Guest Post: The Most Often Forgotten Survival Preparations

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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt-Market

The Most Often Forgotten Survival Preparations

I think it’s safe to say with some conviction that in the year of 2012 the concept of survival prepping is NOT an alien one to most Americans.  When National Geographic decides there is a viable market for a prepper TV show (no matter how misrepresentative of true preppers it may be), when Walmart starts stocking shelves with long term emergency food storage kits, when survivalism in general becomes one of the few growing business markets in the midst of an otherwise disintegrating economy; you know that the methodology has gone “mainstream”.  There is a noticeable and expanding concern amongst Americans that we are, indeed, on the verge of something new and unfortunate. 

Is it the big bad hoodoo of the soon to expire Mayan Calendar?  For a few, maybe, but for the majority of us, no.  That jazz is a carnival sideshow designed to make the prepping culture appear ridiculous.  We don’t need to believe in magical prophecies to know that there is a catastrophic road ahead; all we have to do is look at the stark realities of our current circumstances.  It does not take much awareness anymore to notice looming fiscal volatility, social unrest, the potential for unrestrained war, and the totalitarian boldness of our government.  I’ll take the wrath of Quetzalcoatl any day over the manure storm that is approaching us currently. 

With some estimating a count of 3 million prepper families and growing in the U.S., the motto of “beans, bullets, and band-aids” is finding a home amongst legions.  However, being closely involved in the survivalist movement during the past six years and speaking with literally thousands of preppers, it has become clear to me that we still have a long journey ahead of us before we can claim true efficiency and mastery.

Sadly, having a stockpile of food, weapons, and some slick tactical gear is not enough to ensure a high likelihood of survival, at least not in any of the social collapses that have occurred in the past century around the world.  It’s a start, but only just…

There are a number of detrimental weakness to the survivalist movement and considerable holes in prepper knowledge that must be addressed now while we have the time and relative safety to do so.  The greatest threat to the common survivalist is not economic collapse, roving bandits, Blackwater mercenaries, or predator drones; those dangers are a piece of cake compared to the threat of an overblown ego, which will get a man killed faster than the most sophisticated smart bomb.  If we cannot accept that there is always more to learn, and room to improve, we have been defeated before we have begun.

The following is just a short list of the many areas in which there is obvious and acute inadequacy in the movement overall…

Secondary Retreat Locations

Never put all your eggs in one basket.  I hear a lot of tough talk from some survivalists who claim they would rather die than leave their property.  Of course, I suspect they will see the error in this brand of bravado when the legitimate chance of death actually arises.  There is no harm whatsoever in having a backup plan.  I’m not sure any survivalist who doesn’t is really a survivalist.  Stand your ground when necessary, but don’t let pure pride and stupidity prevent you from living to fight again another day. 

Physical Fitness And Health

You may be the Tom Berenger-like master sniper of your particular county, but if you can’t run a hundred yards with your rifle rig without going into coronary thrombosis, then you aren’t going to live long during a collapse scenario.  Even those preppers who have age as an excuse…don’t really have an excuse.  I personally know survivalists and homesteaders in their 60’s and 70’s who could physically outmatch numerous other preppers of the same age or younger without much effort.  The difference?  They make a concerted effort to take care of their health.

Sometimes certain wise-cracks made by the insipid yuppies of our modern era against suvivalists are true, and we should take serious note when this occurs.  The primary insult being that many of us are far too fat to outrun or outfight a paper sack, let alone a determined opponent.  I have, to be honest, seen chest beating antics from more than a few clinically obese “preppers” that were truly embarrassing.  On the bright side, this does not have to be a permanent hindrance to our success.

The solution is simple:  Eat less.  Eat healthier.  Exercise more.

A person who has attained a high level of physical fitness has done more than prove his prowess.  He has also proven he has the will and the passion to pursue a directed goal and achieve it, regardless of difficulty.  This is where the adults are separated from the children in this world.  Are you willing to endure extreme difficulty to win something of legitimate value?  Do you have the self discipline to forgo certain luxuries and comforts to gain long term advantages?  Or, would you rather take the path of least resistance and certain doom?  Personal health is no joke for the survivalist.

Community Building And Networking

Organization is not the strongest suite of the survivalist movement for a number of reasons.  The first being that our paranoia completely impedes our ability to work with others.  Now, to be clear, it is not paranoia if they are really out to get you, and with multiple leaked documents like the MIAC Report, the Virginia Fusion Center Report, and the DHS reports on “right wing extremism”, it is not as if our concerns are unfounded.  However, the movement needs to realize that the primary object of labeling us as “extremists” and categorizing us as potential threats to national security is to create crippling fear.  Their main goal is to condition preppers to censor themselves, and to stifle their own organizational efforts. 

Solid community, even open formation of community, is necessary for countless reasons.  The more we isolate ourselves from one another now, the more alone and vulnerable we will be tomorrow.  Calls for “OPSEC” should be embraced to a point, but they can also become an excuse for laziness and inaction.  No prepper who goes it alone during crisis is going to come out unscathed, if they come out alive at all.  This is the great forgotten lesson of survival, from the Depression and Weimar Germany, to Argentina and Bosnia; those persons and families who were isolated simply did not make it.  The wide spectrum of skill sets and supplies needed to establish a survival foundation are far too many for any single prepper to attain.

The logical fallacy that usually prevents survival networking is the argument that if you are a bigger group, you are a bigger target.  This thinking shows a lack of prioritization.  During a social or economic collapse, EVERYONE is a target.  National chaos does not make distinctions between those who never shared their survivalist tendencies and those who did.  The DHS might, but they are not the biggest threat to the common prepper.  The most dangerous environment for the prepper, no matter what the circumstances may be, is one in which he has no support.  

If you do not have ample neighbors and friends on board with the prepper lifestyle, and who can be counted on in an emergency, then you are not ready, nor are your chances very good.  Period.

Barter Markets And Trade Skills

At Alt-Market we relentlessly promote the idea of decentralized trade markets because, to be frank, they are going to spring up one day soon whether the IRS, the DOJ, or the Federal Reserve likes it or not.  The crisis in the EU has proven my position on the inevitability of the barter dynamic conclusively.  These private trade networks are becoming the new foundation for countries like Greece, Italy, and Spain, and it should be noted that the financial instabilities in America far outweigh any of the problem in those places.  If we know that economic danger is on the horizon, and we know that barter markets will be the immediate result, then why not build them now, instead of waiting and scrambling after disaster strikes?

Any survivalist that does not know who he will be trading for essential supplies, and who does not know what skills he will use to garner those supplies, is in for a world of hurt.

Overlooked But Vital Items

There is a saying in the survival movement:  You’re never done prepping.  I absolutely agree.  Unless you are a millionaire with a highly organized brain, there will always be some other piece of equipment that you’ll discover you need down the line.  That said, there are some things every prepper should have, but many, from my observations, do not.  I have also heard every excuse imaginable and some unimaginable when such people are presented with the recommendation that they obtain these items, lack of money being the usual suspect. 

Yes, many of us are broke, or feel broke, these days  Invariably, though, when most survivalists examine their financial situation carefully, they will discover a host of peripheral expenses that are unnecessary or outright extravagant.  I once had a would-be survivalist make the argument that he could not afford a year’s supply of food, then admit that he had just went on a Carnival Cruise to the Caribbean.  This is an extreme example, but it illustrates a common hang up.  Now is not the time for people to live beyond their means, or to shrug off their preps so that they can have a new La-Z-Boy, cable TV, an internet gaming account, a high priced vacation, a six day a week stockpile of beer (hey, cut back a day, guys!  Try it out and see how it fits) etc.  Times are changing, and they will definitely change without us if we are not careful.

There is always a way to get the preps you need, if you are motivated enough to make it happen.  Here are a few items that seem to escape from people’s lists:

Extra Survival Clothing:
Clothing is a real pain for a lot of survivalists because it is one prep that they must absolutely purchase doubles and triples of.  Good durable shoes, pants, even socks, can get expensive.  Base layer clothing like Smart Wool sometimes costs in the range of $100 or more for a single set.  Take the pain, bite the bullet, and get the absolute best clothing you can find in multiples.  It may have to last you quite a long time without replacement, especially the artificial fabrics.  Imagine having to wear the same vapor producing sweat drenched crusty duds day in and day out while sharing a retreat location with some less than amused buddies.  They may end up coming after you before the looters do.

Body Armor: This stuff is going to be at a premium in the near future.  I have already seen price spikes in good body armor in the days after the Aurora Theater shootings.  Why?  Because the fear is that the establishment will move to try to ban said gear in response, causing a rush to purchase.  That fear is not misplaced.  Plus, I would imagine a bullet to the gut, whether accidental or intentional, is not an event to celebrate with a rootbeer float.  Believe it or not, body armor rigs that include rifle plates are extremely sparse amongst preppers right now, and this simply can’t continue.           

Gas Masks And Filters: Not long ago I wrote about the revolutions and rebellions that took place in Russia after the formation of the Soviet Union against the abuses of communism.  At that time, the more successful the rebellion, the more apt the Soviets were to dump chemical weapons over entire towns, mountains, and valleys, to erase the problem.  Never expect that a tyrannical government is going to fight fair.  In fact, expect that they won’t.  Even if you don’t foresee such an event taking place in the U.S., it is imperative that every person owns not just a gas mask, but extra filters as well.  Plan on dealing with multiple incidences in which your air will be unsafe to breath. 

NBC Alert Items: How many preppers do you know with a Geiger Counter?  I know three, out of the hundreds I speak with regularly.  This is not a good sign.  If the Fukushima disaster has taught us anything, it is that radiological threats are not just relegated to the realm of nuclear bombs.  Every community should have several Geiger Counter devices handy, along with chemical warfare strips which change color when exposed to an offending airborne agent.  Remember the panic buying that ensued in Japan for these kinds of goods after the reactor meltdown?  Don’t overlook radioactivity.  Knowing what has been hit by concentrated fallout and what hasn’t is a tremendous advantage.

Thermal Countermeasures: A box of road flares, IR flashlights, and IR floodlights, should be in every survivalists home.  With the advent of predator drones armed with night vision and thermal vision, as well as numerous other nasty weapons platforms, the need for countermeasures that create false thermal signatures to confuse an attacker with this kind of technology is a must.

Extra First Aid Supplies: During a collapse, you become the hospital, and no amount of Obamacare is going to help you.  Almost every prepper has a first aid kit, but few have one that will really last through a prolonged crisis.  Collapse brings with it all kinds of injuries and sicknesses we never think of facing in our current atmosphere, with more frequency than I believe many would like to admit possible.  A sterile bandage may be as sought after and as rare as a warm shower in the near future, so stock an ample supply.

Solar Panels: I am astonished at how many preppers still do not have any solar power capability today.  It’s FREE off grid power, for god’s sake!  Pay the initial costs, and at at least buy a system that is capable of charging and running batteries and essential electronics that will aid you in your survival.

Greenhouse: When discussing the idea of relocation, I sometimes hear the assertion that places like Montana are terrible for growing food (usually from people who have never lived in Montana).  In fact, a survival garden could be grown almost anywhere, regardless of region or climate, if you use the right methods.  One of the best methods is the use of a greenhouse, which many preppers do not have.  Set aside your preconceptions of what gardening is, and do what works.  Even in winter, some plants can be grown in a greenhouse environment to provide you and your family with precious vitamin rich food.  Just build it.

Raw Building Materials: Do you have a stockpile of lumber and nails?  What about raw iron and steel?  Sealants to repel pests and maintain your home?  Bags of concrete to reinforce a new addition?  Think about how much you will need to build after the final shoe drops.  Probably a lot more than you have ever built in your life…

No Room For Error

Time is running short, and if we are to succeed as a movement, we must be ready to hold a candle to ourselves, admit where we are lacking, and fix the problem while we have the luxury to do so.  Ultimately, the most important and most ignored aspect of prepping is our own mindset.  Do we have the correct sense of urgency, and are we acting on it?  Have we prepared ourselves psychologically for the difficulties ahead?  Are we ready to make sacrifices for survival and victory?  Will we have what it takes at our core to see this thing through?  At this very moment, many do not.  But, they have the potential to rise to the occasion.  The decision is theirs to make…

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dirtbagger's picture

For God's sake what direction is ZH heading?   Gun postings - Survivalist postings - Economic collapse postings.   What happen to the good old days when ZH posted charts,  trading strategies, and financial scams?

Michael's picture

The government won't help people prepare, so it's up to us.

francis_sawyer's picture

This is exactly what people need to be reminded of...

I swear to God... Even my own preparations have fallen by the wayside lately... WHY?... Because I convinced myself that TPTB would 'see to it' that 2012 would, at least, be taken to it's final conclusion (aka ~ kick the can until the end of December)...

So far so good... but does anyone see the fallacy in that thinking? (even from a SURVIVALIST standpoint)... It, by design, places too much faith in TPTB... Which, by design, is the fucking last thing anyone should be doing...

I give a thumbs up for the wake up call (regardless of the HOKEY factor)...

AldousHuxley's picture


watch this video and tell me how people alone will pull themselves up in a country run by cannibal generals using coke addicted child soldiers who rape pregnant women.

americans are so spoiled. just look at what they think is needed to survive.....prep kits only for themselves.

you have to think of the entire society not just your own surival. YOU CAN'T SURVIVE AMONGST MILLIONS OF HUNGRY PEOPLE IN CHAOS no matter what "kit" you have because you may be prepared, but the masses unprepared will take your shit.


Get yourself bunch of guns and try to camp out middle of poor ghetto in USA after telling the locals that you are rich and see how long your bullets last.


strannick's picture

I kind of thought this article naturally followed from ZH's daily diet of financial fallout. Why is it north Americans feel they are invulnerable to the ravages of history? As Dean Wormer told Bluto 'fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son'. Sailboats are a great survival option.

The Monkey's picture

Bull market !!!

The burgeoning bubble is 4-6 years away from popping. If we get another decent pullback, grab it by the horns!

GMadScientist's picture

You're not supposed to be smoking that.

The Monkey's picture

Seriously. Trade sentiment or long / short, but I think the deflationists have gotten it wrong, or at least early, again.

I think there is a decent chance we are stabilizing on the way to levering back up. That would mean this is either a sideways consolidation in an upward pattern, or, we'll break down a bit before moving higher. Think 1989 or 1994.

Muppet of the Universe's picture

The market moves in waves.  Do not deny yourself this truth.  This means, that before any hyper inflationary moment, there will be an UNMISTAKABLE deflationary period.  This will occur when the governments are defaulting, bank runs are common, and people can no longer afford the basics.  These items will be the keynote speech before deflation on a mass scale occurs.  Immediately following this, there will be a violent and earth shattering price increase to meet the deflation, which will be all thanks to our good friends at the Fed, 'combating deflation with hyper inflation'.


& to presume that you will not need to prepare for a post deflationary world- a hyper inflationary one- is not just a risk or liability...  It's like being LTCM, picking up pennies in front of a steam roller.

Think for yourself's picture

(Cross-posting my comment from an older thread)

We're always waiting for the crash. Waiting for what comes next. Waiting for fraudsters to get jailed. Waiting for presidents to be impeached. Waiting for international corps to get sued, dismantled. Waiting for unethical laws to be struck down. Waiting for the matrix to run out of batteries... or even waiting for the next bubble, hoping for hope, for the next breath.

Meanwhile, that very matrix feeds off our hopelessness. It feeds off our despondency. It feeds on our fear. It even feeds off our righteous anger.

Some think, this can't go on. It will stop, crash and burn by itself. They keep taking part in it, even while they take on themselves the role of the loser.

Others grab their balls in their hands, and say, I cannot let this go on. It has to change. I will fight it! They keep taking part in it, becoming resolute in coming out the winner.

Although one looks better than the other, it isn't. Fighting against the system is falling into the game. The game is conflict; the game is one of negative emotions. Whether you feel fear because you think you are losing, or anger because you think the system shouldn't be allowed to win - in either case you fall into the game, you pick a side. Either you will win or you will lose.

But the game is rigged. You can't win. Not by remaining who you are. The matrix wields much more force than you have power - at least until you actually develop your power, in a way that the game doesn't let you conceive. You'll have to fight dirty. You'll have to be treacherous; you'll have to use violence. By the time you win, you'll have lost; you'll be one of them.

The only winning move is not to play.

Withdraw yourself from that fight; remove the conflict for your life. The world is as it is; there is suffering, there is egoism, there is violence, there is treachery, there is fear. Let it be, raise yourself over the muddy, heaving waters. Fly above the conflict, so that you may remain unaffected.

Then you realize your liberty. You realize your sovereignty; you don't need to be affected, and you only are if you decide to take part. Then you can start fixing yourself, making yourself whole, healthy, holy. You can work to substract yourself of the mechanicalness of it all, of the conditionnings, deep ruts dug in the individuals and the collective, over millenia and millenia. You can become a master of yourself.

Then, once you interact with the reality around you, it won't be as a machine, as a cog, as a prop. You won't be living in conflict solely because the world around you is conflicted; you'll know how to substract yourself from outside influences, how to be your own sovereign; how to be a real actor, a creator of your experience. Instead of the affected, you will be the effecting.

Only then does the real change begin. How can you change something, how can you direct yourself, when you let who you are be defined by what is going on outside of yourself? One second you are someone; with the next changing circumstance you are somebody else.

Find your center. Anchor yourself deeply. From that stability you can go out and explore; you can reach out.

There is real truth in this; real revolution can only start from within. 



Think for yourself's picture

Glad you liked it. Then you will also probably like my next reply downthread.

squidward's picture

Thank you!


Opting out does wonders for keeping your sanity.

Blankman's picture

He is not recommending opting out... rather, opting in.

HamFistedIdiot's picture

Not participating is an incremental thing. Anything that you cannot produce yourself involves some reliance on this external apparatus, much of which is dominated by the globalists/collectivists. Half of the US adult working population works for "the government" either directly or indirectly. Then we've got the 8 million on federal disability and the 50+ million on welfare. Detaching from it all is easier said than done. How do we kill this monstrosity when so many demand that it live on -- including the billions of people across the planet who use the US dollar for every day transactions and as a store of wealth?

The best that I can do is try to pay as little taxes as possible and support candidates that are anti-war (largely), Constitutionalist (for the most part), against federal expansion, and actually want to reduce the government's size and role in our lives. We don't need Big Sis or Uncle Sam any more than a steer needs a butcher.

Anyway, here's a good quote from Gerald Celente's summer Trends Journal:

This is not an “every man for himself,” manifesto. Rather it is a call for a cooperative of individuals with the courage, dignity, respect, integrity and passion to chart a future that is not dictated and imposed upon them by ruling political parties and the unprincipled and oppressive systems they represent.There is no “We the People” until “I the Person” is willing to stand up and speak for himself or herself. For the future to change, the individual must change. When enough individuals change, everything changes.

Think for yourself's picture

Great reply. Everything is you said is true, except maybe your affirmation "the best that I can do is [...]"

You have no idea about the best you can do. You've not even had a glimpse of your true power. It is, however, a very good starting point, which is a manifestation of your intention to grow, strive and thrive. As long as you hold that intention dearly in mind, the rest will happen by itself.

What Celente said about We the People is very true. Probably much more than he can conceive, depending on how deeply he looks into it.

Indeed, "there is no “We the People” until “I the Person” is willing to stand up and speak for himself or herself". But then, neither can there be "We the People" until there is actually an "I the Person" in you. That is the crux of the matter.

This is what I was pointing at in my above post. The overwhelming majority of men, and I include myself here, are fragmented, damaged, unhealthy. The hardest step to take is the acceptance of that fact; realizing that "I" are many conflicting personalities, incoherent views, opposing interests. Man must first realize that there is no permanent I in himself that could legitimately stand up and say, "I the Person".

Man is in large part mechanical, a machine, a computer. If you ask them who they are, you will notice that they mistake the process of mind for who they are. Just as a computer; while it loses his entire attention into the program it is running, it has no knowledge at all of its true nature.

And so different external inputs affect us, circumstances happen, and in reaction to this different programs are activated. One can very well contradict the other, yet we do not realize this, as there is no mindfulness of our deeper reality, only an awareness of the current program flicking on the screen.

If you realize this, then you will see how the matrix operates. It flushes us with inputs,  so that we always have programs running us. It doesnt care if it is hopelessness, fear, jealousy, hate, or anger or pride. As long as you keep all your attention on the program that's running, you won't realize you're the computer actually running it. As long as you keep your eyes on the movie on the screen, you won't realize you're the spectator sitting in the theater, while you could just as well stand up, head to the projection room and change the reel.

This is what "waking up" consists of. Understanding your real nature doesn't start by these new-agey affirmations of "you are all-powerful, you are god, love incarnated, you create your own reality". No, you aren't. But you could. Only a realistic appraisal of your current state - you are the spectator who is totally absorbed in the movie, so much that you believe you are in the screen - will bring you the will, and the ability, to change it.

Then you will think, "No, I won't waste my attention on that movie anymore. I'll only pay attention to myself, how each scene makes me feel, how the action makes me want to react, how my internal processes are affected by what goes on". Only then can you start the long road of becoming your own master, overcome the fickle and flickering fragmented I's that run things in you. And when your consciousness has a leash firmly attached to your internal processes, then and only then will there be a permanent individual in you who can stand up and state with integrity, "I the Person".

Blankman's picture

TFY: I think that one of the issues that restricts most from truly looking within is - fear.  I am on the path that you may have walked before - looking within and accepting what I see.  The outer world so coddifies and and coddles every aspect of our lives that we are no longer allowed (or allowing ourselves) to feel pain, true pain.  Boys shouldn't cry and girls should just gloss it over.  The govt tells us that it will take care of all our social and personal problems, issues and fears that we are fogetting to see these fears for what they are - Learning Experiences.  Pain and fear have been our teachers for as long as the human race has been around.  Accepting your pain and understanding your fears are what we should be striving for in our lives.  Instead we try to forget our pains and run away from our fears.  This leads to a very shallow existence and personal despondency.  There was a great pain in my life a couple years ago that awoke within me emotions that as much as I tried I could not push down.  This was my great awakening.  I "saw inside" instead of just "seeing outside."  But I did not run away.  I stared into the eye of the dragon and after awhile began to see not a dragon but myself.  


Pain and fear will teach you far more about yourself than just about anything else in this world.

Hobbleknee's picture

"The only winning move is not to play."


fiftybagger's picture

All good points.  Then again, if just 1% of this world's 7 billion people bought 10 silver coins per year it's game over.

tip e. canoe's picture

this could be my all-time favorite comment on the hedge.

thanks for sharing the beautiful wisdom.

QuantumCat's picture

Sailboats?!  Pirates!!!  ARRGGHHH!!!

The Iconoclast's picture

He actually said it to Flounder but I dig the Animal House reference.

francis_sawyer's picture

you go ahead & do that... I have other plans...

You'll be sure to tell me how it goes though (preferably in a family Christmas foto, along with a fruitcake)...

@strannick ~ I appreciatre the thought... But frankly I think PEOPLE are more stupid than SHARKS... I'd rather take my chances there...

AldousHuxley's picture

PEOPLE are more stupid than SHARKS


proof: some russian says he is jesus, 4000 followers


Infact, definitions of CULT fits current day political class

  • Leader says one thing then does another yet the members are taught to trust in the Leader regardless of hypocrisy
  • Leader covers up lies and members are taught that the Leader has the final say
  • Irrational and paranoid beliefs about conspiracies keep members in line and living a fearful life
  • Members who disagree with Leader are silenced
  • Emphasis or requirement of donations to the group leader;unknown misappropriation of funding
  • members taught to willingly give time, money, effort for nothing in return
  • Much time is spent gathering new members; propaganda is put forth and it is the member's duty to bring new members into the cult
  • Groups that are similar to the cult that have different names but the same ideals; branch groups that are divided by rank and order


What brings people into the cult is the leader's ability to to manipulate the members in many ways, particularly through emotion.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

After reading this this I now fully understand the real purpose of Obama-care: visualize Obama passing out the Kool-Aide



thegr8whorebabylon's picture

You talkin about Vlad 'P' again?

Lednbrass's picture

Why would someone camp out in the ghetto? What complete silliness.

Far more likely in that scenario that those trying to get out of cities with no resources run into militias of very heavily armed men with a mid to high level of weapon skill that will drop them by the score. Unprepared masses trained to dependence on the government aren't going to have alot of luck against what they encounter outside of their urban environment, and the further from cities and closer to food production areas they go the more impossible it will become for them.

100 rednecks with deer rifles and semi autos who know the terrain and how to use weapons will wipe the floor with 1-2K urbanites who think a pistol is a real weapon. The rural folks are loading up big time these days, the cubicle dwellers and gangstas won't have a prayer.

Incubus's picture

Yes. let us reduce people to mere categories to make killing them easier.

Funny what people will go throught to justify what they want to believe is necessary.  You're all fucking pawns of your handlers.

Lednbrass's picture

What? No, its an observation from having spent time in both worlds. The person I was responding to seems to expect rampaging cannibal child soldiers a la Africa in the event of societal breakdown, my response is simply that it is not going to happen for reasons stated above.

As a point of reality there is a vast difference in the populations in urban and rural areas. Perhaps your neighborhood on Sesame Street is different, but having lived in both hellish urban hood and out in the boondocks they have little in common culturally, ethnically, or pretty much by any standard. It is real world- though no doubt unfashionable to contemplate among the metrosexual cubcile set people are in fact different. I find recognizing the world around me for what it is preferable to deluding myself about what I think it should be if I lived in a show on the Disney Channel.

Don't worry though, in the event of the sort of scenarios being discussed in this thread I am certain you will do quite well by teaching the world around you to sing in perfect harmony and buying them a Coke while you await the government to care for you. Best of luck.

chistletoe's picture

Americans have become more conditioned to expecting help, expecting rescue, expecting insurance payments or new protection laws, than we have any idea about.  When the stuff does go down, what will happen is, the electric grid will go down and the cell phone grid at the same time.  What will happen?  Almost everybody will pile into their cars and start driving around, trying to find open stores, trying to find open malls or movie theatres, trying to find out what is happening, trying to find an open gas station. 

They will all be looking for someone, anyone, to tell them what is going on!

Then they will run out of gas far from home and all their prepes will have been for naught.  Even those who choose to stay at home, most of them do not have water supplies to last more than a week or two.  How many folk are planning to fish in the river, take water from the river,shit in the river,  and throw the dead bodies of their gun target excercises in the same river?

As a society we are so cock-sure and unprepared that at least 90% of us will be dead within weeks .... and scurvy and pellagra and cholera are such wonderful ways to die ....

fiftybagger's picture

You might want reserve your ire for those preparing the camps

linrom's picture

Dumbass post of the year. 

Lednbrass's picture

Ouch, that hurt. Quite a display of rapier wit there, Sponge Bob.

Pants McPants's picture

You win....I guess.

(I have no problem with rednecks.  Actually, I prefer them to yuppies and almost any other form of life.)

CH1's picture

watch this video and tell me..

What a a stilted load of crap.

Productive humans cooperate and survive well. And Americans are REALLY good at that.

The ghetto people will riot, and will generally kill people in their own areas.

The Makers in America will make it through the changeover and THRIVE.

respect the cock's picture

Indeed.  Plenty of us will be fine.

AnAnonymous's picture

Productive humans cooperate and survive well. And Americans are REALLY good at that.


No. 'Americans' are really good at extorting the weak, farming the poor.

The cities are full of 'Americans'

As the resources dwindle from the periphery to the center, the noose of extortion and farming will tighten up closer and closer to the center.

in4mayshun's picture

BOOM Huxley!!! You nailed it. Finally some rational thought on the realities of a TEOTWAWKI event. Doesn't matter if you have 2 weeks or 2 years worth of supplies, you cannot survive a complete melt down of world society.


Better get right with the big man up stairs.

respect the cock's picture

Ahem...there ain't no big man upstairs...unless you're referring to rational thought?

A Lunatic's picture

Let's apply rational thought to your inane assertion that there is no God. We'll start with something a bit simpler to refute, perhaps a claim that there is no gold in Texas for instance. To prove this you will have to dig up every bit of Texas, all the way to the Earths core and subject it to every modern scientific method available for detecting gold. Start digging, it's a big universe.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Actually there are two GODs and you can choose yours...

GOD : Getting Over Death

GOD : Gold Oil Dollar

Finding the first one takes care of a lot of things (fear mainly).

Think about it.



chistletoe's picture

This matrix was solved in the 1500's Blaise Pascal ... honestly I don't understand why anybody still discusses it ...


There are only four possibilities, its not particle physics to work out the possibilities and make the best choice ....t



Womb Service's picture

Every proposition is either true or false, but not every utterance expresses a proposition. Pascal's wager is absurd.

Honestly I don't understand why anybody still discusses it ...

Womb Service's picture

You're asking him to prove a negative. That is an intellectually bankrupt position. Thanks for playing, though.

Watauga's picture

"God is dead."  --Nietzsche

"Nietzsche is dead."  --God

AlaricBalth's picture

“1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don't need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.”
? Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

DosZap's picture

This goes double now that the abc folks are putting the finishing touches on the obamao brown shirt brigades.(remember that force as powerful as our mil?,its being put together as I type.600 million rds,7000 ar's, are not for use against terrorists...............until they label the people as terrorists, as they have already classified us.Just do a recheck on the leaked memo to the Mississipi? hwy patrol a few yrs back.But then did a fake back up, when the GP caught wind of it and caused a shitstorm in the media.

midtowng's picture

This article misses the most important item: knowing a foreign language.

People getting ready to survive a catastrophe frequently forget often the best mode of survival is to get the f*ck out of there. That includes the country you are in.

   And if you are going to stay in this hemisphere, there is a good chance that you will need to go south.

 Oh, and a passport. One way or another, you are going to need a passport.