2. Shelter

And onward through my little list I work.
Money, Shelter, Fire, Water, Food, Personal Hygiene, and Medical Care.

Shelter is REALLY important. Without it you are surely doomed.
The wife and I have sort of done it all regarding shelter.
Rented, hotels, owned houses, lived in a tent, caravan, occasionally a car, even lived by the kindness of others letting us share their abode, and now a boat. I’ve got one extra on her though (although I’m not sure anyone would regard it as desirable), I’ve lived on the streets.

One thing is certain though, without security, somewhere to lay your head, out of the weather, a place to perform the basics of living, there isn’t a hell of a lot of a point in going on.

There is another side to this though.
Modern life demands you have an address.
Most financial institutions demand it as (for the most part) do the government. Medical services are the same. We receive so much mail from these institutions. Most is a simple waste of paper because by law they have to send you trash. That and in today’s world the governments demand you are traceable and therefore taxable.

Gone are the days when your passport was enough to establish identity. Now you need that address and a current bill from a utility company to prove you live there!

Sickening isn’t it? Insurance is the same.
No address for them to write to, no insurance. No insurance and you can’t run a vehicle. By law you must have a vehicle owned by someone, somewhere i.e. an address. As for social funds? Yep, for the most part you need an address.

There is provision in modern UK life to be without an address, it’s called living in NO FIXED ABODE. Only if you do, most financial institutions won’t touch you with my 12 foot barge pole. The government can’t track you, so you can’t actually hold a license as it has your home address on it, etc, etc. Thus the whole system is built round PINNING YOU DOWN.

End of rave, back to shelter.
Modern man (and woman) was never designed to live in the open, naked, and without equipment. Even with protective clothing, we cannot live outside a narrow band of environmental conditions, without food and clean water, and the ability to keep ourselves clean and hygienically “toileted”.

Shelter is thus multifaceted. It must be able to:-

  • Keep the weather out.
  • Keep you secure from man, the effects of man, animals, and bugs.
  • Capable of maintaining a suitable range of temperature and humidity.
  • Provide a source of clean potable water, (that’s water that is safe to drink) or at least allow you to make water safe and a way to heat and store that water.
  • Somewhere and something thing to prepare food.
  • A place to toilet and keep yourself clean.
  • Be affordable to run.

The usual way is to live in a house or apartment.
Except sometimes that’s not actually achievable or even desirable.
Trailer and RV parks, Park (mobile) homes, and in our case a boat can be the only way to live frugally if money is “tight”.

Awkward?
Not really except I’m pretty sure that society will try to make it so.

And finally.
Let’s take a look at all the preppers and the survivalists “dreamers”.
Bush living, debris huts, canvas shelters, or cave living.
I’ve got a simple question.
For all the proponents of doing this, after your weekend away getting back to nature, where do you go to take a hot bath?

Even if all fails round us, there will still be man-made structures.
They are designed to keep weather out and you safe.
So why are you intent on not utilizing what is there?
Is part of your training to get what you need?
To gain entry, secure behind you, get things working again, adapt, improvise, and overcome problems.

Or is a mud hut and rubbing two sticks together your total aim in life?

70 million live in the UK.
That could reduce substantially after an “event” but one thing is certain, the infra structure, the buildings, most will still be standing and useable when it all goes quiet.
It may not be working but hey, if life was simple, we’d all be living it.

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1. Where to start

I will start with M O N E Y.
Because in modern society if you have no money or something to barter with, unless you are HIGHLY RESOURCEFUL, you will have difficulty in meeting the basic requirements of Shelter, Fire, Water, Food, Personal Hygiene, and Medical Care. Not quite as simplistic as the preppers Triangle of Survival but IMO a bit more realistic.

All these are applicable whether you are on or off the water.

You may have skills to barter with but a lot of the listed items need you to have the means to purchase or acquire what you need.
Fuel, food, health, and medical care are three things you’ll usually have to “pay for”.

Money has other uses too. Ever heard of tribute?
Whoever is in charge can demand tribute and it can take a number of forms.

  • Protection money is tribute.
    Pay up and we’ll leave you alone.
  • Taxes are a form of tribute.
    You pay to raise your own protection forces.
  • Yet it can also be in the form of valuables.
    i.e. Fuel, ammunition, supplies, women, or a docile workforce aka slaves.

Interesting or a sickening thought?
You having to buy something with someone else as payment.

So money, what is that?
Basically it’s a recognized unit of trade yet if the almighty dollar or GB Pound collapses some people think gold or another precious metal or gems will save them.

Imagine them going into the local 7-11 and asking for a tin of beans with a gold ingot as payment. Will they get change?

Barter-able skills may be better in the long-term with swopsies for the immediate future. One thing is certain though, in the short-term (i.e. immediate – now), cash will prevail.

Not plastic, folding stuff, notes, and I’m betting coins won’t get a look in.

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Time for a rethink.

I’m pretty much done with things now.
After all what can I write about which is new and fresh?

Look at any survival / prepper  blog and all you’ll basically see is re-writes of
FM 21-76 The US ARMY SURVIVAL MANUAL.
Some will argue about whether it is the definitive guide to survival and when applied to a civilian urban situation, it probably isn’t YET is it one comprehensive guide.

Prepping blogs talk about either TEOTWAWKI or Armageddon.
Armageddon is in the form of civil breakdown, financial collapse, and of course ZOMBIES (and other assorted biological events).
Add a bit of terrorism (state or otherwise), a few disasters, and there you go, prepping in a nutshell.

The love affair with Bugging out, bugging in, off grid living, and the “must have” bug out bag has been done to death. Besides it’s mainly biased towards “normal living” which I’m not any more.

So, I’m going to change things around a bit.
If you have read my About me, I said “I was a prepper for over 40 years but recently I’ve changed my thinking and become more of a Survivalist devotee”.

Well that’s changing as well.
Yes it’s got a lot to do with now living on a boat.
Everything has been turned up side down as far as I’m concerned so I’ve got to rethink my whole attitude to survival.

dogafloatThis could get interesting (or not)
depending on how things evolve.

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Paper Crisis (again)

As regulars will know I’m a law-abiding character.
Honest. Stop laughing!
I seldom lose my temper. Wife now
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Yet today I flipped on a phone following yet another paper SNAFU.
That’s not like me , I always “feel” for the lassie on the phone taking the abuse as it isn’t usually her who caused whatever is wrong.
Thus I’m generally quite polite about things.

Only a person can take just so much.
First the bank messed me about twice about my address.
Savings? I had to write on a bit of paper that I wasn’t kidding and I now lived on a boat. Two trips to the bank to find out that was acceptable.

Car Insurance came next.
You can’t have insurance when living on a boat as it’s not a permanent address. Yep, blew my lid about that one as by UK law even when you are “no fixed abode”, the laws says “Where you live now is where you are at thus it is treated as a permanent address”. (Except they put it in posh legal speak language).

Still I got to speak to a real person and papers were sent through to my accommodation (aka general delivery)  address.
Arrived fine, all dated and addressed correctly.
Efficient Eh?

Two days later, another set of papers arrived.
New address, wrong car.
Only this time I flipped BIG TIME!

To me I’d been driving round in a car with no insurance in the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate recognition) center of the world i.e. the UK.

We’re talking megger fines and as the driving license lot had got my new address right (not bothered in the slightest that it was a boat’s name), the fines would have arrived even though it wasn’t my fault.

Only that’s not what had happened. Eh?
When I’d changed my insurance computer number one has sent me out a letter to confirm the new car was insured. time from call to letter, one day.
As asked and answered, that’s efficient.
All arranged by a person! Alive, flesh and blood sort of thing.

Computer number two was a tad slower, like THREE DAYS.
This one had recorded the change of address and sent me the old insurance papers about my old car to my new address with dire warnings about driving a car that was NOT INSURED. Cold, hard, dumb computer.

Ergo I thought I was not insured.

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Argh! WTH is going on with the world?
I used to walk into an insurance broker, they’d fill in the form, I’d make my mark, folding stuff would change hands, I’d walk out with an insurance document.

Simple isn’t it? Yet now, I phone up (probably my first mistake).
I’d fill out a form over the phone (probably my second mistake as I can’t see what they are writing).
The lassie then enters it all into a computer and from then on it’s all downhill.
From that second on you are in their digital hands, and as they are usually programmed by the cheapest programming firm they can find, the whole system of common sense collapses, FUBAR.

Roll on the day (or night as I’m not really bothered) when that massive EMP pulse hits and we are all thrown back into the dark ages.

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Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes.
A brief rundown and why I don’t get bit!
Females do all the biting and they can select a target from 50 yards.
What attracts them?

    • Sweat, in particular STALE sweat.
      It’s not the moisture that attracts them, it’s the bacteria that makes you SMELL they are after.
    • Heavy breathers, i.e. those pumping out lots of CO2.
      Curiously pregnant women do that naturally.
    • Smelly feet (but only for the malaria carriers)
    • Smelly cheese eaters.
      As it’s the same bacteria smell as smelly feet.
    • Acid skins like the lactic acid in sweat, uric acid, and
    • Steroid takers.
    • People wearing strong perfume (ethanol based) or strong cologne.
    • Them drinking beer as it makes you sweat by elevating your core temperature.
    • Genetics. Some people’s genetic make up is just seriously attractive. Scientists still don’t know why!

What discourages them

  • Mosquitoes don’t like LED lights, yellow bug lights or sodium lamps.
  • Dark clothing (Unless it makes you sweat).
  • Clean dry skin
  • Calm, i.e. no heavy breathing
  • cinnamon, citronella, thyme are all toxic to them
  • cumin and lemon grass act as repellents.
  • DEET is the chemical repellent BUT is toxic.
  • My favorite mozzie killer is Permethrin.
    It’s an insecticide and a repellent, it both kills and repels ticks and mosquitoes. It has been reported that  mosquitoes can build up immunity to any pesticide within 6 generations. I’ve never been let down by it.
    permethrin

Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% Permethrin aka ant powder!
CAUTION, This copied from
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/westnile/permethrin.htm

According to the EPA, permethrin can be used for public health mosquito and tick control without posing unreasonable risks to human health when applied according to the label.

Permethrin is considered to pose slight risks of acute toxicity to humans. At high doses, pyrethroids may affect the human nervous system. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, permethrin has been used for many years with no human poisoning cases reported.

No indication exists that permethrin has a significant adverse effect on humans when used as recommended. However, it has induced skin sensations such as tingling, pricking, and numbness in exposed workers, but these effects disappeared within 24 hours.

Note:- Permethrin is toxic to fish and bees.

And finally.
As a footnote, I’ve used permethrin for years as a duster on clothing in tick and mosquito areas, in bedding, and on my hats. I’ve never had any effects as listed above.

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Prepping Pod Casts

It’s not often I take the time to listen to a different form of communication but today I decided to check out a few of the various Pod Casts on Prepping.

OK, I get it, it’s mainly a sales media for some of them “expert types”. Books, DVD’s, “Must haves”, (and a new one to me) patches to declare to everyone what an idiot you are.

Check out our online store at
www. BS sold here.xxx

The only problem I can see is the articles get in the way of the adverts.
That and the articles I listened to are pretty glib, long on rhetoric, short on detail, and did I mention the book about it (on sale at the discounted price of $9.99 postage and packaging free) which is the absolute “must have” for the serious prepper.

Curiously not one mentioned the “Money Back guarantee if after TEOTWAWKI you are not completely satisfied.”

I did an article about this a long while ago called Altruistic? I think not.
It starts:-
There is a huge difference between bloggers writing about their experiences with prepping and survivalism and those commercial firms spouting prepping and survivalist articles complete with the “Online Shop” button.

musthave

It seems things have moved on and for some “professionals” the Pod Cast is now the number one way of selling overpriced merchandise, and occasionally spouting poor if not bad advice.

Tell me, what sells things to you?
Price, usefulness, a recommendation, glossy advertising?
Hows about an expert (who you will be assured is the finest thing since sliced bread hit the supermarket shelves but you’ve never heard of them before) droning on about the ultimate survival  book they have written or product they have invented.

One thing is obvious, there must be a market place for these people to fleece as there are so many of them. There again, I sometimes wonder, did they get conned once and are just after a little payback?

Or is it a case of them knowing there is one gullible person born every minute.

And finally.
I’d like to draw your attention to a page I did titled DANGEROUS ADVICE.
For some reason it seems pretty pertinent here.

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UK National Anthem

We haven’t got a national anthem in the United Kingdom.
OK we’ve got a really tired one we all drone to i.e. God save the queen.

godsavethequeen

 

 

 

Although some alternatives  have been suggested by the people  including:-

  • Jerusalem. A nice punchy little ditty. Very Old Eton.
  • Land of Hope and Glory. The rugby and Welsh favorite
  • I Vow to Thee, My Country. Not even close on my like scale.
  • Rule, Britannia, Britannia, rule the waves!
    Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
    A lovely blood rousing song.

Except we aren’t British anymore. Apparently we’re European.
No me though, I’m English by blood and birth and was born in GREAT BRITAIN.

Kinda bumsy isn’t it?

Still I’ve got another choice though,
and one of my all time favorites.
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Seems sort of fitting for where I sit (in my boat).
No title given, just the lyrics.
Anyone recognize it?

Stood still on a highway
I saw a woman
By the side of the road
With a face that I knew like my own
Reflected in my window
Well she walked up to my quarter light
And she bent down real slow
A fearful pressure paralyzed me in my shadow
She said ‘son what are you doing here
My fear for you has turned me in my grave’
I said ‘mama I come to the valley of the rich
Myself to sell’
She said ‘son this is the road to hell’

EXCELLENT GUITAR STARTS

Well I’m standing by the river
But the water doesn’t flow
It boils with every poison you can think of
And I’m underneath the street light
But the light of joy I know
Scared beyond belief way down in the shadows
And the perverted fear of violence
Chokes the smile on every face
And common sense is ringing out the bell
This ain’t no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to hell

And all the roads jam up with credit
And there’s nothing you can do
It’s all just pieces of paper flying away from you
Oh look out world, take a good look
What comes down here
You must learn this lesson fast and learn it well
This ain’t no upwardly mobile freeway
Oh no, this is the road
Said, this is the road
This is the road to hell

roadtohell

SWMBO says I can’t have it as a national anthem as it is an American song.
Personally my dear I don’t give a damn where it came from.

iloveit

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