One thing I forgot to mention yesterday ( the article on gun selection ) was that if you are “forced” to buy a plain jane hunting rifle, one benefit would be that you are well camouflaged. A semi-auto screams out to the wife, neighbors, future ATF dime droppers and other assorted scumbags that you are preparing to do righteous battle with the forces of evil, be they invading Chinese hordes, zombie ( The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead ) bikers or lawyers. While this provides a warm and snug feeling, it might put an unwelcome spotlight on you. Having a hunting rifle allows you a bit more of activity under the radar. Sure, you’re still a vicious baby killer, unfit for polite society ( where those that don’t wish to shave their armpits slurp soy lattes and discus how Lord On High Obammy is the best president since he ain’t a white boy ), but at least you aren’t behind the first door the federal ninja’s kick in at 3 AM. Just a bit of food for thought.
Don’t think I don’t know what you are all talking about behind my back. Oh, that Jim, he’s so cute and adorable, always thinking the sky is about to fall and we are all going to die. Followed by snorting or tittering as the case may be. Now, while I really wish a bunch of you slacking whores would get over your wild notion that running water and central heat are necessary and you all move out to Elko to form the nucleus of my post-apocalypse Army Of Doom, I know that is too much to ask. Then, I ask for a very reasonable alternative. Store enough grain and beans for several years per person. I’m not asking you to buy a two thousand dollar rifle, or take on a two thousand dollar a month mortgage to buy your super deluxe penthouse survival bunker ( The Bunker ) in the wilds. I’ve been very fair only asking that you spend a few hundred bucks stockpiling wheat. Then I have to hear all the excuses. Oil will last forever, or at least through my lifetime-piss on my kids, they can eat tree bark amongst the ruins. When I suggest that oil, being a non-renewable resource, is running out, you gaze at me solemnly and reply that we are Americans by gum and nothing bad will ever happen to us because Baby Jesus loves us ( Gund Baby Jesus Loves Me Musical Lamb, Cream ). I suggest to you that Baby Jesus showed us a heck of a lot of love allowing far more than the allotted seven years of plenty to plan for the seven years of lean. You write me in at the top of your “assassination target for blasphemy” list.
I understand that more likely than not, I am no smarter than any of you. I am unnaturally addicted to the hobby of survivalism, and my relaxation comes from reading up and writing on that subject. Hence, I have a heck of a lot more time to devote to thinking about these things than you do. That is my only edge. I obsess. The normal Joe thinks about birds for ten minutes of his life, when he is being crapped on. The Birdman Of Alcatraz ( Birdman of Alcatraz ) thought about birds around the clock, and through self education became one of the worlds experts. It is about time and interest, not intelligence. So I think I can safely boast of being one of the experts on prepping. Perhaps not an expert in nuclear fallout or ballistics or improvised explosive, but certainly on studying collapse and definitely on frugal living ( Frugal Living for Dummies ) and prepping. I realize that won’t change your mind. You are not going to turn your life upside down on my account, because I could be wrong. Fair enough. So why are you reading my work? I would think we are all pretty much on the same page here, acknowledging the need to prepare for a dark future. And why do you even need to agree with me on a collapse timeline? You are supposed to be playing the odds, not expecting certainties.
I can’t assure you that we definitely will collapse ( The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream ) any time soon. My gut and my logic point to it being a very high probability. Which is why I recommend insurance. A few tins full of ammo, a few guns, those are insurance. Against crime, against out of control government, against hunger or raising meat prices. Most of us have guns. Yet when was the last time you shot a burglar or defeated federal troops? You didn’t. You are armed JUST IN CASE. But do you apply the same logic to famine insurance? Where is your 400 pounds of wheat in buckets? It costs $150. Well, $175 including a grain grinder ( corn and grain grinder ). You spent more on that in guns, didn’t you? And why haven’t you already done it? Food has doubled in ten years, at a minimum. Most has tripled. I was buying wheat for $5 a bag in ‘98, and that was overpriced relatively speaking. I was buying meat for an average of $1 a pound seven or eight years ago ( chicken 50 cents, pork $1 and beef $1.25 or thereabout ). That is triple food prices. Guns and ammo have doubled. What are you waiting for? Guns, ammo and wheat will not go bad if handled properly. You spend the money once, and forget about it. It is the cheapest imaginable insurance, but it will only increase in price. It was normal for grain prices to rise ten fold or more during weather induced shortages back in antiquity. So far, our global food system has worked to replace shortage in one area with a surplus in another. Yet we no longer have any reserves and for several years running have used more than we produced, even in banner production years. Are you going to gamble this doesn’t cause a near future problem? The historic one-off of abnormally low grain prices has ended. Grain will only increase in price, even if no huge shortages happen. Buy now, while you can. Insure yourself.
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