Thursday, October 17, 2019

Selco on Martial Law: Forget your “movie illusions about being a freedom fighter”

by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Let’s talk about martial law. This is when the normal law of the land is suspended and the authority comes from the military or federal government.

One recent example of undeclared martial law in the US was when the police were looking for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and went door to door, forcing innocent people to come outside with their hands on their heads at gunpoint, while their homes were searched without warrants. 

It turns out that many of us have some serious misconceptions of what it’s really like to live through a martial law situation. I asked Selco, who has personally been through it, to clear up the myths and tell us what it’s actually like. You can always count on him for the unvarnished truth, and that’s what we need to be prepared to survive extreme situations.

PREP YOUR TECH: HOW TO DEFEND YOUR ACCOUNTS FROM HACKING

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by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

Prepping isn’t always about survival when the SHTF.  There are times when we need to prepare for the bad things that could happen tomorrow.  Because of that, here are a few ways to protect your online accounts from hacking.

The improvements in technology have brought us instantaneous communication with people around the globe as well as faster and easier ways to pay bills, start businesses, and complete tasks. But with this, comes the problem of security.  There are some ways that you can protect yourself, and prepare in advance for a possible hacking of your accounts.

Tips for becoming unnoticeable: When SHTF, being a gray man can save your life

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by Zoey Sky, The Common Sense Show:

During a disaster scenario, you can’t just rely on your survival stockpile. Your skills are just as important when SHTF, especially the ability to become a “gray man.” (h/t to ModernSurvivalOnline.com)

The gray man theory

You can just bug out when things go south, but if you decide to stay home, at some point you’ll need to leave to find resources or maintain your property. How do you avoid looters and attackers?

Hide in plain sight by becoming a gray man to avoid detection. Simply put, a gray man is someone who doesn’t draw attention to himself. This kind of “survival psychology and urban camouflage” technique enables you to “disappear” when you’re in a public place.

A CONEX Cabin at Our BOL

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by Montana Guy, Survival Blog:

Our first Montana winter was spent in an 8′ x 10′ shelter. We survived. And yes, we are still married.

This article is directed toward folks who:

  1. Live far from where they would like to establish a bug-out, and
  2. May want to eventually move to theirBug Out Location (BOL) and begin building their future homestead.
SUMMARY

This article suggests buying land for a future homestead. Initially a CONEX shipping container can be placed on the property. It can immediately serve as a reasonably secure, pre-positioned, pre-provisioned Bugout  shelter. It can be used for camping vacations. These can be great opportunities to get to know neighbors, find local resources, get a head start on site improvement such as clearing, access improvements, installation of electric (grid or solar) etc.

Marjory Wildcraft: Growing Your Own Groceries

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by Adam Taggart, Peak Prosperity:

How to turn your backyard into a food production system

We all intuitively know that it’s important to have access to locally grown food, especially if it’s grown organically.

It gives us calorie resilience in case our standard thousand-mile supply chains become disrupted. It’s more nutrient-rich and healthier for us. It tastes (much) better. Growing it increases our connection to nature. The list of additional benefits is long.

Marjory Wildcraft, founder of The Grow Network and author of Grow Your Own Groceries, explains how we can contribute to the local food production movement by using our own windowsills, planters and backyards as a food production system.

Signs Of The Times? Earthquake Swarms Hit Texas, Oklahoma, San Francisco And The New Madrid Fault Zone

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by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

There is a whole lotta shaking going on in America right now, and many people are concerned about what that could potentially mean.  Could it be possible that the U.S. is entering a more seismically active time?  This week alone, we have seen earthquake swarms in Texas, Oklahoma, San Francisco and the New Madrid fault zone.  Of course earthquakes happen every day, but to see so many earthquake swarms happen in such diverse places within such a compressed period of time is definitely unusual.  And what makes this even more unusual is the fact that Rosh Hashanah just ended.  In fact, the earthquake swarm that we just witnessed in Texas started on Rosh Hashanah with a magnitude 4.0 quake near the town of “Snyder”

1,015,736,491,184 reasons to have a Plan B

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

Precisely one year ago today, the US federal government opened Fiscal Year 2019 with a total debt level of $21.6 trillion:

Specifically, the US federal debt on October 1st last year was $21,606,948,183,180.23

Today is the start of the government’s 2020 Fiscal Year. And the total debt is now $22,622,684,674,364.43

That means they accumulated more than $1 TRILLION in new debt over the course of the 2019 Fiscal Year.

Food storage tips: How much food and water do you need to survive for 3 months?

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by Zoey Sky, Natural News:

Food storage is an important aspect of prepping. When SHTF, your life will be much easier if you have at least three months’ worth of shelf-stable food in your survival stockpile. (h/t to AskAPrepper.com)

But what if you’re on a budget, and you want to store the bare minimum food supply to keep your family well-fed during a long-term disaster scenario?

Following a “bare minimum diet” is also ideal if you need to store only the essentials at a bug-out location with limited storage space. (Related: Food storage tips: Considerations for making the most out of your food prepping budget.)

Food Storage: The Basics

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by Pete Thorsen, Survival Blog:

More and more people are seeing the common sense in having some stored food on hand in case of emergencies. Many of these people are not preppers but just want to have the peace of mind knowing they have some extra food on hand for “just in case.”

The only problem for some is the question of “Where to start?” With food it is an easy start. Well, then again, maybe not so easy after all. If you decide to have food on hand for an emergency then you should think just that one line through some. What kind of an emergency? Does it even matter? If the emergency is the power being out and you live in an all-electric house you would either need food that could be eaten without cooking or you would have to have an alternate way to cook the food instead of your microwave or electric range.

Turmeric: This ancient super spice can offer unmatched healing properties

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by Kristine Payne, Natural News:

Many people consider turmeric (Curcuma longa) to be the most powerful herb on the planet. Others may even argue that it could potentially be the most effective nutritional supplement to ever exist. Such claims are not unfounded. This ancient super spice has been used in India for thousands of years not only for its exotic flavor, but also for its medicinal properties.

Still Prepping After All These Years

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by Tony T., Survival Blog:

I have written this to encourage others that may be getting weary with the never-ending labors of preparation.

I have divided this into four parts:

1. Learning from my family.
2. Adjusting to my own family.
3. Persevering through the years
4. Where we are now.

A Shocking New Survey Finds That Most Americans Are Completely Unprepared For The Next Recession

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Just like in 2008, most Americans are living right on the edge financially, and so any sort of an economic downturn is going to be extremely painful for tens of millions of American families.  When you have not built up a financial cushion, any sort of a setback can be absolutely disastrous.  During the last recession, millions of Americans suddenly lost their jobs, and because most of them were living paycheck to paycheck a lot of them suddenly couldn’t pay their mortgages.  In the end, millions of Americans lost their homes during the “subprime mortgage meltdown”, and today the housing bubble is even larger than it was back then.  Sadly, the reality of the matter is that many of us are just barely scraping by from month to month, and that is a very dangerous position to be in.

The Importance Of A Resilient Life

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by Chris Martenson, Peak Prosperity:

In the end, it will mean all the difference

My business partner Adam and I recently met with a successful business owner whose career began on Wall Street. The kind of guy who should be rooting for the system, because it has treated him well.

Instead, he was quite nervous about the sustainability of the status quo. “Starting in August,” he said, “Maybe it was the Amazon catching fire, maybe it was the negative interest rates – I don’t know for certain what the trigger was – but something has snapped.”