Tuesday, December 3, 2019

prepping absolutes


PREPPING ABSOLUTES
There are some prepping absolutes that I would not compromise on. First, One Is None. That is just To The Bone Marrow basic. You cannot afford to be without tools. Another is, Got Wheat? You cannot have enough wheat and I would never advise stopping under three years worth. Five is much better. The world is too fragile, the lies too pervasive to leave to chance your life in the hands of government and gov minion soothing reassurances. Food First, always and forever. Obviously, with a hat tip to 'Ol Remus, Stay Away From Crowds. Those three are your bedrock. Yes, we could tweak that.
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But why hurt yourself? Sometimes staying basic is best. I could list a half dozen Gun Safety rules, but no one would remember them. If you just remember, “always loaded” and “never point anywhere but target”, you are close enough. With prepping, I could add things like, “you never have enough ammo”, or “you should be so lucky it only gets as bad as my worse case”, but all that isn't core basics. Hell, far enough away from people and you won't need all that much ammo anyway. And, while I insist on preparing for the worst, I do have to admit past mistakes.
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It has rarely gotten as bad as I've foreseen. Not to say I won't be right one day. I just lose sight of the probable events prior to complete collapse and die-off. I do have tunnel vision with Worse Case. Remember Mohave Rat? A minion in the Devil's own rectum, Las Vegas area, he got tired of living in his RV in the boonies and took a VA loan on a house. I warmed him to no end how this would turn out badly ( this was 2009-ish ). I was wrong, he had the thing paid off in like seven years, and even if I was right his RV was parked there and ready to bug out.
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I don't think it is wrong to assume worse case. Obviously, you cannot lose sight of enjoying life and not burning any bridges. You must have an ultimate crapfest plan, no matter what. While Mohave Rat was enjoying his new air conditioning, I had been conducting such prepping duties as digging the hole for the B-POD, and beefing up ammo and food supplies. I wasn't suffering, nor was he wasting time or funds, as he was as prepped as he perceived he needed. My advice was sound. For me.
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Now that I'm well enough prepared to relax enough to enjoy life, with the new wife, I've relaxed a bit on panicking. Now I'm mainly just filling out the second location stockpiles, and detail orientating on the old ones. Which doesn't mean YOU can relax, unless you are already ready for worse case. And note, by this I do NOT mean all out nuclear war. I mean the end of your ability to prep. You must make hay while the sun shines, and YOUR sun could set any time.
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It doesn't matter what you are prepping for. You don't have to agree with me, although I feel it is my job to constantly lecture you as if that were true. All I'm asking is that you are already prepared, because we can't time the collapse. And that you meet me half way on the food issue. Even if you don't think civilization is going to end, as I do, at least have the extra food you don't think you need. It is SOOO cheap, it is a very easy bet to lose.
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If you ONLY do one thing, and have that extra food, almost anything else is a surmountable problem. You can fashion weapons out of scrap, fashion a solar cooker from the same ( take the money from one Sawyer filter purchase-you do own several, right?-and get one or two of those wax gauges to tell you when water is pasteurized-link at end of article ). You can take off into the woods ( and return for the buried wheat-although wilderness caches are better ), participate in a Hobo Gladiator game for extra clothes, whatever.
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But food is NOT as easy as anyone, trapper, hunter, gatherer, gardener, make it out to be. You MUST have stashed calories. The One Is None rule isn't even as important as Got Wheat. With tools, you can go lower on the technology scale, and hence have much cheaper tools more easily duplicated financially. I don't want to bring a spear to a gun fight, but I can also avoid gun fights by avoiding people, by and large. Once in the land of black pajamas there were a thing called primitive booby traps. Didn't even require a gun. The operator DID require energy from rice to set them, however.
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Charlie was also pretty good at NOT being in the village when Joe came calling. He was avoiding crowds. You don't fight towards the enemies strengths. You don't notice Habeeb fielding armored cars, do you? You don't notice Afghans climbing the hills with 150 pound backpacks. Funny, we “Own The Night!” and yet are losing over in the Sandbox. Keep telling yourself we aren't allowed to win by the politicians. It might be true, because our wars are about enriching the elite ( the military industrial complex in Vietnam, the bankers with their PetroDollars in Iraq ). But that doesn't mean we could win otherwise.
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The economic collapse is already here, ten years ago. All we are waiting for now, during this new round of worry, is the actually personal catastrophe that was promised to each of us back then. A lot of you are since permanently unemployed. Your prepping days are nearly over. But that fate awaits us all, soon enough. Hurry, in your prepping. Food, more food, adding in some wheat ( yes, I understand some prefer rice. Fair enough. Just have calories, taking into account the need to compensate for the nutritional issues in White Food ) just for good measure.
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If you can't afford duplicate tools, lower the bar on what you consider necessary. If you can't buy multiple AR's, get multiple bolt actions. If you can't afford those, get single shot break opens. If you can't afford 308 ammo, be content with carbine rounds. Odds are most of us can't hit spit at the battle rifle rounds ranges anyway ( mine are more to defeat wind and cover at short ranges ). Anyone can be prepped, cheaply. You just can't be Yuppie Scum prepped. No loss. I'd wager they have a very hard time duplicating most of their expensive tools. Who is better off? The peasant with a pen full of donkey's or the man only able to afford one nice car?
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At the end of the day you CAN have it all, prepping and an enjoyable life. And being ready NOW. You just have to adjust expectations. You could be on a homestead now, if you were willing to sell all your toys, give up the salary, and live in a tent ( then a shack ). You could have a mountain retreat in the redoubt now, if you lived in a RV in the high desert, rather than insisting on Idaho land with a McMansion. Nothing is impossible, unless you dream above your pay grade.
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I think this article was a bit all over the place, a steaming mess. I think I even forgot my point. Let's just say, this stuff is easy, once you simplify.
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46 comments:

  1. What are your recommendations for non-GMO wheat?

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    1. I don't have any. I'm just happy I can buy ANY wheat, in bulk and affordably.

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    2. Per Wikipedia: As of December 2017, no GM wheat had been approved for release anywhere in the world.[27][28][29]

      Any concern should be over use of glyphosate (RoundUp) sprayed on nearly ripe wheat to act as a dessicant so combines can more quickly and cleanly thresh. Spots in field where wheat isnt quite as ripe/dry can clog feeder rollers.
      However, amount sprayed on ripening wheat is pretty negligible compared to gylphosate sprayed to kill weeds in soy though. Stay away from soy anyway too many endocrine disrupters in that crop.
      Other issues more important imo.

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    3. Hmm, good to know! Thank you. Just don't eat the GMO salmon. :)

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  2. Right. The Minions should utilize a personal example scenario, or an eyewitness-learned example as a template to guide their own "prepping *AND* survival" actions. By using close to you personally examples it is more effective and motivating.

    Use not, some redoubter's hypothetical scenario as outlined in fiction writings as your spiritual dogma tracts to be repeated endlessly like a monk's mumblings under candlelight.

    The objective is small (cost or complexity levels) tactical steps towards your own strategic grand plans at your stage or situation (Not planning to do, someday, or when have you have more money) this will carry one much farther in reality world.

    Prepping for the permanent pink slip, covers a lot of other over lapping areas, like staying fed and keeping one alive a while longer, no matter what else transpires. As a simplistic case example.

    Stay ever Frosty.

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  3. Yes. Prepping absolutes is good foundational precepts to use towards one's larger prep goals. With that, I would also posit that one must flush some of those other so called certain absolutes down the swirly hole come collapse and related spiciness.

    The moral high ground and highbrow yuppie standards of law and order and community h.o.a. like standards formally usefull will not be applicable or usefull at all post collapse. (Cough=*awles, and such types) To preach that thou shall not EVER take, snitch, steal as a matter of survival or existence during a wrol, collapse, or die off as an example case scenario, is asinine stupid to explain as a morality proverb to some one living amidst the shit scenarios. Leviticus (hard core biblical codes, punishments) is not exercised these days, thus current doctorines will have an expiration of usage as well. Historical studies are abound with examples of good folks doing things way contrary to previous absolutes, because = necessity to stay ALIVE, yo.

    Be a "Thinker" enough to (referencing many of Jim's admonishments about new dynamics post collapse-die off) march to the beat of the drum playing the kind of music in your A.O.
    just saying.
    Stay most Frosty.

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    1. Or, just keep on not thinking. Someone with an agenda will do that for you.

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  4. Imagine you're in a "tip of the spear" infantry unit in a forward operating base in a hostile land overseas. Each time you get in a firefight, call up your helicopter buddy to bring you an ammo resupply within 20 minutes, "and while you're at it, a case of MRE's and bottled water." With no notice to you, the empire supporting you collapses, you lost communications, and there is no resupply. How carefully would you make your last remaining resources last? How you would wish yourself to be as small as a worm and hide since your buddies could no longer provide suppression fire? Now imagine that forward operating base is now your home, stateside. Got LOTS of life support mechanisms?
    Romans 14:11

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    1. Love those war movies, ammo is being used up quicker than the squad blasting at the alien in the jungle in Predator, and suddenly they are commanded to conserve ammo as resupply is delayed. Like they can even suddenly switch from training mode.

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  5. I tend to believe that the Mojave Rats decisions were based upon his wife's health and his own was not good. At the end he seemed to be getting healthier tho. Comes a point in life , a person's age decides how much more prepping is required. One should definitely not forget to enjoy simple pleasures on the journey to preparedness.

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    1. The older you get, the less preps you need anyway. So, yes, enjoy the time you have left.

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  6. If I remember correctly, the Mohave Rat moved to Laughlin, NV. That is nearly 100 miles south of Vegas, so maybe not such a bad choice after all.

    A few really good things come to mind about a relocation to Laughlin:

    - the "wilderness" is literally just out your back door and runs for hundreds of miles. Yep, it's hot-as-hell desert, but it also includes mountains. Google Earth it.

    - Laughlin has a population of only 7,000 people, with no major highways running through, but it has casinos that service the week-long Snow Birds. This means that you can always find a job (with air-conditioned conditions!!).

    - the Colorado River runs through it, so you have the rare opportunity to live in a desert with an unlimited supply of personal water (even if it comes to you needing to stealth haul it in 5 gallon buckets to fill your cistern, err, I mean "swimming pool").

    - the airport that flies in the gamblers to Laughlin is on the other side of the river in Bullhead City, Az. It would be a shame if, post-apoc, something happened to the bridge that crosses to the much bigger cities of Bullhead City and Riviera, AZ.

    - if you like the idea of having solar power at your rural compound, there is so much fucking sunlight there that your solar panels will need sunglasses.

    - if you want to check the area out with a visit, you can do so relatively inexpensively because the casinos still subsidize the travel packages if you don't stay on the weekends (like Vegas once did). Then just rent a car, or use Uber or Lyft, and you can lay eyes on the landscape.

    THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE "PLEASE RELOCATE TO LAUGHLIN, NV COMMITTEE". Some restrictions apply. Not valid for NE Yankee scum, or other such ilk. Rednecks welcome, but not Deep South banjo playing Rednecks.

    City motto: Better to sweat in Laughlin than freeze in Elko!

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    1. Ha! Good one. I visited Laughlin once. Long time ago. I honestly thought it was much closer to Vegas. What a dumb ass. My only questions would be, 1) junk land anywhere there? and 2) what is the danger if Hoover blew?

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    2. re:
      Hoover Dam, and every other reservoir

      Blow?
      Non-issue.

      Every dam is designed to hold rivers by slowing the water flow.
      As river waters slow, all the sediments settle to the floor of the former canyon.
      Decades go by, more sediments settle atop older sediments.


      For ten years, I owned a restaurant in Chico California near Oroville and its Oroville Dam (motto: "It's going to blow!").
      Standing down-streem of that earthen wonder, the size of the dam is breath-taking magnificent.
      However, during the drought season == California is a desert == you can walk across the sandy gravel 'reservoir' with nary a dip to work up a good sweat.

      I grew-up in the mountains east of Sacramento.
      My uncle owned a ranch in the valley east of Folsom California before the Folsom Dam (motto: "It's going to blow!") was built.
      I remember standing on the ridge above the canyon looking miles across the the other side.
      That was late 1950s.
      As early as 2002, during another California drought season == in the desert called 'California' == I camped at Beale Point.
      The reservoir was closed to boating because the whole dang place was silted nearly to the top of the dam.
      Standing down-stream looking up at that colossal mountain of concrete, I could easily imagine a wall of water a half-mile high worshing Sacramento and Frisco off the map.
      Upstream of the dam tells a different story.

      In Oregon, Cottage Grove has Dorena reservoir (motto: "Let's make it blow!").
      A half-century old, and silted into a barren meadow, Row River a bare trickle down the middle.

      Dams.
      Another failure of TheGovernmentAgents.
      Bought by tax-dollars.

      I don't see dams as a problem.
      On the other hand, TheGovernmentAgents smell past their shelf-life.

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    3. Hilarious reading! ( motto: it didn't blow! ) LOL. Actually, I was thinking more of a false flag where we blame the goat humpers for blowing up the dam, with explosives. That, or Disneyland/World, so we can have martial law.

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    4. Marge,
      A technicality, but the CA Central Valley was never a desert, it was an Oak Grassland and used to have plenty of marsh areas. Wild game of all types was so thick that it would make it appear that the ground was moving at a distance and the bird flocks were so dense they would darken the sky. Since the Gold Rush and pioneer days, the elevation of the Central Valley has dropped at least 100' from the groundwater being pumped. Sad to see what we've lost.
      Romans 14:11

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    5. I have read where the Hoover dam would defy most conventional bomb and it would take a large nuke to bring it down.
      In order to take any dam down is simple. Just take out the controls for overflow. Once water levels exceed the spillway capacity , the dam overtops then it most assuredly will fail. Eventually...sending a wall of silt and water catastrophically like explosive diarrhea with chunks after a ten burrito pig out at Taco Hell.

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    6. Jim, I looked into moving to Laughlin, but not on junk land. I noticed declining property values. That put up a red flag since I knew it might have something to do with what Z Man blog discussed today.

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    7. Or, it could just be the property bubble once again popping with the derivatives bubble. Don't get me wrong, Diversity is stronger the further down you go, but few places are lacking the brown settlement.

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    8. Spud-thanks a lot, now I'm craving taco's. Like french fries, it is hard to home cook duplicate eat out taco's. Except at The Hell, where the food went to, well, Hell. But a Mexican restaurant taco, mmmm

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  7. Media news alert. A potential Mommy figure for president: (Kamala Harris) dropped out of the race. Drats! It slims down my deplorable assed chances to get a real Mommy figure in the white house for a wonderful rigid matriarchy power that the nation so sorely needs in these days. I guess I'll pull that yard sign out now. Sad day for Minions, just a sad day.

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    1. What about Hilary's double, who doesn't look 80, and who isn't demented yet? They could still run her.

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  8. I miss the Rat! He is (was) an OPINIONATED, OLD BASTARD!
    In Australia, the word "bastard" is a term of affection.

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    1. I sure hope I'm called a bastard, affectionately or not :)

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    2. Yeah, me too! I loved his blog, though he appeared a little too thin-skinned for the general public. Every couple weeks saying he was done with it and closing up shop due to some nincompoop talking shit in the comment section. I got real excited when he opened up under a new moniker (which escapes me now), but he very quickly went off the deep end, seemingly obsessed with racial garbage. Then quick as he started, he was gone again. I grew up without grandparents and his original blog was like a daily dose of Grandpa for me, I miss him being around. Jim, I find you more like the "crazy uncle" that I'm thrilled to have coming around, despite the objections from the "normal" side of the family! ;-)

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    3. More than happy to stir up that pot of fecal soup to piss of the Normals. Serves them right!

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  9. I’m tired of hearing about that “one is none” crap. Certainly two is better than one, but sometimes preppers can only afford one, and one is certainly better than none. It’s always better to have one than none. Maybe we should start saying one is better than none - especially for those of us on limited budgets.

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    1. If you can only afford one, you are buying too far above your means. One can be broken, stolen, or left behind in a panic. Three, with two buried/hidden nearby, solves all that. I had five Lee-Enfields. One was stolen. I don't sweat it, because I still have plenty. If I only had one, I'd be a dumb-ass. If I had one source of saving when my bank closes, I'm a dumb ass. A little bit of money here and there protects you. One closet of food? Why? Scattered sources. Same thing with tools.

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  10. "..participate in a Hobo Gladiator game.."

    Very funny Lord Bison. Reminded me of "bum fights" on YouTube. Sadly, they've been removed I think.
    I searched YT and one thing I found under "hobo" and "gladiator" is a channel by young Asian chick living out of her van (a minion wannabe!).
    Apparently some asshat meth-head attempted to jack her up as she was staying overnight in parking lot of a gym. They knifed her...well they punctured her fuel tank while attempting to steal fuel.

    https://youtu.be/uOh0EmxSAjE

    Gas is cheap for God's sake. Who steals gas nowdays?? Ripping off a 6 pack at 7-11 is faster and safer!
    Sounds like social hygiene time....amiright?

    As for booby traps, word to the wise....don't! Dude in Canada offed himself on own booby trap

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50619952

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    1. Well, if you are trapping animals, you have some risk there, right? A good warning of course, I just think we are going to have to accept more risks as time passes on. But yeah, I don't think you get into Valhalla while on patrol and you kill your own damn self.

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    2. Anon()()welcome to the world of meth-heads / crackheads.

      They'll go to great lengths to steal the most low-value or even useless shit. I could go on and on with entertaining examples, but you get the drift.

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  11. I guess what you’re saying is, “ If you can only afford one, why bother?”

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    1. "One" is putting all your eggs in one basket. DOWN GRADE to your level of affordability, to get more than one.

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    2. So, I should sell the collectable pre-ban FAL for the price of five eh-arrghs? One HB A2-klone is none? My factory FAL is a semi with precision of a boltie, but it is too easy to fire fast with a Harris bipod (3 hits in 5 seconds at 200M with peeps). Between the strong arms from carrying the 12 pound beast, and the pleasing .30 report, a person could get overly confident that that pile of corpses over there assures safety and good eating for the tribe. The Israeli and Belgian magazine collection is some scratch, too. Giving ground with fire with a lighter 10 round boltie is likely a better strategy. Fal ammo works in the current commercial bolt action, reducing the sell-buy losses on ammo. Uncle's 7.62MG ammo or brass from 240B or M60 are fine in a bolt rifle, with Lee loader. Just need to find a collector who loves pre-ban battle rifles with ALL of the evil features at collectable low-round-count prices. There might be junk acreage somewhere to trade straight across.

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    3. I can't tell if you are for or against the One Is None absolute. Unless someone is poor and needs to raise funds, there is nothing wrong with having ONE. You just need to have more than one of other items. You don't necessarily need three water filters. You can also have a supply of powder bleach and a solar heater to pasteurize-three ways of doing the same thing, not necessarily three of the exact same tool. With a sweet FAL, just have a couple of back-up bolties in the same round. All my rimfire rifles are different brands/actions. No mags needed, so that simplifies.

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  12. I am entrenched in Las Vegas. The Hoover damned Dam is a really juicy target, top tier roster place of multi faceted concerns. Downstream to and including davis dam will be wiped out which is upstream a bit of laughlin. So screwed. The power generation lost will probably brown out or shaft california utilities badly on their weak ass shit systems. The loss of the water available to all the state (S) and Millions of mouthbreathers would be biblically cataclysmic. And no it ain't silted, it holds back what was the largest man made resevoir in the western hemisphere, so... Hopefully they still have those Universal Soldiers (Jean Claude Vandaam) badasses at the damn for security detail.

    Not much cheap land down there, all blm tied up. Cheap land is usually along the railroad corriders (granted land for building rail lines) or those checkerboard patterned zones on topographic maps, that shows private lands and blm shaded areas.

    Maybe with Trump moving interior department offices out of the swamp out west, they may get encouraged by some rough looking cowboys to sell off some of the bloated portfolio of holdings, thus juicing growth and expansion opportunities, for some red stater deplorable areas, that vote and donate, just saying.

    That last paragraph would be swell advice (hint, hint, take notes) to whomever is on duty in the Trump war room, monitoring the "Bison Prepper Blog" for saqe advice and strategy points.

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    1. The great thing about the FedGov "owning" the land is that all the stupid twats don't overbuild past the water resources. The gov are power hungry idiots, but the private sector are greedy idiots.

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    2. Old Seldom Seen Smith, kneeling on top of Hoover Dam praying for just one precision earthquake. I liked the monkeywrench gang by Edward Abbey.

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    3. 30-35 years since I read that one, and I swear that name still sounds familiar. Yeah, excellent read.

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  13. How about this for a rule?
    "The world can stay crazier longer than you'll have money (or stuff)."

    I'm saying that I said it first, but somebody probably beat me to it already.

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    1. Good one, and can't say I've heard it before. Of course, all the fun I made of Hilary being Alzheimer's Annie, I'm probably losing my own mind.

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    2. Markets can stay irrational longer than you can remain solvent.

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    3. And on a long enough time line, we are all dead

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  14. The area I'm in, in the Southeast, is loaded with trees, woods, forests, so the most important tools for me (besides protection) will be multiple saws and axes. Anything else needed can be improvised with those. Though I do have other tools.

    I wanted to introduce you to a good YouTube channel if you haven't seen in yet. It's called "Survival Russia." The guys is from Denmark, ex military. His name is Lars. He married a Russian woman and moved to Siberia. He has good information on survival techniques, things like making alcohol, homemade medicine (salves, tonics), how to make a Siberian log fire to last all night, shelters, and just how they survive (including metal detecting for scrap iron to sell). Owns a lot of land. Because he has to deal with bear and moose, he always carries a rifle. (He calls it a "printing tool" so YT doesn't ban him.) He hunts and forages as well.

    When he's out on a winter hunt, he brings kasha (roasted buckwheat), dry soup mix, usually canned pig meat and a dense bread, but also hunks of fat that look like fatback. That list alone would would make great survival food to stow away.

    If you haven't watched him, give it a try. I've learned a lot from him.

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    1. I think I've watched two or three of his vids-good stuff, yes. A few others I just skim. Worth digging through. I didn't know his background-interesting. Thanks

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    2. By the way, he also has a tank (without the guns), which he calls the Gator, that he's been refurbishing and takes into the forest.

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