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Hi ALL-
I go through phases but then I just read how fast the H5N1 virus has bombarded half the world in such a short amount of time. Yes- it has been around for a lot of years with only 100+ deaths but it's just the speed now in the last, say, 6 months that has me concerned. Everyday I look for evidence to point me in the opposite direction of this going H2H and it's just not happening for me. I think I am done prepping but I am just not. I agree that if anything, this has been a total lifestyle change for me. I now will be "shopping" out of my basement and when I do go to the store, it'll be to replace the basement stash. Great ideas keep coming out of this forum and I agree that the best ongoing prep is to keep reading and discussing ideas here!
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I have been looking forward to finishing so I don't have to think about it all the time.  Also then I can concentrate on rotating the stuff.  I'm not going to rotate all the rice and beans.  I'll just give it away when it gets near its date and replace it.  Frankly the idea of living on rice and beans during BF when I'd already been eating it to rotate it for months is very depressing.  I'm also pleased to have the chance to practise some things.  Like making a fire to cook rice on, finding best fuel etc.
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I've slowed down on my prepping too but I still think it's trying to mutate.  I think this news that it's currently found deep within the respiratory tract doesn't mean much because the nature of a virus is to become communicable and I think it'll eventually do that.  Right now I think it's taking "baby steps" but as soon as it finds the right DNA to steal, those baby steps will turn into running all over the place. I'm hoping we've got at least until the Fall...but never would be better.

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Rainla- that is what I plan to do - a big garden and then lots of canning the fresh, organic produce. I not only prep for bird flu but all other things that could happen since our world changed on 9/11. When I talk to people about prepping they seem to "get that" part of it when they kinda scoff at the bird flu prep.
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I started to slow my prepping down a couple of weeks ago.  Then the news picked up and the virus started spreading again.  Then a couple of days ago my horoscope said (the last couple of lines) "Remember the story about the ant and the grasshopper.  Now is the time to store food for the future."  coincidental and creepy. 
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My preps are pretty much complete except for the infamous "Last Minute" list. 
 
My view of preps is that I do it every year for ramp up to hurricane season.  Got caught once not prepared... never again.  For a possible pandemic it is of course much more extensive but will still be used if we experience a hurricane or major earth quake.  Multi-purpose preps.
 
Sure, it was a lot of work and a lot of money.  Sure, I could have been like most and said that I would wait to see if the threat materialized.  But I believe that by the time we KNOW that we need to prepare it will be too late.  Having stood in line for food and water before I made the promise that we would never be put in that position again.
 
Each person needs to make the decision about what they are comfortable with and financially capable of doing.  There are about as many answers as there are people making the decision.  We all live by the decisions we make and sometimes we die by them.  But I take great pride in knowing that those who choose to visit us and read are making informed decisions, whether or not I would agree with them is beside the point. 
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I ramped up to get the food in, and now I am taking a more relaxed and methodical approach to getting medical supplies, and other household necessities.

I'm still full speed ahead with plans to make my home energy independent, and my land more able to produce food. That's stuff I have always wanted to do, and BF (and all of the above mentioned scenarios) are just motivators to get it done sooner rather than later.

It is easy to be lulled into inaction. Slow news, good news, whatever, and you let your guard down a little. I suspect if things are quieter for a bit, it will pick up when BF inevitably arrives here in birds.

If you just need to compulsively worry, go have a read at

life after the oil crash

Here's the first paragraph just to get you excited:

Dear Reader,

Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon. This is not the wacky proclamation of a doomsday cult, apocalypse bible prophecy sect, or conspiracy theory society. Rather, it is the scientific conclusion of the best paid, most widely-respected geologists, physicists, and investment bankers in the world. These are rational, professional, conservative individuals who are absolutely terrified by a phenomenon known as global "Peak Oil."



You'll find huge forums like this one dedicated to peak oil, with many of the same concerns.

Sorry if that didn't help!
    
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AndrewP, Why does clicking on that link get me tothe hoomepage here? fritz
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I love prepping because I have learned so much practical information from everyone's generous posts, and interesting ways to be more independent. The huge hardware store is no longer a remote alien planet. I have more of a can do attitude now - why just last week I even fixed the toilet - me! I even got a book on plumbing so that I can have a reference manual when I need it in the future... Amazing grace. Today I was on the horn with a solar power guy trying to figure out how to get a little set-up. Next I will study the hydroponic gardening style. I will learn how to can produce, too. Just knowing that I am taking the best care of myself that I can is empowering. My intent is strength - and I thank you all for your help. 
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I feel as CCCC does, above.  These are great life skills and plans to have in place anyhow...like hobbies.  I've enjoyed immensely all the bleed over into other things I enjoy, like hunting, camping, gardening, etc.   If you REALLY want to have a great time (I was already into this anyway, since whenever) learn to shoot well, and then work on competitive shooting.   Wonderful time, good friends, VERY useful skill.   I shoot competively in IDPA and somewhat in IPSC and its a blast (literally). 
"Praise be to the Lord my rock,
               who trains my hands for war,
               my fingers for battle."
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Hi Arkan, Meet my newest friend, Benelli, a real good talker.
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Fritz, I don't know why that happened to the link. I fixed it.
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Big smile  Really?!   I JUST got hold of a nice used Benelli M1 practical model here this past week!  A great gun, and a very entertaining piece of work.  I believe we shall have a long and enjoyable acquaintance!

"Praise be to the Lord my rock,
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And don't forget to mention that Benelli is a light, beautiful, powerful being. Mucho gusto.
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I love prepping. I have so much fun with it and I always feel great when I aquire more items. I'm not as panicked now but I still have more items to go.
 
I visit the site daily looking for news. And as what was mentioned above, I love belonging to a group with intelligent and like minded individuals.
 
This also has been a lifestyle change for me. It has made me think about alot of things as well. Some harsh realities about our society now and what it could turn out to be.
 
It sure will be nice to not have to worry about prepping when TSHTF.
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very good points all, even tho I am not preparing in the way many others in forum seem to be.
I just couldn't resist sneak in a little personal coment on what I fear the most- and that would be current admin. i. e.  Duh!bya, Cheney, Rummie et al. Nuke Question Question
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Stopping or slowing is not a fault. It means you are very much prepared anyway. Prepping was always going to be exponential and then flattening off like all those graphs we got in school or college.

Recycling of preps is a also a good idea, provided you have something you want to eat/use now within you stores. My rule 10% out now, 10% back in next week. That way you stay 90% prepared.

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I refuse to stop.
 
I am prepping now on behalf of certain other people who I know. There are several people who I would like to have survive this thing, just to keep me company after everyone else dies, and I am certain that they don't have the money (or the foresight) required to do it.
 
Plus, it gives me an excuse to go to gun shows, and blow my money. Sort of like my girlfriend does each week at the mall on totally unnecessary crap.
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I sure understand the burn out on prepping thing. I go through those kind of phases too. I've also seen -- in terms of BF news -- quiet periods and then just as I think I've been nuts to do all this, things heat up again. I would guess that this will heat up again too and we will be very, very glad we've been prepping. -- Libby
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 hi to all,  i'm tired of my paycheck going on electric, oil  for heat and hot water, and food , all this, costs way to much. i want to off set the electric with  a little solar lighting ,  wood burning stove for heat/cooking, go back to basics where i can on food to decrease th amount of money i spend on it. i have a garden a nd fruit trees and fruit bushes and strawberry plants, this forum has help me to do this and more. and yes something is comming down the pike, i belong to red cross and have taken a fema class and it's everyman for himself.., as told to me by police, fireman,ect.  so better to be prepared than waiting in line for help  good luck roXY
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