Friday, December 15, 2017

No Good, No Bad, Just Ugly

Social aggression and asocial violence disturb us.

Asocial violence should terrify us because we cannot foresee it

In turn, that changes how we must prepare for it.

You can see a violent person coming. That is the essence of social aggression—jockeying for position—is their goal.

They look the part.

They are the school-ground bully.

They may do you harm, but they are not the threat.

By contrast the perpetrator of asocial violence blends in and is undetectable until they strike.

They are “asocial” because no societal norms, morals, or conventional expectations of decorum govern them.

Therefore—not only are they NOT governed by them—appeals to follow the societal rules fall on deaf ears.

They seem to “just go off”.

They strike; we react.

Some wonder “how can people like them have guns?”

But the reality is that because people who are asocially violent hide in plain sight; there are no warning signs.

This isn’t a gun control issue. This is a psychological health issue.

Because bullies can fundamentally rewire a victim, the victim is likely being rewired to be asocially violent.

Thus, we should not fear the bullies “going postal”, but rather their victims.

Society has failed the victim, so they follow no rules but their own.

We should also fear people who have been ideologically brainwashed.

They are told that society has failed them.

Sympathizers of Islamic extremism, Black Lives Matter, the ALT-LEFT, Antifa, and Social Justice warriors come to mind as people we should distance ourselves from at all cost.

That said, we be prepared to fight to the death when they go asocial.

Author Tim Larkin says “When violence is the answer, make no mistake, it will be the only answer.”

But—because we have been raised not to be violent—we hesitate to use violence even when it is coming our way.

Many preppers think they are ready for a post #SHTF horde of triggered people roaming around causing #WROL, but they are not ready for daily asocial violence.

If anything, they are woefully unprepared in that respect.

Asocial violence—make no mistake about it—is reshaping how we must prepare.

Asocial violence is more likely to harm us than an EMP attack, for example.

We have no choice but to think tactically.

To walk tactically.

To talk tactically.

And to be utterly transparent that we are prepared to kill—if necessary—in the defense of our lives and those of our families.

How would you fight—right now—to protect your life?

Consider it.

Prepare well, my friends.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Being Outted For Prepping

“Why do you have all this food?" she asked. "Are you just into extreme couponing?”

Fair question.

The woman inquiring was the restoration manager overseeing the work on my flood-damaged house. 

A water pipe broke under the sink and the whole house was soaked.

Her crew was having to move a lot of food out of the house and into storage pods.

Parenthetically, I will add that I had no choice but to let my food stockpile go into storage.

I explained to her that I was raised by Depression-Era grandparents (true) and that they always kept things on hand (true).

I did NOT open the prepper discussion.

But I did note to her that fires, dust storms, and earthquakes were local threats that could cut off commerce. 

Thus, having a well-stocked pantry made sense to me.

She nodded and noted that I was curiously creative in how I stored the food so that it didn’t detract from the d├ęcor of the house.

Then she saw plastic tubs labeled “barter food” and asked about that.

I replied that in an extreme emergency, I may need to trade food for services with someone.

That, too, she thought was clever because “people never have anything on hand” to use her words.

The lesson this house flood has taught me is that being prepared—while all well and fine—is less than useful if your house has to be evacuated and you have no Plan B to store your food.

Granted, it's in the driveway in boxes, but the well-labeled boxes are not segregated by where they were from (i.e. kitchen, pantry, bathroom).

Boxes with bathroom items are next to living room boxes are next to...

My predicament got me thinking that I need a plan B.

If the climate here were more temperate, I’d put all my food in storage sheds.

But with 100° plus weather in the summer, that simply isn’t an option.

I don't have a solution yet because I have more important items on my "to do" list like getting my house fully livable again.

But Plan B will be a priority.

Prepare well, my friends.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Stop Being A Prepper

The word “prepper” is tainted.

Think about it dispassionately.

Hollywood has painted preppers with the doomsday, zombie-apocalypse brush strokes of bull excrement.

They portray us as tinfoil-hat crazies or weirdos with some religious death wish or both.

And because people are unsophisticated, this demonization is accepted by the masses as true.

But you knew Hollywood was hardly an outpost for fair treatment.

Hollywood likes making us look crazy.

Then, you start reading prepper blogs and realize just how much negative characterization we do to ourselves. 

The histrionic, apocalyptic, the-sky-is-falling bullshit that practicing preppers put out there is largely crazy talk.

Bloggers are notorious for saying things over and over as if what they put forward is the truth

What they are repeating is only what everyone is saying, but because everyone is saying it, they assume it has to be true.

So they repeat it.

And tell you it's true.

But, just because they say it, that does not make their tales true.

They chum the waters with scary posts about EMP catastrophes, total societal collapse, and unlikely-to-happen nonsense.

The fact is that their tough talk about doomsday fears stem largely from their insecurities that they cannot address, so they address a fake one so as to feel empowered.

I used to fall for that line of rhetoric too until I saw the hypocrisy, that it is.

But then I got wise.

If you follow their twisted illogic, you're doomed to become a prepper zombie like them.

I choose not to.

I prefer the term “everyday ready”.

Because that's more of what I really am.

I'm not some nimrod who plans to bug out to Butt Crack Idaho the minute his nuts itch.

Get real.

It's more important to be ready for everyday types of catastrophes than end-of-time, death fantasies.

Surviving is being able to navigate the unexpected detours in life instead of being paralyzed by them.

Like my recent detour into house flooding.

Prepping...oops...being everyday ready is merely the tool for making navigation doable.

Prepare well, my friends.