This is in response to the e-mail I received, which I assume went to everyone.
Well, what are we here for?
Are we supposed to be preparing for some kind of catastrophe that puts us all back to mid-1800s conditions? Barring something like a nuclear war or a "dinosaur-killer" meteor strike, I don't see that happening. Yes, it's nice to know how to start a fire, or skin a rabbit, or for that matter catch a rabbit. But I don't see that as our most important problems.
We are facing an economic catastrophe the likes which the Western world (Europe, US, Japan) hasn't seen since the runaway inflation of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s. Then, the saying went that you took your money to the market in a wheelbarrow and brought back your purchases in a basket. Today, Zimbabwe is the prime example: the paper on which the currency is printed actually costs more than the currency is worth. Ben Bernanke is rapidly dragging us down that road. This is something we should be preparing for. How do you live when you still have your house, but the ATMs are empty, the banks are closed, and your credit cards don't work? How do you eat when the market shelves are empty?
Those who wish to fly are now faced with a choice of being video strip-searched, or pawed over in a manner that would otherwise qualify as sexual assault. Try doing that to one of your employees and you'll face a sexual harassment suit. And yet, polls show that about 80% of Americans are willing to put up with this "if it makes us safer." Ben Franklin, where are you when we need you? It's appalling that our fellow countrymen aren't rearing back and rebelling at this abuse. Once "they" have gotten us used to this abuse, what will "they" do next?
What do you do when "civil disturbance" is the order of the day? When not just big cities but even small towns may erupt into riots at any moment? When the huge numbers of people who are dependent on welfare suddenly find that the system isn't there any longer?
I could go on, but maybe you get the point. We face some serious problems that learning "survival skills" suitable for a hunter-gatherer existence won't solve.
I recommend the book SURVIVING THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, by Fernando Aguirre. He lived through the Argentine economic collapse of 2001. The author provides a good description of conditions we're far more likely to face in the next few years.
So, what is this group doing to prepare for some very likely circumstances? I have some ideas, but I'll be interested in what others have to say.