“That’s the thing about the collapse of civilization, Blake. It never happens according to plan – there’s no slavering horde of zombies. No actinic flash of thermonuclear war. No Earth-shuddering asteroid. The end comes in unforeseen ways; the stock market collapses, and then the banks, and then there is no food in the supermarkets, or the communications system goes down completely and inevitably, and previously amiable co-workers find themselves wrestling over the last remaining cookie that someone brought in before all the madness began.”― Mark A. Rayner, The Fridgularity
This program premiered on History Channel this week. It pairs up scientists and theologians and takes another look at Revelation. It very much appealed to me because I have trouble accepting things I can't understand. I take nothing "on faith".
The show takes John of Patmos, and matches up his ideas with things in the physical world that could actually bring them about. Two hours long, very well done and extremely interesting. I called my brother in Oregon so he would be able to enjoy it. He's not as interested in survivalism as I am and tends to look at speculation over the future as a waste of time. Even he thought this was a well put together product that was worth the time to watch it.
I've significantly increased all the outdoor animals food rations. Instead of the normal dry dog food mixed with table scraps, the dogs now get their dry dog food, mixed with canned Alpo, and a big hunk of hog jowls to boot. I spent more on animal feed this week than I did on myself and the wife.
The cats get their dry food mixed with canned Alpo as well. They don't seem to mind the label on the can pictures a dog. They like the big chunks.
The chickens get double rations of cracked corn in winter.
My ferrets don't feel the winter, but since I have been able to acquire the protein and vitamin paste they like so much at less than half what I was paying previously at a pet store, I am somewhat more extravagant in doling it out. It's one of their favorite foods. Thanks to those who sent me links to different on line sources, I have saved a great deal of money.
People email me and tell me I worry too much about the immigrant thing. They say those folks will never be near me anyhow. But they might be near my daughter. And you have to remember, I've seen these people before, up close and personal. I know I run the risk of being mocked as the caricatured "old soldier" boring people with tales from the past, but I spent enough time in Lebanon to get a good feel for the middle eastern Islamic Culture. Most people just have no idea. No idea at all......
The curse of Americans is that they think everybody out there in the wide world is like them. They aren't.
Well, OK. Maybe I do harp on it and bore people. That's not my intent.
What is happening on a lot of different fronts worries me considerably, not so much for myself at my age. More for my kids. They are young adults and will have to live in the "Mad Max" environment the country and the world seem to be turning into.
So many Americans appear to me to be like the Romans after Adrianople. The Empire was finished, and they didn't even know it. Just carried on as normal until the "immigrants" swept them away.
We are supposed to have snow coming in early Friday morning, just after midnight on Thursday. I'm ready for it. Plenty of coffee, plenty of firewood, and I even splurged and bought a big bag of the expensive burritos I usually eschew in favor of the cheaper ones that cost a third as much. I'm spoiling myself.
I also went over budget and ordered $200 worth of ammunition from Sportsmans Guide. Even paid the $29.00 membership fee for their discount club. This was not for me, it's all going to the kids up in the Northern city where they live. Seeing those videos on those European blogs motivated me to fill in some gaps in their preparations, though they did not leave here with a cubic inch of space unfilled in the Commander.Their mother and I made sure of that. Not many gaps to fill.
I left all the security lights off tonight. Even those on the porch. Though I use red lights that work with night vision devices but don't produce much visible light, sometimes I just like to see the stars with no interference. It's pitch black out there. The wind is still blowing, it hasn't let up for days. The creek is roaring, getting a lot of extra water from the storms that hasn't drained off yet. No other sounds. Peaceful up here.
"It should be the duty of every soldier to reflect on the experiences of the past, in the endeavor to discover improvements, in his particular sphere of action, which are practicable in the immediate future."
B. H. Liddell Hart
I was a Marine but perhaps the old General would forgive me using this quote.