Monday, July 5, 2010

How Long Can You Tread Water?

Good article over at Survival Blog.

Again, being inconspicuous is easier than advertising your presence.

My original neighbors are all being forced to sell their homes here in Australia. There are real estate FOR SALE signs up and down my block. We may be a ghost town on a mountain here eventually the way things are headed. All the people who saw my shelter components brought here during construction will be far away soon, down in the valley, in another state where their employment opportunities are better or even in another country.

That's good timing, because it was this year I had scheduled the start of my massive camouflage operation to hide my entire shelter so cleverly you couldn't see it if you were standing on top of it. I've been saving up polycarbonate Christmas trees since 2002 planning to knit their branches into wire meshes to make sheets of "overgrowth" which from the air will make my entrances appear to be simply dense brushland in an overgrown field. In combination with natural ivy, I have been planning to make my little backyard project vanish forever, all three acres of it. Firehold Bravo is simply going to fade away as if it was never there and anybody who specifically could have remembered it will be long gone.

We have a creeping flowering ivy back there that I have had to fight every single week to keep under control. Left to it's own means it would rapidly conceal everything in my backyard as easily as the jungle does a Mayan temple in South America. It's only because of my ceaseless effort I have been able to prevent it from doing just that up to this point.

The best strategy is to appear to have ceased to exist. The superior strategy is for your enemy to not even realize you are there.


Anonymous said...

Wise words. People can't and won't even think to attack something they don't know is there. From that position you can weather the storm and decide what you want to do next - when it suits you most, instead of having someone force their choice upon you.

Anonymous said...

I also think the people that are most likely to survive with their families are people like yourself, who understand that making preperations before ducking out of "civillization" for a few years at boiling point until the dust settles itself is the best thing to do if you can. That way all the killers and terrorists in power and out can tear each other apart instead of you.

I can only hope that many of the good people like yourself out there are still surviving in the future.

It's hard not to worry what things will end up like in years to come, even having the advantage of preparing long before the majority are even aware of a problem.

Anonymous said...

That is a great article. You have to think of survival after TSHTF as ancient warfare. Your enemies don't need machine guns, night vision or tanks to take you down. Just good ol' human ingenuity and numbers. When I read the comments of all the heroes writing in survival forums about how they will hold off and defeat 'groups' of raiders I have to grin. These fools presuppose that the raiders will attack them in gangs of 10-30 poorly armed, starving wrecks. Reality check about organized armies of over 3,000 well armed and well nourished folks who just ate the population of the town nearest you? What happens then, Lash LaRue? I'll tell what happens then: you'll be the meat course at their next people roast. Z

Anonymous said...

Tex, plant real, no-care scrub: baltic ivy, english ivy, virgina creeper, trumpet vine, daylillies, raspberries, sumac, elderberries, honeysuckle, and whatever else is native and energetic.

Plastic fake vegetation looks the part to the eye, but looks pure white in IR (it gets hot in the sun).

JF said...

Cleve, make the viewport for Grimoire larger. It seems too small.


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You are probably aware of the above. Many useful toys for building the defensive systems of your dreams.

I like the ultrasonics myself. Ideal for freezing targets into arcade mode. Back in the 1970's, I etched a circuit board for a friend, who was building a device from the back pages of Popular Electronics called the Electronic Pain Field Generator. He thanked me by testing it on me. The effect was something like having a dentist's drill in your skull. Short range, but wicked.

j said...

Great article. This blog has sort of killed my appreciation for the zombie-horror genre.