First let me say that this site, and a couple of others pertaining to news, gunsmithing and NFA stuff are the only places I frequent on the innerweb. I don't do facebook or any other social network stuff, so maybe I'm kinda like that geeky kid standing against the gym wall during the high school dance as far as the web goes. Last couple of days I have been searching for info on my chickens and have been looking on several different sites. I joined what I feel was the best one, and have spent the morning getting to know it better. As expected there are sections on the many aspects of homesteading. They have links to homesteading/prepper sites, one that is also owned by the same person as my chicken site. After reading through MANY posts on these sites I have come to the conclusion that PSHTF there is gonna be a lot of homesteads out there free for the taking. Most folks posting seem to have a decent supply of food ranging from a few months to 1-2 years. Many feel it's important to have seeds set aside to keep their gardens growing. Most feel that 15-25 gals of gas will suffice for gen-sets and their rototiller, with one gent bragging that he had 200 gals of diesel for his truck and tractor. The tractor in the picture he posted was an old Ford-with a gas engine.. Many keep a few bottles of propane around for their grill. From what I've read most feel 15 gals of water set aside will suffice because, "We live in a wet area, so I'll just collect rainwater." or "We have our own well." NO WHERE did I see any reference as to how "we" were gonna power the well. ONE poster mentioned solar panels to power his Stove, Freezer, AC and a few lights. Homestead defense wasn't mentioned. One guy tried to post something about it and got 3 replies of, "Umm, yeah that's covered." "I really should shoot a bit more." "Bullets are too expensive to use." No where did I see anyone bringing up financial security let alone PMs. I have a hard time comprehending this mentality. I'm still shaking my head as I type this. I understand that I'm a Gun Guy and all that, but how can someone in this day and age pour their heart and soul into a place and not consider how they are gonna live if something happens? How do you go to all that expense and trouble and not have a plan to protect it? To be unwilling to even discuss it? These people are not stupid. They can answer all kinds of questions about chickens and other livestock. Many seem to have a real grasp of small plot farming/gardening on a large scale. Too bad someone is gonna take it all away from them.. I guess I really am that geeky teenager when it comes to social interaction because I honestly didn't know this country was as bad off as it is. I thought a lot more folks thought like we do here..