Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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ANOTHER BUG OUT BOOK

DON’T THINK THE END IS NIGH?

 

A big problem with Yuppie Survivalism is its insane cost.  Prior to Rawles the main assumption from writers in the field was you could afford it ( or you weren’t worthy was implied ) because you had to.  At least with Rawles there was a plan of sorts ( no longer as valid unless you ignore most imminent dangers ) to buy on the installment plan.  He didn’t necessarily assume you were rich.  Boston T Party had a plan based on living like a savage as you worked and invested, but he was only marginally a survivalist and more of a national gun porn celeb.  And a big part of the expense with Yuppie Scum Survivalists was the retreat and ways to get to the retreat.  As I’ve commented before, casting my pearls of wit before rooting swine, it seems Damnation Ally was the training manual for bugging out.  The bigger, more powerful, most shiny toys were needed to travel to the gleaming Oz of a mountaintop concrete fortress where freeze dried caviar is followed by champagne toasting to the success of the new regime of isolated middle class luxury. 

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So, given the insane expense, most folks either give up in despair or crank up the denial nob to ten.  They refuse to acknowledge the end is nigh.  As I hear far too often, “how did that Y2K work out for you?” or similar pabulum.  Yet, not being complete idiots, they still want a fall back plan just in case things go to crap.  They become bug out experts.  Moving to the country and working from home or commuting long distances are both problematic for them, so they just stay put and roll the dice.  They don’t buy into the Yuppie Scum quarter million dollar plan, but they want to get out of the city once urban living disallows for them earning a living.  They just aren’t convinced moving now is a great idea.  From the frying pan into the fire, so to speak.  This is the default mode for the vast majority of survivalists.  They know bad things will happen, but the timing is unknowable.  They accept partial disruption of their lives and know they have to scrimp and save and invest, but they want a reasonable plan which does NOT include a Bat Mobile with said fortress.

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Frugal bugging out is easy as can be.  Most folks lard it up with complications, but only because they are bloated pampered bitches who can’t conceive of moving any muscles to accomplish any task other than the right foot used to accelerate their SUV pass lowly plebian pedestrians, and the left arm used to hurl the remnants of their Big Gulp at said speed bumps.  With a smidge of muscle effort,  to include mental muscle, you can have dirt cheap bug out transport and a fairly cheap place to go to, also fairly inexpensively stockpiled. 

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11 comments:

  1. Travel during normal times is nuts enough. Add any sort of real disaster and it's crazy at best, impossible at worse.

    That being said, here I am 1,700 miles from home. My choice, but I'm not under any illusion that getting back home would be easy or even possible. I'll be in my small sailboat for the next couple of months, so that'll take care of vehicle and home for a while. Beats the heck out of being in a city at any rate.

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    1. A viable strategy, although all I can say personally is, "Jaws".

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  2. An absolutely brilliant article by Lord Bison, with an obscure reference (Damnation Alley!) and a hilarious visual (freeze-dried caviar).

    One of my favorite passages in the one true way of survivalism tomes that Lord Bison has authored is that a bug-out-bag needs little more than what a typical Afghani rebel soldier needs.

    So using that afghani rebel as my baseline, I'm looking at a spaceblanket, a lighter, an LED flashlight, a real BATTLE RIFLE (with none of this AR buck rogers tactical mumbo jumbo), magazines + ammo, some jerky + a tin of peanut butter, a metal water bottle, a couple of water purifier tablets, a roll of toilet paper, a knife, a roll of duct tape, and a wool blanket to wrap it all in.

    Aside from having the rifle slung at port arms, having the knife hang off the belt, the lighter and flashlight in your pockets; that wool blanket should be able to roll up tight with the other items inside, and then be slung behind you.

    My understanding is that a bug-out bag is supposed to support you for no more than 72 hours. Any hours beyond that and you should probably have a regular pack with more crap in it.

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    1. Why, thank you very much. But rather than tomes, shouldn't we call them "engraved pearls"?

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    2. A compromise (Though not necessarily the best depending on how you look at it?) is a take down bow of the variety that I've posted about here before. Small, very light weight compared to a rifle, will easily fit in a bugout bag, and reusable projectiles (If you're careful that is?). Also, from a legal standpoint, better to be caught with than a firearm. Again, not necessarily the best choice for everyone, but I plan on having one in my emergency bag.

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    3. For some areas/situations I can see where the bow is better. As long as you are proficient. Keep reminding us, it is good to have our comfort zones rearranged.

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  3. SixBears, you could always try to sail the coast line back to New England. Be a rough trip in the dead of winter. Then you would have to hoof it back home. Do you pack any cold weather gear or leave it in the ambulance? I guess you could always sail back in the spring.

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  4. I'm a new reader but, I just wanted to say I'm digging this "mini-series" I think some might call it. You are adressing the one thing I can't stand the most about the (majority of) people I run into who associate themselves with this bulls eye target branding. I just don't get it. I guess maybe it's an overflow of their worldview into their primeval sense of self-preservation. Or possibly it's the large amount of the para/military types. (An example of why "survivalist" lingo is filled with LEO type jargon).

    Well, Mr. Bison/Dakin, have a good day.

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    1. Welcome, future malcontent! Its not a mini-series but the newest book in the making ( I guess it could be the same thing ). If you love an embrace of non-military ways and means you should like it here. I was in the military, and it is hopelessly overrated. Hope you enjoy as well as stck around.

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  5. Boston T Party is Kenneth W. Royce. To my mind his survivalism seems to have petered out with the failure of Y2K to happen. I read his gun bible, but much of the rest of his offerings seem really odd.

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    1. Think of him as a paranoid libertarian who foresaw the Bush years.

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