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Tylerdurden
12-08-2008, 06:34 AM
How I Became a Survivalist and Remained Squeezably SoftBy John Galt
December 3, 2008
In the great year of 1999, I was prepared to hunker down in my humble home with my wife and critters for the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI for all you still learning the lingo). I was cushioned by my vast supplies of rice, beans, canned foods, guns, ammo and the one thousand rolls of toilet paper which I insisted would save our lives one day.
Sadly, the non-event of Y2K shattered so many of my illusions and dreams of leading a “Red Dawn” style movement to liberate the programmers that would save the day. Instead, the only thing that failed technologically in my household was a calculator which flickered off and on, which turned out to be a dying battery and not an error in code implanted by Chinese Communist agents looking to destroy our nation.
This lost dream forced me into a spiraling staircase of doubt that the survivalist mentality was not only wrong but misguided by people who wanted me to buy camouflage and learn how to roast pine beetles with dandelions in my back yard instead of just firing up the Weber Grill and creating my own masterpieces of culinary delight. Events in the coming year would prove my doubts wrong and my desire to resheeple during the year an almost irreconcilable mistake.
When the terrorist struck our nation on September 11, 2001, I feared the worst. I ran to my supply closets and started breaking out the ammo cans expecting an invasion of Islmofacist hordes much like the Mongols stormed the Turkish steppes centuries earlier. As I loaded magazines and watched the horror unfold on television, the realization that President Bush was in our area, speaking to those kids, hit me that indeed we could be at risk. As the President departed Sarasota on television, I had to go out into my front yard and see Air Force One as it ascended from our airport now fully realizing the horror of our new future began to sink in as the fighter jets roared overhead with the Boeing 747. “God help us” I thought to myself. Indeed, we, as a nation needed prayer and guidance more than ever.
As time moved forward, the doubts about the entire 9-11 disaster entered my mind, primarily via shortwave radio broadcasters who started to convince me that all of those years of college and information my professors relating to the fanaticism of the Islamic extremists was indeed a myth. I actually had a little doubt in mind about the events I witnessed with my own eyes on television or if Bin Laden was a real person or not or just a psychotropic illusion induced by a CIA planted hallucinogenic agent introduced into those red berries in my Captain Crunch Berries cereal.
Alas, the whiplash of being slapped back into the real world hit me like a ton of bricks as some personal misfortune made me realize that I needed the survivalist mentality to get by and to succeed. That is why I began to understand that allowing my stash to drop below three hundred rolls was a mistake, and learning to research to find out the truth about so many things became an important part of my life.
So I could help my wife and I and our families survive the coming times.
The tongue in cheek metaphor for so many people in the “prepper” or “survivalist” community is the measure of how many rolls of toilet paper you have stored up for hard times. There are some folks that I know who take that issue dead seriously, even creating spreadsheets measuring usage and cost which is fine unless of course you use more than the average bear which is much more information than I need to know in this lifetime. Alas, that is not the reality though, as freedom and independence are the real story which is what every fine person within this community has always tried to defend and convey.
The mindset in reality is to be prepared for almost anything, and that is what I have tried my best to get my family prepared for. You have to learn to live your lives and balance the day to day needs, practical and emotional, of your spouse and yourself. There is no reason to wake up every morning expecting to put green camouflage paint on your face and play Rambo in the reality of the proverbial real world. Yet letting one’s guard down is not an option as September 11, 2001 so vividly illustrated. That is where learning and dealing with the balance is so important.
I have tried my best to balance my time to prepare with the real world so I do not have my friends and relatives looking to have my household visited by those nice young men with the jackets with lots of buckles and snaps in the back. It is a difficult balance, at times annoying my lovely wife beyond belief, yet you have to find it or you will go insane. The times we are entering are historic for our nation and will eventually lead to the final revision of our system of economic and political structure which means our Constitution shall sadly be drastically revised. To me this means you have to follow the proverbial “prepare for the worst, pray for the best” line of thinking and hope to the dear Lord your actions will take care of those that you love.
I shall always endeavor to seek out like minded souls so I can learn more. The education process is so critical at this time that without it, I might slide back into the Jerry Springer version of America where reality is defined by the insane lack of practical morals and dependence on others to survive. That is not living if you think about it. That is leeching, the process of latching on to others for your existence which requires no moral compass, no spiritual guidance and a total abandonment of the principles which created our nation. The Marxist ideals so carefully infused into our education system and life principles one teaspoon at a time have finally born fruit for those that wished to bring freedom and capitalism down to their knees. The dual concepts of dependence and submission are creating the problems we see now, and unfortunately shall multiply in intensity in the years to come.
With that desire for the preservation of the original American system in mind, I hope that everyone takes a breath of fresh air and pauses to reflect on what your moral center is and how your own personal Declaration of Independence might help you to survive the trying times we are now in the midst of. I could suggest a list of goods, training and programs to help you start down this path but there is only one thing each individual must do. I feel you must look inward, which in my case was an insightful revelation during prayer, to get the guidance you will need to survive this morbid future our technocratic designers have in mind. Once you have taken that time, that moment to look inside yourself and then seek the knowledge you will need, you are light years ahead of your Playstation Two playing, Jerry Springer lifestyle living, four car and a home in debt over their heads neighbor who has three kids, a wife, a girlfriend and a lifestyle which they model after all those reality television shows.
Come to think of it, when I think about those neighbors which we all seem to have encountered at some point in our lives, it makes me want to take a deep breath and take some action to give me peace of mind:
Excuse my while I inventory the Charmin.

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Stiletto
12-08-2008, 05:39 PM
Who is John Galt?;)

paladin
12-08-2008, 09:05 PM
No fair...I asked the same question on another thread and no one answered. More so than worry about how much TP, one should worry about whether or not there will be water.

Cuyahoga Chuck
12-08-2008, 09:10 PM
I believe he was the main character in the novel "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayne Rand. Read it when I was a kid. Didn't get much out of it.
Am I right?
What's da' prize?

paladin
12-08-2008, 09:55 PM
I dunno...did a book report on it in high school my senior year (1958)...

Glen Longino
12-08-2008, 10:35 PM
No fair...I asked the same question on another thread and no one answered. More so than worry about how much TP, one should worry about whether or not there will be water.

You must be from Texas!
Water has been my concern, rather than TP.
I'm fairly sustainable for a few months except for water. If the power plant shuts down my pump won't work (600 foot deep well).
I'm looking into water collection tanks to collect runoff from my metal roof.
If times get rough, I'll trade my water for their TP.:)

pipefitter
12-08-2008, 11:21 PM
You must be from Texas!
Water has been my concern, rather than TP.
I'm fairly sustainable for a few months except for water. If the power plant shuts down my pump won't work (600 foot deep well).
I'm looking into water collection tanks to collect runoff from my metal roof.
If times get rough, I'll trade my water for their TP.:)

If you have a well, you don't need power to get water from it. Water tables in North Texas average from 10-75 feet no matter how deep the well is. If your on low lying land altitude, it should average around 10-30 feet. Up to around 20 ft table, that could be hand pumped even through the pump remaining in the well. If it's a shallow installation with an above ground pump, you could merely pump the drop pipe up and down and let the foot valve trap what the down force lets into the pipe until it overflows out of the top.

Glen Longino
12-08-2008, 11:43 PM
If you have a well, you don't need power to get water from it. Water tables in North Texas average from 10-75 feet no matter how deep the well is. If your on low lying land altitude, it should average around 10-30 feet. Up to around 20 ft table, that could be hand pumped even through the pump remaining in the well. If it's a shallow installation with an above ground pump, you could merely pump the drop pipe up and down and let the foot valve trap what the down force lets into the pipe until it overflows out of the top.

Thanks, pipefitter!
There is water at 30 feet but it's impure due to runoff from large dairies nearby. Can I get water from the deeper aquifer without the electric pump?

doorstop
12-09-2008, 12:02 AM
what about a windmill??

pipefitter
12-09-2008, 12:21 AM
Thanks, pipefitter!
There is water at 30 feet but it's impure due to runoff from large dairies nearby. Can I get water from the deeper aquifer without the electric pump?

Your water is what it is from the aquifer they tapped when it was drilled. You won't have any surface water inclusion in that well unless there is a leak in the casing itself, a leaking well seal perhaps and you would know it if you did most likely. Your water is coming from the bottom of that well no matter where the static water table is. I would be surprised if your pump is set more than 20-40ft below the water table. Some of the best indication to water quality is discoloration of appliances, need for water conditioners/filters along with taste, odor etc. Any surface water from runoff, rain or otherwise is separate from your source. Your paperwork that you got with the well or any service work that was done to it should have all of the information. As far as coliform and other bacterial intrusion, common household bleach will take care of it.

It really depends on where your water table in the well is. Worst case scenario, you would have to make a cup from a length of galv pipe with a rope and raise the water up by hand. You could screw a foot valve on the bottom of the pipe, let it fill up as it went down and then just pull it out like a skinny bucket. A piece of 1-1/2" pipe 5 feet long will retrieve plenty for drinking in short order.

Tristan
12-09-2008, 08:07 AM
I knew a fellow who grew up in India, child of missionaries, who said one of the useful skills he learned there was how to wipe his butt using only his left hand.

Tylerdurden
12-09-2008, 08:23 AM
Just to let you in on the fact that the TP thing is an inside survivalists joke. Whenever one questions what you have stored the common response is I have X many cases of TP.

Its on the theory that comfort items will be in demand for barter just like ww2 survival kits contained nylons. Not needed at all but in demand where they cannot be had at any price.

Nail polish, cigarettes and the like will be good commodity's in times of real need.