Nine Meals From Anarchy Explained

Nine Meals From Anarchy Explained

 

 In 1906, Alfred Henry Lewis stated, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.” Since then, his observation has been echoed by people as disparate as Robert Heinlein and Leon Trotsky.

The key here is that, unlike all other commodities, food is the one essential that cannot be postponed. If there were a shortage of, say, shoes, we could make do for months or even years. A shortage of gasoline would be worse, but we could survive it, through mass transport or even walking, if necessary.

But food is different. If there were an interruption in the supply of food, fear would set in immediately. And, if the resumption of the food supply were uncertain, the fear would become pronounced. After only nine missed meals, it’s not unlikely that we’d panic and be prepared to commit a crime to acquire food. If we were to see our neighbour with a loaf of bread, and we owned a gun, we might well say, “I’m sorry, you’re a good neighbour and we’ve been friends for years, but my children haven’t eaten today – I have to have that bread – even if I have to shoot you.”

But surely, there’s no need to speculate on this concern. There’s nothing on the evening news to suggest that such a problem even might be on the horizon. So, let’s have a closer look at the actual food distribution industry, compare it to the present direction of the economy, and see whether there might be reason for concern.

The food industry typically operates on very small margins – often below 2%. Traditionally, wholesalers and retailers have relied on a two-week turnaround of supply and anywhere up to a 30-day payment plan. But an increasing tightening of the economic system for the last eight years has resulted in a turnaround time of just three days for both supply and payment for many in the industry. This a system that’s still fully operative, but with no further wiggle room, should it take a significant further hit.

 

Self-Sufficiency DIY: Laundry Soap

Self-Sufficiency Sundays: Laundry Soap

 

My plan is (time permitting) to post a series of basic formulations and recipes for every day products you use around your home that work as well – or better – than the commercial ones you buy at your friendly big box store, and other tips towards moving towards a more holistic, self-sufficient life style – even if you live in an urban or suburban environment.

Why go to the bother of making your own laundry soap?  Well, there are several very good reasons for making the extra effort towards being more self-sufficient and weaning yourself from the mega-corporations.

You control the ingredients that go into homemade laundry soap. I had gotten lazy and stopped bothering to make my own, until one of my grandchildren had some pretty dramatic skin reactions to the “hypo-allergenic” laundry detergent from a well-known mega brand I had bought. Back to making my own! 

 

Practical Prepping: Winter is Coming: Surviving and Thriving

Winter is Coming: Surviving and Thriving

 

Really practical article on preparing for another COLD Winter.

Don’t be a Lazy Schmuck and Wait!

Begin to Prepare Now while there is Supply.

My Short-List:

  1. (2) Indoor Kerosene Heaters, Extra Wicks, Camp Lighters, 20 Gallons of Kerosene, (4) 5 Gallon Kerosene Blue Cans, Fuel Stabilizer.

  2. RV Anti-Freeze (for indoor toilets) Gas-Line Anti-Freeze (for vehicles) (2) Cans of De-Icer

  3. Window Insulation Shrink Kit (To Insulate all Windows)

  4. Minus -20F Sleeping Bags for all Family Members

  5. Have Thermal Underwear, Balaclavas, Heavy Insulated Jackets and Blankets for All Family members to Maintain body heat.

Article of the Week: Life WROL (Without Rule of Law)

Proactive Pest Removal

 

Very incisive article about what is to come very shortly.

Ask yourself: Are you prepared MENTALLY for what is about to happen?

if Not, Prepare NOW, because as the article states, you don’t get any MULLIGANS once the PURGE horn sounds.

 

 

Wood Gas Power Generation

Wood Gas Power Generation

 

When I was a kid in the late 70’s, early 80’s, I remember a good friend of my dad’s had an old 72′ Chevy truck that was converted to run off Wood-Gas.

Later on he built a Wood-Gas Generator that could run his entire house.

When Hurricane Ike Hit in 2006 he was one of the few people in his area living in relative comfort while everybody else was doing the Mad Max scramble for gas.

The FEMA Manual is definitely a worthwhile Download.

Prepare Accordingly.