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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

frugal survivalist digest 3 of 10


FRUGAL SURVIVALIST DIGEST 3

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note: the book "The Survival Medicine Handbook" by J & A Alton, a book we'd all like to have but which costs $30 or so, is available on Kindle Unlimited so you can check it out first.
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NO REASON TO GET FANCY

Every swinging cheese dingus out there wants the prettiest and coolest and most tactical and the best and the brightest.  And twenty years ago ( or perhaps thirty since we have to take into account the false inflation from Clinton’s gun ban ) that was almost feasible.  There were jobs and there was the Chinese import miracle and there was a functioning economy.  Today we’ve got nada.  Zip.  Zero.  It eludes my comprehension how someone who claims to be a survivalist has such an optimistic outlook that they believe that their job will never be eliminated, that their suburban McMansion won’t be burned down in race riots, that the oil will last forever and that they have all the time in the world to prepare for Bad Things To Happen.  And, yes, we might just have a lifetime to prepare.  Or we might not.  The Yuppie Scum Survivalist Guru’s lead you to believe they alone can discern the intentions of foreign powers and of Mother Nature. 

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Ego, much?  I’m pretty pleased with my own gasp of probabilities and possibilities but I certainly don’t claim omnipotence.  Here is my reasoning.  I say, assume the worst.  If it happens, you are prepared.  If it doesn’t, if I am wrong, then you’ve lost nothing outside owning a few prep items you would prefer to be better.  If the Yuppie Scum are wrong, if you listened to them and waited years saving money for The Best Of Everything, all the while staying in the craphole of a city to work a slightly better paying job ( the higher cost of living eats up most of that higher salary ), and the worst case happened and whoever you listened to was off in their timing due to a Black Swan or an Unknowable Factor, you didn’t have enough preps and you die.  While you are waiting to save that $1500 to buy a years worth of freeze dried foods and a collapse occurred, how are you better off than the guy that already has $150 worth of bucketed wheat-a years supply of basic calories?

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THE BARE NECESSITIES

Go bare bones NOW.  You can get fancy later, if you still have time and the finances.  Yuppie Scum all agree that you are such a wonderful person and a swell customer that they only want to see you buy the most nutritious food and the most deadly weapons and the best farmland around.  But what if you can’t afford that?  What if you are poor?  Even if you are the Cock Of The Walk, The Donald incarnate, the bees knees and All That And A Bag Of Chips, even if you are the Alpha Male Of All Alpha Males and you measure your wallet as the instrument that pleases your woman, even if you make gobs and oodles of money the chances are still good that you don’t have enough disposable income to undertake The One And Only Approved Prepper Stockpile.  Why do you still think that being poor is a reflection of your abilities?  If you are part of the 99%, you are most likely poor because the Elites have structured our system that way.  Heck, even the lazy bastards sucking off welfare aren’t really even to be blamed anymore as there are no jobs.  Every jerk getting paid to hawk the 1%’er line acts like with just a bit of gumption and go-get-iveness are all you need to succeed.   I say, hump you, you little rich boys bitch!  I’ve worked two jobs for almost 25 years, many times clocking over eighty hours a week and I’m still poor.

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Since the economy is getting worse, and the forth generation warfare seemingly is already spread to our shores ( I’m not sure how much is genuine and how much are continued False Flag Attacks ) and all our oil substitutes fail to get us back into an energy surplus, I say that everything speaks towards a future of MORE uncertainty, not less.  To be certain you are prepared, even if it is with Less Than Perfect items, you need to prepare YESTERDAY, not in ten or twenty years.  The bare necessities are few and affordable.

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FOOD

Any one food item is unhealthy.  That is understood.  Yet, no prepper food collection is going to be perfect.  You either have a balanced diet that is VERY expensive so you have less of it or you have far more calories that are less nutritious.  I’m of the school that sides with more calories.  If you run out of food, you die.  It is as simple as that.  If you have more calories, even substandard calories, you live longer.  Even if it is in poor health, you have a far better chance of surviving than with zero perfectly nutritionally balanced calories.  For one MONTHS eating of MRE’s, you can buy two YEARS worth of wheat kernels ( minus the storage containers ).  And MRE’s aren’t even that balanced, lacking in fiber and enzymes ( both of which wheat has-the only failing with wheat is lack of animal protein ).  Clearly, on a prepper budget you must go vegetarian.

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WATER

Rather than buying a fancy bright shiny countertop water filter for $300, how about one for $20 ( the harder to use one ) or $60 for essentially the same thing as the fancy one?  Redneck filters are much cheaper.

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PROTECTION

Everyone needs to protect what few supplies they have, and the section on guns will be what most of you are salivating over.  Much has changed in the ten years since I wrote the original book.  Again, this will be bare bones budgeting.  Sorry, no semi-auto carbines for you.  What?  This is an under $1k prepping guide.  Semi-auto is NOT in your budget. 

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SHELTER

Shelter is pretty easy.  Anyone can make shelter with $40 in tools.  You just need a mattock pick, a shovel and a wood saw ( and if you can, a $60 roll of thick plastic sheeting really improves things ).  And it will be more energy efficient than your $40,000 bunker atop a mountain you need a $30,000 four wheel drive to get to.  Energy efficiency isn’t very sexy but when you can’t light a fire because of tactical considerations you might begin to appreciate it.

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22 comments:

  1. A buddy told me a story about being in a gunshop last week when a semi-anxious 30-something man came in asking about a late-model imported semi-auto rifle normally retailing at around 2x the price of a basic AR-15. The shop had none, and everyone was backordered. Buddy had his rifle of that type in the car that he had obtained a few months earlier with the proceeds of much Nov through June OT abuse by his employer. He mentioned this fact and asked if the store customer would be interested in seeing it. When discussing price, Buddy casually suggested that he would accept $2000 for it (expecting rejection) and to his surprise, this offer was accepted. Getting an extra $800 over retail price for a slightly-used weapon that happens to be fashionable is an indication that Yuppie Scum are in a full-panic mode over the possibility that National Socialist Depopulating Democrats are going to force them to fight in the streets over a case of spam after turning off EBT, power/water and making SSI/SSD checks worthless (in purchasing power, you still get all the digits promised).

    I wonder if this Yuppie Scum panic-bought 5000 rounds of ammo to go with the "space rifle". Naa, 2 mags full ought to be enough. Cleaning kit? Yeah, right.

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    1. Don't be so dramatic-I'll bet he ordered THREE magazines worth!

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    2. The truth of the matter is that if he only bought 3 mags worth of ammo, he really doesn't need a cleaning kit. That is just enough to get it dirty, but without ammo, why do you need a gun at all (clean or otherwise)...
      -eviltwin

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  2. On the Medical book by Amy & Joe Alton.... especially for the novice, I'd consider it to be well worth the money spent to purchase a hard copy.

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    1. The great thing about the free preview of course is that it puts your mind at ease for investing so much in that hard copy. I trust NOTHING in e-form.

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  3. "cant light a fire because of tactical considerations"
    absolutely true. I can spot 80% of our neighbors ( people living within 10 miles or so) by their lights at night. Smoke plumes can be seen for dozens and dozens of miles. I'm building down in a little valley with hills on nearly all 4 sides, and growing tall bushes on the earth berm on the remaining area - that plus exterior shutters and internal blackout curtains will make light a non starter- a clean burning small fire in a big thermal mass, and a super insulated building with airlocks everywhere an exit exists will help take care of the rest. The locals will know more or less where your hovel, or 'shed' or 'root cellar' is, there is no avoiding that, but not knowing EXACTLY where nor how big (especially if it seems small) or well appointed it is can be a big advantage.

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  4. “Energy efficiency isn’t very sexy but when you can’t light a fire because of tactical considerations you might begin to appreciate it.”

    Those of us living in the desert James, probably won't have much of anything to light, so that extra work for earth sheltered will have to be performed regardless. This is where those wool or fleece blankets (Anything but cotton or ramie will work) are going to come in real handy. Candles will heat a small portioned off (but well ventilated) room within the shelter.

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    1. Camel dung? I think Virginia City ( Bucket Of Blood fame ) has their races. I wonder how many breeding pairs might survive. If they are even the right type of camels.

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    2. It doesn't have to be real specialized James. The pioneers used dried Cow chips. I'm sure you have plenty of cattle out there.

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    3. Pre-petroleum, here in this area, cattle didn't do too well through winter.

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  5. Just checking in Jimbo. Haven't comment in a while due to computer issues but still reading on the phone. Nice Hair!

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    1. Love you, man. Just keep reading-I barely ask for more.

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  6. Can't light a fire? Hopefully you don't consider this too yuppy. Top quality, long lasting, good price. My last one lasted for at least 5 years. It would have lasted longer if I kept it out of the weather when I wasn't using it. It's still functional, but rough. Just got a new one to replace it when I can no longer limp my old one along.

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    Peace out

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    1. I am the worlds last idea of a handyman, and I'd make my own before I'd spend $300 on one. It's an insulated box, a piece of glass and a couple of sheets of reflective metal. Their cost is what? $30? Greedy cheese dingus asswhores.

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    2. “I am the worlds last idea of a handyman”

      Same here James, and I'm always trying to come up with a simple, yet clever way and effective way in which to do something on the cheap. As an example, I need to figure out some way to build a simple shelter. I'll probably go with earth sheltered eventually, but I need something quick to erect for when I first arrive. A trailer is the obvious answer, but they're not always easy to drag into rough country. I also find the way that they're set up makes for inefficient space.

      I want to build something simple, but haven't figured out what yet? I'd go with Earth bags if I thought that it was easy, but I don't think that it is? So it might end up being wood? Maybe a simple shed with a shed roof ( The one's where the roof only slopes one way)?

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    3. What about regular sand bags with a wood rafter/fiberglass insulation roof? I think much easier than the Earth Bags, cheaper-perhaps-but definitely easier.

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    4. Well, with the earth bags, they actually become hard like a brick, so they're permanent, even after the poly bag that the earth is contained in decomposes. But the thing is, the poly bag probably never decomposes, because over the exterior, you plaster it with a mud/cement plaster. But it doesn't seem like there would be any benefit to using sandbags? It seems like it would be the same work with less strength? So if you're going to go through that much trouble you may as well go with the full earth bag structure. For the roof, I was going to go with a conventional framed wood roof, if I went the earth bag route.

      I'm sure the easiest thing to do is just build a very simple wooden shed. I was just a little worried about the fire situation in the Nevada high desert. The last thing that I ever want to have to do is rebuild it when I'm older, and have even less energy than I already do. I'll have a root cellar eventually, but I still want at least one above ground building regardless.

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    5. "really quick" shelter is Hexayurt. If you make it from plywood, it's sturdy. If you make it from tape and foam panels it's light. Pre-cut the panels in a garage, pre-fit some brackets (not absolutely essential), pre-drill holes, make sure you have enough fasteners and tools: monkey-simple 2-person assembly. Go nuts and pour a pad for permanence, after digging the small cellar. Future guest housing, better than the unloved old trailer.

      pdxr13

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    6. You could spend an equal amount on beans, for one quarter the weight. One quarter pound per day. Better protein.

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    7. 313-I was thinking sandbags more for a less permenant shelter. If you want wood, just cover with chicken wire and stucco.

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  7. After 5 years worth of wheat is acquired what bulk food item would you recommend next?

    I'm running a day behind so bear with me.

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    1. Oops, I mixed up the comments. PDX-is the Hxayurt different or about the same as those connectors you buy from the chicken supply place?

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