After Christmas Horrors

A few (more) ‘scenarios’ are being tossed about: Nuclear War to Deter the Great Depression and Why The Economic Meltdown is Happening (special thanks to Vaughn for these links).

Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in both of these articles. At this point, anything is possible. They are certainly not telling us why they are making all these gigantic global moves in secret. Our economic situation is becoming more dire by the hour.

I’ve spent a few hours watching videos up on YouTube and am APPALLED at the advice being offered there. We are all in severe trouble, but this is NOT the time to be trying to ‘make investments’. What I saw there scares me, because of the nonsensical, non-intelligent responses I’m seeing promoted.

First off, be VERY careful of advice you’re being given, including HERE. Family, friends and complete strangers are quick to give advice that they themselves either do not follow, or fully understand. Most are still dealing in the old paradigm of growth, consumption and market demand.

Navigating collapse is not going to be easy. The business as usual scenario for the average Joe is definitely over, but it is not over yet for corporate America as we have all seen. There will be many thousands of business failures, but the government is going to buy up a lot of these these toxic assets (in secret) and keep up the “business as usual” appearances for as long as possible.

This is a definite brain-washing effect in action, they do NOT want the public to know just how terrifying our economic situation has already become.

Therefore, a trainload of bad advice is being given out by people who still fail to appreciate the gravity of our situation. Collapse happens to YOU and the domino-effect of affected millions is hitting all across the nation. Your efforts to save yourself will be fraught with MANY false starts and wrong choices, oftentimes because of BAD ADVICE by well-wishers and ‘experts’.

You should have gotten started on your preparations at least two years ago (minimum), but if you are one of those that are contacting me now, read this blog entry and pay close attention to the points I’m going to raise.

Forget corporate America and the bailouts, when collapse happens to you, all that is going to matter is how prepared you have become. What our government now does is immaterial. You are not going to be rescued. Obama is promising gigantic sweeping reforms, but I’ll bet that you’re not going to like it.

The main reason is Americans are still too stupid to realize that America is over. Anything that threatens this illogical viewpoint will be vehemently attacked by the left and the right. I have no doubt that Socialism is in the cards, along with martial law. A tactical response is going to be deployed on us all, which is why the linked articles above are not that entirely far-fetched (I don’t recommend either Jone’s site or Pravda).

Now, to counteract some really bad advice I’m watching / reading:

a) FORGET buying gold, silver or non-consumable ‘investments’. The people queuing up to buy this non-essential glitter stuff will also be trying to queue up later for essential items (food, fuel, medicine, guns, shelter) which they will have usually failed to buy. The old paradigm of buy low – sell high in terms of ‘profits’ is DEAD.

b) Buy as much storable food as you can get your hands on (not canned food, shelf life is far too limited). Ten years is not too much. A while back, I wrote a blog entry on a “lifetime food supply”, but did not publish it. It is perfectly possible to do this if you can afford it, and if you can defend it. Barring that (true for most of us), buy storable food that won’t go bad in just a few months or few years. Frankly, I could care less where you buy it, just get some, now.

c) Align your ENTIRE LIFE around the idea that you’re present way of life is OVER. Start thinking survival and staying out of work camps, prison cells and detention centers. Conscription is probably on the way, Obama is promising at least 100,000 more ground troops. God only knows what for, undoubtedly more war.

d) Earnestly start working with your immediate neighbors. Long distance communications and efforts at cooperation are useless, I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’m ‘invited’ or ‘requested’ to participate in some plan / effort / community. Let me be honest — I don’t live there and therefore, its a waste of my time to even consider these things. It is a waste of your time too.

e) Get LOCAL on everything you do, as much as you can. Community survival is now at stake. There are hurting, hungry people everywhere, but we’ve not seen anything yet. ’09 will be much worse. Allies are better then enemies (or thieves). Help those that you can, and they in turn can help you.

This means abandon the big box stores (who are also now lining up for ‘rescue’ handouts from the federal government). Support your local businesses. The closed-up shops and stores are definitely going to wind up hurting us all, but corporate Big Box America collapse isn’t going to really hurt us.

f) Plan your ’09 garden NOW. Get going on this ASAP. Buy your supplies, seeds and materials if you haven’t got them already.

I’ve been interrupted here and will add more later. I’m still dealing with huge snowfalls everyday and am nearly snowed in.

Back…. Sorry about the interruption, this winter is proving to be a killer. The snow has been near-constant, after 48″, I lost track and just keep shoveling and pushing. It’s only December, usually a lot of now falls in February and March, so I’m not planning on doing much of anything else this winter.

Returning to the above:

g) Liquidate your unnecessary ‘assets’ NOW. 2009 will be worse for any “markets”. Ideally, you’d have done this already, but in case you haven’t, start dumping these things now. Prices are falling constantly on stuff that is considered non-essential (most of what we all own), so don’t be expecting much.

h) Relocate (if you haven’t already done so) NOW. Occupy your crash-steads, homesteads, retreats and patriot headquarters…. Make sure they are properly supplied and well-stocked. Conserve the essential supplies that you have, don’t needlessly consume what you cannot easily replace.

i) It’s good time as any to buy fuel and store whatever you can. Prices probably won’t go much lower (especially on gasoline). Diesel may come down more, as it still too expensive. Propane is probably too high too, next year during mid-summer, you might see these prices farther down. But I’m guessing here — it’s unlikely gasoline will fall much further. I also don’t think price depression will last very long.

j) I forgot to mention fertilizers — they are in short supply so if you’re going to need much, get it while you can. Better yet, compost and / or get to know your neighbors and share compost and / or animal byproducts. My neighbors don’t garden much, but have several livestock animals, I’ll be “making hay” with them to get my hands on this fertilizer.

k) Stockpile if you can the other essentials you’re going to be needing. Tools, building materials, even things like rocks, sand, gravel and of course, firewood. If you haven’t got the space, make the space (rent, buy, borrow, lease, loan or work out some kind of deal). These kinds of things are really essential for any projects you need to accomplish or finish.

l) Start thinking hard about next summer when just the opposite of this winter is going to strike us all. Hot weather, no rain and drought conditions in much of the United States and other parts of the world. Cisterns, secure water sources and rain catchment systems will be very useful. These all require careful planning and their essential supplies of materials.

m) Root cellars are great for many reasons. That garden bounty you’re planning to harvest and winter water storage (to prevent freezing). My cellar is nearly full, already wishing it was bigger. They are low cost, but labor intensive and will last a fairly long time even when using “cheap” materials.

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18 thoughts on “After Christmas Horrors

  • December 26, 2008 at 2:02 pm
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    Bad advice? All you need is an Altoid can with a safety pin, dryer lint and a condom inside it. Food? Everybody knows you can eat bugs and kill everything on the planet with a 22. I don’t know how people come up with this shit, I just hope you can successfully “conteract” it. I have not read better advice anywhere!

  • December 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm
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    Agreed, admin’s advice here is right on.

    Earlier this week I planned our 09 garden: garlic and elephant garlic (already in ground), two types potatoes, two types tomatoes, three varieties shallots, red onions, Yamiken squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, strawberries, collards, barley, corn, oats, hops, cilantro, lettuce, milk thistle, carrots, beets, Cherokee Trail of Tears beans, Black-eyed peas, Christmas Limas, peanuts, cabbage, Lemme’ drying pepper, and Nodak Pinto bean. There COULD be additions, but that’s the list.

    Nearly everything on the list can be processed and stored without using fossil fuels.
    Sun-drying tomatoes and peppers is easy; garlics, onions and shallots store in cold but not freezing temps such as root cellar, basement, etc. Cabbages can be dug, roots and large outer leaves trimmed, and repotted with other cabbages, crowded into flower pot(s) with other cabbages, and placed in that same cold but not freezing root cellar, etc.
    The hops is fragile so needs either to be freeze-dried, OR made into an alcoholic tincture after drying (extremely useful for treating cough). All my beans are left to dry on vine for “dry beans”. Cilantro and lettuce are harvested only when needed that day. Sweet potatoes need to be “cured” at 80-88 degrees F. for 2 weeks (near wood stove is OK) before storing at around room temp. Yamiken can be stored at room temp. without curing. Parsnips, like collards can be left in ground over winter and harvested as needed, and the bonus is that next year they will bolt (produce seed).

    Grains such as barley, corn, and oats need only be harvested before wildlife devours them. Milk thistle is grown for young leaves in salads, and seeds for liver ailments and replanting. Beets can be fermented in whey, as one would cabbage, for months of cold storage in cold/cool room.
    Strawberries are about the ONLY think on my list that, in excess, might require freezing, but am planning to try sun-drying them this year.

    BTW, I did can one jar of tomatoes last summer in one of those old “zinc-lid” canning jars. That’s what the old timers call them. I peek at it periodically and see no evidence whatsoever of spoilage or change of any kind.

    Interestingly, it wasn’t until now that I realized nothing we grow absolutely requires fossil fuels for processing.

    Another thing that needs to be emphaszied is learning everything you can about alternative health/medical interventions, especially if you plan to avoid, or cannot reach, conventional doctors, clinics, etc.

  • December 26, 2008 at 4:35 pm
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    The american people must decentralise their thinking. Some think that being radical is being a socialist and having big government step in and control everything. WRONG. It isn’t the so called global capitalists either, who think that unregulated economic competition will work in the name of the common good. WRONG.

    You want to be radical in todays world? you have to turn everything that you’ve been shown,taught,etc. about centralization, monopolization and speculation, etc. upside down.

    Being radical today means basing everything on the person, family and the local community. Seeking sustainability (environmental as well as economic) rather than immediate advantage and self-indulgence.

    Going local can mean family-owned businesses, community-supported agriculture, local exchange trading, co-operatives, credit unions, micro-fiance initiatives, guilds, and so on….The question will be is it too late already for these examples to work? Or will these examples be what saves our children and their future from complete ruin?

  • December 26, 2008 at 6:35 pm
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    ABC News tonight reporting on the “after Consumer Day sales” said that 50% of the gift cards sold by Wal-Mart are being used to buy food.

    Other retailers selling gift cards reported a slump in sales, because consumers are afraid the retailer will go out of business.

  • December 26, 2008 at 8:06 pm
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    It may be me, but when I click on both links, I get the home page of “The Georgia Times.”

  • December 27, 2008 at 3:25 pm
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    I watched a handful of videos last night at a site called green somethunorother. These “green” yuppies were drinking wine and toasting the “emerging meme of green consciousness” (what rarefied bullshit). Of course, they were the embodiment of same. Bunch of narcissistic clowns in a circle jerk.

    WTF? Seriously. What I saw was a bunch of plump yuppie dilettantes rationalizing consumerism in the latest denial du jour, the green movement. Being green is to consume green. What wretched mass delusion, not remotely collapse proof.

    Excellent post Admin. We are off the Christmas grid here, no cards, no presents, but we did deliver cookies and some little cakes to neighbors that we baked. Our survival strategy is set within a 5 mile radius of where we live. (We did watch Bad Santa, our idea of the Christmas story.)

    My neighbor will be bringing over some bear meat and venison sausage. We give away vegetables and eggs. Everyone looks out for everyone.

    We will all get by together.

    Sorry about the mega snow. I guess that proves there is no global warming — that’s what the Oxycontin-soaked bloated cretins are saying. ROFLMAO

    We are clearly on our own.

    MD

  • December 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm
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    I’m discovering how utterly hard it is for me to be “green”. Without petroleum inputs, I’d be dead already. The snow here is becoming a serious crisis. My warehouse had nearly 4ft on top and was too high in the air to attempt to shovel. And we lost power for the past 12 hours or so.

    So I break out the generator, it won’t start. Crank, crank, crank. Got gas? Yep, but topped it off anyway. Found the starting fluid, removed the spark plug and gave it a shot. Crank, crank, crank… sputter, sputter, vroooom. Now I can connect the genset to the jet heater (has a blower that must run) and fired this monstrosity off.

    This puts out about 175,000 BTU’s, but I need serious heat or I’m going to have a roof collapse.

    Two hours later, an avalanche of snow came thundering down, the roof is now clear. For now. Expecting 2 more feet by Monday.

    It’s rather unbelievable, we are being BURIED. It’s already up to the eaves of the house and I’m running out of room to shovel the snow around.

    The power is back on though (for now), that’s nice, but expect it to go out again.

    I am getting sick, developed a heavy cough with all the outside work I’m doing. Not good. The tractor ‘work’ is cold and it’s not good to be inhaling all those fumes either.

  • December 27, 2008 at 5:13 pm
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    Please tell me you’re taking something for the cough admin. With the rapid change of events on this globe and in our personal live’s our immune system’s become more vulnerable to the stress.

  • December 27, 2008 at 7:44 pm
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    you lookin at Motley Fool? It’s a hoot. My thing is that I don’t give my money to anyone who says they’ll give me more back. Lies. lies. lies.

  • December 27, 2008 at 8:06 pm
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    Shit. Aft, this means more preparation for martial law. There can be NO OTHER REASON, unless you believe the b.s. that the Chinese are amassing on our borders (or the Russians or space aliens).

    The incrementalism is planned, obvious and pointing all in the same direction.

    Buy more ammo. It’s getting expensive though.

  • December 27, 2008 at 8:13 pm
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    I ABSOLUTELY agree, dump your silver and gold. Ebay is paying good premiums. Get what you can and invest in ‘tangibles’ yesterday.

    “They don’t want well-informed well-educated people capable of critical thinking, they’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests” – George Carlin

  • December 28, 2008 at 7:41 am
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    Admin, I seriously know what you’re going through. This is my eighth winter in my little place in the country. While I didn’t set out to make it a “crash-stead”–just a place where I could raise my kids inexpensively because I could own it outright, heat with wood, and grow food–living “off the grid” is something I’ve always dreamed of. The possibility of doing so has been taking shape over the years.

    This process seems to be inevitably painful.

    My longest-term hassle is with plumbing. I had constant busted pipes in winter that involved very unpleasant and time-consuming repairs.(You know, where you crawl around under the house through standing ice-water in your Carharts, dragging a flashlight, power tools, fittings, and PVC primer and cement, hoping you won’t electrocute yourself.)

    I thought I had this problem solved in the early years with a tight foundation, heat tape, and pipe insulation. But two years ago there was an underground break in the intake line, where the line passes through the slab. This is basically not fixable without ripping up floors, jack-hammering through the slab, and digging up the offending line. So the intake line now runs through the open air, and my tight foundation is compromised by the opening. Yes, of course there are other solutions–but no time to do this job.

    This means I’m back to pumping water from the cistern with a submersible pump to fill buckets and tomato canners, heating water for dishes and bathing, and flushing with a bucket–and crawling around under the house trying to track down leaks.

    Maybe Providence is trying to tell me to go with a hand pump in the kitchen. Shut that shit OFF, at least in winter–and, ultimately, all year round.

    We are also unable to use our wood stove this winter–for the first time in eight years. I got some bad advice the first year I moved here: install black flue pipe, passing through a rather capacious opening in the soffits. Two weeks ago, we noticed that the soffit boards were smoldering and called the fire department.

    There was no serious damage, but the house could have burned down if someone hadn’t noticed.

    Meanwhile, no wood stove until I can afford other arrangements for the flue pipe.

    Maybe it’s just as well, as my Stihl chainsaw isn’t working. My guess is the carbutetor is gummed up. The guys at the hardware store checked the air filter and fuel filter and replaced the spark plug, to no avail. And it acts like it’s the carburetor. I’m pretty sure I can fix this myself (pull off the carburetor and clean it thoroughly with carburetor cleaner), but it’s yet another time-consuming task.

    Looking at this philosophically, these hassles are the stuff of life in the country–as you’ll hear if you chat with others in your area. They’re all ALWAYS dealing with some variation of the above.

    The last time I went into the hardware store in my filthy Carharts to buy plumbing fittings, a spry old lady asked, “Have you been workin’ cattle?” I told her I’d been crawling under the house working on plumbing, and she replied, “Been there, done that.”

    You know what to do for that cough: Stay warm, drink lots of hot herbal tea with honey and lemon, and REST.

    Heat a few hard, heavy rocks (to about 350 degrees) and put them at the foot of your bed under the covers. This will keep you warm for hours, as you snuggle your toes among the hot rocks. (You have to wear socks for this.) If you have not suitable rocks, you may have small cast-iron implements that would work for this. Hot rocks in your bed is absolutely luxurious in winter. People think I’m crazy, however.

  • December 28, 2008 at 7:49 am
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    I think the moral of both our stories may be to go with stuff that won’t break–go pre-industrial tools and methods, wherever possible: stone chimneys, hand saws, hand pumps, and composting toilets.

  • December 28, 2008 at 8:11 am
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    Not a ‘horror’, just another nail in the coffin: Nevada Train Derailment to Disrupt Rail Service foxnews.com/story/0,2933,473406,00.html

    Infrastructure? We don’t need no stinkin’ infrastructure…

  • December 28, 2008 at 8:41 am
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    Winter is an annual occurance in Alaska. My Pump house is 12 feet under ground and pipes run 8 feet under ground to my house, it never freezes. My roof is barn shaped to reduce the amount of snow it will hold and built with 2×8’s on 16 inch centers, I never shovel it. The pipe to my septic froze once and I dug it up,covered it with 6 inch thick Blue board, reburied and and no problems since. Winter is a time to kick back and relax. The way this old Alaskan would deal with Admins problems would be to set posts to support roof and let the snow pile up. Get a bottle of Blackberry brandy and curl up under a blanket next to the wood stove. Cold weather will weaken you but sickness comes from contact with other people, I seldom get sick. Adapt.

  • December 28, 2008 at 12:12 pm
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    One excellent cough remedy is an alcohol tincture of hops berries, made with about 1 ounce dried hops in 6-8 oz. grain alcohol (60-100 proof).

    According to my approx. 1835 book on “Materia Medica”, the hops plants have the same qualities as the “o—–s” (that well-known group of alkaloid-containing plants grown in places such as Afghanistan, and which are highly illegal in most countries).

    My interest in hops came about because of a prescription my doctor refused to renew or rewrite with onset of another respiratory ailment.

    If you want to sleep at night, during the throes of a respiratory infection, ingesting a teaspoon or 2 of hops tincture, immediately before bed, will give you 6-8 hours of sleep. Believe me, this stuff works as the old book says because it works at the physiological level, just as the o—–s do, and is much more than one of those useless cough syrups that merely coat the throat for a minute or two. Because this stuff is a potent medicine affecting the central nervous system, caution must be exercised when calculating dosages.
    A person weighing 120 lbs. would need about 1 tsp. as a dose, so extrapolate depending on your size.

    The entire process of making a hops tincture requires about two weeks, so it’s best to prepare this around September when the hops berries are maturing.

  • January 3, 2009 at 8:07 am
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    Admin and lynda–back when I had young children, every fall I used to lay in a supply of herbs for common ailments. I rarely doctor myself. I think this is because sick people really need someone else around to doctor them. Being ill clouds your brain and makes you uninterested in gettin up to make tea.

    My personal favorite cough remedy is a cough syrup made from wild cherry bark: Soak the fresh inner bark in cherry brandy (or anything strongly alcoholic) for a couple of weeks, shaking occasionally. Strain and mix with equal parts honey. A teaspoon will stop a cough almost instantly and promote sleep. I’ve shared this stuff with people with pneumonia and emphysema, and it got rave reviews.

    It’s a little hard to come by fresh wild cherry bark, though. I don’t trust the stuff in herb stores. The bark only retains it’s potency for a year at most, so it’s best to prepare it yourself from fresh bark. It retains it’s potency indefinitely, once it’s made into a cough syrup.

    Sage tea is good for relieving congestion, because it dries up mucus secretions. I have a combination of sage, hyssop, horehound, and mullein that I keep on hand for colds. Overall, however, I think the best remedy is rest.

    Defiant, I think I will soon have the “frozen pipes” problem licked, at least. I’m in the process of running all my water lines indoors. After I began the work, and began talking to people about it, I learned that many people already have all their lines indoors. (I thought I was being a bit eccentric.) My pump is already indoors.

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