note: if you get Netflix, check out "Bushwick". Low budget "escape from New York" with a terrible premise, but actually well done and it keeps your interest until a great ending.
In this series, we’ll Panic Now rather than Plan For Perfection Panicking Tomorrow. Instead of meticulously choosing the best, most rational preparation tools and strategies, how about just thinking about what you need now. Right now. This has always been how I’ve prepped-the Cold War nuclear threat of “better one year too early than one minute too late”. But now I’d like to focus on the economic collapse as if it were to start tomorrow.
The two extremes of prepping seem to be the only two choices for most folks. They either think they can get into massive debt and the literally overnight collapse saves them from repaying that, or they think we are in a multi-century collapse and they have all the time in the world. But economic collapses tend to screw you, should you hold either view, and economic collapse is also THE most likely crash you are going to see. And for Christ’s sake, forget about natural disasters. Those are already prepped for by society ( hello? It’s called insurance ). All you need to survive a natural disaster is some camping equipment.
If you can’t figure out camping equipment, if you need to endlessly peruse the Interweb chat rooms talking about the best camping equipment, I hold little hope for your survival. A ten year old kid can pretty much figure out on his own ( or with a five minute talk with his dad ) what he needs to grab to go camping. I don’t know if this is the natural end game of dumbing down public education, or the result of commercializing every single item or task to the point of complete helplessness ( why are you researching the best company to buy MRE’s from? Grab some jerky, peanut butter, Top Ramen and oatmeal, get more calories for far less cost and better taste and call it a damn day, already ), but it is beyond embarrassing.
Now, none of us focuses very well on anything, if we are exposed to all the distractions of modern society. Sometimes we miss the obvious ( I was buying hideously overpriced wheat kernels from a store-this was the pioneer of bulk bin sales-before I read in Kurt Saxon’s short lived militia mail order newspaper about feed store wheat. At like one tenth the price ). Sometimes we need to read from others experiences to get better ideas. What astonishes me is the inability to follow to its logical conclusion so many issues that seems to be a cultural trait.
After Hurricane Katrina ( the last big natural disaster that was covered by the media to actually deliver news. Since then, the State owned media no longer reports. They have simply become Pravda ), who didn’t get that the standard three day prepping was no longer valid? That our normal way of doing business was no longer working? That you needed to Question Everything? Good gravy, people, its been over a decade! Who missed the memo that the Haiti disaster was just a Clinton Foundation fund raiser? That we’ve reached the point of overpopulation that we no longer have the resources to recover from disruptions?
That doesn’t invalidate having insurance for natural disasters. What insurance does is ensure Continuity Of Normalcy. What I’m saying is that by now you SHOULD have an idea how vulnerable and decrepit our entire civilization has become. How long term planning is now the only planning, preparedness wise. Anyone not starting at a years supply of everything is set up to fail. And that is a start, not an end. But, to return to economic collapse. The state we are already in. The Any Day Now continuation of the 2008 crash. It doesn’t sound as if too many of you are Panicking Now.
You don’t need to panic and go Full Retard. You just need to panic enough to fill out your preps. To recognize that no matter how things look in the Oval Office or on Wall Street, it is all a façade and things are going to collapse very quickly, economically, this next time. We won’t get a years Heads Up this time. Why? Because last time the housing bubble deflated that long, before the couple of weeks implosion of the banks. This next time, the system is exponentially more vulnerable.
The banks never fixed the problems leading to the derivatives bubble bursting. They only plastered layers and layers of lipstick on that pig. They doubled down on the problem ( lack of assets to offset their gambles ), looked around in amazement that it actually worked again, so doubled down several more times. Just like last time, the Beautiful People got rich and the poor got poorer. But this time the bubble is orders of magnitude larger. You don’t know what the pin will be this time, but I can guarantee that the bubble won’t slowly lose air, allowing you to escape. The bubble will pop overnight ( before, there were some physical assets underpinning the derivatives. Now? ).
When you have computers working at the speed beyond human comprehension, crap goes down hill that much faster. And when economic crashes happen, you experience a personal collapse which sees your enemies stronger than ever even as you are weakened. You lose hours at work or your employment. You lose assets and prices increase. Your local taxes go up every year as your take home pay decreases. In short, you suddenly, without warning, lose your ability to prep for the much bigger, further in the future civilization collapse.
So you panic NOW, prior to the economic implosion, prepping. If you don’t act as if you can’t prep tomorrow, you are setting yourself up for failure. Time to start acting as if you don’t have twenty years to prep, because our economy sure won‘t last that long. Which means you accept the fact that you’ll need to lower your standards in prepping supplies and accept more Better Than Nothings. No one is saying you need to stop after that, if there is time. You cannot waste money prepping for basics. It is simply impossible. You can waste money buying too expensive toys, or impossibly cheap guns ( like, from China ), but redneck prepper supplies will always appreciate in value.
Don’t like wheat? Everyone likes bread, so everyone eats wheat ( except those glutton intolerant folks-remember, experiment with some sprouted kernels to see if that helps. You can sprout, dry, THEN grind, for regular bread ). True, few want to JUST eat wheat for a diet. But you will if you have to because we all eat bread. And I can guarantee you you’ll get sick of over processed freeze dried food before you will fresh ground wheat bread. So, the first order of business is to buy wheat kernels, regardless of whether you want them as your sole dietary food or not.
In a emergency, it is better to have more of a food you like but don’t like so much as to only eat that one item, than have no food at all. Worse case ( or, best case, really ), you feed to others in the tribe, or trade it. Wheat kernels store forever. And as petroleum becomes more dear, will only go up in price. You cannot lose by buying wheat, even if you plan on getting another kind of food for storage. Whatever food storage you have now, double it through wheat. Peace of mind for very little extra. At $100 per year of calories ( plus storage container cost ), it is retarded to NOT have wheat.
That was the first panic buying item. Tomorrow, do you have too many guns and not enough ammo?
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* By the by, all my writing is copyrighted. For the obtuse out there
Stay on the path, heed the advice of Jim. I go about incrementally ratcheting up my preps, ignoring the rest of the tone deaf masses. It is wise to be as broadly prepped in as many different "departments" at similar levels. Not too much of one at the expense of others. I use my off time/vacations to rundown rehearsals or drills to hash out shortcomings. Minions should think about a normal morning that by end of day is full-on shtf.ReplyDelete
With no running down to Wally! Anyone who thinks about last minute shopping after SHTF will have their minion membership suspended!Delete
Yep, right on Jim. Just pack the lastly items, grab your grip, and walk off. If your provisioned in place, then lock it down, have a snack and relax. All that can be done is done, deal with the rest as it comes.Delete
When you look at an event with the right eyesDelete
We just had a long weekend here in Dingoland. My commute home went from a normal 45 minute fun ride to an ecstatic 2hour 45 minute adventure. Thank Dogness for my podcasts and that I never let my fuel tank get below 1/2 way (well that's a lie, I intentionally run it down every month or so to ensure there's fresh fuel in the tank but I run it down over a days 4wd so it's not like I've got a low tank during the work week)
2. When there was an impending flood I was already well stocked at Fort Dingo. But a few extra supplies never goes astray. So I thought I'd go to the shops and grab some beer, chips and enjoy the ride. Whoa nelly! The shops were chaos and people were on the cusp of losing it and start looting. I turned around and left.Delete
Shopping in those events is a contact sport. Don't do it. Panic today
3. Another anecdoteDelete
At some community event I was forced to attend (I loathe crowds). I said to my family. Let's grab dinner now. Err I'm not hungry just yet whined my family. I said "look at all these people. They all have the very same idea as we do, come here, enjoy the tunes, grab something to eat. Do you want to join _THAT_ line up?"
We grabbed food, and not 15 minutes later the mob started. Within 45 minutes the food stalls had run out and there were a lot of angry people whose night was ruined.
Get in early!
11:51- "All that can be done is done, deal with the rest as it comes". I like that, it rolls off the tongue.Delete
Dingo-I like that idea of draining the fuel tank for extra special fresh. I'm fanatical about never going below half ( for the NOL's car ) and yet that never occurred to me-my bad! Fort Dingo-damn, I like that better than the BPOD. Whenever we go out to eat-rarely-it is an event planned out like a European invasion. The timing must be just right to minimize competition. Location is factored in. Sometimes the worst food is the most crowded, or the best food with worst ambiance is most crowded. All is considered and weighed. I can't enjoy eating if I'm in a trough with the other pigs. No wonder we eat out quarterly or less.
“Dingo-I like that idea of draining the fuel tank for extra special fresh. I'm fanatical about never going below half ( for the NOL's car ) and yet that never occurred to me-my bad!”Delete
Be careful. I have heard that if you run some fuel injected cars out of fuel, that you can destroy the fuel injectors. I don’t know if this is entirely true, but since it’s someone else’s car, I wouldn’t take any chances. Alternatively, you could add a little fuel preservative every so often, or some of that Sea Foam. If the above were to be true, you really don’t even want to get a car down to a ¼ tank, because if you get on the side of a hill, you can still run out (I know this from personal experience).
I thought I was the only one that loathed crowds. I remember I had a friend that would go down to Pismo Beach every labor day. I remember thinking to myself why on earth would he do this? I’ve never been to Disney Land. That’s right. Not sure if I’ve ever met anyone that lived anywhere near Kalifornia that can say the same?Delete
I've heard of the injector issue, but even only to a quarter before filling gives a lot more dilution of the old.Delete
I was going to Disney a heck of a lot as a kid so I never went back as an adult once I started fearing crowds ( near the start of High School ), except once but that was a charter bus in the evening with almost zero people there. I was okay going to Magic Mt. a few times before the kids were born, but that didn't have the claustrophobic feel ( and besides, I was smitten with bosoms on the Baby Mama and did as I was told, crowds or no ).
My understanding of fuel in cars.Delete
1. It goes off / stale (source my parents had a car but also had company cars so theirs sat unused and it caused $2k damage to the engine)
2. Condensation forms / can form inside the fuel tank in the empty space. This means water is getting in
3. Gunk does accumulate in the bottom BUT only gets sucked up if you let your tank go down to far
When I say I let it get down I'm talking 1/4 to 1/8.
The keeping it half full or better really just buys us a bit of time should anything happen. Or it keeps us from looking stupid by running out.
Lastly - it costs just as much to keep your fuel tank topped up as it costs to keep it perpetually empty. One's just smarter ;-)
Right, all this talk of being prepped or being a better mechanic by doing X, it is just to keep us looking stupid running out on the side of the road. :)Delete
Get out of my head.ReplyDelete
Just this weekend I was thinking about what new gun I wanted to buy but then I was thinking about how little stored wheat berries I have (3 months for immediate "living under my house right now" family... brothers, sisters & parents we're talking about significantly less... they all live 10 minutes drive away).
Ammo is OK, only OK not Zombie Apoclypse level. But at levels that'd freak out the cops & see them confiscated even though there's no law about it)
PS - I still read everyday (or there abouts) Keep up the great work.
Green mountain dude - sorry I mocked you when you allowed comments. I was just teasing
Was that the Beatles? ( hey, hey, you, you, get out of my head ). Good idea commenting to Grn Mt. Dude here. I can understand why he doesn't allow comments, although I never could turn them off. You guys are the majority of my article ideas.Delete
Wait, I think it was the Rolling Stones. I haven't cheated and looked it up-I'm trying to force my memory to work.Delete
Being able to buy clean, ready to eat or store grain in virtually unlimited quantity is nothing short of a miracle.ReplyDelete
This situation will disappear when the world money system and cheap energy implode.
James is right, take advantage of this situation now.
Convince relatives or anyone you will be aligned with to get some more grain socked away.
Sprouting and drying before grinding to flour also adds nutrition for those who don't have a gluten problem. Pre-soak and sprout to point that the grain has sent out just the nub of a white root 1/4" or less. Then stop process by drying in food dehydrater, sun, or maybe low temp oven. Can store until ready to grind or use immediately.
S. In Fla.
Notes on wheat:Delete
We just had a bad harvest. In the last decade the world reserves have shrunk some more, rust started in Africa and moved east, Afghanistan stopped growing as much in response to drought and opium production, Egypt stopped growing water heavy crops such as cotton and went to wheat but must still import half what it needs, and Saudi Arabia stopped growing any at all.
These are just off the top of my head. Many more global grain issues. Last chance to buy, really. Stock it deep.
You should do regular Wheat Crop Analysis for your minionsDelete
But yeah, Just read "One Second after(or is it minute" if you're ever doubting the wisdom of buying grain.
I've worked out based on Lord Bisons book that one bucket (that I use) = one months calories for an adult. One bucket requires one cup of diametrious earth. Easy math for those with average intelligence, well maybe not, I heard that average intelligence is 86 which when I look around me seems to be overstating it.
One second. Year after I think is the sequel. Which is terrible. The first half of "second" was one of the best PA books out there. The second half was just wretched militia porn crap. The two books following are worse than the second half of the first book. Kind of sad, since the same author did Lost RegimentDelete
Which was a darn fine doomer book in that the first few in the series were "world rebuilding". Actually, good reading all around, but they should be read for the bonus tips and tricks. I'm sure the later books don't do any of that. By book four or five I think there was one mention of creating an industry from scratch one time. Kind of like that series with the time traveler to Polish knights era. First three books were awesome for Building Industry and then they just got gay. Anyway, both series are on Kindle so you aren't paying high prices on rare paper books.
gluten intolerant want to try the sprout/ dehydrate/ grind for flour trick. will see if daughter can help. thanks. love wheat bread but cannot digest. nothing better than a hot yeast roll with butter.ReplyDelete
You could probably just try out the sprouts as a veggie first. You want to do that anyway, for fresh veggies in your storage food. Perhaps as some claim it doesn't have that many vitamins, but your body will crave the enzymes.Delete
Did you notice US bond yields just rose, making it more expensive for us to take on new debt? Also, immediately after the official start date of the Petro-Yuan on January 18th, the US credit rating was downgraded from A- to BBB+. Momentum is building.
I was an economics junkie for many years but gave up on it after the obvious disconnect between traditional signals and the new manipulated results. Out of practice so long I just ignore most of it. Not that anything is good news anymore :)Delete
“A ten year old kid can pretty much figure out on his own ( or with a five minute talk with his dad ) what he needs to grab to go camping.”ReplyDelete
You might be giving modern 10 year olds too much credit. He’d probably reach first for his ipad, Gameboy (or whatever the hell it is that the kids use instead these days) and battery packs to keep it all going. Left behind would be crucial items such as matches, lighters, ferrocerium rods, tents, sleeping bags, etc and so on.
There used to be this fine organization called the boy scouts that taught such valuable outdoors skills. Now I think they call it the LGBTXQYZ ♀ scouts. The few remaining boys can hold the girls purses (Along with Tad and Sebastien's butt packs) :D
I jest, but it truly is a sad state of affairs ☹