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25 Must Know Skills For Surviving The Coming Nightmare
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Posted on 04/03/2012 4:21:25 PM PDT by Kartographer

Many people nowadays are quite aware that the world they live in is going to the toilet. Aside from the geophysical part that “seems” to be going haywire and could be nothing other than the planet’s cycles, there are plenty of manmade catastrophes that loom on the horizon. Never has the planet had as many people as now and the more people there are the more competition there is for resources. More countries seek nuclear devices than ever before and with advancements in technology this is a much easier process than anytime before. Biological and chemical weapons are also much easier to manufacture because of leaps of technology in regards to computers. Oil markets are much tighter because of the countries of China and India and their increasing need of energy to fuel their booming economies, and new finds of oil fields cannot keep up with the demand. The debacle of the world economies needs no introduction. In short, bad times, really bad times could and probably be coming to a neighborhood near you. Unless you and your family take quite seriously this possibility, if and when something extremely horrible happens, you could very well end up one of the large number of statistics.

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1.Prepare for the worst.
2. Learn and train your mind to expect the totally unexpected.
3. Learn to live meager.
4. Find personal motivators to continue on.
5. Understand the world and potential disasters that await.
6. Make plans and stick to them.
7. Understand how you’ll react.
8. Understand the psychology of desperate people.
9. Be clever and inventive.
10. Learn and condition yourself into a survival mentality.
11. Know where you are going.
12. Learn how to maintain light at night.
13. Learn how to hide.
14. Maintain proper hygiene.
15. How to dispose of waste and proper sanitation.
16. Learn to control pest and other vermin.
17. Understand radiation and fallout and how to protect yourself.
18. Learn how to forecast the weather.
19. Learn first aid.
20. Learn about nutrition.
21. Learn to keep body temperature uniform.
22. How to start and maintain a fire.
23. Obtain water and purify it.
24. Learn how to grow food and or find it.
25. Learn how to defend yourself and be willing to do it.

1 posted on 04/03/2012 4:21:34 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!


2 posted on 04/03/2012 4:23:10 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

26. Stay plugged in to FreeRepublic


3 posted on 04/03/2012 4:26:13 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Neo-communist equals Neo-fascist)
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To: Kartographer

These 25 things and much more are covered in my Preparedness Manual which can be downloaded at the link below.

The whole worlds economy is a house of cards just waiting for the right zephyr to send it tumbling.

If the present spending continues I don’t see how we can avoid a collapse like that of Argentina ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yerKMQc7-w&feature=grec_index )but on a global scale.

But the market is up you say, yeah it’s up using billions in ‘printed’ money in the hands of corrupted bankers, investors and their cronies. The world is now flooded with fake and faux money. The game is so rigged and now even the ‘house’ is starting to lose.

When the whole thing tanks as it will what do you think the entiled class will do when they can’t get their cell phones, their food stamps and EBT cards, rent vouchers and so forth.

What we will see is a much more violent version of Argentina, something I think much closer to Bosnia. American has become Balkanized and splintered, we no longer share the same basic beliefs we have become pocks of people with little in common with one another.

And many of these pockets are made up of large groups of the entitlement minded and people who believe they are owed much by others and many have already shown that they will use violence to get their due.

I see many many small business wiped out by flash mob looting, and see rape, robbery and murder for murder sake. You will see what I call ‘pocket pogroms’ where ‘yutes’ will think no more about killing those unlike them than most people think about stepping on a roach. That will be the test of many. Most preppers I know are Christian people and they will hesitate to do what they might have to do to stop the ‘yutes’. On the other hand the ‘yutes’ won’t think twice nor lose a minute of sleep, in fact they will smile and laugh about it.

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.

On top of all who knows how many saboteurs (Islamic, Chinese etc) and sleepers have crossed our borders and are now just waiting to cause havoc.

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://tomeaker.com/kart/Preparedness1j.pdf

NOTE! THIS IS A FREE DOWNLOAD. I DO NOT MAKE ONE CENT OFF MY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL!

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.

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

Lastly this for the doubters and the scoffers.

“There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger.

Underestimation can be fatal.”


4 posted on 04/03/2012 4:28:10 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer; a fool in paradise
21. Learn to keep body temperature uniform.

Where do you get one? Army/Navy surplus stores?

5 posted on 04/03/2012 4:30:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Kartographer
13. Learn how to hide.

Check.

How Not To Be Seen

6 posted on 04/03/2012 4:31:21 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Kartographer

Let’s not forget one that is absolutely indispensible: Develop a high tolerance for the meddlesome interference of utter idiots - especially government bureaucrats and self-inflated commissars.

But I repeat myself.


7 posted on 04/03/2012 4:35:16 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Kartographer
18. Learn how to forecast the weather.

I'm learning from my perfessor!


8 posted on 04/03/2012 4:37:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Kartographer

Not the list of 25 I would make, but not too bad. For example, I am not sure 9 is appropriate as a must know skill? 12 and 22 are basically the same and whats with 16...anyway...

I think the prerequisites are basically, attitude, planning, water, fire, food (hunting, planting and gathering), defensive techniques and offensive techniques. Look at the primary skills semi-nomadic people groups have for guidance.

Other key skills that are able to be learned and useful would be basic blacksmithing, woodworking and a basic knowledge of chemistry.


9 posted on 04/03/2012 4:39:13 PM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: Revolting cat!

10 posted on 04/03/2012 4:46:22 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: Revolting cat!

I won’t worry about keeping my body temperature uniform. If I err, it’ll still work itself out in the end.


11 posted on 04/03/2012 4:55:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Kartographer

26. Go to Wal-Mart and buy some more ammo with cash.


12 posted on 04/03/2012 4:55:16 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Kartographer
14. Maintain proper hygiene.

As long as you luv me baby, you don't have to wash!


13 posted on 04/03/2012 5:02:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: An American!

I always consider such list as fodder for discussion and pondering the question. Getting people to think is always a good thing!


14 posted on 04/03/2012 5:09:37 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

And why do we want to even envision in living in such an dark environment?
You actually believe this is living?


15 posted on 04/03/2012 5:15:13 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: DLfromthedesert

You either prepare and stand on your own beholding to no one or you become dependent on others to provide your basic needs and become there ‘serf’. Me I don’t want to be beholding to anyone for providing what is needed for me and mine. I certainly don’t want to have to kiss some ‘gubberment’ third class bureaucratic to try and coax some help from them, I don’t want some ‘jack booted’ thug herding me in line and telling me where to stand sit eat or sleep. And last but not least I don’t want to be herded in with a bunch of ‘zombies’ and have to worry about not only trying to get basic necessities but having to fight to keep what I manage to get.

But it seems some people are bound and determined to be the ones standing on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring them a MRE, a bottle of water and a warm blanket and proved the back ground money shot for the network news.


16 posted on 04/03/2012 5:24:52 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Jack Hammer

How to deal with that: shoot, shovel, shut up.


17 posted on 04/03/2012 5:32:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: An American!

Heavier on medicine and first aid, personally. Sanitation and hiding the fact people are around with supplies.


18 posted on 04/03/2012 5:34:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: DLfromthedesert

It is living. Perhaps more surviving, but still living. As we know it today of course not but if everyone around the world just chucked it when the SHTF most countries would not exist today. Very chaotic short periods do not last forever, stability comes in one form or another, some better like ours, many not as good.


19 posted on 04/03/2012 5:36:38 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Revolting cat!

How come NONE of the Mexicans illegally crossing the border look like her?


20 posted on 04/03/2012 5:39:03 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: DLfromthedesert

In reality the Amish are the best group to survive it well. The only skills they need to pick up is weapons training and learning offensive and defensive tactics. They will pick that up very quickly and very well. Not saying I am a big fan of them but consider in many ways what they normally know as life doesn’t change much in this scenario.


21 posted on 04/03/2012 5:39:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: DLfromthedesert
And why do we want to even envision in living in such an dark environment?

You envision it and plan so you don't have to live in such a dark environment.
22 posted on 04/03/2012 5:41:18 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: central_va

Those that look like her are flown in, they don’t have to walk over the border.


23 posted on 04/03/2012 5:49:50 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: TheOldLady


24 posted on 04/03/2012 6:07:43 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Kartographer
One more, from Admiral James Bond Stockdale, who spent over seven years checked-in at the Hanoi Hilton:
"This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."

25 posted on 04/03/2012 6:13:21 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I see 16 targets.
How many can you spot?


26 posted on 04/03/2012 6:13:49 PM PDT by gfbtbb (The answer to your question will not be found here.)
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bttt


27 posted on 04/03/2012 6:14:03 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: DLfromthedesert
Read This First Before You Decide That Preppers Are Crazy
28 posted on 04/03/2012 6:16:09 PM PDT by blam
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To: Kartographer

A human being should be able to:
change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Lazarus Long

good advice then and always


29 posted on 04/03/2012 6:27:32 PM PDT by Lex Gabba
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To: gfbtbb; Lazlo in PA

Does it count if I just use a flamethrower and set fire to the whole field? ;-)


30 posted on 04/03/2012 6:28:38 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Revolting cat!

Preparedness ping


31 posted on 04/03/2012 6:37:55 PM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: Kartographer
13. Learn how to hide.

Check.

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32 posted on 04/03/2012 6:45:56 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Travis McGee

How Not To Be Seen in post #6. Seriously, see it. lol.


33 posted on 04/03/2012 7:22:25 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Look! A warm front!


34 posted on 04/03/2012 7:30:29 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: blam

Not saying anyone’s crazy; just that I do not choose to live like that; I’d rather be in heaven than live on earth in that mode. Doesn’t seem very enjoyable to me, and at my age, I choose to enjoy life or be in a better place.


35 posted on 04/03/2012 8:14:50 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: Lex Gabba
Actually that is Heinlein.
36 posted on 04/03/2012 8:19:29 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: DLfromthedesert
"I’d rather be in heaven than live on earth in that mode."

I suppose some will choose suicide. I'll go down fighting.

37 posted on 04/03/2012 8:25:53 PM PDT by blam
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To: Kartographer

> How to saddle and ride a horse

> How to slaughter and bleed an animal

> How to keep fish fresh after catching them

> How to deliver a baby

> How to make radio antennas

> How to patch a car tire

> How to mount a tire on a wheel

> How to make a septic system

> How to trouble shoot a small gasoline engine

> How to make and use a solar still

> How to make and use wax wicks for fire starting

> How to adjust a sprained ankle or wrist

> How to stop a heart attack with cayenne pepper

> How to stop an asthma attack with lobelia weed or pipe tobacco

> How to stop bleeding with cayenne powder


38 posted on 04/03/2012 8:26:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: DLfromthedesert
Not saying anyone’s crazy; just that I do not choose to live like that; I’d rather be in heaven than live on earth in that mode. Doesn’t seem very enjoyable to me, and at my age, I choose to enjoy life or be in a better place.

That is sad. I choose to enjoy life. This is my home and garden. I will be adding two more arbors and four raised planters this year.

PlanterProgress.jpg

I recognize we are in the crash now. Being prepared does not preclude enjoying life. I am getting older and also have had a very bad injury. Not the first. I will get over it and proceed.

Even in a TETOWAWKI scenario, you can choose to live. That is something we do when we wake up every day. The important thing is to take the first step.
39 posted on 04/03/2012 8:30:38 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: DLfromthedesert; blam

>> “ I’d rather be in heaven than live on earth in that mode” <<

.
Do you have specific plans for getting there?

If so, Do you know anyone that has used your method successfully?

I’m not joking; your quip was poorly thought out.
.


40 posted on 04/03/2012 8:35:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: PA Engineer

The lighting in that photo makes it look like a CAD rendering. :o)
.


41 posted on 04/03/2012 8:37:46 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: An American!
16. Learn to control pest and other vermin.

Pests smaller than your thumb are to be squished. Pests smaller than your foot are to be stomped on. Medium sized pests or those you don't want near your foot are to be bashed with anything handy. Large pests are to be shot on the spot. Most provide protein so after you've "controlled" them, they should be served up for dinner.

42 posted on 04/03/2012 8:47:13 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Kartographer

But what makes you think fema is going to be helping? What are all the camps for? Why the hundreds of thousands of plastic coffins? Why do you think they are going to be giving out MRE or food? I don’t trust no government agency. We are just subjects to be controled in the event of a national emergency. IMHO Load up and stock up. And board up. Buy ply wood for your windows and sand bags for your doors and make a defensive area in your house, your Alamo for example. And be ready to USE DEADLY force. Even if it is your neighbor or friend. When its between your family or theirs family is first.


43 posted on 04/03/2012 8:59:51 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: editor-surveyor
The lighting in that photo makes it look like a CAD rendering. :o)

LOL. Took it before sunset. I have been following a layout plan (CAD) for years and have been maybe a bit overboard on the three color scheme. Maybe a bit anal.
44 posted on 04/03/2012 9:11:02 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: bgill
Pests smaller than your thumb are to be squished.

Stink bugs? ;-)
45 posted on 04/03/2012 9:12:25 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: DLfromthedesert

So tell me which would you rather do; Explain to your children and other loved ones why you prep or explain to them why you didn’t?


46 posted on 04/03/2012 9:12:36 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: editor-surveyor
>How to stop brain damage from a stroke. Amazing, see here.
47 posted on 04/04/2012 7:11:01 AM PDT by blam
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To: DuncanWaring

Facts are stubborn things ..aren’t they?


48 posted on 04/04/2012 7:26:13 AM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: PA Engineer

Apparently you don’t know who Lazarus Long is.


49 posted on 04/04/2012 7:47:48 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
Apparently you don’t know who Lazarus Long is.

Duh. Brain fart. I thought you were talking about this Freeper.
50 posted on 04/04/2012 9:02:30 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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