Thursday, January 26, 2012

When a Man's Home is His Castle

This is pretty cool if you haven't seen it:
A house that transforms into a fortress.*
Supposedly this is in South Africa. But from what I am reading on the fetid surf of the interwebs there's a lot of this going on.

2011 was a record year for gun sales. Sure, a lot of idiots think Obama is coming to take your guns. I like to remind them that the only President that has disarmed the American public was George W. Bush in Hurricane Katrina. In fact, Bush sent Mercenaries from private security firms into New Orleans to confiscate guns.

But ordinary families all around the U.S. are laying in extra food, water, alcohol, medical supplies and ammunition.
Is it the "End of the world as we know it?"
No, Maya mind, it's not the 2012 global apocalypse. But it's also not the false prediction of a technological breakdown of Y2K (If you're old enough to remember the year 2000 and the panic).

I too am stocking up. We are well positioned for an economic crash. We live in a remote island community with plenty of farmland and natural resources. Despite the long supply chain for products like gasoline and hardware, everything we need is within walking distance.
While the U.S. appears to have weathered the "Great Bank Robbery" perpetrated by Wall Street and investment houses in London, the other shoe is about to drop. Sometime in March we will find out if Greece defaults on the Debt that was loaded on it by slimeball traders with credit default swaps and bad paper.
Next comes Italy, Spain Portugal...

Here's a snip from "The Economic Collapse" Blog:

Investor George Soros:“I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career,” Soros tells Newsweek. “We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse. The best-case scenario is a deflationary environment. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system.”

International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde:
"Once again, the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, has made a speech in which she openly warned that we are heading for a repeat of the "1930s".
She told an audience in Berlin on Monday that the globe is facing "a 1930s moment, in which inaction, insularity and rigid ideology combine to cause a collapse in global demand".
During the speech she called for a trillion more dollars to support financially troubled governments, and she made the following statement....

"It is not about saving any one country or region. It is about saving the world from a downward economic spiral."

So while the fantasy fortress in the above photos may be a little extreme, the purpose and intent is not lost on the folks that read Dojo Rat...

Further reading:

Survival Blog

The Economic Collapse Blog

And This Article


Anonymous said...

I'm sort of in-between when it comes to prepping. I'm in the middle of a major city without land and without family. Bad.

However, I have food and water purification for two weeks, in the event of a major disaster which empties the supermarket shelves and/or contaminates the water supply (blizard, flood, tornado, etc.). Good.

Frankly, though, if the fit hits the shan, I'm toast and I know it, but I won't be dragging anyone else down with me. Ah, well.

Dojo Rat said...

Hey, you are more prepared than most it sounds like,
stay tuned, I may have a follow-up...

Erik the Strange said...

Have you learned to brew your own alcohol yet?

Dojo Rat said...

We made some killer plum wine one year. It was very, very easy and strong!
Also, I have a natural fermentation method for hard apple cider, I'll post a recipe!

Bob said...

Do post the recipe. Home brewing is on my list of things to learn/try. As to a collapse, well, if it all goes to shit I may have to rent a cabin from you!

Anonymous said...

if u need some space storage just let me know.