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Is It Time To Be A Prepper?
Field and Stream ^ | 8/10/11 | David E. Petzal

Posted on 08/10/2011 8:43:11 PM PDT by Kartographer

Over the past week, my vocabulary of 268,391 words expanded by one, and that word is “prepper.” A prepper is not to be confused with a preppie, who is a person who has attended an exclusive private high school. A prepper is someone who believes that The End is nigh, that society is breaking down, and that if you want to be around to see what’s left, it’s best to prepare for The Wrath to Come.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Society
KEYWORDS: prepper
Is it time? Yes it is almost past time.
1 posted on 08/10/2011 8:43:13 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

PING!!


2 posted on 08/10/2011 8:44:01 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Adin I say it’s time and getting closer to past time. Think of this quote which is one of my favorites:

“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (#7.8)” (1998)
Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don’t believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.

Now go look at some of the videos of the riots in the UK and of some of the flash mobs here in the US and look into there eyes.

For those who are just starting or are old hands at prepping you may find my Preparedness Manual helpfull. You can download it at:

http://www.tomeaker.com/kart/preparedness1i.pdf

For those of you who haven’t started already it’s time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, a extra couple changes of oil and filters for your car, tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.

I think that we are at the very least in for a collapse much like that of Argentina’s ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yerKMQc7-w&feature=grec_index), but as a armed society with a very large entitlement minded population our collapse will be much more violent and I see many many small business wiped out by flash mob looting, and large scale violence we are seeing this in the flash mobs as they grow bolder and bolder.

I see what I call ‘Pocket Pogroms’ taking place in many big ‘Blue’ cities and if you aren’t a “0bamamite yutes” it’s going to get Reginald Denny bad for you very quickly.

As the LDS say “When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.”

Or as the bible says: A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
NIV Proverbs 22:3

“There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger.

Underestimation can be fatal.”


3 posted on 08/10/2011 8:47:38 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

I would say even if you didn’t believe in prepping, it wouldn’t hurt to buy a couple of hundred pounds of rice/beans and such.


4 posted on 08/10/2011 8:48:09 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Kartographer

Better late than never I suppose, but if this guy just heard about the word “prepper” last week, he’s at least a couple of years behind the curve...


5 posted on 08/10/2011 8:55:37 PM PDT by Bean Counter ("He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.".....Nietzsche)
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To: Kartographer

I’m a Prepper,

He’s a Prepper,

Wouldn’t you like to be a Prepper too....


6 posted on 08/10/2011 8:55:58 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Kartographer

Too late... :-)


7 posted on 08/10/2011 8:58:06 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Kartographer

Petzal’s a putz.

A day late, yadayada...

dum bass


8 posted on 08/10/2011 9:04:12 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican: taker of the Founder's 'Red Pill'...www.mikechurch.com)
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To: Kartographer

A prepper Freeper ?


9 posted on 08/10/2011 9:04:51 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: Kartographer

Can you be a prepper and still hate EBRs?


10 posted on 08/10/2011 9:06:54 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Sporke

That’s sort of a start.

If you really want to find out, some night, before you go to bed, do the following:

Turn off your water heater
Turn OFF any and all gas appliances

Then go and hit your main power switch.

When you wake up in the cold and dark next morning, do you even have a flashlight near your bed?

I’m not pickin on ya, but livin in the northwest with ALOT of huge Doug firs around me, I lose power four or five times a year, so it takes some adapting and getting ready.

Just sayin!


11 posted on 08/10/2011 9:08:15 PM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: Kartographer

Got a new prepper hint. My granddaughter was here this summer and had a bunch of friends, they all came in the house and each left with a sandwich bag of something they were snacking on. Curious, I asked what it was, it was Top Ramen, crunched up with the seasoning. It was good.

Ramen noodles seem to last forever and it would be a good replacement for potato chips and they are cheap.


12 posted on 08/10/2011 9:17:45 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Kartographer

They are slowly catching on....


13 posted on 08/10/2011 9:18:02 PM PDT by dila813
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To: citizencon

>>A prepper Freeper ?<<

The Freeper Prepper prepped a prep with pre-packaged prepared preparations.


14 posted on 08/10/2011 9:18:38 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: tiki

>>Ramen noodles seem to last forever and it would be a good replacement for potato chips and they are cheap.<<

They are better with “water” — you didn’t know about ramen as the basic food staple for college students for the last 30+ years?


15 posted on 08/10/2011 9:20:17 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: freedumb2003

Of course I knew about them but I’ve never had them uncooked as a snack. Where do you think they got the noodles, in my kitchen.

I was saying that they are a good snack uncooked, like chips. I never would have thought of eating them that way.


16 posted on 08/10/2011 9:23:14 PM PDT by tiki
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To: tiki

I have a few cases of Ramen noodles but please don’t plan to survive on them unless you want to overdose on sodium.

They are not bad but you don’t want to eat 3 packs a day! If you are interested in trying a new twist mix the spice pack in with some beans/rice. Crunch the noodles as a snack without the sodium.

You can get pasta cheaper in bulk and it stores well. Add some beef or chicken bullion cubes and spices and make your own.


17 posted on 08/10/2011 9:34:53 PM PDT by volunbeer (Keep the dope, we'll make the change in 2012!)
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To: tiki

>>I was saying that they are a good snack uncooked, like chips. I never would have thought of eating them that way.<<

Ah, I get it.

They only cost like 25 cents — I’ll pick one up and crunch on it sans H2O. If it works it is a REALLY cheap snack :)


18 posted on 08/10/2011 9:36:14 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Kartographer
I don't really think so, 66-69 was far worse IMHO, as well as most of the 70’s with the oil shocks, double digit inflation and seemingly constant recession.

Course now I personally have alot more options and control over my situation but my attitude is pretty much .. been there done that..

19 posted on 08/10/2011 9:43:00 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

I don’t remember there being flash mobs then and the Federal Government wasn’t near as broke.


20 posted on 08/10/2011 9:46:09 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

The mobs back then were more effective..remember the long hot summers a few bottles of ripple on a street corner on a Saturday night was all it took. Spending today is quite restrained compared to then nobody thought nor cared about it then there was no problem throwing government money at anything.


21 posted on 08/10/2011 9:55:23 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

Sorry, I take then over now any day of the week.


22 posted on 08/10/2011 9:57:32 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: djf

Agreed!

The NW insanity of not burying power lines - so that Doug firs with their shallow roots and 150’ height can blow over every time the wind blows, and take the power out for up to several weeks - has helped my prepper focus immensely. Those prolonged drills, especially when also snowed in due to shitty road clearing, are wonderful opportunities to get it right.

The author of this article comes across as a wee bit clueless, and certainly late to the party.


23 posted on 08/10/2011 10:06:22 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Kartographer

I have some nostalgia for those days or my youth but at least for me they weren’t that great when compared to my life today.

The big difference is the fact that we are at war with an enemy that wants to destroy our way of life and we are not fighting a proxy war between two super powers.

But I have faith that our military is more effective than our political leaders and will ultimately prevail.


24 posted on 08/10/2011 10:11:01 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: dagogo redux

Well, if they’re gonna fall, I’m hoping they fall on the electric lines somewhere else and not on my house!

I got a couple around me that could literally turn my house into toothpicks. Quite a few over 100 foot, ones gotta be at least 140 feet. If the wind gets to blowing really bad from a certain direction, I power things down and bail to a motel for the night.


25 posted on 08/10/2011 10:16:33 PM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: tiki

If you plan on using Ramen as a ‘surival snack’, just make sure you up your water intake. If the noodles aren’t already saturated when you ingest them, they’ll soak up a lot of fluid in your gut. Same thing goes for pretty much any other dehydrated food you add to your staples.


26 posted on 08/10/2011 10:21:41 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: djf

Yeah, we think about that from time to time - but try not to!


27 posted on 08/10/2011 10:28:40 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: citizencon

A FRepper?


28 posted on 08/10/2011 10:31:05 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: djf

I understand what you’re saying. I just figure if a family has 200 lbs. of food, they’ll be a lot better off than others that don’t.

I know there are tons of other things that a family would need to sustain themselves for any length of time.

As for waking up cold and dark, today was my towns’ 50th straight day of being over 100 degrees. I can’t even remember what cold feels like. lol


29 posted on 08/10/2011 10:37:32 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Sporke

First order of business: food and water.

Then guns to protect your food and water.


30 posted on 08/10/2011 10:59:50 PM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: Kartographer
This appeared in Field and Stream, yet.

Yes, a 'blog' column within the magazine, but interesting that it appeared at all.

31 posted on 08/10/2011 11:32:13 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: montanajoe

Two days ago, a radio host in Pittsburgh was talking about Iran and the fact that Iran is practicing to launch nuclear missiles that detonate at apogee, releasing an electro-magnetic pulse. Another reason to be prepared. Heritage Foundation is presenting a seminar about the dangers of EMP.

http://www.heritage.org/Events/2011/08/EMP-Day

You can listen online on Monday, August 15, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Keynote speaker is Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD).


32 posted on 08/11/2011 3:44:09 AM PDT by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: sneakers

Iran is building missle sites down in Chavez land. If completed the missles will have adequate range to hit the eastern half of the US.

Iran has also placed an object in orbit, meaning they could hit anywhere in the US with a small payload.


33 posted on 08/11/2011 6:11:20 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: volunbeer
I'm no Ramen fan but on the rare occasion I do eat them, I only add half the seasoning packet. Half still gives enough flavor and may stave off a salt induced heart attack. Save the half package for a second batch so eventually you'll have a lot of unopened packets to add to your preps. What you do with the seasoning is up to you (season meat or non-Ramen noodles), I don't like it but guess it'd be better than nothing in an emergency.Same with koolaid (gag), using half a cup of sugar is enough rather than the whole cup the directions say. Laundry detergent, use half to save $. You get the idea.
34 posted on 08/11/2011 6:20:25 AM PDT by bgill
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To: driftdiver

Thanks for the info driftdiver. I didn’t know that.


35 posted on 08/11/2011 8:15:51 AM PDT by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: sneakers

My collage kid says this is the most likely “attack” we will face.

My husband laughs at me for trying to prep, but he is fine with couponing, and does that even without my reminding now that he’s found out how much we save. About at least $500. per year.

So, I get multiples because of the coupons, we stock some, and rotate. I feel I’m waaaayyy behind where I should be. If for no other reason than the raising cost of consumables.

But I do have lots of incandescent light-bulbs. :)


36 posted on 08/11/2011 6:26:46 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: Ladysforest

HA! Didn’t finish my thought about the light-bulbs!

IF we suffer a electro-mag. pulse attack, my lovely stock of light-bulbs will just mock me.

But I want them anyway.


37 posted on 08/11/2011 6:29:14 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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