Episode-1468- The World Won’t End but Your World Could — 16 Comments

  1. We are definitely reaping the benefits of our preps. The cushion we have created has brought us to a comfortable place. It kay hage to do with age, skill, and accomplishments, but, I feel a world of good , while many are flailing.
    I hope for more people to pick up the preparedness, homesteading, survivalist, bushcraft, and primative skill way of life. We would all benefit.

    • Doesn’t look like it. Lead time on a kit alone for the one I wanted is killing me.

  2. Good show. I’m one of those for whom you were speaking too so passionately. I led that sheltered life, I didn’t know it while it was happening, but I sure do now. I never expected anything near the difficulties I face.
    I’m glad you are a commonsense guy, and not another one of those doomsday types, they paralyze more people than they motivate with their fear mongering.

  3. How small can “preparedness” get? I listen to so many tales how some get turned on to prepping; the 200k bug, Katrina, 911 terrorist attack, the 2008 financial meltdown and so on. What got me onto it? Somewhere around 1985 I happened to read a Wall Street Journal story predicting the coming rise in price of coffee. I stocked up and for the next year I drank my java at a lower cost than what I would’ve had if not for looking at that article.
    From that I’ve learned to look for forecasts and to weigh them in the light of probability.

  4. There are a couple of things that spring to mind..

    First, recession, depression and economic collapse are happening in the US in some locals. While I don’t think you can say the US is in an economic collapse, many cities and counties are collapsing..

    Jack’s talks about his grandparents not knowing that the depression started or when it ended, because their locale was depressed before and remained depressed after.

    Localized collapse is in theory avoidable, as you could move somewhere that’s booming.

    Second, price inflation is about as certain as the law of gravity. If you’re not planning and expecting it.. continually, you’re fooling yourself. There are two ways you can go with mitigating this: 1) increase your income faster than the price inflation -or- 2) become less dependent on market purchases for your needs. Of course, both would be better.

    • I’m often confusing.. 😉

      Price Inflation – This doesn’t sound like an ’emergency’ but that’s because its moving VERY SLOWLY (most of the time).

  5. Don’t forget divorce. It typically happens to men out of the blue and when they’re doing everything “right” … providing income, sharing parenting responsibilities, etc. The woman just loses attraction and in this environment it’s payday for her.

    • It happens that way at times. The truth is most divorce is not that way, nor is it the man’s fault. It takes two to marry and generally two fall short of being there for each other in a divorce.

      That said the court system is ABSOLUTELY slanted against men.

  6. Sanitation,
    You have mentioned a couple times about using the blue chemical liquid in a bucket toilet. I have hunted for years and use a bucket every year in hunting camp. If you are looking for an economical chem toilet, I would recommend getting a cheap laundry powder for your preps (function stacking). Use one scoop of laundry powder each time you are finished doing your business. Remind family members to “use a tree if you have to pee”. If mostly solids are left in the bucket, it will last about a week before having to replace the bag ; the laundry powder will do a good job keeping the odor down.

  7. Peat moss for a toilet in a 5 gallon bucket works pretty well too. No stink, and safer to dispose of than blue goo!

  8. Jack, I just listened to this show, and I am glad I did. Although I am pretty prepped up, this show pointed to a few weaknesses I intend to correct.
    ALSO, as a 61 year old woman I may be facing living as a widow at some point. I would like to stay in my home, which is now “prepperized”. Would you consider doing a show targeted for the average widow and how we might modify any preps or attitudes for success? For example, I have been thinking about a protocol for being gone – nobody would know I left or if I returned possibly for days.

  9. I like Paula’s idea for a show:

    “Would you consider doing a show targeted for the average widow and how we might modify any preps or attitudes for success? For example, I have been thinking about a protocol for being gone – nobody would know I left or if I returned possibly for days.”

    Thank you

  10. BTW, I am appalled at how many women in my age group (say 55-70) tell me that if their husbands die, they will sell their homes and move into a townhouse or 55+ community because they don’t think they could manage their places on their own. AND, I am not talking about financially. Since my mother lived with us the last 18 months of her life with emphysema I have worked at making my house liveable even with some handicaps like limited breathing capacity (you would be amazed at how robbed of energy this makes you). And, thanks to Jack I was able to convince my husband to help with many self reliance improvements at our place. I don’t want to give up my little “fortress” 🙂