This is kind of a continuation to the “loose lips” post of a few days ago.

Data point number one: I read a post over at Bayou Renaissance Man that was talking about the inner city dwellers becoming rather cagy about letting people know what they were keeping in their kitchens.

If there are a couple of things you learn about in the inner city, it’s that there are snitches and informants everywhere, and you learn to keep your mouth shut, both as survival skills. That is what I was driving at with my post the other day: keep your mouth shut. Keep your preps private.

Data point two: The people in the inner cities are worried about losing supplies. So are the shopkeepers. In New York, stores are locking up their SPAM. We know, it’s been going on for a long time in Hawaii. Still, people are getting desperate.

It isn’t just SPAM, either. cigarettes, over-the-counter medications, contraceptives, liquor, teeth-whitening strips, and health and beauty products.¬†As you think about this, ask yourself what your preparedness stash is worth, and what will people do if they find out you have it?

The time for advertising what you have is over. It’s time to start thinking about preserving what you have as a safeguard.

  • Keep your mouth shut
  • Don’t tell new friends about anything
  • Don’t tell old friends about much
  • Remember, anyone can become a snitch or a thief. Unless it’s someone you would trust with your life, don’t trust them with your secrets.
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Carlos the Jackal · August 2, 2022 at 6:42 am

Your friends are Republicans?
So are some of your enemies, particularly those in politics.

Jonesy · August 2, 2022 at 7:21 am

A few key people are in the know. That’s because they will be joining me if/when things get that bad. Mutual support. It will still be hard, especially when you are cooking food and parts of the neighborhood have run out. Unavoidable in the suburbs.

    BobF · August 2, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    My freeze dryer arrives tomorrow. Rather than processing raw food my plan is to freeze dry only cooked food. I’ve been preparing and freezing for several weeks now. Already have vacuum packed, but FD is longer and takes less space. Thought advantage of cooking first was just in case utilities were out and the generators gave up. Now I have another reason not to have those aromas floating about. Damn, what a world we live in.

    Divemedic · August 2, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    My sister pisses me off. She is always saying shit like “I know where I am coming when TSHTF.”
    She is a welfare queen who spends her money getting her hair did. Her daughters are useless liberal morons with pink and purple hair. The oldest is 22 years old, still lives at home without even a driver’s license. She expects mom to still cook, do all of her laundry, and give her rides to work.
    I am not going to feed and house a building full of useless mouths who will promptly either turn me in or run their mouths to their friends.

TechieDude · August 2, 2022 at 8:17 am

I said my piece months ago about stocking up, creating a pantry.

Now, I say nothing. Herself is another thing. Try as I may, it’s tough to get through that skull of hers. Even harder for me to stop having her donate my stash to the food bank. Her logic is it’s not food we eat. No kidding – beans, rice, canned meat. Can’t get it through that skull that it’s not food we eat in any large quantity- now.

BTW – Spam on the shelves is a great leading indicator. Matter of fact, waddle around the food section of wally world and you’ll see what the proles are hitting – Spam, soups, package foods. Spam and canned soup used to be plentiful there.

Oddly, it is at the Tom Thumb and Kroger – just at nearly double the price.

    Divemedic · August 2, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    My wife tolerates my stocking of supplies, but largely sees it as a waste of time and money preparing for something that will never happen.

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