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  1. #1 For survivalists, the end is always nigh 
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    THE end, when it comes, will be swift. A spiralling economy and diminishing oil supplies will lead to power outages, food shortages, a breakdown in law and order, and ultimately, complete societal collapse. "I anticipate that it'll happen quite fast, like the bushfires," says Tony, a 44-year-old ex-stockbroker.


    Tony, who lives with his wife and three young children in Baulkham Hills, has been stockpiling supplies including rice, multivitamins, peanut butter and honey - "Stuff you don't need to cook or refrigerate and that is high in calories" - plus plenty of soap and toilet paper. "Sanitation will break down as sewerage [systems] clog because people will be unable to maintain the infrastructure. So we'll see diseases like cholera and typhoid."


    Tony (who didn't want his second name used), is part of a new wave of Australian survivalists, a disparate group that includes peak oilers, permaculturalists and "transition teams" that are making plans for what they see as the coming apocalypse. Such people used to fret about nuclear Armageddon or Y2K: today, it's more likely to be global warming, shrinking oil reserves and financial collapse.


    "There has been a surge in interest recently," says Simon Beer, whose website, survival.org.au, has practical tips in bush skills, fire starting and food gathering. "Climate change, peak oil, the economic situation - people are seeing we're headed for catastrophic changes." In 2001, he moved from McMahons Point to the Blue Mountains, where he grows his own vegetables and collects tinned food. He says: "When resources become scarce, people fight, nations fight."


    Traffic has also been brisk on Aussurvivalist.com, which has a graph showing the group's opinion "as to possible causes and likelihood of a major catastrophe in the next 10 years". Economic collapse rates at 87 per cent. The website's founder, John Monico, would not talk to the Herald but writes of being interested in survivalism ever since watching The Day Of The Triffids and reading John Christopher's post-apocalyptic novel, No Blade Of Grass. "I have stepped up my level of preparedness," he writes, "due to increasing global uncertainty and the needs of my family."


    Most Aussurvivalist members are white and male: more than a third are ex-military or serving. There is a lot of discussion about guns, coupled with a lingering contempt for wider society.


    However, Russ Grayson, co-founder of Transition Sydney, says: "We can accomplish more by co-operating in groups and communities rather than acting alone and heading for the hills".


    Formed last year, Transition Sydney has several hundred members, and affiliates in Brisbane, Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast, who are preparing for a post-oil world by developing local solutions to food production and distribution, clean energy, water harvesting and recycling.


    "We develop prototypes that can be scaled up in case of emergency," Grayson says. "Survivalists are usually on the fringe, but this is a mainstream movement. That's the only way [we can] meet the challenges ahead, by working together."

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    "Climate change, peak oil, the economic situation - people are seeing we're headed for catastrophic changes."
    What's his DU name?
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    Ralph, Moonbats believe the gob\vernment will save them when things go south.

    Always be ready when things go south; don't become zombie chow if you can help it.

    Every era ends; sometimes a slow decay, sometimes violent crash.

    Its best to error on the side of caution, then be the last SOB out of the room when TSHTF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan D. Doty View Post

    Its best to error on the side of caution, then be the last SOB out of the room when TSHTF.
    please. I don't even plan to be in the room when the shit hits the fan . . . .:p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan D. Doty View Post
    Ralph, Moonbats believe the gob\vernment will save them when things go south.

    Always be ready when things go south; don't become zombie chow if you can help it.

    Every era ends; sometimes a slow decay, sometimes violent crash.

    Its best to error on the side of caution, then be the last SOB out of the room when TSHTF.
    Do you have a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Plan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    Do you have a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Plan?

    Doesn't everyone???
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    "Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
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    I did my field work with a county services agency in Kalamazoo, that included Head Start under it's umbrella of services. The wife of an elderly survivalist decided that all the food he had stockpiled was going to waste, because they really were too old to survive an apocalypse, at that point, and made him donate all this dehydrated food. We had a real challenge in distributing it, because none of us knew how to reconstitutue it or make meals out of it, so none of our clients would.

    We contacted a couple of other local organizations who knew what to do with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I did my field work with a county services agency in Kalamazoo
    OH so you have experience working with zombies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    OH so you have experience working with zombies!
    My boss is so braindead he has to be a zombie. :p
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