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Sunday, April 30, 2017

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INDISPENSABLE 3
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Antibiotics and plastics are the last two Irreplaceables we’ll cover.  The only plastic I’ve heard of that is low tech is the acid in milk type, to get an inferior but perhaps needed plastic ( and then you‘ll have the Calorie Sacrifice issue.  Truthfully, I can‘t imagine many of you have much of an idea how scarce food could be prior to the Haber-Bosch artificial fertilizer process.  Not to mention, wouldn’t milk plastic be a draw for rodents to eat themselves? ).  Some things just don’t work as well as plastic in some applications, so even weak plastic should be somewhat useable.  You can melt down scrap plastic but I can’t imagine the primitive methods will product much of use, although given Necessity being the mother of Invention, perhaps I’m far too cynical.  Be that as it may, it is hard to beat plastic sheeting for waterproofing.  And while $60 per roll seems a bit excessive ( get the heaviest thickest, highest “mil” rating in the painters section ), it can make sheltering a lot less primitive, uncomfortable or even dangerous.

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Do you really want to live in a damp moldy dugout?  You think there won’t be enough health issues as it is without sucking in mold spores?  Get the damn plastic.  Even if you live in a rock lined wall house triple insulated with a lifetime metal roof, a roll of plastic will be worth far more than one carton of cigarettes or four bottles of whiskey ( if you believe in survival barter-I’m not sure that I do, in the conventional sense as far as inter-group trade.  If anything, it will go to a gift economy within a tribe.  Of course, the old ways might persist long enough you’ll profit off of barter items for awhile.  Hard to quantify ).  Like a box full of batteries, a roll of plastic is both a serious investment but also a great place to park your wealth ( as in wheat, also )-it is buying Oil Age items in bulk while relatively cheap so as to profit off their looming disappearance forever.  You think $300 for one months health insurance is actually a great investment?  You buy substandard care, or more likely you are merely placed on a waiting list to get substandard care, and then roll the dice on whether you’ll be killed from that “care”. 

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Far better to invest in Indispensable and Irreplaceable items.  Like the aforementioned medical insurance, you might never use them.  But they are great insurance ( the stockpiled items, not the medical insurance ).  Next up, everybody’s favorite, antibiotics.  Nothing else has done so much into reliving people of taking any responsibility than antibiotics.  Want to stick your junk in some nasty street gals pie?  Don’t worry, there’s a shot for that.  Want to eat like a fat sow your whole life, then go in for invasive surgery to get a stomach staple, then pick up a Super Germ in the hospital?  Never fear, antibiotics? ( the question mark denotes its recent ineffectiveness )  Want to breed with a obviously unfit spouse, just because kids look good on your bucket list, then produce ugly wheezing sickly children?  No worries, there’s antibiotics.  Need to rush infected troops back into battle to save on training costs for replacements?  Antibiotics, yo!  Of course, they do come in handy for bad things that happen to good people, so you do want to have them handy.

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Fish antibiotics are the Go To source for folks not wanting to die too quickly, but because of their expiration dates they are likely to be an annual expense.  I don’t incur that cost myself, but I am more of the Darwin Survival school of thought, believing that one does ones best to stay in good health and then allows natural selection to cull the species to greater perfection.  That doesn’t mean that I discount a medicine that saves my life, but merely that prolonging the culling process by a year or three isn’t going to do anyone any favors, myself included.  I either have a strong enough immune system, or Bad Luck kills me anyway.  I’m a bigger fan of Vitamin C than antibiotics, and yes, I do understand its limitations.  I also understand the limitations of antibiotics.  I wouldn’t in good conscience recommend my course to most other people.  But in my defense, I’d say look at the Spanish conquest of all South and some of North America ( actually, the spread into North America did start with the Spanish, so the British settlers can thank them ) by disease.  They were NATURALLY immune.  They didn’t kill all those millions by military technology, as superior as that was ( the Nazi made superior tactics, as well as strategies even though they were knocking up against immoveable forces, as well as technology SHOULD have triumphed.  But as always, other factors screw up the perfect plans ).  From a macro standpoint, antibiotics are inferior to the deadly Darwinist pressures nature imposes.

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Vitamins are another item easily duplicated naturally but handy in both quality and quantity when manufactured.  They help in maintaining your health so as to already be healthier when antibiotics become needed, if even available.  They certainly have problems, such as digestibility/retention and even effectiveness ( the Vitamin C claims/hype were largely the result of one scientists campaigning, although looking at his other groundbreaking work it seems he has a very high probability of being correct ).  Naturally occurring vitamins through food are preferable, but today’s denuded soil and artificial fertilizers preclude that option, not to mention that climate plays a significant role in dictating your diets limitations.  It won’t take all that many years to build back up soil using permaculture, organics and French Intensive methods, but in the meantime a stockpile of vitamins are very handy and not expensive at all.  Megadose prior to the collapse to build up your immunity, and always have five years of a minimum supply for afterwards.

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Vitamins usually can last two to three years after the expiration date unopened and an additional one or two after opening, kept cool and unexposed to sunlight.  If your rotated vitamin supply is a year or two from expiration date you should be able to get five years use out of it if things fall apart tomorrow.  Have two thousand pills each of vitamin C and a multivitamin as your stockpile amount ( that is about $50 for the C and $60 for the multi, a cheap five year insurance policy-I’d at least double the C, personally, but that is a good minimum ).

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8 comments:

  1. Getting / staying fit

    Eating healthily

    These are preps ;-)

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    1. Doesn't have to be a military fitness program, either. Just baby steps in the right direction.

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    2. I find that just useful grunt work like gardening, clearing land, building, etc. all contribute to improved conditioning. The months off over winter is where it gets hard to stay in shape.

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    3. My winter regeme is an indoor bike ( really just the pedal part you place on the ground by a chair ) and push-ups. Good enough. Luckily there are few days I can't bike outside.

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  2. Sorry to be a pain. But what specifically are you talking about when you say a roll of plastic? Could you throw up a link?

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    1. Not a pain. You go to the hardware store and look for a roll of painters plastic ( also used to wrap around a room to keep water, dust out ). It weighs a good fifteen pounds or so. A four foot long roll, not quite clear. When you unroll a portion and cut it off, you then un-fold to three times the width. It is the thickest mil they make. Don't confuse with a painters plastic piece for a room or smaller. This sucker is the whole house size. When I was a kid we had a covered elevated porch the whole length of the house. That plastic covered the opening each winter to keep the cold out. I used it to cover my B-POD with a single piece.

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    2. For whole dug out house waterproofing look for something like this:
      https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B06XPPJT5K?psc=1
      6 Mil Polyethylene Sheeting Roll (20’ x 100’) Black Plastic Sheeting, Plastic Tarp, Plastic Mulch, Weed Barrier, Concrete Moisture, Vapor Barrier, Construction Film, Lumber Tarp, Ground Cover

      I have actually found my version for free (a little narrower and beat up but still FREE, and quite a bit longer and tougher) from the farmers giant grain storage bags they use in the fields. http://www.showmeshortlineblog.com/blog/category/all/5
      Some could be up to 500 ft long. 10 to 12 ft wide. Dumps are reluctant to take them when they are damaged as they are hard to recycle- they take two people quite a bit of effort to move, are white on one side and black on the other and very tough and UV stabilized, so as you can tell I love them and hate dealing with them (so much effort) But if you live near grain growing country see if you cant get some used/damaged ones for your own projects...

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    3. If I remember I'll write down the specs on my Home Despot plastic when I next go to the B-POD. I'd be interested in the comparison.

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