Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Orthodox Christians Targeted in Turkey with Vandalism and Threats

Disturbing events from the supposed "modern and moderate" Muslim nation of Turkey

On Sunday, February 23, 2019, threatening graffiti messages were found on the main entrance door of the Armenian Church of the Holy Mother of God (Balat Surp Hreshdagabet) in Istanbul, Turkey. 

According to a statement issued by the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, “There were written racist and hate speeches in both English and Arabic [saying] you are finished!”

Since then, the Greek Orthodox Cemetery at Kadikoy has been vandalized in a similar manner. 
The church’s security cameras obtained footage of the incident at the church and the church administration filed a criminal complaint at the Fatih District Police Department. The statement continued, “It is our greatest wish that such events do not happen again and the criminals are punished.” 

Despite the video surveillance footage at the church and eye witnesses to the vandalism at the cemetery, local police seem inclined not to investigate, even dismissing the cemetery vandalism as having "no political cause." and therefore not a hate crime, according to journalist Seyfi Genç, who spoke with Kadikoy police. 

So, without the "political cause" to the cemetery, writing insults or profanity is as free as the police don't even need to take action... Would it be different if it were a Muslim cemetery?" Seyfi Genç comments via Twitter.

The incident has drawn widespread condemnation from across Turkey’s Armenian community, who are frequently harassed and targeted through hate crimes by Turkish Muslims. The Armenian Genocide from 1915-1917, during which at least 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed by the Islamic Ottoman Empire, continues to haunt those few who remain in modern Turkey, as Islamists view Armenians as an inherent threat to the constitutionally protected status of "Turkishness," which they see as instrinsically Islamic.

A prominent Armenian writer, Murad Mıhçı, shared images of the vandalism on Twitter, saying, “The walls and the door of the Balat Surp Armenian Church. Its entrance we built with the rocks from the historical church in İznik (Nicaea), where the council met. (Now) the church opens one day a year, it is believed to give a remedy to the people. As they say, ‘ARE YOU FINISHED?’ There are no local (Armenian) people left. The ‘New Turkey!’”

Seyfi Genç shared images of the damage to the Greek Orthodox cemetery, on Twitter.  

Garo Paylan, an Armenian Member of Parliament, tweeted, “A hate attack has been carried out against Balat Surp Hreshdagabet Armenian Church. Every year, scores of hate attacks are being carried out against churches and synagogues. Not just the perpetrators, but also the people who are behind them, should be addressed. For the most important part, the politics that produce hate should be ended.”

According to Turkey’s Protestant Churches Association’s 2018 Violence Monitoring Report, hate speech against all Christians has increased significantly within the last year. Christian leaders have raised concerns that the intensity of hate speech is similar to the days preceding the 2007 Zirve Publishing House massacre, sometimes referred to as the missionary massacres.

Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager for the Middle East, said, “Thankfully, no one was hurt during this incident. However, the gravity of the situation cannot be ignored. Armenian Christians have long suffered targeted harassment and violence in Turkey, which drove most to flee. The general increase of hate speech in Turkey directed against Christians sounds the alarm that the environment is increasingly hostile toward non-Muslims. Turkey purports itself to be a secular nation, a country which has turned over a new leaf. If such is true, then those who encourage and commit these hate crimes against Christians must be held accountable before the situation escalates to something worse."

Sources: 1) official statement issued by the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, 2) press release by International Christian Concern (ICC), and 3) information and photos posted to twitter by Murad Mıhçı and Seyfi Genç. 

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Christian Student in Pakistan Nearly Killed in Stabbing by Muslim Classmates

Tim's Note:  It is "politically incorrect" to say this, but what happened to this Christian student in Pakistan is typical of how Christians are treated by Muslims in Muslim countries. This incident is not at all uncommon or unusual. Christians are, at best, treated as second class citizens with little or no legal rights. Within the religion of Islam, Christians are part of the "kafir" - nonbelievers - a term used directly in the Quran 134 times, and another 250+ times in the Quran in various other grammatical forms. The term "kafir" is sometimes translated as "infidel." 

Kafirs are considered not only religiously wrong, but unacceptable and offensive to God. Because of this status, intolerance, violence, enslavement, and plunder of kafirs by Muslims is often tolerated by Islamic government officials and courts, and very often not even considered "sinful" by most Muslim religious authorities.  

The following press release is from International Christian Concern (ICC). Visit their website at https://www.persecution.org/  

Christian Student in Pakistan Nearly Killed in Stabbing by Muslim Classmate 

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian student from Karachi, Pakistan was nearly killed after being stabbed in an attack by Muslim classmates. As is common with attacks by Muslims on Christians, the student’s parents were pressured by the police to not press charges. Yet, the family has declared that they want justice. According to a local human rights defender, this violent incident resulted from unchecked religious intolerance in Pakistan’s educational system.

The incident began on Friday, February 15, when Haroon Irfan, a Christian student at Government Mohammadi School in Karachi, reported that his Muslim classmate, Muhammad Majid, stole and damaged his school notebook. According to the school’s headmaster, Muhammad Aftab, Haroon is known by the nickname “small Einstein” because of his intelligence.

Haroon made a complaint to the teacher and, when the notebook was recovered from Majid’s backpack, he got angry and felt insulted,” Irfan Masih, Haroon’s father, told ICC.

Two days later, on Sunday, February 17, Haroon was attacked by Majid and several other Muslim boys as he was on his way to buy food from a local hotel. “When Haroon was alone on the road, Majid and five others beat Haroon for alleging [Majid] of stealing his notebook and complaining to the teacher,” Irfan explained.

In the course of the attack, the assailants stabbed Haroon in the stomach, damaging his kidney. “The attack was so terrible that Haroon’s kidney was cut into two pieces,” a local Christian activist told ICC.

The assailants fled the scene, leaving Haroon wounded on the ground. When Haroon was discovered, he was rushed to Jinnah Hospital in Karachi where doctors were forced to remove his kidney.

Haroon’s father reported that local police were initially unwilling to register a First Information Report (FIR) regarding the attack on Haroon. According to Irfan, the police pressured him to settle the matter outside of Pakistan’s judicial system.

We are not going into any process of negotiations or forgiveness,” Khursheed Bibi, Haroon’s grandmother, told ICC. “We want justice.

This incident is a continuation of previous incidents of intolerance which we have experienced in schools and colleges,” Ghazala Shafeeq, a local human rights defender, stated on social media. 

Christians feel insecure, therefore authorities must come up with practical steps to ensure their safety and security.

The authorities must also introduce amendments to the educational system to promote religious tolerance,” Shafeeq continued. “If we don’t purify educational institutions and delete the hate material from the textbooks, we are going to damage the next generation.

ICC’s Regional Manager, William Stark, said, “We here at ICC are deeply distressed by the violent attack on Haroon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. Religious intolerance and discrimination based on religious identity are widespread in Pakistan. Unfortunately, this is not only present in Pakistan’s educational institutions, it is widely modeled by many teachers and taught by school curriculums. We hope that this attack will lead to justice for Haroon as well as real change to Pakistan’s educational institutions. These institutions should be safe places where students are allowed to receive a proper education regardless of their religious identity.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Talkin' Bug-Out Foods

Bug-Out Bags - a favorite topic of discussion among preppers and survivalists. In this article, I want to add my thoughts to the conversation. Specifically, my thoughts on bug-out foods. And, I'll do it in three sections: 1) Foods for the Bug-Out Bag, 2) Extra Food you may be able to take with you, and 3) Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging for Food.

FEMA and most other emergency preparedness experts suggest that our emergency survival packs (bug-out bags) contain enough supplies to last us three-days. Many of us in the survival community have expanded on that to say we need at least a week's worth of supplies, perhaps more. The problem with this is food and water.

Water is not the topic of this article, so let me just say you're not going to be able to carry enough water on you, so include in your bug-out bags the means to collect and treat water (a topic for a future article). 

Food can be a problem because it is bulky, and you only have limited space in your bug-out bag. Its difficult to pack 3 days worth, even moreso an entire week's worth, of MRE's or freeze-dried foods into your bag, along with all you other gear that you need. So remember this: Bugging-out is not a vacation or even a normal camping trip. Its about survival, not fine dining. Don't try to come up with three major meals each day, complete with side dishes and even dessert. You'll be eating for calories, not the fine-dining experience. With that in mind, here is what I am planning to do:

1) Foods for the Bug-Out Bag: In my bug-out bag, you'll find two packs of SOS emergency ration food bars, which form the core of my bug-out bag food supply. This is enough to provide me with 1,200 calories a day for six days, without taking up too much room in my bag. You'll also find a 16 oz jar of peanut butter (just over 2,600 calories for only a pound of weight), several foil packs of salmon (tuna & chicken are also available - I like salmon), a couple of Cliff Bars, and several packs of nuts, seeds, and jerky (these change often since I snack out of my bug-out bag -- to keep things rotated, of course...). I also have a small bag of bullion cubes to make soup with - not much in the way of calories, but will help you feel full. I'm not eating like a king, but I'm definitely not going to starve during that week.

At this point, there may be a couple of folks wanting to point out that my food is not "nutritionally balanced." So what? I'm eating for survival - meaning calories are what is important. I am NOT going to die of a vitamin deficiency eating this way for a week or two, and if I am forced to bug-out, there are more pressing issues to worry about. Besides, its easy enough to throw a small bottle of multi-vitamins into your bag if that is a concern for you.

2) Extra Food: Depending on the circumstances of your bugging-out, you may have time to load more than just your bug-out bgs into your vehicle, including extra food. It is at this point that MRE's and freeze-dried foods start to make sense. A couple of buckets filled with ready-to-eat meals make for a great grab-and-go option. Time-permitting, you can also pack up other food stuffs, such as canned foods, and bags of dried beans and rice. Just remember, if you must abandon your vehicle at some point and go on foot, you won't be able to take this extra stuff with you, just your bug-out-bags.I don't care how strong you are, you won't be able to hike for any distance with a pack on your back, and a bucket of food in each hand.

If you are lucky enough to have a fixed bug-out location, such as a mountain cabin you own or your Great Aunt Ida's house a couple hour's outside the big city, you should pre-position a lot of food and other supplies there. That way you don't have to worry about hauling a bunch of stuff with you.

3) Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging for Food: A lot of folks seem to be planning in providing food for themselves and their family  by hunting, fishing, and foraging while bugging out. I suggest this is going to be a lot harder to do than most folks realize, especially if they are bugging out during late autumn or winter, when pickings will be slim.  I especially am doubtful that they will be able to feed a family of four or five with wire snares.  Even for very experienced trappers, this will be difficult. 

Of course, we may be able to supplement our food somewhat with what we hunt, fish, and forage, but please don't count on those methods. In addition to skill, timing and just plain luck plays a big part. We can develop the skill if we put in the time and effort beforehand, but timing and luck is beyond our control.

That said, in hopes of supplementing my food supplies, I am learning about wild edibles. Which means not just reading a book, but actually going into the field now to find, harvest, cook, and eat those wild edibles.

Since my planned bug-out locations are very near some great fishing areas, I have included a Ronco Pocket Fisherman in my bug-out gear (a Protocol FishermanPlus is another possibility) along with a couple of the YoYo Fish traps. Hopefully, I'll be able to have enough success to have a fish fry once or twice during my bug-out week.  If not, I'm still covered by what is in my bug-out bag. But the fish would be really nice...

Did you miss my last article on why our reputations are important to our survival?  If so, just click the headline: Your Reputation Matters to Your Survival 

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Your Reputation Matters to Your Survival

Are you concerned with your reputation and that of your family? Does integrity, honesty, and fairness mark your dealings with other people? Or do you smirk at such notions as being naive? Sadly, I've known a few preppers over the years that think that way. Far from naive, your reputation will determine your future.

Within the prepping and survival communities, we talk a lot about the stuff we need to survive. We talk about the knowledge and skills we need to survive. We even talk about the attitude we need to survive. All that is important. But there is one thing that is also important that I rarely, if ever, hear talked about: the importance of our reputation to our survival.

When I say "reputation," I don't don't mean what others think of us, but rather what they think about us. After all, we shouldn't care about what others think of us (except for God and maybe our spouse). But what others think about us, our reputation, does matter. 

Here's the difference: What others think of us is based on their feelings, and those feelings may have nothing to do with us. If someone doesn't like me because I am a committed Christian, for example, their dislike of me is based in their feelings about Christianity, not me. I have no control over that, and therefore shouldn't worry about if they like me or not. 

On the other hand, our reputations are grounded in what we do and say, and we do have control over that. So, if someone doesn't like me because I once cheated them in a business deal, then their dislike for me is based on my actions, not their feelings. I have earned a bad reputation.

Our reputations are important before a disaster.  Our reputation, that we have earned through our words and actions, does have a lot to do with our success, or lack thereof, in life. It will affect our business dealings, our career, our personal relationships, and most other areas of our life. Ultimately, it will affect the opportunities we have, the money we make, and more importantly the kind of people we have in our lives.These things, in turn, can have a large impact in what preparations we can make for the future. Our reputation will definitely impact our ability to form community.

Our reputations are important during a disaster. Imagine a grid-down scenario - let's say after an EMP event. We will be trying to survive in a chaotic world filled with other people. Our reputation will affect the willingness of others to trust us, help us, cooperate with us. Will our neighbors see us as good folk, trustworthy enough to barter with or even to cooperate with for mutual security and assistance? Or will they see us a untrustworthy, even dangerous, and to be avoided?

Our reputations are important after a disaster. At some point the disaster will be over. Law and order will once again be established. A government or some sort of authority will form. And we will be held accountable for our actions during the disaster. Our reputations that we earned during the disaster will affect our place in the newly established society.

Am I being "naive?" Some preppers and survivalists like to brag about the lengths they will go to survive. Some even claim to be willing to do terrible things such as shoot innocent people because they may potentially become a threat at some point, or even to just steal their stuff.  They sneer at anyone objecting to their lack of morality, accusing us of being naive.  I don't think so. In fact, I suggest that they are being naive in thinking that their behavior during the crisis will not have consequences at some point as things begin to calm down. The fact is our actions – good, bad, or indifferent – do have consequences, both immediate and in the future. 

What reputation do we want to have?  I'll answer for myself: I strive for a reputation of integrity, fidelity, competence, and strength. 

      Integrity. More than just honesty, although that is an important part of it, integrity is the unwavering adherence to a moral code. I want people to know that they can trust me to be honest, and that I will always to the right thing. As a Christian, I look to the Bible for that moral code.

     Fidelity. More than just loyalty, although that is a part of it, fidelity is faithfulness is about living up to your obligations and duties. I want people to know that I will keep my word, that I will always do what I say, and they I am dependable and reliable. 

     Competence. Competence is having the knowledge, skills, ability, judgment, and wisdom to be effective in all aspects of life. I want people to know that not only do I intend to live up to my word and obligations, but that I have the ability to do so.

     Strength. Physical strength, as well as arms and armament, can be a part of this, but by strength I am especially referring to strength of character, as well as drive and determination. I want people to know not only do I intend to live up to my word and obligations, and have the ability to do so, but I also have the strength and determination to accomplish any goal.

From a survivalist point-of-view, having a reputation for the first three should make people want me on their side - promoting cooperation, community, assistance. A reputation for the last should make me a less interesting target for the bad guys, or others hoping to take advantage.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Leah Sharibu, Kidnapped Teenager, Marks One Year of Captivity for Being a Christian

On February 19, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., Boko Haram entered the town of Dapchi, Nigeria, wearing military uniforms and driving trucks mounted with machine guns. They approached the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC) and ordered more than 100 schoolgirls to enter their trucks. They then disappeared with the girls for more than a month before the girls’ eventual release. Today marks one year since Boko Haram kidnapped those 110 schoolgirls. Of the girls who were abducted, only one remains in captivity. Leah Sharibu was the only Christian among the girls who were taken and she is also the only one still being held captive.

On March 21, 2018, 104 of the kidnapped girls were released back to their families; five died in captivity. Boko Haram militants brought the girls back home on buses, then warned the families against sending their daughters back to school. These same girls then told their families of Leah’s courage and faith in the face of almost certain death.

Prior to returning the abducted girls, the terrorists pulled Leah aside and told her that she would not be allowed to go home unless she recanted her faith. She refused. She told the terrorists that she could not deny Christ. After being held for nearly eight months, Leah again made headlines. On August 27, the terrorist group released a proof of life video of Leah. In the video, she pleads for the government to help her and her family.

Then, on September 17, 2018, Boko Haram killed an aid worker from the Red Cross named Saifura Khorsa. During the execution, the militants said that they would kill another three victims if the Nigerian government did not pay ransoms, including Leah. One month later, on October 16, Boko Haram executed another worker named Hauwa Liman. After her execution, Boko Haram declared that they were going to keep Leah as a “slave for life” because the government had not paid a ransom for her. Since then, there has been little to no communication about Leah from the Buhari administration or Boko Haram.

The Leah Sharibu Foundation stated, “We cannot forget about her today. Petition God, in prayer and fasting, for Leah’s release and freedom of religion.” 

----- This article is from a press release by International Christian Concern (ICC). You can visit their website at   https://www.persecution.org/  

Christian Pastor in Myanmar Abducted by Arakan Army

Christians in Rakhine State Face Increasing Danger

International Christian Concern (ICC) is reporting that on Wednesday, February 13, Pastor U Thar Tun was taken from his home in Buthidaung township, Rakhine State, by members of the Arakan Army (AA), a Buddhist rebel group. According to his wife, Daw Hla Sein, the insurgent group initially demanded that they leave their home to talk, so the family complied with the orders. However, the insurgents then tied up the pastor and dragged him away. She informed the local authorities and the police are now investigating the abduction.

U Thar Tun, the 50-year-old pastor of Mara Evangelical Church, is from the Myo ethnic group, one of the most common minority groups from Rakhine State, Myanmar. The father of five received his theological education from Mizoram State in India.  He has been serving as a pastor in his church for many years and, although his church could not financially support him, he still takes a leadership role in church activities. He is also involved in local community development.

A colleague from the area told ICC, “He is innocent and actively involved in social and ethnic Myo people activities. He acts with truth and love for the oppressed people and he also protects them. Even though there is only [a] slim chance, I would like to request his immediate release from the people who had taken him. He is a valued member of our community.”

His congregation and fellow Myo people are very concerned about his disappearance. Some locals believe that he will not be coming back.

The fighting between the Burmese Army and the AA resumed last December. AA is a Buddhist rebel group known for its intolerance of other religious groups. A month ago, Pastor Tun Nu from Rakhine State’s Sittwe District was also abducted by the AA and his death was confirmed earlier this month.

Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “While a lot of attention has been paid to the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State, it is alarming to see Christian persecution on the rise in the area. We urge the Burmese government to negotiate the release of Pastor U Thar Tun, given that his life is at risk in the hands of the Arakan Army. This evil act cannot be tolerated or ignored.”  

----- This article is from a press release by International Christian Concern (ICC). You can visit their website at   https://www.persecution.org/ 

Ways to Resist the Deep State

Call it the Deep State, or the Political Class, or the Elites, or the Globalists, or whatever else you want.  It is all just different names for various aspects of the same beast. A group of people - powerful, wealthy, influential - who want to fundamentally change (hmmm... where have we heard that phrase before) America and Western Civilization. A change that will leave them permanently at the top, above the laws and struggles that the rest of us face, with a tightly-controlled underclass without any real freedom or economic opportunity. 

They want an end to any real borders and the idea of national sovereignty, which requires an end to patriotism. They want ultimate control of the economy, which means an end to private property rights and the rights of inheritance (except for themselves, of course, and they do write the laws, installing loopholes for their accountants and lawyers to use). They also want an end to cash, preferring a cashless, digital system to better monitor and control the populace. They also want to be unfettered by morality, thus desire to end traditional Christianity, as well as traditional family and gender roles. Besides, they see both the Church and the family unit as competition to their desired One World controlled by them.

One only has to pay attention to current events, as well as historical trends over the last few decades to see their plan slowly working out. The question is How do we stop their plans? How do way resist? 

Get out of the system and build self-reliance. 

The more we are part of the system, the more control they have over us, and the less ability we have to resist their plans. Many of us are already afraid to speak out. We are afraid of being labeled as racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamopobic, or otherwise a "hater," and having to face the possible consequences such as losing our reputations, our jobs, our businesses, or even our friends and family. Political correctness isn't about wanting people to be nice or polite to each other, it is about intimidation. Do what we say. Think as we want you to think. Or we will destroy you.   

How do we get out of the system? Getting entirely out of the system will be extremely difficult, if not impossible. But we can extricate ourselves from much of the system, if we are willing to do the hard work and sacrifice to do so. I've written about this before, but here is a recap:
  • Homeschooling is better than parochial & private schools is better than public schools. 
  • Working for yourself is better than working for a small business is better than working for a large corporation or the government.
  • Owning out-right is better than paying a mortgage is better than renting.
  • A credit union is better than a small regional bank is better than a big national bank. 
  • Paying cash is better than a credit card.
  • Going all cash & barter is best of all, but probably impossible in practical terms.
  • Taking care of your health is better than needing a hospital.
  • Entertaining ourselves (reading, family game night, hosting a bar-b-que, going bowling, going fishing, etc.) is better than relying on TV, the movies, and pop culture.
  • Living in a small rural community is better than living in a city is better than living in a mega-city.
And the list could go on and on. Its not easy getting out of the system, and may be impossible to do so completely, but shed yourself of as much of the system as you can. 

Become much more self-reliant. Be able to think for yourself, and do for yourself as much as possible. The more self-reliant you and your family are, the less you will be affected by what is coming, and the more you'll be able to resist. Do everything you can to build as much self-reliance as you can while there is still time. 

Thinking for yourself means uncluttering your mind of all the rubbish coming out of the mainstream media, pop culture, and academia. Turn off CNN and the late-night comedians. Tune out much of the current pop culture. Explore the alt-media, but don't just blindly accept what their pushing. Read a variety of sources, investigate, and think for yourself. Ask yourself questions: Does this really make sense? Is it logical? Does it fit what I already know to be true? Does it give facts that I can check, or is it just speculation? 

Self-reliance is also being able to do for yourself. Take responsibility for your own life. Don't sit around waiting for others, or the government, to do things for you. Get informed. Make your own decisions. Learn skills. Gain experience. (You may be interested in a previous article I wrote: What is Self-Reliance?)

Preparedness is a part of self-reliance. Yeah, I know. Being a prepper has gone out-of-style the last few years. Many preppers took vacations from prepping after Trump won. Others have been intimidated away from prepping and survivalism by the media's constant portrayal of us as paranoid nut-jobs (and potentially dangerous). But being prepared for life's emergencies, be it a house fire, an unexpected job loss, a recession, or even a war, is a major part of self-reliance. Get back to prepping.  Or get started for the first time if you are not one.  Check out my article A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End for an outline of basic preparedness. Looking for more prepper & survivalist articles, check the archives of this website and check out PrepperWebsite.com for daily updated links.

Privacy is paramount. The more I study what is going on, the more I realize the importance of privacy, and how difficult it is to guard. Don't fall for the stupidity of "only bad guys have to worry about privacy." Think about and take steps to protect your privacy, both online and in real life.

How To Resist?  The best way to resist is to the the opposite of what they want. 
  • They want opens border, so fight for secure borders and controlled immigration.
  • They want to end national sovereignty, so fight for national sovereignty and a strong military. 
  • They want to ridicule and belittle patriotism, so be patriotic, and encourage others to be patriotic, also.
  • They want to end private property rights, so fight for laws protecting private property rights.
  • They want to restrict inheritance, so fight to end restrictions and taxation on inheritance.
  • They want to end traditional Christianity, so be a traditional, Bible-believing Christian, and get out of liberal/progressive churches.
  • They want to end the traditional family, so fight for it. 
  • They want to end traditional ideas of gender, so teach your children to be Real Men and Real Women.

Other Ideas for Resisting:
  • Elections matter, even if it is to only buy time, so get informed and vote! 
  • Control of the Judiciary is critical. Judgeships matter deeply.
  • Be very active in local politics and talk to local officials. Local efforts, where our "leaders" must deal with us face-to-face, can be very effective.
  • Influence your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow church members. Don't be cowed by political correctness.
  • Make use of Alt-Media (Whatfinger News, Voice of Europe, Breitbart, PrepperWebsite's AltNews Hub, The Liberty Mill, etc.) to stay informed. But always think for yourself.   
  • Don't be intimidated by the Big Tech social media companies. See my article Preparing for Big Tech Censorship for more on this subject.
  • Men, lead your family and teach your children. Don't give in to worldly ways, modern sensibilities, and political correctness.
  • Be especially wary of polices and laws that can be used as a "backdoor" to limit or take away our Freedoms. Hate speech laws allow the government to define "hate" however they wish. School anti-bullying policies more often are used to prevent your children from wearing a patriotic shirt ("bullying" immigrants) rather than stopping a real bully from taking your kid's lunch money. Red Flags laws have "gun confiscation" written all over them, especially in light of the APA's recent willingness to define traditional masculine traits as harmful.

What about armed resistance? I occasionally hear some talk about this, so let me quickly address it now. I don't believe we are there yet. Armed resistance is an absolute last resort, extremely difficult with deadly consequences. Most of us are truly not prepared to become guerrilla fighters, and likely would only get ourselves and our families killed. And lone wolf attacks accomplish nothing. In fact, they have the opposite of the desired effect, damaging their cause, and giving the government an excuse for yet more restrictions to our freedoms. 

I strongly believe in the right to self-defense, but I also strongly reject the unprovoked or unnecessary use of violence to achieve our goals. Concentrate instead on resisting in safer and more effective ways.


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Monday, February 18, 2019

72-year-old Catholic Priest Is Latest Victim of a Sharp Rise in Muslim Violence in West Africa

By Tim Gamble

Vatican News is reporting that a 72-year-old Roman Catholic priest and missionary was killed by Muslim jihadists in the West African country of Burkina Faso on Friday, February 15.  Father Antonio César Fernandez, a Salesian priest, was traveling by car with three companions when the group of Muslims attacked a customs checkpoint near the southern border. In addition to Father Fernandez, four Burkina Faso customs officials were also murdered. Father Fernandez's three companions survived the attack.

Burkina Faso is a Muslim-majority country with a significant Christian minority (about 23% according to government statistics).

This region of West Africa (Burkina Faso, along with Mali and Niger) has seen a sharp rise in Muslim extremist violence over the past year.

Including the attack that killed Father Fernandez, Burkina Faso has experienced seven attacks by Muslim jihadis in the last month alone, with 41 people killed and 11 injured, according to reports gathered by thereligionofpeace.com. In Mali, there have been four Muslim jihadi attacks over the last month,  killing 17 and injuring 36. In Niger, there have been five attacks by Muslim jihadis during the same time period, killing 24 and injuring at least 10. 

Worldwide persecution, violence and genocide against Christians, primarily by Muslims and communists, is largely ignored by the mainstream media in America and Europe.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Three Ways of Self-Defense

In the survivalist community, when we think of self-defense, we typically think of guns & ammo, knives, and other physical instruments of combat. In this article, however, I want to take a step back from that, and discuss self-defense from a broader perspective. There are actually three ways of self-defense, of which combat is only one.

Combat, stealth, and diplomacy are the three ways by which we can achieve the goal of protection from others.


Combat as a means of self-defense is obvious. This is the guns & ammo, knives, and blunt-force instruments (including our hands) that we can use to protect ourselves. It is defense measures such as body armor and gas masks. Its also the health, fitness, training, and tactics we need to effectively utilize these tools for self-defense.

Re-read that last line: "Its also the health, fitness, training, and tactics we need to effectively utilize these tools for self-defense."  This is the key part of the combat way of self-defense that is so often overlooked. I encourage everyone to take their health and fitness seriously. And please realize that "training and tactics" is more than an occasional Saturday afternoon target shooting at the gun range. Start taking defense shooting classes, and planning with your family or group how you will handle certain self-defense situations. (Also, see the book Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics by David Kobler (Southern Prepper 1) and Mark Goodwin for more information regarding group self-defense.)

I am a firm supporter of our right to self-defense and the Second Amendment which guarantees us the tools of self-defense. Notice I said "guarantees" not "give us." Our right to self-defense comes from God, and cannot be legitimately taken away by any government or worldly authority. I strongly urge you to stand firm on our rights of self-defense.


Stealth as a means of self-defense covers a wide range of topics such as situational awareness, operational security, being the "gray man", and not making yourself a tempting target for the bad guys.  

I've written an excellent article on Situational Awareness and the OODA Loop, and a three-part article on Operational Security (OPSEC). Be read those articles if you haven't already. 

Think of the "Gray Man" as urban camouflage. The gray man knows how to fit in with his city, especially among his neighbors and co-workers. He doesn't stand out as anything particularly special or noticeable. He and his house, vehicle, and family blend in with their community. They look and act like they belong, and don't draw unnecessary or unwanted attention.  

Also, know how to not look like a victim. This is somewhat similar to being the gray man, but not exactly. Don't make yourself a target by wearing expensive, flashy clothes & accessories, or driving an expensive car.  Don't make yourself a target by appearing easy prey - wear practical clothes and shoes, pay attention to your surroundings, and walk confidently, head up.  Know, and avoid, bad neighborhoods and dangerous areas. This includes parking in well-light, highly visible areas when out and about town. Travel and shop in groups whenever possible, and let people know where you're going and when to expect you back. Don't bury yourself in your smart phone or IPod. Practice situational awareness. 


Diplomacy is the third way of self-defense. A way that many folks in the survivalist community may not even realize is a form of self-defense. Worse yet, some may look down on it as a weakness, because diplomacy involves compromise and working with others, instead of just doing things our "my way, and only my way."

Think of it this way - if your goal is to protect yourself and your family or group from others, one way to do so is to turn your potential enemies into allies. This is not always possible, but when when it is, it will not only provide protection, but other benefits to everyone involved. 

Diplomacy is a lost art, if it ever was one, within the survivalist community. I don't remember ever reading an article or watching  video on diplomacy in my years as a survivalist. Maybe its because we tend to be staunch individualists, and not very trusting of others on top of that - which has a lot to do with why so many of us have so much trouble finding or forming community.

Diplomacy requires effective communications and tact, a willingness to consider the needs of others, the ability to compromise on non-essential aspects, and a desire to find and work towards common goals. It also means putting aside egos and pride in favor of doing what is in the best interest of all - not just ourselves.

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. -- Isaac Newton

The Bottom Line

Each of these three ways of self-defense has its proper time and place. None of these three ways is appropriate or effective in every situation. None will be 100% effective all the time. They are three tools in your self-defense toolbox, and it is up to you to choose "the right tool for the job." Commonsense and an even temperament are required.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Survival and Self-Reliance Skills to Learn

Everyone in the survivalist community seems to accept the maxim that "knowledge and skills beats lots of stuff every time." But what knowledge and skills do you and your family or group need? Here is my list of possible survival and self-reliance skills to learn, in no particular order. However, the last one listed is the most important, in my opinion):
  • Situational Awareness & OODA Loop (link to my article)
  • Operational Security (link to my article)
  • Shooting & Self-Defense
  • Home Security - more than just guns (recommended book
  • Adaptability (link to my article)
  • Gardening & Permaculture
  • Beekeeping (book recommendation for beginners)
  • Animal Science - care & husbandry
  • Canning & Food Preservation
  • Herbal Medicine & Lore (recommended book)
  • Foraging for Wild Foods (recommended book)
  • Water Collection & Purification 
  • First Aid & CPR - essential skills for everyone
  • Budgeting and Personal Finance
  • Living Within Your Means (frugal living)
  • Negotiating & Bartering
  • Weather Forecasting (link to my article)
  • Hunting & Fishing
  • Camping & Hiking
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Auto Maintenance & Repair (link to my article)
  • Farm Mechanics (recommended book)
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Carpentry & Woodworking
  • Home Repair and D.I.Y. Skills
  • Plumping & Electrical Work
  • Knife Sharpening & Tool Maintenance
  • Sewing and Clothes-Making
  • Accepting Personal Responsibility for Your Own Life 
Its impossible for one person to have all these skills, but between all the members of your family or group you can hopefully cover many of them and all the major ones. This list is not complete., of course There are many other skills that can be added. Suggestions? Please leave a comment below. 

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Formal Request Made for Treasury Sanctions Against Iranian Leaders for Sending Christians to “Torture Factory”

Three Judges and Infamous Evin Prison Targeted Under Global Magnitsky Act

02/11/2019 Washington D.C. – Today, International Christian Concern (ICC) submitted the names of three Iranian judges and the infamous Evin Prison to the US Treasury for consideration of sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act. The names submitted are Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh, Judge Mohammed Moghiseh, Judge Ahmad Zargar, and Evin Prison itself.

February 11 marks the 40-year anniversary of the founding of the modern Islamic Republic of Iran. Since then, Iran has been ruled by elites who have fused hardline Islam with governance. Christians are viewed as a national security threat and prosecuted under these judges and then imprisoned in the infamous Evin Prison, commonly referred to as the “torture factory.”

These three Revolutionary Court judges, and Evin Prison, have a long record of human rights abuses toward Iranian Christians. The judges are responsible for convicting Christians on trumped up charges. They wield Iran’s legal system as a systemic tool of repression against religious minorities. Often, when Christians stand firm in their faith, Iran’s judges send them to the notorious Evin Prison, located on the outskirts of Tehran. Stories of those who survived Evin Prison are heartbreaking; the wide variety of abuse faced by inmates is chilling.

Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager for the Middle East, said, “For the last 40 years, Iran has sought to control the souls of its citizens through hardline Islamic judges and the threat of incarceration at Evin Prison. Christians have faced degrading and inhumane treatment for no other reason than their faith. Yet, despite this intense persecution, they firmly held onto their faith. In response, these judges have only strengthened their resolve to further crack down on all practice of Christianity.”  

ICC tracked these religious freedom violations in order to build the legal background for the Magnitsky submission. The Global Magnitsky Act is a powerful legal tool which specifically targets individuals and entities to be sanctioned for human rights violations. The original legal framework passed in 2012 which specifically targeted Eastern European perpetrators. The act was later expanded to include all global perpetrators of human rights violations. For more information on the act, please visit the Treasury Department web page on the Magnitsky Act;

Matias Perttula, ICC’s Advocacy Director, said, The Global Magnitsky Act is a monumental piece of bipartisan legislation that empowered the fight for human rights around the world in a brand new way. This legal tool empowers the US government and the civil society community to target individuals and entities guilty of oppressing people and violating their God-given human rights with the full force of the United States sanctions capabilities.”

Those wishing to show support for the sanctions request may contact the Department of the Treasury's Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Office, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) by the following methods:

Toll-Free Hotline:  1-800-540-6322​
E-Mail Address:  ofac_feedback@treasury.gov
Postal Address:  Office of Foreign Assets Control
                             U.S. Department of the Treasury 
                             Treasury Annex 
                             1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
                             Washington, DC 20220

You may also wish to contact your House Representative and Senators.

SOURCES:  This article is from a Press Release from International Christian Concern dated February 11, 2019, and additional information from the US Department of Treasury website.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Times are good, so do these big projects now, before its too late!

Times are good, for the most part. But the wolves are howling at the gates, waiting for their chance to bring havoc and destruction.  Here are some things you might consider doing now, while you can, before its too late.

Buy guns for your children and grandchildren. When I was a kid, my grandfather gave me my first shotgun for Christmas. A few years later, he gave me my first rifle as a birthday gift. If you are thinking of doing something similar for your children or grandchildren, go ahead and do so now while you still can. The Elites haven't given up on gun control, and are getting sneakier by the day in how they are trying to get our guns.  

Even if your kids or grand kids are too young, go ahead and buy the guns now, so that you can give the guns to them when they are old enough. Of course, obey all guns laws, and make sure you instruct them in gun safety!(Check out the book "Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children's Book About Gun Safety" by Julie Golob.

Get a metal roof on your house. They are more costly than regular roofs, but they have several benefits, including increased energy efficiency (thus lowering your power bills), improved fire resistance, and great durability (life-expectancy of a metal roof is about 50 years).

Do any other home improvements that will either increase your homes energy efficiency (saving you money in the long run), or reduce future maintenance needs. Ideas include increasing your home's insulation, installing a wood stove, installing energy-efficient windows, switching to LED lighting, and upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances, including hot water heaters, heat pumps, stoves, refrigerators, etc. This last may be especially true if your current appliances are over ten years old. NOTE: Some home improvements may be tax deductible. See your tax professional for specific advice. 
Increase the food production capacity of your property. Prepare additional garden space, plant fruit and nut trees (which take several years to start producing, so you need to do it now, not later), or install a greenhouse.  In the future, you're going to need food a lot more than you will need a well-manicured lawn.

Turn your swimming pool into a water reserve, fish farm,  or even a greenhouse. Many years ago, a friend of mine bought a new house that had a swimming pool in the back yard. Since he and his wife didn't have kids, and cared nothing about having a swimming pool, they converted it into a greenhouse. I've heard of other people who turned their swimming pools into small fish farms. Search for the term "pool to fish farm" on You Tube.

You and everyone in your family/group should get a complete physical exam this year. Also, get eye and dental exams. It is much better to catch problems early, and deal with them now. I'm a bad example of what can happen when you avoid the doctor too long, as I wrote about in 2015.

Double your planned food- and water-storage. Based on what is happening in Venezuela, where people have been reduced to dumpster diving and even eating family pets to survive, I recommend even more food storage than you (or I) were already planning. Consider at least doubling what you think you need.

Overcome any addictions in your life.  Are you addicted to tobacco, alcohol, legal or illegal drugs? Struggling with porn or gambling addiction? Work on overcoming your addictions as quickly as possible. Yes, I know - easier said than done. But you don't want to be dealing with an addiction in the middle or just after of a SHTF event. You will have enough danger and stress just from the event, without having to add the dangers, and distractions of your addiction on top of that. Especially since you may not be able to "feed" your addiction after the event, and therefore will be dealing with withdrawal, which will have both emotional and physical complications.  

Get out of debt! Rather than using these good times of full employment and rising wages to take expensive vacations or buy a new sports car, pay off your car loans, credit cards, student loans, payday loans and other consumer debt. If at all possible, pay off your mortgage or at the very least refinance into a lower fixed rate if you can.

Check out Dave Ramsey's Debt Snowball Plan on his website for a great way to pay off debt.

Go ahead and move. Or buy that Bug-out property. If your future plans include moving to a better location, or setting up your rural homestead, now is probably the best time to do so. Find your preferred location, and start job and property hunting. 

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

An Easy and Free Encryption Method for Preppers (and Everyone Else)

--The following is for Windows systems-- 

You know, or at least have heard, that you should protect your information. You may have even heard the would "encryption." But, what exactly is encryption? And how do you do it? Do you need awesome tech skills or expensive software?  This article will quickly give you a basic understanding of encryption, and what you may need to encrypt, as well as reveal an easy and free way even non-techies can use encryption. 

What is encryption? Very simply, encryption is a way to "scramble" information stored on your computer, laptop, USB key (memory stick), or other electronic device so that no one without the encryption password can read it.  So, if someone steals your laptop or you lose your USB key, they cannot read the files that are encrypted on it, even if they otherwise can get into your device. There are several different methods and standards for encryption, but there is no need to understand the technical specifications in order to use encryption.

What needs to be encrypted?  How much of your information you decide to encrypt is up to you. I personally only encrypt personal information of a sensitive nature - tax and financial records, insurance information, medical information, my master list of passwords and pin numbers, contact lists, back-up copies of important documents such as birth certificates, CC permits, deeds, titles, driver's licenses and passports. I also encrypt certain "prepper" information that might reveal aspects of my prepping that I don't want to be public knowledge, such as planned bug-out locations, or guns & ammo, food storage and medical supply lists, among others. 

I see no need to encrypt my music files, old photos, or even most of the prepper-type videos, articles, and ebooks I've downloaded. In fact, probably less than 10% of my computer files are encrypted. 

Why encrypt important information? Privacy is important. ID theft has become a $20 billion a year industry in the United States. Then there is the government, Big Tech, large corporations, political & social activists, snooping employers, and even nosy neighbors that want to know everything about you, even (especially) the stuff that is absolutely none of their business. Preppers and survivalists also should be concerned about operational security. There are lots of legitimate reason to protect your data.

Are there drawbacks to encryption? There is one, and its potentially a huge drawback. If you forget or lose your password, there is no way to recover it. No one will be able to send you a link to change your password. Even the encryption software company or your favorite IT guy will not be able to recover or change it for you. If you cannot figure out your password, you will be locked out of your encrypted data forever.

Also, its worth noting that the encryption is only as strong as your password. Don't use an obvious or easy-to-guess password, such as your mother's or wife's maiden name, your dogs' name, your social security number, or even "password." Many security experts now suggest using a random sentence as your password, such as "IhatepurpleeggssaidSam" (that one is "I hate purple eggs said Sam" without the spaces) - make it something that you'll remember but no one else is likely to ever guess.

Encryption Software

There is a lot of encryption software out there, much of it you have to buy. For years, I've used Rohos software, which has both a paid and free version. The free version has less bells and whistles and you are limited, last time I checked, to two gigabytes of encryption (which should be plenty for most folks). Rohos worked very well for me, and it does let you create a hidden partition to hide your encrypted data (but that is not really necessary, in my opinion).

An Easy, Free Alternative 

I recently discovered that 7-Zip archive software allows for password-protected full AES-256 encryption. That is one of the encryption standards that I mentioned earlier. All that you really need to know is that it is considered one of the absolute best. 

Archive software, such as 7-Zip, is used to compress, or zip-up, files (and extract them later) in order to save memory space. Using 7-Zip to create and password protect encrypted files is easy, even for non-techies. Simply follow these steps:

1- If you don't already have 7-Zip, you can download and install it on your computer. You can get it at Major Geeks (a software site that I have used for years and trust). Go to https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/7_zip.html to get it. Again, it is free.

2- Once it is installed, navigate to the folder containing the files and folders that you want to encrypt. Select the files and folders that you want to encrypt, perform a right-click on them, click 7-Zip from the menu, and then click the "Add to archive" option. This works on your Windows-based desktop, laptop, or any USB key (memory stick). 7-Zip compresses and encrypts all files within any folder you select. I simply keep most of my sensitive files in the same folder, and and encrypt/decrypt that folder as needed. 

3- At the Add to Archive dialog box, you can either choose the default name in the top box, or type in a new name for the folder or file, and choose the destination for the encrypted file (the ... button to the right of the top line). Make sure the Archive format (next box down) is set to 7z or zip.

4- In the same dialog box, you add a password in the Encryption dialog in the right-column about halfway down, where it says Password and Re-enter Password. You need to remember this password! Just below that, make sure the Encryption method is set to AES-256.  Then click Okay. 7-Zip will then zip-up the encrypted file and place it wherever you choose in step 3.  Depending on the size of the files and your computer's speed, this way take anywhere from a couple of seconds to several minutes.

5- You have now created an encrypted file. At this point, you may want to delete/shred the original folder and start using the encrypted folder exclusively (make sure the password for the encrypted folder works first, of course). You may move this encrypted file around, place it on a USB key, make copies of it, or whatever you want to do.

6- To open and use the encrypted files, just right click the encrypted file, select 7-Zip, select Open archive, and the 7-Zip file manager will pop up, and use it to open the encrypted file with your password by choosing the file/folder you want, clicking on Extract (green dash), clicking Okay, then entering your password.

A final note: It is possible to accidentally delete files encrypted by this method the same way you may accidentally delete your non-encrypted files, so pay attention to what you're doing! Remember, if you accidentally delete something from your computer, you can usually recover it from your recycle bin.

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Muslim Genocide Against Christians, Ignored by MSM, Increased Sharply in 2018

Thousands of Christians Murdered by Muslims in Nigeria

Even though Christians are by far the most persecuted group of peoples in the world, persecution and genocide of Christians is rarely reported in the mainstream media. This is bacuase the two primary persecutors - Muslims and Communists - are "protected' classes within leftist idealogy, while Christians are often considered problematic at best, or actually despised at worst. Thus, mainstream journalists usually turn a blind eye to the plight of Christians around the world. A prime example is what is happening in Nigeria.

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), has compiled data for 2018 on the ongoing genocide of Christians in Nigeria.  ACLED reported that approximately 1,930 brutal deaths were attributed to Fulani militants in 2018. In addition, Boko Haram was responsible for at least another 550 deaths according to records mainstained by TheReligionofPeace.com (TROP), bringing the total number murdered in the name of Islam in Nigeria in 2018 to at least 2,480. This was a sharp increase over the 1,900 total people killed in 2017 by both Boko Haram and Fulani militants (both groups are Muslim).

According to  International Christian Concern (ICC) "Due to ethnic tensions, religious differences, and a lack of economic resources, Fulani attacks against defenseless farmers in largely Christian areas claimed many lives and displaced tens of thousands."

"This, however, does not account for the dozens of villages that were completely razed and the more than 30 churches that were destroyed in Plateau State (of Nigeria) alone, as reported by Rev. Dacholom Datiri, president of the Church of Christ in Nigeria."

The Nigerian government has made little serious effort to address the ongoing genocide of Christians. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is a Muslim who has expressed support in the past for the "total implementation of Sharia Law" in Nigeria, despite the country's population being evenly divided between Christians and Muslims.

Below are the largest attacks that took place in 2018 (links to external news sites).
  1. April 23, 2018: Fulani militants attack in Benue State, killing 19 worshippers.
  2. June 23, 2018: Fulani militants attack in Plateau State, killing approximately 238.
  3. July 10, 2018: Fulani militants attack in Adamawa and Taraba States, killing 50.

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