit well.  The fact that they opened a new store just down the road immediately after closing the other stores speaks volumes.

Everyday people employ the stalling strategy too.  You see it in every day interpersonal relationships.  The boyfriend who procrastinates about getting married.  The woman who stalls getting pregnant.  The high school student who goes to school but does not do his work, thereby stalling his graduation.

Tomorrow:  Interacting with people who use stalling strategies and how it effects preppers.

Get Your Dental Treatment Before the Prices Go Up

Dental Costs Under Obamacare will increase.It is a surprise a minute as Obama-care becomes implemented. Nancy Pelosi said we wouldn’t find out what was in the bill until it was passed, and she was right.

Obamacare’s medical device’s tax will cover dentistry. Many Physicians are considering retiring early due the intrusive hand of the government. The Senate passed Budget allows for treatment of illegal aliens under Obamacare, so take charge of your health now. Proper treatment will be hard to get.

I just had to get that off my chest. Now back to being a wise prepper. The only good advice that I can give to you is about my specialty, Periodontics (gum disease). You need to have no disease in your mouth to avoid untreatable toothaches after the lights go out. The only person who can help you before that happens is a your money by going ASAP!!! The prices are going up for many reasons.

After you get your mouth healthy, keep it healthy as mentioned in previous articles. If you can afford the very expensive implants, my opinion is that the Periodontist does the best job. Not only has he or she been trained to be a General Dentist first, he or she has been trained for three extra years to be a Periodontist to place implants and save teeth that have periodontal disease. Other specialties have extra training, too. The Oral Surgeon and the Prosthodontist have extra years of training in implants. However, only a Periodontist will do the best job of evaluating your remaining teeth and help you keep them through proper treatment. My many years as a Periodontist have taught me that many dentists misdiagnose or mistreat periodontal disease. Later they send patients with hopeless teeth to the Periodontist. Sometimes miracles occur, but usually many teeth have to be extracted. Implants or dentures are needed then.

Dental Implants Covered by Obamacare

Implants can fail, just like teeth, from the same inflammatory reaction to plaque that causes periodontitis. Only the implant does not have a periodontal membrane between the tooth and the jaw bone. Thus, we call the disease perioimplantitis. The result is the same, loss of bone and loss of the implant and the expensive attached crown. A periodontist can help you keep your implants and teeth healthy. See for locating a Periodontist near you. (I’m retired!)

Start stockpiling now. Iran and North Korea say they are aiming at destroying us with nuclear weapons. One overhead explosion could wipe out all electric power for months!! One of my friends says he will take poison if that happens. I’ll be prepared to support my family to survive. Do the same for yours.