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I despair with our species. I really do. It isn’t just the fact that what is basic common sense seems to be missing from most of us it is the fact that we are legally obligated to protect these total dickheads from themselves. So that when I am giving advice to someone about anything I can be held liable if they do something stupid because they are simply too dumb to understand the consequences of what they are doing.

Many of the things we suggest or discuss on the Survival UK suite of sites have an element of risk of some sort. If we are dealing with peanuts then it is obvious to everyone that nuts are involved so why should I have to put ‘WARNING – May contain nuts’ May? What is going on here? Anyone that is allergic to peanuts and eats something labelled as a peanut surely is doing the planet a favour by effectively committing suicide. Why do we need a warning label on that?

Darwin had a theory where dumb people need to be removed from the gene pool for us to advance. (Perhaps that wasn’t how he put it :) ) In this modern PC driven world we are allowing the dumb ones to survive and these breed and are the idiots that become SJWs. Too dumb to understand things that kids knew only 40 years ago but protected in a little cocoon by legislation. Sure, it keeps people alive but at a significant impact on us as a species. IQ dramatically lowered and a species that put men on the moon and has harnessed the atom for power needs written instructions that a packet of peanuts contains nuts. No wonder no progress has been made for decades. What is going to happen when many can’t read? Wait, they already have a solution they will simply ban it. Stock up on peanuts as they will soon be registered as a poison.

Now it makes sense that if I mix ingredient X with ingredient Y and both of them ingredients are harmless by themselves but together create something dangerous that I should include a warning of some sort somewhere. But if the article is labelled ‘How to create a toxic gas’ which then goes on to say mix ingredient X with ingredient Y then I think the warning is already in place. How much spelling out do you need? If the article is ”How to make sparkling wine from cow pats’ and I have to mix ingredient X with ingredient Y I should include a warning that it creates a dangerous gas. Not everyone understands what is going on in all cases and there is an obligation to point out what is not obvious.

I do question the sanity of people that go searching the internet for articles such as ‘How to make a compound explosive’ and then they die or even worse get hurt when an explosion happens and the blame is on the writer of the article all because it doesn’t contain a disclaimer or warning that an explosive can, err… explode and injure someone.

My personal belief is that adults that do stupid things are doing the world a favour. Removing their defective genes from the gene pool, raising the IQ of our species and reducing the load on our ecosystem is their gift to us and should be celebrated.

So to keep it simple.

Everything written on this site can lead to death, loss of limbs, sight, hearing, digits, puncture wounds, poisoning and broken bones not just on yourself but anyone you are close too or have met, looked at or thought about in the last 25 years or have other detrimental impacts on your lives and anyone you are close too which may include someone suing you or persecution by the authorities leading to imprisonment, massive fines in the trillions of pounds and you losing contact with your family and other loved ones. You may be extradited by a bureaucrat of any state on the planet, usually the US but not limited to them, by mere allegation, forcibly taken to a country where you will be tortured, have every single one of your rights removed, imprisoned for years without any evidence or a trial and then, if you live long enough, released with no compensation.

All this because you have read a single digit from a single article on this site.

If you do not understand any of this or are unwilling to accept the warning above then click here where you will be taken to the TV guide. Goodbye and don’t forget to take care whilst doing anything at all.

Interesting note I looked for some crafts for kids to put in the link and every one I found had scissors, twine or something that needed adult involvement in the making of. Many had no warning. I was shocked I tell you. That left TV if they ain’t dumb enough to eat the batteries in the remote although an adult could set it up and then leave them with it. Best I could do.

On the other hand if you accept that I am giving advice here that could be dangerous and should be checked and verified or should be performed with care then enjoy some of the more interesting articles on this site. All are there to help you and should be considered in your own personal circumstances. I don’t know if you have kids or kids visit your garden. So when I talk about putting sharp things in these places common sense should make you say ‘I can’t do this as my kids will get it’. Bleeding obvious and should be your responsibility. Plus it makes sense for everyone to check some of the more advanced articles with other sites as sometimes the level gone into here is at a basic level intended as a starter to get it on your radar and more advanced information is available elsewhere on the Interweb thingy.

Steady State Prepping

For many of us prepping is a way of life. It is something we do day to day and almost everything we do and plan we have considered the prepping impact of. For some it is a big unknown and daunting, especially when you are starting out.

When we start prepping we have an initial panic when we realise how much has to be done and we have no idea how much time we have. We prioritise what we do so we get the biggest impact on what we see as our priorities and within our budget. As time goes on we quickly realise that within a very short space of time we have increased our chances of survival significantly. It isn’t enough though so we look at what else we can do and what else we need to buy.

Time goes on with every step increasing our chances of survival with some making massive differences and some slight difference. Still not enough to guarantee but still improvements.

Eventually you get to the stage where the basics are done and although we are still reading up and learning we are pretty settled and the stuff we buy now is the more expensive stuff because, like life, as you get older and the basics are done then the more free money you have, the kids have left and the mortgage is paid off or a very minor amount makes any cash you have free. Some people spend it on holidays or new cars, we spend it on greenhouses, water turbines or new comms kit.

After you have been running in that state for a while you eventually settle into a nice routine. Read about something, add something to the preps, something tangible or learning something most days. Job changes, status changes, kids are all just part of what is happening that makes you evaluate your preps and prep even more.

Regardless of how much we earn we are never finished with prepping. There is always something else to learn, something else to do and there is always some new problem that makes you revaluate what you have done and what you are doing.

Prepping is a way of life, not just something you do like a career and once you are a prepper you can never really be anything else.

For all those just starting, it is never too late and everyone you talk too or read about started off like you once. You will soon get into the lifestyle.

Looking after the Bees

It’s the end of January and not a time I’d be bothering with the bees all snuggled up and keeping warm over winter normally. This year though is different. The mild winter and the spells of warm temperatures have tricked the bees into thinking that there is no winter. They have still been out and about during the September to now period which is where they normally stay in because of the cold. This means that they haven’t recognised the winter and reduced their numbers to allow them to survive with no food being available to be collected.

Just been out checking today and they are still fairly active. Instead of being in a nice ball to keep warm they are still wandering all over the frames building new comb and although they are at reduced numbers they look like at late summer strength. Definitely not winter strength and certainly well above the numbers for the available food. They will be relying on their stored food for survival.

I’m pretty lucky. Because I don’t take all the honey away at the end of the summer they still have all the food they need. Most beekeepers take the honey away for themselves and leave enough for a reduced hive or for those that take it all they have to feed the bees over the winter. With hives not being on reduced bee levels many will not have left enough for the bees in the hive. For those who are feeding anyway they will have to feed more than normal but should detect that when they check feeding levels. Being paranoid of course I’m feeding my bees now as well just in case although so far they have not touched it relying on what they have in their own stores.

I’m guessing that means that this year they will get off to a quick start, unless we have a really cold snap for a few weeks, and I’m planning on taking advantage of that by splitting my hives early on. I’ve already procured the new hives plus all the fittings and treated them for the British weather. They are now ready to go and I will place them over the next few months so when the weather does start to improve I can then split the existing hives doubling the number of hives in my apiary.

If I do it early enough then I have the capability of repeating any splits where there are issues and the splits don’t make it. Although I have done it twice before from my original hive to bring me where I am now and those went well you can never be certain and having contingency is always good or if I want I could even split again anyway for a further increase in the number of hives I have.

So current situation is that I am ready for this years beekeeping and ready to move when the time is right and in the meantime I must continue checking on the bees to make sure that they don’t run out of food. If they start eating the feed I must keep it topped up until food is available from nature.

Looks like it could be a good year for the bees and my apairy.

Is prepping by stealth becoming a norm?

Was at work this week to meet a new manager who had joined our company. Nice enough guy and I think we will get on well. During the day he was asked to supply some details on his life history for the company newsletter and they also ask new starters to define a single statement that defines them as well as to state a fact that nobody else would know about them.

His single statement was ‘Be prepared’. A bit short for the magazine but one that sounded good. A real boy scout but enquires found he had never been a scout. His fact that nobody else would know was he owned his own smallholding. That got people talking.

However as I enquired I discovered that although he has his own 10 acre smallholding with a few cows, horses, goats, ducks, chickens and some game birds. A 10 acre wood with ponds and lived almost entirely off his own land he did not class himself as a prepper. He was just self sufficient. He moved there four years ago in response to the way the country was going and he thinks it is going to hell in a handbasket. He doesn’t however see the total collapse scenario and not because the government is competent but because he thinks it will collapse slowly and will stop before it hits rock bottom. He lives far enough away from major cities that he doesn’t see any significant risk from hordes visiting and plundering his home. He doesn’t have a large stock of food stores but he probably has enough for a few months not counting what he gets from the smallholding. I suspect his not much is more than most of us.

He also seems to live in a very gun relaxed county as he has several firearms and loves to go out shooting for deer and rabbits at least once, preferably twice, a week. This non prepper is in a much better situation than I am.

As you can imaging we had quite a chat and I’ve been invited down to his place for a night out shooting. Whoo Hoo.

While we were talking about his past in the team meeting I had noticed he worked in a place I had worked near Bath. He had joined just after I had left and enquires discovered that one of my close friends, a long time prepper, was the one that got him looking at moving out of the cities. Small world.

I didn’t tell him about this site as he seemed very dismissive of preppers. Seeing them more in the mould of survivalists who were more interesting in stocking up with firearms, ironically he has more than most of us, and simply preparing to survive in the woods but with no real long term strategy. Interesting talk from a non prepper.

So leaving it that we would arrange something I got on the train home where I called my aforementioned close friend. I told him I had bumped into this guy and what was said and he laughed. He said that the guy was so much like we were but didn’t recognise himself as a prepper as he didn’t see himself making any plans. It was simply a way to save money was how he justified it.

Funnily enough I was contacted by one of my old work colleagues for some advice this week as well. We have discussed prepping in the past and she has helped me with my preps. She was looking at selling up in London due to all the crime and buying a smallholding out West somewhere, I think she meant the Wild West, somewhere like Torquay, the way she was talking. I asked her why and it appears that the family is fed up with the way things are going and fear for the future. They though Cameron was going to fix it and are disappointed with the way things are going. She always looked on the positive side. They want somewhere they can be self sufficient and as she and her hubby can work over the Internet, with occasional expense paid trips, they were looking to move and semi retire. No, not prepping she insisted just time for a move and a well deserved reduction in workload.

Seems there are a lot more of us than we think although the media has done the damage around the label prepper and made it unpalatable to your average person in a similar way they have demonised survivalist and survivalism. So people just do it, they don’t label it to make themselves feel better. Bit like all the tory voters who just denied it in the polls to avoid being tormented by socialists they just put their heads down but voted as they wished.

Perhaps this new group think explains why I have so many lurkers on the sites. If so, good luck to you all.