How Hunger Could Topple Regimes

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    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1730107,00.html

    How Hunger Could Topple Regimes

    “When all that stands between hungry people and a warehouse full of rice and beans is a couple of padlocks and a riot policeman (who may be the neighbor of those who're trying to get past him, and whose own family may be hungry too), the invisible barricade of private-property laws can be easily ignored. Doing whatever it takes to feed oneself and a hungry child, after all, is a primal human instinct. So, with prices of basic foods skyrocketing to the point that even the global aid agencies - whose function is to provide emergency food supplies to those in need - are unable, for financial reasons, to sustain their current commitments to the growing army of the hungry, brittle regimes around the world have plenty of reason for anxiety.” (excerpt)

    This is scary stuff!
     
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    Yes, it is. Many are dead already from rioting. In the poor countries, people often spend as much as 75% of their incomes on food, so when a staple doubles, there are serious problems.
     
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    The end is coming. I am ready, are you?
     
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    Maybe we should stop trying to make gas from corn and give the corn to people so they can eat. Then we should get the oil from the ANWR and use it to drive down the price of oil on the market.
     
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    You bet your ass!
     
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    Or we could just stop paying farmers not to grow.
     
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    WTF? The link is to a will. Got one to go with the story?
     
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    " Originally Posted by RetiredGySgt View Post
    The end is coming. I am ready, are you?
    You bet your ass!"

    hey, i'm not ready and i am curious what i need?

    MRE's? duct tape?

    a gun?

    a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains?

    :eusa_think:
     
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    Depends on what you want to accomplish when society breaks down.

    I suggest the following..

    A years supply of foodstuffs ( canned/boxed, flour/salt/sugar /wheat, etc) for every person you intend to keep alive.

    As much water as you can stock, a gallon a day is a good amount for planning on drinking alone.

    A rifle, a shotgun and a pistol per adult in your group. With at least 500 rounds for the rifle, 200 rounds for the shotgun and around 100 rounds for the pistol. More is better though. Further 2 rifles is better, one heavy caliber long range and one assault weapon type rifle.

    A generator or 3 with fuel stockpiled. Building materials and tools, lightbulbs and batteries, flashlights and other emergency items. A portable radio. Walkie talkies for everyone in your group.

    Vehicles and extra fuel. A location outside a large urban environment. Reloading gear for the weapons with lots of powder, shells, bullets, primers and tools would be a good thing.

    MRE's are a good thing if you have to move around, but food is expensive and MRE's are even more costly.

    Ensure you have heavy duty silverware and cooking gear with plates and bowls and cups. You need pots and pans and skillets. A barbaque grill is a good idea as well or grill work to make open air cooking possible.

    Stocking this stuff is expensive and most people will not have the money, space or were with all to do it. Weapons then become your friend.

    This is a short list, there are many other things you should have if you have a place to keep it and stay away from large urban areas.
     

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