“These are your choices. They always were and they always will be.
Prepare when no one else is preparing.
Panic when everyone else is panicking.
Got food? Ammo? Meds? It’s too late now to prepare adequately for the pandemic much less the impending derailment of civilization itself. Preppers were calmly topping off their stashes in early January, at regular prices, in any quantity with lots-o’-choices. They saw the foreshadow of this emergency and acted appropriately. Prepping always looks crazy until the rug gets pulled. Paranoia is a survival tool, panic is not.
Systems are visibly collapsing. The stock market is out-crashing the 1929 debacle in both speed and depth. “No Admittance” signs are posted at hospitals and needed surgeries are being cancelled. Police aren’t responding to anything less than a murder in progress. Cities are opening the prison doors and chasing off the inmates. Food wholesalers were cleaned out in a fortnight and many can’t restock enough to matter. Others have stopped answering their phones.
Guns and ammo are selling at a record rate. Dealers say even anti-gun leftists are buying ’em. No one will say it, but it won’t take much scarcity for the perpetual EBT Diversity to go where the food and supplies are. It’s just there they’ll meet real resistance for the first time in their lives. The suburbs have learned their family freezers are worth more than social posing. Unlike the stock market, price discovery will be utterly reliable when it comes to fried chicken and a six pack.” – Ol’ Remus, in his Yer ol’ Woodpile Report weekly blog
The other day, Avalanche Lily noted news of an asteroid.
After consulting with a knowledgeable friend who sent me this:
(CNN)On April 29, an asteroid estimated to be between 1.1 and 2.5 miles wide will fly by Earth. But it’s not expected to collide with our planet, thankfully. If it did, the asteroid is “large enough to cause global effects,” according to NASA, back when the asteroid was first discovered.
The asteroid is called 52768 (1998 OR2) and it was first spotted in 1998. It will pass within 3,908,791 miles of Earth, moving at 19,461 miles per hour.
The flyby is expected to occur on Wednesday, April 29, at 4:56 a.m. ET, according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies. They track Near-Earth Objects that could collide with Earth.
The asteroid was classified as a potentially hazardous object because it passes near Earth’s orbit, but it’s not currently on NASA’s list of potential future Earth impact events. Those are gathered and monitored by NASA’s Sentry System, “a highly automated collision monitoring system that continually scans the most current asteroid catalog for possibilities of future impact with Earth over the next 100 years.”
I follow with a question. If NASA is wrong, what would youdo to prepare for an asteroid hit?
Carry on in grace
Dear Once a Marine,
I don’t really think there is anything we can do. For one, we have no idea where it would land if it entered the earth’s atmosphere. Only scientists would have a few minutes/seconds clue, and I don’t think they would have time to warn the populace. Since the area of impact would be like a nuclear bomb going off, unless someone nearby saw it’s entry and jumped into a shallow earth bermed place, the blast and percussion? would kill them and everyone else in the blast radius. Then of course you would have all of the dust blocking sunlight for years to come. I don’t know… It’s not a good scenario. What would others think to do?
Much Blessings to you.
When I read Once a Marine’s post the nerd in me kicked in and based on the information he provided here is the scoop on things from a mathematical point of view.
If the meteor is only 1.1 miles in diameter then the volume of this meteor vs. the Barringer Crater meteor in Arizona would therefore be 8.21 x 10^11 vs. 1.72 x 10^7 or to put it another way would make it 47,732 times the size. The Barringer Crater meteor was thought to be 160 feet in diameter. Scientists have calculated the impact energy of the Arizona meteor at an estimated 10 megatons. So multiply in the larger size factor and … well you see where I’m going with that one. From that perspective it would be time for people to “say their prayers”. Being a creationist, I already do that as I know a lot of the SurvivalBlog readers do as well.
On a much more positive note, the time lapse between when the meteor goes from a 45 degree viewing angle to a 90 degree angle (when the meteor is just passing earth in it’s trajectory) would be 8.36 days. Based on the methods of measuring that NASA has I’m confident that they could project a month in advance (probably much more) if there was any danger of us being hit by this meteor.
A link to the Barringer Crater:
For a real mind bender read about the Chicxulub crater near the the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico
I believe there is a possibility of a future impact of some sort, but I personally don’t loose any sleep over such things.
Hello David ‘n’ Goliath,
Yep, a giant asteroid striking the earth would just mean, going home to be with the Lord. But, I don’t think the big ones are going to hit until God is pouring out His wrath on unrepentant people, after His return and rapture. Those who belong to him are not destined for His Wrath.
Plant a tree, hear good Music and poetry, say good bye to the People i love
Read the excellent “Lucifer’s Hammer” for more info.
In that scenario there is not a lot anyone can do. Best, in my view, is to make peace with your maker and thank Him for the blessings he allows us on a daily basis.
Although fiction, “Lucifers Hammer” was a good read and shows what the possibilities may be like for survivors. The same can be said for James Howard Kunsters series “World Made By Hand”. Fiction, but shows how civilization as we know it can be brought back, with some changes in our approach to life & society of course. Of course should any scenario such as this take place, we have no chance if we are unable to learn from our history.
And as a whole, we aren’t scoring with very high marks in the learning from history department… Just look at where we were as a country at the Founding in 1776, and where we are today…..
I recommend the “Dies the Fire” series written by SM Stirling. The earlier ones were the best- the series has continued on too long imho but the first 3 books for sure were excellent in terms of his vision of a society created from the ashes of a world changing event.
Tests are false positive…you can swab your dog or goat and get a positive…because positively that is what Faust wants: