Life In a Cosmic Shooting Gallery

The spin we get from the government and other officials is interesting when it comes to Earth getting wiped out by an asteroid or other fast moving cosmic projectile. I just read another story about another asteroid that passed within spitting distance of our little planet.  I like how they always say, “Well, it was pretty close, but it really didn’t pose any danger.”

As if they knew it was coming all along.  Half the time the smaller ones don’t get picked up until the last minute.

I’m not a doom seeker or fortune teller. I don’t walk around shouting about the end of the world or predict that we’re going to get wiped out sometime during the summer of 2014. (That’s an example, not a prediction.)

But at least have the common sense to know that it is a possibility. Hey, awhile back two people won the lottery that was up around a half billion dollars or something crazy like that. It might be that the odds of a large fast-moving celestial body hitting our planet is fairly slim, but it’s a real possibility.

So what happens if we do get hit by an asteroid, oh say six miles wide? Well, why don’t we ask the dinosaurs? What? They’re extinct?

Exactly.

A large fast moving body carries a hell of a lot of kinetic energy, meaning that if it does hit the Earth it’s going to make a really big bang. Actually, it doesn’t even have to hit us – a smaller one blowing up in our atmosphere caused 1000 casualties last year in Russia.

Given our fragile electronic infrastructure and our dependence on said electronics, it wouldn’t take much to knock us back to the ’80′s, or 60′s, or even the 1800′s depending on how bad it was or how close it hit.

Just for the sake of fun let’s say we took a strike to the heartland of America. Boom! Ohio just got whacked by a medium sized fast mover that completely wipes that state out. (Sorry guys.) The rest of the country is unlikely to fare much better though. Between EMP, blast waves, debris thrown up, etc, we’re going to take a beating on the North American Continent.

If it hits the ocean (a more likely scenario) it’s probably going to kick up a big tsunami that will wipe out coastlines that the strike faces. I’m guessing it would trigger fault lines and volcanoes as well, just to add to the fun. The physics of it is quite interesting and you should look it up if you like that kind of thing. It’s quite an amazing read.

So what can we do?

Prepare, of course. That’s what we do, right? Hey, you might get wiped out immediately, but if not at least you’ll have a swinging chance. Personally, I’ll take whatever small chance I get and try to leverage it into something more.

How many of you have heard people say, “I wouldn’t want to live if I didn’t have electricity.”

Hey – fine by me. That’s more resources left for the rest of us who do want to take a crack at it.

So what do you need to prepare?

State of Mind

As you probably know one of the most important things you can possess in a survival situation is a positive frame of mind and the will to live. Without the will to live you might as well put a gun to your head and pull the trigger, which I suspect is exactly what some folk will do.

Stay Alert

Staying alert is important too. Always keep your eye open for more resources.  Shelter, food, and water, guns and ammo, are at the top of that list, but keeping an eye out for people with skills will be important too.  At some point you’ll want to put Humpty Dumpty back together again and you’ll need craftsmen and other skills to do that.

Resources

If you have a lot of food stashed away that’s great. If you manage to survive the initial impact, marauders, relatives, bad weather, tsunamis, and Lord knows what else, you’ll at least be able to eat.

The idea here is to stretch those resources as far as you can. No more throwing stuff away. Everything needs to be recycled or found another use for. For example – a soda can be used to heat water, or you can pour bacon fat into it for storage for later use, or used for alcohol stoves, etc etc. There’s always a way for an item to be reused – you just have to be smart enough to find it.

If you can find food a day’s food out on a forage take it! That’s one more day you’ll be able to stretch your current stores. Every day you find food means another day on the back end that you’ll be able to eat.

And don’t waste food! I have a two year old and I swear that she throws away as much food as she eats. If TS ever HTF you can bet that food would find a way to be reused.

Skills

At some point your skills will save your life. Simple things that many people don’t know how to do. Can you look at a piece of wood and determine whether it would make good fire wood? Can you cut it and split it and start a fire with just a fire steel? Can you do it in the rain?

How about trapping game or hunting?

Can you fight? Could you force yourself to pull the trigger and take a human life if you had to? Don’t take this question lightly, most people can’t do it.

Ok, you get the picture.

Do I expect and asteroid to hit tomorrow and wipe out civilization as we know it?  Nah, not really.  But what this does provide is an interesting though experiment.  What if… we got hit by an asteroid.  And what if it wiped out out the grid across most of the globe, not just here in the U.S.  What if we had to rely on ourselves without the government stepping in with helicopters and fat checks.  Could you survive?

Are you prepared?

Questions?  Comments?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor

35 comments… add one

  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. January 10, 2014, 8:37 am

    Prepare as best you can and hope you won’t need them – nothing wrong with that. Plenty of TEOTWAWKI preps can do a good job taking care of smaller emergencies (i.e. lost jobs, sicknesses, home fires, etc.).

    Time of year has a major impact on when it occurs. Losing the grid in certain times of year would be a catastrophe.

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 11, 2014, 10:47 am

      Good point about the time of year. I meant to put that in the post.

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  • Ray January 10, 2014, 10:04 am

    “The Big Rock” has slammed into earth AT LEAST 11 times in the earth’s history, killing 80-90% of ALL life. It happened before; It WILL happen again . “Rule of thumb” The crater will be 10X larger than the rock. ANYTHING made of iron bigger than 3/4 mile in DIA. is an ELE. This is one of the few (super volcanos being one) events that WILL have global impact ,making 90+% of ALL life extinct. Example: Meteor crater was a NI core fragment 300 FEET wide . It blew a hole in the ground almost one mile wide and 1/2 mile deep , And KILLED EVERYTHING for fifty to one hundred MILES around it-Tunguska Siberia (190?) was an ice ball 200-400 FEET wide(It burned a spot 100 MILES wide when it detonated with an 80 MEGATON blast) The one that popped over Russia last year was a peanut-a little ice ball less than 100 feet wide. Like a Super volcano , there is NOTHING you can do to “prep” . When they happen (the “big ones”) “survival” is just blind luck–just how far away you are from the “bang”, when the “hammer of God” slams down.

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 11, 2014, 9:32 am

      I know we’ve been hit a few times, but I didn’t realize it was eleven times! Either way, a decent sized celestial body moving at planetary speeds will ruin your day!

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      • Ray January 11, 2014, 12:45 pm

        We can only hope that we are never in the cross hairs for a comet . They stroll along at something like 40000 to 200000 miles an hour, with rock/metallic cores around the size of New York city . We get hit by something that big and life (ALL OF IT) ends. The one that hit Mexico 65 million years ago(and killed the big dinos. along with 90% of everything else) wasn’t even a big one, it just landed in a bad spot, at a bad time(Dino was already dieing out and had been for millions of years .90+% of them were already extinct and had been for millions of years) There are MORE than 11 large impact craters on earth. Some are truly terrifying(and old and HUGE) having come close to sterilizing our planet.

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        • Francesca Steele January 12, 2014, 1:57 pm

          My daughter studies astro physics in college. She says that you could fill only one common McDonalds will all the astro physicists that are regularly watching for asteroids and comets. Obviously not high on the human priority list.

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  • Leon Pantenburg January 10, 2014, 10:39 am

    Prepare now.
    Best advice I can think of for dealing with any potential disaster.

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    • irishdutchuncle January 11, 2014, 5:15 am

      unfortunately, I’m still not fully prepared for Y2K…

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  • Cliffystones January 10, 2014, 11:13 am

    Jarhead,

    One of the biggest preperations (IMO) is being able to compose your state of mind after such an event. I remembered an old saying from my childhood, so I looked it up. It was a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Here’s the first verse

    “If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;”

    It’s much longer, just do a search on the first line to read it all.

    My SHTF experience as an adult was the Northridge, CA earthquake of 1994. We lived in Simi Valley, right over the hill from the epicenter. I had no logical fear of earthquakes, having experienced several good sized ones since grade school. But the “jolt” does have a way of getting to anyone on a more primordal level. In spite of my being “rattled” I was able to do the things necessary to aviod colateral damage, get over to my Mom’s place and make sure it was secure, bring her back and assist neighbors who were less clued in on what to do; all before daylight. But in my mental fog I did do one dumb thing. I spent 10 minutes trying to get the garage door open when my truck was parked out on the street. Definitely a Homer Simpson moment :(.

    And you have shamed me in to realizing I really need to try starting a fire with a flint and steel. As far as trapping small game, I’d love to try that but I need to make sure I don’t get arrested by the rangers. And if you know of a way to practice killing another human without sin or guilt, I’m sure we’d love to hear it (dark humor intended).

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    • irishdutchuncle January 10, 2014, 1:31 pm

      if you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, and blaming you… you obviously don’t understand the gravity of the situation…

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 11, 2014, 10:50 am

      Yeah, clarity of thought during and emergency is a gift we should all hope for. I think that having a pre-thought out plan for general situations will help in this area.

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  • Novice January 10, 2014, 11:22 am

    I love the question “could you really pull the trigger?”. While there are some who WILL freeze up when the moment of truth arrives I think there are far more in our society that not only won’t hesitate, they will actually take satisfaction in doing so. I believe that the moral decay in this country has now extended to the point that the thin veneer of civilization is the only thing that keeps most people from pulling the trigger now. Look at the increase in road rage and “anger issues” (don’t pretend like you’ve never been guilty). Now imagine an environment WOROL to keep those emotions in check. Scary huh?

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    • izzy January 14, 2014, 6:13 pm

      If a meteor hits, destroying all infrastructure, it will also have decimated the human population. So maybe you really oughta think twice before shooting anybody.

      (Maybe the guy looking around your property is trying to feed his kids. Maybe the guy was run off his own “compound” by a well-funded militia with a different interpretation of the Bible. Maybe the guy is just trying to find water for his week-long trek back to his bunker (optimum speed), since he had to drive two hours to Omaha that morning… )

      Just sayin. We’re gonna need all the humanity we can get.

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  • SEBAGO DAD January 10, 2014, 12:11 pm

    Interesting that you would bring this up now. There was an coronal mass ejection from the sun yesterday that caused some upset in the earth’s magnetic fields.

    http://www.noaa.gov/features/01_economic/spaceweather_3.html

    To me, this sort of episode has the potentiality for greater disaster than a large scale planetary impact. My reasoning is thus; an electro disturbance of this sort will actually cause fewer immediate casualties than a kinetic event and the resulting lame, cold, hungry survivors will create a larger pool of dependants / predators that will have to be dealt with. This burden will overwhelm any survival system should the artifical carrying capacity of the Earth suddenly change for the worst.

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 11, 2014, 10:53 am

      I suppose the lesson here is that disasters can come from just about anywhere. I think space-based disasters have the best chance of wiping out civilization as we know it, but a super volcano wouldn’t be much fun either!

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  • SEBAGO DAD January 10, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Interesting that you would bring this up now. There was an coronal mass ejection from the sun yesterday that caused some upset in the earth’s magnetic fields.

    http://www.noaa.gov/features/01_economic/spaceweather_3.html

    To me, this sort of episode has the potentiality for greater disaster than a large scale planetary impact. My reasoning is thus; like a Nuetron bomb, an electro disturbance of this sort will actually cause fewer immediate casualties than a kinetic event. The resulting lame, cold, hungry survivors will create a larger pool of dependants / predators that will have to be dealt with. This burden will overwhelm any survival system should the artifical carrying capacity of the Earth suddenly change for the worst.

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  • SEBAGO DAD January 10, 2014, 12:13 pm

    Interesting that you would bring this up now. There was an coronal mass ejection from the sun yesterday that caused some upset in the earth’s magnetic fields.

    http://www.noaa.gov/features/01_economic/spaceweather_3.html

    To me, this sort of episode has the potentiality for greater disaster than a large scale planetary impact. My reasoning is thus; like a Neutron bomb, an electro disturbance of this sort will actually cause fewer immediate casualties than a kinetic event. The resulting lame, cold, hungry survivors will create a larger pool of dependants / predators that will have to be dealt with. This burden will overwhelm any survival system should the artifical carrying capacity of the Earth suddenly change for the worst.

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  • SEBAGO DAD January 10, 2014, 12:15 pm

    Clearly the CME has effected my computer and is causing multiple posts…. :)

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  • irishdutchuncle January 10, 2014, 1:44 pm

    on 02/15/13 a major source of injury was flying, broken glass.
    I don’t have enough boards, blankets or tarps to cover up after something like that. (fail) first-aid kit is not adequate. (fail)
    …oh well, back to the drawing board.

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    • Dairy January 10, 2014, 1:53 pm

      Never giveup Irish…. just keep on digging or drawing, which ever the case may be. Now where did I put that drawing board, oh ya I remember….I think

      Stay Safe
      ~Dairy

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      • irishdutchuncle January 10, 2014, 3:11 pm

        thanks, Dairy.

        my drawing board is buried under loads of other “projects”, so I will be digging…
        how did you know?

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        • Dairy January 11, 2014, 1:39 pm

          Like minds i guess Irish. Found my drawing board now all i need is a pencil. That will have to wait until I fill up another 300 gals of water storage after W. Virginia problems…just never know in todays world.

          Stay Safe
          ~Dairy

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  • twp January 10, 2014, 3:47 pm

    The 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor did not cause “casualties”, no one died, however there were numerous injuries from the blast.

    Source:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelyabinsk_meteor

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  • Steve Suffering In NJ January 10, 2014, 8:44 pm

    Jarhead
    You mention guns and ammo. I’m very much a novice in that area. Any suggestions for the budget strapped lower level skill set?

    Or anyone else for that matter?

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    • Ray January 10, 2014, 8:59 pm

      Steve there are many really reliable firearms that are available in the northeast. If you want an “out of the box” hunter /”target” rifle the Savage 110 , Remington 700 , and Winchester Mod. 70 are all truly great. If you want a weapon of military utility a 98 Mauser, M-1903, and Mosin Nagants all reload quickly from stripper clips, and all are “solder proof” If you live in a state that outlaws semi-autos FLEE TO FREEDOM WHILE YOU CAN.

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      • Steve Suffering In NJ January 10, 2014, 9:15 pm

        Appreciate that Ray. Freedoms remains here, but only holding on by a thread….

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        • Mike January 10, 2014, 11:52 pm

          Hi Steve, Please look into the ” Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs”. Not only for the gun range that is owned by the Association (meaning that they never have to worry about a lease expiring & the land owner doesn’t want to re-new it) but because as a gun owner or someone that wants to own a gun, or believes in the 2 nd Amendment & lives in NJ….this is the organization that can make a difference but needs more people involved as members, etc. Please consider joining or donating. I don’t even live in NJ & I’m a Life member. thanks for reading….

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          • Steve Suffering In NJ January 12, 2014, 9:43 am

            Mike are you referring to Cherry Ridge?
            I’m a member there also.

        • irishdutchuncle January 11, 2014, 5:00 am

          …and between Phillipsburg and Palmayra there are a few bridges you could cross for free! PA has a lot to offer.

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 11, 2014, 10:55 am

      I’ll let Road Warrior handle this one if he’s reading the thread. Personally, I own a couple of pistols, .40 cal and a .22, plus a couple of hunting rifles. I don’t have much in the way of assault weapons, although I’ve owned a Mosin Nagano in the past and that bad boy will put a hurting on someone if you hit them with it.

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  • Wild Weasel January 10, 2014, 11:31 pm

    Mentally prepare is as important as physically preparing. Even when it comes to “pulling the trigger”.

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  • Pineslayer January 11, 2014, 12:40 am

    A major impact could cause a decade long winter, or more. Most plant life will die. We are screwed, but I will try to stick it out just to see what happens. Morbid curiosity or to stubborn?

    When it comes to mindset, a person needs to accept the possibility of catastrophic events and be willing to change their habits. I think you are born with it or not. Some people just need more time to see it.

    Here is a fun quote, ” Free your mind and your a** will follow.”
    Remember that movie?

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 11, 2014, 7:18 pm

      I saw it on Platoon, but it might have been quoted elsewhere as well.

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      • Ray January 11, 2014, 9:14 pm

        “platoon” used that “quote” allegedly from the black panther Huey Newton. Its something I heard at every Dead Show , Frat party , field party and “other things” back in the 70s. It was kinda like saying “FAR OUT”.

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  • Spud January 11, 2014, 8:08 am

    One of the few things that bother me about living in Florida….

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