Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Monday, May 28, 2018

The Dirty Little Secret of Prepping

Here is the dirty little secret of prepping:  It is hard work.  Especially when you're doing it right. Prepping is hard work. It takes time. It takes commitment. It takes effort. It takes sacrifice. It takes work. Hard work. There's no way around that uncomfortable truth.

I believe that truth is the real reason why so many people aren't preppers. And why some who become preppers, often enthusiastically at first, eventually stop prepping. We live in a society of entertainment, entitlement, and instant gratification. Hard work doesn't really fit into that modern picture for most folks. So they don't prep. They won't be ready for any SHTF event. And they will become our problem - beggars, looters, or worse.

In the classic version of the Fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, the ant works hard all summer long in the withering heat with no time for play, building his house and storing up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he is a fool, and laughs at the ant,  and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so begs the grasshopper for help, and is refused. The grasshopper dies out in the cold, a victim of his own choices and actions. 

Are you an ant or a grasshopper? Are you putting aside fun and frivolity in the moment to do the hard work of prepping?  Or are you too busy being entertained and comfortable in the present to work towards the future? When winter comes, will you be warm and well-fed, or will you be a beggar or looter, and very likely to die?  

Dave Ramsey has a great saying: "“If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.” That is as true with your preparedness as it is with your personal finances. 

Be the Ant.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Being a Prepper Doesn't Mean Hiding From the World

"To me, being a prepper/survivalist is not about hiding from the world at a remote mountain retreat. Rather, it is about building self-reliance and ending our dependency on the corrupt worldly system. Enough of us do that, and the corrupt worldly system will wither and die." --Tim Gamble

I made the above statement on GAB recently in response to what I considered to be some unfounded criticism of the prepper movement. The critic had stated something to the effect that he disliked preppers because they are hiding from problems and not trying to effect change. Well, his version of what it means to be a prepper or survivalist is vastly different from what I am and how I see the movement.

As a traditional Christian, I understand the spiritual dimension of what is going on in the world, and the need to "get out of Babylon." Babylon being the corrupt and unsustainable worldly system ruled over by the Evil One. And this may mean physically getting out of the big city as part of getting out of the worldly system. But it doesn't mean hiding from the world, and it certainly doesn't mean giving up and not trying to resist or change the increasing corruption of the world. 

As a prepper/survivalist, I understand that by becoming more self-reliant and less dependent on the worldly system, I will be less controlled by the elites and less exposed the dangers of their system. Therefore, I will be in a much better position to resist the worldly system and to effect change. We (preppers/survivalists) will also be denying the worldly elites the resources, opportunities, and influences they need in building their corrupt system. And by surviving any coming collapse, we will be in a position to help restore traditional America, traditional values, and even to build a better system for your children and grandchildren.

Want more on this topic? Check out my article Getting Out of Babylon! 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sweden Distributes ‘Prepare for War’ Booklet to All Swedes - Here's What It Advises
Sweden is distributing a "Be Prepared for War" booklet to all 4.8 million Swedish households, urging all Swedes to be prepared for war or other major crisis in the near future. The 20-page booklet, entitled Om krisen eller kriget kommer (English: If Crisis or War Comes), explains how people can secure basic needs such as food, water, heat, and communications, explains what various warning signals mean, when and where to seek bomb shelters, and how to contribute to Sweden’s “total defense," among other topics. 

The reason for the booklet's distribution appears to be Russia's recent repeated violations of Sweden's airspace and territorial waters (which have Sweden seriously considering joining NATO). But there has also been some speculation that the Swedish government may be growing concerned about a possible internal insurrection by Muslim migrants. Whatever the reason, I thought it would be interesting to examine what advice the Swedish government is giving it people. You can download a copy of the English version by clicking here (opens as a .pdf).

The booklet consists of three main parts: a) Emergency Preparedness, emphasizing household preparations, b) Total Defense, explaining military and civil defense, including the duty of Swedish citizen's to contribute to the nations defense, and c) Warning Systems, explaining what various warning signals means, and when/where to find bomb shelters and other safe spaces.

What would you do if your everyday life was turned upside down?  The intro section includes this question, and gives the answer: "In just a short time, your everyday life can become problematic: 
  • The heating stops working. 
  • It becomes difficult to prepare and store food. 
  • The shops may run out of food and other goods. 
  • There is no water coming from the taps or the toilet. 
  • It is not possible to fill up your car. 
  • Payment cards and cash machines do not work. 
  • Mobile networks and the internet do not work. 
  • Public transport and other means of transport are at a standstill. 
  • It becomes difficult to obtain medicines and medical equipment."
Of course, this is only just a short list of the many difficulties that may arise during a war or other major crisis, but the point they are trying to make is that people need to start thinking through the possible ramifications of a societal breakdown for whatever reason. Most folks just aren't ready for the conveniences of modern life to disappear. 

Be on the lookout for false information. The booklet also expresses concern over false information being spread, either through unfounded rumors or as part of intentional misinformation campaigns. It gives this advice: "The best protection against false information and hostile propaganda is to critically appraise the source:
  • Is this factual information or opinion? 
  • What is the aim of this information? 
  • Who has put this out? 
  • Is the source trustworthy? 
  • Is this information available somewhere else?
  • Is this information new or old and why is it out there at this precise moment?"
A big concern about misinformation is that it's "aim may be to reduce our resilience and willingness to defend ourselves." At one point in the booklet, it states: "If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up. All information to the effect that resistance is to cease is false."

Home Preparedness Tips.  The booklet also gives various tips on home preparedness, mainly regarding food, water, warmth, and communications. "Your prerequisites and needs vary, for example, depending on whether you live in the countryside or in a built-up area, in a ho use or in an apartment. Here are some general home preparedness tips.  Use that which is appropriate for you and those close to you. It is a good idea to share certain things and borrow from one another."  It is interesting to see that they suggest cooperation (community) as a survival tactic. Specific recommendations can be found in the booklet if you download a copy, or in the two illustrations below.

The booklet also gives a website, Dinsä, where folks can get more detailed information.  The website isn't in English, but several videos on the website have English subtitles. I'll include these videos below. 

Emergency Preparedness - Food

Emergency Preparedness - Communications

 Emergency Preparedness - Water

Emergency Preparedness - Warmth


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Some Thoughts on Self-Defense

It is a dangerous world out there, and likely to get more dangerous as society continues to break down. As someone said on GAB yesterday about the recent school shootings: "When a society becomes godless, you will get more godless acts." Add in the open borders madness of the globalists, and you have a situation which will only get worse in the coming years. 

Self-Defense - Yes, this is the "guns and ammo" skill set for preppers and survivalists, but it is so much more than just that. Guns are just one tool in your personal security arsenal, and not the most important one. The first and most important tool for personal security is awareness. Awareness of your surroundings and the potential risks of your situation is essential. Situational awareness isn't just paying attention, as I explained in my article Situational Awareness and the OODA Loop. It also means knowing what to look for, and how to assess (make decisions about) your surroundings.

I do recommend that most folks own and learn how to use guns, and to carry on an everyday basis if possible (know and follow the laws in your area, of course). If you do have guns, don't just target shoot at the range. You need to take a good self-defense firearms training course. Consult with your local gun dealer - they will be able to guide you to appropriate courses, and make you aware of local gun laws.

In addition to all gun-owners taking firearms training courses, everyone in your family/group/church should take a regular self-defense course. A good self-defense course won't just cover the physical aspects of self-defense, but also give tips and advice on avoiding dangerous situations in the first place.

Learning a martial art such as karate can be a fun hobby, provide considerable health and fitness benefits. improve self-confidence, and give you a life-long self-defense skill set. I especially urge parents to get their kids involved in martial arts at a young age. 

We must be concerned for the physical safety of ourselves and our families, as well as the protection of our personal property. Today, this includes protecting against identity theft which can be as devastating to its victims as any mugging or home robbery. Identity theft has become a $16 billion dollar idustry in the US alone.

Be sure to guard your personal records - driver's license & Social Security numbers, banking & financial information, medical records, etc. - as carefully and diligently as you guard your gold & silver. Be especially vigilant with your computer. At a minimum, always use a firewall, maintain an up-to-date anti-virus program, and regularly scrub your computer with one or more anti-spyware programs. Only do business online with well-established companies you know and trust. 

Home Security - Both the situational awareness skills and personal security skills discussed above can and do fit into this category. However, here I am particularly talking about making your home safe - "hardening" it against criminals, looters, and other thugs, as well as protecting it against fire and other disasters. Items that fit under this skill set include anti-burglary measures such as alarm systems, cameras, steel security exterior doors, fences, burglar bars, etc. It also means performing home safety inspections on a regular basis, having fire & smoke detectors (with fresh batteries), fire extinguishers, first aid supplies (and knowledge), flashlights with fresh batteries, and other safety equipment and supplies on hand.  

Obviously, home secutrity and and self-defense is a huge topic with a wide scope of considerations.  Start thinking through these issues now.  The protection of yourself & your family will be - IS - your responsibility.

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