Have we talked about wheat puffs previously? Sometimes I swear I might be losing my mind. I mean, I’ve suffered from CRS ( Can’t Remember Shiite ) for quite some time, long before the physical effects of aging started showing up. I just convince myself that I’m following in the age old model of inattention to life details followed by all great unrecognized genius’. You know, that massive brain so full of Great Thoughts that one simply doesn’t have the time or inclination to concern ones self about what was for dinner last night or when one might have last changed ones undergarments. That has been fairly constant. But more and more recently it seems I can’t recall basic article ideas being covered or not. Perhaps I’ve always suffered from such and it is only the pondering voice inside that grows louder, like the one that informs you the iron might still be plugged in one hundred miles down the road to your vacation destination. Well, little matter. Just as one somehow keeps forcing down yet another lump of cream of wheat at the breakfast table day after day, the selection wearily dull even as new and varied toppings are tried, so too have most of you become resigned to my repetitive nature and limited library of thoughts even as I sprinkle a new patina of flavorings on every day.
We’ve all been exposed to rice puffs in the form of the Snap, Crackle and Pop of Rice Crispies. Well, puffs are slightly different as they are not as liquid resistant as the name brand cereal, but the basic concept is the same. You take a whole grain and cook it until it puffs up like popcorn. When I was a kid my mom was real big on whole grain puffs as evening snacks. Popcorn, and all the puff cereals with melted butter and parmesan cheese. The corn puffs were really good for that. I don’t ever remember being constipated as a child, the amount of whole grains ( God, the perversity of homemade whole wheat bread for lunch sandwiches. You couldn’t taste the middle ingredients ) and fresh fruits we consumed was enough to feed a small African village. To this day I remember how good fresh California produce tasted, as good as from our garden. Today, the California, Florida and Mexican produce is putrid genetically modified Frankenfood forced out of dried dead soil with artificial fertilizers and tastes like my childhood fruit AFTER it was digested. Anyway, if you know how smart it is to modify your present day diet to reflect all the whole wheat in your survival stockpile, you need more and more and oodles and gobs of whole wheat. And a very simple way to start or increase this new diet is puffed wheat. You don’t need to cook anything and it can be used for a breakfast or a snack. And it is light and fluffy so you can transition from your white food diet to whole grains easier. The local Smiths ( Kroeger ) carries it in the cereal section for a buck a bag. Try it out.
I generally hate the notion of using the excuse “it doesn’t matter the cost, your life is worth it”. This can lead to Yuppie Survivalism and three thousand dollar thermal monocular. Two thousand dollar G-3 battle rifles, four grand freeze dried food stashes and a concrete bunker atop a mountain. Used as an excuse for toys and luxuries, I despise it with all my being and will use the last of a days worth of venom informing you so. However, used as a motivation to acquire a bare bones frugal item, I see the merits. Several years of a core calorie stockpile of grains is something everyone needs. Period. No excuses, no time to futz about. If the economy takes a crap, even without a collapse or sudden disaster, even without severe weather in farmlands continuing, you can no longer buy grains. You must do it now. And then I hear the whining and carrying on and caterwauling. I can’t afford it! Hmmm. But I’ll bet you my last donut that if your car suddenly took a crap, you could find the money for it. Yes? No, I don’t care that your car is necessary to work. You work to eat. A stockpile is also so you can eat. Just not in two weeks but sometime down the road. Think of it this way. If a drug dealer kidnapped your family and demanded a reasonable amount of money, would you pay the ransom? What if they gave you a This Thursday Only Half Off Special price, even lower than reasonable? You would somehow find the cash. You can somehow find the cash for a three to five year food stash for the family. It is the ransom you must pay to keep them alive in the assured coming disruptions.
I’m reading a dull but acceptable disaster book, “We Live On A Dangerous Planet-Prepare For Survival Now” by C. Carl Pegels, $3 on Kindle. It is sloppily written and repetitive and really not much more than an overview you can duplicate on Wikipedia. But nonetheless it is a priceless compendium on the history of super volcanoes ( among other things, but this is chief ). Here is the authors assessment of the future of eruptions which I heartily endorse: The probability of seeing an eruption of a super volcano in your life is from 25 to 75%. Not a once every 600,000 years as is commonly cited. His math is as follows. In the last two hundred years we have seen two of these eruptions. The severe 1815 and the moderate 1880’s. Both were followed by several years of northern hemisphere food disruptions. A human lifespan being 75 years, divided into 200, from two life spans of 150 years to three lasting 225, to arrive at the percentages. Volcanic winters are nothing new. A really bad one in 1315 caused a six year famine. 1315 and 1315 saw no crops with 1317 the first normal summer. But the two year interuption was so bad the food supply was disrupted through 1321. So I think a minimum five year supply of core calories is reasonable. Count on a super volcanic eruption and you’ve covered most other contingencies ( I’m a third through the cited book. He also covers the Bottleneck ELE. Looking forward to that and you can bet I’ll most likely share with you.
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