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Pick your literary or film SHTF situation to live through....

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by pugman, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. pugman


    May 16, 2003
    In response to Dexters "Its been pretty quiet around here" thread maybe this will stir the pot a bit...

    Here is the situation...which SHTF reference would you want to actually live through/in. Pick your film, television, novel, etc of reference and lay it out for me. The reference sets the tone. What it happens...why it happens... However you find out/know about it isn't relative. I guess you can try and stop it but I don't think FEMA will listen to you unless you can convince them your crystal ball has been blessed by O. Some ideas

    2012: Better buy that land in Africa....
    The Walking Dead: Slow zombies I guess are easier targets than fast ones...
    Dawn of the Dead: Speaking of fast zombies...
    I am Legend: lots of lights...
    Book of Eli: I guess a move to San Francisco and a desalinatizer might be a good idea..
    The Day After Tomorrow: Mexico looks a new parka
    Carriers: Deadly disease...avoid lots of bleach.
    Knowing: Go out with a Bang!
    12 Monkeys: I think a few Islands in the Carribean weren't touched...
    World War Z: lots and lots of .22 ammo
    Independence Day: I for one welcome our alien overlords
    Legion: Yep...God has said enough of this crap
    Deep Impact: Better move off the east coast.
    The Terminator series: dig in deep...avoid the bombs...come out and kick some cyborg ***
    Patriots: Northern Idaho can be nice this time of the year....

    You have a 3 month can take advantage of any financial avenue you legally can. If you want to max out the credit cards knowing you won't need to pay them...great. Want to mortgage the house...sell those calls in the options market
  2. How about?

    a) none of the above.

  3. Syclone538


    Jan 8, 2006
    Lights Out.

    But yeah, I don't want there to be any shtf situation.
  4. Dexters


    May 3, 2004
    Thanks for the effort - one thing you have to do when writing one of these things up is how some will point how the situation is not reasonable - will not happen.

    Like some have already pounced on one word in your post - "want".

    So, instead of "want" you might rephrase it to "currently best prepared to survive"

    Another way of going is to anticipate people's responses such as we've had so far by saying "of course no SHTF event would be our first option"

    I'll think about it.
  5. Dexters


    May 3, 2004
    I wrote a long reply and it got lost!

    If there is a literary SHTF scenario for all the men under 50 dying and those over 50 having to repopulate the world with the younger women - the natural way - that is the one for me.

    I think this is the one we will have:

    There is huge transfer of money from the poor/middle class to the rich and banks due to no interest rates and high energy/food prices.

    I'm over 50 and not working - and I don't expect to any time soon.

    No debt.
    Own my home - worth less than I paid for it - no need to sell so years from now - I will probably make money in real terms years from now but not a great investment

    Small pension at 60 and SS at 62 - that will help but inflation will hurt it.

    I'm trying to preserve my capital but I don't think it will be easy.

    I don't see the economy going straight down - there will be ups along the way to give people hope. But, it will be a long slow grinding down. Along, the way services will decrease and become more expensive. Petty crimes will make our lives unpleasant.
  6. Akita

    Akita gone

    Jul 22, 2002
    Animal House.


    Oh wait, I already lived thru and survived that one.

    I guess I'll go with Enders Game, by Orson Scott Card, to be a movie in 2013.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  7. pmwglock19


    Oct 10, 2008
    You didn't mention THE ROAD movie. To answer this question will take some thought.

    I agree that I would not want any of those to happen in my lifetime, this sounds more like of pick your poison scenario.
  8. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009

    This. +1

    S&P isnt about desire. It's about getting thru anything.
  9. If I HAVE pick one, I would go with "I am Legend". I like the idea of having the day to roam about unmolested by the zombie horde, and spend my nights in a concrete bunker.

    They're making a movie of this? Awesome, I hope they don't jack it up. I loved the book.
  10. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    I don't have to pick a book. All I had to do was acquaint myself with recent history.

    Korean War. When Rhee came into power in the South, he had socialists, former Communists, labor organizers "voluntarily" enroll in a program whose name I do not recall. 100,000 members of the group were executed by the South Korean Army soon after the start of the Korean War.

    WWII - You probably have read about the holocaust. When you don't read is how some 500,000 Frenchmen were resettled in Germany to do manual labor. Throughout Europe, hundreds of thousands were literally enslaved by the Nazis to do work supporting the troops.
    By 1945, even the French in rural areas were starving.
    The Germans are hated in Greece. Read about the massacres in Athens.
    Read about the 50 or so allied airmen prisoners of war. They were put in a rock quarry hauling out rocks. If they stopped, they were shot on the spot. By the end of the day, all were dead.

    Dexters posted about the cycle of disease and death to anticipate if shtf and the society collapses. Read the accounts of the Black Plague.

    You don't need some action novel to create a fantasy survival situation.
  11. 20South


    Nov 18, 2002
    East of CBUS
    I think I would take most of those over 1984.
  12. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    What the Germans did pale in comparison to the Japanese in every colony or warzone they conquered. Read "Nightmare in Manchuria: Unit 431", "The Bataan Death March", or "The Rape of Nanking" and you will want to kick over your Sony TV or send your Toyota off a cliff.
  13. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
    Yes and no,what the Japs did was reprehensible as ta the germans,they sought out a specific race and did their damned best ta remove them from the earth.

    You gotta remember,the Japs considered surrender unthinkable,suicide was their option.So any prisoner was below contempt,they shoulda killed themselves before capture.

    I really don't want ta get inta the debacle on Mindinao and others.The US hung folk out ta dry while their collective egos were waging a internal struggle.

    FDR considered Europe as the real threat.The loss of England would have been unacceptable.Whereas "Douglas" considered the pacific threat as more vital.Gen Marshall torpedoed him at every turn.

    So after "our" intervention" if'n one could consider pearl harbor as a wake up,FDR choose ta worry about Europe more than Japan.Mistake,granted 2/3rds of the axis was there.Russia was the wild card.Hitler would've had Europe if'n his paranoia hadn't goaded him inta attacking Russia.'08.

    :sorry: Folks,I get long winded on this topic.
  14. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    N. Dallas
    I have a big box of magazines and a few really good survival books w/ pictures. I figure it will keep me busy for a while.

  15. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    The Japanese wanted to wipe out pretty much all of the Asian/Pacific races and even some of the Australians and whoever else they can get their hands on. I understand their mentality when it comes to military prisoners but they sure weren't taking it easy on any civilian prisoners either.
  16. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Sounds interesting/intriguing, but I have a good idea of what my >50yo wife's response would be.

    Something that John Bobbitt could explain better than me...
  17. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    Oct 22, 2006
    Central Arizona
    Monty Python, Spanish Inquisition.

    I'm pretty sure I could handle the comfy chair.

  18. pmwglock19


    Oct 10, 2008
    I'm with Dexter with the literary SHTF scenario.
  19. Stupid


    Oct 26, 2005
    None of the above. :) Though .22LR is the right choice of ammo for zombies.
  20. Alchemy

    Alchemy Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003

    I was on you tube watching the "Rape of Nanking" yesterday.

    I have seen some terrible things in my life, but I had to turn it off.

    The German's and Japanese did some terrible things,

    but my vote goe's to the Japanese for the worst. YMMV.