Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stay the Hell out of Montana! Please.

I was just running some numbers and thought that perhaps you might want to know why we will be guarding our borders the moment the SHTF.  There are 314 million people in the US. That's a Billion meals a day!

If even one out of every 10,000 Americans has plans to wander their way to Montana when the apocalypse arrives, that's still 31,000 people.  Not much by most standards. Heck, not even a city worth naming on a country map, but that's still almost a hundred thousand meals a day.

So assuming that the trucks have stopped and the grocery store shelves are empty, hunting and fishing are the main dreams of the wandering masses. So here's the overdose of reality:

Montana has...
1.4 Elk per square mile
3.3 Deer per square mile
1.5 Pronghorn antelope per square mile
About 8000 Moose
About 750 Grizzly Bears

When I do the math, that's not even enough to feed the million folks already here in Montana. You cannot dent the animal population to the point where is unable to reproduce or it will be game over no matter what.

Birds are seasonal and small. Fish are temperamental, and many mountain lakes are artificially stocked and thus artificially inflated populations.

So there you have it. Your dreams of bugging out to Montana are hereby officially squashed.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Prep Like Barbie. Buy Stuff

Did you hear the one about the new divorced Barbie doll?

She comes with all Ken’s accessories.

So I guess now Barbie is prepared. But before you run out to the toy store for the latest doll, Bug Out Barbie, let me tell you where I'm going with this. Contrary to popular belief (but not popular action) it is the stuff. Yes, I am saying survival is stuff and stuff is survival!

Yea, I know John Wayne said that Life is tough. And it's even tougher if you're stupid. But without the proper stuff, you will die. 

Where most panties start to wad up is when a straight line is drawn between having stuff and survival. Of course you need a clue how to use it, and there are no guarantees when the sky turns dark. But still.

So next time Bushcraft Bob tells you all you need is a knife, and maybe not even that, consider what the first thing your buddy Bob will do when the SHTF. Bob will start building stuff; a knife, a better knife, shelter, fire, weapons, traps, food prep items, and the list goes on. 

The longer Bob is in the bush, the more he will construct, carve, or otherwise fabricate. In essence, Bushcraft Bob has more skill than most, but there is no way he would give up his house, vehicle, gun, knife, tent, stove, whatever, for some wooden or stone version of the same. Unless there is no choice, of course.

In the end, you can call it whatever you want; hoarding, stupidity, chickening out, mistaking things for knowledge, or falling for the big lie. Fine with me because I consider it being prepared.

The true flaw in the unstuff survivalists is that most of them simply cannot afford the stuff in the first place. So instead of remedying that situation, they complain about it and try to change the prepping dynamic to serve their limited resources.

Just calling it like I see it.

Carry on. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Make your Podcast Better. Please!

I've been trying to choke down a few more firearms and survival-related podcasts lately and am more disappointed then ever by what I hear. While I applaud the efforts that many people put into sharing information via the audio-on-demand format, I just wish they actually had information to share. 

For example in one particular survivalist podcast there is a never-ending cycle of household preparedness tips. Not that it's a bad thing, but it’s the same tips over and over and over again. Plus the host is constantly listing what he plans on doing, and not what he’s done all the while imploring the listener to move forward on his suggestions.

And then there are all the gun podcasts by relatively new shooters. It sound like a good idea, but you can only learn so much from someone who only swims in the shallow end of the pool. Even worse, their perpetual city dwelling has left them with such massive holes in knowledge and experience that very few of the nuggets of wisdom are worth unboxing due to all the nonsense packing foam and tissue paper. 

For instance, one of the preachers at the church of the concealed carry once mentioned that if he was in a life or death situation he would not use his good gun because it would be confiscated after the shooting. Instead, he would choose one of his lesser pistols that he wouldn't mind parting with during the duration of the investigation. Talk about missing the big picture.

Oh, and one of my favorite, well actually its just one comment that caused me to stop the podcast, unsubscribe, and delete all episodes. It was a simple but hugely telling offhand comment where the host talked about keeping an open mind about the news. For instance, the Sandy Hook shooting could be a hoax. You just never know. Well, that did it for me. I will be perfectly happy the rest of my life if I never ever hear another word from that podcasting imbecile. Its one thing to be skeptical about stories where there are plenty of missing pieces of information, but absolutely insane to consider ignoring the murder of 20 children in the off-hand chance that everyone got it wrong somehow and nobody died.

On a lighter note, there are the hosts that have the social skills of a yellow lab puppy. Every tangential topic, verbal typo, or accidental pun is met with a reckless diversion of childish repeats, copycats, and explosively derailed trains of thought. 

Finally, there are the podcasters who perpetually profess that they are obese and not really trying to lose weight. Or those who have a command over the English language worse then the average Chinese grade schooler. And worst of all is the the podcast host named Constantus interruptis. This latter beast is usually so full of hot air that the only way they can justify their presence on their own show is beat their co-hosts and guests into verbal submission through forceful interruption and an endless stream of grunts and attempts to start talking by repeating the first word of their great thought. A thought, of course, that we all had seconds ago and have long since moved on. But like a lab puppy, they get so fixated on the bouncing around ball in front of them that they fail to see the Mack truck of useful knowledge bearing down but then has to slam on its brakes and fly off the cliff into the ocean of silence leaving us with nothing more than the obese mathematically-inept grammatically-challenged host reciting with pride their stupid thought from 20 seconds ago that every listener has already considered and dismissed. Hearing the host get all riled up about sharing though his constant first-word repeating is painful.

So in the end, I have to consider whether or not the entertainment of the audio is worth the misery and frustration of listening to the dysfunctional social and verbal skills of a hyperactive forth grader. Honestly, I do want to know want to know what the hosts know, but frankly it just isn’t worth the frustration. So in the interest of helping, here are my Top 10 rules for delivering a worthwhile podcast in this genera.
  1. Talk only about what you know about. Ever!
  2. Do not interrupt. Let the discussion flow.
  3. Get to the point. I don’t need a 20 minute rambling intro to a 40 minute total podcast.
  4. Make your intro and extra music very short. Like three seconds or less. Then see point number three.
  5. Don't bother making every week if you have nothing new to say.
  6. Don't get your panties in a bunch over a review, listener feedback or Facebook comment. There are probably hundreds of listeners to everyone one that comments. The rest of us tune in if you're helpful and shut you off if not. React to your feedback privately.
  7. Do you homework. There is no reason not to know a fact. Look it up! You have a time machine in front of you. Just pause the recording and check your facts. How hard is that?
  8. Don't repeat the messages and buzzwords of Talk Radio. It makes you sound stupid with a big Kool-Aid stain on your upper lip.
  9. Lay off the loyalty. If you love Springfield XDs then good on you. But there are other guns in the world and your lack of experience does not equate to knowledge. Take a walk about the block.
  10. If you have had your conceded carry permit for less than five years, consider yourself a rank beginner and do ten times more listening than talking. Don't bother taking the mainstream media to task for every factual misstep. It just makes you sound like a spoiled kid. Unless your name is Mossad or Jerry, be humble and respectful.
So there you have it. My wisest of podcast traits. And everyone of them is free, easy, and guaranteed to keep your podcast worth listening to.

Carry on.