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  • Ponce
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    Just got back from CosCo where I spended about $500.00 on more food... that should give me another three guaranteed months of energy.

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  • methusaleh
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    Triple redundancy, now there's someone speaking my language!! I was taught the same way, and thankfully did not have to learn a lesson the hard way (yet).

    As for other things you mentioned...a wise person will have plenty of NBC detection/protection/decontamination equipment on hand, and will know how to use it....those of you who know me outside the forum know where/why I stand on that issue ;)

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  • Ponce
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    My most favorite game is "What if"......I do this at night while falling asleep, I think of what I do everyday or what part of the house could break down and then the next day I go out and buy it.

    I usually have at least three of everything..........like EIGHT nine volt drills or three preassure cookers.........to tell you the truth I have been buying stuff now for many years and when ever I go to the store I wonder if I have this or that and I end up buying it anyway so that I end up with many of something or another........better to have it and not needed than to need it and not have it.

    I even have protective gas masks, geiger conters, docimeters with charger, night vision, big ears and on and on and on.........

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  • methusaleh
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    Originally posted by Ponce View Post
    Part of my preparations are 60 pairs of socks (WalMart 10 pairs for $6.00) and 50 underwears (WalMart 8 for $5.00)......I bought all this three years ago so that the prices could be at this time more.

    Remember that most of our clothing are coming from overseas and that as soon as there are no dollars there will be no clothing......or, if there is it will be at a very high price.

    Makes plans today for tomorrow there could be nothing to make plans with.
    AMEN!! Ponce I missed your arrival here but I must say it is great to see someone else who has "been there, done that" as you have.

    I know I once wrote a post somewhere on here, but Ponce brings it up again, and I will reiterate...

    Think SPARES, SPARES, and more SPARES!!! Because someday you may not be able to go to your local superstore and purchase parts for Machine X. You may not be able to find sturdy hiking shoes. You may not be able to find first aid supplies.

    The difference between the "haves" and "have nots" will indeed be the difference between life and death. This isn't mass commercial consumerism folks, I am not talking about having the latest plasma TV or video game system, this is REALITY, which will be measured by those who can survive against all odds. Materialism and "keeping up with the Joneses" is irrelevant-- utilitarian purposes rule.

    Those who have access to, and methods to store, clean water, will be the "coolest" people, and will live. Those who spent their time and money on Coach purses, expensive dress shoes, and stupid electronic toys, will be the ones either laying dead or reduced to begging and destitution.

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  • ashelocoa
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    Mental preperation

    I largely study 18th century American frontier. I used to be into survival and preperation, but my interest in history has caused me to vere course. Preperation is fine, storing/hoarding is fine, but who can hoard seventyfive years of food/clothing/etc? Skills and knowledge are are valuable as any gun/knife/tool, and probably more so. I've been teaching myself, and when possible being instructed, on all manner of primitive skills: leatherworking, tanning, woodworking(both finish, from the log, and everything in between), food gathering/raising/storing, metal working/blacksmithing, gunsmithing, archery(making bows and arrows), sewing, lead casting and handloading, cooking with a variety of methods, and my wife(who crochets) is beginning to take steps towards spinning. I've been in agriculture most of my life but hopefully we aren't headed into the spinning and sheep raising too late.:o There is LOTS of literature in books and online that should be gathered for the coming storm.

    While I agree we will be feeling this for a long time, I would advise gathering knowledge. Practice as much of it as you reasonably can, and reread and reread and discuss with others so that this knowledge and these skills are with you at the front of your mind! This is STILL a rich land that provided our ancestors with enough material wealth to thrive. The Indians, although excellant hunters and fishers, aquired most of their meat by trapping and mass drives into pounds where they were killed en masse. Stones are still standing in rivers in arrowhead formations where the Indians could more easily catch fish. Although firearms are nice, frontiersman frequently travered hostile countryside with little or nothing to protect them. One trapper had the mainspring of his rifle break and replaced it by layering goose quills into the crook of the broken spring. The quills pushed against the tumbler. It worked so well when he got back to the fort he decided to forgo the gunsmith and used it like that the rest of his life!:cool:

    Anyone with the skills to meet our changeing situation are going to have something to barter. People will need help with any number of things and a person with the right skills may just end up aquiring all the materials they need by bartering their abilities. :)

    Just my long winded 2 cents...keep your pwoder dry!

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  • Ponce
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    For me it takes therty days to get a visa to go to Cuba, if you are a born "gringo" you can go the same day with no problems...... they will even give you a piece of paper so that nothing will show in your passport.

    Those hand held strease release squeezee balls? a balloon with stuff inside and with the end tied in a knot and cut off? .........that was my idea, came up with the idea back in 92 and I gave myself 10-12 years to make X ammount of money...well, I made it in only six and retired........and just in time bacause by that time they started to come in from China and Taiwan.........

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  • prkchp76
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    pm me if you would not trying to display your buisness was just curious

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  • Ponce
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    You got it Proffet........last January I recieved a picture of my dad in Cuba who is 97 and he was so cold that he had a towell wrapped around his head... soooooooooo........a couple of weeks ago I sent him two winter caps, a pair of winter gloves, one set of pajama for winter and one for summer, three pairs of shorts and three pair of socks..........spoke with him today and he got them yesterday and he is jumping with joy.

    Part of my preparations are 60 pairs of socks (WalMart 10 pairs for $6.00) and 50 underwears (WalMart 8 for $5.00)......I bought all this three years ago so that the prices could be at this time more.

    Remember that most of our clothing are coming from overseas and that as soon as there are no dollars there will be no clothing......or, if there is it will be at a very high price.

    Makes plans today for tomorrow there could be nothing to make plans with.

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  • prkchp76
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    good post with intresting points only question i have to ask is how did you get in and out of cuba so many time just wondering

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  • Proffet
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    A lot to think about

    I had to print this out to show some friends. Thank you for posting this! Now I know what I can do with the clothes I don't wear anymore. I was going to give them to this thrift store in town but they don't take up that much room so i'm going to keep them bagged up now.

    You brought up a lot of great points and it's scary but I needed to know about it too.

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  • Ponce
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    One of my sayings goes........"No Export = No Recovery"... Ponce

    The US government is like bank's customer that keeps on writing checks without putting anything in his account.......those who are billionairs didn't do it by trading among themselves but by "OPM" or Other Peoples Money... at this time we export almost nothing and have even sent overseas whole factories needed to make such good...........it will be MANY REARS before we are able to recover, if ever.

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  • Skyowl's Wife
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    Any of you watch Glen Beck? His last Thursday show gave me chills because it drew together all the pieces I've accumulated over the last year.

    I wondered what the purpose of collapsing the country was - because everything BO is doing is aimed at that. Then I discovered the Cloward-Piven strategy. The goal IS to collapse us. But what then? Guess I'm too logical, I couldn't figure out what they'd have left, but rubble, figuratively speaking, and what good would that be?

    Glenn pointed out all that coal they aren't allowing us to dig and all that oil we aren't allowed to drill - THAT is what they'll use to buy off China, who holds most of our debt.

    They'll inflate the currency to the point that the country is out of debt, taking all of us down along the way, then introduce new currency, using our resources to fund themselves. WE will have nothing EXCEPT the government. WE will be slaves to this government AND China.

    Ponce's years may be accurate unless we end up in a scenario like presented in the book The Patriots, in which case we'll still have a shooting war against both the resultant government AND China. In either case, we are in for a long haul.

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  • Ponce
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    Well Troy I have been on vacation in the US for the past 57 years but went to Cuba many times to see my dad and I could see what was going on.

    Nothing like walking on the streets and to look down to see the skin of a cat with the head still attached to it.......saw it three times.

    The main thing to buy now, besides food, is things that are now coming from foreign countries or things one of this days will be no more....underwear, socks, shooes and boots, general clothing, toilet paper, paint, roofing material,cement, hardware, ammo, matches, loundry line with holders, soap (body and loundry), medical (aspirin and so on), cooking oil, powdered milk, peanut butter (lot of calories and will last), coffee...........and on and on.

    In the future those who travel selling things will make a good living..... but first you must find it or already have it at hand.

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  • HileTroy
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    Wonderful insight Ponce. Always interesting to listen to the wisdom of folks that have came to this country from repressive places. They always seem to say that we are following the road to hell in the states now. Some people don't learn from history.

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  • Ponce
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    In Cuba those who work for themselves are the ones who always have food at their table........no matter what you do or sell.

    The people next to my dad's house have a 32" tv and every night they show a current movie that their people take to them when ever they come in from the states........they charge fifty cents per head, another one rent them out for two bucks and also books for twenty five cents per day.

    I for one as an machinest from 25 years ago just got myself a new metal engine lathe for "just in case", I don't have to work in order to survive but I always have a plan behind the plan behind the plan.......with my ultimate plan being a small farm in Argentina.

    About "recovering", ten years no way, twenty years only by luck......you must know, as I do, that China will be the next super power so that we must be ready for that.......I keep telling everyone "Learn Spanish and Chinese and be sure to buy water stocks".........I say that the next war will be for water and not for oil as proven when the state of Israel invaded Lebanon.

    "To be ready is not"... Ponce..........I like to say that because no matter what you do there is always something else that you can do.

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