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What's Next?

Hopefully, I'm wrong.

There's that old saying about a million monkeys and a million typewriters eventually producing a sonnet by Shakespeare. These evil creeps indiscriminately killing girls and folks out for a stroll are just the beginning. The people with that kind of pathological thought process want more pain, bloodshed and fear. Through sheer luck, and perseverance, they'll probably get it.

Here's the rub: Everyone is conditioned for what they are exposed to. For the last few years, The West has had to deal with murderous thugs killing a dozen or two innocents at a time (give or take). The police and officials, for the most part, have done a very good job tracking down the evil swine and restoring order. I will never say we have gotten used to it, but we are conditioned. We move on, in the knowledge that many of us will be traumatized and frightened, but life will go on for most.

Eventually... things will go their way. In a big way. WE have to be perfect at prevention. THEY can fail numerous times, until they succeed.

Their version of "success" might look like a number of nightmares. A radiological "dirty bomb" in a major city. A large scale chemical or biological attack. A cyber attack that shuts down information systems or an entire electrical grid. These animals are the bull dog that keeps charging the fence. If we don't keep them off the fence, they'll eventually break-through. And kill all the chickens.

So, what are you doing? Waiting? Hoping it will never happen?
I've been writing my "Ponder the Unthinkable" installments for quite a while now. I see hundreds of views, and few comments. I don't know how many of you "get it".
When "The Big One" happens, it will overwhelm emergency services. You will have to take care of yourself. Maybe for quite a while.
Don't get overwhelmed with the details. Do something. A case of water now, some first aid kits later. Keep at it.
It's not about fear. It's about common sense.

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Keep writing them dude, the few I've read I quite enjoyed. I believe in the topics you explore because they have merit and are completely within the realm of reality. It's hard for people to think outside of their daily bubble, and maybe that's how the government likes it.

But even if you've helped only a few people Winston, you've made a difference, and there must be at least *some* solace in that. More than likely people will have to *really* work together when shit hits the fan; those who know how to fix cars and farm, etc, will become invaluable. Everyone will have to find their niche, a useful and necessary one, or die trying.

Oh, I'd say we're almost used to it. Bombing happens? Change your fucking Facebook avatar, of all things. People are more concerned about looking concerned, and virtue signalling, than actually doing anything remotely helpful. Maybe I'm just cold-hearted, but if I believe in a cause I donate a thousand dollars to it for example. That's why I had the privilege to speak with Jordan Peterson. And I get to SEE my help in-action, because I know it helps him pay for his travel expenses to speak at universities where he can reach out to students and *make a difference*.

Some world leaders would have you believe that terrorism is simply a part of city-life. That's gross. Absolutely reprehensible. The shepherd does not say, when his whole flock of sheep is repeatedly maimed and killed and dragged off into the night by wolves, that that's just the nature of rural life. No. A real man takes action.

What's worse, is that I can even make shepherds and sheep an accurate metaphor in the first place. Our leaders should be greater than shepherds, and the people should be greater than sheep.

Sorry but after recent events this just really triggered me. I couldn't agree more with you. Once I get out on my own I'll always have water, canned food, and medical supplies stocked up. Guns, ammunition. Take some classes on how to defend myself. Whatever helps, because it's always better to be safe than sorry, and the price you pay for *realistic*, average prepping is minimal to the cost of doing nothing.

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What we have is a self-perpetuating cycle of violence, war, and revenge. "I'll attack you because you attacked me but wait you attacked me first ad infinitum." Yet here also you have people who want to trigger the end of the world, a mindset that seems to register with people who feel the world has done them wrong. Yes, we should be prepared, but we also need to figure out how to turn minds around and stop the cycle. I don't have the answer to that, but we can't sit folding our hands waiting for Armageddon, either.
 
I've been stockpiling canned food, medication, and other supplies for the past couple of years, but I'm usually met with a derisory "are you insane?" smile when I tell people that. These are the same people who complain when a skift of snow shuts down the country, but yet they think a massive, co-ordinated attack can be handled by the emergency services and government. Just look what that virus a couple of weeks ago did. One virus shut down the country.

The only person you can ever rely on is yourself. Don't put yourself in the position where you have to wait for the government to get off its ass to help you.
 
I don't so much as think about actual supplies if something happens, but rather how I (as a woman) could defend myself. I want to learn how to defend myself. Would that really help me in a disaster like a bombing or something of the sort? Maybe, maybe not. I don't think about that so much as I think about if I'm alone and something happens, or an attacker came after me, or if I saw something suspicious, what could I do to stop it? That's what I want to work toward, defense and being able to fight back to save myself and others if I could.
 
Smith: Getting prepared can be cheap. Just like saving for retirement, preparing now gets you in the habit and it gets easy over time. If you don't make yourself start now, it's easy to keep putting it off. Foil emergency blankets- $3 each, takes up very little space. Put one in each car's glove box, especially your parents. It'll make them ask you "Why?"
Sam: I am NOT worried about you. Most of your friends and family are probably on the right track, I bet. As for the others, you just be that example of level-headed realist. Maybe they'll catch on.
am_hammy: Do you work out? That's the first thing I'd suggest. The more confident and strong you are, the better you can utilize any skills you learn. Being ready is more than buying and learning stuff. It's about a strong will and resilient attitude. Forcing yourself to stay fit is a great start.

And if anyone has any specific questions, PM me. Especially prior to buying anything. I hate hearing about people wasting money or buying the wrong stuff.

I highly recommend viewing this guy:
[video=youtube_share;6FIck46b_xg]https://youtu.be/6FIck46b_xg[/video]

I don't have the answer to that, but we can't sit folding our hands waiting for Armageddon, either.
midnightpoet, you win.
 
I was reading somewhere in which a seed library was recommended. Every time I walk by the seed stand in the hardware store, I wonder, what if? How hard is it to really buy some packets of seeds and keep them in a dry place? I try to stay away from the conspiracy theories, but one does wonder. Anyway, I have water, batteries and a flash light.
 
Winston;bt9837 said:
am_hammy: Do you work out? That's the first thing I'd suggest. The more confident and strong you are, the better you can utilize any skills you learn. Being ready is more than buying and learning stuff. It's about a strong will and resilient attitude. Forcing yourself to stay fit is a great start.

I've not genuinely worked out in a long time. My knees and other such issues arose for me physically. So while I can walk and do yoga, etc, I can only do so much of that. I need to get my knees fixed first, which I'm working on getting appointments set up so I can get that squared away and be on with the things I'd like to learn for myself in that regard.
 
tinacrabapple; said:
I was reading somewhere in which a seed library was recommended....How hard is it to really buy some packets of seeds and keep them in a dry place?

Not hard at all. Store them in cool, dry dark place. If things are "off-line" for as long as it takes to plant and harvest, you'll need some food to hold you over. Rice and beans keep a long time with little special attention. Cheap, too. Squirrel away a few quarts of oil, and you'll have veggie stir-fry, or bean, onion and tomato soup.

am_hammy:..My knees and other such issues arose for me physically. So while I can walk and do yoga, etc, I can only do so much of that. I need to get my knees fixed first, which I'm working on getting appointments set up so I can get that squared away...

My knees are trashed after my time in The Marines. I take glucosamine / condrotin and mainly use a stationary bike for my aerobic work out. Walking, Yoga or Tai Chi, are all excellent.
Learn balance and be at peace now, so when stressful times happen you're flexible and mentally strong.
 
Winston;bt9840 said:
My knees are trashed after my time in The Marines. I take glucosamine / condrotin and mainly use a stationary bike for my aerobic work out. Walking, Yoga or Tai Chi, are all excellent.
Learn balance and be at peace now, so when stressful times happen you're flexible and mentally strong.

I think all I will need is a simple draining of fluid (hopefully) and I should be okay. Though since I've never had this issue until 4 years ago or so, I'm not sure if anything like it again will happen. I don't know the mysteries the knees contain. I'm sorry about your knees though. Don't have room for a stationary bike, however I love the idea of Tai Chi. I do walk on my lunch breaks. Haven't for a little while though.

But I'm feeling inspired, and you're right learning peace and balance now is vital, especially with everything that's happening these days. Thank you for your tips ^_^
 
Loads of people just take their own life an that's it but some just need to make the world to pay for their choice...
 
esc: First, Adam West, RIP.

Now, from The Dark Knight:
Alfred P: "... Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."

Those are the folks that keep me up at night. They aren't some Hollywood fiction. They are real.
And someday their Dreams will become our Nightmares.
 

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