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Did Russia Interfere With Our Election?  Or Will Obama?____________________________________

 

There are conspiracy theorists (I try not to be one, but it’s hard) who think Obama and the democrats will do something to stop the inauguration and transfer of power. They have talked about Obama starting a war. They have mentioned martial law. There’s talk of delegitimizing the election. All of this seems pretty far fetched, I know.

Let me posit a scenario. You know,  just for the sake of argument.

First some background. President Obama has known about potential Russian hacking for months if not years. He has done nothing about it. In fact, when Trump mentioned it during the campaign, Obama accused him of whining. Wiki leaks, the disseminator of the supposed leaks says they didn’t come from Russia. No one disputes the authenticity of the material.

The democrats are running out of means to change the election. They have blamed fake media, white supremacists, deplorables, and a host of things. Of course, they’ve not blamed themselves. Now they’re blaming the Russians.

Here’s Where it Gets Tricky

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Obama has to do something.  His legacy is at stake. Besides, democrats and republicans are insisting he take some action. Some are calling this war.  Cyber war, at least. So, what’s a president to do in a case like this? Well, retaliate of course. But how would that work?  Will Obama go to war?  Will he impose new sanctions? Will Putin retaliate for that? Maybe, just maybe this will be what Obama needs to postpone the transfer of power. You know, if you believe in conspiracy theories.

More to come…

Review of Wise Company Deluxe Survival Kit – 2 Week

I received about a month and a half ago:  Wise Company Deluxe Survival Kit – 2 Week

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I ordered it from Amazon. That’s where we do a lot of  our shopping. If you shop online much and don’t have Amazon Prime, get it.

The order arrived promptly and was packed well. We expect no less. Every thing was in the bag as advertised. It all seems to be good quality. It’s filled with products from well known suppliers (for the most part). You can buy them individually from Cabela’s, Sam’s, Walmart, etc… I was even impressed with the wind up radio/flashlight. Some was ‘no-name’ stuff that seemed to be of a little less quality. For the most part, though, I think the quality is good. 

I added some things to personalize the bag for my family. I used the stove/ burner to see how well it worked. So I replaced it with a larger burner and larger cans of gas. By the way, the burner that came with the bag worked fine. I added dog food and some extra food. Also, I packed extra water purification tablets and waterproof matches. There were a few other things I added, but you can personalize it to fit your needs.

The bag is large enough to add a few items with some room to spare. Don’t make it too heavy, you are going to have to carry it. You may be on the run or moving over rough terrain. The bag has wheels, so it’s pretty easy to move around on smooth, flat ground. If you’re gentle with it, your bag should last a while. You probably won’t be able to be gentle if the s*** really hits the fan.

I work over the road, so I keep my bag with me where ever I go.  I move it to and from my vehicle and into and out of hotel rooms numerous times each week.  After about a month, my bag ripped at a seam. Admittedly, I was a little rough.  And I added extra things to the bag. I bought a larger, heavy,  duty bag from an outdoor outfitter and transferred everything into it. Now everything is fine. Just don’t make it too heavy.

Overall Rank: 4.25 out of 5.  I would like to give it a 5.0,  but I did have the problem with the bag ripping. If you’re bugging out, you need to be able to depend on your bug out bag.

Product Description: Product arrived as advertised
Pros & Cons:
Pros:

1 Well stocked 2 Variety of products, some you may not have even thought to     include.

Cons:

1 The bag. I’ve already addressed this

2 (Not really a con, just an observation) Needed to add some things to personalize

Price: $217.14 at Amazon.com

Guarantee: Yes-90 day 100% satisfaction Product Specifications: As described in advertising

When The SHTF

Imagine This Scenario:

Virus outbreaks are popping up across the country, authorities are scrambling, the news is bleak, and you have no idea what’s going on.  Sirens are blaring across the city, the power just went out, and you’re stuck at home with a quarter-tank of gas. And the fear sweats. Relax. Things may be bleak, but you can survive.

Stay Confident And Composed

Preparedness is 90-percent mental and 10-percent MacGyver. Like most humans on earth, you probably don’t have a well-stocked bunker waiting for you in a secluded Safe Zone. But sweet-talking your way onto a helicopter, stealing a bus, or hiding in the bathroom indefinitely might be just as useful. So keep your head cool, assess the situation, make a plan, and play to your strengths. Unless your strength is being a jerk (see below).

Don’t Be A Jerk

This has nothing to do with karma or being a good citizen. This is a key component to Survival 101. You should start working on this now, well before the apocalypse hits.

First things first, get to know your neighborhood. Sit on your stoop and chat with strangers. Volunteer. Offer to carry groceries. Give your landlord a holiday gift. Help with the school bake sale. Learn the names of your local bartender, librarian, or hardware-store owner (bonus points if you remember their hobbies. Or kid’s names). Why? Studies have found that communities (i.e., YOUR NEIGHBORS) are the best defense against disasters. Start forging those relationships now. You never know who might have your back when the chips are down. You may even organize a group of like minded neighbors to prepare for just such a scenario. Or others may have beaten you to it. You just have to find them and ask to join.

Assume Your Phone Will Be Useless

So you’ve made a lot of friends and allies—well done! How do you contact them during the apocalypse? Cell towers will either get knocked down by mobs, or communication lines will hit capacity and black out. Either way, trying to make calls will be basically impossible. So if you want to coordinate an escape plan with a team, you have to get creative:
·If wifi is still working, use social media to share your location and needs

·Check trending hashtags for real-time updates on evacuation routes or terrifying photos

·Update your status on Facebook Safety Check or add your name to the Red Cross “Safe & Well” Registry so your friends and family know you are okay

·Make a communication plan and choose an out-of-state emergency contact person. It may be easier to reach them if local phone lines are overloaded and that person can become a communication hub. They can keep track of where everyone is, almost like a switchboard operator.

Stock Your Emergency Kit

Your cellphone doesn’t work, and you don’t know where anyone else is. At least you’ve packed a Go Bag (or a Bug out Bag) in case you’re in this alone. What’s a Go Bag?


A Go Bag is something you can throw on your back and hit the road with quick. It should be custom-built to fit your needs: Allergy medicine, extra contacts, copies of your ID, pet food, diapers, extra cash … it’s totally up to you. Think about what will make your life easier in the first 48 hours after everything goes belly-up.
But there are some basic items you should definitely have:
·First-aid kit

·Clean socks & underwear (nothing worse than trying to survive when those things are … soiled)

·Non-perishable snacks. and if you MUST bring canned food, make sure you have a can-opener, and you can eat the contents without cooking it. Like tuna fish or canned pineapple. No soup.

·Hand-crank radio. It might be the only way you can receive emergency broadcasts.

·Hand-crank flashlight (you can also pack a regular flashlight, but batteries can get heavy)

·Pocket knife

·Solar flare (optional, but encouraged)

·Comfort food. For me, it’s pretzels and squeeze cheese, but for you it could be sunflower seeds or granola bars. Either way, put something in there that will make you feel better about this shitty situation.

·Water bottle & bleach. (Here’s how you purify water with bleach.)

Put these supplies in an easy to carry while on the run bag. Check it once every quarter  or so, and you’ll be all set.

There are folks out there with state-of-the-art bunkers and three-year supply caches. They are called “preppers” because they are way more prepared than you will ever be. But don’t worry about it. Because the more you have in an apocalypse, the bigger target you have painted on your back. Do you want to be guarding your dehydrated military meals from every bloodshot-eyed survivor with a shank and nothing to lose? No. Keep it simple, stay nimble.

Learn Some Helpful Survival Skills

No matter how prepared you might be, someone is going to get hurt. And it’ll probably be you, hotshot. While you don’t need to train up on some DIY surgery strategies per se, you DO need to brush up on some basic first-aid and survival skills. Just enough so that you can mobilize to a safe zone.

For starters, know how to do the following:
·Make a splint

·Dress a wound

·Do CPR (on someone else, obviously. but still helpful)

·Reduce anxiety

·Light a fire with a 9-volt battery & steel wool (for sterilization or emergency s’mores)

Sign Up For Emergency Updates

Before you rush out and blindly tackle the apocalypse, make sure you know what’s going on. Each city or rural area has an emergency-update network that broadcasts real-time updates via email, text, or social media. So just search “[Your Town Here] Department Of Emergency Management” and sign up. Do it now. Trust me: You don’t want to be panic-searching a government website when the SHTF.(Google it if you don’t know what that means).

Far Out  Scenario?

Ok, so maybe there is no pandemic. Or, maybe there is. There is the Zika scare. There’s Ebola. There are even recent reports of TB and measles outbreaks. But hopefully these will not cause an “end of the world as we know it” situation.

What if there was a long term power outage after a natural occurrence like a hurricane or other disaster?  Or, maybe a man made event like an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) or an act of war? The preparations we discussed above will be useful, if not essential no matter the cause of the disaster. The important thing is to BE PREPARED.

 

Politics and Looney Tunes

Some of you may remember the old Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoons. I know, I’m showing my age. There was one with a sheepdog, Sam Sheepdog (go figure) and a wolf, Ralph E. Wolf. Each morning they would arrive to “work” at around the same time. They would speak cordially to each other. Then they would punch in at the time clock on the side of a tree and go to work-a novel concept for some these days. sam and ralph At work, however they weren’t quite as cordial. You see, Sam’s job was to guard the sheep. Ralph’s job was to eat them. The two fought all day. Of course, Sam always won. ralph and sam Where am I going with all this? It was a cartoon . Not reality. It was all make believe. Which brings us to a pseudo reality called politics. These people go to work every day (well, some days) at our expense. They act like they are fighting for you and me with real dour looks on their faces. They fight and almost slander each other. They are so stalwart in their principles they almost (but not quite) come to blows. Oh and the faces they make. Such sour pusses, they must really be mad.They certainly must hate each other. (More after pics…) unhappy john and nancy     grumpy dems grumpy boehner     grumpy harry Yeah, right. Just like Sam and Ralph. nancy paul john pelosiboehnerryanreid john nancy ryan and moslem It’s not just in congress. Hillary-Clinton-And-George-W.-Bush-Hugging-Photo-Goes-Viral happy first ladies happy pres This one’s real good. Kind of like Christy’s famous quasi hug of Obama after hurricane Sandy. jebmoslem And it’s not a new phenomenon. ghw,bill,ford regannixoncarterford fordcarterbushclinton Surely I have a point to make, right? Yep. It’s a game!  A cartoon, only not nearly as funny. It’s not really a competition, though. they are on the same team. It’s more of an intramural scrimmage. They are playing for the same team owner. And, it isn’t you.  At the risk of mixing metaphors, we are just pawns in their game.

This is no endorsement of Trump.

It’s hard to tell who is more worried about a Trump Presidency, Republicans or Democrats. But it is very telling when Republicans and Democrats are working together to stop a candidate. And you know something is up when over fifty limousine elite liberals meet with Republican elites to discuss strategies to stop Trump. Like I said, they are playing on the same team.  The bipartisan panic is really evident. The question is why? What are they so petrified of?

To be continued…

You can help complete this article. Comments are not only appreciated, they’re encouraged. Please feel free to add your thoughts and opinions. Oh, and facts are nice too.

Many Will Survive the End—You Can Too

Here’s a twist.

We intend to address being prepared for anything on this site. We want to survive anything that comes our way. Some “preppers” are preparing for a more final event.

Here is an excerpt  from “JW.org”, the website of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Hopefully (dependent on your perspective of the world today), this is not going to happen any time soon. But I thought it was an interesting read .


 

The Bible informs us that the end will involve destruction: “There will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now . . . In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved.” (Matthew 24:21, 22) But God promises us that many humans will survive: “The world is passing away . . . , but the one who does the will of God remains forever.”—1 John 2:17.

If you want to survive the passing of this world and ‘remain forever,’ what should you do? Should you start stockpiling supplies or making other physical preparations? No. The Bible strongly urges us to set different priorities. We read: “Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, consider what sort of people you ought to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, as you await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah.” (2 Peter 3:10-12) The context shows that “all these things” that are to be dissolved include the ruling elements of this corrupt world and all those who choose such rulership rather than God’s. Clearly, if we were to stockpile material goods, that would not save us from such a destruction.

Really, our survival involves being devoted to Jehovah God and learning about the kind of conduct and deeds that please him. (Zephaniah 2:3) Rather than following the majority today and ignoring the clear signals that we are living in such important times, we need to “keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah.” Jehovah’s Witnesses can show you from the Bible how you can be a survivor of this upcoming day.

 

Prepping on the Cheap

1. Water

You’ll need a large quantity of water, which fortunately is usually pretty easy to come by. The trick is to use empty containers that could be recycled to meet your needs. Empty 2-liter soda bottles work nicely; they’re cheap and pretty  resilient. A good place to store them is in old milk crates, which can be stacked in a garage. The average person should drink 1.9 liters per day, so be sure to stock up on more water than you think you’ll need. A good thing to keep in mind when storing water is that you’ll never have too much water no matter how much you have. Don’t forget water for washing clothes and dishes. You’re going to need a water filtration system once you run out of your water supply, so consider saving your pennies and buying a durable water filter. Water collecting is a fairly simple task; all it really requires is a tarp and a container. Suspend the tarp on four poles over the container and poke a hole in the tarp then wait for the rain. Remember you’ll probably never have enough water stored, so keep collecting.

2. Food

Food is a little more difficult to stock up on because you’ll need to make sure to rotate it so it doesn’t go bad, unlike water which has a virtually unlimited shelf life. So get yourself a notebook and write dates down so you can rotate the food properly. The types of food I recommend are the kinds that can be saved for at least six months. Make sure you stock up on the kinds of food you enjoy or want to acquire a taste for. It’s not good to have two dozen disgusting meals that get wasted. There are three types of foods that are ideal for storing– MREs (meals ready to eat), dehydrated foods, and canned goods. MREs at sometimes three bucks a piece are a good idea because of their easy use. Or if you want you can save up and for $4,000 get a year’s supply of MREs. However, I only recommend that if you’re prepared in all other aspects. Dehydrated foods on the other hand can be saved for over 20 years. Canned goods are so inexpensive for a great amount of food, and most of them have a two year shelf life. Each type of food has its own pros and cons. MREs are rather inexpensive and have a vast variety of flavors, while dehydrated foods last for an incredible amount of time without spoiling. Then, lastly there are the canned foods, which in my opinion are the best choice because they can be bought at pretty much any store, along with the fact that they can be stored much easier than the other two. Plus, they’re super inexpensive! Now, don’t forget about proper food storage, because there’s no point buying a ton of non-perishables if it ends up getting damaged. What you should do is get some plastic garbage bins with lids; then fill the bins with your food and duct tape the lid back on. Then you just need to find a cool place to store them. Also, when shopping, don’t forget condiments like salt, pepper, and other seasonings, especially salt. You might want to get some plastic forks and spoons, unless you want to end up eating soup with your fingers. Make sure you keep rotating!

3. Fire starters

Fire is up there in the top three needs, when preparing for major disaster after food and water, because though it isn’t an absolute necessity it is quite helpful in many ways. For starters, lighters are a relatively inexpensive way to start a fire, but if they get too wet then they’re going to be most likely useless, so be sure to store them in a waterproof container. My personal favorite fire starter is a mini BIC lighter, because they’re easy to carry and store; keep in mind their smaller size means less times that they can be used. The bigger BIC lighter are really good too, though it’s a bit strange to carry them in your pocket all of the time, but they’ll be very useful in every other aspect. Sometimes lighters come with little child locks on them, which sometimes makes them harder to use, but they can be removed if you stick a nail or a knife blade underneath the lock and pry it off. Don’t worry if it’s done right, it won’t damage the lighter in any way. Now matches on the other hand are a lot of fun, if you get the right ones. Strike anywhere matches are much harder to find but are much more useful, because they don’t need sandpaper to strike on. When you get matches, check to see if they’re waterproof. If not, you can waterproof matches by melting wax then dipping the tips in it. Then, when you’re ready to use them, just scrape off the wax. Be sure to store them properly, too. Then, there’s a fire piston. It’s much more versatile than the others but harder to use. A fire piston consists of a hollow cylinder sealed at one side and a piston with a handle in one end and indented in the other end, where it forms an air tight chamber so when a piece of cloth or dry grass is placed in the indentation on the piston and rammed into the cylinder it causes the air to compress and creates a sharp increase in temperature in the tube (approximately 500 degrees Fahrenheit) causing the tinder to catch, which then can be transferred to a tinder pile. Be sure to remove the piston quickly or else the tinder will use up the oxygen in the tube. Then, lastly, there’s flint and steel. The idea is kind of simple; strike the steel against the flint and direct the sparks into a pile of tinder. (Barbeque lighter fluid is helpful with this.) Some accelerants are helpful when starting a fire with wet wood. Isopropyl or denatured alcohol, and lighter fluid are all easily-used accelerants. [Editor’s Note: Of course NEVER use gasoline. The vapors are explosive and it is simply too dangerous–even when used in tiny amounts!] Be careful not to get any on yourself when you’re lighting a fire. Third degree burns are not fun in a bug out situation. Accelerants are just about useless without wood, so get plenty of it.

4. Medical Equipment

Medicine is very helpful to have to fight various diseases without relying completely on your immune system. Get pills if possible, since they last longer and are easier to store. Good types of medications are ibuprofen, Nyquil and Dayquil, and benadryl. Oral health is almost as important. Toothbrushes and toothpaste are highly needed because it’s going to be hard to deal with cavities and infections. So you should probably take extra care of your teeth. Don’t forget floss; it’s one of the most useful items I’ve come across. Floss can be used for sewing and for lashing sticks together, and it’s also clean (but not sterile), so in extremes you can sew gashes and wounds shut with it. I’ll bet you didn’t know that toothpaste can be used for bug bites. Just apply the toothpaste on the wound and then wrap it. For burns, cool the burn with water and then add then add aloe vera. What you need is a little case in which to store all your first aid stuff. The types of things that should be put in a first aid kit are: Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes, Neosporin, pain relievers, needles and thread, and rubbing alcohol, which also makes a great fire starter. Keep your first-aid kit in a dry place and out of the reach of children.

5. Tools

Tools are a great help in a lot of situations, like building or bartering, they can even be used as weapons! If you do end up buying tools, make sure you know how to use them so you don’t injure yourself. First, get basic hand tools, like a hammer, nails, screwdriver, screws, scissors, saw and a hacksaw, different sizes of wrenches, and files. Keep these in a safe place but not out of reach. Then there are the bigger tools, which are hard to forget because they are really useful, like shovels, spades, rakes, and hoes. Be sure to check brands for good quality tools. Tool maintenance keeps your tools from rusting or wearing out. For this job, you’ll need sandpaper, rust cleaner, and old rags, so don’t throw any away. Axes and hatchets are amazingly useful tools when used correctly. They are helpful in clearing brush and getting firewood. They can also be effective weapons. When selecting an axe or a knife, check the reviews to find information on the tool. There isn’t much more to say about tools, other than keep them in good condition and keep them in a safe place so they won’t get stolen.

6. Weapons

Weapons are probably the most expensive topic, so it makes it a little harder to say. Firearms are the most effective (and expensive) weapon to buy; they can spit lead from a distance with little risk of you being injured. So you should at least have one firearm in your home at all times. The type you get is entirely up to your taste and ability. Keep in mind that you’ll probably be hunting with it as well as defending your property with it. Rifles are the best option for hunting, but pistols are easier to use in defending yourself. Since we can only pick one firearm due to budget constraints, then I think the best all-around is the .243 Winchester, because it can be used on small game but also is strong enough to take out a deer. I think firearms are one of the things that you just must be willing to pay the price for, but you’ll be thankful later. However, if you don’t want a rifle or can’t afford one and you’d rather just go with a pistol, then you should probably get a revolver, because they don’t jam and they’re easier to learn how to use, but they don’t have very many shots. Make sure to take a safety course on proper gun use and go to the gun range and shoot the gun a couple times to get the feel of how to use it properly. Ammunition is a problem, because it’s so expensive. What you need to do is find a proper budget set aside specifically for ammo. Store it in a very dry place with no humidity. Guns aren’t the only things on the weapons list; knives and axes are pretty important, too. Before you get a bunch of machetes and hatchets, get a multi-tool. I have a Leatherman OHT, which is really a tactical knife, but it’s really nice to have on hand. Go online and look at multi-tools until you find one that you like. Now, we can move on to the bigger blades, like a machete. A really nice one that I have is a Gerber Gator Jr. The only problem with it is it gets dull really quick, so you have to sharpen it every once in a while. Then there’s the Kershaw Camp 10. It’s more like a kukri than a machete, but it is wicked sharp, and it holds its edge for a long time. Make sure to pick up a sharpening stone to keep your weapons in good shape. You can use the sharpening stone on the tools, too.

7. Homesteading

This can be a problem if you live in the city, but it’s not impossible. There are a lot of ways you can do most of the homesteading stuff in the city. Unless you have an unusually large back yard, you probably won’t be able to keep livestock in the city, but there are some alternatives, like chickens or rabbits. Now, depending on the type and the quantity, you could probably feed these animals with just scraps from your dinner table. Make sure not to get more than you can handle, and keep a close eye on them to see if one of them is sick or wounded. Take careful thought when getting rabbits; otherwise, your next problem will be getting rid of them. For chickens, you’ll need a little more than a cage. You’re going to need sunshine, water, grass, roosts, laying crates, and chicken wire. (You can use five-gallon buckets cut in half filled with straw for laying crates.) With chickens you have to check for eggs often or else they might end up eating their own eggs. Gardening is a much simpler process. All you need is sunshine, water, dirt, and seeds. All are very inexpensive items, and all are easy to use. Just get some old milk jugs, cut them in half, fill them with dirt, water them when needed, and watch your plants grow! The easiest types of plants to grow varies in what type of climate you live in. Just check online to see the easiest types of plants to grow for your climate. Don’t forget a compost pile. You can put that in your makeshift garden.

Budgeting from the Shopping List

I’ve come up with a list of items, most of which I’ve mentioned, with their prices listed next to them. The list is solely for the purpose of starting your list of tools and equipment wanted for preparation. Some of the prices show typical prices of USED weapons and tools. Keep in mind that these are all rough estimates and prices change. The first price listed will probably be the lowest you can get for that item with good quality. The prices of course will vary depending on the state/area you’re in, but the prices should be pretty close to the realistic price, but may not be exactly the correct price. Remember, that I have put these items in what I believe is priority with water, food, and fire at the top of the list for short-term emergencies, followed by medical, tools, weapons, and then long-term homesteading supplies. You will have to decide what your budget and priorities are. Here’s the list and pricing I’ve put together as a reference to help you in planning:

  • Water:
    • Water Jugs (empty milk jugs) $2-$4
  • Water Filters:
    • Life Straws $20
    • Bottle Filters $25
    • Water Purification Tablets $7-$15
  • Food:
    • MREs $4$-$50
    • Freeze-dried Foods $10-$50
    • Canned Goods $3-$10
    • Plastic Totes $7 (Walmart pricing)
  • Fire Starters:
    • Lighters $5
    • Matches $4-$40
    • Fire Pistons $15-$20
    • Flint and Steel $7-$13
    • Lighter Fluid $8-$15
  • Medical Equipment:
    • Band-Aids $6-$10
    • Neosporin $5-$8
    • Rubbing Alcohol $3-$6
    • Prescriptive Meds (varies)
    • Non-Prescriptive Meds (varies)
    • Toothpaste $4-$20
    • Toothbrushes $2-$10
    • Floss $5-$10
    • Bandages $4-$8
  • Tools:
    • Rakes $12-$20
    • Shovels $10-$20
    • Hammers $5-$20
    • Wrenches (Set) $7-$120
    • Screws (Pack) $6-$20
    • Nails (Pack) $6-$20
    • Hoes $9-$30
    • Axes $12-$80
    • Hatchets $10-$60
    • Wedges $13-$20
  • Weapons:
    • Rifles $100-$400
    • Pistols $100-$500
    • Knives (Everyone has different tastes and there’s a large variety, but you could probably get a good one for between $30 and $60.)
    • Machetes $20-$60
  • Homesteading:
    • Seeds (Heirloom) $40-$50
    • Gardening Pots $7-$20
    • Gardening Soil (in bags)$5-$15

I hope you learned something from this, because it is hard to deal with the lack of funds for preparing for a major collapse. The key to inexpensive prepping is to spread out your buys, not just buying the cheapest stuff, but by getting the correct tools that will not fail you when you need them. There are many more categories that I could have written about, but I just wrote down the ones that I felt were most important. One last thing, getting prepared in your mind is almost as, if not more, important than getting ready with buying things. Your mind is probably what’s going to keep you alive in a major disaster, even without the tools. You should have most of the information in your head. The ultimate goal is to be able to live in a self-sufficient way without having to rely on electricity and unstable energy. The whole point of this essay is to help the people who don’t have a ton of money and still want to prepare for the inevitable major disaster. Thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts concerning this topic.

Are You Really “Prepared for Anything”?

Complete Outage…Are You Ready?

Just before 1:00 a.m. on April 16, 2013…

A trio of masked gunmen slipped quietly past security cameras…And into position, surrounding a remote electrical substation in upstate California.

First they severed six underground cables. Then they cut power to the site’s emergency phone system.

Moments later, all hell broke loose. Muzzle flashes lit up the night sky… bullets rained down on critical equipment… and within minutes, the entire site was in shambles. Armed with military-grade assault rifles… and using fingerprint-free bullet casings to avoid detection…The attack took less than 20 minutes… destroyed $15 million in equipment… and nearly caused a statewide blackout across California. Luckily, operators were able to redirect the flow of electricity just seconds before losing control of the system.

But the act of sabotage was not taken lightly.

Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), called it“The most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.”

The Wall Street Journal quoted a former official who says the attack was merely a “dress rehearsal for a larger event.”

And Rich Lordan, a senior executive for The Electric Power Research Institute, said the attack “appears to be preparation for an act of war.”

According to the FERC, and this is their exact language: “Destroy nine interconnected substations… and the entire United States grid would be down for at least 18 months, probably longer.”Sure, if we lose power for a few days or even weeks, it would disrupt our lives and take a toll on the economy… but we’d ultimately recover.

But if our country loses power for even just a few months, it could trigger a nationwide crisis of unprecedented proportions. Stocks would tank. Crime would soar. Grocery stores would be picked clean. Gas stations would run dry. Hospitals would shut down.You’d have no access to the Internet. No cell service. No ATMs. And worst of all, you’d have no way to contact your family or call for help.”*

It’s a frightening scenario… one that most Americans are completely unprepared for…

What would happen next? What would you do? Will you be ready?

A 2014 report from the Department of Energy proves that our government is already preparing for a catastrophic event involving the U.S. power grid. It could knock out power to all Americans-over 300 million people. And it could last for as much as eighteen months! Former CIA Director James Woolsey says this event could literally “bring our civilization to a cold, dark halt.”

During the infamous New York City blackout. on July 13, 1977…
During a typical thunderstorm, a bolt of lightning struck a key electrical substation along the Hudson River. The hit destroyed the site’s equipment in a matter of minutes. But the damage didn’t stop there…The substation’s failure created a cascading effect that soon brought down the city’s entire electric system. And by 9:36 p.m. – just an hour later – New York City was pitch-black.

LaGuardia and Kennedy airports shut down entirely. Thousands of people were left stranded in subway tunnels. Countless others were trapped in elevators. And soon, gridlock settled in as traffic lights stopped working.Then people panicked.

With no electricity… and no answers…Millions of frustrated people poured into the streets.Before long, the sounds of car alarms and broken glass could be heard from every corner.

And within a few hours, the entire city had descended into anarchy.

“The looters were looting other looters, and the fists and the knives were coming out,” a  Queens resident recalled years later.

Over the next two days. A total of 1,616 stores were looted and damaged. 1,037 fires were reported. 35 blocks of Broadway were destroyed. 550 police officers were injured. And 3,776 people were arrested – which still stands as the largest mass arrest in New York history.

Additionally, 5,244 people were taken to the emergency room. In the end, the total damage estimate topped $340 million.

This, in just two days without electricity. And in a single U.S. city. Imagine a nationwide blackout lasting even a month or more.

Imagine the anarchy and lawlessness if this was to go nationwide. Or even region wide. Or, worse yet, continental or even intercontinental! I’ll admit (and hopefully, I’m correct) the last two are a lot less likely to happen. But the first two, according to some (including ex-CIA and other government officials) are not only possible, but probable.

Are you counting on the government to protect you? Heck, you can’t even call 911. You have no phone service.

Are you bugging out? Hope your truck’s got plenty of gas. Gas pumps run on electricity. I hope you have some money for supplies-providing you find somewhere to purchase them. ATMs are off line. Be careful, traffic signals aren’t working. I really hope you’ve taken care of this in advance. You are not the only one looking for supplies now that TSHTF.**

Remember the “looters looting other looters” from the New York blackout? How about Baltimore recently?

Baltimore anarchy
Baltimore anarchy

Or Ferguson? Times seem worse now. There is a lack of respect for the law and for other people. You’d better be prepared to defend yourself and your family. Maybe even some of your neighbors.

Are you?


Do you have a plan? Put one in writing so you can check off items you have taken care of and those yet to come. Ideally, they’re all checked off now. Get a “bug out” bag-or box- or whatever. Pick a location ahead of time to “escape” to and make sure everyone you are responsible for knows where it is and how to get there. Stock up on weapons. You can’t have too many, is my opinion. Make sure you are not the only one in your group who can use them. Have you stocked up on non perishable supplies (food, water, medicines,first aid kit,etc…) Keep in mind, you have no idea how long this “bug out” is going to last. Be prepared for the long haul.

Not Done Yet


There is so much more to being prepared than just what we covered in this small post. We plan to add as much as possible and as often as possible. And we encourage you to leave comments suggestions etc…

Thanks,

JO


*David Fessler, a degreed electrical engineer and the chief Energy and Infrastructure Strategist for one of the top financial research firms in the world.

**The Sh*t Hit The Fan

300 Reasons to Take Magnesium (Your life may depend on it!)

300 Reasons to Take Magnesium (Your life may depend on it!)


Magnesium deficiency is a serious problem in the United States. It’s likely that 80% of Americans have too-low levels of this essential nutrient.

The mineral magnesium is abundant in healthy bodies. It’s stored in our organs and bones, and used in over 300 enzymatic processes.

Enzymes are proteins that speed up processes and reactions in our bodies. Without them, these actions may not get completed.

This includes your body turning food into energy. It’s also vital for proper transcription of DNA and RNA.

Although it’s considered an “invisible deficiency,” low magnesium levels can manifest in a variety of ways like heart palpitations, headaches, muscle cramps, nausea and migraines.

These may be indicative of bigger health issues like heart disease, diabetes, asthma and anxiety disorders.

If you’re not sure that you’re getting enough magnesium, there are more than 100 health reasons to find out.

GreenMedInfo.com lists more than 100 therapeutic benefits of magnesium so far. They say it can help with:

  • Migraines
  • Proper formation of bones and teeth
  • Regulation of blood sugar levels
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Slowing the aging process
  • Reducing stroke risk
  • Chelation of extra calcium in the body*

(*This keeps the arteries from hardening due to excess calcium.)

Get Tested

Magnesium deficiency is considered an “invisible” one. But just because you don’t show symptoms, doesn’t mean your magnesium levels are optimal.


Here are three tests you can take to see how much of this mineral you have (or need) …

Magnesium Serum Test — This is the most-common magnesium test, but it’s also said to be the least-accurate.

That’s because less than 1% of the body’s total magnesium is in the blood plasma. And the body will do whatever it takes to keep that number in check.

However, if you do score low on a plasma test, then your bones, organs and muscles may be in dire need of magnesium.

Magnesium RBC Test — This is supposed to be a better test because it quantifies the amount of magnesium stored in your blood cells and bones. If you have good magnesium reserves in your body, you should see a score of 6mg/dl or higher on this test.

Magnesium EXA Test — This involves scraping your cheek buccal cells. Many say this is the most-accurate test because it lets you know how much magnesium is being stored in your cells, bones and muscles.


Due to soil depletion and poor farming practices, it’s almost impossible to get enough magnesium from diet alone.

Magnesium supplements are easy to come by, but all forms of magnesium are not created equal. In other words, they can either do damage in the body or are very poorly absorbed.

These types of magnesium are ones you will find in supplements available from the local Walgreen or Wal-Mart.

John Brisson at FixYourGut.com put together a comprehensive listing of the types of magnesium supplements out there. Here are some the best and worst …


 

Best Forms of Magnesium to Take

Dose: 600mg-800mg

Time taken: Bedtime

Magnesium Glycinate — This is the most bioavailable form of this mineral. One benefit is that it can help with sleep and feeling calm. This is also the least likely form to cause loose stools.

Magnesium Malate — This could help those who feel fatigued or who have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This form can also increase stomach acid and assimilation.

Magnesium Taurate — This could be helpful for people with heart disease, as the extra taurine helps the heart to function better.

Magnesium Citrate — This should mostly only be used for bowel irrigation, but it is an OK form of magnesium as long as it is taken with meals. Like Magnesium Malate, it could increase stomach acid and assimilation.

Magnesium ZMK — This form, taken with meals, is considered to be a complete supplement. That’s because it uses magnesium from all of the Krebs (citric-acid) cycle: Citrate, Fumarate, Malate, Succinate and Alpha-Keto-Glutarate. Many athletes use this supplement because it’s said to enhance recovery.


 

Avoid These Forms of Magnesium

Magnesium Oxide — With a low absorption rate, this is arguably the worst form of magnesium. Yet, it’s the most-common one to find on the shelves of the local drugstore. Out of a 400 mg dose, at most 80 mg of magnesium is absorbed by the body.

Magnesium Aspartate — This was once believed to be more-absorbable because of the aspartic acid. Unfortunately, too much aspartic acid is neurotoxic.

Magnesium Hydroxide — This is another form that isn’t well-absorbed by the body. Most of this magnesium is released into the bowels.

Be sure to research your own magnesium levels before you decide whether to add — or not to add — magnesium to your diet.

Brad Hoppmann

Bugging Out on a Boat

What  if your property isn’t available to you when the SHTF?  Or, maybe you don’t have a good bug out location. Maybe you don’t own property at all.

If you live near a coast-could be a river, a lake,a bay, any navigable water-you may want to think about a boat. You don’t need an expensive mega yacht. What you need is protection from the elements. Also, you’ll enjoy some of the comforts of home such as bedding, living quarters and kitchen and bathroom facilities. If your engine is running and maintained, you will have mobility as well. Of course, that assumes you have access to fuel and oil, etc… You may even consider a sail boat to alleviate that issue.

sailboat neighborhood
sailboat neighborhood

You may consider an R V and we may address that later. But for now, let’s concentrate on a live aboard boat.

You need not spend all your money on a suitable boat. In fact, you shouldn’t. You can find a used boat with operational facilities for a few thousand dollars. Or you can spend hundreds of thousands. (I can’t, but maybe you can).

nice yacht
nice for bugging out

If you’re a handy with construction tools, you can even build your own.

diy houseboat
simple houseboat
diy houseboat
simple diy houseboat

Of course, you will want to have your boat well provisioned. A bug out bag is always at the ready. But you need to be prepared for a long stay. Since you will probably not have a lot of room for storage, you  may want to store more provisions in a secure spot nearby.

You will need to be as self sufficient as possible. Solar or wind energy capability is imperative. You will need a way to collect and store or generate fresh water for drinking. If anchoring out instead of docking you will need a dinghy for coming ashore. A HAM  radio is a good idea as traditional communication may be down.