Wednesday, March 5, 2014

prioritize

PRIORITIZE

Prioritizing prepping supplies shouldn’t be rocket science. Obviously, if you spend twenty grand on a fallout shelter and then can’t afford more than one months food supply and you emerge into a nuclear wasteland where all canned goods you can find are poisoned and you couldn’t grow anything other than mutated weeds ( this is assuming the sun actually shines through the few billion metric tons of crap now airborne ), you didn’t prioritize worth spit. Nowadays, the trend seems to be towards semi-auto heavy arsenals, little ammo ( “as soon as Obammy is impeached, Frack Oil is discovered under everyone’s lawn and little green aliens land cold fusion reactors in every state capital, ammo will be twenty cents a round again and I’ll stock up then” ) and pretty close to zero food. Which is just the updated version of the expensive fallout shelter.

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You prioritize in accordance to what will kill you first. You don’t prioritize according to your wishful thinking ( “as soon as I smite all the wicked masses surrounding me I’ll be able to farm for everything I need and there will be no draught, or changing weather patterns or faraway traveling nomads trying to steal my food” ). And then you realize that all of it isn’t enough and you are going to die anyway. Because you can’t do it all, not even close. Oh, we talk about this and that potential problem, and that is good because thinking about it now is better than being blindsided later, but it is nigh impossible to stockpile for global collapse. Just prepping for the collapse is hard enough. Throw in prepping for PODA ( Peak Oil Dark Ages ) and even ten years isn’t enough time ( and that even assumes you have the money ).

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Take this morning comment about flintlocks ( that was posted on Monday- this will be posted at a later date by the time you see it ). A flintlock is a wonderful idea, but even a kit for $150 might not be in your budget. You are busy buying insulation and solar equipment to help with grid-down, you never have enough food and must get that, you can’t help but buy ammo ( even at $1 a round ) because you have too much gun and not enough rounds, and you are desperately trying to pay down debt so the bankers don’t make you homeless ( check out “Griftopia” by Matt Taibbi for the best treatment on the banksters looting the economy I have ever seen, and you become much MORE afraid ). In short, as nice and needy as a “forever” gun is, since it isn’t immediate you have little choice but to put off its purchase. Now multiple that by hundreds of items.

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Prioritizing is a lot easier once you realize you can’t do it all, nor even do more than bare minimum. Food, ammo and shelter and the future is going to be a huge crapshoot. Nothing wrong with trying to do it all, just don’t let it mess with immediate survival prioritizing.

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10 comments:

  1. Good motivating post Lord Bison. It can be daunting for new and old preppers alike. Your overall advice is spot on. Not everyone is going to follow it but many of us try to keep your concepts in mind. I was going to write a lengthy comment here but may do a guest article on my "journey". Opsec is a concern but the PTB already have a good idea.

    Any special requirements for guest articles other than alot of butt kissing?

    Loyal Minion.

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    1. I require a moderate amount of butt kissing. Too much just embarrasses us both.

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  2. this is my comment

    i'm not going to comment on today's post

    how are the outlaws doing?

    why don't you write about them?

    did the sd finally have a bm?

    do you think your live demonstration with the crap bucket scared her?

    this is the end of my comment

    tiffany

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  3. You have redeemed yourself from yesterdays article.

    Good job with this one.

    You Know Who
    MM

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    1. well, thanks. Surprised no one liked the driving analogy. Is it because that is how you'all drive?

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  4. 3 seconds without physical security ( = one or two weapons, and the ability to be well removed *hidden or distance/barriers * from predators of most sorts )

    3 minuets without air ( = some way of minimally filtering air and venting structures / combustion is a good idea fortunately this is easily globally accessible it is only quality you need be concerned with)

    3 hours without heat/cooling in extreme climates ( = need some sort of shelter/clothing sufficient for most extreme weather)

    3 days without water ( = need a good filter for drinking water, and place to collect and store rainfall or other water storage)

    3 weeks without food ( = several years worth of minimal caloric intake need to be stored and means for collecting more /supplemental food - currently very cheap with industrialized petroleum subsidized agriculture)

    3 months without human interaction/luxury.

    To cover all these things should cost you less than 3000 dollars for the minimum.

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    1. Except the human interaction, which costs you a lot more money and a little part of your soul. But like they say about working ( a job sucks. No job sucks more ), so like compainionship/friendship.

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    2. Nah, books and internet can suffice for much of the human interaction (for now at least).
      Keeping minimal associations allow you to concentrate on the key associations and remain dispassionate and rational about most of them.

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    3. I'm not saying it doesn't sound good. But, I just wonder how much of that we choose and how much it is forced on us by everyone being alienated from one another.

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