Gardens don’t crash like markets.
United States of America!
Would you wear flannel & call me ‘darlin’ ?
Selecting Equipment for Years of Use, by M.C. in Arizona
I am at home sitting safely on my couch, however, between 2001 and 2009 I was a soldier serving in the GWOT campaign. I have served three tours in Iraq, one tour in Afghanistan, and a year assisting the African theater (proxy war.) And I’m currently working for the Marine Corps as a civilian contractor. I figured I’d write down some thoughts because I have had the misfortune of twice being cut off from any re-supply or ‘rescue’. In addition the equipment issued to servicemen is not always ‘the best’ money can buy. So here are some thoughts on that to have and what to spend money on to get the very best.
People tend to forget that everything will wear out and start to break or tear. In my SERE kit I carried two sewing kits. One for medical and another for clothing, tent repair (cold nights will keep you awake), boots, etc. Knives will dull, weapons will foul and rust, cloth will tear, boots will lose their soles, facial hair will grow, your teeth will suffer, your skin will rash. The list of things that go wrong or bad without maintenance are endless. But at this time we wont be discussing combat conditions, we are discussing survival in the inevitable troubled times within the next couple years.
UPDATE: Bartering after the SHTF, make your own now: by The Micro Store
Dear Survival Handbook Readers:
Please re-read the article on ”micro stores” following TEOTWAWKI. Pay particular attention to the proposed stocking list. Enough water has gone under the bridge since then—I’ve had plenty of time to think some more about it, plus I received some quality feedback from SurvivalBlog readers—that I thought some updating might be useful and in order. Here goes.
There were several premises I used as a basis for recommending your considering a ”micro store”: Yes, the situation might get bad (less than comfortable)—but (IMO) will be something less than grim—following some sort of catastrophic ”meltdown” event, especially if you live in a smaller, conservative metropolitan area, rather than a large one. Look for extended supply disruptions and some criminal activity, but no “golden horde” and associated rampant violence—those will prevail in the major cities. Also, expect well-armed local citizens will get organized quickly enough, people will do a reasonable of taking care of each other, and that commerce will help mitigate any violence and serve as a civilizing force for the community’s benefit.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin (via thedailyliberty)
Well I’m going to do it. I’m flying soon and will have to meet the TSA for the first time since their creation. I guess I don’t deserve liberty and I already know it’s not for my safety.