Knowledge is the best prep. Practice your skills now. Not much that you buy and store away is going to be useful if you don’t know how to use it.
“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” – Cormac McCarthy, “No Country for Old Men”
“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.” – D.H. Lawrence
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.
- Cicero in 55 BC
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship [to direct the steering or course of], design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. –Robert Heinlein
In accordance to the principles of Doublethink…it does not matter if the war is not real…or when it is, that victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous. The essential act of modern warfare…is the destruction of the produce of human labor. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle, the war effort is always planned…to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects. And its object is not victory over Eurasia or Eastasia…but to keep the very structure of society intact.” — Orwell’s 1984
If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy… The loss of Liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad…” — James Madison
We are rebuilding yesterday to ensure our tomorrow. — SteamPunk Magazine Issue 1
And the people would eat up all the food, gobble, gobble, yum, yum, and it would become nothing but excrement and memories. What then…? –Vonnegut in Galápagos
Don’t hang on. Nothing lasts forever but the Earth and sky. It slips away…and all your money won’t another minute buy. –Kansas
The quality will be remembered long after the price is forgotten. –Dereck at Lincolns Online . com