Skill sets that are needed

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Here are some of the skill sets needed to help forge a community whose purpose is not just to survive, but thrive during the coming years. You can see there is too much for just one individual to handle. Personally, I don't want to get bogged down in any one activity, as I see the coordination of various activities to be the most effective use of what little time we have left.

Gardening: (this topic is now branching off onto a separate page)
On the minus side, after the shift there may be little sunlight to speak of for up to 20 years, given the volcanic gloom that will envelope the earth (the same "Valley of Darkness" that plagued Moses and the Israelites during the previous pole shift). However, the principles and knowledge base of outdoor gardening can be applied to the indoor gardening technique we could employ -- hydroponics. Our crops may include those that can withstand low-light conditions, such as potatoes, spinach, kale, and dandelions. For what little outdoor gardening is possible, the raised-bed method may be the way to go, as it supposedly improves yield, minimizes space, and helps prevent soil erosion and compaction. Other crops that can tolerate shady conditions include beets, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and radishes. A cool-season crop is caulifower, and mushrooms can certainly tolerate low-light conditions, though they are of little nutritional value. Other foods such as onions, garlic and cabbage may provide us with certain health benefits.

As if learning the principles of outdoor gardening are time-consuming enough, our best hope for long-term food production after the pole shift may be indoor
hydroponics. This involves growing food in nutrient-fed liquid tanks that require artificial lighting. The most probable nutrients will be either our own human waste products or else drainage from earthworm beds, which may actually perform better than current store-bought nutrients. I will experiment with hydroponics myself, though input from others who already have experience will be critical. However, in the early months -- maybe even the early years -- we may need to remain mobile. This may hinder the development of a hydroponic system.

Fish tanks:
As stream and ocean life may be poisoned, we need to develop our own fish tanks along with the hydroponic tanks. Fish will probably be our best hope for a long-term protein source. The fish tanks will be fed from algae grown in human sewage.

Energy production:
With the power grid down, we need to develop our own energy resources to maintain the hydroponic tanks. The method will most likely involve wind-powered sources such as windmills and turbines, or possibly pedal power. Water-driven power is also a possibility, though I'm leaning toward wind as the most likely source. The energy production topic is now branching off onto a separate page.

Ham radio:
Survival groups will be scattered around the world, in various states of development. It may be possible to communicate with each other only by ham radio, and efforts are already underway to make this a reality.

Computer programming:
I don't understand the methodology, but the world's knowledge base does not have to be decimated, as it was in previous pole shifts. Theoretically, the Internet can still be up and running, helping survival groups around the world share their methods of
coping with the global cataclysms. If my understanding is correct, we need
programmers who can utilize ham radio as the means of connecting one computer to another, and thus one community to another.

Our diets will be very simple and plain, much like what a survivalist currently eats
during extended stays in the wilderness. It will include the fish we can cultivate, any vegetables we can grow hydroponically, roots that are lucky enough to sprout, in
addition to insects and worms (good sources of protein). The challenge will be to make such combinations appetizing, though we'll be happy to get our hands on
whatever we can. The person(s) responsible for cooking will be entrusted to study proper methods for killing potential parasites.

Water supply:
What a vital responsibility. Without sanitary water, of course, we can't cook, drink, bathe, raise fish, or cultivate hydroponic gardens -- we plainly can't survive without it. However, lakes, streams, mid-level wells, and oceans may be poisoned by contaminents released during the extreme, global volcanic activity that's anticipated, as well as by other means. Our lives will depend upon proper distillation of water, which in itself may be easy to find, since we can expect years of near-constant drizzle, low-lying cloud cover, and high humidity. Without trying to sound paranoid, we must anticipate outsiders who would intentionally poison our water supply so as to sabotage our group. Our best defenses again will include a low profile and an STO orientation, and I can't emphasize this enough.

Most survival groups will have young people among them, and these kids will need to be educated. Experienced teachers will be crucial, and the time to start saving
educational materials is

Health & dental care:
We will be dealing with broken and severed limbs, shellshock, long-term depression, malnutrition, poisoning from food, water and other sources, and infectious disease, to mention a few of the nicer maladies. More difficult, we'll sometimes be forced into a triage situation where we must decide who receives priority treatment, especially in the first few days and weeks. According to the international group Doctors Without Borders, the five leading causes of death in an emergency situation are diarrhea, malnutrition, measles, malaria, and pneumonia. We must prepare for each of these. Due to a lack of medicine, we must be aware of home remedies. For instance, many skin disorders respond very favorably to a urine application. Also, I anticipate widespread gum disease. In addition, the need for feminine hygiene may pose some uncomfortable challenges.

Carpentry / Housing Construction:
Our optimal future homes will be partially-submerged domes, particularly the type
designed by Buckminster Fuller. These can withstand the hurricane-force winds we can anticipate, as well as deflect the hailstones and rock storms that pelt the earth as the tail of the 12th planet passes through. We need individuals who can understand the relatively simple technology involved in creating such domes, since we cannot in all likelihood carry the materials with us, as we may need to stay mobile and travel lightly at times. In the meantime, we may need to carve out underground structures that will provide warmth as well as a suitable environment for the indoor hydroponics that will be our best hope for long-term food production.

Survival skills:
People who already know how to survive outdoors will be essential. In the past couple years I've read quite a few survival books, but the real value comes from applying the
methods in real-life situations, which I've yet to do. Survival skills will include the ability to identify plants and herbs, along with knowledge of their nutritional and medicinal values. Another key aspect of survival training is how to cultivate a proper attitude toward a difficult situation. Panic can set in easily, and survival training teaches one to calm down, size up the situation, and not act in haste. This mindset will serve us well, both now and in the aftertime.

Who's Not Needed:
What a group doesn't need are candy-ass professionals who've never picked up a hammer in their life and have no intention of doing so in the future. In fact, I look forward to this kind of a conversation someday: "I'm a psychologist. Surely my knowledge is needed." To which I'll reply, "I'm sure it is, and you can be in charge of shoveling the shit tank."

There are many people around the world who at this moment are preparing for the coming pole shift. There are offering their insights and solutions on several mailing lists associated with a site called
Troubled Times, which offers detailed solution sets for how to deal with the coming changes.  This is a time of profound spiritual opportunity and growth. It's our test, our "final exam" as Buckminster Fuller might put it. Go there. Get involved.

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