Thursday, August 6, 2020

Blackout Chaos in Venezuela: Looting, Rotting Food, Scarcity of News, and Death

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by J. G. Martinez D., The Organic Prepper:

I am devastated because of the news of these last few days. The reality is, the reason for the power grid country-wide failure is the corruption level of these last years. Our main electricity generation company is a state-owned one, and the budget for the maintenance was stolen.

Plain and simple.

The funds are now in some tax haven under the name of God knows whom.

Now, start with the real topic: how to deal with the consequences.

Elements of a Security System – Part 4

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by J.M., Survival Blog:

(Continued from Part 3.)

The second type of alerting – remote signal back to a centralized alarm console with a wired or wireless connection when the tripwire is tripped – can be a bit more complicated. In either case you can use something as simple as the clothespin switch to connect two wires to close the circuit, or to ‘press’ the button on a remote transmitter to trigger a relay that set off a light/buzzer.

Concerned about Bitcoin security? Try this

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by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

It happened again. Last week, hackers stole 4,700 Bitcoins (over $80 million at today’s price) from mining marketplace NiceHash.

(The company pairs up people with spare computing power with others who are willing to pay to use that capacity to mine Bitcoin– and then announced they would reimburse users who lost money from the hack.)

On top of that, last month hackers stole $31 million of another cryptocurrency called Tether.

But those are only two recent attacks.

Remember Mt. Gox?

The Bitcoin exchange was founded 2010. By 2013, it was handling around 80% of all Bitcoin transactions.

Then the company halted all trading after “technical issues” caused 850,000 Bitcoins to go missing.

Those missing coins are worth over $15 billion at today’s price.

All of the crypto theft making people question the security of Bitcoin and other digital currencies.

But it’s important to remember, in these cases, “Bitcoin” didn’t get hacked… it was the exchanges or marketplaces that got hacked.

This happens almost every day; people unwittingly get their phones and emails hacked and end up losing their cryptocurrency in the process.

It reminds me of the early days of the Internet, back when WiFi was still a new thing and banks were just starting to provide online account access.

Back then, hacks were commonplace. Users didn’t know enough about wireless network security, and banks didn’t have SSL enabled… so hackers could easily ‘sniff’ data packets and steal bank login details.

Fast forward 10-15 years and all of that’s changed.

Most people at this point (hopefully) know how to secure their WiFi networks with WPA2 security or better, and banks employ much better security and encryption standards.

But with cryptocurrencies it’s still very Wild West out there, vastly increasing the chances of hacks, cracks, and theft.

You’d be amazed, for example, how many people use a ridiculously unsecure password like “123456” for a website login that stores their Bitcoin secret key.

And even if hackers don’t steal your crypto, there’s still a chance you’ll lose it.

A friend of mine bought some Bitcoin in 2010 and stored it on a laptop. Then he threw the laptop away… along with all the Bitcoin. And there’s no way to get it back.

Like just about anything, all it takes is a little bit of education to prevent a major disaster from occurring.

One approach I encourage you to learn about for storing crypto is called “cold storage.”

Before I define cold storage, a bit of background if you’re unfamiliar with how the public key/private key system works.

A public key is a code available to anyone who trades cryptocurrency with you. A private key is a secret, alphanumeric number never to share with anyone.

Imagine a cryptocurrency public key is your home address. That address is in just about every public database imaginable, from the county clerk’s property registry to the local phone book.

And if you want someone to send you mail, you give them your address. Easy.

Read More @ SovereignMan.com

Massive WiFi Flaw Affects All Connected Devices: ‘You Have To Wonder If It Was Corrupted On Purpose’

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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of WiFi connections has been broken.  This will expose wireless internet traffic to malicious attack, according to the researcher who discovered this weakness.

It doesn’t bode well that the mainstream media is also ignoring this problem completely because it’s a very big deal. Anytime the mainstream media brushes something off, most start asking questions.  Unfortunately, none of the answers we have so far to those questions are of comfort.

Considering every single cellphone now has WiFi in it and this major “weakness” could affect almost everyone. According to ARS Technica, researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows attackers within range of vulnerable device or access point to intercept passwords, e-mails, and other data presumed to be encrypted, and in some cases, to inject ransomware or other malicious content into a website a client is visiting.

The proof-of-concept exploit is called KRACK, short for Key Reinstallation Attacks. The research has been a closely guarded secret for weeks ahead of a coordinated disclosure that was scheduled for 8am Monday, East Coast time. A website disclosing the vulnerability said it affects the core WPA2 protocol itself and is effective against devices running the Android, Linux, macOS, Windows, and OpenBSD operating systems, as well as MediaTek Linksys, and other types of devices. The site warned attackers can exploit it to decrypt a wealth of sensitive data that’s normally encrypted by the nearly ubiquitous Wi-Fi encryption protocol. –ARS Technica

“This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and so on,” researcher Mathy Vanhoef, of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium wrote. “The attack works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. Depending on the network configuration, it is also possible to inject and manipulate data. For example, an attacker might be able to inject ransomware or other malware into websites.”

Krack Attacks, the website, went on to warn that visiting only HTTPS-protected Web pages wasn’t automatically a remedy against the attack either.  Since many improperly configured sites can be forced into dropping encrypted HTTPS traffic and instead of transmitting unencrypted HTTP data, this is not a safer option. An attacker can use a script known as SSLstrip to force a site like match.com (dating website) to downgrade a connection to HTTP. The attacker is then able to steal an account when the Android device logs in.

The video below shows how this weakness can be exploited on an Android device.

“Although websites or apps may use HTTPS as an additional layer of protection, we warn that this extra protection can (still) be bypassed in a worrying number of situations,” the researchers explained. “For example, HTTPS was previously bypassed in non-browser software, in Apple’s iOS and OS X, in Android apps, in Android apps again, in banking apps, and even in VPN apps.”

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

Cape Town, South Africa- TEOTWAWKI

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by Greg, Survival Blog:

It was a sunny Friday afternoon with a still wind when the end of the world as we know it happened. No, there was no nuclear explosion overhead, no EMP, no invasion from Russia, and no alien landing.

A Disaster in the Making

Mother nature provided the scene for this disaster. Cape Town South Africa is a place of beauty and home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world– the cape floral kingdom. It’s known as a peaceful holiday town and popular venue for film stars and the rich and famous alike. Who would have suspected that there was a disaster in the making?

5 ways to encourage your body to naturally detoxify

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by Derek Henry, Natural News:

It’s okay, you’re not the only person to fall off the wagon this summer, and whether you came out relatively unscathed or feeling like you’ve been run over by a tractor, it is probably time for you to get back into your regular routine of healthy eating. If you’ve never really had a healthy eating plan, then there’s no time like the present to get your butt in gear!

So how do you approach your eating plan this time, and how do you get quicker results with the same amount of effort? Simply whip up these five foods and beverages daily, and you’ll be back in the saddle in short order.

Torrential Rain Of Biblical Proportions Is Causing Immense Devastation For Midwest Farmers

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by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

The wettest 12 months in all of U.S. history was followed by the second wettest May on record, and for some parts of the Midwest the month of June will be even worse.  Some portions of Ohio and Indiana have gotten 10 more inches of rain since Friday, and more rain is literally falling on the Midwest as I write this article.  When I describe what we have witnessed as “torrential rain of Biblical proportions”, I am not exaggerating even a little bit.  Even before we got to the month of June, farmers in the middle of the country were already dealing with a disaster unlike anything that they had ever experienced before.  And just when everyone thought that it couldn’t possibly get any worse, it did.  Since Friday, the rainfall totals in the Ohio Valley have been staggering

Build the Plan vs. Test the Plan – Part 2

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by T.R., Survival Blog:

(Continued From Part 1.)

During 2018, I made a dot chart counting how many days fit into each category A, B, C and D in terms of readiness and then converted the “dots” into a percentage of time for the year. As a corollary, if things are leaning environmentally towards TEOTWAWKI, then we would already be limiting our “D” types of trips away from home and/or starting to pursue our exit via our “B” plan scenario. If things look particularly grim but quasi-temporary, then we would limit our “C” scenarios to avoid leaving home for long blocks of time and leaning towards staying home at night altogether.

Frugal Prepping: This Survival Food is One of the Highest Sources of Protein

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by Joshua Krause, Ready Nutrition:
So, by now, Guys and Gals, there are many factions to prepping and they all have their time and place, as well as their use. If a light bulb “comes on” when reading the material, then the mission is accomplished. I have mentioned in many of the articles the importance of taking in protein and its use as both a nutritious energy source, as well as in tissue repair and cellular growth.

With the exception of the recommendation of certain supplements that I use regularly, most of what I recommend falls within everyone’s budget. Isn’t that the objective as a survivalist and prepper? To receive the most return on your investment? Well, this is no different here. I wish to recommend the sardine…yes, you read it correctly!…the sardine, as a part of your diet. Let’s jump right into it.

Planning for an Uncertain Future – Jeff Nielson

by Jeff Nielson, Sprott Money:

Astute readers understand that we are living in a time of crisis. This is not a crisis about Terrorist Boogeymen, nor is it (primarily) even a crisis about the very real threat of global warming.

The crisis which faces us is a crisis of government: the corrupt, puppet regimes across the Western world, and the psychopathic Puppet Masters who pull their strings. These Puppet Masters are known to regular readers. They are the Western oligarchs who control the financial crime syndicate known as the One Bank.

These Puppet Masters have already led us to economic ruin. Western nations, almost without exception, are not merely insolvent – they are bankrupt. The poster child for this endemic bankruptcy is the United States.

Officially, the U.S.’s national debt is a ‘mere’ $20 trillion, far more than any other nation. But that is just the tip of the iceberg for this Titanic. The United States also faces more than $200 trillion in “unfunded liabilities”. This is a combination of dumping its bills onto the shoulders of future generations, and simpleaccounting fraud.

In the world of corporations, the United States would be legally required to account for the whole $200+ trillion of debts and obligations, not sweep it under the carpet, and pretend it doesn’t exist. Official government budgets are so fraudulent that the GAO (Government Accountability Office) regularly refusesto sign off on them.

To repeat: the United States government’s own accountant regularly refuses to endorse the accounting of the federal government – Republicans and Democrats alike. National accounting fraud is a bipartisan initiative in the U.S.’s Two-Party Dictatorship. Neither half is willing to tell the American people anything remotely close to the truth concerning the degree of U.S. insolvency.

Other Western nations are in little better shape. In the case of many of these nations, they have been dragged down to the level of U.S. economic decay through economic terrorism plotted by the One Bank, and executed by its stooges on Wall Street. Here the poster child is Greece.

In 2009; Greece and the United States exhibited very similar economic fundamentals, except on a different scale. Both nations were clearly insolvent. Both nations spent (spend) much too much on their military.

The difference?

Starting in 2010; the economic terrorists of Wall Street manipulated the interest rate on Greece’s national debt as high as 30{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. At the same time, these terrorists kept the interest rate on the U.S.’s gargantuan debt frozen at near-zero.

Understand the significance here. At an interest rate of 30{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}; it would cost the U.S. government $6 trillionper year just to pay the interest on $20 trillion in debt – which is only a portion of the actual U.S. debt.

Total U.S. government revenues are currently around $3.5 trillion. The world’s only superpower could not possibly make interest payments on its debt. At the same rate of interest that was forced upon Greece by the Wall Street terrorists, the U.S. would be almost instantly bankrupted – as Greece was.

Other Western nations are in little better shape than these two Deadbeat Debtors. The West is bankrupt.

The West is also unemployed. Permanent unemployment across the Western world is now some number in excess of 100 million people. Homeless people litter our streets. Propaganda-numbed populations ignorethis outrage – as our corrupt governments do nothing but make this crime against humanity worse.

The West is no longer free. To be free implies rights – lots of them. We have none.

A right is immutable. It is something which cannot be taken away from us, except under extreme circumstances, and even then only according to the principles of due process.

Due process is no longer a right across the Corrupt West. It is a (mere) privilege. It can taken away from any one of us, at any time, with absolutely no warning.

All that is required is for one of the corrupt puppets in our government to point their finger at any one of us and hurl the Magic Word: “terrorist”. Instantly we lose our citizenship. We lose our human rights. We become a non-person.

No (public) proof or (public) evidence of any kind is required to transform us from citizens to non-people.

The puppet governments of the Corrupt West have stolen our rights – totally unlawfully. They have stolen our rights in order to create police states. They have created police states as a preemptive measure to cling to power as these puppet governments preside over our imminent bankruptcy and economic collapse.

The Dark Ages. Remember them? Nobody does.

It was an era of chaos, ignorance, and misery which lasted nearly a thousand years. It was the result of the total collapse of the greatest empire the world had known – the Roman Empire.

Arguably, the United States Empire is history’s second greatest empire, not in terms of duration but in might. Here it is important to note that events move much more quickly in our technologically advanced age.

There could be no Hundred Year War in our modern era. One or both sides would annihilate the other long before then. The Roman Empire was measured in centuries. The U.S. Empire will be measured in decades.

It is a rancid empire, exhibiting all of the classic signs of an empire in its final death throes. Politically and culturally unenlightened (Donald Trump, Family Guy). Militarily belligerent. Economically exhausted.

The United States, world’s only superpower, is a crude, broke, aggressive Bully. It no longer has any friends, just those nations who will acquiesce to its will and those who won’t.

This out-of-control Bully has been goaded into manufacturing one war after another by the psychopathic oligarchs. It has forced the Rest of the World to replace it as the world’s dominant power.

However, has-been empires rarely relinquish power willingly. Psychopaths never do. As these Western psychopaths attempt to cling to their global tyranny, they could (will?) easily plunge the world into a second Dark Age.

Then what?

“Financial planning”, in its conventional sense, loses all meaning in nations which no longer have computerized economies – and may no longer have fully industrialized economies. Stocks, bonds? Not much good to us when there is no stock market and there is no bond market.

Bitcoin? Lol!

Many formerly committed precious metals investors have become disillusioned with this asset class – at least to some extent. These people forget why they were diligently accumulating gold and silver in the first place.

Precious metals are the world’s premier Safe Haven asset class. They have always been so. And they may always remain so.

Why? Gold and silver are hard assets. Gold and silver are real money.

Readers who think of the paper in their wallets as “money” require an education. The bankers’ paper is mere currency. It is a medium of exchange, and nothing more.

Real money (gold and silver) is a medium of exchange and a store of wealth. Money conserves and protects the wealth of the holder. Currency does not.

Would we still use and need money in some future Dark Age? Is it easier to carry your furnishings on your back, or is it easier to carry enough money to buy new furnishings?

Read More @ SprottMoney.com

Selco’s Reality Check for Preppers: It CAN Happen to You and You CAN Survive It

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by Selco, The Organic Prepper:

It is good to research how other people went through hard times in order to be ready more for SHTF. And today, I have a reality check for you.

The two biggest misconception or mistakes that can happen there are fact that you may easily conclude something like “oh, this can not happen to me here (because we are better, smarter, richer, more human or whatever)” and second one might be fact that you cannot “bond” with situation that happened to someone else somewhere far from you because situation was so hard and those people who survived and went through that look way tougher than you.

Faithful Kindling Axe from Amazon

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Flood Warnings In New York: Are You Prepared For A Flash Flood?

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by Sara Tipton, Ready Nutrition:

In a previous article, we wrote about homes in a U.S. that happen to fall in disaster zones. Now, it seems, with the recent flash floods on the East coast, many families are finding themselves in a flooded disaster zone.

Thunderstorms have extended the flash flood warnings on the East coast in recent days. Heavy floodwaters have engulfed parts of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, washing out roadways, submerging vehicles and forcing water rescues. Would you be prepared for a flood? If not, don’t worry. We have a few tricks that can help you map out a survival plan for a flood emergency.

How to Perform a Preparedness Audit (And Why You Need To Do This Every Year)

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Every year, businesses perform an inventory and do an audit on their supplies. This helps them to know what they’ve spent, what they have, and what they need.

If you’re serious about preparedness, you need to be doing the same thing. At least once a year, you need to do a preparedness audit to make sure you always have the essentials on hand.

Often times, you think you have a lot more than you really do. You forget about those times you dip into your stockpile because you ran out of something in the kitchen. Or maybe you stashed something “out of sight, out of mind” and it expired. Maybe you’ve “lost” a case of dried food, and you know you have it somewhere.