Practical Changes

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  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 06:55pm

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    Practical Changes

OK.

I know I’m not the only one here who’s noticed the amount of discussion about things well beyond our control.

It’s no secret that there are a lot of neferious things going on, and we’re all on the same page regardless of what nuiances are uncovered, who slips up and says something revealing or if you believe in hyperinflation or deflation.

So how about this: lets talk about what we have done, and what we will do to make sure we’re better off than the folks who think things are mighty fine and looking shiny.

What have you done to protect your assets?
What have you done to protect your ass…ets….?
What have you done to make sure your family will be fed?
Clothed? Have access to clean water?

What lessons have you learned?

This is the place to discuss what changes have been made, what changes you will make and perhaps most importantly, to discuss the effect of such changes.

Lets talk shop about what steps we can take towards energy independence, self-sufficiency and community building.
Who have you referred to CM and the crash course?
How has it effected their lives?

We need more proactive and productive conversation.

Instead of talking over the pedantics of a situation we all know we’re looking in the face, we need to dedicate at least an equal amount of time to not only discussing, but taking steps to fix the problem – if only for our families and communities.

Cheers, and I certainly hope that this generates some replies.

Aaron

  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 07:37pm

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    Re: Practical Changes

Aaron,

This is the kind of thread I can appreciate.

You are well aware of what I have personally done, and I will contribute to the thread as best as I can.

Let’s define the areas to discuss:

Financial Security

Personal Security

Food / seeds, etc.

Water

Energy

Personal necessities (clothes, medications, TP Cool)

Items to trade / barter

Communications

Skills and Tools

Community (does your team have a Dr., Carpenter, etc)

Ongoing access to raw materials

 

Did I miss anything?

 

PS, glad to have you back brother.

  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 07:53pm

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Hi, Aaron;

I’ve been bemoaning the lack of participation on the more practical threads for some time now . . . I don’t know why, but few folks seem interested in that, anymore  . . . .  Perhaps because the ones to do,do, and the ones who don’t, type . . . . Clearly I know that’s not without exceptions, yourself being one of them, but  . . . . There has been a massive movement away from action and toward analysis, economic, political, and historical, since this spring . . . . Maybe it’s because, on the surface, the economic news has been relatively quiescent . . . Whatever the reason, frankly, I’ve lost interest in starting practical threads, as there has been only a dribble of participation in the few that are started.  I participate half-heartedly in the analytical threads, as that’s not where my heart is.  But, if you can prod the masses out of their lethargy, I’ll be happy to participate.

 

 

  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 08:06pm

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    Yeeee Haaaaaa!!!!!!

Yeeee Haaaaaa!

Aaron and Ready Are Back!  (sorry, I got a little exited and the Texas in me came flying out)

Lets get back to business.

Home Video Surveillance System:

Has anyone installed a computer controlled or DVR controlled video surveillance system? I have a basic system that uses utilizes an internet cam connected to my computer. I can view the video on my iphone as long as I’m within my wireless network range. I’m interested in a DVR-based system that can broadcast to the internet. Anyone with any experience with such a system or any other type of system?

Thanks in advanced.

 

  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 08:37pm

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Howdy Captain,

You can use your existing system if you like, or add components to suit your needs.

To get the current system over the web:

You will need to find and register a domain name, like CaptainSheeple.com, I use godaddy.

Download and install a Dynamic DNS service like TZO.com (I think I remember that you have a cable modem)

Put the IP address for your computer in your router / modem in the “DMZ”, meaning that the incoming requests to that IP on port 80 are routed to that PC that is getting the camera images

Change your DNS servers at Godaddy to be the nameservers for your DDNS (TZO or other) to point to the DDNS namserver, like NS1.tzo.com

After the DNS propagates (24-48hrs) you will be able to access the webserver of the video system at CaptainSheple.com.

This is my last post before the weekend, so I’ll check with you on Monday.

Best,

Rog

  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 09:08pm

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There are free solutions for dynamic DNS services.  Check out no-ip.com or dyndns.com.  Both of these sites offer free services and may even be supported by your current router.  If so, you might be able to register something like CaptainSheple.dyndns.org for free.

I would also be careful of using a DMZ solution.  That might leave your host a bit unprotected from external threats.  I would setup a port redirection in your router so that you can access the camera from outside without opening up a larger portion of your network.

Another problem my be how much bandwidth your viewer application requires.  It might work fine on you LAN but not over the WAN.  You might not be able to get enough upstream out of your cable/DSL modem to make it work remotely but it worth a try.

  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 09:33pm

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    Re: Practical Changes

Well as for myself , I still think I’m new to all this and have a hard time taking it all in !

I have purchased some PM , and have some cash on hand . Not sure if the cash on hand is right or more PM would be better ?

Moved my 401k (when I lost my job) to a IRA I manage with all my money in some sort of foriegn investments like Foriegn bonds , currency, utilitilties and such that pay dividends. Also 75% of my personal saving is also in overseas investments (trying to stay out of the US market and banking system as much as I can )

I have stocked up on food and water  . We have about 1 month’s supply. Oh also stored a month of pet food, might not sound like much but we have two goldens and ten (thats right TEN !) cats . Most were rescues who were supposed to go up for adpotion, but thats a different thread or even site!

Also solar radio,lights, candles etc.

A few fire arms as well . Started going back to my local range every week to stay comfortable with my 9mm and buy more ammo every week.

Not sure what else to do at this point. when i try to talk to neighbors about this , most get a glazed far away look and try to change the subject.

I think they are happy to just Hope for change and it will all get better on its own. When I talk of the US being broke they want to talk green shoots and how the local news said things are getting better!

 

  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 09:57pm

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    Practically prepared?

If the SHTF manana, I wouldn’t feel prepared.  I bet only 5% of the tiny slice of society represented by people prepared for SHTF ever get to the place of “I’m totally ready.”  I would, however, be heartened by the idea that I’m readier than 99% of the population.  It’s not a “neener neener”/schadenfreude thing, nor would I feel somehow superior to the un-prepared.  I guess it comes down to:  knowing what I know and believing what I believe, if I hadn’t worked avidly to prepare I wouldn’t be able to look at myself in the mirror.

With that as preamble — and using Aaron’s guidelines:

“What have you done to protect your assets?”

Having invested in experiences and travel post-college until about age 35, I have far fewer assets than most of my peers.  (I”ve also always been skeptical in the extreme of the “he who dies with the most toys, wins” ethos.)  Good news:  that means I have fewer assets to protect.  Bad news:  I have less liquidity to allocate to the cause of preparation.  What fundage the spouse & I can liberate from more mundane purposes, we have I feel spent wisely (more on that below) and we’re hedged against a collapse/currency crisis scenario with physical PMs.

I’d say we’re about 70% done here — and if we can unload the house next Spring (big if I know, but…) and get even half our current equity out then I’d say we’re about 95% done.

“What have you done to protect your ass…ets….?”

I see this question as touching on 2 separate issues, strategic and tactical ass…et protection.  WRT the former, we are in the country in a location unlikely to get Golden Hordenized (with plans to get much more remotely located as soon as can be effected) and peopled with residents who by and large have at least a smidge of skill at living w/out services (frequent winter power outages, etc.).  On the tactical side, I’m gaining familiarity with my shotgun and am thinking a good grappling/hand-to-hand martial art wouldn’t be a bad idea.  We have lots of work to do in this department, but we’ve made a good start considering I got rolling on all this in March.

“What have you done to make sure your family will be fed?”

Short term:  stored food.  Probably up to a 4-month supply for 2.  Both freeze-dried and canned.  Some nice deelish things and some dang-I-won’t-cry-if-we-never-have-to-eat-this/it’s-a-good-thing-“hunger-is-the-best-spice” stuff.  This is ongoing probably until we’ve got at least 6-9 months worth.  Long term:  we put in our first garden this year.  Mixed results, mostly good.  What failed was prolly due to the funky wet June.  Of course, we’d have to scale up about 500-700% if it was a subsistence gig.  But we can do it.  (I actually find gardening cathartic…although that might be different if survival depended on it.)  Still need:  canning equipment, supplies, skills and experience.  Next time my Mom visits, I know what I’m asking her to teach me (she grew up on a farm in Iowa and canned all through my youth).  So:  good start, but a looong way to go.

“Clothed? Have access to clean water?”

Access to clean water requires we procure a hand pump, which I’ve held off on getting since if we change locations in the way I think/hope we will, a pump will not be required (running water on property).  Clothed?  No freaking idea.  I’ll trade one of my skills for clothes.  I do have enough threads to keep me warm and so forth for years.  Hmmm…actually, probably wouldn’t hurt to have about 4 pairs of sneakers and 2 backup pairs of hiking boots and a spare pair of Timberlands in the closet.  Tide me over until cobblers reappear…

“What lessons have you learned?”

1.  Fear/panic merely wastes time.
2.  This process is endlessly humbling.
3.  Just cuz nobody else I know is doing it doesn’t mean I’m nutters.
4.  I like learning new skills.
5.  Learning new skills is more fun than 90% of what our culture offers up as “fun”.
6.  Most of the other people who are preparing are solid, interesting people worth knowing.
7.  Leading by example is the way to lead.  
8.  Us preppers won’t be lonely for long (on the prepping front).
9.  A spoonful of Jameson’s helps the medicine go down.  Which is to say, gotta work hard…then you gotta dance.  Or the rubber-room awaits.

Thanks for starting this thread up Aaron.  You have a fine knack for being “on point”.  Ever-so-glad you’re back!

Viva — Sager 

  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 10:03pm

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    Re: Practical Changes

Preparation is also hard, because very few of us experienced real hardships. So where do we get the “know-how” for preparation to something we have a hard time relating to? Luckily for me there are some really amazing books on the subject. One of my favorites is Reinventing collapse from Dmitry Orlov.

Two of the most important things I do is

1) To be diversified – imagine what can go wrong with a plan, and have another plan that I can fall back on, and have the supplies ready for them, even if they are not exhaustive. It is better to have fewer total eggs in many different baskets than a ton of eggs in one or few.

2) To build my community. Not only making sure, that I would have access to a doctor or carpenter (which is important also), but what I can offer to my community in case of hardship (skills and useful things in a simpler society). Inviting my neighbors to some common actions, offering a good deal for them has helped me (like: Let’s keep some ducks. I build the pan for them, and pay for them also, and we will take care of them and enjoy them together, howsdat?)

Thank you Aaron, for starting this. In my experience the most important preparation step is the first actual action. A lot of  the talking about it may be previous to that, but that is where the rubber meets the road.

Gabor

  • Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 10:03pm

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    Re: Practical Changes

  I have a question here .  The 55 gallon plastic drums that the iodine teat wash comes in, if we wash them out really well can we use them to store drinking water in the basement or should it only be used for washing  and such.   We have made rain barrels from them and the plants are not negatively  effected by the water .

  Having  had much fog lately  we are sure to have a wet winter , so much of our time is still being used to bring in the garden that is still putting out well .    One thing I noticed with such a cool wet summer the soybeans are not doing well so the price will surely go up. In fact all the grains are down now if you have not already filled the feeders  Now would be a good time .  If the price of gas is going to go up they will use it as an excuse to hike the price  .

  It really feels like we are spinning our wheels here  .I did not get eggs in the incubator in time for fall butchering  so I am   having to buy chicken . So much to get done !   I remember my grandma doing everything by a farmer almanac … suppose I had better get off here and start looking for one .  I have got to start journaling or something because if my family had to depend solely upon me providing for them we would be in trouble  .

  Back to juicing tomatoes .

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