Your Skills- Get Some

*Survival thoughts

Our modern society is highly dependent upon we’ll call the “system.” Not only do we rely upon utility services to bring us electricity, water and natural gas, but also on an incredibly complex supply chain which provides us with everything from food to computers. Without that supply chain, most of us wouldn’t know what to do.

This situation is becoming worse, rather than better. When I compare my generation to that of my children, I see some striking differences. For my generation, it was normal for a boy to grow up learning how to do a wide variety of trade skills from his father, and seemingly everyone knew how to do basic carpentry and mechanic work. But that’s no longer normal.

If we extrapolate it back, we can see that my father’s generation knew even more – and my grandparent’s generation even more. Those older generations were much more closely tied to the roots of an agricultural society, where people were self-reliant. There are multiple skills they had which modern society no longer considers necessary.

But if we were to have a breakdown in society, those skills which we never bothered to learn would become essential. Those who don’t know these skills would either learn or die.

Our last Afternoon Alert discussed some of these essential but forgotten skills, and we’ll describe a few more here.

Tanning hides isn’t too difficult, but there is certainly a learning curve. Learning how to scrape away the fat on the hide without tearing it will ensure every hide you harvest will be in good shape. Hides can be used in your own home, shelter, as clothing, or for barter.

Gunsmithing is a skill that will not only ensure your guns are kept in good working order, but could also become your trade in a post-collapse world. Learn the inner workings of various types of guns and what it takes to repair them.

Construction knowledge including how to frame a house or build log cabins will be very useful. Very few people know how to make a home that is structurally sound. You’ll want to know how to make trusses, how to make foundations from stones, and the best kinds of wood to use.

Gardening is something many people dabble in, but you need to have a very firm grasp on how to till fields, when to plant, how to combat plant diseases, and when to harvest.

Gardening will be one of the main food sources after TEOTWAWKI and you won’t have time to practice when your life depends on it. You need to learn how to grow in bulk and how to raise crops you wouldn’t typically grow like wheat, oats, and pinto beans.

Food preservation without the luxury of electricity is going to be a necessity. You need to learn how to build a solar dehydrator and how to preserve meat to store for months at a time without putting it in a freezer or refrigerator. Learn how to make a smoker to preserve the meat you harvest as well.

 

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Derek P.

Thanks Derek

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‘Chance Favors the Prepared Mind’

-Louis Pasteur

Future Provisions

*Survival knowledge

One of the main reasons for studying how people survive, whether economically or physically, is to find lessons we can apply to our own lives and circumstances. For many years, economists have been predicting an economic collapse here in America. If you are one of the 93+ million Americans who are out of work, your own personal economy has already collapsed.

Now it’s time to consider how you will earn money, whether you are currently out of work. In the days of the Great Depression, it was common for grocers and landlords to provide credit to their customers. Today? That would be a rare occurrence.

Our ancestors would be sad to see their children (us) toiling over these uncertain times. This was suppose to be a land of freedom and a new start. What happened?

From the Depression, there is an abundance of stories of neighbors and church families showing up at the door, laden with bags and boxes of food for a needy family(this act of kindness now is becoming illegal in many cities). When a desperate mom was asked by her child, “Mama, what’s for dinner tonight?”, the response was, “Whatever the neighbors decide to bring us!” I wish I could imagine that happening today, but our communities and families have become so fractured over the past few decades it would be a rare event.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Great Depression is the ingenuity of the Americans who lived through those tough times. Many continued to find ways to earn money, even when their own circumstances were dire.

To earn money, people made homemade fudge, pies and bread and sold them. Eggs could be sold for 25 cents a dozen. If a family lived near water, they could catch and sell fish, clams and crabs(this act too is becoming more and more strict). Some families grew, picked, and sold homegrown produce, and some even started lunch truck wagons (regulation of growers are also under attack).

You could also earn money selling newspapers on the corner(almost a thing of the past). Kids earned a little extra if they were promoted to “Corner Captain”, a sort of Great Depression multi-level marketing program where a kid brought in other kids to sell papers and earned a bit extra himself(no loitering now!). Odd jobs were also a popular way of making money, washing windows, loading coal, even sewing and altering clothes(days of money under the table are wearing thin).

In every case, it was a simple matter of looking around to see what people needed, what they wanted, what made them feel good about themselves and about life.

So, what skills do you have that might offer a service during a severe economic downturn? What knowledge do you have that would be helpful, even vital, to others? What products can you produce? What skills can you teach?

Ingenuity is something which can never be stolen by thieves, confiscated by a government, or lost to flood or fire. It is possible to survive during even a newer Great Depression and there is plenty to learn from those who lived through the last one.

Find a book, read, use the internet, take notes, watch videos from people who know, from those who’ve done it. Knowledge is a good thing if used to help others. And there are plenty out there who need help.

We are all in this (and will be in the future) together; let’s help one another keep going when the SHTF!

*Thanks in more part to :Frank M.

 

Maybe You Can Relate

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Over the last 10 years I have come to learn more than I would have ever imagined about people that I never thought would be friends or acquaintances of mine. I’ve also come to learn that friendships don’t last forever and over time you realize who your real, true friends are.

In all honesty, I’m not proud to say nor ashamed to admit, I really don’t have any friends- it’s hard to find people who are on the same pages as yourself. Oh it’s cool to be different but I prefer to hang with those that think and believe as I do, don’t you? I mean, how can two walk together unless they are agreed? Whatever happened to that moral ideal?

And, I’ve also come to learn who I can and cannot rely on, who I can and cannot trust, who I enjoy and who I don’t enjoy.

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The last several years have also taught me more about myself and which way the world is headed; oh I knew already, but to see it unfold as you have believed- well, I’m not even sure it’s stunning. Is that deep? Honestly, I didn’t think I was that “deep”. However, if you talk to my you might hear him say “He was a bit extreme in some areas.”

I’ve learned that I really don’t like tomato soup; unless it’s with a grilled cheese sandwich- yet I still love to eat raw tomatoes. I’ve learned that even though the color of my hair changes, who and what I am does not. I’ve learned that to succeed you must fail. Quite frankly, I’ve learned a large amount of distinct and different aspects of my life, myself and and those that pretended to be friends, and not very good ones at that.

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So, over the last few weeks I was contemplating making a change in my life. Not a simple change of sleeping habits or morning routine; a change that would effect everything I do on a day-to-day basis. I thought about it silently for several days. I wanted to make sure that if I were to make the change that I could deal with it, enjoy it, and moreover benefit from that important change.

Then, after several more days of inner-self debate I read a quote right here on the web that inspired me to come to my decision. I interpreted the quote as saying, “If you don’t ever change, you don’t ever grow.” Of course, some of us have changed; and not for the better.

It may seem obvious to you as to what choice I took, and for those of you who guessed that I am making the choice to move, you are right! I may have many new opportunities waiting for me in the future, along with possible new relationships and the excitement of a fresh start with my wife. I couldn’t be happier and I think she will be too.

My question is, where to move? Stay in the USA, or go where I can truly live free; ever how long that will be; watching America burn from a distance? Hmmm. Stay, in one place or another and instead of picketing, protesting, etc. Fight with full guns blazing, for freedom, for the future.

What future? Aside from the Lord returning, there really is no “great” future for anyone. And the more I ponder, and watch the lies and deceit of once was a fairly nice place to live; I realize it’s not the same. Was it ever?

As an inspirational thought:

I’ll leave you with this final thought:

The only boat that doesn’t rock is the boat that isn’t headed anywhere. In order to continue to grow as an individual, you need to change your surroundings once in awhile. I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life and hopefully you’ll all follow me along for the ride! I’ll keep you posted.

Credit: Keep You Guessing

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