Hiding in Plain Sight

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You know that economic times are hard in Greece when they put anti-theft devices on cans of sardines that go for $1.18 euro each.
The US Economy is more difficult to destroy than the Greek economy as Barack found out over the past eight years. Yes, we have $20 trillion in debt but we haven’t been wiped out. My sense is that when you see anti theft devices on cans of sardines in the US, we have had it.
Could a Hillary presidency finish us off? Maybe but even the destructive policies of another in the Clintonian dynasty might not be enough…but there is a tipping point.

Which is why it’s a good idea to have a compound, far from cities. Enter the concept for the White Wolf Mining Company (ghost town).

The concept is a home/facility that looks a bit like an old mine. Harmless, ruined, helpless and low maintenance. It screams, “If you’re going to attack somebody, pick a more worthy target than me.”   – look, over there, the WoFat mansion or Brig’s elite cabin.

LSP’s compound is cleverly disguised as a church. Though that was my first pick, he took it before I could implement it, so I have been forced to fall back to a more elemental choice.

Since there are literally tens of thousands of old mines in the Southwest, this is just one more failed attempt to get rich quick.

Is a disaster coming to the US? Maybe not, but I can’t be sure, so this may be the solution.

30 thoughts on “Hiding in Plain Sight

  1. I have a fortune in sardines I can use for barter if need be. Those are very cool houses. I could simply throw a bunch of weeds on top of my house, and voila, gone

  2. Those places don't scream "…pick a more worthy target than me" to me. The only advantage I see in going to a house like that is, it is too far out in the boonies to have a random break-in. Someone would have to be diligently looking for you to drive that far. Another advantage, no lawn to mow. Now that would be worth thinking about.

  3. I'll need lots of sardines. Of course, you have kissed the ring of St. Peter and all you need to is beckon your little finger and trophy bass beach themselves at your feet. Neat trick.

    Back to the point at hand. A compound is better if it doesn't look precisely like a compound.

  4. claymore mines, pungee sticks, more claymore mines, did I mention mines at the mine? And provisions. The water is well-driven so your atop that, and lots of ammo.

  5. How kind of you to throw WoFat and I under the bus…

    Notice that there is a lot of unprotected glass in that fake mine, lots of elevation changes for a walker to navigate, and new asphalt drives is a sign that there be large stock piles of sardines… keep looking…

  6. Are you smoking something, the whole place screams money… and stockpiled sardines…

  7. I wasn't at Quang Tri so the claymores and the pungee sticks are beyond my ken, but we're atop everything else.

  8. At first, I thought LSP had the best idea: disguising his compound as a church. What kind of post-apocalyptic raider is going into a church looking for sardines? Not gonna happen. But then, I realized that a lot of old churches get converted into bars and taverns and roadhouses, and raiders get plenty thirsty. So, bad plan.

  9. Using bangalore torpedoes for anti-personnel weapons is even more impressive. It's like a really long claymore mine…(maniacal chuckle). The problem is that once they give you skills, they can't brainwash it out of you.

  10. I never said that I was broke.

    There is something about old leather, a room with a view, single malt – 35 years old, and a cigar.

  11. Old mines traditionally have nothing in them but ghosts — no canned sardines. I've crawled through a lot of old mines and never found one can of sardines (opened or sealed). Nothing to see here, look over there, a squirrel!

  12. Old mine architecture also comes with a convenient bomb shelter that you can hide in should a nuclear solution present itself.

  13. Our Costco started to carry sardines – Season Brand. Just about the best I've ever had. They had them in the coupon book a few months ago with something like %3.50 off which brought the cost down to about $1.15 a can. I bought a bunch, but should have bought more. We're down to only 12 cans.

    Even at full price, they're still a good deal.


  14. I quoted this on LSP's blog the other day. It needs to be revisited here:

    [Strangelove's plan for post-nuclear war survival involves living underground with a 10:1 female-to-male ratio]

    General "Buck" Turgidson: Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?

    Dr. Strangelove: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious… service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.

    Ambassador de Sadesky: I must confess, you have an astonishingly good idea there, Doctor.

  15. You did mention that you're down to 12 cans…but the world knows where to go for 12 cans of sardines.

  16. Brig, are you implying that LL is some kind of Gollum creature? That's not very nice. ;)

  17. Yeah, maybe no lawn mowing. But what about all of that surface area that you have to dust? You just about have to hire a French maid to keep on top of it.

  18. We all make sacrifices, Fredd. If it requires a French upstairs maid in a fetish outfit to keep the pipes dust free…you just do it.

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