Thursday, March 21, 2019

Urban Survivors: A Post-SHTF Water Supply

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by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, we’re going to cover some quick, down-and-dirty techniques for throwing a water supply together before the SHTF for our urban-dwelling readers.  Too often urbanites are ignored, and there are surely many more of you as readers than the comments reveal.

Many of you may be wondering about this, as I’ve written extensively about a rain-catchment system for your home, underground cisterns, methods of water storage in the home, and the like.  I have also written on how to locate water from “unlikely” sources.  So why this?

Because we’re a hair’s breadth away from a war and/or an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) Strike against the U.S., and many have not initiated any of these plans for water storage.

On another note, naysayers and trolls have been posting without hiatus.  Their methods are simple: Deny, Discredit, and Denounce.  Do not pay any attention to these “nonproductive” comments, in which everything written is attacked without any viable solution being proposed.  The information presented here is not as “perfect” as the credentials of the trolls, however, if you take the initiative…research it yourself and then act upon it…the information gives you both options and ideas to enable you to succeed.

If you’re in an urban environment, especially living in an apartment or condo, your options regarding water storage are going to be severely limited.  Tell you what.  If you’re not thinking outside of the box, nobody will do so for you when the time is needed.  My advice is if you have a storage unit in the building or complex?  See if you can rent an extra one.  If not, then allocate the one that you have for storing emergency supplies, one of them being water.

You can store 5-gallon containers with water in that storage unit.  A good idea for you would be two 5-gallon containers for each member of the family.  That would give you a minimum of a five-day supply per family member, as each person needs about 2 gallons per day.  Cases of bottled water would be your next option, followed by the 2-liter bottle storage method.  Ensure that if you’re in an apartment, that you have at least 1 of those 5-gallon containers per person.  I’m trying to suggest it so that you don’t have too much “water weight” in one given area…although 1 container per person is certainly on the “conservative” side.  Use your best judgment.

In an apartment: allocate water for use for the toilet.  You want a couple of 5-gallon containers for the toilet.  When the emergency either occurs or looms “danger close,” you need to fill up the bathtub and all the sinks in the house completely.  Fill up every large container that can’t be easily knocked over, and preferably those with lids.  Fill up containers with lids, lining and stacking them up all over the house, if need be.

You may plan on bugging out, but you may be trapped there for a while, and it’s better safe than sorry: load up now and store it to see you through until you can leave.

Here’s an idea for you that may work should your city or town be suffering from the effects of an EMP but not a nuke or nuclear radiation.  Tap into the downspout nearest to your unit.  With the aid of a square and a sturdy but flexible sheet of plastic (such as a disposable plastic baking sheet, for instance), make a “funnel” and run the end of this into a length of 1” or comparable PVC pipe, securing your funnel with strong duct tape.  You’ll then need to “punch” into the downspout, and then position your funnel to catch the water and run it into your PVC pipe, then to a container that you preposition.

To answer your question: if you just place a container at the bottom of the downspout and there’s a water shortage, how long will it be until a “Planet of the Apes” scenario unfolds, and another 100 people want the water that’s in that container?

Not to mention that you’ll have to expose yourself to the outside.  High rise apartment-dwellers will have a hard time with this one, and if you don’t have a balcony facing the downspout, you’ll have to figure an alternative method to pipe it in or collect it.  For apartment dwellers with balconies, you can stretch sheets of plastic in an “open” funnel, and channel the water into collecting containers.  Preposition open containers all over your balcony.

Here’s a good idea for you.  Pick up a large metal or plastic outdoor garbage can.  Line the inside of it with two layers of thick contractor strength trash bags.  Leave that out on your balcony or on your porch.  Be smart: after the SHTF, place a bunch of trash around the base of it, maybe kick a dent or two into it, and go at it with a can of spray paint all over.  Make it appear to be a trash can.

But it’ll be your “urban cistern,” hidden from the IHM (Incredible Human Mob).

You can fill that with water you collect, from the rain-gutter tap I just mentioned, to the smaller containers and plastic sheets you use to gather rainwater.  With the plastic bag overlapped it will look just as an ordinary trash can.

Make sure you also have plenty of water purification gear: filters, chemical additives such as bleach, iodine, or HTH (calcium hypochlorite) to treat the water you collect, and pitchers with filtration systems, such as Brita’s, etc.  You also need to find a building or storage facility that is not going to hold anything particularly useful.  Use the spouts from this location to collect rainwater.  Just remember, chances are unless you visit it or watch over it, the water you collect will be taken.

Now, about others in your building: if you’re fortunate enough to have a laundry room in your building, you can organize a “building water supply” with the washing machines.  Run the machines to fill and use them as a storage reservoir.  You can (after it has hit) disconnect the hoses and see if you might be able to take some water from them.  Don’t forget that utility sink: stopper it up, plug it up, or whatever.  But fill that bad boy up, and keep it topped off.

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Here’s a FANTASTIC security tool you should really know about

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by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

Chances are you probably use a cloud service to store at least a portion of your files.

Dropbox. iCloud. Microsoft’s OneDrive. Mega. Box.

There’s so many of them these days. And a few of them, like Switzerland-based Tresorit, focus heavily on privacy and security to keep your data safe.

But let’s be honest– privacy is definitely not a top priority among most of the top cloud providers.

Dropbox states right on its own website that the company has direct access to your files.

Sensitive company data. Financial records. Intimate photos. Personal information. Password files. Cryptocurrency keys.

And even if you delete the files, the backup copies are STILL stored on Dropbox’s servers.

(It’s not just Dropbox– most of the major cloud services operate this way.)

This presents a significant amount of risk from multiple fronts.

Hacker threats are nearly ubiquitous these days.

Hardly a month goes by without another announcement of some major data breach… and we only hear about the big ones in which millions of people are affected.

One of the latest hacker trends is when attackers gain control of your mobile devices by calling up your mobile carrier and convincing them that they’re you.

This allows them to reset passwords and easily gain access to your emails and files.

Then of course there are legal risks.

If you’ve never been sued, congratulations. Let’s hope it stays that way.

If you have been sued, congratulations. It means that at least someone thinks you’re successful. Broke people typically don’t get sued.

Bear in mind that the ‘justice’ system today has very little to do with justice.

It’s about government prosecutors or some twisted, amoral, money-hungry lawyer convincing 12 strangers on a jury that you’re a terrible person.

And during the discovery process of a lawsuit, EVERYTHING is up for grabs. A court can literally subpoena your entire life, including your emails, files, financial records, etc.

Chances are they can find something in all that data to make you look bad.

Then there’s the other never-ending issue of government spying and the NSA archiving every kilobyte of data that passes across the Internet.

It might be easier to simply CC the government on every email you send and add their email address as an authorized user of your Dropbox account.

Despite all these known risks, though, and the constant stream of stories about hackers and government spying, few people take steps to safeguard their data.

(As an example, according to a study by Keeper Security, the most common password is 123456. Not exactly hacker-proof.)

But there are some very simple tools available that can help.

One of them is called Cryptomator, which came to my attention from a close friend of mine who works in the US Army’s cyberwarfare divison, which was established to defend government systems against foreign hackers.

Cryptomator is free, simple program which encrypts every single file you store on a cloud server.

Let’s say you use Dropbox to sync files between your laptop and the cloud.

Ordinarily, your files are stored unencrypted on your laptop, and they’re accessible by certain Dropbox staff through the cloud servers.

Cryptomator encrypts the files on BOTH ends, i.e. the file that’s stored on the Dropbox servers is encrypted, AND the file stored locally on your laptop is encrypted.

Dropbox employees who try to access your data would see nothing but gibberish.

And anyone who gains physical access to your laptop would see nothing but gibberish.

Only you have the ability to unlock the files.

Now, this sounds like a cumbersome process… having to constantly encrypt and decrypt files, enter passwords, etc.

But it’s not. Cryptomator has created a streamlined platform where you can group files together in ‘vaults’.

Then you can decrypt an entire vault, attach it to your file system, and easily re-encrypt it when you’re finished.

Read More @ SovereignMan.com

Blackout: How You Can Act Decisively If an EMP Strikes at Work

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by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

ReadyNutrition Readers, this is Part 2 of a 3-part series dealing with immediate actions to be taken in the event of an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack.  You can read Part 1 here. In the last segment, we covered what you should do if you’re on the road heading to or from work, or traveling.  Now we are going to detail some actions and preparations for your workplace.  Keep in mind: there will be a “blending” of these parts in actual practice, as to move from one locale to another, you will use the information presented in Part 1 when traveling.  All the parts should complement one another.

I also think it would be a good idea to take listed items and burn off an extra copy as a form of a “checklist,” as not many people have perfect memories (myself included), and it could help you out in the time of trouble and eliminate the need for guesswork.  Let’s start off with a scenario.

Let’s start off with a scenario.

You are an office worker in Anytown, a small midwestern city who works in a 7-story building located on the eastern 1/3 of the town.  The direction of your home from work is toward the East.  You are sitting at your desk with a window facing the west, and it’s about 10:00 am.  Suddenly, a flash of light catches your attention in the sky, and then it disappears.  Simultaneously, all the lights in the office go out, as does your desk computer.  No backup lights come on.  You look at your watch, and it’s dead.  You pick up your desk phone, and there is no dial tone.  There are murmurings from coworkers, and people are shuffling into an open area with a conference table.  You have just been hit by an EMP attack, and it appears that you have already punched out early, and probably for good.

The scenario will be played out throughout the United States.  Now is the time to act. Those who are preparedness minded must keep this in mind: Definitive action taken at the critical point is critical to your survival.

10 Emergency Items to Have in Your Workplace

I have written articles similar in nature to this subject that you may wish to peruse.  What is on your person?  In your desk?  In a locker (if you have one) on the premises?  Let us examine some of the items it would be beneficial to have on your person at all times:

  1. Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  2. Watch (that will not be affected by an EMP or need batteries)
  3. Leatherman/Gerber multi-tool
  4. A good folding knife with a locking blade
  5. Matches and/or a lighter
  6. Some type of firearm for your defense with ammunition for it… (Note: this is, to paraphrase Alice in Chains, Your Decision…you will have to weigh your options)
  7. Pen and writing paper/note cards
  8. Transistor radio that works with a battery and an earphone-attachment
  9. Having an NBC gas mask and anti-radiation pills in your workplace could be a lifesaver if an EMP may be followed by radiological and nuclear consequences.

Flashlights

You are going to need a light source if battery-powered lights do not switch on and there isn’t any backup power source.  That small Maglite in your pocket may do the trick: the simplest of circuits will probably be safe and still working…a flashlight is one of them.  All the rest of the items are self-explanatory, except for the pen and writing paper.  These you’ll need to either make calculations, leave a note for someone, or copy any kind of relevant information that you may find.

Transistor Radios

Regarding the transistor radio, you will want to see if you can hear any kind of emergency information that you may be able to use.  The earphone/ear-buds you want to have for OPSEC…you don’t need to advertise that you have a radio.  More.  You don’t want anyone to hear where you are or give away your position with the noise from a radio.

Emergency Exits

Now, in previous articles, I had recommended walking the route and counting the steps from your desk to your vehicle, or from your desk to the front street, if you don’t have vehicle parking in your building.  You’ll have to do it in the dark, and you want to prepare as much as possible for this.  You’ll be taking the stairs.  You should be able to estimate how long this will take you.  Speed is of the essence.

Workplace Gear

Now, what’s in your desk?  You will either want to have a small bag with you with some dried food, a small first-aid kit, and some essentials.  Maybe a couple bottles of water and a few canned meals (prepared meals are the best…focus on high protein and high carbs…you’ll be burning all of it off with the energy expended.)  There should be some room in the bag, because also, you’ll want to change (if you’re not already wearing them) into good boots/hiking shoes, and a good set of clothes instead of the Happy Western Consumer Clown Suit of tan pants, loafers, button-down shirt, ad infinitum, in all the ensemble’s color variances.  DX’em (that means get rid of them) …. you won’t need them anymore.  They’re not worth the weight to carry.

Move quickly and with a purpose: your mission to leave the building without incident and without fanfare.  Your vehicle?  If it doesn’t start, and its electronics have been “fried” by the pulse…then salvage that “go/bug-out” bag from the trunk, along with any weapons and equipment you packed.  Food and water, medical equipment, and prepositioned supplies…tote as much of it as you can.  This is where a large rucksack (or Alice pack) comes in handy, as it can take the weight, take a beating, and hold a ton of stuff.

For a long-gun, I strongly recommend a scabbard-sheath that will enable you to reach up and grab it, while keeping it sheathed.  You’ll be relying on your sidearm, hopefully, a semiautomatic pistol or a powerful revolver of some type.  Get your stuff, get it up on your back, and get out.

There will probably be vending machines in your building.  There won’t be electricity, even if you have coins or bills.  On the other hand, a backup power system may kick in.  You may wish to pick up as many dried/packaged goods as possible.  Just remember this: on the Day After Doomsday, there will be no more of those packaged goodies.

To paraphrase Jack London, the “law of club and fang” just emerged as the new norm for society.  As you leave the building, you need to have several points where you can rest or take refuge.  You should have already planned these out in advance, as well as the route you will be taking.  This route must also take into consideration any rally points for the family, points for resupply (food, water, and medical supplies), and places you may need to shelter in for more than a few days.

Success regarding this segment will completely depend on what you have planned for in advance and either stashed in your now-defunct vehicle or at work.  Good intel is the key to making it through this one.  You’ll have to consider sections of the city/town where you work you must “traverse” through, such as a “bad” area with gang or criminal activity, or such.  For those with the ’67 Mustang Convertible or the ’54 Ford pickup who have working vehicles, then refer to Part 1, and get out of that town as quickly as you can.  If you’re on foot, also refer to Part 1 for techniques, such as traveling when it’s dark, if possible, and things to look for/avoid on your way.  Stay in that good fight!  

Ready More @ ReadyNutrition.com

Beware of the “dark side” of humanity during any collapse

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by Jayson Veley, Natural News:

While there have been countless books, movies and television shows about life after some type of apocalyptic event, chances are none of us will ever actually be forced to experience what its like trying to rebuild society from the ground up. More than likely, the majority of us will never be so hungry that we’re forced to get food from somewhere other than the local supermarket, craft our own tools and weapons just to make it through the day, or make decisions that are a matter of life or death. All that being said, there is still a burning question that millions of Americans across the country find themselves asking every now and then: what if?

What if society really did crumble like a house of cards? What if we really were forced to rebuild from the ground up? What would that look like? Would mankind be able to set aside our differences for the greater good, or would the ensuing chaos and fear bring out the worse in us?

All of these can be answered by addressing one more overarching question: are human beings good or evil by nature? It would appear that when reduced to their natural state as a species, humans possess the will and desire to work together with one another; if the opposite were true, then society would never have had the opportunity to be built in the first place. (Related: These are the top ten cities that would be rebuilt first after a societal collapse.) However, it would be inaccurate to say that human beings are entirely good in nature because, as demonstrated through people like Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, our species clearly has a dark side.

It is important to note that although its true that humans aren’t entirely good in nature, not everyone intends to perform unspeakable acts of evil like Hitler or the terrorists behind 9/11 either; in fact, the vast majority of people do not. There are varying degrees of darkness inside each of us, and while most of us live our entire lives apart from it, others are more eager to embrace it.

So how would human beings act in a post-societal world? Would we remain mostly good in nature, or would our dark side start to come out in response to all of the chaos and stress of trying to survive?

In 1961, sociologist Charles Fritz argued that just because human beings would experience a significant amount of stress after society collapses, it doesn’t necessarily mean people would lose themselves. Fritz came to this conclusion while stationed in Britain during the Blitz, where he reported seeing “a nation of gloriously happy people, enjoying life to the fullest, exhibiting a sense of gaiety and love of life that was truly remarkable.” He also noticed that the people continued to share supplies and speak with people they had never spoken to before.

A counterargument to Mr. Fritz would be to say that even though the Blitz lasted for roughly 8 months with the people of Britain being bombarded by German forces day in and day out, it still wasn’t an example of true societal collapse. In a situation where you don’t have any food, clean water is extremely difficult to obtain, and the law no longer exists, there’s no question that some people, even those who have lived their entire lives up until that point as good, decent individuals, will begin to do things they never thought they would do. Again, these types of people would still be in the minority, but even a minority can do a significant amount of damage and destruction when they choose to embrace the darkness that is inside of them.

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18 low-cost REPAIR items preppers are stockpiling to keep things running once the civil war begins

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by Rhonda Johansson, BugOut News:

Survivalism isn’t simply about living like the end of the world is going to happen, as mainstream media would have you believe. It’s the ability to use nature to your advantage and ensure that you are always prepared for any situation. To that end, it is smart to always carry around a repair kit in your car and in your home. This kit should contain a variety of tools, but there are 18 must-have items that should be included.

  1. A zipper repair kit – A lot of us don’t think about this, but having this kit in your bag will save you a lot of headache. Remember that a lot of outdoor gear has zippers. Keeping these binding fasteners in tip-top shape will help make survival situations easier.
  2. Assorted plastic bags – Aim to have a pack of each varying size. Plastic bags are extremely versatile and can be used for things other than their originally intended purpose.
  3. Carabiners – These are widely-used in rope-intensive activities and prove to be crucial in emergency situations. Try to collect a set made from heavier material like steel or aluminum.
  4. Duct tape – This is the most obvious choice and a no-brainer for preppers. Duct tape can be used in a variety of ways. From repairing a tent to making a rope to splinting a broken tent pole, duct tape can fuse two things together for a short period of time.  
  5. Epoxy – These adhesives are preferred whenever a strong bond is necessary. For the most part, epoxy is used to bind construction materials together or protect surfaces from dirt and moisture. In an emergency situation, epoxy can be used to reinforce fasteners, strengthen joints in bolts, and even delay stress-induced cracking. Take note that epoxy releases harmful fumes when applied so use this only in a well-ventilated area.
  6. Epoxy putty – This is similar to epoxy but has a clay-like texture. These products are ideal for fixing anything that is leaking. You can use it to repair a hole in a canteen, for example.
  7. FiberFix – This repair wrap markets itself as “100 times stronger than duct tape,” being able to fuse heavy-duty hardware together using waterproof resin. While there are supporters for either repair tape, FiberFix is still a good addition to your prepper bag.
  8. Knife sharpener – Here’s a tip to remember: Never, ever, leave your house without having a sharpened blade. Of all things, a knife is one of the most important survival items to have. A dull blade, not so much. Make sure that your repair tool bag always has a knife sharpener in it.
  9. Paracord – This is an important survival item, with uses that are only limited by a lack of imagination. A few uses to take note of include: to use it as a splint, a suture, a splint, or even a makeshift stretcher.
  10. Pump rebuild kit for lanterns and stoves – During emergency situations, it is important to have a source of light and heat. Novice preppers typically have a portable stove or lantern with them, but often forget to include a pump repair kit. These kits are normally small and compact but can differ based on the brand you prefer.
  11. Safety pins – Another temporary fix for broken materials, safety pins come in a variety of sizes and it’s best to carry a few of each length. However, note that safety pins break and rust easily.
  12. Sealing tape for inflatables – Their intended use is for items like pool toys and air mattresses, which most people won’t have during SHTF situations. However, the tape can be used as an alternative adhesive in case you run out of any other form of tape.
  13. Sewing kit – Preppers know how to sew. This skill has applications in a lot of areas and the art of sewing is an essential. Remember to have heavy duty thread and needles in your kit, especially to repair items like a tarp or other thick items.
  14. Small nuts, bolts, and screws – You never know when you may need fasteners. Keep a collection of various sizes in your kit.
  15. Spare disposable butane lighter – Anyone who has been in the wild knows the power of fire. Always keep a spare lighter on hand to help kindle a fire.
  16. Spare mantles for portable lantern – Most people don’t realize how easily mantles break, particularly in portable items. It is recommended to keep at least two or three spare mantles for your lantern.
  17. Superglue – Another clear choice, most emergency situations require some form of adhesive, and many of them can be fixed temporarily with a dab or two of superglue.
  18. Wire ties (four- and eight-inch) – These can be used in a lot of ways and can be practical when you need a quick fix.

As you can see, the shared characteristic all these items have is versatility. Stock up on items that have more than one function. (Related: 8 common prepper mistakes to avoid.)

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How to Fix a Tire?

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from CrazyRussianHacker:

Is It Time to Escape to Your Personal Alamo?

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by Nick Giambruno, International Man:

Doug Casey, Jeff Thomas, and Nick Giambruno recently discussed a topic they all think about often—pulling the trigger and leaving your home country to sit out an economic or political crisis.

Nick Giambruno: It seems like each week there’s a new attack or mass shooting. Racial tensions are on the rise. Europe is experiencing a migrant crisis that’s tearing the continent apart.

There’s no doubt the world has become a crazier place in the past couple of years. Unfortunately, I think it’s only going to get worse.

At what point do you decide that conditions at home are likely to worsen and set up an escape route with the intention of moving to another country?

Doug Casey: The pot of envy and jealousy is being stirred up big time, and the implications for anyone with any amount of wealth are potentially dire. It doesn’t take much to turn widespread resentment into a wave of violence. As I’ve previously said, it’s time to eat the rich, and these days, anyone who isn’t poor is considered rich. This is why my mantra has been to not just diversify one’s assets and financial risks, but to diversify political risk. Political risk is actually greater than financial risk today. It may not be time to get out of Dodge quite yet. But if you don’t want to be left with grabbing a backpack and heading for the hills as your only option, it is absolutely time to be setting up second residences in places you’d enjoy going for an extended vacation while the global economy works through the coming liquidation of decades of stupid government economic policies. It’s going to get really, really ugly, and if you don’t prepare now, you’re going to get hurt.

Jeff Thomas: Quite so. I recently addressed this question in an article entitled “Three Strikes—You’re Out!” The article outlined the fact that, in the US, confiscation of wealth has been permitted under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which allows banks to confiscate depositors’ funds. Confiscation of other property has been permitted under civil forfeiture law, which allows authorities to seize assets without even charging the individual with a crime.

Then, in December of 2016, the passage of the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act permitted the removal of freedom of speech if the individual’s statements disagree with “accepted truths.” To my mind, when a country has reached this stage, your days are numbered as a free person, and it’s best to plan to exit soon and probably for an extended period.

At this point, the US has reached the point at which, if I were an American, I wouldn’t trust living there any longer. But the US isn’t the only country that’s unravelling. For my own part, I’m a citizen of the European Union, yet I’m no longer prepared to live in any EU country. There are better choices.

Nick Giambruno: Most people have health insurance, life insurance, fire insurance, and car insurance. They hope they never have to use these things, but they still have them.

I call international diversification “freedom insurance.”

It’s about putting different parts of your life where they’re treated best. That way, you maximize your personal freedom and financial opportunities.

With that in mind, how would you choose where to live if your political or financial freedom at home were about to be completely snatched away?

Doug Casey: The question is, which of the world’s countries is “best”?

There are a lot of possible answers to that question, and they change over time. When my grandparents left the Old World, there was no question that the US was the best choice. I’m extremely happy they chose to move there and not act like potted plants, rooted to the soil where they were born.

But things change. For decades, America has been changing… in the wrong direction. There’s too much fear. Too much force. Too many taxes. Too much regulation. Too much debt. It’s become as homogenized as an endless field of genetically engineered Monsanto corn, and is becoming just as unpalatable. Paradoxically, it’s simultaneously subdividing into different cultural units. The system itself has become unstable.

I’ve been to 155 countries, many of them numerous times, and lived in ten of them. I see the world as my oyster. All that travel has given me the opportunity to make some interesting comparisons. Many places are actually more pleasant, safer, and more profitable for an American than the US. The same goes for Canada.

I ruled out Africa, which is where I would go if I were 30 years younger and I wanted to make a bunch of money. But as a lifestyle choice, it’s a nonstarter.

I ruled out most of Europe, though there are still some interesting places there, because it’s likely to be on the front lines of what may resemble World War 3, as well as the unfolding conflict with Islam. Plus, it’s overtaxed, overregulated, completely corrupt, and the population has an extremely socialistic mind-set. Further, all the European countries are members of organizations such as NATO, OECD, and the EU, which carry the potential to drag them into every fresh crisis that arises in that historically troubled region, the current dust-up with Russia being a good example.

I’m a big fan of Southeast Asia. The problem is that the region is full of people, which is fine if you want to live in a city, but I also like wide open spaces. And if you aren’t Thai or Chinese or whatever, they will never truly accept you into their society. They may treat you as an honored guest, but more likely as a white ghost; you’ll never truly integrate. That isn’t always a bad thing, but I like to at least have the option.

So that brings us to Latin America. I ruled out Central America because, frankly, it has no class… the land of the Frito Bandito and all that. I’ve been to every country in Latin America numerous times and I could talk about all of them at length, but by process of elimination, it basically boiled down to Argentina.

Of course, Argentina has problems, but regardless of the tremendously bad press it sometimes gets, it now has fewer problems than about any other place I can think of, and far more advantages.

Jeff Thomas: You can begin with what you think would be the order of choices based on what you know today. But you’d want to stay flexible. We can’t know how severe conditions will become, so you’d need to be ready to change the order around.

You may intend to sit the crisis out in, say, Medellín, but if a nuclear war breaks out and the air in the Northern Hemisphere becomes unlivable, the Southern Hemisphere operates on a different weather system and the two systems are independent of each other. So, you may suddenly decide to fly to Buenos Aires or some other destination in the Southern Hemisphere that you’d researched.

Ultimately, though, your last choice—your “Alamo”—would be the place that even if conditions were bad everywhere in the world, the population there has a history of pulling together in the tough times, and they don’t hate foreigners. In any locale, the standard of living may decrease, but, as long as your basic needs can be met and the people are historically self-reliant, the quality of life could remain high.

Nick Giambruno: After you settle on one or two places that would offer you and your family a freer, more promising future—and set up a way to live there—you face a second choice. When is it time to wave goodbye to your current home and actually get on the plane?

Jeff Thomas: That’s a very pertinent question and one that even many people who have prepared one or more alternative residences haven’t truly addressed. They tend to say, “I know where I’ll be going; I’m as ready as I need to be.” And they’re not. They need to have a planned trigger for exiting.

I liken this to investments. If you know that at some point in the future the value of a stock is going to drop, you place a stop on it. If and when the price drops below the stop you’ve set, your broker automatically sells it.

This does two things: First, it forces you to establish a value below which you don’t wish to own it. But it also removes the indecision and emotion that come into play as the stock declines. Placing the stop in advance assures that you sell automatically. The same is needed when deciding when to leave a place that, at one time, had been a good home. The emotion attached to the concept of “home” is going to be responsible for locking in countless people during the coming crisis. They’ll fail to pull the trigger just as so many German Jews did in 1938. When they do decide to pull the trigger, it will be too late. By that time, more controls (migration controls, capital controls, etc.) will be in place and, in addition, many target countries may have already closed their doors to exiting people, just as they did in 1939.

Doug Casey: It’s not going to go well for libertarians, classical liberals, old-line conservatives, individualists, freethinkers, non-conformists, people who subscribe to letters like this or cruise suspicious websites, or gamma rats, generally. It was a dangerous environment for these types (not to mention those of Japanese or German descent and members of various religious groups) during America’s past crises. When the chimpanzees are hooting and panting, you’d better join them, or they’ll start wondering why not. Even H.L. Mencken dared not say anything controversial during either World War.

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This Is Why We Prepare: Terrorists Publish Plan To Strike A Critical Part Of America’s Infrastructure

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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

ISIS’ strategy for fighting the West has certainly brought terrorism into the 21st century. Their battlefield is shifting away from the real world and into social media, where they can indoctrinate people living in the West, and convince them to carry out terror attacks in their name. And rather than being sophisticated attacks that cause mass casualties, ISIS promotes multiple smaller attacks that can be spread out throughout a targeted country. It’s easier to cause these kinds of incidents, and a lot harder for authorities to foil them.

It’s a strategy that is as simple as it is brilliant. They can wreak havoc on the societies that oppose them with little cost, and without lifting a finger.

It’s such an effective strategy that it’s now being picked up by other terror groups like Al-Qaeda. Ibrahim al-Asiri, who is the group’s chief bomb maker, recently published a document in a magazine (it should be noted that the idea of a terrorist group having a slick magazine is also borrowed from ISIS) that shows any would-be lone wolf terrorist how to inflict mayhem on a critical component of America’s infrastructure.

Trains are of particular significance to this plan, especially freight trains that carry a range of key consumer products.

“In America, trains are considered to be among the most important means of transportation within the country,” the article states. “What becomes apparent is that it is too difficult to protect these means of transportation. And here is where we find its vulnerability—means of transportation today are considered to be a weak point which we must focus on.”

The al Qaeda leader urges potential terrorists to focus on three key areas: The trains themselves, the routes they follow, and stations they might stop at.

Due to the difficulty in policing and monitoring these areas, they are viewed as a prime target to cause the most mayhem. An attack would not only disrupt the U.S. economy, but foster panic in the American population and drain many resources, according to the blueprint.

As for why Al-Qaeda would want to target our railways, it’s not just because they’re vulnerable. It’s because our infrastructure in general represents a severe vulnerability, and railways happen to the most enticing target in that regard. Roads, railways, docks, and airports are the lifeblood a developed nation. Without them, our whole standard of living would disappear. The article predicts that by targeting railways intermittently they can destroy our economy, which is absolutely true.

Some transport companies may get into bankruptcy if targeted regularly and are unable to secure themselves, this will make people seize using such a company for their transportation needs,” according to the article. “These are the most important consequences that may accompany these kind of operations.”

Attacks of this nature can be carried out on a small budget and cause significant amounts of damage and death, which is of particular interest to al Qaeda.

“With little resources, it is possible to achieve great results, this is, if the operations is well executed and planned,” according to the blueprint article. “The results of these kind of operations are disastrous to the economy, especially if they occur regularly.”

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Prepper Home Defense: 10 Ways to Create an Impenetrable Home Security after an EMP

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by Jeremiah Johnson , Ready Nutrition:

ReadyNutrition Readers, I just wrote an article detailing the importance of having a “closed” security system for your home.  The reason for this was to maintain your privacy and not have all your home viewed by law enforcement via CCTV cameras.  I also touched on the fact that at any given moment, you may lose such capabilities with an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapon, a war, a power loss, or all of the above combined.  If you have been watching the news between your summer activities, you may be aware that North Korea just successfully tested an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) successfully.

“Damage control” in the media and government are now reluctantly admitting that North Korea “can hit Alaska,” but of course, happy consumer-taxpayers won’t have to worry about an EMP or a nuke reaching the “inviolate” U.S.!  After all, some dogmas survive even the people who parrot them, don’t they?  Just be aware of that.  What about security then?  Well, there are a few “Uncle Caveman” measures that I wish to share with you that can help in this regard.

Firstly, I’m sure many of you wish to see photos and diagrams of exactly how this kind of thing is done.  I’m sorry, but I don’t do that kind of thing regarding my own property.  I don’t merely “preach” OPSEC: I live it, no offense intended.  Here are some options for you to consider for emplacing an early warning system on your property and to help protect it during a “low tech” scenario.

10 Ways to Create an Impenetrable Home Security after an EMP

  1. “Tin Can Alley” with tripwire: Aluminum cans, more accurately.  You want to pick up aluminum cans that are dark colored, such as brown root beer cans, or dark green Sprite cans.  Whatever your beverage of preference.  This is so that no light is reflected off them.  Poke a few holes in the bottom to allow for drainage of water.  Then throw in about a half dozen ball bearings.  Stones can become wet and stick together.  Ball bearings, no.  String these cans up everywhere: to the entrances to your house, out on the property, and so forth.  Run tripwire (nylon or coated steel) at a fixed point, and have the cans either suspended on the horizontal line, or “propped” on a ledge where the tripwire will cause them to fall.  You can use nails for this kind of thing, and small eye screws.  These are excellent for changing direction on your trip wires and allowing for tension to still be maintained.
  2. Trips to “deadfall/shelf” with noisemaker: This means to use the tripwire so when Mr. Bad Guy comes creeping along, he hits it, and it causes a large/medium-sized noisy object to fall when its support is taken out. Good examples are big metal #10 or coffee cans filled with bolts, nuts, and one or two smaller cans.  Metal is great for this kind of noise maker.
  3. Obstacles: Make it difficult for them! A nice camouflaged “pit” in the direction of travel with all kinds of noisemakers, such as scrap metal, dug to about 3’ deep will work wonders!  It will make noise and most likely hurt them badly.  Also, show your “smarts” by placing tripwires to the sides of the obstacle.  If Mr. Goon sees the trap, it’ll fix his attention so that he trips off a noise-making tripwire.
  4. Ball bearing mat: This is one of my favorites. Take a strip of plastic about 3’ wide by 6’ long and place it near the front door mat.  The key is to make the plastic be the same color as the front porch, as close as possible.  Then spread out the bearings.  When they approach the door, they’ll have a great surprise.
  5. Trip wires and noisemakers all over the front porch: If your front porch doesn’t have a gate that closes, then get one, or build it.  Make it difficult for Mr. Creep to approach your residence.  We’re talking a grid-down scenario.  Your friendly neighbor isn’t friendly anymore.  Especially wearing a ski-mask or nylon stocking in July, stalking outside at midnight.
  6. Small-scale battery-powered contact sensors: The kinds that make noise when you separate them. Cheap and easy to set up on windows and areas of access, the EMP will probably not have much of an effect on them, since their circuitry is more primitive.
  7. Door Braces and Window Locks: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure your entranceways are locked and braced for an intruder.
  8. Capability to switch floodlights to a battery box: This will really make them “S” their pants when the S hits the fan and they come calling! This will take a little bit of doing, but there are plug panels that can connect to a car battery that you can power a flood light on.  Imagine how happy Mr. Creepy will feel when your Night Vision devices (the ones you bought “doubles” of and stuck in a Faraday Cage as JJ asked you to) work, and then you see him…and hit the floods on.  Family, there he is!  Watch your lanes and empty your mags!
  9. Pre-position all points of engagement with firearms: That’s right…when Mr. Bogeyman is creeping around, everyone in the family needs an assigned place to be able to give him the lead when the time is right.
  10. Active patrols: What? Did you think you were all going to sleep the entire night?  Think again!  One of the family needs to actively patrol for an amount during the nighttime divisible by the family members able to patrol.  Eight hours of darkness with 4 family members able to pull a patrol?  Each has a two-hour shift, plain and simple.  If it’s mom and dad and the two kids, well guess what?  Four hours for mom and four hours for dad.  It is not negotiable: there must be a security element in a fixed location to watch the whole house and/or actively patrolling on foot.

These are the arrangements to follow when the cameras, sensors, and robot bodyguard break down due to the EMP.  Always rely on low-tech to begin with, and the punch line is this: these measures should be in place already, even if you have an exisitng alarm system. Also, be sure that every family member living in the home knows where all the obstacles are.  Some you will have to forgo until the time comes, as there’s never an end to nosy, friendly, chatty, pain-in-the-backside neighbors staring, sniffing, and treading on your property.

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How to Build a 30-Day Emergency Food Supply…Fast

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you may be feeling on edge.  You may feel as though time is running out for you to get your preparedness supplies and emergency food in order. You may be new to prepping, and feeling like there’s too much to accomplish.  The stress in our country is at peak level.  We’ve listened to the war drums beat louder. We’ve witnessed riots breaking out in cities across America. We’ve watched the bumbling efforts of officials to respond to natural disasters and potential pandemics. Threats are everywhere, and you may be in the situation where you need to build an emergency food supply fast.

This feeling of urgency can make you feel hopeless and panicked, and that’s not productive.  There’s no time for a lack of productivity. It’s time to focus and create your food supply immediately. If an event occurs during which you are unable to leave your home, you’ll want to make certain that you can keep food on the table without waiting for a handout to be doled out at the whim of some government agency. Such an event could be a mandatory quarantine or self-imposed isolation due to a pandemic, civil unrest in your town, martial law, a nuclear event, or even a natural disaster that leaves you stranded, without access to the store.

Generally, I write about healthy food. I write about focusing on whole foods without additives, and I firmly believe that is the very best way to build your food supply.  I believe strongly in the value of a pantry that you will use day to day to nourish your family.  You can learn how to build a pantry like that in my book The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half Price Budget.

However, if you do not have a food supply waiting in your pantry, or your supply isn’t big enough, now is the time to focus on speed.  You can then add healthier options at your leisure. The quantities in this article are per person, so you’ll need to multiply this by the number of people in your home. You can order these items online and get them to your door within a couple of days.

Alternatively, you can shop around and try to find duplicates locally. You can also create a food plan, make a list, and go shopping, purchasing the highest quality items available, and repackaging them for longer shelf life.

However you opt to build your food supply, please don’t hesitate. If a worst case scenario occurred, the minimum goal is to be able to feed your family for at least a month.

How much do emergency food do you need?

There are a few different ways to calculate food storage, but I find breaking it down by serving size to be the most practical. Don’t rely on what a package calls a serving size – consider the appetites of your family. You might have a couple of big eaters and a couple of people with birdlike appetites. The lists below are based on serving sizes for an average adult.

Be sure to get a variety of different foods:

  • 3 protein servings
  • 5-8 fruits and vegetables
  • 5 starchy carbohydrates

On a 2000 calorie per day diet, strictly based on long-term storage food, the LDS (Church of the Latter Day Saints) says the average adult would need the following amounts for 30 days:

  • 5 pounds of beans
  • 25 pounds of grains
  • 5 pounds of sugars
  • 2 pounds of fats
  • 8 pounds of dairy

These are purely subjective numbers, however.  For example, if your family is gluten-free, you might eat more protein and produce than starchy carbs.  You must take into account your family’s health concerns, special needs, allergies, intolerances, likes, and dislikes.   These are simply guidelines. Try to stick as close to your normal eating habits as possible, to lessen the stress of an already highly-wrought situation. You’d be asking for trouble if you took someone who generally eats paleo and started feeding them nothing but oatmeal and vegetarian pasta dishes.

It’s also important to consider cooking times. If you never ever cook from scratch, will you suddenly want to make pots of beans and homemade bread? If the power goes out, will you have a way that you’ll be able to cook these foods? (This little stove can be used anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Be sure to stock up on extra fuel for it.)

Create a stockpile with emergency food buckets

If you’re trying to build a food supply quickly, consider ordering buckets with a month’s supply of meals.

Here’s why every prepper should have some emergency food buckets stashed away:

  1. A lot of calories can be condensed into a very small amount of space.
  2. If you have the capacity to boil water during an emergency, a filling meal can be yours.
  3. They add variety and speed to an emergency food supply.
  4. Calorie for calorie, they’re lightweight and easily portable in the event of a bug-out scenario.
  5. They’re professionally packaged to have a 25-year shelf life, so you can get it, stick it in the back of your closet, and forget about it until you need it.

Now, the downside.

If you’re looking for ready-made meals, none of them are going to be completely free of additives. This is impossible because they’re made to last for 25 years, to take up minimal space,  to cook up quickly and efficiently, and to taste reasonably good.

If you’re going this route, some compromises must be made. Yes, emergency food buckets contain processed food, but you don’t have to let go of all of your focus on healthful choices.

You may look at the prices of these items and say, “Oh, I can’t afford this.” But you have to remember, this is enough food for an ENTIRE MONTH.  At $300, that means you’re spending $10 per day on food that only requires the ability to boil water.

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12 Lifesaving Canning Rules

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by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog:

When it’s that time of year for canning your garden bounty, or when canning any time of the year, before you dust off your canner and heat the stove, first take a look at these 12 lifesaving canning rules.

Having just canned 18 pints of beans, time for a refresher:

If done properly, canning is entirely safe; however certain precautions should be taken.

Generally, I will say that the most important thing to remember (especially for newbies) is to follow the instructions of a modern canning recipe.

Choose a reliable source for home canning recipes because they are tested, proven, and designed to provide a wide margin of safety.

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning

 

SAFETY RULES OF CANNING

 
1. Don’t use jars larger than a quart. Home canning technology cannot guarantee that larger quantities will be sufficiently heated through for enough time. Rather, the food on the outside will overcook, while that on the inside won’t get hot enough for food safety.

2. A water-bath canner may only be used for high acid foods such as tomatoes, fruits, rhubarb, sauerkraut, pickles, and jams/jellies. A pressure canner MUST be used for low acid foods including vegetables, meats, and stews.

3. Use only modern canning recipes from reliable sources (especially when first learning canning as a beginner).

4. Never reuse jar lids. Used lids aren’t reliable for sealing correctly. If a screw-on band is rusty or bent, it won’t work right and should be discarded and replaced. That said, you might consider purpose-designed reusable Tattler lids.

5. Don’t use antique or ‘French’ -type canning jars. They aren’t as safe as the modern, regular ‘Ball, Kerr’ type.

6. Check the jar rims carefully every year by running your finger over the top of the rim and checking for nicks. Even the tiniest nick makes the jar unusable for canning. A nicked jar rim won’t seal reliably.

7. Raw pack is not safe for certain foods: beets, all kinds of greens (spinach, etc.), white potatoes, squash, okra, a tomato/okra combination, and stewed tomatoes.

8. You must allow the correct amount of space (head-space) between your food, together with the liquid that covers it, and the jar lid (follow the recipe instructions).

9. Water Bath Method: Do not begin counting the processing time until after the water in the canner comes to a rolling boil

10. Pressure Canner: Do not begin counting the processing time until after steam has vented for 10 minutes AND until the pressure gauge has risen to the recommended pressure after placing the weight on the vent pipe.

11. Process the full recommended time (and at the recommended pressure if using pressure canner).

12. If a jar did not seal, discard the lid, check to see if the jar rim is chipped (discard jar), check for food residue on the rim (clean), put on a new lid, and reprocess. Or consume the food and/or put in the refrigerator as you would any other leftover food for later consumption.

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