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2012-12-22 01:03:30 AM  
Sandy Hook Shooting Thrusts 'Preppers' Into Spotlight

Seriously? Here I thought the show "Preppers" was doing a good enough job of that.

Speaking of, has anyone gotten one of these? Are they actually useful?

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2012-12-22 01:08:57 AM  
www.imfdb.org

FREEPERS, READY YOURSELVES!
 
2012-12-22 02:13:40 AM  
I resent the assertion by the preppers that anyone who stocks a bit of extra food and water is one of them. I keep a few extra canned goods and have emergency cooking gear because you're an idiot to live in a hurricane prone area and not be prepared to be on your own without help from outside sources for a few weeks. There's no way I want to be grouped in with survivalist gun nuts no matter how much they try to normalize their paranoia.

Besides, if I thought that we were facing collapse, I'd be stocking up on the kinds of guns and ammo that are good for hunting, along with a few bows and arrows, not stuff to get into war with my neighbors. The smart thing is to work together to build a functioning self-sustaining community as quickly as possible, not to start shooting at people who have know-how that you don't.
 
2012-12-22 02:52:10 AM  
You misspelled 'pecker'
 
2012-12-22 03:38:21 AM  
FTFA: "If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, an extra warm coat that you get out for the really cold days, snow boots, or a few extra bottles of water in the fridge, you're prepared for something too!"

Yeah, but there's a chasm wider than the Grand Canyon between being prepared for a blizzard and being prepared for an Aztlan/Reconquista Uprising.
 
2012-12-22 03:39:43 AM  

Serious Black: FTFA: "If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, an extra warm coat that you get out for the really cold days, snow boots, or a few extra bottles of water in the fridge, you're prepared for something too!"

Yeah, but there's a chasm wider than the Grand Canyon between being prepared for a blizzard and being prepared for an Aztlan/Reconquista Uprising.


I love how that was on his list, but "Alien Invasion" was not.

These people are nuts.
 
2012-12-22 03:41:15 AM  
The day after the shooting Doomsday preppers had on some 16 year old kid wh was a prepper. Mrs. Britney Spear's Speculum and I joked how the kid kinda looked like the shooter
 
2012-12-22 03:41:31 AM  
I have a few months worth of non-perishables sitting around, but I'll be damned before I'm lumped in with "preppers". I just want to have the option of not going out and trying to find food in a particularly bad winter.
 
2012-12-22 03:41:50 AM  

rynthetyn: I resent the assertion by the preppers that anyone who stocks a bit of extra food and water is one of them


But you are. And what's wrong with that? Some people go to extremes, but making fun of emergency preparedness is asinine. Remember the gas lines after Hurricane Sandy THE NEXT DAY? People didn't have enough sense to fill their tanks with a hurricane coming. Those are the type of idiots that point and laugh at "preppers."
 
2012-12-22 03:44:20 AM  

rynthetyn: I resent the assertion by the preppers that anyone who stocks a bit of extra food and water is one of them. I keep a few extra canned goods and have emergency cooking gear because you're an idiot to live in a hurricane prone area and not be prepared to be on your own without help from outside sources for a few weeks. There's no way I want to be grouped in with survivalist gun nuts no matter how much they try to normalize their paranoia.

Besides, if I thought that we were facing collapse, I'd be stocking up on the kinds of guns and ammo that are good for hunting, along with a few bows and arrows, not stuff to get into war with my neighbors. The smart thing is to work together to build a functioning self-sustaining community as quickly as possible, not to start shooting at people who have know-how that you don't.


That just about covers it.

There is a wide and well defined line between someone prepared for disaster and someone gripped by fear and paranoia to the degree that it alters their lives, their family, their wallets and their rationale.

If someone is confused about where that nice thick line between responsible and obsessed is, it's here:

Do you ever find yourself needing to explain or/and defend your level and measures of preparedness to others?
If yes, you almost certainly have crossed the line.

Fear is the mind-killer.
It's the little death that causes total obliteration TLC ratings.
 
2012-12-22 03:46:17 AM  

MurphyMurphy: Fear is the mind-killer.
It's the little death that causes total obliteration TLC ratings.


I guffawed.
 
2012-12-22 03:48:30 AM  
Being prepared is having survival rations for your pets.

Being a prepper is having your pets for survival rations.
 
2012-12-22 03:50:19 AM  

Serious Black: FTFA: "If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, an extra warm coat that you get out for the really cold days, snow boots, or a few extra bottles of water in the fridge, you're prepared for something too!"

Yeah, but there's a chasm wider than the Grand Canyon between being prepared for a blizzard and being prepared for an Aztlan/Reconquista Uprising.


Much like the difference between Hoarderss and Ethiopian Horders

/slightly obscure
 
2012-12-22 03:50:37 AM  
I watched that show about building these super survival shelters once or twice.

All I could think was "Wonderful. A small fortress in the ground... About 30 minutes of work and I'll bury the air holes."
 
2012-12-22 03:50:40 AM  
Things I've heard the NatGeo 'preppers' say that they are 'prepping' for.

Chinese invasion
devalued dollar
oil shortage
general social unrest
nuclear attack
biological attack
chemical attack
food shortage
polar shift
epidemic
natural disaster

I would take them more seriously if they could agree a little.
 
2012-12-22 03:53:19 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Sandy Hook Shooting Thrusts 'Preppers' Into Spotlight

Seriously? Here I thought the show "Preppers" was doing a good enough job of that.

Speaking of, has anyone gotten one of these? Are they actually useful?

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Very. Although I use the SIG e-tool, which isn't QUITE the same, it's very useful. Try trenching a bayou bivouac with your fingers, it's a biatch.

But then again, I view survivalism as a SKILL based field, not a RESOURCE based one. You know what my survival kit has in it? A netbook, something that can easily be powered by the solar energy kit I threw together when I was working for a solar cell company. It has in it things like basic horticulture, blueprints for gins and looms, how to cast aluminum, how to convert a gasoline generator to a wood gas generator, how to make black powder, how to filter water for basic and necessary consumption, basic blacksmithing, basic machining (I already know more about this than most experts in the field will forget but it's also meant as a tool I can give someone else to learn from and become useful), things like that.

You keep this fantasy in your head where the resources you've been able to hoard will make you superior. You're an idiot. Knowing how to gather resources and use them is far more important than having a stockpile of them. Basic skills are more important than availability of supplies. Any given neighborhood in the US, say a good 100 square block chunk of your average neighborhood, I could provide all the necessities of survival to. You? Ha. Good luck.

Education prevents tragedies like what you prepare for from happening, and has the added effect of being able to power through them and get society back and running again. You think you live on an island, when in reality you live in anything but. You're an idiot. Try learning to cast aluminum instead of hoarding food, you'd be doing far more service to yourself and your families by doing so, because it'd be a useful skill that people value.
 
2012-12-22 03:53:41 AM  

Triumph: rynthetyn: I resent the assertion by the preppers that anyone who stocks a bit of extra food and water is one of them

But you are. And what's wrong with that? Some people go to extremes, but making fun of emergency preparedness is asinine. Remember the gas lines after Hurricane Sandy THE NEXT DAY? People didn't have enough sense to fill their tanks with a hurricane coming. Those are the type of idiots that point and laugh at "preppers."


Nope, I point and laugh at preppers as much as the next guy, so do the rest of us who have hurricane/blizzard/flood/weather appropriate emergency kits. Normal people prepare for the emergency that has reasonable odds of happening, based on sound recommendations for what's necessary to function for a couple of weeks until an existing and stable government is able to restore damaged infrastructure.  Preppers are stocking up for the complete collapse of civilization. There's a big difference between "infrastructure broken for a few weeks" and "society has collapsed into something resembling Mogadishu on a bad day."
 
2012-12-22 03:54:10 AM  
I think I'm way more 'prepared' with provisions to last for a few weeks than most of my friends and neighbors.

The difference is, I don't have (or see the need for) a frickin' arsenal of small arms and ammunition to fight WW3.

I'm prepared. Those gun nuts are just nuts. Period.
 
2012-12-22 03:55:55 AM  

StopLurkListen: I think I'm way more 'prepared' with provisions to last for a few weeks than most of my friends and neighbors.

The difference is, I don't have (or see the need for) a frickin' arsenal of small arms and ammunition to fight WW3.

I'm prepared. Those gun nuts are just nuts. Period.


See, problem is... If things go to hell in a hand basket... The gun nuts will probably do pretty well for themselves.
 
2012-12-22 03:57:59 AM  

LazarusLong42: Serious Black: FTFA: "If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, an extra warm coat that you get out for the really cold days, snow boots, or a few extra bottles of water in the fridge, you're prepared for something too!"

Yeah, but there's a chasm wider than the Grand Canyon between being prepared for a blizzard and being prepared for an Aztlan/Reconquista Uprising.

I love how that was on his list, but "Alien Invasion" was not.

These people are nuts.


I know. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly an Aztlan/Reconquista Uprising is...
 
2012-12-22 04:00:42 AM  
i'm more into the SelfFulfillingProphecier movement.
 
2012-12-22 04:00:42 AM  

randomjsa: StopLurkListen: I think I'm way more 'prepared' with provisions to last for a few weeks than most of my friends and neighbors.

The difference is, I don't have (or see the need for) a frickin' arsenal of small arms and ammunition to fight WW3.

I'm prepared. Those gun nuts are just nuts. Period.

See, problem is... If things go to hell in a hand basket... The gun nuts will probably do pretty well for themselves.


And what are the approximate odds of "things going to hell in a hand basket"? Maybe 1 in a trillion?
 
2012-12-22 04:02:49 AM  
ts3.mm.bing.net

Was a prepper before it was cool.
 
2012-12-22 04:03:45 AM  
If everything goes to hell in a handbasket, I'll hang out while the survivalist gun nuts all shoot each other, then once they've all wiped each other out I'll swoop in and take their stuff.
 
2012-12-22 04:03:54 AM  
I'm prepared for just about anything and there is a plan in case of something REALLY nasty happening.
I don't care what people I've never met, most of who live in a large city, think about what I do with my money. I'm not at 'Doomsday Prepper', just prepared for almost anything.

Mrs. Elimiscaf just went grocery shopping and got @ $600 worth of groceries for $136.74. I won;t have to buy toothpaste for @ 3 yrs now, thanks to coupons. We have the room to store it. We also can a lot of vegetables and fruits, and she makes pickles every 2 years or so. I make venison jerky about every 2 yrs too. Both of us grew up in the country and it's what we were raised with. Is all of that "prepper'?
 
2012-12-22 04:05:29 AM  
and people thought my basket weaving degree wouldn't come in handy.

you have the guns, i have the wicker!
 
2012-12-22 04:05:57 AM  

rynthetyn: Triumph: rynthetyn: I resent the assertion by the preppers that anyone who stocks a bit of extra food and water is one of them

But you are. And what's wrong with that? Some people go to extremes, but making fun of emergency preparedness is asinine. Remember the gas lines after Hurricane Sandy THE NEXT DAY? People didn't have enough sense to fill their tanks with a hurricane coming. Those are the type of idiots that point and laugh at "preppers."

Nope, I point and laugh at preppers as much as the next guy, so do the rest of us who have hurricane/blizzard/flood/weather appropriate emergency kits. Normal people prepare for the emergency that has reasonable odds of happening, based on sound recommendations for what's necessary to function for a couple of weeks until an existing and stable government is able to restore damaged infrastructure.  Preppers are stocking up for the complete collapse of civilization. There's a big difference between "infrastructure broken for a few weeks" and "society has collapsed into something resembling Mogadishu on a bad day."


Has Mogadishu ever had something even remotely resembling a good day? What would that involve? Pirates merely raping your daughter and leaving her behind instead of kidnapping her and selling her to a brothel?
 
2012-12-22 04:07:06 AM  

randomjsa: StopLurkListen: I think I'm way more 'prepared' with provisions to last for a few weeks than most of my friends and neighbors.

The difference is, I don't have (or see the need for) a frickin' arsenal of small arms and ammunition to fight WW3.

I'm prepared. Those gun nuts are just nuts. Period.

See, problem is... If things go to hell in a hand basket... The gun nuts will probably do pretty well for themselves.


Right up until the canned goods and ammo runs out.
 
2012-12-22 04:08:38 AM  

pnkgtr: Things I've heard the NatGeo 'preppers' say that they are 'prepping' for.

Chinese invasion
devalued dollar
oil shortage
general social unrest
nuclear attack
biological attack
chemical attack
food shortage
polar shift
epidemic
natural disaster

I would take them more seriously if they could agree a little.


A few are real concerns, like oil embargoes or natural disasters.

Some are fuggin nuts like Alien invasions, or the rapture, or small pox outbreaks
 
2012-12-22 04:08:47 AM  
encycl.opentopia.com
 
2012-12-22 04:11:11 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Much like the difference between Hoarderss and Ethiopian Horders


I read that as hookers.  I think that still works.
 
2012-12-22 04:12:33 AM  

Serious Black: randomjsa: StopLurkListen: I think I'm way more 'prepared' with provisions to last for a few weeks than most of my friends and neighbors.

The difference is, I don't have (or see the need for) a frickin' arsenal of small arms and ammunition to fight WW3.

I'm prepared. Those gun nuts are just nuts. Period.

See, problem is... If things go to hell in a hand basket... The gun nuts will probably do pretty well for themselves.

And what are the approximate odds of "things going to hell in a hand basket"? Maybe 1 in a trillion?


Further, they're actually *not* better off than anyone else, because they'll be targets. Any concentration of supplies would be - I don't think many people will be hitting the hardware store near the supermarket I plan to fort up in (long enough until I can get to some actual farmland) - but I generally take that into account for my planning, too.

There was a guy upthread that had a netbook with a solar power generator, and on it had what is effectively a civilization starter kit. THAT sort of thinking is what would spawn anything but dark ages barbarian camps.

If shiat goes down - I'm gonna be depending on my neighbors, just as they'll be depending on me. I'll probably have to learn Spanish, though - what with living in Southern California.

Desert area, t'boot. I'm screwed for agriculture without infrastructure :3

/aquaponics.
 
2012-12-22 04:23:05 AM  

Serious Black: randomjsa: StopLurkListen: I think I'm way more 'prepared' with provisions to last for a few weeks than most of my friends and neighbors.

The difference is, I don't have (or see the need for) a frickin' arsenal of small arms and ammunition to fight WW3.

I'm prepared. Those gun nuts are just nuts. Period.

See, problem is... If things go to hell in a hand basket... The gun nuts will probably do pretty well for themselves.

And what are the approximate odds of "things going to hell in a hand basket"? Maybe 1 in a trillion?


Odds are 1 in 8.
handbasket
 
2012-12-22 04:24:58 AM  
This kinda pisses me off.
By most people's definitions my family and I would be preppers as we have about six months to a year's worth of food and water, some ammo for a bolt action rifle and a couple handguns and a shelter in the back.

But we are not prepped for the end of REAL AMERICA, just really bad weather(I grew up in tornado prone areas and she grew up on a pacific island) and we know we'll end up feeding not just ourselves but some neighbors as well.
 
2012-12-22 04:28:09 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Sandy Hook Shooting Thrusts 'Preppers' Into Spotlight

Seriously? Here I thought the show "Preppers" was doing a good enough job of that.

Speaking of, has anyone gotten one of these? Are they actually useful?


Why wouldn't they be? I'd get one and throw it in the back of my Jeep, you've got a lot of your bases covered with that thing, perfect for trail riding, doesn't take up as much space as everything separately.

I don't understand why these 'Preppers' are such an issue anyway. Take away the 'Hey, let's laugh at people.' factor, and there's nothing wrong with having some emergency supplies handy the next time a winter storm causes a week long blackout, same for a hurricane or earthquake. Fresh water comes in handy the next time your city decides that the water supply is contaminated and warns you to boil everything you drink, cook with or wash dishes with. Yeah, some of these people go overboard, but when did we decide that being prepared was a reason for ridicule?

It's also nice when you are living almost paycheck to paycheck(or money is otherwise tight) to know you've got extra groceries when payday isn't until Friday and you start running low on food come Sunday. Not everything they stockpile is dehydrated food that tastes like cardboard, they stock regular food too. Canned food, but otherwise normal.
 
2012-12-22 04:30:58 AM  
Fjornir: Being a prepper is having your pets for survival rations.

sites.google.com
 
2012-12-22 04:32:12 AM  

iq_in_binary: Try learning to cast aluminum


Quibble: I wouldn't recommend aluminum working as a post-apocalypse survival skill.  It's ridiculously difficult to refine without electricity and the infrastructure it implies. Iron and steel are a different story.
 
2012-12-22 04:33:27 AM  
///According to the Daily Mail, Marsha Lanza said the "survivalist philosophy" helped explain why there were so many guns in her sister's house.///

How many is "So many"? Is that the 2 pistols and 1 rifle he had, or were there more? I mean, did she have an arsenal of some kind? 20 or 30 guns and 50,000 rounds of ammo, or is everybody just blowing this out of proportion, just like the 'Hey was quiet when he got his hair cut.' and 'His mom was a "prepper" crap in this article?
 
2012-12-22 04:34:59 AM  

Mikey1969: Nadie_AZ: Sandy Hook Shooting Thrusts 'Preppers' Into Spotlight

Seriously? Here I thought the show "Preppers" was doing a good enough job of that.

Speaking of, has anyone gotten one of these? Are they actually useful?

Why wouldn't they be? I'd get one and throw it in the back of my Jeep, you've got a lot of your bases covered with that thing, perfect for trail riding, doesn't take up as much space as everything separately.

I don't understand why these 'Preppers' are such an issue anyway. Take away the 'Hey, let's laugh at people.' factor, and there's nothing wrong with having some emergency supplies handy the next time a winter storm causes a week long blackout, same for a hurricane or earthquake. Fresh water comes in handy the next time your city decides that the water supply is contaminated and warns you to boil everything you drink, cook with or wash dishes with. Yeah, some of these people go overboard, but when did we decide that being prepared was a reason for ridicule?

It's also nice when you are living almost paycheck to paycheck(or money is otherwise tight) to know you've got extra groceries when payday isn't until Friday and you start running low on food come Sunday. Not everything they stockpile is dehydrated food that tastes like cardboard, they stock regular food too. Canned food, but otherwise normal.


I don't think anyone here would disagree with that point. What we'll disagree with is being prepared for the resurgence of the Persian Empire, a hostile alien invasion, and other similarly unlikely events.
 
2012-12-22 04:37:28 AM  

Mikey1969: but when did we decide that being prepared was a reason for ridicule?


when the things they are preparing for are the new messiah, reconquista and the persian empire instead of bad weather.

it's less about any rational assessment of potential future needs than it is a contest to see who can come up with the worst fantasy, and then pretend they're prepared for it.
 
2012-12-22 04:37:45 AM  
Here's the difference between being prepared and being a "Prepper". Is what you're prepared for likely to happen? Then you're prepared. Is it not likely to happen? Then you're a nutjob, er, a "Prepper." I caught a trailer for one of those stupid shows, and the guy was worried about a solar flare/EMP frying the entire planet and being sent back to the Middle Ages so he was building a freaking castle out in the forest. HOWEVER....he was filling it with crap that if there was some kind of EMP, it also would be fried, and what he'd have would be a pile of rocks in the middle of the forest. No well with a hand-cranked windlass, no hand-cranked trebuchet for defense, none of that. Lots of solar-powered crap that's pretty useless surrounded by trees.

So look. If you're getting ready for an earthquake or natural disaster and want a couple weeks' worth of supplies, great. If you really think there's going to be a social breakdown and you want a REALISTIC defense for a couple weeks--be realistic. Make sure you have a can opener. Remember that an automatic rifle on full auto spends bullets really damn fast, and you can burn through 10,000 rounds of ammo in a surprisingly short time in a combat situation. Remember that a horse drinks 26 gallons of water a day. Some of these idiot preppers are going to be out in the woods with their ammo and their canned food and their super secret trapdoors and their motion sensitive booby traps; and they're going to die when they get sepsis from a broken ankle that could have been treated if only they'd had access to some simple medical care that they forgot about because they were too paranoid to build a road.
 
2012-12-22 04:38:52 AM  

Serious Black: LazarusLong42: Serious Black: FTFA: "If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, an extra warm coat that you get out for the really cold days, snow boots, or a few extra bottles of water in the fridge, you're prepared for something too!"

Yeah, but there's a chasm wider than the Grand Canyon between being prepared for a blizzard and being prepared for an Aztlan/Reconquista Uprising.

I love how that was on his list, but "Alien Invasion" was not.

These people are nuts.

I know. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly an Aztlan/Reconquista Uprising is...


That's when Mexico supposedly tries to rake back the Southwestern US. Silly Rightie paranoic delusion tied to pressing 1 for English..
 
2012-12-22 04:41:04 AM  

Mithiwithi: iq_in_binary: Try learning to cast aluminum

Quibble: I wouldn't recommend aluminum working as a post-apocalypse survival skill.  It's ridiculously difficult to refine without electricity and the infrastructure it implies. Iron and steel are a different story.


Aluminum casting is not aluminum refining. There is alot of aluminum around and it is easy to work.
 
2012-12-22 04:41:07 AM  

Mikey1969: Yeah, some of these people go overboard, but when did we decide that being prepared was a reason for ridicule?


When "being prepared" included:
-subterranean habitats,
-tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition and
-spending hours contemplating whether to scrap your "plague scenario" contingency or your "asteroid impact" scenario because they require two completely separate air filtration systems and you can only afford one.
 
2012-12-22 04:42:46 AM  

Serious Black: randomjsa: StopLurkListen: I think I'm way more 'prepared' with provisions to last for a few weeks than most of my friends and neighbors.

The difference is, I don't have (or see the need for) a frickin' arsenal of small arms and ammunition to fight WW3.

I'm prepared. Those gun nuts are just nuts. Period.

See, problem is... If things go to hell in a hand basket... The gun nuts will probably do pretty well for themselves.

And what are the approximate odds of "things going to hell in a hand basket"? Maybe 1 in a trillion?


And why do the odds matter? I've never understood this line. The odds are pretty slim that I will have a life threatening side effect from some of my messages, but they make sure that I know what the 1 in a million side effects are, just the same.
 
2012-12-22 04:46:45 AM  

heap: Mikey1969: but when did we decide that being prepared was a reason for ridicule?

when the things they are preparing for are the new messiah, reconquista and the persian empire instead of bad weather.

it's less about any rational assessment of potential future needs than it is a contest to see who can come up with the worst fantasy, and then pretend they're prepared for it.


Now that's a good summation of where this could go from 'smart thinking' to 'ridiculous'. I'll buy that answer, I can see that being the difference.
 
2012-12-22 04:47:52 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: pnkgtr: Things I've heard the NatGeo 'preppers' say that they are 'prepping' for.

Chinese invasion
devalued dollar
oil shortage
general social unrest
nuclear attack
biological attack
chemical attack
food shortage
polar shift
epidemic
natural disaster

I would take them more seriously if they could agree a little.

A few are real concerns, like oil embargoes or natural disasters.

Some are fuggin nuts like Alien invasions, or the rapture, or small pox outbreaks


Pandemic is very good thing to prep for. We're pretty ripe for something. General Social unrest and food shortage as well. One blight would wipe out an entire staple crop seeing as biodiversity seems to be a foreign concept to most farms.
 
2012-12-22 04:49:51 AM  
I think it is fine to be prepared. The problem arises when what you're preparing for takes over your reality, so that the here and now becomes all about the there and then. It is a fine line between sensible preparedness and obsessed survivalist, one that becomes easier to cross the more you invest in it.
 
2012-12-22 04:52:26 AM  

rynthetyn: I resent the assertion by the preppers that anyone who stocks a bit of extra food and water is one of them. I keep a few extra canned goods and have emergency cooking gear because you're an idiot to live in a hurricane prone area and not be prepared to be on your own without help from outside sources for a few weeks. There's no way I want to be grouped in with survivalist gun nuts no matter how much they try to normalize their paranoia.

Besides, if I thought that we were facing collapse, I'd be stocking up on the kinds of guns and ammo that are good for hunting, along with a few bows and arrows, not stuff to get into war with my neighbors. The smart thing is to work together to build a functioning self-sustaining community as quickly as possible, not to start shooting at people who have know-how that you don't.


Wasn't that the point of "The postman" ? That Earth was well on the point of reconstructing society, with normal people cooperating to rebuid civilization, until the preppers arrived gun-blazing from the hills once their stocks were depleted ?
 
2012-12-22 04:54:05 AM  
I had some older rural relatives who stockpiled canned food for the Y2K bug, floor to ceiling on one wall of the kitchen. Mostly nasty vegetables like lima beans. And these great-aunts were very poor.
 
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