Saturday, September 19, 2015

prepping without permission 1


PREPPING WITHOUT PERMISSION part 1

Note: I don't think Saturday posts are working out, so this will be the last regular one.  If I do get ambitious and post one occasional I'll let you know Friday.  When I'm in a down period like now, struggling, that one extra post is just a PITA.  Thanks.
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It has been eight years since the economic unwind started.  Which in about the same time, the national debt nearly doubled to a point it is probably now baked into the cake that it can never be paid back.  Eight years ago, global weather trends started affecting all our major grain growing regions at the same time, for the worse.  I understand that when you start getting older the years just sort of fly by way too quick, and eight years might not seem like too much, but that is an incredible amount of time to be kicking the can down the road financially AND resource wise.  If it was just finances we would muddle through a few more decades.  But it ain’t just about money, it is about fuel and food.  We are at the end of American Empire ( and our dominant global currency is under assault as should be expected because that was ALWAYS a one sided arrangement benefiting no one else ) and may suddenly overnight find we can’t buy the 60% of oil we import, as the oil supply contracts ( and/or the fake oil is too expensive to drill ) which is happening with bad timing as our aquifers are drying up ( north Texas completely dry, up the line in the Corn Corridor the wells must go deeper all the time, and with California tapping into deep levels that took thousands of years to form ) and centralized feed lots are killing off our protein supplies due to disease.  Really, you can’t see a clear and present danger from this perfect storm?

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Perfect storms are events that take a multitude of singular events usually not considered problems and mix and match to form an exponential problem unthinkable, unpreventable and un-friggin-believable.  The humans on this planet are facing one right now and over 99% of them while possibly having a clue, don’t give a crap.  Too many distractions and too much to do just surviving and thriving.  It starts at the home level, the family unit entirely focused on the here and now and business as usual and all treasure devoted to prospering in the status quo.  And from there every social layer on up is the same way.  Even the prepper/survivalist commercial entities are treating the coming die-off as a big joke only good for enriching themselves with.  While some might approach genuine understanding and real helpfulness, mixing business with survival usual skews the equation, good sense wise.  But let’s start with the first and last layer of resistance as far as you are concerned, because with the can being kicked down the road this long it is just common sense the ass WILL fall out of civilization any damn day now, the home.  Stated simply without embellishment, bitches be setting you up for failure.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again ( mainly because a good put down is too good to waste only using it once ), your wife WILL ( with apologies to my female minions ) deny you the means to prep and then WILL blame you for failing to provide after the collapse.  That isn’t a gender bias, that is just human nature.  That is where prepping without permission comes into play.  More next article.

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32 comments:

  1. what amazes me is that the alternatives, say, to feed lots, are so easy and inexpensive, that why those who oversee each of these areas of failure hadn't sprung into salvatory action long ago is the question.

    they are dooming themselves as well as us.

    the scum always rises to the top!

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    1. The Druid Dude has a great couple of articles on the competitive advantage economically of passing off the negative costs to others. Which explains business as usual and unsustainable practices.

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  2. Nature abhors a vacuum. If the man refuses to take charge and lay down the law, the wife will fill the leadership roll.

    My advice to men, be kind but firm. Don't use this as an excuse to buy a black poodle shooter or other impractical toys. Most women I know that don't like prepping, resent their husbands buying tactical cool knives, ATV, guns, compound bows, night vision, etc.

    Buy a year's supply of her favorite shampoo and super soft toilet paper. Get a few months worth of her favorite chocolate. Top it off with basic grocery items that you use all the time.

    After you win her over to prepping, then buy some of your toys.

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. Remember guys, soft TP benefits you, too. You want a callus where?

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  3. “Your wife WILL ( with apologies to my female minions )”

    Probably totally unnecessary Jim, since if you were going to cheese off your grand total of 3 female followers, you would have already done so long ago.

    But I will add that it was mighty gentlemanly of you none the less, to toss a courtesy gift box of “cyber chocolates” their way :D

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    1. I have to be nice, as I'm working on attracting another female minion.

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  4. I wife who actually gets this stuff and does something about it is a pearl beyond price.

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    1. Too bad they are too old to reproduce by the time the end comes. Gals like that need their DNA passed on.

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    2. I've three daughters . . .Did my part.

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    3. Fine, but you are over in Yankeeland. Practically another country. Almost helping the enemies gene pool. :)

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  5. You know it.
    If my wife knew half the stuff I have stashed she'd have a conniption.
    That's just the way it is, and always was.

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    1. I think the biggest problem for most guys isn't "I can't prep", it is "where are my testicles?". Coming from someone who had that problem.

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  6. Now single female prepper here. I was the one that showed HIM how to do long term food storage. All he was concerned about was getting more bullets and more black shiny firearms. I shudder to think what his food preps will look like in 6 months.
    Me, doing okay. Getting my shit back together.

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    1. I understand a blog isn't the best forum for too intimate of details with ones life, but for some reason I had the impression you guys had a real strong bond. Very sorry to hear about it. Best to ya, sister.

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    2. Some moderation is in order. The ladies need to have some self-defense capability, even if/especially when they don't care much for arms. Men who can afford 10 black rifles and 5-figure ammo buys this year (but little else) should survey the situation and look at the relative utility of more than a couple long-arms per adult vs. water and food ("weaponized" long-term water and food, like Napoleon needed in Russia). All of the short and mid-term needs and some wants should be checked before doing warehouse and squad-sized buys of things for "10 years underground, then fighting a world of zombies". Unless you are top-point-one-percent rich (assets, not income), then you need to hire me on as a consultant on remote bunker supply and defense systems!

      Bailing out on an otherwise-good relationship over an easy fix is silly and a good sign that it went the correct way. Stress is how you see if people are worth keeping. Stress (successfully handled) will also harden those people you are keeping and make them better.

      pdxr13

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  7. "Honey, I want to spend a bunch of money on camouflage, black rifles, and preparing for the end of the world in some improbable manner." This wont fly (of course).
    " Hey honey lets buy some extra food and insurance- and remember to get extras of that chocolate you like so much" This might fly.
    " Camping on our own piece of remote land can be fun"
    " hey, building our own simple warm and comfortable house mostly with our own two hands can save us lots of money in rent/mortgage and give us something to leave our grandkids and lots of peace of mind in the meantime." If you get a good choice in spouse it will fly.
    Don't be a "survivalist" be "frugal", don't get preps- get bargains and stock up for unemployment or local natural disaster. Be "just following FEMA / Red Cross guidelines and a little extra just to be sure..."
    Just a couple times where the preparations / improved pantry, etc, come in handy or save you money when you need it buys you a lot more leeway in that way.

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    1. I can't help myself- I come off "ahh, you're so cute" to the girlfriend with all my ranting and raving about the end of the world. She goes along with the pantry buildup because of that. But mostly because she likes a nice dinner too ( after eating bachler-ette style ). And we buy family packs of meat at half the price/on sale. I'm getting her to look at on hand for just once a month shopping. She's a homebody like me and hates going to the store. Still counting my blessings with this one.

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    2. Exactly, JJ.

      It's all about how you sell the idea of prepping.

      Women want to be secure, have their children provided for and know that their husband is looking out for their needs.

      My husband has it good. I'm the prepper in my family and he is just along for the ride. I try to budget a new gun, a thousand or so rounds of ammo, food storage, knives, etc every year. I hunt, gut and butcher the meat. I take the gun class. I look for ammo deals......

      Alas, I'm the prefect prepping wife and he could really care less. Though, I do rib him that he has it real lucky, most men would love to have a wife like me. :)

      All you other survivalist guys can eat your heart out. LOL

      Idaho Homesteader

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    3. Well, that just seems...mean. :)

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    4. Women know how to make certain they are desired. That is the first thing they try to learn to compete.
      Then the good ones also try to learn how to take care of their children and family. And many good ones also learn how to integrate to the community in a way that establishes a baseline status for the family with upward mobility in status.
      The truly Great ones get the idea of long term physical security for their family through techniques like prepping.

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    5. Men know how to scratch themselves vigorously. What more do we need? We are just interchangeable hunters/protectors.

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  8. Tools that make firewood without liquid fuels less work:

    http://www.baileysonline.com/Forestry-Woodcutting/Firewood-Products/Firewood-Cutting-Tools/Smart-Splitter-Log-Splitter.axd?catID=
    Useful on all kinds of scraps and logs, if they have been cut to correct length. May cut effort of maul/wedges in half, greatly reducing joint damage from striking. Still, not "fast" for people used to power-hydraulic splitters.

    Useful if your firewood is logs. Most useful if you have an electric or gas chainsaw. http://www.baileysonline.com/Forestry-Woodcutting/Firewood-Products/Firewood-Cutting-Tools/Smart-Holder-Firewood-Holder.axd

    High-mass masonry heater uses less fuel, saving effort & cost.
    http://tinyurl.com/pmbfubn

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    1. The Smart Splitter looks like a good tool for the weaker/smaller homestead members. The ones so spastic they trip over their own shoes.

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    2. The SmartSplitter may free-up combat-capable persons from kindling duty to keep the kitchen warm. 70 year old (or 10 year old) who is not very strong can split wood to feed an efficient high-mass stove without getting hurt. Partially-capable people can be useful for more chores with the right tools. Probably worth $100 (with the usual squeaking cheapness shopping).

      pdxr13

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    3. I think a big part of prepping is finding the right tools we didn't know existed, as we move from "buy all activities" to "do it ourselves manually".

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    4. Paul Wheaton is giving away a 12 page PDF with more details about the Rocket Mass Heater - email signup and you get more free stuff and a daily-ish email on permaculture and suchlike.

      http://www.richsoil.com/email.jsp

      Rantool

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    5. To quaote:
      This is paul wheaton's daily-ish email that is usually about permaculture and making a better world through learning good things rather than being angry at bad guys.
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      So sorry, I WANT to be angry. Anger fuels the will to survive so you can feel the pure joy of revenge. Don't let others fool you. Hate is good.

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    6. Yoda say "Anger is powerful, but it leads to the dark side."

      Revenge is not joyful, it is necessary.

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    7. And why not take joy in necessary work?

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  9. My wife is all for any prep I am willing to do. My disability check doesn't go far and actually being disabled means not much work gets done. I feel sorry for my brother. He wanted to retire early but his wife spends her days driving around, shopping and stopping at drive-thrus. She told him he was spending too much money buying oil. He changes the oil in her Honda every 5000 miles and has to do it every three weeks. His first wife was worse, poor guy.

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    1. I sure hope she can suck a golf ball through a hose.

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