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Originally posted by single
I've been prepared for over 30 years, sonny. :-) If you want to believe that dogs can't be tricked, silently shot, poisoned, fed meatballs full of broken glass, etc, go for it. I was a Military police dog handler, and I know better.
Originally posted by single
what's going to FEED those besieging you? :-) Actually, a small group of looters could just now and then position a sniper in your area, and deny you access to anything outside of your "castle". Indeed, he can shoot one of you any time you expose yourselves, at a window, etc, too, of course. Spouting works a lot better than hydroponics, must faster turn around time, lots less hassle. Who says that you will have water to waste on growing stuff with it? After a year of shtf, nearly everyone will be dead, so it will be fairly safe to again have garden plots, if they are small, scattered and well hidden.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
reply to post by camaro68ss
Got a word for you . Hydroponics. Not just a dirty word, describing the methodologies of less than scrupulous purveyors of questionable substances, hydroponics allows for the growth of crops indoors. While I realise that creating a structure to house a decent sized crop would have its issues, there are also ways that hydroponic process can be used to accelerate the growth of a given crop.
And since the only thing that holds most people back from creating sizeable structures on their property is material cost and zoning laws, you need not consider these, since in a true SHTF scenario, the last thing you will be worried about is the legality of your material aquisition policy, and the possibility of councilmen bashing down your door to serve you with a deconstruction notice!
Alternatively , if you have a basement, or the possibility of digging one without collapsing or weakening the structure of your dwelling, that can sometimes be preferable to a surface structure, since surface structures can be difficult to insulate. The only thing you would need to do is ensure that you have a good and reliable powersource for the lighting and ventilation of your hydroponics facility.
The thing is, having your crops out in the air would of course be better in terms of keeping things natural,but it would leave your crop open to chemical or biological attack. In the event of seige , you need to have as much access to raw food stuffs as you can get , and burying your crop and your food stores underground and out of site, means that you would be more difficult to dislodge in the event of a serious encirclement by hostile forces. This would mean that the possibility of being starved out would be greatly reduced.
Just a thought. I will be going now.
Originally posted by wonner
cattle just DRAW enemies. you can bet that half of your 30 won''t show up, and 1/3rd or more will be sick, injured, utterly distracted by their loved ones. That's why dependents aren't allowed into war zones, you know. They render the soldiers ineffective. Large groups just contain your worst enemies. You can't get 5 guys to agree on a single type of rifle and load, and you 'think" that everyone is going to agree on who the boss is, who pulls guard duty, etc.? What a laugh!
patrols just let your people get picked off easily, and movement just draws attention. You'd need more like 100 soldiers, without dependents to do what you think you are going to do. It's not gonna happen. Stick to just your nuclear family. You will be lucky if you get all of them to a safe area, stash enough food for them, hide them in a dugout, and keep them disciplined (since they AINT now, for sure) to keep quiet, for months on end, never go out in the daylight, etc. One of them will screw up, and get all of you killed, most likely.
Originally posted by requirement
I seriously doubt that your sister can outgroup a guy like him. Anyway, slowfire means virtually nothing in SD shooting. It's what you can do in 1 second or less that matters. Most people can't do anything that fast, except scream, faint or wet themselves.