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  • Posted by freedomforall 1 week, 6 days ago
    There are hundreds of skills needed. This is not an insignificant undertaking.
    Just to start:
    Gunsmith, Ammunition Manufacturer.
    Practical Application of Engineering. (Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical/Petrochemical, Nuclear, Architecture, Geology/Mining, ...)
    Medical Doctor, Emergency and Surgical Nurse, Pharma Chemist, Dentist, Veterinarian, Anesthesiologist.
    Vehicle Repair Mechanic.
    Business: Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales, Purchasing, Accountancy, ...
    Programmer/Designer/Database Mgt (Software), Computer Repair Technician.
    Teachers of Martial Arts, Self Defense, Military "Arts"
    Teachers - All Levels - Basic Subjects - Math, Science, Languages, History, Music, Arts, Philosophy, Ethics, ...

    idiocracy42 has the right idea on smuggling, too.
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  • Posted by $ Commander 2 weeks ago
    Well....PIMP is the answer. Permaculture Farms....Permaculture Is My Passion. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAB-...
    Go ahead and get lost in the adventure. Billy and family and network are Gulchers in practice.

    I'm in startup of a minor version of this as I just finished relocation end of March. In addition I have a fully functional machine shop and 35+ years of mechanical maintenance, design and repair. I've a history of farming and livestock. and like johnrobert2 I've a sailboat and lots of fishing gear to ply the waters of Lake Michigan. My network includes a host of trades where I can exchange my talents directly....no monies.

    Your foremost quality is enthusiasm to learn....everything.
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    • Posted by mccannon01 1 week, 5 days ago
      Uh oh! I'm supposed to be working on something right now, but went down the rabbit hole of videos you just linked. Next thing I knew almost an hour went by and I learned a lot, but got nothing done, LOL!
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  • Posted by $ blarman 1 week, 6 days ago
    I think there are few skills which couldn't prove useful. A real society thrives on a variety of useful occupations. I would start with the basics of infrastructure: power, water, sewer, transportation. Everything else pretty much depends on those. Barring the sudden development of an atmospheric power generator or a zero-point module, you're going to need power - whether that's from hydroelectric, wave motion, wind, solar, nuclear, or fossil fuels. You're also going to need transmission capabilities.
    Next you need clean water and sewer. The biggest plagues in history have thrived on insanitary conditions - and that includes infant/maternal mortality after childbirth. That means a lot of pipes and pumps.
    Next you need shelter, ie. construction. This doesn't have to be anything fancy - but it could be.

    And of course all this depends on food generation. If you don't know how to grow stuff to eat...? Learn. People in today's society look down on farmers but they know an awful lot that people take for granted. (This includes livestock. Chicken refuse is great fertilizer...)
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    • Posted by $ johnrobert2 1 week, 5 days ago
      I would be happy to send you a copy of my project development plans for Tikina-i-ra. Maybe you can tell me which bases I missed.
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      • Posted by $ blarman 1 week, 4 days ago
        Sounds like fun. Though not a certified architect, I've designed homes and studied commercial architecture for my own gratification. Also been so fed up with the morons in city planning where I live for badly timed construction projects and wastefulness that I have to think there's a better way. (Who plans two simultaneous projects on parallel feeder roads at the same time?) Gotta say that one of the best games of all time IMHO was SimCity. I spent many an hour as a youngster playing that game...
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 2 weeks ago
    Jack of All trades...and master of "some", at least.
    Manufacturing, innovation, practical design and engineering...not theories but real world experiences.

    I think the key to a new Gulch would be to NOT just reproduce the structures, mental or physical from which we came. Keep what worked and discard what didn't.
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    • Posted by $ 25n56il4 2 weeks ago
      I've been making my own soap for years. The doctors in my clinic particularly liked the Peppermint Soap I made. Said it stopped itching. I use Pure Lanolin and fragrances (Peppermint, etc) and food coloring. Also you can use Frankencense. . (Very comforting).
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      • Posted by $ gharkness 2 weeks ago
        Funny, I was just talking to hubby about starting up my soap making again. I made soap for a few years, but never got good at cutting it "prettily." Other than that, it was really good soap.

        I still have quite a bit of lye left over, but I can't find my face shield, and face shields are a lot harder to come by these days (I think...haven't actually looked.) Been wanting to make some goat milk soap, too. Oh wait....a decent looking face shield is available on Amazon for less than $7.00 (paid a lot more than that for my original soap-making shield). Think I'll get one or two.
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    • Posted by $ Commander 2 weeks ago
      Hey OUC....no one has built a trebuchet large enough to throw a Mack yet. Jus thinkin....we'd need some type of entertainment. Might as well make it instructional too.
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      • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 2 weeks ago
        Now THAT would be entertainment...
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        • Posted by $ Commander 2 weeks ago
          When I was stationed in Lubbock there were folks in Waco, of all places, that were doing this for charity events, late 80's. Only cabinets, pumpkins, toilets...for distance and accuracy. They made an assertion they were working on a machine that would hurl a small or mid-size Buick...89/90. I can't find any history on this specifically, yet a friend saw it on the news after I separated and moved north again. This came up again in River Falls WI while I lived in Minneapolis....throw a mid-sized vehicle. Both ended up as big community efforts in learning and creating. I have a standing invitation for youngsters now...Let's make something... My Grandniece is going to get me in trouble.
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  • Posted by Katrina41 1 week, 6 days ago
    May I offer gardening, canning, dehydrating. Also cooking, baking, working with livestock of various sizes (can't ride a bronc or do expert vet work except for lots of hands on experience with human and critter first aid ). My paintings sell and I can teach others how to do a number of things, though I am not a degreed teacher. I keep thinking of North Dakota...
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 1 week, 6 days ago
    Yeah...I'm an engineer with decent site development experience so that would help. I also have extensive hvac and plumbing (building design) experience. I think those things would help a little. Would love to help design the infrastructure of the Gulch - and, I've actually got pretty good ideas on that, in terms of bolstering it against needing anything from the outside world....
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  • Posted by $ allosaur 1 week, 6 days ago
    Me dino a retired state corrections officer would be good at perimeter security. Could write critiques of defense measures with my oo-weee BS Journalism degree and seven years of newspaper work experience that ended when I wouldn't bullSchiff about Reagan.
    I can shoot and teach people how to shoot. Me dino threw a hand grenade one whole time on a practice range when in the Marines. Me bad!
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  • Posted by $ jbrenner 1 week, 6 days ago
    Take my Basics of Making class next fall. I have adjusted much of it so that it can be done remotely now. In fact, if you want to learn now, I have an assignment that I can get you started on. If anyone is interested, e-mail me at jbrenner@fit.edu. I have a project funded by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (engineeringunleashed.com) that I can provide more details on. If interested in working on such a project now, I will send you a kit that cost me $30; in value for value exchange, I expect a report on how to improve the instructions for the project. Essentially I am beta testing a remote learning approach to 3D printing and laser cutting. If interested in pursuing this, e-mail me, and buy the Creality 3D Ender3 at

    https://www.creality3d.shop/collections/3d-printer/products/creality-ender-3-3d-printer-economic-ender-diy-kits-with-resume-printing-function-v-slot-prusa-i3-220x220x250mm?gclid=CjwKCAjwq_D7BRADEiwAVMDdHpbALfQ7e4R6KxLLpkBqILGR_G_xscAHZh3qwxnkmOhRUfBdNa5o1RoC8AMQAvD_BwE
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  • Posted by $ servo75 1 week, 3 days ago
    That's one thing I wondered about particularly in the movie, and I know I'm looking too much into this as Rand herself knew that Galt's Gulch would be a fantasy. But how could they form a completely self-reliant society. Someone needs hospitalization, or in the early days they don't have any plumbers or electricians among them.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 1 week, 4 days ago
    Let's see, I worked in marine hydraulics a while back; water filtration based on my knowledge of hydraulics. Learning to make carbon-based batteries, just got my order in of a 500ml container of Working Ink from FWG England. I can sew by hand or by machine. My wife bought me a new Brothers 37 stitch machine for my birthday. I'm also a practitioner of an internal Chinese Martial Art of Empty Force.
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  • Posted by $ rockymountainpirate 1 week, 5 days ago
    This is an interesting discussion. Unfortunately there is no Gulch for us all to flee too, so it may end up being small enclaves of the like minded, or survivors, depending on the situation. It may also depend on if the infrastructure remains intact, and can possibly be tapped into, or if it fails. Some items we take for granted are perishable, such as fuel. It's only stable for so long. A working knowledge of basic, even primitive skills would be a good thing, especially books that contain that knowledge. How do you dehydrate food without that fancy electric thing like I have. I've done it the hard way, and it's called that for a reason. This Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

    It's good to think on these things and think on what if situations. I'm currently reading Book 2 of Seasons of Man by S.M. Anderson (a retired spook). In the book a virus, instead of killing less than 1% of those infected, and taken out 97% of the world population. I recommend it for thought.
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  • Posted by BobCat 1 week, 5 days ago
    Three qualities are required.
    1. The ability to direct other people.
    2. the ability to be directed by others, and
    3. The ability to do both 1 and 2 above without whining .
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