Skip to comments.7 Surprising Reasons Why Americans Arenít Prepared for Whatís Coming
Posted on 03/12/2013 6:00:02 PM PDT by Kartographer
A) Peer Pressure B) Government Schools C) Dependence D) MBM (Morally Bankrupt Morons) E) Nationalism F) Mental Enslavement G) Stifled Self-government
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I see a lot of this especially in my discussion with people about Prepping.
No, it should be::
That is worse...
Normalcy bias is probably my biggest obstacle. I am definitely taking steps to prepare (mentally, skill set more than stockpiling).
I can’t much get into this Prepper thing.............
Whatever happens, happens. If it’s as bad as some folks are predicting, I don’t even know if I WANT to survive it.
I go into winter with a very full larder (most of it I can myself). Wound up adding some feral pork that I cured and smoked (thanks, brother).
And now that we're about a week away from the vernal equinox, I've got a cold frame busting full of tomato, pepper, and tobacco plants ready to go in the ground after Easter.
I can rinse and repeat whether the world around me collapses or keeps going crazy.
Is it prepping? Or is it just living a conservative and prudent life?
And what if it only gets "really bad" for four months, and after that it's just "darn bad" for a year. Still rather die?
” I’ve got a cold frame busting full of tomato, pepper, and tobacco plants ready to go...”
Heck of a salad! Let me guess.., red wine vinaigrette?
Cheer up...it's better than this reality.
Close to the land, close to family and friends, close to nature.
Seems scary...but it'll be a BIG improvement.
Just watch out for those Zombies.;-)
The list does not include sports.
Sports is a diversion that maintains people’s reactions and perceptions of the world on the same level as fourteen-year-olds.
That’s children’s thinking.
I grew up during the Cold War, my daf was in the AF and they were told to have 3 months of food on hand. I laugh now because the 8 of us coldn’t have lived 3 weeks on what we had and it seemed like a lot.
OTOH, my MIL had home canned goods from years back and could have lasted for months.
surprising to who? the sheeple?
If any of you are hungry (for squirrel or a good,well-aged Macanudo gold ascot with a Connecticut wrapper) ...come on down.
Sentry password is "freeeeeper"
Call your congresscritter. They are experts in that. ;)
DING! DING! DING!
Whenever I see an adult decked out in the full regalia of "their team," my mind sees that woman who served her jury duty in her StarFleet uniform.
Yeah—I’m old and not getting any younger. I don’t have any place to raise and store food and water and other essentials.
Maybe one of my many children will take us in-—LOL!
I can help you with that. Find some cows and/or horses grazing in a field and stakeout the area. Pay careful attention to the end opposite the head and you should be good to go!
That is pretty much how I live as well, I guess I have always been a prepper. Didn’t think of it because I have always lived a good distance from any town so have to have enough on hand to last a while.
*sigh*. I live very close to the shade-grown tobacco in the CT River valley. Sadly most of the farms have been paved over and turned into housing or low-density manufacturing.
I have a soils book from the 1890s that talks about the CT River valley farming, including broad leaf tobacco for cigars.
We used to be a center for manufacturing and quality farming and now all we seem to export is the moonbat liberal ideas of some of our citizens.
I had an anti-gun female communist ask me if I was a “prepper” as well as an evil gun owner. I told her, “Nope, don’t need to.” She looked puzzled and asked me why. I told her that when the SHTF and chaos ensues, I’ll just take my gun and take her stuff. She asked if I would actually shoot her to take it. I replied that the answer to that question was basically up to her. She stomped off madder than a wet hen. I walked away smirking because I knew I finally got to that nasty communist hoe.
I agree with “C” and “D”.
Couldn't agree with you more on that subject. I work with a sports alcoholic and he cannot bear to hear bad news of any kind. Assistant high school football, baseball coach, etc. Everything is Go team! If everything isn't going just dandy he really loses it. When he asks how you are, any reply other than "great" is not acceptable.
You won't want to do that to me. NEVER mess with a cook. More peach cobbler? ;)
C bothers me more than anything, people remind me of cats which are the most dependent independent creatures i have ever been around.
Some people believe cats love them when they rub against them and purr, but if they would take notice the cats will do the same thing to a dam fence post.
A stray cat turns up on your door step, you feed it a few times and then forget to feed it for awhile you are liable to be clawed because you did not feed it soon enough.
And that is the way with people.
And on another subject, yes i hate to think it is true but the republicans or conservatives are just as bad as the democrats liberals, the difference being they still claim to believe in the constitution, but they only believe in your freedoms that they approve of.
Or as the guy said: "I turned up the brightness, but it didn't help".
Where are you at? I’m in central Alabama and would be happy to fill any Freeper’s truck up with the front end loader. No charge.
I told my Dad a long time ago when I lived in CT about the shade tobacco grown in the CT River Valley and he (fond of tall tales, he was) said that where he grew up in GA was also famous for Shade Tobacco.
I said "Dad...that's not possible. Ct River Valley is the most famous place in the world for shade tobacco."
But he insisted that the worked under the shades at a tobacco field.
He grew up and worked the tobacco fields in Decatur County GA.
Heheh...one of his many seemingly outlandish stories that was, after all, true.
He passed away last year at 94 and I really miss him.
Shade tobacco is grown in 2 places in the world (the CT River Valley and a few counties near Decatur Co GA...including Gadsden Co FL).
You should be able to find someone who raises chickens. It works well in the compost pile. Or put it in a bucket and make chicken tea. Be careful though. It can burn.
Here is a website that compares the various animal manures:
A lot depends on what the various animals have been eating.
Is it prepping? Or is it just living a conservative and prudent life?
I’m with you, we live like our grandparents did too, only on steroids now.
People who feel they are owned a (good) living due to some nebulous abuse perpetrated against them or their kin in past, and also feel none of the current rules for civilized living (laws) should have to apply to them for the same nebulous reasons. They don't learn the self-provisional ways or prepare for winter (can you say Grasshoppers?). Of course, this time the grasshoppers are a bit more demanding, less constrained, and better armed...
The Ant family had better plan to be dug in pretty well this time around...
Wine and beer yeast and a good hops plant makes life worth living no matter what.
(A few cases of whiskey makes a good cache of cash, too).
I’ve been discussing such living with people on another chat board. Most think I’m an insensitive deranged moron who wants poor people to “f-— off and die” ... because I suggest all should be able to grow a simple garden and build a humble cabin (among other skills), and do so if circumstances dictate.
I recently started using liquid seaweed, molasses, and emulsified fish to wet down my compost pile. Wow. Talk about breaking stuff down fast.
I try to compost about 3 cu/yds of material a year. It makes a world of difference in the garden.
Have all you could use on farm but makes no sense to ship to from TX to NC.
I make manure tea for my garden. Horse manure is pretty hot.
I compost the leaves from my pecan trees and have a lot to start plants with.
Garden because I like it and like to eat fresh produce.
Put in a greatly expanded orchard 2 year ago. The drought made it very hard to keep them alive. Most made it, lost some.
Have good strawberry bed and blackberry bushes. Plum, persimmon, fig, peach, apricot, pear, apple and Almond trees. Some are still young but others are very productive.
I don’t use a cold frame but have a sun room that allows me to start plants in the winter. I just put some outside for the first time this week. Not planted but still in the pots. Probably will wait until after 10th of April before I actually plant them.
I am not a prepper, but like to eat. We normally have cattle but sold ours 2 years ago because of the drought. It is still bad and not sure when we will rebuy. One of our neighbors is using our small subirrigated pasture.
We have great neighbors. Some of the families have been friends for 150 years. And in this county since 1889.
Excellent point and so true.
You aren't insensititive at all. The universe.... it's insinsitive. It destroys people that can't make do in dire circumstances and it does it with no pity or remorse.
You seem like a caring and sensitive deranged moron for worrying about idiots that won't take care of themselves. ;)
John Galt said in Atlas Shrugged, I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
My personal “Galt” in my mind is to ignore what other people say about preparedness, to remove myself from the world when it comes to my preps and safety - to do it myself for no one will do it for me. I am in my own capsule and I do what is necessary for me to survive whatever comes my way.
I can't control the world at large, can't control the government of this country, can't control my state, can't control my county or my city, but I can control myself and what I do. Putting it simply, I said, “Screw you world.” I study for better ways and more ways to make my prep life better and I leave the rest of the world outside my house to God.
I am asking/taking help from JRandomFreeper as I try to grow some damn plants but other that that, I do everything on my own. I read, I study, and I act.
Lemme guess, the crunch ISN'T almonds. :)
MANURES AND THE PRINCIPLES OF MANURING
Published in 1910
Found this an interesting read. Some of the initial ideas still make sense.
That is one thing that we have in our favor, we know how to do things and we have power and hand tools to do it.
Although I admit I don't have any Paris green for dealing with bugs.... But lots of the book is still useful. ;)
LOL! You really aren't the type that likes gardening naturally. You do get points for persistance, though.
I had an anti-gun female communist ask me if I was a prepper as well as an evil gun owner. I told her, Nope, dont need to. She looked puzzled and asked me why. I told her that when the SHTF and chaos ensues, Ill just take my gun and take her stuff. She asked if I would actually shoot her to take it. I replied that the answer to that question was basically up to her. She stomped off madder than a wet hen. I walked away smirking because I knew I finally got to that nasty communist hoe.
That’s a great story. I said basically the same thing to a lib and he stalked off. I think he was madder at himself than me.