The Preppers Are Right!

Prepping for what ever reason is a good thing.
Maybe if more had prepared their finances and not signed on to the banker scams we would not be in such a mess.
When prepping the first thing you do is take a hard look at the life your living, today that’s a good thing.
We need change and if prepping starts people on that path I for one say go for it….

Have You Prepared for the Next Disaster?

The Preppers Are Right!          by Tom Dennen

“Whether they are known as home, mixed, backyard, kitchen, farmyard, compound or homestead gardens, family food production systems are found in most regions of most countries worldwide. They may be the oldest production system known and their very persistence is proof of their intrinsic economic and nutritional merit” – Robin Marsh .

HOW THEY SEE US!

As we all “know”, the financial world is approaching an end-point, but the world’s roads and bridges, sewage systems, transport systems and the rest really are failing because no money has been spent on them, and the 99%-ers become more and more vulnerable.

Commonly perceived consequences of the west’s economic ‘adjustment’ now under way include ‘extreme events’ that are not earthquakes nor savage rainstorms, but massive interruptions of infrastructure functions including food distribution that maintain the world’s economies, which we take completely for granted, especially food.

On 31 July, British Newspaper The Guardian reported “700 million Indian people had no power”.

“Thousands of train passengers have been stranded” Link to video

“More than 700 million people in India have been left without power in the world’s worst blackout of recent times, leading to fears that protests and even riots could follow if the country’s electricity supply continues to fail to meet growing demand.”

Power was restored within two days.

Tuesday, August 16  Northern Indias electrical grid went down again.

Six hundred million people this time, half of the country’s population of 1.5 bn, were without electricity. Fortunately, power was restored by the next day. If the outage had gone into a third day, without electricity to pump gas, food delivery trucks would also have been down and supermarkets would soon have been out of food.

For this very reason, in anticipation of catastrophes like India’s, millions of people, Individuals and small communities all over the world for the last decade or so have been responding to the idea that supermarkets can run out of food.

They have turned to Permaculture, Earth ship construction, generally ‘gettng off the grid’ – one way or another becoming ‘ Preppers or Permies, whatever’’.

Permaculture comes from the combination of permanent agriculture and permanent culture. Permaculture is actually an approach in designing human settlements and perennial agri systems that copies relationships found in natural ecologies. It is a design system for sustainable living and in all aspect of human endeavour. It is a unique green career that leads into what is emerging today as Ecovillages and Ecocities, a return to the ancient Commons and the even more ancient Garden of Eden.

The Chinese are Permaculture masters

AND YOU THOUGHT IT WAS ALL RICE!

WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?

Permaculture is inter-disciplinary, knows no language or religious differences except in how the Master Chef prepares the food!

It means “Food Sovereignty”… the right of all peoples, communities, and countries to define their own agricultural, labour, fishing, food and land policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances. It includes the true right to food and to produce food, which means that all people have the right to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and to food-producing resources and the ability to sustain themselves and their societies.

We do not have that.

Almost every western country is vulnerable to the greed and corruption that have left our electricty supply systems worn out, our roads, bridges and all other public infrastructure failing for lack of simple maintenance while the final “Grand Theft’ of the planet’s resources  goes on.

But when the people control the keys to the granary, they discover a new kind of freedom. They also discover the Economic Dimension of Eco Villages. As local groups and communities create their own local scrip currencies and exchange systems, they learn about economist’s deepest secret: money and information are equivalent – and neither is scarce! – Hazel Henderson

ARE ANY WHOLE COMMUNITIES DOING IT?

When the small British mill town of Todmorden, tucked in between Yorkshire and Lancashire, first began installing fruit and vegetable gardens all around the area as part of the Incredible Edible program, it likely had no idea that the novel, yet simple, concept would make the town a foremost inspirational and self-sustaining model of the future.

ANYONE ELSE, LIKE FOR CENTURIES?

51% of Russian agricultural output is home grown – on 7% of the land! When Russias consumer-capitalist economy collapsed, she survived without general starvation (like America in the 30′s) even in the severe depression that followed.

Poverty” is rare in Russia if you define Food Security as not being poor.

SO WHAT IS POVERTY, REALLY?

In the Capitalist world, poverty is the result of an embedded disconnect between mainstream society and those who become ‘unnecessary’ for sustaining its capital growth; people who become the ‘unemployable’, the discarded, those who become ‘the poor’ by definition.

The United Nations defines poverty as a denial of choices and opportunities, even a violation of human dignity.

Poverty means a denial of the basic capacity to participate effectively in society,

Yet possibly these are the very people most suitable for survival.

But I am not talking about ‘the poor’.

Food security is a concept that has evolved in the States during the 1990’s far beyond the traditional focus on the supply of food at the national level” (USAID 1995). The definition adopted by the countries attending the World Food summit of 1996 and reconfirmed in 2002 accepts USAID’s three key concepts:

       i.            food availability for all levels of society, every day

      ii.            food access and

     iii.            food utilization.

However a fourth concept is increasingly becoming accepted; namely,

risks that can disrupt any one of the first three factors (India last month).

Below is a graph of the Baltic Dry Index of total global raw material shipping to manufacturers – not how many ships are available – over the last ten years.

Recovery since the 2008 crash has been only two thirds and the current drop from end December 2012 has only reached 55% below last year, indicating another large economic downturn in the VERY near term – you can see, we are at the same level as 2008 now and the last lead time looks like about eight months.  Do the math.

The self-sufficiency aspect of Community gardens would take the ‘jobless’ stigma away, even make it disappear if the status of creating one’s own food supply became higher than a mere ‘job’ in a workplace where only a fraction of the wealth created there is taken home by the worker.

People do not need ‘a job’ if they can feed themselves – farmers don’t have ‘jobs’ – I’d rather be seen as a farmer than as a jobless bum.

With few exceptions, the concept of sustainable home gardening is not supported beyond very expensive, experimental ‘poverty alleviation’ and nowhere yet is sustainable food security an issue with the middle classes, “Transition Towns” and Permaculture societies notwithstanding.

With infrastructure collapse, particularly food distribution, the entire society is vulnerable.

That’s you Here’re a few tips from Mike, the Health Ranger:

Physical books are good, they don’t need batteries.

Surrround yourself with Garden of Eden tools:
• Family, including pets.
• Dirt (soil).
• Gardening, permaculture, seeds.
• Gold and silver.
• Consciousness, free will, awareness.
• The sun. Warmth and light. Energy for life.
• Liquid water. Perhaps the most miraculous substance in the universe.
• Honeybees, insects and pollinators.
• Sea salt. Minerals. Elements for health.
• Love, compassion, forgiveness, humility.
• Firearms, hammers and other purely mechanical devices that don’t need “firmware” to operate.

MOREHERE

OH, AND BY THE WAY…

The Urban Apocalypse

Some of us are preppers because we genuinely believe the world is slated to end in our life times and we want to survive. Some of are trying to escape a world dying in its own puddle of creed and corporate interest. Some of us are simply terrified and don’t want to take unnecessary risks. We work to gain skills, gather supplies, make plans, and prepare for the worst so that we have the chance to outrun it. What does prepping feel like to you? Is it a form of power? Does it ebb your fears? Do you feel safe?

Let me tell you what it’s like for me. Prepping for me is an emotional release. To be honest, sometimes I really wish the world as we know it would end. Sometimes I feel at my most powerful when I’m staring into nature and I know I control nothing. Sometimes I wish the apocalypse would happen…

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4 thoughts on “The Preppers Are Right!

  1. This made me think hard. I “prepped” long before folk who do this were branded nutters or worse. I am now, according to some US agencies a terrorist. Well, Mr Fed, fcuk you. Have you ever lived through two major wars Mr Fed? No? Well my family has. You see, prepping is actually thrift. It is a responsible activity, undertaken to ensure your family can survive the unthinkable. Ever seen rationing of basics Mr Fed? No? Well, when your kids are hungry because of it, then you will understand.

    Wartime has bred an inbuilt and unstoppable habit in many. I have German friends who make many US preppers look amateurish. You see, they remember too.

    Now, I admit to many sheep, this looks like over reaction. An oft quoted fact, and it is fact, Britain is nine meals from anarchy. Thats three days before the shelves are empty. Look a few months back and see the panic buying at the threat of a tanker drivers strike. Fuel pumps were empty within a day.

    So, a Christian family stock up on MRE and ammo. They have for years, they were convinced MAD was imminent. Just as we were told it was at the time. Now? Those same folk fear the government, with just cause.

    I could rant, I refuse to justify, feel guilty or anything else. You see it is my choice. I am free to make that choice. I have made it.

    I would ask what you are doing, I doubt anyone will respond. There seems to be an embarrassed silence when this subject is raised. Still, we will eat. We will trade. We will survive.
    Will you?

    • I have started to keep less cash and put money into hard assets mainly gold, which makes the wife happy.
      Also trying to stock up on tinned foods but I guess the biggest thing would be staying informed.
      So many have their head in the sands and like you say mock those that do prepare that just being aware of what could be around the corner is a big advantage.
      It gives you the warning to get out and buy what you need before the ignorant masses storm the shops.
      I had a test run a few months back when we had to survive some bad flooding that let me know just how unprepared I was and I doubled my efforts.
      Also as you say being raised on the stories of the rationing from WW2 has set deep roots and I always tend or at least try to think three or four steps ahead.

      • I am glad Cheese. We too have invested heavily in metal, particularly silver and some gold. Silver is historically a first choice for everyday trade. The gold is portable for bug out if thats needed.

        As for food I like the Mountain House range. It has a 25 year shelf life and is amazing stuff, it retains its nutritional value as well for that period.

        We have generators, fuel and oil lamps. Bottle gas for cooking and wood a plenty for stoves. Every tool or system has triple redundancy. Our friends are the same and we estimate, with our seed library, we could last out for quite a few years. Licensed weaponry for hunting, fishing gear and bows. We get the kids shooting at an early age and make it a fun thing.

        One recent acquisition was water purification, a filter type for a family, and spare filters of course.

        As I said, I have been doing this for years. My grand mother and great grand mother were great teachers.

        What you got to trade?😉

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