Most places have water, but how close is it to where you live?
The toilet cistern has water in it. The next door neighbours have a pool. Hot water tanks are literally water tanks.
Digging a hole could work in plenty of places nearby. So would solar distillation of vegetable matter (assuming the sun was reliable). You can collect dew with a variety of techniques.
Yes, having potable water in a vessel is ideal, but prepping is at the very least thinking about what you’d do without nice neat plans that never go wrong.
If you don’t have a way of storing a significant amount of water
Then you sanitise and drink it at the source. Your body is water storage.
If you cannot move the water then the logical alternative is to move your use of the water to the water source.
Wheelbarrows exist. I quite like garden carts too, because they have four wheels and don’t need me to balance them. You can’t rely on cars because there might not be viable roads. Worst case scenario and you just go full Africa and lug the water however many kilometres you need to—that’s what millions there do every single day (that being said, it sucks).
If you really want to go all out then you can rig up pumps and hoses. People have been moving water around for millennia, it wouldn’t take me long to jerry rig something with a wheel and garden hose to be able to do the same. That’s the part of prepping that interests me most—having a challenge like “I need to move water a kilometre without existing infrastructure, how do I do it?”.
but you aren’t sure whether it’s safe to drink or not.
Always assume water is tainted unless you know for sure to the contrary.
Dirty water can be lethal. If you don’t have clean water then you probably won’t have the medical care necessary to deal with the consequences either. Spending the five minutes to learn how to make oral rehydration fluid is worth it.
we don’t know if they worked against nuclear bombs.
The point of a fallout shelter is in the name, to protect from radiation long enough that most of the nasty stuff breaks down so that you can go outside without getting radiation poisoning. They were never meant to protect from blast or heat.
What you need is the ability to clean water, not necessarily giant tanks full of it. Most places have water. Most places do not have potable water.
I’ve used this filter (https://sawyer.com/products/mini-filter/) before and found it satisfactory. Buying something cheap like this and throwing it in a case/bag/whatever as insurance is a very low cost high return action.
If you believe an institution is corrupted then why would you believe that voting within it isn’t?
I’m voting with my feet, in a way that cannot be subverted. I’m not validating a corrupt process by participating in it. Nobody can argue that I support wikipedia as it stands. That is the ultimate vote of no confidence—refusal to associate.
What else would you have me do with a group of people that don’t listen and never will?
How do you feel about politicians policing your library use for wrongthink? Would you give a vote of no confidence to that? Because I did.
For a third view, consider caffeine cycling.
I am not an expert, but in sports caffeine is a commonly used stimulant to increase the ability to work. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of people in that discipline looking to maximise performance (and who are willing to go a lot further than normal people would in the pursuit of that). In sports science you’ll find people talking about caffeine cycling as a way to get the most effect from caffeine without pushing dependence (which from their perspective is a matter of drug efficacy rather than concern about how it might make them feel).
For another third view, consider a caffeine nap.
Drink your coffee in the afternoon and immediately go to sleep. The caffeine will kick in and wake you up in a reasonable timeframe if you time it properly. Then you get a two for one in that you get a rest and a boost.
Or you could just go with the nap sans caffeine.
I used to edit wikipedia, I wouldn’t waste my time now. I was a regular donor but would never donate again.
They used to be an encyclopedia, now they’re a pulpit. I’m not interested in that.
We occupy a low strata in society and we are afforded the consideration commensurate with that.
I can probably prevent this by wearing a face covering. What’s the analogy here for gait recognition
The easiest method I can think of is the same principle as the face covering: wearing clothes that make it difficult for machines to recognise your shape. It can’t classify something it cannot perceive correctly.
You can look at dazzle camouflage for an example of a visible pattern that messes with simple observers like cameras. In addition to that camera sensors can be fooled in spectra that the human eye doesn’t perceive, so reflective/absorbing/emissive fabrics /devices could be a possibility.
It’s a terrible idea but strapping and bracing are a good way to alter gait. The reverse of that is a slightly better idea: improving your flexibility and strength such that atypical positions and motion is less likely to harm you.