Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Vault-Co Premise In Succinct Form

We figured it out back in 1998.

The existing civilization might be able to weather three or four severe crises during it's strongest years when it had much greater national homogeneity.

However, after being reduced to a feeble shell of fractured strangers preaching platitudes, could that same civilization handle 8 or more incredibly serious crises all at once during the same coming decade?

Vault-Co concluded it couldn't back in 1998. We knew it for a fact.

Consider all of this in the context of an end to the interglacial and an Ice Age already overdue by 500 years. Add the ultimate solar maximum in 2012. Resurgent superpower challenges, resource conflicts, shattered demographics, the collapse of their fiat currency and the general biological revolt that accompanies major earth changes, perhaps even an extinction event cycle like the K-T Boundary?

Think those trash-talking ghetto cultured fashion consultants, stock brokers and service people can handle something that even our genius ancestors would crap in their pants to face off against? They can't even handle regular bridge inspections and levee maintenance. What will their response be to a global die-off of bees worldwide? Super pandemic? Planetary famine? China moves on Taiwan?

They're going to screw it up. Rather badly. Count on it. Don't put your faith in the group or the State or society. Put your faith in God and put your ass behind a shovel.

What you need is a Vault, in particular one big enough to pack a lot of stuff into.


Patrick said...

How many folks, struggling to survive already, do you suppose can afford one of those massively expensive vaults?

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Texas Arcane said...

Funny you should ask that. Last weekend I saw a spectacular underground "root cellar" that someone had constructed from spare tires filled with concrete. It was so amazingly cool and roomy inside I almost felt envious.

Except for the initial excavation, the entire thing was built by a 56 year old man by hand. I mean, everything, by hand. Everything inside was scrapped, beautifully so I might add, including the bunks which were formerly hospital bed springs now mounted on steel posts against the wall.

The "blast doors" were two steel framed massive panels that came off an industrial building in north Queensland. He had simply poured a frame to mount them in with the steel hinges, then used some rubber sheeting to make an airseal around the edge.

The biggest expense was probably the air filtration equipment which had been sourced locally from a HEPA dealer. It made me feel like I was lazy standing inside and looking at it. This old man had probably done more work on this thing alone than you'd expect from 100 young bucks in paid construction jobs.

I wanted to post photos up here on Vault-Co but I could not get permission. It was astonishingly good and it cost this guy next to nothing.

Anonymous said...

Man, talk about painting a depressing picture.

I'd sooner face hoardes of flesh-eating zombies than face the dynamic congealing of problems staring us down today.

(see best Shockwave Flash Zombie Game EVER)

Aim for the head.

But in all seriousness, the dark clouds are on the horizon, and I keep telling everyone I know to batten down the hatches. Most are too stubborn to look up and see what juggernaut of a storm this is that is coming our way.

Hey, can't say I didn't try to warn them.


Patrick said...

Sounds really interesting. Any depths or measurements?

Anonymous said...

Tex - got a link? That sounds awesome

Texas Arcane said...

The shelter was in the side of a slope and had about 1 meters of earth on top. It was about 2m x 6m internally and almost all of it was useful floor space. There were support timbers running right down the middle to support the ceiling, which was about 2 meters high of wooden timbers bolted together with long screw rods. My head fit just underneath the roof.

My elderly friend claimed to have paid nothing to haul away the entire stack of timbers from a leftover pile used to build a retaining wall down the road.

Without counting his labor or the air filtration, (I gather at least $600.00) the entire shelter came in at around $200.00 which he paid for the initial excavation. Everything else he got for free.

I had a lot of various plans for my permaculture lab that involved spending at least $5000.00, but after having seen this place I have decided like the Sparkgap project I am going to try to build it for nothing but labor costs or maybe a small initial outlay.

Patrick said...

Thank you. Probably won't protect like your fancy ones but one thing I have is some land in the Kentucky timbers and the desire to survive to fight when all hell breaks loose, and, as you are so fond of saying, Itz comin'!

Anonymous said...

Re: Ice Age:

As for a vault, what is more likely is that what you will be doing in the future will not be very different from what you are doing now, except that you'll have warmer weather, less food, less water, less petrol, etc.

Given that, you should consider a small house with a farm by a water source, a root cellar, solar-powered equipment like a solar dehydrator, etc. That's a lot more realistic than a vault.

Texas Arcane said...

Is that the gay apocalypse?

Hippie herbal slide into communal living with old Woody Guthrie records, Foxfire handcrafts and homemade biscuits? This is why I say Peak Olive Oilers are also proof that PVC in public water is effeminizing males.

Yes, that's what will happen. Everybody will just realize there's not enough oil to go around and decide to chuck it all and head for the quasi-queer Amish lifestyle.

Right. You keep watching for it. I've got a hunch it is going to blow right over, anyhow.

Anonymous said...

So, you are basically basing your life on an old sci-fi video game, based on a view of the future that might have been (point of divergence mid-1950s)?

You may recall that the Vaults from Fallout were, in actuality, government sponsored closed loop psychology experiments.