Thinking, knowing, and survival.

Individual ability is probably the number one priority any person should possess in an emergency event, short, or long-term. Can you think in a panic, when those around you are screaming or hungry and salivating over your cat? There are lists of products that anyone could use, types of foods, water, weapons, ect.. And while boobus domesticus survivalist is held up in his upside down abode in Suburbaville, Maple Street, U.S.A. firing his bazooka at the neighbors birds nest, you can be quietly, calmly, accessing your situation. Some will bug out, most of those will attempt to leave the city too late and become easy sniping targets for their 6 foot BOB sacks full of survival needs. Most will load the car or mini van with the family, 500 pounds of water, and an alternative route sure to put them all in harm’s way.

The real survivors will be those with skills applicable to the given situation. Gunsmiths, triage care providers, gardeners, canners, bakers, butchers, candlestick makers, farmers, and even re-loaders, and mulchers. Mechanics, doctors, dentists, chemists, pharmacists, will all have skills in demand which will aid in their survival. What to avoid, or be watchful for, is the unemployed real estate broker with a rifle roaming about looking for water, the online gamers who think “gun and run” is the best, only needed, skill set. The accountants holed up in their basements living on infamil and sewer water, hunting stray cats with other desperadoes, by  night.

Know how to leave and when to leave, an area. Know how to make yeast, gather edible plants, filter and sterilize water. Know how to fire, load, care for, a fair variety of weapons…don’t just buy twenty pistols. If its Shit hits the fan time, there should be plenty of weapons and ammo to pluck off the dead and wounded (but still dangerous).

Fido is a dog now, but if the grocery stores are empty, he’s Kerbogi Stew. Felix the cat is warm and snuggly now, but when its forty below and there’s no heat, his fur would sure feel good around your blue/frozen ears. I’m not advocating the butchering of all pets, I’m just saying, a resource, is a resource, and necessity levels can change. Adapt and adjust.

A machinist, metalsmith, welder, can fashion parts. A junk dealer, scavenger, can find his materials. A farmer will use those parts to sow crop to feed your hungry ass. What can you trade or add to the mix? Can you sew clothes no longer available because department stores are gone? Can you dig a well, fashion a manual hand pump well? Provide security overnite? Can you dress a squirrel, or groundhog? Can you chop and split wood without fuel? How much wood can you haul? Can you build a stove? Can you winterize a house? Can you fashion eyeglasses, make glass, pickle fish? Can you repair a tire? Can you rebuild a starter? Can you net fish? Can you dig a dirt cellar?

It’s the trading tit for tat of these skills, in an environment short of fuel, electrical power, and rule of law, that can keep people alive. So if all you know is a cash register, a payroll account, a regulation to enforce…..then you need , above hoarding supplies, to LEARN A SET OF BASIC SKILLS. Get a needle and thread. Get a smokehouse. Dress your own game from start to finish. Open up useless lawn for a garden. Pickle. Can. Dehyradate. Smoke. vacuum seal. Fish, build, repair, basic items. Learn common law, ham radio operation, radio repair,, building fire pits, wiring, ect…

Some may already know many of these things, and still get caught in downtown LA when the food shortages/riots begin. Some may be up at the lake cabin, in a safe zone with family, with a refrigerator full of spoiling food, no fuel, no power, and no ability or know how to make fire to sterilize water. Cholera could kill the entire flock after drinking too much unsanitized lake water.

Learn by watching and asking others, and thru trial and error NOW. Do not wait until you’re behind the eight ball. The older generations could tell you a lot about basic survival. What was done during the LAST great depression? How can you make soap with stove ashes and animal fat? How can you start a fire without a lighter or matches? How can candles be fashioned? How can a field be grown to feed a hundred men over a long harsh winter? What is edible that grows in nature? If you own animals…where are the local butchers? If you have no electricity, what can you do with the meat? Sharpen a knife, axe, hatchet?

Make a list of things you know how to do.

Make a list of those things, you will need to know if there no electricity all winter long.

If that second list is short, or has nothing listed at all. Start learning today. Thats the best place to start, when wanting to survive the coming, deep, hyperinflation crisis.

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2 Responses to Thinking, knowing, and survival.

  1. joe says:

    This response is at the request of able2cog
    Having been asked to give my perspective on this subject, based on my backround as a farmer, maybe we should start with a few basic questions.
    First, how do you define your terms for survival ? Do you see yourself starting with no physical property, grasping for the first fig leaf you can find to covor yourself ? Or conversely, do you envision yourself stockpiling every creature comfort possible for that fateful day ?
    Second, how do these new requirements for survival differ from today’s ?
    Third, other than the traditional conceptions of survival, you know, like stockpiling this or that, are you prepared both physically, and emotionally ?
    Practically every “survivalist” I hear from can give a fair rundown of various physical objects that may come in quite useful, (until they eventually run out). They also quite commonly give the impression that those items will come in handy when you arrive at timbucktoo. But why must you necessarily pack up and leave your familiar element for destination unknown ? Survival is equally possible both in the woods, and downtown New York. In fact, friends, neighbors, and “most” relatives could be just as valuable an asset as that six shooter, and can of spam. Your “home base” can hold a lot of things needed for survival that can’t be carried in a knapsack. Even if the dollar bill becomes worthless, you can still retain the ability to trade for what you may need later. Civilized society did not just spring up overnight, and the qualities inherent in it probably will not just vanish.
    Think about how you use your survival instincts today. What is it that keeps you out of that bad neighborhood at three in the morning ? What gives you that apprehension before crossing the street on a do not walk ? That foreward sightedness, or common sense may come in quite handy when the “survivalist’s” advise is nowhere to be found. Those little things you do now to save your “can” would not change.
    How are you prepared physically ? Can you walk several miles now ? Can you do it while carrying a couple five gallon pails of water ? Could you do it in ninety degree heat, or two feet of snow ? How are you prepared emotionally ? Can you handle an altercation with an adversary without resorting to any form of physical contact which may drain that valuable strength needed for chopping wood, or cause you injury that renders you unable to “survive” ? Can you now tell a potential trading partner “thanks but no thanks” politely if his price is too high, knowing you may need to trade with him later ?
    What about skills ? That time watching ESPN could be better spent learning a valuable skill, or three. Things like carpentry, horticulture, animal husbandry, or any other of the basic survival skills, along with maybe a specialty, such as blacksmithing (iron works) tool building or repair, mechanical abilities, like repairing a water pump, chain saw, fixing that stove fan, ect. These are skills that can be of use whether that fateful day comes, or not.
    I suppose by now you may be quite dissapointed for not gaining that “inside” secret to survival. But truth be told, there is no secret, other than that which can be aquired by study, common sense, and simply “knowing” hard work. You do not need to know everything, in fact one important skill is the realization you cannot in fact possibly know everything. The trick I guess, is in being “value added”. I suspect this is why the “survivalists” know their plans are lacking, and therefor include heading for the hills to points unknown. They envision a life of playing solitare. But these staples are the ones that when stockpiled, gives you the best shot for survival over a lifetime.

  2. able2cog says:

    Joe,
    I will answer as best as I can, but based on orders of magnitude and reasonable reaction to threats, no single persons security situation (op-sec, or operational security) will be exactly the same.
    I don’t forsee a mad max situation occuring in the United States anytime soon, where people simply roam the earth looking for soft leaf beds and abandon cars for shelter. As well, whether one owns physical property in the form of land or not, can be a positive and a negative. Land cannot be hidden from a local tax collector (less obvious property/assets ‘can’ if need be), so land, even under a semi-anon trust, is subject to the residing regime, or local looters need to fill their freezers with cashola. This means land owners and non land owners will need to build on the resources they have. A land owner can plant wheat, a renter can weld a broken hitch, just as an over simplfied example.
    As far as stocking up on creature comforts…whats a (relative) creature comfort? Pillows? Toilet paper? Or a needle and thread? Some may consider (though it would be irrational) to stock up on q-tips.
    The bug out, or packing up and hauling ass. Most survivalists live in the burbs, where most ‘people’ live. They are big on the bug out bag, in the extreme. An emergency bag may be important if the water is cut out, locally, for a week, or there is a storm/power outage for a week, or flash flood. If the rule of law is breaking down, and a survivalist from suburbia boobabana wants to throw on the BOB (bug out bag) and head out by foot on the interstate, he likely won’t get too far. It would be obvious to looters hes not carrying raggedy ann dolls. The roads could be jammed if theres an exodus, and if one is not already OUT of the concrete jungle, you may have to hunker down for a while until order is semi-restored. Than its about scavenging under a very stealthy mode, and lots of luck. Staple foods and lots of water, and tight lips about the whole thing.
    As has been said before, people are the greatest natural resource. And more specfic, I agree, the mind is the most valuable asset (but can be a liability if a few screws lossen due to jostling). Trusted terminals such as friends, family, and relatives would out of necessity become more important. Uncle Albert has fuel, cousin Jerry has a small generator, Aunt Lucy has bleach, and flour, and knows how to mend a pair of jeans, and your buddy George has a water tank that can hold 400 gallons, some firewood, and three sacks of wheat seed. If theres more wheat seed than needed, seed can be traded for shotgun shells, and fuel stabilizer. No firewood? Trade two of twenty cast iron pots for a half cord. Who knows?
    http://survivalblog.com/
    Some survivalists, I think, have some very good pointers, but since we are in reference to the www, there ample, plentiful, absolute bull cockey out there as well.
    Like anything online, sifting through it all can give one a better idea, in keeping with the famous axiom, “believe half of what you see and none of what you hear”. I think the key is resourcefullness and the ability to change prior planning based on op-sec, and general populace desperation and frame of mind. Like driving down the freeway, one usually worries (naturally) about the “other” drivers putting make-up on, texting on their cell phones, or cracking open their seventh beer.
    A great example of piss poor abundant prior planning can be seen on display in a twilight zone episode (20 minutes) called “The Shelter”, which can be searched for on youtube and watched in three or four parts…it chronicles a suburban panic and a fallout shelter that everyone wants to squeeze into, its actually so bad its funny to watch.

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