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Genocide during a long term disaster

Kevin Felts at the Angelina River

Its about 800AD, in what will later become Sacred Ridge, which is just south of Durango Colorado. There is some kind of dispute between 2 or more cultures and 1 culture is wiped out.

Men, women, children,,,,,, everyone is rounded up, tortured, and killed. There is evidence that suggest that hands were removed from the bodies as trophies, and the huts the people lived in were burned after the slaughter. This is not the act of a single person, or a small group of people, this was the actions of a whole community.

Fiction you say? Read this article on Discovery.com about how Genocide Wiped Out Native American Population.

What could have made one group of people turn on another group? Was there a disease that was blamed one something like witchcraft? Did 1 group of people think the other 1 had put a curse on them, or maybe poisoned them?

Lets fast forward to the Black Death of 1348 – 1350, in which killed millions of Europeans. As the usual scapegoat, Jews were rounded up, blamed for outbreaks of the plague, and were put to death. Some Jews met with grizzly, unspeakable deaths, such as being burned to death.

Tacticool Is Not Survivalism

For some reason, survivalist seem to relish in tacticool. Everything has to be tactical this, or tactical that.

Tacticool is not survivalism:
Wearing woodland camo in the urban jungle does not make you a survivalist.
Bragging to your friends how you stockpile food does not make you a survivalist.
Wearing combat boots does not make you a survivalist
Trying to maintain a constant-stay-of-readiness does not make you a survivalist.
Buying a gas mask and keeping it in your car/suv does not make you a survivalist.
Having a get home bag does not make you a survivalist.
Having a bug out bag does not make you a survivalist.
Having a closet full of military gear does not make you a survivalist.
Having mud tires on your 2 wheel drive truck/suv does not make you a survivalist.
Having night vision does not make you a survivalist.
Having a Kevlar helmet does not make you a survivalist
Having a flak jacket does not make you a survivalist.
Having a bug out location does not make you a survivalist.

Teaching someone to fish

Please Rate This Article There is an old saying “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you will feed him for life.” I think that applies to more then just fishing. If you give someone a pay check and a grocery store, you will […]

Could The Dark Ages Happen Again

The Dark Ages is a period of European history that we know very little about – there is very little written record, and that is why its called the “Dark Ages”. Its supposed to start somewhere around 476 AD and lasted to around to 1000 AD.

Up until the Dark Ages, the Roman empire had conquered and untied Europe in a way that the world has never seen before. There had been written language, philosophy, math, and art for thousands of years. And all of a sudden, it was like technology went backwards thousands of years.

Rome had the aquaducts, sewage and running water. After the Dark Ages started, it was like people forgot how to build stuff like that.

Greece had the arts and science. In the Dark Ages, it was like people were living in the stone age again.

Being a survivalist in the 1990s

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.

What it means to be a survivalist

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.

Survivalism And The Obsession There Of

Kevin Felts political commentator

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.

The Survivalist Lifestyle

Flooding from Hurricane Ike 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.

The Mindset of Radical Survivalist

Kevin Felts political commentator

The 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.

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