Article – How to Survive the Apocalypse

In a world where the bombproof bunker has replaced the Tesla as the hot status symbol for young Silicon Valley plutocrats, everyone, it seems, is a “prepper,” even if the “prep” in question just means he is stashing a well-stocked “bug-out bag” alongside his Louis Vuitton luggage in a Range Rover pointed toward Litchfield County, Conn. Here is a checklist for the neo-survivalist preparing for the apocalypse.

There’s a good bit of disdain for folks like you and I in the article, but it is interesting to note that even the idiots are taking notice.

12 thoughts on “Article – How to Survive the Apocalypse

  1. The readership of The New York Times will not need to wait long to have their bug out bag contents stolen by the readership of The New York Post.

  2. Lists like this that include raising rabbits really bug me. The author misunderstood the Extension article he referred to. The 5 lb rabbits are LIVE weight; depending on the breed of rabbit you get 2 1/2 to 3 lbs of meat. Rabbits don’t get pregnant every time they breed, nor do all babies survive their “tender” care. In quotes because rabbits aren’t very nice & they can be incredibly stupid. Feeding veggies sounds like a good idea, but rabbits don’t do well on some vegetables. Grass & greens are their preferred food, and they will eat some veggies, but pellets are much easier. If the does are not in good condition because of a poor diet, they won’t reproduce very well.

    Then there is proper butchering & cooking. I’ve run into some strange old wives tales about both. And some people just don’t like rabbit; it can be used like chicken, but it doesn’t taste quite like it.

    I’ve worked with rabbits off & on for over over 50 years. I wish some of those writers would talk with people like me instead of just spouting off on a subject they know little about.

    • rabbit bone is very lite so the meat weight is higher, hind legs have good amount of meat same with the back straps. many butcher at 4 months. however, I get a pretty good size difference during month 4-6 and some fats as well. it is a lot of work, they are finicky, weather both cold and heat. entire kindles die some times. other times 8-12 kits grow out.

  3. Why would they ask you, Bonnie? You sound as if you actually know how to work with your hands!

    One time I was having a conversation with New York Times reader. The topic was Guns. This gentleman, a doctorally prepared attorney, looked me in the eye and told me with a straight face that one can simply walk into a gun show and buy a gun, no questions asked. This is immediately after my wife, who had bought a rifle at a gun show two weeks previously, told him how that worked out for her. You know, 4473, positive picture ID, NICS Check, the whole nine yards.

  4. The article hit a nerve because I put 20 pounds of rabbit in the freezer today. It would have been cheaper & easier to buy 20 pounds of hamburger. Raising any animal for food is hard work – especially if you produce all the food for them, too. As soon as the grass gets tall enough in the spring, I’m out every day cutting it for the rabbits. I don’t cut enough to dry & save for winter – I don’t have the land, the time, or the energy. I kind of feel sorry for the people who’ll read something like this & think they can get a couple of rabbits, toss them together, and have an endless supply of food. It just doesn’t work that way. But if they’re too stupid to research it – I guess I don’t feel sorry for them. I feel sorry for the rabbits.

    • Their “urban agriculture minister” thinks a rabbit is 5 1/2 lbs of meat? What kind of rabbits is he raising? One of the rabbits I butchered Sunday was just over 5 lbs, but she was also 1 1/2 years old. A normal rabbit yields anywhere from 2 to 3 1/2 lbs of meat – depending on when you butcher.

      It’s hard to visualize city folk trying to raise rabbits – housing, clean water, food, & then butchering. Not too many will succeed.

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