Less talk, more action: what to do now to prepare, THE COMPLETE MANUAL
February 19, 2009, 4:53 pm<!– — Updated: 6:15 pm –>Marian Burros
The first lady, Michelle Obama, continued her rounds of government agency visits
today to say thank you to the employees and to get to know the District
of Columbia better. This time, Mrs. Obama brought a gift.
Before cheering throng of Agriculture Department employees,
including 18 long-time employees who were singled out for their
service, Mrs. Obama presented a seedling from the Jackson magnolia,
which has been growing on the west side of the south portico of the
White House for 180 years.
Andrew Jackson planted the tree in memory of his wife, Rachel, who died before he entered the White House.
Last week, the Agriculture Department started its own garden, one
that will include fruits and vegetables to be donated to the city’s
soup kitchens. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack jackhammered a spot in
the black asphalt outside the Whitten building to prepare the ground.
It is part of an effort by the Obama administration to get people to
grow some of their own food.
Mrs. Obama said she was particularly pleased that the department’s
facilities all over the world would be planting gardens. “I’m a big
believer in community gardens,” she said, “both because of their beauty
and for providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables to so many
communities across the nation and the world.”
I agree with you, waldendad. What would be REALLY nice would be to have these threads be peristently available as top level topics. E.g., add "Preparation Discussions" as a category like "PeakProsperity.com Discussions" and "Markets & Policies". Then there could be persistent sub-topics underneath this top-level topic, like "Gardening", "Best Tools", etc.
The nice thing about setting up these permanent high-level threads is that we wouldn’t keep re-inventing these threads over and over again, which doesn’t bother me so much as how we keep "losing" all the valuable information on these threads, as old threads get buried over time. This way, we would accumulate ideas in an organized fasion. Is that the kind of thing you had in mind, waldendad? (BTW, great preparations!)
A separate forum category for preps would be great. Other sites like peakoil.com have all kinds of sub forums and stickies for various preparation subjects.
I see the main purpose of this site, at least at the moment is to raise awareness for the need to make preps. There are lots of other sites with info out there on preps and there are lots of folks who think the sky is going to fall no matter how good times fall, but this site really pulls together some good financial facts in an understandable way to plan and take action. I also see a movement toward more actual preparation as we get past the awareness and understanding phases.
pinecarr, Woodman –
Go up to the top of the thread and click on the orange button to the right of the title to subscribe to the feed. Your browser will capture the feed and you can go back to it at your leisure rather than having to hunt through old posts or remember where it is/was.
DIAP, thanks; I didn;t know about that feature!
Woodman – Yep, I agree about there being lots of other sites offering preparation advice. It sure would be nice to be able to easily find and access those as well, via a persistent high-level subtopic.
E.g. Preparations [high level topic] -> Gardening [sub-topic] -> Gardening Links -> http://sharonastyk.com/ [and all the other great gardeing links].
That way, anyone new or old to the site would have easy access to our combined knowledge of ideas on preparation, and other great links to help in preparation. And our information and ideas would accumulate in an organized way.
Wow, thanks guys. Looks like I found a good community. That’s the type of stuff I’ve been looking for:
Condensed info, checklists, resources to help ramp things up faster, so my time is more focused on:
-Actual preparation and making things happen
-Getting my network going. This, to me, is huge, beneficial, and fun no matter what happens. If you can network with others to barter more, get more discounts and favors, and be part of your own mini community, it’s going to be a lot easier to succeed no matter what happens. To that end, anyone in Northern Utah/Southern Idaho drop me a line.
Thank you for this thread, I don’t know how I missed it until now, but will be spending some time going through the various links in greater detail. Again, thanks!
Recycle threads . . . Saves me work . . . .