NINE YEARS OF NOTHING
This morning I’m at work at my usual hour plus early, slurping coffee and cursing all of the gods as the clock-in hour approaches, and whining like a little bitch as the Internet connection is down again (Hughes seems to be as crappy as the local jagoffs Frontier ) and I can’t get my fix. I usually have my Kindle with me for just such occasions, but felt I should be trying to get a little writing done. So I’m scratching my head in befuddlement ( all my notes on possible articles are at the house with my other computer-yes, I spend too much on computers, my writing more important than survival gear. I just dropped $300 on an electronic toy that could have gone to a new single shot rifle. I don’t know if that makes me generous or idiotic ) about a subject matter and in desperation I started to skim through the book on Peak Oil I wrote nine years ago. Surprisingly, besides a few words on the fracking industry I could add now, it is pretty topical. Not much has changed. History seems to be in a decade repeat loop. Well, besides the fracking I could add in the tar sands and ethanol fiascos, but those are just mere details. The book isn’t really dated at all. Overall the big picture still stands ( the book was in the "Chicken Little Magazine #1" still available as a free file from Lulu.com ).
Which worries me a bit. I’m not worried about being seen as overly paranoid. Actually, the book was written in the same style as my first one, The Frugal Survivalist- no ranting, calm and rational ( so, alas, boring ). No, I’m concerned that some damn fool will read it, look at today’s state of the world, compare the two, then conclude that since the can was kicked down the road for a decade, there is no reason it won’t happen again and they should start buying retreats with thirty year mortgages and start a saving plan for purchasing semi-auto firearms. I can scream until I’m blue in the face that survivalists should look to their grandfathers who feared a nuclear war at any second and got prepared before one could happen ( "better two years too early than two minutes too late" ) as inspiration, but most will look at the last ten years as an excuse to keep humping around and do nothing of consequence preparation wise. They will still live in large metro areas, still only have three months of food stocked and still spend 90% of their prep budget on AR accessories. Frankly, your prep plans should already be completed, with all your energy devoted to maintaining what you have already. NOT still acquiring. Every time you use the phrase "I’ve got time to do X, and I’ll get around to Y", you are tempting the Fates who might just take away that time to spite you. Not that the SHTF overnight, but that you lose your job and start that phase early. Unemployment is just as destructive to prepping for the collapse as an overnight EMP attack.
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