Saturday, August 11, 2012

The end of the world as we know it

Here's my latest WND column entitled The End of the World as We Know It.

Interestingly, the first two people who commented on the article left snarks. One wrote, "How about a little journalism, this is just wild speculation." The other wrote, "Really, really pushing the EMP fear mongering. Please, exercise a bit of subtlety." Thankfully other readers left more intelligent remarks.

One fellow named Rich Kozlovich wrote an interesting piece on the subject on his blog, Paradigms and Demographics.


  1. remeber mechanical advantage.everything from a hand powered apple corer to a wheel gear driven mowing machine[put tarp behind it to gather wheat]. the ability to think things through is what makes us survivors!thanks patrice. delr

  2. There will be enough for most people to survive for a few weeks or month, but ultimately, I can't imagine what will happen when there is no longer food left in the grocery store for them to buy in the cities. I can only invision a calculated last minute panic to use what gas is left in ones tank to reach a destination where there is still food or a chance to grow more food.

    Water will be a huge issue when you can't buy bottled water anymore....especially in areas where the water has been polluted by fracking, mountain top removal, oil pollution or waste from corporate dairies and chicken farms etc.

    Half of California drinks bottled water because the water is so bad. And as we know, one can not live without water. I wonder what all the unregulated corporate polluters will do when there is no one left to buy product and they have to find good drinking water for themselfves.....?? or maybe they have already thought of that and have hoarded it in some pristine place they haven't polluted yet. They have really sucked the life out of this country and will continue to do so as long as there is a dollar to be made......the rest be damned.

    At least the people in the middle ages had good drinking water and real, uncontaminated seed to grow. We won't even have that.......much less a fighting chance to fix the irreversable damage we have done to this planet. Pay back is a bitch.

  3. Quite frankly, I think TEOTWAWKI is actually a fairly low hurdle. For at least the past century, I think for every generation the world has changed so drastically as to be unrecognizable to someone who missed out on the intervening years (e.g. in a coma, marooned, etc.).

  4. Very good. I've lived in near primitive conditions and think that very few people under 50 realize how hard the work is. Even Sunday, the day of rest for all of us Christians, had quite a bit of work before and after services. A few hours of wonderful rest did come but it surely wasn't a whole day.

  5. I see several commented that unless you dry or can meat or build a smoke house overnight you'd loose all the meat. I wish I would see more about this ,but my Grandma told that 100 years ago when they butchered a hog the lard was melted down and the meat was sliced up in serving sizes and browned right then...then layered into a huge earthenware crock with lard between each layer she said it kept just fine till next butchering season..the only problem was you never knew what the next layer was until you got to it ,I imagine a very organized person would have filled the crock with the coming weeks in mind. Was this salted? I don't modern day pigs have enough lard on them to preserve themselves? I do not know. I do know she said everyone did it this way and no one got sick... it seems an important bit of information to me anyway. Karen

  6. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)August 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Just finished reading the comments from your WND column.
    I don't even feel sorry for some of them. How can anyone not want to be prepared for a disaster?? It doesn't have to be from and EMP, it could happen just from a storm. We could live without the gennys after all fuel is gone. Could they? Hordes from the cities won't even make it 20 miles. Most of them would drop from being overweight. The best way to give your children a fighting chance to survive is common sense. Teach them skills so they can pass them on to the next generation. Your family could survive longer than mine with the knowledge you have, but we are learning something new every day. My family is better prepared than all of the people I know. We've learned so much more by moving here than we would ever have if we stayed in the suburbs. The learning curve was not easy by any means, but well worth the effort.
    I hope the WND column will bring more people to read blogs like yours and others. What they can learn could mean the difference between just surviving and being able to flourish.

  7. I'm with Karen above - I haven't found a lot of good info on meat preservation. People talk about hunting and raising livestock but without a freezer....?

  8. I too worry about an EMP attack & I agree with Patrice. I'm not a spring chicken anymore, I don't think I could spend 12 hours in the field producing food for my family. The younger generation has no idea. Its not their fault. They didn't get to listen to our parents & grandparents tell the stories of the great depression, WPA, hunting & fishing for food, it was tough. But some was so poor to begin with, they didn't know there was a depression, hard times. My father bought pigs for .03 cents a pound, hewed railraod ties with a broad-axe all week for a box of shotgun shells. What is the old saying, "Keep your friends close & your enimies closer?" When we push & push our small enimies into a corner, they may grow balls & may come out fighting. They may even get help to put an end to the "Bully" on the block! We had better be prepared.

    What I worry about more is the collapse of the finiance system & the American dollar. I am trying to be prepared, learning, educating myself on tools, gardening & stocking up. All my neighbors are on social security, welfare, or SSI, can you just imagine what they will do if they don't get their government doe? They live meal to meal since their diet is mostly from microwave dinners. No freezer, no pantry, no garden, no work ethics, no work experience, several been on the free lunch since children & raising their children the same, just wall to wall video games. The Federal Reserve says they will keep printing money, thank goodness, it'll keep them off my door-step just a little while longer!

  9. Karyn, canning meats is easy. My wife says only if she knew it was this easy when we were homesteading in the 70's. This summer she has canned beef, deer, & rabbit. And it is gooood! The beef & deer was just cut into chunks, pressure canned in pints. The rabiit was just quartered, left on the bone, pressure canned in quarts. I'll have more rabbits to butcher in November. Deer season is just around the corner. Beef can be bought after holidays cheaper or if you raise a beef, like Patrice, the better. We have our pantry full of canned produce & plan to do the same with what is in the freezer if the power goes out for an extended period. We even purchased a older LP range to can & bake with for extended power failures. No electric cord, no clock, or timer. We have been lucky, no power failures to speak of like our neighbors in Missouri or New England states. We believe it will eventually happen, if we live long enough. I believe refrigeration has benefited mankind more than anything i can think of. WOW, a day without ice?

  10. meat and vegetable preservation seems to have alot of folks confused...all they need to do is go to a book store or a library and read up on it...then purchase the ecquipment they need...pressure canner, water bath canner, dehydrator, jars and lids, the appropriate cook is a real shame that education did away with home economics and shop classes...these are skills that every man and woman should know something about before they ever think of leaving their parents and their homes to be on their own. i have lived in primitive conditions most of my life and still do most everything on the homestead the old fashioned way...electricity is a wonderful convenience and i greatly appreciate it, but can live without it and not really miss it much because i know how to do things without it. sadly, these skills have been forgotten by the last two generations of our population and if they want to survive infrastructure or economic collapse then they would be wise to get themselves informed and ready to do so should the need arise.

  11. I'm aching and shuddering at the mere thought of processing 25 acres of hay BY HAND!! Some non-food-destined beastly help could come in handy - IF they could be trained and IF you had the necessary equipment AND the extra hay to feed THEM...a whole new can of worms.

    I garden my veggie patch by hand on purpose - for the very reason outlined in this article. I want the skills to be able to go on doing it without a hitch if I have to.

    But 25 acres of hay? Just digging out my potatoes is giving me backaches. Aw, man. The horror.

    Just Me

  12. It may well be that epidemic-fat=desperate-anxiety-pushed-far-far-out-of-mind, because when you stop to consider at all, probably more than 99% of people are trapped in the living conditions and places they are -- and those 99% aren't nearly as stupid as preppers are pleased to scoff. *Scared* stupid... and in blank, inexpressible, helpless despair. They know for good and sure that things are changing for the more and more frightening worst. And let's be real. There's nowhere for anyone to run. Because if/when a major break in technology occurs, the landscape everywhere is going to be one of feral psychopathology, schooled on the vicious never-saturated perversions of the web, and not Laura Ingalls Wilder; and ironically, those same preppers are going to be the immediate and most targeted victims of the howling improvident, both for the store of their providence -- and for their very prescience and the animal rage that will provoke in the rampaging mega-majority. 'Killing the messenger' (of bad news) has a long, long history. Patrice is being optimistic in envisioning a medieval culture after any endemic societal breakdown: stone age tribes will be more sophisticated than any remnants of Western societies. Best off will be those who are worst off now -- peons in Third World countries the planet's best and brightest. Grunt. Grunt, grunt.