0.0 00 A lot of survival forums have special sections on wilderness survival or cold weather survival – I think there should be a section for hot weather survival. In cold weather you can put more clothes on (if you have them), you can build a fire, build a shelter, build a wall to reflect […]
Category: Random Ramblings
It all started when a buddy of mine cleaned out his food stockpiles and gave me about 8 1/2 cases of MREs. Not being the one to pass up free food preps, I gladly accepted the MREs and loaded them up in the SUV. On the way home my wife and I decided to get one of those plastic shelving systems from a local big box mart.
One side of my sons closet was cleaned out, the shelving system was assembled and the MREs were put on the shelves in order to when the test / inspect date. The ones dated in 2011 were put on the bottom, the ones dated in 2010 on the second shelf up from the bottom, and the ones that your supposed to test were put on the third shelf up from the bottom. Some backpacks / daypacks were put on the very top shelf.
The following video is the one that I posted on youtube.
Survivalism, like everything else changes with time. During the Cold War – the 1950s and 1960s – people were worried about nuclear war with Russia. In the 1990s theories were a dime a dozen about how the United Nations was going to invade the USA. In the 2000s we were worried about terrorist attacks, and now in 2010 we are worried about financial collapse.
As I think about the past few decades, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s,,, to me, the 1990s was the best decade for survivalism. While Bill Clinton was president from 1993 to 2001, he probably he did more to promote survivalism / conspiracy theories then anyone else that I can think of, besides maybe Janet Reno and the Waco situation.
1991 we had the Persian Gulf conflict – Desert Shield and Desert Storm. We got to see how well the Russian made tanks held up against the M1 Abrams. We got to see the stealth fighter and bomber. The world saw that the USA can kick some butt and take names later – if there was enough left to even name.
It seems that those armchair survivalist are at it again, this time they are posting stuff on my YouTube gardening videos.
If your wondering what an armchair survivalist is, they are the people that sit at their computer chairs, post comments on videos, post on forums, might even have a blog, and never actually “do” anything. They are the people that know everything there is to know about survivalism, their masters of everything, but not of them have never actually done anything. They tell you how your doing everything wrong, but offer no proof that they have actually done it themselves.
A few days ago I posted a video on YouTube about storing MREs. One guy posted a comment – “You should never store MREs in your house. The temperature does not stay cold enough and they will spoil faster.”
0.0 00 A lot of people probably say they were in their best physical shape at 18, 19, 20, or even 21 years old. Not me – I think my best physical conditioning was around 27, 28, 29, maybe even 30 years old. At that age I used to get home from working hard physical […]
Lets see, how would be the best way to describe this – prepping/survivalism is a way of life. Its not anything that I put any extra thought into, it just happens. Its like putting on your shoes, or tying your shoes, walking to the kitchen to get something to eat,,,,, its like a way of life.
Over the weekend, when my wife and I are at the grocery store. I picked up a couple of jars of creamy peanut butter and a couple of jars of honey. The 2 things that do not require special storage. They can be opened and left on the kitchen counter for months, honey will stay good forever.
So while we are shopping, I’am standing there thinking about how to eat the peanut butter and honey with no bread, or maybe just crackers, or straight out of the jar. The honey contains trace minerals, its good for cleaning wounds, and its its supposed to be good for your allergies. It does not have to be kept cold, or frozen and it does not have to be cooked.
On April 10, 2010 I had the chance to see Dermabond in action. While helping someone wire a house for phone, internet and television, we were outside looking at some underground phone wire. This is not your usual phone wire – it has a tough outer jacket, a jell waterproof coating, a heavy aluminum wrapping under the jacket, then another liner that holds the wires.
I wanted to get a good look at the wires before I said if it was going to be ok to run from the main building to the new construction. So I took this small pair for wire cutters and was trying to pull the aluminum wrapping away – when the wire cutters slipped, my hand went forward, and the foil sliced my middle finger open.
This was not the type of cut where you look at it and say “is it going to bleed”. As soon as I pulled my hand back and looked at it, the side of my finger was already covered in blood. The man I was working with got me a rag that I used to apply direct pressure. After a few minutes the bleeding stopped, but as soon as I moved the finger the bleeding started again.
What is the difference between a preppers and a survivalist? Some people may think the two names are interchangeable, but they are not.
According to wikipedia, the word survivalist dates back to the 1970s, while the word prepper dates to the 1990s. The name prepper came about from certain events that happened in the 1990s.
The 1990s was a bad time to be a survivalist. There was the Ruby Ridge incident and the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco.
After the Oklahoma City Bombing, it came out that Timothy McVeigh was associated with survivalist groups. Due to his association with the word “survivalist”, people associated survivalist as being possible terrorist.
The name “prepper” rolled off the tongue easier than survivalist. There was also less stigma with being a prepper, than being a survivalist who blows stuff up like Timothy McVeigh. I remember talking to people about prepping in the 1990s. When I used the word survivalist, the person responded as if I had used the word terrorist.
Over the decades prepping has morphed into a sub-set of survivalism. Today, preppers are not the same thing they were in the 1990s.
Through out history its been shown that certain social groups are more likely to survive then other groups
The rich – the rich have been able to move outside the affected areas, or have been able to buy the resources that they needed. During the black death of 1348 – 1350, the rich secluded themselves to their estates, or went to one of their estates outside the affected areas.
From the protection of their land and homes, the rich would be able to hire servants to buy food and other items. There was no need for the rich to go to town, they could just pay other people to do it for them. Thus reducing their exposure to the infected public.
Land owners could have herds of cows, horses, goats and other farm animals. The people with money may also own private property to hunt on, thus providing them with a source of wild game – deer, hogs, turkeys and other wild meat.
During a stressful situation, such as a disaster, food could be used as a comfort blanket. Just the smell of cooking food has a relaxing effect on people. This is probably an instinct from our ancestors roasting meat over an open fire.
After Hurricane Rita blew through in 2005, we returned home from the shelter only to find the yard covered with tree limbs. One tree in the back yard had blown down, but landed away from my house. Some of our group started cleaning up the yard, and piling the limbs up. While this cleaning up was going on I started cooking. The pit was fired up, some sausage and steaks were cooked and we all had a feast right before dark.
Even though the night before, while Hurricane Rita was blowing through, was very stressful, the first night home.
A recent video I posted on youtube received this comment.
Kev…with so many bags are you gonna be able to find your bug out bag in emergency??
I dont know if the guy was just picking, or trying to make a joke – but either way I was not offended. The comment touches on an important subject that should be discussed. And that is people who are obsessed with survivalism.
These are the types of people that can not lead a normal life because of some “reason.” Whether that reason is nuclear war, outbreak of a new disease, new world order and martial law, the united nations coming to get your guns,,,, whatever the reason may be, these people go around in a constant state of readiness. All they can think about is being ready for some kind of event.
Here is the video that received the comment.
Recently I was asked “how long I have been prepping?” That set off a whirlwind of thoughts about my life. Everything from my grandparents farm, to my dad taking my brother and I hunting, to my 1st and 2nd grade teachers going over duck and cover drills and what a nuclear explosion looked like, to watching our jobs and factories move to China, to camping next to the marsh in Bridge City, Texas, to hurricane Andrew, to watching what happened with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike,,, the list might be a mile long.
0.0 00 Over the past couple of decades there has been a disturbing trend that is becoming more and more visible. And that is families that are not able to prepare for a disaster. Its not because they do not want to, its because most people can not afford to purchase the basic essentials. In […]