Today I got to wondering, always a suspicious and dangerous activity and I should probably submit my anal cavity to TSA officers for a thorough investigation to ensure Homeland Security, what in the name of God I’ve accomplished in the last fifteen years preparing for the end of the world and what if anything I should be worried about doing in the near future. If I’m honest with myself, the difference in that time period in my education is extreme. Back in those days I still held the touchingly naïve view shared by legions of middle class idiots that are college educated that after a very short period of time, regardless of disaster whether it be asteroid strike or nuclear war or total grid melt down, the government would restore order and services and all would be peachy and hunky and we would all join hands together and give each other sloppy kisses and sing kumbiya and yes, Rodney, we all CAN get along. So, at most a year supply of food was all that was needed and a few dozen boxes of ammo were sufficient. I now realize that I was a friggin idiot and for someone who professes to love the study of history I was totally clueless about how it actually transpired and I really was in a bubble created by the public schools and the media in which only growth occurs and in general only good things happen to good people. It wasn’t a conspiracy or the intention of evil people to blind us, it was reality as we ALL knew for the last 500 years. Things like the Soviet mass famine by design and the Nazi genocide and The Killing Fields were of course real, but they just illustrated how Good won out over Very Bad People.
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So, in the last fifteen years, I haven’t stockpiled a whole lot of new junk. I went from one years supply of wheat for three people and one grinder to five years for two and three grinders. I went from two rifles to five. From five hundred rounds of ammo ( I think. It might have been more since I remember a lot of gun shows in the 90’s in Oklahoma where S&B 303b was $6 a box ) to two grand plus reloading supplies. I can now generate my own solar power and I own land, neither of which was true then. Of course, I did move to Florida expressly because I thought the heat would go out in January 2000. I could have lived without electricity, and in theory I wouldn’t have needed worry about no place to live ( the wife was living in her ex mother in laws condo ). Thinking back at what my collapse stockpile was then and now, it hasn’t changed all that much. Back then I had a cardboard box full of disposable propane canisters, now I have a half dozen five gallon tanks. I might have had more canned meat then compared to now, but I’ve stockpiled a lot of beans now whereas then the cans were my only protein. The only fundamental change is now I have land and more storage space ( well, I didn’t have precious metal coins back then, but that is far removed from necessities ).
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Anything past a certain point of basic supplies is unnecessary. I’ve had ample funds to improve my stockpile stash since Y2K ( remember all those good tip years at the casino? ) but I’ve seen little need to change the basics. Grains and grinders, filters for water, bolt guns and ammo and shelter from the elements. And just as I’ve seen little need to change those items, I also see little need to get anything else right now. And need I really remind you? NOW is the time we can all hear the thunder of the waterfall straight ahead. We don’t know how far ahead it is, or how long it will be til we get there. We do know we can’t get to the bank of the river to save ourselves, so the only course is to lash the gear down and hold on. The other passengers, the other 99%, hear nothing and are standing by the railings chugging free cocktails. They will be the first to fall overboard, being tipsy and not knowing they need to hang on or brace themselves. But I feel little compulsion to rush out and buy any last minute supplies.
Unlike most Yuppie Scum Survivalists, I’m not always looking for the newest most expensive toy to safely steer me through the treacherous waters of poverty or discomfort. I have basic food, shelter and protection stashed. I feel comfortable about what could happen ( as far as supplies go. Adaption is another matter ). I’ll always add to the quantities of the basics. That is a given. But I also feel comfortable about my odds with what is already in place. Which isn’t much different than fifteen years ago. But the change I’m most happy with is the slow to grasp but priceless realization that when it all falls apart, so too does the fantasy of government help. To say it was Katrina that opened my eyes might be too clichéd, but it is at least partly true. Other disasters that met with incompetent response were also instrumental in my dawning awareness, but that one was probably the Big Deal. After Katrina, the Gulf Spill and Fukashima and the 2008 Bank Meltdown, all were then predictable and of little shock. Of course the government can’t help anymore. Come collapse, we are so totally on our own. Other governments will quickly take the place of our current one, but that is not the point. The point is, our current rulers saving us has the same probability of happening as an ant twisting the testicles of an elephant.
I’m now prepared, for I have the priceless knowledge I’m on my own. What white knight? Once the current regime collapse, it’s back to medieval peasantry at best.
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