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Survival Times Today. What’s it all about, and what am I about?041010_0030_TheEndTimes1.jpg

It’s been some time since I’ve posted here on a regular basis, but that’s changing. For a long time I hung out on Facebook, doing the social networking thing. That didn’t work out so well. Over the last year and a half or so, as the presidential races heated up, and the Zuck’s choice for el Presidente was rejected in favor of the Trump machine, it became intolerable. I found that more and more, things of a conservative as well as a libertarian nature were being squelched.

Towards the end, even some of my posts were deleted, as well as comments I had made on other timeline, and there was absolutely no record of this occurring on my activity file. It was as though I had never even posted the material. That’s the power of a despotic environment for you. The liberals got free rein to spread all the crap they want to, but conservative leaning entries were censored for “fake news” content and removed if the material didn’t suit the censorship algorithms.

So I signed out of the Facebook indoctrination scam. I closed my pages and am back to writing on my blogs where I can write unfettered by the requirement to be polite and submissive to the progressive domination that seems to permeate nearly all things entertainment related. But that’s enough of that; let’s get back to the original question. What is this blog all about?

I hold several positions when it comes to what I believe things should be as far as politics and life in general. Let me state my position(s) by saying I am first a Christian, second an American and thirdly I am a fervent libertarian. If you’re reading this and you’re a left wing snowflake, perhaps you’d better be on your way. My opinions and my writing reflect these three positions, and I will not apologize nor back down from any of these positions. Survival Times Today will be focused on developing your survival skills in light of ongoing developments to our declining American culture(s). We live in an ever-changing world, and face threats from numerous directions.

Last week’s massacre in Las Vegas was just one of many ongoing threat/danger situations we have to deal with. Kim Jong Un of North Korea is threatening this nation with a nuclear warhead. Isis and other Islamic factions are continuously wreaking havoc in a growing number of countries and cities around the world. We’ll be taking some peeks at many of these events and how they can affect our survivalist and preparedness planning. There are many rumors floating around, including one that makes the claim that NoKo (North Korea) potentially has an ICBM that can reach New York City. This would be a very bad thing if true.

Then again, we have the Vegas Massacre that still poses many questions, but few real answers, and that leads to much speculation. How do we prepare for this sort of thing that springs out at us from nowhere? A better question is: can we prepare for a massacre styled shooting like this?  Simply answered, no. there is no way to prepare for it simply because of the randomness and emotional horror such a shooting presents. We can however prepare to react to such an event.

Successful survival depends upon many things, from prior preparation for an event to the aftermath of that event. Perhaps the most important aspects, however, are those involving our reaction to any given threat. The greater portion of mankind tends to hold to what I call the “fight or flight theology”. By that I mean to say that these two options, fighting back or running away, are the only two options most people ever think about.

There are other options, as well as tactics to make those options viable that I’ll get into at another time. But for now, we need to cool our heels as we wait for facts to evolve about this Bannock person. There are too many questions I need to have answered before discussing such an event with true clarity.

In my mind, the threat of civil unrest is probably the greatest overall threat most people need to be aware of, especially since so many of those from the left wing political arena seem so intent upon fomenting such a divisive and combative environment in this nation. Close investigation of many of today’s riotous events involving minority protests are actually provoked and directed by operators with globalist visions. Their goal is to divide and destroy America, and leave it to be controlled by the UN. That would be Federalism at the global level.

Well, that’s enough for now. I’ve read that when a blog gets beyond a few hundred words long people tend to lose interest and drift off. Subscribe to get all of my posts here on Surviving the Times, and make sure you bookmark and share the page with others.  I’ll pick up with this train of thought again in a couple of days.

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Back In The Saddle

Posted: 08/10/2017 in Uncategorized

Hey everyone. It’s been a long time since I last posted hear, but I’m baaacckkk! I hope you’ll bookmark my blog and share with others.

I’m going to share tips gripes and stories that will make you mad as well as preparing yourselves and your family for the coming tribulations.

I’ll be back in a day or two with some great info!

According to some prophecy aficionados, the Papal Conclave has just elected the last Pope of the Catholic Church. According to the legends, in the 12th century, Malachy O’Morgair, then Arch Bishop of Ireland, had a series of “divine” revelations showing him the entire Papal line, down unto the last pope. Malachy had named 112 Popes, or rather, described who they would be in a but of a cryptic fashion, much along the lines of Nostradamus’ prophecies. They were they in plain print, and yet they left a lot of room for subjection. Apparently, thus far he has named 111 Popes to the tea, including the recently abdicated Pope Benedict XVI.

Of course, Malachy never gave proper names to any of his predictions, just descriptions. For Benedict, he merely described the 111th Pope as “the glory of the olives” and of course, the Pope’s choice of the name Benedict, suggests this description fills the prophecy, since the founder of the Benedictine Order was also known as Olivetans.

Coincidence? Maybe, but here are a couple of other items of interest regarding prophetic happenings. Nostradamus as well had a few Papal prophecies regarding the end of the line for Catholic leadership. He had predicted that the next-to-last pope [Benedict] would “flee Rome in December when the great comet is seen in the daytime.” Sounds fanciful and far-fetched as the months are wrong, but remember that the calender has changed since the time of Nostradamus, and Benedict would indeed have abdicated in December, just as Nostradamus predicted had those changes not occurred.

Think of it, the comet ISON was seen in the skies for some time, and as an interesting note, a huge bolt of lightning is said to have struck the cross on the top of the Basilica just a few short hours after his announcement of abdication. And a few days later Russia’s Ural region was showered with a meteor shower, shattering windows and causing numerous injuries. How is that for food for thought.

But before you run of screaming “the end is coming,” here is an important point to this prophecy of Malachy; theologians generally argue there is no authentic written manuscript. Supposedly, Malachy’s list was discovered in 1590 in the Vatican archives, hundreds of years later. Maybe this prophecy never came from Malachy at all?

So, what does this all mean to survivalists and us preppers? Well, for one thing, it means we are going to have to endure another round of conspiracy claims. One of the central themes of the conspiracy crowd suggests that the Illuminati are controlled by the Jesuit Brotherhood, and guess what? The new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has chosen the name Francis, is a Jesuit. Hmmmm….

I will leave you with that thought to stew over.

Speaking of stew, one of the items you should be including with your preps, food wise, is plenty of stew like meals. Try to have several canned styles available for your program entry level needs to cover the first few months, with the long term styles for when we are certain things are not going to return to normal. They contain lots of nutritional value, can be filling, and are easy to prepare. I have several MRE style stews in my EDC bag, as well as some heaters for a quick, hot, wholesome meal, but I also have quite a few cans in my pantry for the first few weeks at least. After that I will break open my #10 cans of stew.

I do not really know who started the mantra of one is none, two is one rule of survival and preparedness planning, but it is a great notion to cling to. For instance, if you are hiking alone in the woods and you lose your compass, you are screwed. I know, some will say “but I use a GPS, those are almost impossible to lose”. Maybe so, but suppose the battery goes dead? Do you see my point? If you only have one of an essential item, and you lose it or it breaks, then what?

The same goes for any other tool or bit of supply you may need in your survival plan. I remember a couple of years ago I was opening a can for supper, and the can opener fell apart after a couple of cranks of the handle. I had another can opener in the drawer, and luck had nothing to do with it, so it was no big deal. However, if I had no backup tool in waiting, I would not have been able to simply grab the back up and finish preparing the meal.

I would have had to do without, compromise, or get primitive and open the can with a huge knife. That would have been a pity as the blade would have needed substantial attention after slicing through the metal can. One is none, two is one. It is a good rule to follow and should be a central consideration as you develop your preparedness and survival plans.

One drawback to this goal of having at least two of your essentials on hand is the added cost. You have to plan on double the cost of these essentials, thus doubling the size of your preparedness budget as it relates to these essential items. Is it really necessary that we have two or more of everything? Not really. There are times when we can get away with making concessions. We may be able to come up with alternative tools or devices to compensate for the loss of some of our needs.

One suggestion I can give here is to make sure that you keep these extra tools in a separate place. Have an extra box of additional tools, but keep it close enough that you can access it when the need arises. Unfortunately, far too many people utilize offsite storage for the excess baggage we consider as needs today. Personally, I consider offsite storage a waste of resources. The money that you spend on locker rental fees could be better used for buying the things you need to develop your preparations for the coming times.

The fees for these lockers can be pretty hefty, and in some cases may be enough to equal the cost of a good supply of long-term storage foods. A one hundred dollar a month rental fee equals 1200 dollars a year. How often have you seen food deals for several months worth of food for that price? Just this week, I received a flyer from a mail order house offering a six-month lunch and dinner supply for one at only $1,299.00[1]. That is not a bad deal, and you could afford it if you can afford to pay that much for a storage locker full of household goods that you do not use.

If you do use this arrangement, perhaps you need to include this aspect of your life in your overall preparedness plan. Seriously consider what you are paying storage fees for, and decide whether it really makes sense. Granted, there will be instances where there is no other option, but for the most part, much of what we have stored in these lockers have little real survival value. If the crap hits the fan and you become forced to shelter in place, will this locker be of any benefit to you? If you have to pack up the bug out vehicle and get out of town, what happens to the stuff you have paid all that money for in storage?

I know some people who have a rental unit as their central bug out command post, with a vehicle inside it ready to roll at a moment’s notice. They keep the truck and trailer fully loaded with MRE’s and long term storage food, along with all the tools they will need to survive if they have to leave town in an emergency. This is a good plan, and, providing you can afford it, and the unit is accessible 24-7, go for it. but it takes a certain level of ability as well as acceptance of the facts to be able to comfortably commit to these sorts of resources.

Whatever you decide to do, make certain that you are comfortable with your choices, that can afford your choices, and that you have considered all aspects relating to that choice.

 

[1] $1,299.00 for food for one may sound like a lot of money, but the reality is that it works out to only $216.50 per person per month, for two meals a day. A little over three bucks a meal. When was the last time you had a nutritious meal for that kind of price? It costs an average of eight bucks for a burger, fries and a drink in most fast food places today.

In an incredibly unfortunate turn of events, the Supreme Court has upheld the validity of the Obamacare package of higher taxes and medical costs as being constitutional. I do not know what constitution the lackeys on the SCOTUS panel were comparing the law to, but it certainly was not the constitution of these United States of America. But I am not surprised, and it was the outcome I expected. I have long said that 2013 will be the year that everyone starts to really see what is in store for this decaying nation. The truth will become apparent, but it will be too late, and our fate will be sealed in 2015. Wait and see.

That said, it is more important than ever that we learn to become prepared for the coming times. Those of us left that are true freedom loving Americans will need to be prepared to survive a seven-year period without the ability to receive help or assistance from those who are not like-minded. It will become more apparent as we approach that deadly year that we may in fact have to bug out of our beloved homesteads to travel to a friendlier area where we can survive with a level certainty.

So what are the basic considerations that we have to take into account when we bug out of our location? As always, we have the three basic needs, safety, water and food. I call these three building blocks the SaWaFo pyramid. They are the three basic, necessary building blocks around which your preparedness planning should revolve.

The first building block is Safety. Safety encompasses a lot more than just making sure there are no potential accidents waiting to happen around your home. Safety means security. In a bug out situation safety means that you have the means to take care of any situation that threatens the security of your situation. This includes medical needs, clean water and untainted food. It also includes things like warmth and dryness in a storm. It means being able to travel without fear of incursion from others. The Encarta Dictionary describes incursion as 1; raid; a brief, hostile, and usually sudden invasion of somebody’s territory or 2; unwelcome intrusion; the act of flowing, running, or intruding into something, usually with unpleasant or damaging effects.

The second building block is water. Water is an absolute must. We need to remain hydrated or bad things can happen to us, including death. We need to be able to carry water with us, collect water along the way, and make that water pure to drink.

The third building block is food. While we can survive without food for a number of days, we still eventually need to eat to replenish lost nutrients and chemicals, or we will become weak and unable to function, eventually lapsing into a state normally referred to as death in the medical profession. Enough said?

Your bug out basics need to include all three of these components to form a valid plan for your actual bug out to succeed. If you do not have any medical supplies and medications, what happens when an accident befalls you? If you do not have tools and parts to fix your vehicle when it breaks down, what happens? If you do not have water on hand to take with you, what happens? And so on through the entire list of dozens of potential questions, but you get the drift of where I am going here I am sure.

So, as a brief notation here, this is a list of the basics you need to consider when assembling your bug out routine;

  1. You need to have a plan of where to go, including where you and your family will meet up if not together when the need to evacuate or bug out arises, and who will bring what when the event occurs.
  2. Your means of transportation needs to be in good repair, filled with fuel and additional fuel supplies, and also partially loaded with equipment and supplies to reduce time needed to bug out.
  3. You need to have a supply of medical needs, first aid kit, medications etc ready to grab and go.
  4. You need to have a supply of clean potable water ready to grab and go.
  5. You need to have a supply of food ready to grab and go, as well as a way to prepare and serve that food.
  6. You need to have a means of defense ready to grab and go.
  7. You need to have a plan of action in place for when you do finally arrive at your bug out destination.

Loading up the car with the wife and kids, along with your weapon, a few bottles of water and a case of MREs is all well and good, but you can’t just drive around forever. You need to have a destination in mind, and you need to have enough supplies and gear to get you to that destination safely. Too often we see scenes of mass evacuations in hurricane alley with thousands of people driving their cars to escape, but they really do not have anywhere to go. And they do not have any food, water or medical supplies with them. This means they have no other choice but to rely upon others for their salvation in the emergency. That will usually be the government, through the auspices of FEMA and the DHS folks. Read FEMA camps here. Cozy little tent villages set up for the thousands of sheep who did not think planning was worth the time and expense.

They preferred spending their cash on things like widescreen TVs and trips to the water park. Do not get me wrong here, a widescreen TV and trips to the water park are all fine and dandy. But if you had to choose between a six hundred dollar widescreen or six hundred dollars worth of food, water and other supplies, which one will get you further when that disaster rolls up your driveway and into your front door?

Think about for a few moments. Remember that what you have when a disaster hits is what you will have afterwards. Can you survive with what you have now after an event occurs that may force you to jump in the car and run? In the coming times the cost of living will become much more expensive, and obtaining the things you need to survive long term will become much more difficult. Things like dehydrated foods, MREs and first aid supplies are going to become scarce, if not impossible to obtain, except from the government. is that what you really want to look forward to?

(Note: this post was recorded on the morning of 30 June, 2012)