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Doom and gloom in the survival community

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For the past 20 years I have considered myself active in the survival community.  Whether it was listening to talk radio, buying American survival guide magazines, going to gun shows and talking to people, there always seemed to be a level of doom and gloom.

Doom and gloom seemed to be everywhere in the 1990s, in magazines, in books, on the radio,,,.  People were talking about how NAFTA was going to abolish the U.S. as a sovereign nation, how the United Nations was going to invade the U.S., how the new world order was going to use the Y2K event to usher in a new era.

There for a decade it was just one thing after another, after another, after another.

After a couple of decades of hearing the same thing over and over like a broke radio, you start to get a little numb to it.

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How many times will the doom and gloomers talk about the U.N. talking our guns away?  Or how the IRS is going to tax a person on how many guns they own.

Would you like to know where the real enemy resides?  The real enemy is in the voter.  The people who vote for the same two parties year after year are the real enemies of the nation.

We should not be worrying the United Nations.  What we should be worried about are the career criminals the voters keep returning to office.

What I am hearing today with the conspiracy theory people is the same thing I heard 20 years ago.  Nothing has changed, what so ever.  And the voters keep returning the same idiots to office over and over.  What good does it do to worry if the same people are in power year after year, decade after decade?

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Burn Out

Hearing the same conspiracy theory over and over for years and decades on end causes burn-out.  It is impossible for someone to stay in a constant state of readiness.  If someone starts prepping for SHTF / TEOTWAWKI, and SHTF / TEOTWAWKI does not happen within the next 3, 4 or 5 years, the person gets burned out and leaves the survivalist / prepping communities.

Lets focus on what is important.  Worrying about the same people getting into office year after year is beyond your control.  Vote every chance you get, and do not worry about the rest.

After wall street was bailed out, my Representative Kevin Brady came up for reelection.  What did the people of southeast Texas do?  They voted Brady right back into office?  If people were so mad about the bailout, why did they reelect Kevin Brady?  I was almost yelling at the election results.  If people are so mad at the government, why in the hell do they keep voting the same people into office over and over?

Watching the election results causes a type of political burnout.  Its the same crooks and robbers elected into office over and over.

Nothing is going to change. So the best thing to do is not worry about it.

Get a hobby related to survivalism

What kind of hobbies do you have that are related to survivalism? Fishing, hiking, camping, gardening, hunting,,, or something else?

I go fishing, hunting, garden from time to time and have chickens.  During a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation, I suspect all of those skills will come in handy.

What kind of hobbies will tie in well with your long term survival plans?

Obsessed With Survivalism

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Have you ever met someone that is obsessed with prepping or survivalism?  They keep their Get Home Bag ready to go, their Bug Out Bag is prepped and ready to go, keep a firearm in every room of the house,,, to the point where survivalism has consumed their lives.  Would that be survivalism, an obsession or paranoia?

There is a fine line between a hobby and an obsession.  If that is true, is there a line between a lifestyle and an obsession?  What about a hobby and a lifestyle?

If we do the same thing everyday for 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years, would that be considered an obsession?  If so, is work an obsession?  Sometimes yea, work can be an obsession.  Other times work is something we do to live.

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If someone practices survivalism for 10, 20, 30,,, years, would that be a lifestyle or an obsession?

Maybe the deciding factor is how much survivalism affects our everyday life.  Are we able to have normal relationships, are we able to live our lives as normal as possible while maintaining a dedicated survivalist lifestyle?

There needs to be a balance between prepping and living life as normal as possible.

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Beware the conspiracy theory trap

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survivalistConspiracy theories are like a disease, once they a foothold, they spread like wildfire. Unlike a virus, people have a choice whether they want to be infected with a conspiracy theory.

In the 1990s conspiracy theories spread like wildfire. But the gubberment supplied plenty of fuel for those fires. We had NAFTA, GATT, Waco an Ruby Ridge to help fan the flames of conspiracy theories.

When bill clinton did a flip flop on NAFTA, a lot of people saw that as a sign that big business had bought the U.S. government. Here we are 18 years after NAFTA was signed, and not much has changed. Big business still owns the U.S. government, the banks still get bailed out and wall street still gets bailed out from time to time.

As long as the 2 major parties stay in control, nothing is ever going to change, so there is no use in worrying about it.

Do not spend time worrying about things you can not change. You can not change the way people vote, so there is no use in hoping for real change.

Has anything in government changed in the past 20+ years? We still have free trade, china still has favored trade status, we still have millions of illegal immigrants, we still anchor babies, drugs are still a problem. What has government done in the past 25 years that was different then in the past 50 years?

In the 1950s, 60s, 70s and early 1980s we were fighting the communist.

In the 1990s, 2000s and now the 2010s we are fighting terrorist.

Since the end of world War II we have been in some kind of stand off with “someone”. Why cant we live in peace with other nations?

In the 1990s it seemed that things reached a head with Waco and the Oklahoma bombing incident.  The gubberment changing its story on Waco and the dead child helped fan the flames of government hate.  When you see tanks ramming a building that is on fire with children inside, its a little difficult not to get angry.

Then there was the Ruby Ridge / Randy Weaver incident.  When a government agent shoots and kills an unarmed woman holding a child, and the shooter is not prosecuted, the conspiracy theories really went wild.

Some of the theories going around said Waco and Ruby ridge were staged to see how the public would react to martial law.

All I know is that innocent people died, and nobody went to prison over it.

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The 1990s from a survivalist point of view

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boat angelina riverLooking back at the entire 1990s, I feel that my life was consumed with politics and conspiracy theories. We had the Persian Gulf conflict, NAFTA, GATT, Waco, Ruby Ridge, Assault Rifle Ban, European Union,,,, only to name a few. Those events helped fan the fires of conspiracy theories and helped people who spread doom and gloom for profit.

Late 1990s – Everything seemed to have started back around October 1990 when there was a UN and United States military response to Saddam Hussein invading Kuwait. Countries get invaded all the time, what made Kuwait so special – they had oil. This led to the theory that large oil companies controlled the US government – which I partially believe. When oil companies need to protect their investments, they call in the big guns, which is the US military.

Ruby Ridge in 1992 – innocent people were murdered by the government, and nobody was held responsible.

And it was not “just” Ruby Ridge, it was the U.S. Senate hearings that followed, the finger pointing, and the lack action on part of the government. The people that were supposed to protect the public from an out of control Government failed to do their job.

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Stuff survivalist should not stockpile

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From time to time I see discussions on the forums about gear and supplies that survivalist should invest into – like a berkey water filter, mountain house foods, or long term food storage items.  For the sake of discussion, lets talk about stuff you should not invest into.

Before investing a lot of money into a project, there are some things to consider.  The first consideration is “can you “really” afford it?  It would be nice to have half a million dollars to drop into 1,000 acres in Alaska and a 2 story cabin.  But the fact is, most people can not afford such luxuries.  Next, do you really “need” the supplies?  Or, are you buying the supplies just to have them?

Gold – As of today, October 5, 2010 the price of gold is $1,333.95 per ounce.  For the average working middle class family, who is struggling to pay a house note, electric bill, insurance, buy food,,,,,, forking out $1,333 for an ounce of gold is out of the question.  In a lot of cases, that $1,333 would pay1 or 2 house notes.  Having a place to live is more important then trying to buy gold in these tough financial times.  If your one of the lucky few that money is not an issue, then maybe buying gold is right up your alley.

If gold was at $400, and a family had some extra money they could invest, then sure, maybe buy some gold.  But if you buy it right now, how much higher can the price go before it starts to go back down.  I see buying gold right now, as the same thing as getting into a pyramid scam.  The people that got in early make the most money – the people that get in late lose the most money.

Meals Ready to Eat – the good ole MRE is not a top pick for a survivalist food.  Sure the military hands them out by the case, but the military also has plenty of money.

MRE cons:
Expensive – costing about $75 per case.  With 12 meals per case, that equals out to $6.25 per meal.
Sodium content – see this post for a full description of the sodium content in MREs.  To say that MREs are high in sodium is an understatement.
Affected by heat – unless you have the room in your house, or a climate controlled storage area, your MRE lifespan is going to be seriously affected by storing them in the garage or storage building. From the studies I have seen, 1 day over 100 degrees takes 1 month off the life span.

If you want to buy some MREs, then please do so. I usually keep around 6 – 12 cases in stock at all times. Their mainly used on hiking, camping, backpacking and hunting trips. Their a quick and easy grab and go meal, but for long term food storage, there are better options.

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The mindset of radical survivalist

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sea rim state parkThe 1970s and the 1980s were interesting times for survivalist. The threat of nuclear war with Russia was a clear and present danger. Russia was in Afghanistan getting its butt kicked by a bunch of nomads. Duck and cover public service announcements were broadcast on TV. Soldier of Fortune magazine and American Survival Guide was the reading material of the day. But it was in the 1990s and beyond when things really got “interesting.”

The 1980s
When I was in high school (1982 – 1986), the dad of one of my friends seemed a little “radical” to say the least. If not radical, maybe just very, very paranoid. This was before I had very much knowledge or experience in stuff like the New World Order (NWO) and conspiracy theories.

This happened about 23 years ago, but I am going to try and tell the story the best that my memory serves me.

The father of my buddy had busted holes in the walls of the house, then stuck a rifle into the hole. He said if the feds ever come to get him, he wanted a firearm within reach. So there was a gun in the wall of every room. Even while sitting on the toilet there was a firearm within reach.

The dad stayed armed just about all the time with a Colt 1911 45 ACP. There were a couple of times where the dad was seen in town with the pistol. One time he was at a local grocery store when a clerk saw the pistol in his pocket – the clerk called the police. When the police approached the man, the son asked the officer if they could talk in private. The son told the police that his dad was a little “off” – and he was. The police officer was nice enough not to arrest the man, but made him leave the store.

Then there was the stories of the FBI watching his house, bugging his telephone, following him,,,,,,.

My buddies dad ran a small home based business and repaired small engines, such as lawn mowers and boat motors. I think this had something to do with making below a certain amount so he did not have to pay income taxes.

The family lived a very frugal lifestyle, ate a lot of cheap food (such as peanut butter), wore clothes that had holes in them, did not go to town very often. If memory serves me right, most of their food was out of store bought cans. This was so when the power was cut off very little food would spoil. I remember the family eating a lot of peanut butter and honey.

One story the dad told me went something like this – years ago he was away from home working on a construction job. Instead of renting an apartment or hotel room, he slept under his car. There just happened to be a panther living in the area. So the dad started putting food out for that panther and slowly tamed it.

About 3 years ago – 2005, 2006 or 2007 – I saw the dad at a local grocery store. He looked kinda rough and gave the appearance of being homeless. His hair was in a tangled mess, his clothes were dirty looking and he had a strange, almost lost look in his eyes. He is not homeless as I know where he lives and I see his car parked there on a regular basis. I did not speak to him, maybe I should have, maybe I am glad I didn’t.

I just can not imagine being so paranoid, as to believe that the government is watching everything that I do. It seemed that my buddies dad was obsessed that the FBI (or someone else) was watching every move he made.

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