Friday, August 23, 2013

3pc2v2no22

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3PC2v2no22

THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

PREPPING FOR DIE-OFF

The main thrust of preparing for the first phase of collapse, economically, was to rid yourself of silly rabbit notions such as debt being beneficial, high paying jobs being desirable or urban areas being feasible. In short, you had to limit your exposure to unsustainable living arrangements. Preparing for the die-off is closer to what the traditional Survivalist does. You must take advantage of the current Oil Age surplus and stockpile never to be seen again affordable supplies, primarily modern smokeless powder ammunition and dirt cheap mechanically grown and petroleum supplemented grains. But here we part ways with Sammy Survivalist. Instead of hiding away in an area suitable for rebuilding, making this retreat a combination of Nirvana and the Alamo, you simply hide away and then return to an area of your choosing after the population implosion. The difference in these strategies is A Pant Load Pot Of Money. The other difference is, A Lower Profile. Let’s make a profile of the typical Yuppie Scum Survivalist to illustrate. Fat Bald Bastard ( FB2 ) works in a huge metro area doing, say, lawyer type work. We assume this because they will be one of the last parasites to be flushed. This eliminates such realities as Pink Slips, giving our guy as long as possible to prep. After all, City Living Bugging Out means you work at a well paying job until the very end. This is unrealistic and a fantasy, but let’s play along. FB2 works eighty hours a week and on his six hours off on Sunday he goes shopping for plastic battle rifles, freeze dried foods and spare tires for his Hummer3 BOV ( bug out vehicle ).

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FB2 has no time to cook for himself ( and his wife is too busy shopping to do so, obviously. She is also too busy planning her next shopping trip to give FB2 a little loving every once in awhile, but they live in a communal property state so he dare not divorce her since without his Hummer he can’t escape from Irritated Hoards Of Skittles Eaters ), or do his own vehicle maintenance or go shooting or anything else, he works so much. Which is why he needs water-and-eat meals and a LOT of lead capacity to make up for practice. More than likely, it also explains why he won’t give up the city. He has no skills outside it, being so busy earning Company Store Chits. Now, here’s the thing. Having no time to do anything else, he leaves a big footprint in his new retreat area. He buys his way into self-sufficiency. In a sea of working poor, there lies an island of wealth. Folks will notice, from the road work to the number of solar panels to the septic installation and etc. Who cares if he hires outside help- the permits from the county will be a fingerprint if nothing else. One rumor, and a few bored dirt bikers will recon the area and report back to Gossip Central. Word will get around, and fast.

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Our Redneck Rodent, on the other hand, being too poor to Pay Attention, gets himself a camp saw and a pick and shovel and makes himself an underground spider hole on a weekend camping trip. Then he stocks it each trip. No one knows about it and it is essentially free ( on public or corporate land in the middle of nowhere ). It is far from ideal, but it does the job of keeping you alive during a vicious violent intense die-off. Think about it. Despite the disaster, how can we NOT have a die-off? Too much can and will go wrong. If FB2 doesn’t earn enough money in time, he is part of the die-off. RR ( Redneck Rodent- you know, scurrying underground ) can be ready in a few weeks ( okay, that is actually unknown. Who knows how much food to store. It could takes months to stockpile if he envisions a long die-off and longer rebuilding ). The point is, anyone can prep for the die-off. It doesn’t take money, but rather the willpower to live primitively. FB2 insists life is not worth living without all the modern luxuries. RR just says, hey, any preps mean I survive, and any level of survival above cannibalism is A-OK! I get a more subdued form of this conflict by my blog readers. The Frugal Survivalist equivalent to FB2 says you need food variety in your stockpile. I keep trying to tell them that in the near future, you’ll be lucky to just have food. And you’ll need a lot because it will take time to establish PODA. The only way a limited income individual can accomplish this is by stocking grains.

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Actually prepping for the die-off isn’t all that difficult. You’ve already made a lot of progress by prepping for the economic collapse. Mainly, you need to escape somewhere you can avoid ALL people other than your immediate group. This includes, sorry to say, family members that might show up. It might seem silly, assuming a frail set of parents or an out of shape whiney child might make it through the battles and riots to show up on your doorstep. But what if they did? You can’t feed everyone not invited. And other non-family group members might turn on you if you insist, since their survival is at stake. Best to just not be there. They had their chance previously when you tried to warn them ( it is quite another thing to pre-prep supplies for them. I’m talking about the others you didn’t prep for. If you ain’t at home you aren’t tempted ). And keep in mind, this isn’t your grand pappies civilization collapse. It will be global, and it won’t spare any area. You MUST assume the worse. Hide, then reemerge. You will avoid almost all trouble that way.

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13 comments:

  1. I have found that the closer you are to dirt and work the less people bother you, if you have that work smell about you they will stay away less they get it on them. I think the idea is blend in with and become a part of the environment with as little luxuries as possible. Eventually you will run out of everything unless you go down the path of using what the environment will provide. No need for bows and arrows at first but at some point it will be necessary so I have been researching how the frontier settlers lived in my area as they survived a very hostile time that lasted about a generation with little government help.

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    1. So, you might as well eat garlic every meal. You are much healthier ( homeopathic? ) and even less folks bother you.

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  2. Excellent post today, James!! This post needs to go into your Bison Hall of Fame and one of your best ever. Your hair must be extra silky and shiny today.

    You've summed up everything you need to know about preparing for the collapse.

    Either you are a true believer or you see it as a neat theoretical concept that gives you an excuse to buy poodle shooters and FD dog nuts.

    True believers, due to our innate survival instinct, will do whatever it takes to survive what's coming to the best of their ability--WITH NO EXCUSES!!

    People who wake up and get scared and overwhelmed, start preparing just enough to keep their monsters under the bed and not creeping out and getting ready to jump them.

    Normalcy bias is a sticky, tar trap that can keep you from realistically evaluating the coming threats.

    But by all means, stay in town, buy the new car, watch football, drink beer and feel good about your future. The population needs a reduction anyway during the die-off.

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. Actually, Friday is day 6 of my hair week ( Sat. is cutting day ). Sunday the length is scary skinhead, Tue. or Wed. is starting to look good, Fri. it is perfect Goldilocks-not too long or short. Of course, I wrote this one last weekend so the correlation might be off.

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  3. Nightshift here....Good article. A true FB2 would only drive an H2. I see two of them that visit their deer camps up in my area.

    I wonder if it would be feasible to build a hidey hole on my acreage as a fall back. I do need to consider some major cache'ing.(Don't ask me how to spell that one) Probably not really enough area if someone did snoop around the old homestead but your post has me thinking...

    Did find out one of our recent neighbors up here on the hill is a prepper and nurse. Her land borders the back of mine. Strength in numbers. She has horses too.

    FWIW

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    1. Frugal, environmentally aware FB2's drive the H3.

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  4. Okay, mostly boys and a few girls, I'm off a half vacation day now at noon. It is "take the wife into town" day. I'll be back Monday morning to post future comments. Stay safe!

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  5. 'irritated hordes of skittles eaters!" nobody writes like you Jim!
    By the way I object to the example of the redneck rodent. signed the Mohave rat

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    1. Be proud! Redneck Rodents will be some of the only survivors. Remember, tales to your grandchildren of you bushwacking are just as funny and delightful as you showing them your leg stump from when you engaged in frontal macho combat.

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  6. "Irritated Hoards Of Skittles Eaters" Man you come up with some funny shit.. Not so funny if your a "white hispanic" and you shoot one of those "Irritated Hoards Of Skittles Eaters" and the national media whores run with the story..
    Thanks for the chuckle Dakin
    Long Lost Loyal minon..
    Knurled

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    1. Does a White Hispanic get preferincial hiring status, as per the Hispanic part? Or does the White part put him near the bottom? Man, it must be hard for the feds to make those rules.

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  7. Maybe.

    There is such a glut in the market of "low skill" work that I am not sure I agree with you. How much of a survivalist are you if you have to live on food stamps?

    I like the mid-range idea of being a tradesman. But since I am one, I may be biased.

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    1. Well, conversly, how much of a survivalist are you if you have to stay in a huge city to appease the wife?

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