I’m not sure how I feel about that particular made up word. It sounds like some ice cream containing hay. Anyway, this piece on the Wall Street Journal is as interesting as it is true.
Before his family moved to rural Clatskanie, Ore., Mr. Wiles says he was a classic “urban liberal” dweller, frequenting microbreweries, coffee shops and bookstores. Now his family lives on five acres where, in addition to horses, they also own goats and turkeys, among other animals.
He and his wife run an employment-services company for people with disabilities. One travels 60 miles to Portland several times a week for business; otherwise, they work from home. Mr. Wiles has learned to operate a compact tractor and built a horse shed, and he has acquired several guns. “Look, we’re not survivalists and storing powdered milk or anything like that, but if the s—- hits the fan, I can grow all the food I want and take care of my family,” he says. “It’s liberating.”
Yup. And this sort of view point shouldn’t be looked upon as strange or alarming. A guy wanting to take care of his family by setting up supplemental and backup systems of support, such as food production. This is a good thing, for both that family and for the country. Still, I think his comment is pretty funny. Oh my! You’re one of those powdered milk storing survivalists! Apparently the amount of powdered dairy one has is inversely proportionate to their sanity level.
I saw this over at Breitbart.com today, and had to post it. I’m still wary about the term “survivalist” being used in this context, but what they hey. It’s a reasonably fair handed article, I guess. The important thing to point out here is that people aren’t stocking up — for the most part — because they believe that the U.N. are going to come and take their guns away in black helicopters. It’s because they believe that it wouldn’t take much to cause their families to go hungry if they aren’t prepared. That doesn’t necessarily mean some huge economic breakdown: it could just mean a lay off at their job. Hardly crazy. It could mean a state enforced pandemic lockdown in your house. Not looney in the least.
I’d say that people that only have a couple days of food in their fridge with a whole family depending on them as crazy. Not the folks described in this article.
Great little story about a family pushed by increasing economic challenges to make some radical changes to their lives to live more self-sufficiently. Here’s the thing: even if the really bad predictions that you sometimes hear from the doomsayers only have a 5% chance of coming true, isn’t it wise to do some preparations for it? You know, just in case? These people aren’t about stockpiling guns and bullets and living in the mountains in a compound — they’re just about lessening the utter reliance upon the extremely interconnected system most of Americans find themselves having. That’s a great thing, in my book.
When the economy started to squeeze the Wojtowicz family, they gave up vacation cruises, restaurant meals, new clothes and high-tech toys to become 21st-century homesteaders.
Economic survivalists take root – USATODAY.com
My family and I have been taking preparedness more seriously of late. Stocking food, supplies, and starting to learn skills that may be useful if things go bad for us, Portland, the US, the world. It’s incredible that there are people that scoff at such activities, as if they were completely unnecessary. There’s a whole series of events and/or situations that could happen that would make it difficult to take care of yourself and your family for a period of time. Terrorist attack? Pandemic? Hyperinflation? All possible. With our just-in-time food delivery systems, it doesn’t take much to empty shelves at Fred Meyer.
Now, thanks to the New Scientist, we have something else to worry about: space storms, or coronal mass ejections.
IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power.
A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation’s infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, China and Japan are also struggling to recover from the same fateful event – a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun.
Wonderful, he said sarcastically. File this under, “Yet another reason to take preparedness seriously, not not to depend on Fred Meyer or the United States Government in times of crisis.”