Bunker Mentality: Start Preparing for Ecological & Economic Disaster Free Of Corporate Overlords

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Let’s face it: reading stories about the ongoing destruction of planet Earth, the life-sustaining blue marble that all of us – aside from maybe Elon Musk – are permanently trapped on, has got to be one of the least-favorite topics of all time. The reasons are understandable, but no longer feasible.

In the realm of politics, replete with its cast of colorful culprits, the possibility of radical change always hovers just over the horizon, which gives the subject much of its universal appeal. Stories devoted to environmental issues, on the other hand, inundate the reader with a dizzying array of mind-boggling statistics that are not only incredibly depressing, they seem impossible to do anything about.

For example, take what I consider to be the most depressing story in recent memory – the so-called ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch,’ a swirling garbage dump trapped in a vortex between Hawaii and California, estimated to be twice the size of Texas. How is anyone expected to wrap their brain around that modern monument to our collective stupidity over their morning cup of coffee? Somehow we always expected the oceans, due to their sheer size and vastness, to remain beyond the reach of mankind’s destructive tendencies. Yet the story of the slowly dying oceans and its vibrant sea life – despite some truly fantastic schemes to reverse the trend – proves not just how wrongheaded that belief is, it belies the destructive nature of our hedonistic and materialistic lifestyles.

This leads to yet another reason so many people shy away from apocalyptic stories of environmental degradation: their own collusion in the ongoing tale of planetary destruction, which is part and parcel of our inquisitive lifestyles. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are all deeply indebted consumers of the corporate cornucopia. The majority of us spend a disproportionate amount of our time earning a living just to feed the monkey of our worldly desires, which our corporate overlords happily provide in superabundance – at excessive interest rates, I might add.

In fact, when our situation is viewed critically and objectively, human beings now live like astronauts, totally cut off from the natural world, yet, at the same time, connected by a fragile umbilical cord to the corporate world. Such a scenario must give any thinking person tremendous pause, for it highlights our dangerous level of dependency on external economic forces – namely, the corporate world – to sustain us. Here is where the idea of ‘environmental destruction’ should really pique our interest.

It is not so difficult to conduct a thought experiment that involves the ramifications of a massive economic downturn, or some unexpected natural disaster (on the scale of Hurricane Katrina, for example, multiplied by 10,000) of such magnitude that corporations are no longer able or willing to provide for our most basic daily needs. It may be exceedingly difficult to imagine such a grim scenario, especially since we now take it for granted that grocery stores will always remain open for business and stocked full of goodies, but the majority of us would quickly perish in the event that some unexpected crisis brought the global economy down on our heads. Such a nightmare may be easier to imagine when it is considered that just 10 companies control the entire global food supply, while most people have no means or knowledge of tilling the land for their food supplies.

Perhaps it is on this point that the topic of ‘environmental destruction’ can become not only sexy, like the exciting world of politics, but vital for mankind’s continued existence. It’s time to stop acting like children and face an ugly truth: our current materialistic lifestyles are not sustainable in the long-term, and probably not in the short term either. Our incredible level ofwastefulness, compounded by Earth’s finite resources, guarantees that the planet’s 7 billion people are living on borrowed time. Exactly what ‘short-term’ means, however, is a question none of us can really answer. It may mean the day after tomorrow or another 500 years. Again, nobody can say. But given the upsurge of interest, for example, in “doomsday prepping” among people of average means (a topic that even the high-brow Financial Times reported on), to the construction of sprawling underground bunkers for the elite, there is a growing consensus among many people that it is time to start taking back some control of our lives.

Currently, I am living in Russia, where the difference between Russians and Americans when it comes to preparing for the ‘unknown’ could not be greater. While Americans spend untold hours per week mowing their lawns, pulling weeds and trimming the hedges, Russians are toiling at their ‘dachas’ (in Russia, it is common for people to own an apartment in the city and a piece of land in the countryside), growing fruit and vegetables in greenhouses, and collecting mushrooms in the forest (picking mushrooms is a veritable art form, where it can literally mean the difference between life and death to choose the correct variety among dozens of species). Every Russian I have met in the countryside also have their own private source of water from painstakingly dug wells on their land. This is no small consideration when it is remembered that corporations are gradually buying up, in addition to our food supplies, the rights to our water supplies as well.

The entire notion of ‘prepping’ in Russia is completely nonexistent since the knowledge of working the land, which became absolutely critical during the severe food shortages of the communist years, has been a traditional part of Russian life since the country’s inception. Although Russians, like any other people, would suffer grave hardships in the event of a severe economic downturn, many of them would still be able to feed themselves due to their time-tested ‘survival’ skills. I am not sure the same could be said of their American and European counterparts.

There is a memorable scene in the 2009 post-apocalyptic US film, The Road, where a father and son, forced to trek across a devastated American landscape following some sort of unspeakable disaster, stumble upon a discarded underground bunker that is loaded with food, allowing them to survive the next leg of their impossible journey.

It is a film I would highly recommend every person watch to get a sense of what an unexpected turn of environmental and economic events could mean for them and their loved ones.

Since corporations not only greatly control to what extent the environment will remain viable for our survival, but also the keys to the corporate cornucopia, there is no better time than the present to consider what would happen if or when, to put the matter bluntly, the shit hits the fan.

Comments

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Baron von Bud Sat, 08/11/2018 - 00:05 Permalink

OT with breaking news: Two F-15s scrambled because a Q-400 turboprop owned by Horizon Air was stolen from SeaTac Airport south of Seattle. Ongoing. Apparently the asshat can't fly and doesn't know how to land!

Link: https://heavy.com/news/2018/08/seatac-plane-stolen-hijacked-grounded-se…

Over: it was shot down over Puget Sound and has crashed into the water near or over Ketron Island near Fox Island which is near Gig Harbor in south Puget Sound.

Video on www.king5.com and that fucker was screaming! Holy cow! It wasn't a little plane! Speculation is that one of the F-15s shot it down. Damn!

https://youtu.be/XRBi9KbgiWg

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/11/possible-hijacking-reported-at-sea…

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IridiumRebel Shillinlikeavillan Sat, 08/11/2018 - 02:02 Permalink

I thought that “great garbage patch” was bullshit?

 

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A 2011 study from Oregon State University, however, asserted that the real size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was hundreds of times smaller than commonly claimed:

There is a lot of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean, but claims that the “Great Garbage Patch” between California and Japan is twice the size of Texas are grossly exaggerated, according to an analysis by an Oregon State University scientist.

Further claims that the oceans are filled with more plastic than plankton, and that the patch has been growing tenfold each decade since the 1950s are equally misleading, pointed out Angelicque “Angel” White, an assistant professor of oceanography at Oregon State.

“There is no doubt that the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans is troubling, but this kind of exaggeration undermines the credibility of scientists,” White said. “We have data that allow us to make reasonable estimates; we don’t need the hyperbole. Given the observed concentration of plastic in the North Pacific, it is simply inaccurate to state that plastic outweighs plankton, or that we have observed an exponential increase in plastic.”

The studies have shown is that if you look at the actual area of the plastic itself, rather than the entire North Pacific subtropical gyre, the hypothetically “cohesive” plastic patch is actually less than 1 percent of the geographic size of Texas.

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glenlloyd IridiumRebel Sat, 08/11/2018 - 02:49 Permalink

I'm perfectly fine doing the bunker thing but people need to realize that you really can't do bunker right if you're unwilling to dispose of the technogarbage like smarty phones and tablets / laptops etc.

Better be prepared to walk away from those devices (readers might be ok if you can charge via solar) when it's time to go.

People who think they can transfer all the comforts of home to the bunker...well, sorry, that's just not possible really without a huge budget, and even then it's not really possible.

I have already started picking out a spot somewhere a little more southerly and probably easterly too. Gotta stay away from 1)tornado alley, 2)dust bowl 2 3)earthquakes 4)hurricane town all while trying to get a more moderate climate. Trying to dodge this all takes out quite a few places....

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Amnaroy789 HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:58 Permalink

 

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Free This Last of the Mi… Sat, 08/11/2018 - 09:31 Permalink

Wow, the animal spirits are out this week! Many stories of the dooms day.

I wonder what will become of the shit show in DC today, state of emergency and all? Hopefully nothing.

These times we live in are fascinatingly surreal and I for one am no fan of death and destruction, seen it up close and personal.

However, will stand and fight to the last drop of juice in me to restore the Republic, it has become a disgrace in my eyes. I am well prepared for calamity, but am also prepared to be the first to go down, I am not invincible, nor are any of you here. Mind, body, and spirit.

Lies, damn lies and treason everywhere, topped by greed and avarice, with a sprinkle of juju pepper!

God, Country and Family.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

PS - I have seen that line of floating garbage in the Atlantic 6' - 10' feet wide, up to 2' high in places and stretching as far as the eye can see both ways. Yet there was a teeming ecosystem living beneath it, breathtaking in its expanse. We caught a lot of dolphin that day, one of the prettiest fishes you will ever lay your eyes on right out of the water, like a rainbow of colors.

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JohnG HockeyFool Sat, 08/11/2018 - 16:02 Permalink

I am thankful that I planned way ahead for the doom porn and stocked two vast underground warehouses.

One is stacked to the top with tuna salad sandwich making supplies.

The other is stacked with cases of bourbon, run, gin and vodka.  There is also a still to make more when the thousands of bottles run dry.

I'll be fine.  Good luck to the rest of you guys......

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brushhog hedgeless_horseman Sat, 08/11/2018 - 08:59 Permalink

How about getting out of the corporate treadmill for your own reasons? Peace, contentment, happiness, good health. I had high blood pressure from age 28 to age 38, about the time I moved to my rural cabin. Amazing, I tried diets, constant working out, medication, etc..Nothing seemed to do more than 'contain' and moderate my HBP. I moved away, quit my job, started growing my food and cutting wood to heat my cabin and BOOM the next time I went to the doctor my BP was just a little higher than normal. Couple years later it was normal. No weight loss, no exercise program [ other than the lifestyle ], no medications. It was just the stress, the pressures of dealing with people ALL THE FUCKING TIME.

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Faeriedust brushhog Sat, 08/11/2018 - 21:23 Permalink

Not to mention the fracking NOISE.  Modern life accepts as normal noise levels that instinctively and automatically activate any mammal's fight-or-flight system.  That level of noise in a natural environment portends: 1) a REALLY bad thunderstorm or 2) an earthquake, or 3) a tornado, or 4) an avalanche, or 5) a stampeding herd of hundreds of animals all four times larger than you are.  The required survival response is to get the hell out of Dodge.  Forcing ourselves to stay in the middle of it all day long, day in, day out, leads to a permanent state of autonomic arousal, of which elevated heart rate and blood pressure, along with unevenly suppressed immune functions, are natural concomitants.

There are a number of good reasons to get out of major population centers as thoroughly as possible.

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ThePhantom ThanksChump Sat, 08/11/2018 - 09:20 Permalink

its not a floating island .... its pieces and particles floating in a general area with greater and lesser densities of trash... where does it begin and end? i don't know... can you see it from the sky... i would highly doubt that.. doesn't mean its good. plastic is a death sentence for most living things as it degrades to molecular level with time...  its fucking common sense.  be surely we will not feel the full brunt of the problem.. just future generations. AI trumps all that

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ThanksChump ThePhantom Sat, 08/11/2018 - 09:56 Permalink

Chemical pollution is a much larger problem than bits of plastic. The plastic will be gone in no time at all, 20 million years. The chemical pollution will still be here. No one wants to pay for research about chemical pollution though. As for threats to humans: starvation, famine, and war are going to eliminate that threat, because we humans have to follow a biological urge to breed ourselves to extinction like yeast.

 

Marks and chumps all, wearing our guilt on our sleeves, endlessly funding researchers who have no motivation to solve problems, all so we can advertise our many virtues to complete strangers on Twitter or Fecebook.

 

You're concerned about plastic and AI? Gosh!

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glenlloyd HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sat, 08/11/2018 - 10:23 Permalink

You can't have any tech that requires outside support though...cuz there won't be any outside to provide the support.

What kind of information are you going to be getting from outside that's so valuable? It's not like it's going to impact what you're doing in the bunker. That is unless you're really not talking about bunker living, which it sounds like you're talking more like a compound, which is entirely different.

There's nothing outside the bunker that will change what's going on in the bunker, at least not anything you're going to know about, who do you think is going to provide that information? Another bunker? Not likely, and how would they know from inside their bunker anyway?

And the final issue is what are you going to do with information anyway? Even if you know what does it matter? Zilch

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tyrone glenlloyd Sun, 08/12/2018 - 01:31 Permalink

well, by that "tech" I assume you mean cell phones and computers, laptops, tablets, etc.   Those devices are much more than a simple communication tool.  The kind of information that I am thinking about is programs to calculate things, not phone calls or text messages.  The devices usually have some quite useful apps, programs which can be very useful in a complete societal collapse.  You will have solar batteries to charge those devices.  But you will need to load up at least one device with useful apps which do not come standard on a cell phone.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, then never mind.

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css1971 glenlloyd Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:38 Permalink

If you're prepping, break activities down into timescales. What do you need for:

  • 1 day
  • 1 week
  • 1 month
  • 2, 4, 8 months
  • 1 year
  • N years

Start at the top and work down. The further you go the more resilient your lifestyle is. The more resilient, the lower the likelihood of unpleasant changes to lifestyle killing you or your family.

You can only go so far with a bunker style concept.

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ThanksChump css1971 Sat, 08/11/2018 - 10:26 Permalink

I don't know. The bunker concept implies an extremely advanced, if pessimistic, planning mentality. Some guy with a bunker is going to have it all over the hippie commune 10k to the East... Bunker guy is going to have those hippies growing him fresh broccoli and peaches.

 

But yeah, planning is everything. Lefties can't plan at all, in case someone hadn't noticed.

 

The Mormons are a terrific resource for prepping. The LDS publishes a lot of material on canning, food selection, preservation and storage, as well as stockpiling everyday utensils (because they wear out and break). I have no idea why, but the Mormons are serious preppers.

 

Something that very few prep porn articles mention: it's a good idea to consider energy requirements. It doesn't matter how much food you have if you freeze to death. If you must have an energy supply to support your planned lifestyle, then where is that supply going to come from once you're forced to tap into your food stores? Can you control that supply for a day? A week? A year? If you can't control that supply, can you barter for it, or seize control of it? If you can't meet your energy requirements, you have to find/establish a new home, and that is extremely difficult.

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new game glenlloyd Sat, 08/11/2018 - 06:41 Permalink

simple acid test of livin close to the natural world-have you done it for moar than a week straight?

a season? a year including winter? 99.9 percent have no clue what it was like in 1800's...

most all of us are fuked and we just don't think we are. lead, for the last harah.

it will get ugly fast, then dirty- with slow death to the tougher types, then nasty as killers roam to take.

eventually 90 plus percent vanish and earth starts the healing process for a million plus years to sort out

the (mis)allocations of resources...

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AGuy glenlloyd Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

"I have already started picking out a spot somewhere a little more southerly and probably easterly too. Gotta stay away from 1)tornado alley, 2)dust bowl 2 3)earthquakes 4)hurricane '

And nuclear power plants & Military bases, airports. etc. Airports & Military bases are primary targets. Nuclear power plants will meltdown. Realistically the entire CONUS is probably going to become un-inhabitable. I believe after a nuclear war, all of the operating nuclear power plants will meltdown and cities will burn for months releasing all sorts of toxics from burning plastics & and other materials that buildings are made with. But better to try to survive than simply give up.

West should be pretty much discarded as a safe havean, since its pretty dry and difficult to grow crops without ground water irrigation. New England has too much infrastructure & operating nuclear power plants. Deep South, Nukes, Hurricances and excessive populations. West Coast over populated, Earthquakes, lack of water, frequent brush fires. South Central: New Madrid fault line (although probably a low risk event compared to West Coast Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Golden Horde, Nuke Power Plants, etc).

"People who think they can transfer all the comforts of home to the bunker."

I am doing the house/Bunker arrangement:
1. New Home Construction, that is very air tight\well insulated. Thus have a comfortable shelter as the crisis unfolds, and as energy prices soar. Using Modern contruction materials so it does need any real maintenance for 25+ years.
2. Basement Bunker: set up to offer protection from radiation. When Radiation levels drop I will have access to the rest of house & since its airtight, I don't have to worry about it become contaminated by dust infiltration. Have plenty of Radiation monitoring tools. Thus I can determine when its safe to occupy the above ground living space.
3. Have a deep well which should be free from contamination, but also have really good water filteration system.
4. Semi-Hardened electrical system, which should be able to handle all but a directed NEMP to my area. Still need electricity to run the well pump and other critical systems (ie air filteration system for bunker).

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SybilDefense IridiumRebel Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:11 Permalink

There are both a Pacific and Atlantic gyre of pulverized plastic particulates, that directly kill fish (from studies of bloated fish guts to dead turtles wearing six-pak bikinis, and also physically alters the 02 levels and temp of the immediate thermocline due to lack of sun penetration.  Recorded temp changes as the solid is (obviously) less fluid and therefore is subjected to heating up longer, causes weather anomolies, food chain abnormalities and the solute itself may even be responsible for global warming as the ice caps are called upon to balance the important specific densities of water masses. (Don't fall for the carbon tax BS which is only a way to drain people of their money faster while still ignoring all other concerns.  When you are charged to breath, its getting a little ridiculous)!

Then there is the (over) population/ density issues described on the Georgia Guide Stone.  Pay heed to those numbers, as Kissinger put a lot of time and effort into that monolith.

Me? My damn back hurts so bad on a daily basis that I spend half my day trying to keep my head out of the oven in the best of times.  I just hope I have enough time to say "Amen" (I told you so in Christian) before she blows.  I'll miss the dog tho as she's blameless in all this mess. Poor gal hasn't littered once since I got her. (she was spayed).

Hmmmm there's an idea.  How do you say "free" and "neutering" in all the other languages???

Til then... Cheers!

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