What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-5-27)

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May 27, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin


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How To Improve Your Odds Of Surviving If A Massive Catastrophe Hits Your City

This guide was originally published by Joshua Krause at ReadyNutrition.com

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The main thread that seems to run through the prepper community, is that most preppers really want to get out of the cities and live a rural life. It’s easy to understand why. Most preppers rightfully believe that the cities would be the most dangerous places to be if society collapsed. Rural areas are generally safer, have less burdensome governance, and provide the opportunity to gain some degree of self-sufficiency.

Unfortunately, making that transition away from the city is difficult. There’s a reason why the vast majority of the population in America lives in urban and suburban areas. That’s where the jobs are, and that’s where most modern conveniences exist.

So if for whatever reason you can’t move away from the city, the next best thing you can do is find a city that will give you better odds of surviving a SHTF scenario. I know, it sounds like blasphemy. However, not all cities are created equal and believe it or not, there are certain conditions that make some urban areas better suited for preppers over others, such as:

City Size and Density

The best cities for preppers are on the smaller size, with a slightly lower population density. And obviously, I’m not talking about one of those cities that is part of a larger metropolitan area. There are plenty of cities that range in size from 50,000 to 250,000 people and aren’t subsumed by a wider urban sprawl. Instead, they are surrounded by a few suburbs, small towns, or even just wilderness. If you lived in one of these places, you’d have the benefit of job security while still being just a stone’s throw away from rural areas that you could flee to.

Conservative Values

I hate to sound biased. Though I don’t consider myself liberal or conservative, I have to confess that cities with populations that lean a bit more to the right are much better places for preppers. Aside from the fact that local governments and regulations would be less onerous, these cities are a lot more stable. The cost of living tends to be less in conservative cities, and there usually isn’t as much wealth inequality as there is in liberal cities.

That means there won’t be as many people dependent on the government and not as many people living on the streets. It means fewer people who are living at the end of their rope by the time catastrophe strikes. It means fewer people with a “kill the rich” attitude. So in short, living in a conservative city means that when the SHTF, there won’t be as much looting and rioting, and law and order won’t erode as quickly.

Logistics

When you’re prepping in a rural area, it’s important to consider how connected you are to the rest of the world. Since you’re probably trying to protect yourself from people fleeing the cities, you don’t want to be living down the road from an interstate. However, when a prepper is looking for a city to live in, the opposite strategy should be employed.

Since self-sufficiency isn’t an option, you have to think about what will allow a city to recover faster from a disaster. I’d wager that the more connected that city is with the rest of the country, the faster it will recover. If you’re in living a place that is landlocked in the mountains with only one major road running through it, you might be in trouble. It’s going to be so much easier for that city to be cut off, which will make it harder for aid to arrive. It will also make it harder for people to flee. If you’re stuck in a city during a disaster, you want people to leave, and you want it to be easier for you to leave if need be. If society collapses, a city can only support a very small population, so the fewer people there are the better your odds of surviving are.

So look for cities that have plenty of ways in and out. Better yet, pick a city that is at least near a railroad that carries freight. We all know that if there was a nationwide disaster, the freeways would be clogged for miles in every direction. But railroads won’t have that problem. And if they suffered any damage, then they’ll be a lot easier to fix.

Are You Downwind?

If the grid goes down for a long period of time, there is a serious risk that many of America’s nuclear power plants could meltdown, so it would be wise to live in a city that isn’t downwind from these facilities. You should also be wary of any major military bases or nuclear silos. They will be prime targets if there is a nuclear war, and you certainly don’t want to be downwind from that.

Water

You should also seriously consider what kinds of water resources are in or near your city. Throughout the 20th century, sprawling cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, have grown in areas where there is very little water. These populations are heavily reliant on water that is piped in from long distances. Should society collapse, these cities will die with it. So you should find a city that isn’t so reliant on the water that comes from hundreds of miles away.

Energy

And finally, consider how your city is powered. If the city you choose is near a flowing source of water, check to see if it’s near a hydroelectric dam too. In an urban area that is receiving at least some of its energy from a dam, it’s probably not going to take long to get the lights back on. Cities that are powered by natural gas aren’t such a bad choice either since gas pipelines are relatively stable. It may not take very long to make that infrastructure functional again. However, those pipelines could easily be destroyed during a war.

Cities that are powered by coal would probably be the worst choice because coal needs to be delivered by truck and train. This will be especially true for cities that reside further inland, where many miles of roads will need to be cleared before coal shipments can be delivered. In most cases in America, coal is delivered by train, so if you pick a city that is also near a railway then there are better odds that your city will receive power after the SHTF.

This article was originally published by Joshua Krause at Tess Pennington’s Ready Nutrition Website.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page.


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What Are Your Hobbies?

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May 26, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

A bit off subject for prepping and preparedness, but it might be fun…

Many of us have a hobby (or more than one) that we enjoy as a personal interest, for enjoyment, maybe to get our mind off the crazy world that we live in.

Sometimes we need our “down time” to step outside the box, to relax and enjoy what we enjoy.

Yesterday while listening to one of my radio shows as I worked around the house, I heard this topic brought up and thought it might be interesting to hear about each others hobbies.

So what’s your hobby and why do you think that is?

Maybe it’s not exactly a hobby, but something that you particularly enjoy doing outside the normal day-to-day stuff that you find relaxing. What’s your interest?


 

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Upon self examination, I suppose that I have many hobbies and interests, and not a particular one stands way out over the rest. I tend to explore an interest for awhile, then eventually set it aside (or finish if it’s a self-motivated project) and then explore a different interest.

One that I really enjoyed was the solar power project for the house after we moved here (some of the panels pictured above) which I completed entirely on my own. It was a very satisfying hobby! I’m looking forward to expanding it in the future with more panels, a better inverter, probably a wind turbine since we get our share of winds up here in the mountains.

Right now my primary “hobby” (project!) is the barn raising that I will be taking on this summer. Almost done with the plan…

A few of my other hobby interests for relaxation and enjoyment include exploring-walking-hiking new places, shooting, radio communications, audio (my previous professional career), prepping-preparedness (it’s liberating AND fun!), looking up at the sky on clear nights, weather (probably would have enjoyed meteorology as a career) ; and there are so many more now that I’m thinking about it – but I’ll let you have your turn…

What a way to get the ball rolling on this Friday, a Holiday Weekend…
The unofficial start of summer!

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Why Turning Back To Our Fathers’ Skills Makes Sense

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A little over a hundred years ago, most Americans were still fairly independent. They grew their own food, or traded for it.

They didn’t depend on grocery stores to provide food or electricity to preserve their foods and take care of their families. Even if they did buy food, they did it because they chose to, not because they didn’t know any other way.

Much of their way of life got lost through the centuries. We rely too much on bought food, which makes us weak and less healthy. But you can make your way out of it, by going back to healthy, natural food just like we used to get in the old days!

Returning to the ways of our forefathers makes sense for several different reasons. Let’s talk about them!

Saving Money

Groceries are expensive. If you’re single, you probably spend at least $50 a week on food, and that’s assuming you’re eating on the cheap. If you’re buying organic, it’s much more than that. Add in a family, and your costs will double, triple, or even quadruple. That’s a LOT of cash that you don’t have to spend.

Even if you grow a few vegetables and herbs, you’re going to save money because that’s where most of your grocery cash likely goes. Fresh produce is crazy expensive; I just paid $1 per sweet pepper and $2.99/pound for tomatoes that didn’t have any flavor.

Thankfully, I’ve started my garden and paid $5 to start 42 beefsteak tomato plants. The first three tomatoes will pay for the entire batch. Now, admittedly, I don’t have room for all of those plants, but I do have room in my pocket for the cash that I’ll make selling 30 or so of them. And I’ll still have plenty of tomatoes to eat and to can.

At the end of the season, I’ll can juice, spaghetti sauce, salsa, and whatever other tomato-based product that I would usually buy at the store.

So, let’s add this up. I paid $5 for as many fresh tomatoes I can eat and enough spaghetti sauce, tomato juice and whatever else I want to can. Since I’m selling most of the plants, I’m actually getting paid to have all of the tomato products that I’ll need for at least a year. That’s even better than the coupon deals that I find!

Oh, and I’ll also have peppers and herbs to add to that, so I won’t have to buy anything for any of the sauces, either. I’ve probably saved $300 on my grocery tab just from the fresh tomatoes and tomato products that I’ll can, plus I’ll make another $150 or so from selling the extra plants. That’s $400 in my pocket, just from the tomatoes that I’ll be growing on my patio.

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Flavor

Mealy, tasteless grocery store tomatoes were what finally pushed me to start growing my own veggies again. I was raised in West Virginia and until I moved away at the age of 29, I typically ate fresh garden tomatoes, at least through the summer. I can tell you – once you eat a home-grown tomato picked at the peak of ripeness, you’ll never want to eat another store-bought tomato again.

The same goes for home-canned spaghetti sauce. I have canned tomato products, fruit jellies, vegetable soup, and peppers, plus I have several containers of freshly dried herbs.

Speaking of herbs, they lose their flavor over time. You may have noticed that some herbs taste stronger than others when you buy them, even if they’re the same thing. That could quite likely be because the herbs have been sitting in storage somewhere or a year or so. I know exactly when mine were grown!

I don’t just can plain fruits and veggies, either. I can soups, sauces, pie fillings, and other prepared goods. When I serve up my vegetable soup, I always get compliments about how fresh it tastes. When I say it’s been canned for a few months, everybody is always amazed. That makes me smile!

No Chemicals

This is a huge thing. I didn’t really think much about this until I started getting serious about what I was putting in my body. A tomato is a tomato, right? Well, no. Emphatically NO. Commercial growers have one thing in mind – profit. That means that they need to grow as much produce as they can using minimal space. If a plant dies or a veggie rots because of bugs or mold, they lose money.

To battle that kind of loss, they use pesticides and herbicides to minimize the risk of losing any product. Most of those products have been linked to serious health problems in humans. You can buy organic, but the produce is a lot more expensive and you still have the problem of flavor.

You’ll be paying good money for an inferior product when you can grow at least a couple of plants yourself. A good beefsteak plant will yield as many 40 1-2-pound tomatoes over the season, so it’s well worth your time and the little bit of space it will take up. A single pepper plant will yield anywhere from 20 to 40 peppers. At $1 per pepper, that’s nothing to sneeze about.

When speaking about ready-to-eat foods, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you to check the ingredients. You likely won’t be able to even pronounce many of those ingredients, but you can bet that they’re not natural. Artificial flavor, colors, and preservatives have almost certainly been added to processed foods, and many of them have been linked to horrible sicknesses.

All of my sauces, soups, deserts, fruits, and veggies have natural ingredients – you’ll be able to pronounce every word on my label!

So far, we’ve got delicious, chemical-free produce that we can literally get paid to grow. If this isn’t sounding like a good idea to you, then I’m not sure what would. I have one more point to help convince you if necessary.

Independence

This is worth its weight in gold. You won’t have to spend your money at the grocery store and you won’t have to depend on the store and commercial growers to provide you with food.

That’s a HUGE deal!

Get all you can eat food without buying from the supermarket!

I’ve been through more blizzards than I can count, as well as three major hurricanes. In all of those situations, I didn’t have access to a grocery store for up to two weeks at a time. Through all but a couple of the hurricanes, I had home-grown and canned food to fall back on.

While everybody else was cracking open canned spaghetti rings, I was making fresh spaghetti. During the hurricanes, I had to do it over an open fire, but I did it. And I also had canned fruit.

Of course, you can buy generic canned fruit at the store, but you’ll pay a couple of bucks a can, and it won’t be seasoned and spiced (or even have that fresh taste) that home-canned fruit will. Oh, and mine had zero chemicals or additives.

To drive the importance of food independence home just a little better, let me tell you about my grandparents. They were kids during the Great Depression, and they both lived on a farm. Before the depression, they were considered poor kids. During the Depression, they were sharing their lunches with the kids who had been well-off or rich before the Depression.

Unlike the “rich” kids, my grandparents lived in homes that were independent. They grew and canned their own food, so their lives weren’t particularly changed because of finances or food costs. We live in uncertain times. There’s nothing to say that a time could come when we will need to know how to feed ourselves without depending on a grocery store.

A plant takes anywhere from sixty to ninety days to bear fruit from seeds. I don’t know about you, but if something were to happen today, I wouldn’t have to wait that long to eat. I’ve got my plants growing. I have food canned. I’ll be set. I won’t be eating as well as I would have when I was a kid because I don’t have that much grown yet, but I won’t starve, either.

That brings me to another suggestion, and another benefit of growing your own foods. I have plenty of seeds to start my garden again next year. I had to buy some to get started, but after the first year, you won’t have to buy seeds again. That means that if you already have plants going when things go south, you’ll be set indefinitely as long as you save your seeds.

There’s no reason why you can’t grow at least part of your food. There are plants meant to be grown in small spaces. They’re more compact and hardier than standard plants.

So without that excuse, what are you waiting for? Get those seeds in the dirt, then get those plants in the ground and wait impatiently for your first round of food that you grew all on your own!

Preserving the Old Ways

It’s generally true that if we forget history, we’re bound to repeat it. In this case, that’s not the case. Once the knowledge is gone, it’s gone. If you don’t know how to grow your own foods and suddenly find that you need the knowledge, it’s not going to be there for you.

All of the discoveries and progress that our forefathers worked so hard for will be lost and we’ll have to start anew. How popular are they going to be in a scenario where grocery stores no longer exist? Really popular.

Fortunately, there are still many people who have the knowledge, and the book I wrote is all you need for going back to eating the way that our ancestors did! And I’m sharing it with you so you could kick unhealthy, expensive, store-bought food out of your kitchen and get back to healthy food for life!

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia. 

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Economist Who Predicted US Housing Bubble Issues Warning: “We Probably Will Have A Recession Next Year”

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There’s really only one thing that has been keeping the US economy from melting down since the last recession. It’s the abundance of cheap money that has been flushed into the economy by the Federal Reserve. Until recently their interest rate was near zero, and has steadily climbed to a paltry 1% over the past couple of years.

This can’t go on indefinitely, because low interest rates tend to create bubbles. However, raising the interest rate isn’t going to have pretty results either, at least according to David Rosenberg.

He’s the chief economist at Gluskin Sheff, a Canadian wealth management fund. He’s also somewhat famous for saying that the US was in the midst of a housing bubble several years before it burst. So it’s safe to say that he knows his stuff.

During a recent interview, he revealed that out of the past 13 recessions, the Fed increased interest rates just before 10 of them. In light of that trend, he stated that we’re probably going to have another recession very soon.

“I think what people should be focused on is the shape of the yield curve,” Rosenberg said. “[Every] single inversion of the yield curve, where short-term rates go above long-term interest rates, has presaged a recession—every single time.

The three times where rate hikes did not lead to recessions, he noted, were due to the Fed stopping short of inverting the yield curve.

At the moment, Rosenberg suggested, “the yield curve is flat enough that if the Fed raises rates four more times, that’s all it takes. We probably will have a recession next year.

Looking at the dot plots shows that more than 50% of all FOMC [Federal Open Market Committee] officials are ready to raise rates four more times going into 2018, so “the risk isn’t necessarily high right now, but it is rising.”

This certainly won’t be an ordinary recession. For starters, the vast majority of the country hasn’t even recovered from the last recession. Our economy is like a wounded animal. It can’t take much more damage.

But it’s going to. The inflationary practices of the Federal Reserve has spawned multiple bubbles. And once they cut off the supply of easy money, those bubbles are going to pop. It’ll be like cutting off a junky. The results will be messy, and nothing will be safe. Bonds, stocks, real estate, and even the dollar will take a dive. The only asset that will be left standing is precious metals.

And in all likelihood, President Trump will take the blame for this mess. Everyone will forget that it was years of abysmal fiscal policy that got us into this situation.

Unfortunately, there is only one way out. Our country is going to have to bite the bullet, and endure a protracted economic correction that is probably going to hollow out our standard of living. In short, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

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Over 100 Million Americans Are Dependent On The Federal Government: “We Are Going To Get To The Point Where It Is Going To Break”

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog

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Handout Nation: Combined Enrollment In America’s 4 Largest Safety Net Programs Hits A Record High Of 236 Million

Margaret Thatcher once said that the problem with socialism “is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”.  As you will see below, the combined enrollment in America’s four largest safety net programs has reached a staggering 236 million.  Of course that doesn’t mean that 236 million people are getting benefits from the government each month because there is overlap between the various programs.  For example, many Americans that are on Medicaid are also on food stamps, and many Americans that are on Medicare are also on Social Security.  But even accounting for that, most experts estimate that the number of Americans that are dependent on the federal government month after month is well over 100 million.  And now that so many people are addicted to government handouts, can we ever return to a culture of independence and self-sufficiency?

On Wednesday, CNN ran an editorial by Bernie Sanders in which he called President Trump’s proposed budget “immoral” because it would cut funding for government aid programs.

But is it moral to steal more than a hundred million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day to pay for these programs?

Of course the answer to that question is quite obvious.

There will always be some Americans that are unable to take care of themselves, and we should want to help them.

But as millions upon millions of Americans continue to jump on to the safety net, eventually we are going to get to the point where it is going to break.

As I mentioned above, the combined enrollment in the four largest safety net programs has reached a new all-time record high…

More than 74 million Americans are on Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).

More than  58 million Americans are on Medicare.

More than 60 million Americans are on Social Security.

Approximately 44 million Americans are on food stamps.  And even though we are supposedly in an “economic recovery”, this number is still dramatically higher than the 26 million Americans that were on food stamps prior to the last financial crisis.

When you add the figures for those four programs together, you get a grand total of 236 million, and that doesn’t even count any of the other federal programs which are helping people.

Once again, there is overlap in enrollment between these various programs, but even accounting for that most experts believe that well over a third of the country is currently receiving benefits from the government each month.

How far down this road do we have to go before people start calling it “socialism”?

As I was writing this, I was reminded of one of Benjamin Franklin’s most famous quotes

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.”

In our country today, many politicians have discovered that one of the best ways to win elections is to promise the voters as much free stuff as possible.  This is one of the primary reasons why Bernie Sanders did so well.  Young people loved his socialist policies, and he received more votes from Millennials in the primaries and caucuses than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton combined.

As older generations of Americans continue to die off, the Millennials will just become even more powerful politically.  And considering the fact that they are far more liberal than other generations, that is a very alarming prospect…

In the minds of 80 percent of baby boomers and 91 percent of elderly Americans, communism was a major problem in years past and remains a significant concern today. But millennials, aged 16 to 20 years, see it differently. Only 55 percent of the younger generation take issue with communism, 45 percent say they would vote for a socialist and 21 percent say they’d vote for a communist.

And millennials made all that clear during the Democratic presidential primary, when many of them cast their vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed socialist. In fact, the report credits the New England lawmaker with a “bounce” that led to less than half of millennials — 42 percent — having a favorable view of capitalism.

At this point, the Republic that our founders established is barely recognizable, and if it is going to be saved we need a conservative revolution as soon as possible.

A good place to begin would be to dramatically reduce the size and scope of the federal government, and there are some promising signs in the budget that President Trump has proposed.  He wants to completely eliminate 66 federal programs, and liberals are screaming bloody murder over this.

Of course Trump’s budget is “dead on arrival” in Congress because many among his own party do not support him.  Most Republicans campaign as conservatives but govern like Democrats, and it is high time that we held them accountable for that.  In 2018 we are going get Trump a whole bunch of friends in Congress, and a lot of those establishment Republicans that have been betraying conservatives for years are going to have to find a new line of work.

We simply cannot afford to keep sending the same cast of characters back to Washington time after time.  Just look at the debacle that the effort to repeal Obamacare has become.  According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, getting any sort of bill through the Senate is going to be extremely challenging

Referring to behind-the-scenes work among Senate Republicans on a healthcare bill, McConnell said, “I don’t know how we get to 50 (votes) at the moment. But that’s the goal.”

Under a scenario of gathering the votes needed for passage in the 100-seat chamber, Republican Vice President Mike Pence would be called upon to cast any potential tie-breaking Senate vote.

McConnell opened the interview by saying, “There’s not a whole lot of news to be made on healthcare.” He declined to provide any timetable for producing even a draft bill to show to rank-and-file Republican senators and gauge their support.

And yet somehow when Obama was in office the Republicans in the House and the Senate were able to easily pass a bill to repeal Obamacare and get it to Obama’s desk.

Why can’t they get that exact same bill to Trump’s desk?

We definitely need to “drain the swamp” in D.C., and we can start with Congress.

But the alliance between big money and big government is going to be hard to defeat, and so if we want our country back we are going to have to fight harder than we have ever fought before.


Over 100 Million Americans Are Dependent On The Federal Government: “We Are Going To Get To The Point Where It Is Going To Break”

Medal Of Honor Recipient Warns: “It’s Going To Come Here… Trump Must Release The Gates Of Hell” On Islamic State

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With British Prime Minister Theresa May warning that another attack may be imminent, Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer says that it’s time to strike Islamic State strongholds without mercy, because sooner or later we could well witness suicide bombers detonating themselves in the middle of large crowds right here at home.

Arguing that President Obama, who awarded Meyer his Medal of Honor, was weak on ISIS and terrorism in general, he says President Trump should take a completely different strategy.

In short… it’s time to unleash the gates of hell…

I’ve been saying this is going to happen for a long time.

When is it coming here?

I think the only way you get this point across is that we release the gates of hell on them and we start making war so ugly that…their recruitment videos… it won’t be cool to join ISIS anymore.

And at some point we’re going to have to do that… this labeling of ‘it’s a lone wolf’ attack… or saying it’s not connected or this or that…

You can’t just ignore this problem because it’s going to come here…

The only thing I am optimistic about with this situation is that we have a President… think whatever you want about his politics…

At least we have a president that’s in place that’s not going to allow us to be the victims… you can guarantee he’s going to do whatever it’s going to take… no matter if it’s popular in the court of public opinion… he’s going to do what’s right to protect America…

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Our guess?

President Trump was just warming up when he dropped this mother of all bombs on an ISIS complex in Afghanistan earlier this year:

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These Powder Kegs Are About To Blow: “Trump Needs To Halt The Downward Spiral That Obama Orchestrated”

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President Trump just took a trip to Saudi Arabia in an effort to obsequiously “shore up” the ties.  Expected.  It is expected for any U.S. president to “recertify” the Petrodollar and the commitments to protect the House of Saud that were initiated by Kissinger and Nixon almost five decades ago.  Times change, and administrations change; however, the systems in place are very slow and resistant to modification.  The BRIC nations are shoring up their interests as the U.S. continues to send more naval “support” for South Korea in the form of another aircraft carrier.

In order to keep the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) happy, defense contracts have to be on the rise: A Republican administration is the foundation for this.  The creation of a threat is ongoing.  The creation of a threat (whether viable or not) is essential to justify the defense contracts and the ongoing deployments of U.S. troops that were initiated under Obama and are continuing under President Trump.  The MIC is too deeply lodged within the framework of the government to extricate in one fell swoop.  It is inexorably intertwined with the fragile (almost skeletal) domestic industrial base of the U.S. economy, as well as all of the foreign policy instituted at home and carried out abroad.

Europe is redefining itself with Britain’s exit from the EU, and NATO is trying to maintain ties and commitments with Britain even as she dumps the Eurodollar and cuts the economic ties to the other nations.  Yes, the three super-states as outlined in Orwell’s “1984” are well on their way to taking shape: Eurasia, Eastasia, and Oceania (North American and Great Britain).  The sides are posturing themselves both economically and militarily, with several “loose ends” to ties up.  Those loose ends are none other than Syria and North Korea, around which there are two different lines forming: The U.S. and Western allies, and Russia with its Asian and Middle-Eastern alliances.

The U.S. Congress and the MIC want to invade Syria, and then Iran.  They also want to “clear things up” in Korea.  These nations are in the way of the establishment of a U.S.-controlled hegemony in the areas and a face-off with Russia.  The first part of it is economic in nature: to attempt to stalemate Russia and China with sanctions and interference in trade (such as the maneuver previously mentioned in other articles to run a natural gas pipeline from Qatar into Eastern Europe).

The Russians have pretty much taken over the Arctic in terms of exploration and mining.  This was enabled to be brought about by none other than Obama, along with the islands off the coast of Alaska that he magnanimously “gave away.”  Obama has left us in very dire straits in our position with the rest of the world: The Middle East is still in a shambles from the “Arab Spring” and all of the debacles in Egypt and Libya; the Eastern European question is not yet solved in relation to Ukraine and the tug-O’-war over it between the U.S. and Russia; Syria and Iran are “powder kegs” about to blow; and the potential for war with North Korea is far from exhausted.

The President is going to need to take the initiative in order to halt the downward spiral that Obama orchestrated and began prior to his departure.  To avert at (the minimum) a new Cold War, he’ll have to sit down and do a face-to-face with Putin instead of dispatching Tillerson to play ping-pong periodically with Lavrov.  The time is now to head off these alliances between other nations that exclude the U.S. to a detriment.  Such economic alliances eventually always turn into military alliances…based on the need to preserve the flow of money between the nations involved.

We do not need another Cold War to materialize.  The way to stop it from occurring is through sound diplomacy and strength of position, not through imperialism and posturing.  Therein lies the challenge: the restructuring of iron-clad policies and institutions so as to make a better deal and position for the U.S. and really “draining the swamp” of Washington.  Saudi Arabia, eh?  Well, why don’t we start out the “new deal” by going into all of that untapped oil that we have domestically?  What are we waiting for?  Or is it just a matter of not wanting to tick off the Saudis and changing the status quo of our worthless fiat Petrodollars?  Only time will tell whether true actions will be taken and not another dog-and-pony show to enable the President to be reelected.


Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne).  Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape).  He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.

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These Powder Kegs Are About To Blow: “Trump Needs To Halt The Downward Spiral That Obama Orchestrated”

Prepping For 1 Week -Water and Food

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May 25, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

Storing an amount of extra water and food to be prepared for 1-week is smart and cheap preparedness insurance for many of the “most likely to happen” disruptions that you may encounter one day.

You may be surprised that the majority of Americans apparently do not have a solid 1-week supply of food at home, and most certainly don’t have a 1-week supply of stored water either.

The assumption is that the faucet will always deliver clean drinking water and the grocery store will always be open and accessible. Unfortunately this normalcy bias has helped keep the notion of preparedness out of the mainstream consciousness.

While having a supply of food and water to last 1-week will not cover all hypothetical disruptions, it will set you off in the right direction to be prepared for many of today’s typical disruptive events within “Prepping and Preparedness 1” and hopefully eventually moving you towards “Prepping and Preparedness 2”.

Here’s what you need to do regarding water and food:


 

WATER FOR 1-WEEK

It is a near medical certainty that you will not survive without any water much beyond 3-days. That said, water is plentiful for most of us and not much of a thought is given towards securing some extra. It’s always available at your faucet tap, right?

How or why might your water supply be disrupted?

Contamination of the water supply. We hear about this every year somewhere in the country. I recall quite a number of times hearing on the news how residents of one town or another (or entire local regions) have been told not to drink the water, or to boil it first due to some type of contamination.

Construction accidents may rip into a water main and contaminate the water.

Flooding can cause infrastructure damage and contamination.

There are other scenarios too which could temporarily interrupt your source of safe water.

How soon before the local grocery stores are sold out of water during “an event”?

How Much Water To Store For 1-week Preparedness

You may find it interesting to discover how much water that we consume each day when you consider drinking, washing hands and hygiene, cooking, washing dishes, flushing the toilet, laundry, and showering…

The Average Gallons Of Water People Consume Each Day

 
Since this segment is focused only on minor disruptions lasting from just a day, days, up to possibly 1-week, I’m going to stay on the light side for “Prepping and Preparedness 1”.

Water for drinking: 0.5 gallon per day per person.
The typical plastic bottled water contains about 16-ounces (2-cups). So about 4 per day, or 28 for 1-week. A typical case of bottled water has 24 bottles, so just call it a case per person for 1-week.

Water for other stuff: Optional. Since we’re in level-1 preparedness, the presumption is that the disruption is relatively short lived and not severe. If you choose to store extra, you might consider the following water jugs and fill them up with tap water:

7 Gallon Rigid Water Container, BPA-free

Easy to handle 3.5 gallon stack-able water bricks from CampingSurvival.

Note: If you’re on a well and the power goes out, unless you have a generator capable of running your well pump you’re water supply will remain in the ground (except for what’s left in your well pump pressure tank until it runs out)…

FOOD FOR 1-WEEK

This is an easy discussion. Just buy more of it. Having 1-week of extra food in the house (per person!) is ridiculously easy. You just need to do it.

How to know how much food will last 1-week?
It’s all about calories. A general guideline is to have 2,000 calories of food per day per person. So when you’re buying this extra food you will need to look at the package, can, etc.. to determine how many calories are in there.

Multiply:
(calories per serving) x (number of servings in the container/package)

I’m saying this just so that you won’t short yourself by overlooking the calories. Some of you can simply “eyeball it” and be close enough to figure a week’s worth of legitimate solid food storage. Just saying..

 
Common-sense regarding basic 1-week food storage:

Avoid food that requires a freezer. When the power goes out, so will your freezer.

For the purpose of emergency food storage, avoid food types that require lots of boiling water (pastas, etc..) because the electricity may be out (will your stove work?) and water will become a commodity not to be wasted until its over.

Variety is a good thing. Instead of all the same food, buy a variety of foods.

Canned foods are pretty ideal for this short-term purpose. Have a manual can opener?

Get the foods that you like to eat.

 
SUMMARY
Keep it simple. For 1-week storage just go out and buy a case of water per person in the household, and go out and buy some more food! Remember to restock if you consume it!

Prepping For 1 Week -Water and Food