From Woodpile Report
“The left would have us believe the election was invalid, that the presidency is rightfully theirs, stolen by nefarious means and handed to an agent of the “deplorables”. They will accept no other explanation. They do not intend to accept the result of the election. Ever. They intend to overturn it—in effect, in fact, or both. They may succeed. We’ve learned what citizenship is worth, now we’re approaching a moment of clarity on the value of the ballot box.”
Ol’ Remus again: “Regardless of cause, the classic question has it right: if you’re not preparing for the worst, what are you preparing for? In the coming collapse will you rely on availability of food because you “know” it will “always” be there at some price? Or will you rely on government to eagerly rush pallets of attractively packaged food to your door, carefully chosen with respect for your dietary preferences, because you’re a good person? Or will you rely on a deep larder and the means to resupply and defend it?
As Selco learned, “everything can collapse really fast”. Everything, not some things. Days, not months. All at once, not by degrees, the degrees are behind us. What you have is all you’ll have, if you can keep it.”
On Food. “Finding good water isn’t a problem in the hills of Appalachia. Survivalists who fixate on water probably have other regions in mind, the arid southwest or the western high plains. If I lived, say, on the lee side of the Rockies I’d worry more about water than I do. Which is not much.
Here there are springs and weeps everywhere, creeks big and small, lakes, ponds, rivers and reservoirs, even the occasional swamp. If this isn’t enough to keep you hydrated, it rains regularly and generously in summer, and snows in the winter. Water would often be an obstacle to the travelin’ man keepin’ low and movin’ fast in interesting times.
Where survival doesn’t turn on a scarcity of water and adequate shelter has been managed, food quickly reveals itself for the priority it is. This is not as obvious as you’d imagine. You’d have to get up early and work hard to avoid food in America. In the last hundred years, only in the “dust bowl” times of the ‘thirties did America see anything like a food shortage. Notice there was always bread for the bread lines in the Depression. The lines were from lack of means, not lack of product.
Great Britain came close to a food emergency in the early ‘forties when wartime sinkings by U-boats meant already meager rations had to be cut and cut again. Our wartime rationing was, by comparison, leisure class dining. Japan was besieged so effectively it was in the first phase of actual starvation before the war ended. Totally exhausted and dysfunctional post-war Europe wasn’t far behind.
As a nation we’re unwilling to entertain even a cutback in variety, much less prepare for actual scarcity. But given all the swords hanging over our heads, a time will almost certainly come when “low fat, low calorie, gluten-free” pseudo-food will be the meal of last resort, a time when even foodies will dream of double cheeseburgers and heaps of greasy fries. Calories and nutrients are life, no getting around it.
What it pleases us to call “hunger” is more properly “appetite”. Hunger is the personal form of famine, with symptoms a near kin to bleeding out, except slower. It’s deprivation so severe there comes a point short of death where viability is irrecoverable even if rescued. True hunger invokes its own form of insanity, a fixation on food to the exclusion of all else. It drives otherwise ordinary persons to commit acts that defy belief. Famine survivors often carry debilitating memories of what they’ve seen or done.
In war and in tyranny, it should surprise no one food is weaponized. For economy and efficiency it can’t be beat. Cut the food supply and all else happens with no further effort.”
Some reading you might be interested in:
An old one that is always new: The Pig Trap