If you’ve done any research on disaster prep, you’ve undoubtedly stumbled across JW Rawles’s juggernaut SurvivalBlog. “Oh look,” you might think, “someone helpfully created an Excel spreadsheet with all the stuff I need to buy to get really really prepared…” and then downloaded it, glanced at the 47 tabs exhorting you to collect livestock and industrial quantities of Borax, thought, “WTF?”
Perhaps you stumbled onto one of the more, ahem, bizaare and ranting “Get them emo kids off my lawn!” posts. Maybe you even scrolled down for gems like:
The first 180 days of the collapse will solve many of the problems our country faces. Reality makes no provision for naivete, idealism, weakness, and sensitivity. The SJWs can disrupt a civil and organized society that exists now, but in the dystopian future that is coming – not knowing how to do ANYTHING other than post a photo to Instagram will be fatal. I think the smell will be the worst thing about their education.
They have been subject to Marxist indoctrination and am afraid its not reversible. When there all out of work and the chips are down, these are the types of people who will prey on decent folks. Best to identify early on. Be ready, and God Bless!
The millennial knows no bounds. They have grown up seeing violent activism tolerated, abortion tolerated, gender fluidity tolerated, hate tolerated , crimes by politicians and the elite blatantly tolerated and excused…..even terrorism tolerated along with illegal mass migration into our country.
This inane drivel, this obsession with societal collapse as a filter which will finally punish $bad_thing and set $people_like_me up as heirs of a newer, quieter, purified world drives me absolutely apeshit. Survivalist sites like this distill all the impotent venom of AM radio shock-jocks into its purest psychotic form.
Don’t get me wrong — working-class conservative white guys NEED an echo chamber where they can blow off steam and jerk one another off while fantasizing about gunning down hordes of Antifa and social justice warriors with their black rifles. (Research into whether this behavior encourages or discourages violence is inconclusive…) Welcome to the Internet.
Here’s my concern: one of my colleagues at the office asks me about a bug out bag, I give her some pointers. She goes home and Googles “bug out bag” and approximately 3 minutes later she’s reading something like the extracts above (or worse), closes her browser and throws up her hands.
(It’s kinda like the time my friend Ruth, a 5′ busty Latina, went to the local gun shop for a home defense weapon. She called me later, enraged by the lewdness and condescension she’d encountered — one of the gun store employees told her, “Pretty little thing like you oughtta be scared,” and another offered his private security services: “Well if you took me home I’d be happy to take out the trash.” We went back to the store together and I had a tête-à-tête with the owner, after which Ruth went home smiling with a 20 gauge Remington 870 and the pleasant memory of overhearing the store’s owner laying into his staff like a Marine drill sergeant for a solid 10 minutes before they shuffled over and apologized obsequiously…)
Here’s the thing: I can’t do for you what I did for Ruth. I can’t tell the hateful voices to STFU and just give you the info you’re looking for. I’m sorry.
Here’s what I CAN do:
Stay on mission
Your ONLY job is to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency or disaster. Don’t get distracted. Don’t waste your time arguing about white privilege or institutional racism with an Idaho pig farmer. All you’ll get is angry.
When you’re looking for practical guidance on disaster preparation, the signal-to-noise ratio is VERY low. Don’t waste your bandwidth on bullshit.
Stay on mission.