Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lions and Tigers and Mitt; Oh My!

Migraine headache last night so I am working on about two hours of sleep right now.

Since we are now stuck with Romney, one has to wonder why he is not coming down on the Obama campaign harder than he is now. Clearly it is not for lack of his abysmal performance in the White House. ~PSA time~; I have some advice for those who are considering a career in politics. If someone slams you in an advert and it is not true, please, please do not demand an apology for it. It makes you look childish and ineffectual as a candidate.

I have been thinking about SHTF events and honestly they all scare me. More to the point, the aftermath scenario is going to be a lot worse than what most people think. The short range disasters are not the issue I am talking about any event that would last three or more years. If you live in/near any major population center and cannot move in the first month or so survival is close to impossible for you. Disregard gangs, cannibals, and wild animals from the zoos that are running wild, the diseases are what are going to kill most people. Typhoid, Cholera, Rabies (animals are hungry), Dysentery, Giardiasis, Hepatitis, Plague, Tuberculosis and a few more that I am forgetting.

Of the 311,800,000 people that inhabit the US how many are actually prepared past the event horizon of a black swan event? A million, maybe, so that leaves a population which has not been able to take care itself for at least 70 years or more. Farming will most likely come to a halt as the supplies of fuel are run out. Judging from how most people use their vehicles, they will not have a chance to escape because keeping their vehicle topped off is not a concern for them.

People in rural areas are not immune to this either. Some diseases will make it out to the country side whether it is from a person or an animal. I was reading an article on states that allow exotic animals. Only 13 of them ban people from having exotic animals and seven states only have a partial ban. According to one website the number of large cats possessed by private individuals number in the 7,000 range. Those are just the cats people; now imagine how many bear and wolves are out there.

How many of us have the adequate medical knowledge to treat these diseases and have the medications on had to deal with them? What about the large game that is now tracking you as you travel across the countryside to your bug out locale? Did you pack a large rifle with you to travel with? This is what has been occupying my thoughts of late.

Sorry for the disjointedness, my lack of sleep is catching up with me.

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  1. Even with the lack of sleep and a bad headache you make more sense than others that feel well and are wide awake. Well done.

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  2. I wouldn't be so much afraid of the four footed animals out there. As I would of the two footed ones. And the no see ums of diseases. Medications will only last for so long, before we run out.
    Good post. I have thoughts like these also.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. The two footed creatures are of course going to be the major concern in any SHTF event.

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  3. You mentioned something I've mentioned in a post or two - cannibalism. I think it will be upon us quicker than folks will ever imagine.

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    1. Well the Donner Party is a good case lesson for this and also the Andes Survivors. I would imagine as more palatable food sources dwindle that people would turn to cannibalism to feed themselves. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. From what I see when I go to town, the cannibals will have no shortage of lard if they know how to render it.
      People come unglued if their power is out for 2 days, it won't be pretty.

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    3. There is a lot of truth in what you say. But most people can handle two days, when it gets into the weeks is when civilization starts to shed its veneer in my humble opinion.

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  4. mmasse - sorry for the migraine buddy - i hate them! this post is spot-on and other commenters have already said what i would say. i try hard to only think of these kinds of issues when i am lucid - when you are reeling with a migraine thinking about SHTF really does a number on your head and emotions. buddy, i hope for the best but prepare for the worst. here's really hoping it doesn't come to that. take care of yourself, eh?

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Thanks for the kind words as always.

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