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Types of Prepping

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Every time I start talking of disaster and collapse scenarios that are possible, my wife buys extra ice cream. If I mention we are in the final stages of the “Everything Bubble.” More ice cream appears in the fridge. If I rant about how we’re following the paths of Venezuela, Greece, and Cuba, more ice cream appears in the fridge. And if I mention the organized crime taking over our courts, border cities, and government, she buys more ice cream.

It sounds funny when it’s ice cream, but many preppers—especially fledgling preppers—take a similar approach to their preps.

Styles of Preps

Think about different community level and personal level disasters for a bit and you realize they aren’t all the same. For example, think about the differences in the following events.

  • Meteor event similar to Chelyabinsk Meteor, but on the scale of the Tunguska Meteor impacting a major commercial shipping port
  • Train shipping radioactive materials or dangerous chemicals derails near your house
  • Economy is run into the ground over the course of a decade by well intentioned Social Democrats
  • Nuclear War

This is a tiny list, but you can see the differences in preps needed instantly. For the train derailment, you would need a 72-hour kit or bugout-bag. You would need to be out of your home in minutes and travel light, but you could probably stay with family or friends for a couple of nights and be back home in time for Monday night football.

However, if the economy tanked slowly over the course of 10 years, finally getting so bad people are eating stray pets, a garden and strong knowledge of Permaculture would be a better prep.

If we found ourselves in the middle of a nuclear war, then iodine tablets, a bunker, freeze-dried food, and hundreds of gallons of drinking water would be the better choice of preps.

Make a List

As you can see, investing in a one-size-fits-all approach to prepping is about as useful as buying 10 gallons of ice cream every time there’s a scary story in the news.

I suggest taking the approach of listing out the most likely disasters that could affect your family and your community. Then organize the list so that the most likely events are at the top of the list. Finally, make plans for the top three on your list.

It may turn out your list is:

  • House fire
  • Home invasion
  • Tornado

Or you may find that your list is more exotic, like:

  • Government collapse
  • War
  • Solar Flare

Either way, tailor your preps to your likely events.

Back to the Ice Cream

Now, a lot of events have one thing in common. You need to be able to leave on a moments notice. Because of that, I recommend incorporating a 72-hour kit or bug-out bag into your preps. They don’t take up much space, and you can always use whatever is in the kit, even if you weather the event in your home.

And remember, don’t forget to buy ice cream.

Socialism Destroyed Venezuela

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Those familiar with South America are familiar with the plight of Venezuela. Venezuela is one of the most resource-rich countries in the world. Just over a decade ago, it was the envy of the emerging markets.

Then the people fell for Socialism. Everyone likes free stuff, and Socialism offers lots and lots of free stuff. Taking money from people through taxes isn’t really stealing. After all, everyone—especially the wealthy—should pay their fare share.

Venezuela elected a socialist government. The socialist government proceeded to do what socialists always do when they get power. They started taking other people’s stuff in hopes of giving away more free stuff to their voters.

As they say, “The only problem with Socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s stuff to give away.”

That’s exactly what happened. Venezuela, the envy of the Spanish speaking world, managed to go bankrupt giving away everything they could take.

Politicians love socialism. It turns out to be a perfectly legal way of buying votes. No government in the world declares voting when you’re on the government dole a conflict of interest, so voters around the world get bribed by socialist politicians to vote for more Socialism.

Of course, you can’t spread Socialism if people realize how badly it turned out for Venezuela, Italy, Greece, and even **gasp** Nazi Germany. So the propaganda machines spun up to tell everyone that Venezuela isn’t all that bad off.

My favorite propaganda piece came out today, criticizing anyone who would characterize Venezuela as having Hyperinflation. According to the official government numbers, they only have 70% inflation this year. That isn’t hyperinflation, so things aren’t so bad in Venezuela.

Um, … The official number might be 70% this year, but they have a history of playing with numbers so socialism doesn’t look bad. Last year, the official number was 68%, but a little math showed the real number to be around 800%.

Do a little math. If a gallon of milk cost $3 and you get hit with an annual inflation of 800%, in one year that $3 gallon of milk becomes $24, but by the end of year two, guess what? That $3 gallon of milk is now $192.

Most of my liberal-socialism-loving friends still don’t think that things could be that bad in Venezuela. It’s just more conspiracy theories by those nutty Republicans. 70% official inflation is nowhere near the 12,000% threshold of real hyperinflation. After all, it’s not like Venezuelans needs wheelbarrows of money to buy groceries, right?

It might be worth noting, Bloomberg is reporting today that Venezuelans have stopped counting cash and now weigh the piles necessary to buy items.

No, they don’t need wheelbarrows, yet. Long live socialism!

Seriously, … every Democracy or Republic should pass a law that only allows people paying more in taxes than they get in handouts from the government to be allowed to vote. If you don’t eliminate this voting-yourself-other-people’s-money, we’re going to see every Democracy or Republic eventually fall to the fallacy of Socialism.