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Mountain Lion attacks six year old; Dad stabs it with pocket knife: this, my friends, is fucking survival….and one of the many reasons I always carry one or more knives.

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(CNN) — The unexplained beachings of scores of dolphins over the past month along Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is the largest “single-species event” of its kind on record in the northeastern United States, a marine mammal specialist said Monday.
A total of 129 common dolphins have been found since the animals began stranding themselves in early January, said Katie Moore, marine mammal rescue and research manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Could you survive an extreme weather disaster?

This is CNN telling us to prep for disasters….featured story on the front page right now.  heh heh 

Atlanta (CNN)Ranee Roberts feels lucky to have survived the impact of a tornado that hit her Alabama convenience store in April. “Before the twister hit, I sent a last text to say ‘I love you’ to my best friend, and then the building began to come apart around me,” said the 34-year-old from Henagar.

Roberts said she knew only about two minutes before impact that the twister was heading toward her store. The tornado was rated an EF-4, with estimated winds peaking at 175 mph. “There was no time for preparations, only prayer,” she said. “I felt utterly hopeless thinking I might be spending my last moments on Earth curled up on the stockroom floor.”

Looking back, she was ill-prepared for the storm and its aftermath. She felt that she got off extremely lucky walking away with “just a few scratches” to her body.

She learned from her harrowing experience to keep a first-aid kit, flashlight, bicycle helmet, battery-powered radio, power generator and Meals Ready to Eat in her storm closet.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a record 14 weather and climate disasters in 2011 caused $1 billion or more in damage, including the Alabama tornado that Roberts survived. At least 669 people died in these storms and thousands were injured.

"In my four decades of tracking weather, I have never seen extreme weather like we had in 2011," said Jack Hayes, NOAA’s assistant administrator for weather services and the National Weather Service director.

Although no two years are alike, Hayes said, it’s important for Americans to be prepared for the worst. “The U.S. population has almost doubled since 1954, and trends such as urban sprawl and conversion of rural land to suburban landscapes increase the likelihood a tornado will impact densely populated areas,” he said.

"We have also become more vulnerable to coastal storms and hurricanes as more people are living in coastal areas." Hayes said the 2011 Southern drought and floods across the northern U.S. represent the extreme temperature and precipitation swings that climate scientists project will become more common amid a warming climate.

"You’ve got to be proactive in preparing for extreme weather," she said. "An extreme weather condition, like the tornado I experienced, doesn’t care if you are rich, poor, young or old," said Roberts. "What does matter is how prepared you are and how quickly you react when time is of the essence."

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Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization’s collapse

From Reuters: Original link

When Patty Tegeler looks out the window of her home overlooking the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, she sees trouble on the horizon.

"In an instant, anything can happen," she told Reuters. "And I firmly believe that you have to be prepared."

Tegeler is among a growing subculture of Americans who refer to themselves informally as “preppers.” Some are driven by a fear of imminent societal collapse, others are worried about terrorism, and many have a vague concern that an escalating series of natural disasters is leading to some type of environmental cataclysm.

They are following in the footsteps of hippies in the 1960s who set up communes to separate themselves from what they saw as a materialistic society, and the survivalists in the 1990s who were hoping to escape the dictates of what they perceived as an increasingly secular and oppressive government.

Preppers, though are, worried about no government.

Tegeler, 57, has turned her home in rural Virginia into a “survival center,” complete with a large generator, portable heaters, water tanks, and a two-year supply of freeze-dried food that her sister recently gave her as a birthday present. She says that in case of emergency, she could survive indefinitely in her home. And she thinks that emergency could come soon.

"I think this economy is about to fall apart," she said.

A wide range of vendors market products to preppers, mainly online. They sell everything from water tanks to guns to survival skills.

Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck seems to preach preppers’ message when he tells listeners: “It’s never too late to prepare for the end of the world as we know it.”

"Unfortunately, given the increasing complexity and fragility of our modern technological society, the chances of a societal collapse are increasing year after year," said author James Wesley Rawles, whose Survival Blog is considered the guiding light of the prepper movement.

A former Army intelligence officer, Rawles has written fiction and non-fiction books on end-of-civilization topics, including “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It,” which is also known as the preppers’ Bible.

"We could see a cascade of higher interest rates, margin calls, stock market collapses, bank runs, currency revaluations, mass street protests, and riots," he told Reuters. "The worst-case end result would be a Third World War, mass inflation, currency collapses, and long term power grid failures."

A sense of “suffering and being afraid” is usually at the root of this kind of thinking, according to Cathy Gutierrez, an expert on end-times beliefs at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Such feelings are not unnatural in a time of economic recession and concerns about a growing national debt, she said.

"With our current dependence on things from the electric grid to the Internet, things that people have absolutely no control over, there is a feeling that a collapse scenario can easily emerge, with a belief that the end is coming, and it is all out of the individual’s control," she told Reuters.

She compared the major technological developments of the past decade to the Industrial Revolution of the 1830s and 1840s, which led to the growth of the Millerites, the 19th-Century equivalent of the preppers. Followers of charismatic preacher Joseph Miller, many sold everything and gathered in 1844 for what they believed would be the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Many of today’s preppers receive inspiration from the Internet, devouring information posted on websites like that run by attorney Michael T. Snider, who writes The Economic Collapse blog out of his home in northern Idaho.

"Modern preppers are much different from the survivalists of the old days," he said. "You could be living next door to a prepper and never even know it. Many suburbanites are turning spare rooms into food pantries and are going for survival training on the weekends."

Like other preppers, Snider is worried about the end of a functioning U.S. economy. He points out that tens of millions of Americans are on food stamps and that many U.S. children are living in poverty.

"Most people have a gut feeling that something has gone terribly wrong, but that doesn’t mean that they understand what is happening," he said. "A lot of Americans sense that a massive economic storm is coming and they want to be prepared for it."

So, assuming there is no collapse of society — which the preppers call “uncivilization” — what is the future of the preppers?

Gutierrez said that unlike the Millerites — or followers of radio preacher Harold Camping, who predicted the world would end last year — preppers are not setting a date for the coming destruction. The Mayan Calendar predicts doom this December.

"The minute you set a date, you are courting disconfirmation," she said.

Tegeler, who recalls being hit by tornadoes and floods in her southwestern Virginia home, said that none of her “survival center” products will go to waste.

"I think it’s silly not to be prepared," she said. "After all, anything can happen."

(Reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio; Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Greg McCune)


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Pattern Recognition: Biological Threat Round-up - June 1, 2011

I’ve been meaning to start listing on-going bacterial, viral, and pandemic types of threats.  I see them as one of several types of Mother Nature’s tools for population control.  These are lower probability threats in the US, but I like to watch them in case something ever gets out of control. Anyway, here are the more interesting news stories happening right now.

Deadly E. coli outbreak - rare strain plagues Europe - June 2, 2011

London – An entirely new super-toxic bug is causing the frightening food poisoning outbreak that has sickened at least 1600 people and killed 18, researchers and global health officials said today.

Cows, People infected with new strain of MRSA - June 2, 2011

Scientists say a new strain of antibiotic-resistant staph has been identified in humans and fresh, unpasteurized cow’s milk in Europe, although it’s not known how widespread or virulent it is.  A bigger concern, according to their study, is that a newer test may miss this strain of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

Dr. Gregory Moran, a clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine who is not affiliated with the study said “There is nothing to suggest that this is some new, extra dangerous strain that will spread further and take over from the MRSA that we already have.”

MRSA infections plague Providence infant care unit - June 2, 2011

Providence Alaska Medical Center is dealing with a serious outbreak of a drug-resistant staph infection among some of its most vulnerable patients, babies in the newborn intensive care unit.

Fourteen babies since March have contracted mild to moderate infections caused by MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a state health department epidemiologist said Wednesday.

Seventeen other infants have been found carrying the bacteria on their skin or noses, but did not get sick from it, said Kim Porter, a state epidemiology expert.

MRSA “superbug” found in meat in Detroit supermarkets - May 13, 2011

Now, drug-resistant superbugs are showing up in supermarket meat. Raw beef, chicken and turkey from Detroit grocery stores contained methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a sinister strain of bacteria that doesn’t respond to typical antibiotics, researchers reported Wednesday.

Canadian who has never traveled to India has Indian “superbug” - June 1 2011

NEW DELHI: NDM-1, the enzyme associated with extensive antibiotic resistance that was found in India last year, has jumped to new bacteria strains and infected a Canadian, who had no travel history to India.

For the first time, scientists in Canada have reported local acquisition of an organism producing NDM-1 in Ontario, Canada. NDM-1 has been found in bacterial species other than E coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

The findings are in tune with a TOI report a few weeks ago that had pointed out about NDM-1 gene, which has been jumping between various species of bacteria at a “superfast speed.”

Ugandan Ebola outbreak in May - May 15, 2011

The Ministry of health yesterday confirmed a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in the country. Test results from the Uganda Virus Research Institute indicate that a 12 year-old girl from Zirowe Sub County in Luwero district died from the deadly disease on May 6 at Bombo Military hospital.

“Laboratory investigations confirmed Ebola to be the cause of death and illness. So far about 30 people who had contact with the girl including the health workers are being monitored,”said Dr Anthony Mbonye, the head of the Ebola task force.

SLC measles outbreak contained in May - May 15, 2011

(Salt Lake County) -The Salt Lake Valley Health Department (SLVHD) announced today that there have been no new confirmed measles cases in Salt Lake County in 28 days, indicating that the county is no longer experiencing a measles outbreak. The outbreak ends with a total of 9 confirmed cases requiring 3,000 health department staff hours and a not-yet-final cost of $130,246.00

US part of growing spread of measles outbreak - May 15, 2011

Following large outbreaks of measles in Europe as well as in a growing number of countries around the world, cases are now appearing across the United States. Over the past year, a dramatic increase has been seen in the number of measles cases in such countries as France, Germany, Belgium, Romania, and the UK, and now several American states are reporting an increase in the number of cases as well.

Normally, only about 50 cases of measles occur within the U.S. each year. However, since the beginning of 2011, a total of 98 cases have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of cases reported have been caused by unvaccinated people traveling to countries where large outbreaks exist.

Oyster Outbreak a first in US for mild strain of cholera - May 12, 2011

The raw Florida oysters that sickened at least 11 people during March and April were contaminated with an unusual but mild strain of cholera. ”This is the first outbreak of illness from this strain of cholera in Florida, and we have yet to be able to find any other cases in the United States,” said Sterling Ivey, spokesman with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

Antibiotics in animal feed encourages emergence of resistant “superbugs”- May 26, 2011

70% of all US antibiotic consumption is used up in adding low-doses to animal feed to make up for unsanitary living conditions and promote faster growth, according to NRDC. This practice has been steadily growing over the last six decades, despite the every-growing threat to humans of superbugs.

The antibiotic doses used in feed or water for turkeys, cows, pigs and chickens are too low to treat diseases - however, they are low enough for a significant number of bacteria to survive and build up resistance. These antibiotics, such as penicillin and tetracyclines, are used to treat humans too.

Health and consumer organizations are demanding to know why the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) came to the same conclusion regarding the antibiotic resistance threat a long time ago, but did not act on its findings.

Negative developments with regard to antibiotics highlighted by WHO - May 16, 2011

Approximately half of the current antibiotic production is used in agriculture to promote growth and to prevent crop disease as well as to treat sick livestock. With such massive use, drug-resistant bacteria generated in animals can be then later transferred to humans in food. Antibiotics are frequently given to healthy animals to encourage faster growth. This is of course convenient to the farmer because of faster growth it also provides cheaper meat. However, it also provides more opportunities for bacteria to evolve into drug resistant strains.

The second problem is the sharp drop in the development of new antibiotics.  In the past drug companies coped with antibiotic resistance by developing new drugs. More recently, however, drug companies are claiming that ‘investing in antibiotics is not attractive’.

Instead, drug companies are shifting their research dollars to developing drugs that treat chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. These drugs are less challenging to bring to market than antibiotics from a regulatory standpoint and are much more lucrative because they are used for years rather than days or weeks as is the case with antibiotics. Furthermore, much of the drug resistance currently is in poor countries that cannot afford expensive new drugs.

Between 1983 and 1987, 16 new antibiotic drugs were approved by the FDA. Since 2003 only seven and since 2008 only two have been approved.


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electromagnetic-pulse said: I'm concerned about the EMP topic. I know it's a scary thought and it needs to have more attention put on it. I feel as though the people who claim to know about it, really don't. When I heard about EMP I started to look more into it. I think that your followers are truly interested in different enviromental happenings. There is a guy named Curtis Birnbach that actually knows a lot about EMP, he's going to be on this site on Wednesaday: I hope that you check it out & your follwe - - - I think that your follwers would be interested !!!

EMP, thanks for the suggestion.  I’ll give it a listen.

I knew about EMP as a phenomena for a long time, but it never really struck me fully until I read William Forstchen’s "One Second After".  In my opinion, that book is one of the most realistically presented works in the post-apocalyptic genre.

After I read it I was fairly disturbed for a while and spent a lot of time reading the report from the EMP Commission.  The potential EMP threat was even making the news in late 2010 at USAToday.  That article is worth the read.  Here’s another report by an Air Force guy titled "EMP Threats in 2010”.

However, as I began to take a more centered approach to preparation and the types of events I prepare for I started looking at the list in terms of impact and probability.

An EMP event that put us back into the world we lived in several centuries ago is a “high impact, low probability” scenario. 

Is it a threat? Yes.

Is it as likely as an earthquake, tornado, or pandemic?  I honestly don’t think it is.

Here’s the most common scenario presented for EMP events - besides a large solar flare (coronal mass ejection):

A small EMP-optimized nuke launched from a container ship in the Gulf of Mexico could take out the power grid of the entire continental United States. The same thing could be done anywhere, like Europe or Japan.    Source

A commenter, Ben, on the post linked above effectively summarizes my thoughts on EMP:

For EMP Doomsday to be a risk, there must be a group out there with the following:

1. the capability to build a nuke small and rugged enough to fit on a ballistic missile and make it “EMP-optimised” – this is technology advanced enough that it requires the resources of a state

2. suitable ballistic missile technology

3. a desire to cause chaos in the US, triggering a massive global depression and wrecking everyone’s economies

4. the willingness to risk nuclear retaliation given that the source of the attack could be traced using informers, or satellite imagery of the launch correlated with shipping records, or possibly the characteristics of the device. The one part of Western society that would function well after the EMP attack is the military.

No state in the world has these things. North Korea and Iran don’t currently have the technology; I doubt India and Pakistan do either, and neither of those has the motivation; none of the remaining nuclear states with the technical capability to do the attack (which I make UK, France, Israel, China, Russia) would want to wreck a huge trading partner.

Nobody who can presently do it would want to. You could make up a political scenario where tension between the US and Pakistan or China, or the technology level of Iran, might greatly increase in the next few decades. But if an aggressor state was considering a first strike, why would it limit its initial attack to a single EMP missile, while inviting a full nuclear attack in response?  Source

I do think this is as real a threat as nuclear war, but the probability is low that someone will be able to pull it off any time soon. I find it hard to believe that the critical military functions needed to respond to such an attack would not already hardened. The rest of our infrastructure, well, that’s another matter.

If it ever does happen, we’re screwed. In that case, use your preps to survive while you learn to live like the pioneers. :)  My philosophy is that if you prepare for the more probable threats, you will eventually be prepared for the less probable ones.

Thanks for reading and keep posting. Your new Tumblr is relevant to my interests.


2011 on track to be the deadliest year on record for tornadoes in the US

It has been a historic tornado season in the United States. More than 500 people have been killed, according to figures from the National Weather Service and local authorities. That makes 2011 the deadliest season since 1953, when 519 people were killed in twisters.  Source

The Joplin Missouri tornado was the deadliest on record

At least 126 people in Joplin had died due to the storm as of Thursday night, said Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges. That makes the tornado the single deadliest to touch down in any U.S. community since modern record-keeping began in 1950. Source

The deadliest tornado year on record is 1925, which had 794 deaths, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The number of fatalities so far this year is more than 8 1/2 times the average number for an entire year — 56, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.  Source


Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) — The Mississippi River is cresting at Memphis, forecasters said Tuesday, as attention began turning to flooding concerns in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The slow passing of the bulge of water working its way from north to south along the Mississippi is only the beginning of the end of the siege for Memphis residents, who could be dealing with high water levels into June.

And the struggle is just getting started for residents of Mississippi and Louisiana, where the river is expected to rise over the next few days to levels unseen since 1927.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal predicted Tuesday that as many as 3 million acres of his state could be affected by the flooding.

Record numbers of tornadoes and epic wildfires: Disaster CAN strike near you. Be prepared…

I took the family on vacation this last weekend to a well known beach vacation spot a few hours from our home. The first evening there I kept getting texts asking if we were ok. Was kind of odd. The next morning I saw stories on CNN showing that the largest number of tornadoes in our region in 25 years had gone within 20 miles of me in several directions.  

On April 16th North Carolina had the most active system of tornadoes on record in the state’s history, leading to 23 deaths.  In fact, over 240 tornadoes ripped through a large portion of the country on Saturday. 

The storms that chugged across the South last week killed at least 46 people in six states. According to Reuters, Tornado season typically runs from March to early July in the United States, moving from south to north as the year progresses. The storms kill an average of 70 people a year.

"There has not been a tornado outbreak in history over three days with this many tornadoes spawned by a single storm system."  Source

The numbers of tornadoes continue to rise and we have already had over half of the average annual fatalities by mid-April. The freaky weather continues. 

On April 19th & 20th 33 tornado sightings were unofficially reported from Oklahoma to Ohio from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

On the way home on the 19th I saw a pool business my wife and I had discussed three days earlier, looking sad with an aging product line in a bad recession.  Now it was decimated - its products marking the path of a twister, strewn in pieces as far as the eye could see.

Hundreds of thousands across many states without electricity for days. People I work with said their cell phones couldn’t connect because the circuits were bogged down with emergency calls.  Of the dead, many were children.

We were lucky. One of my staff had family who lost everything. My house was unscathed. 

In Texas the state is burning from “border to border”. This happens as the state suffers from a drought of a severity not seen since the 1930’s.

Officials at the National Weather Service in Midland, Texas, say their weather data shows the drought in Eddy County and the surrounding region is on par with the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Eddy County has not had any measurable rain since Sept. 25, and according to David Henning, National Weather Service meteorologist, there is no rain in sight for southeastern New Mexico and the neighboring Texas communities.  Source

Since January 1, the Texas Forest Service said, it has responded to more than 800 fires that have damaged some 5,000 structures across 1.4 million acres.

"We’re actually seeing Texas burn from border to border. We’ve got it in west Texas, in east Texas, in north Texas, in south Texas — it’s all over the state," Forest Service spokeswoman April Saginor told CNN Radio. "We’ve got one in the Dallas area that’s four fires that have actually merged together."

West Texas averages nearly 15 inches of rain a year, according to Hennig. In the past six months, only 13-hundredths of an inch of rain have been recorded in that part of the state. While October through March is typically the dry season, that amount of rainfall is far below what it should be, Hennig said.     Source

None of the folks that these disasters affected knew that this would happen. I did not expect that as I drove away on vacation that my home might not be there when I returned.  We can never know when disaster could strike or what form it might take. 

This does not mean that we must live in fear of what could happen, but that we should be prepared so that if we are faced with a Dramatic Change Event we can act and not react.

There are some disasters that we just can’t beat. A tsunami, massive earthquake, tornado, or out of control wildfire are not to be stopped or prevented. However, having an emergency plan in place in the case of disaster may make the difference in living and dying. It’s not about being paranoid or living in fear, it’s about being pragmatic and realistic.

Survival may very well entail running for your life, or “bugging out” in the vernacular.  Everything you own may be gone, but if you survive and protect those you love, you win.

Call me crazy, but I took my 72 hour bag with me on vacation. 


Pattern Recognition - Fish & sea animal deaths April 2011

When I compile these lists of fish kills, I find myself saying the same thing. Yes, I know it’s something that has happened before. I know the ready availability of information on the internet makes the stories more accessible and they get reported more because news outlets know it brings in readers and viewers.

What concerns me is the regularity of eye-witness and expert descriptions using phrases like "record setting", "inexplicable",  and “unprecedented" or, "I’ve been here for 28 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.” or “I haven’t seen this density before,”, or “We have never seen anything like that” in the 17 years [we’ve lived here]”.

The experts say the Harmful Algal Blooms are poisoning them, or that they have too little oxygen because it is too warm or too cold.

We know that they are often dying in mass numbers because humans poison them with sewage, chemicals, and oil.

If you believe that this is a sign of the end of the world, feel free, but I take it as a sign that we are “shitting where we live”, if you’ll pardon my crudeness. 

Personally, I think climate change is related to many of the oxygen deprivation cases. Whatever the cause, aberrant weather patterns on a global scale combined with pollution has increased the volume of animals and fish affected.

So, I’ll keep tracking this because it interests me, because it’s shocking, and because it’s yet another sign of the changes our world is going through. If you think you can keep living here and not be affected, think again. Next time the fish might be rotting in YOUR backyard.


Tons of dead fish cleared from Hoyt Lake - Buffalo NY - April 12th, 2011 - oxygen deprivation

Thousands of dead fish in River Rouge - Michigan - April 12, 2011 - “cold weather”

Melting Mpls. Lakes Reveal Hundreds of Dead Fish - Minnesota April 12, 2011 - oxygen deprivation and nutrient runoff  - Source 2

500-100 fish dead in UK Ponds - London April 12, 2011 - oxygen deprivation

100 Dead Fish in Cedar Creek - Allentown, PA - April 10, 2011 - cause unknown

100 dead fish in triple Creek - Longview TX - April 10, 2011 - oxygen deprivation from sewage leak

100 Dead fish in park pond - Madison MS - April 12, 2011 - oxygen deprivation

Company fined for 50 fish deaths - South Wales, UK - April 12th, 2011 - sewage leak

Hundreds of dead fish in lagoon - Ontario - April 8th, 2011 - oxygen deprivation

Dozens of sea lions poisoned - South Bay/Santa Monica CA - April 12, 2011

406 Gulf Dolphin deaths designated An ‘Unusual Mortality Event’(UME) by NOAA - April 10, 2011

Citizen protest over thousands of dead fish on Anglesea River in October 2010 sparks probe - Australia - April 8th, 2011 - acidic waters blamed

Farmer fined after silage spill kills 800-1000 fish  - Lancashire England - April 4, 2011

36 Connecticut lakes and ponds have reported mass fish kills -April 8th, 2011 - cold winter and oxygen deprivation blamed

"We looked behind us and it’s like oh my God," Wierzbicki said. "I saw all these fish piled up. We’ve seen stuff like that before, but this went out 2 to 3 feet, stacked up on top of each other, it’s awful.”

The DEP said winter fish kills have been reported at three dozen of the state’s ponds and lakes. That’s already more than all of last year.

BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico killed or sickened as many as 200 times the number of animals estimated by the government - April 12, 2011

Mass fish kills and Harmful Agal Bloom in Ontario waterways caused by animal and farming waste result in “deadzones”

Nutrient runoff and sewage drainage contributes to Harmful Algal Blooms - “Coastal  eutrophication  and  harmful  algal  blooms” -  - Journal Articles: Source 1  Source 2 Source 3


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Survivalism and Children: Preserving the Innocence

I have two boys, both in grade school. I teach them about the woods and nature. I make them take a martial art to defend themselves against bullies. I teach them how to fish and how to shoot BB guns and the .22 as I was taught at their age. I talk to them about the world and we sometimes discuss war because they like video games and it’s gotten them interested in history.

I even show them the food I have stocked and we discuss what we all might do in case of an emergency.  I want them to feel safe, and know that I’m protecting them and worrying about all the bad things in the world so they don’t have to.

I do NOT talk to them about things like the “end of the world” or economic collapse. I don’t talk to them about things that fundamentalists, nutjobs, and conspiracy theorists think are going happen. 

The post below from dinosaurbreakfast made me think about how things like this can affect how young people develop. I grew up as part of a fundamentalist Christian family who was expecting the Rapture at any moment. I was heavily impacted by it. It’s part of the impetus for my continued interest in Apocalyptic thought. I no longer expect an Abrahamic-style “End of Days”, but I see how much it continues to influence modern society

I’m not here to criticize or judge how other survivalists/preppers raise their children, but I am noting that these kinds of thought patterns can build complexes in your children that they may later resent you for. 

You may think it’s preparing them for the real world and helping them deal with reality, but isn’t that what we are supposed to insulate them from until they are old enough to have to bear those burdens on their own?  

I want my boys to live a happy, carefree childhood, unfettered by fears of nuclear attack or collapse of economic systems.  I want them to know that Dad is standing in the gap for them and that they can depend on me if anything bad ever does happen.

I worry about these things so they don’t have to. That’s why I became a survivalist in the first place.


It’s very strange, watching the world go mad from the comfort and safety of my parents’ kitchen. My survivalist father keeps up his whispering, “Something’s coming, something’s coming.” So, he prepares, builds and stores and makes plans, like a bear getting ready for winter.

I don’t think I want to be a bear, though. I think I want to try staying out in the winter cold. I can hibernate when I’m dead.


Words of Survival wisdom

This wonderful Texan tells us to “Speak calmly and listen wisely”. RIP buddy.

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