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071011_2337_Survivingth1.jpgSurviving the times, these end times, can be very difficult, and in many ways, that difficulty may well create a scenario of failure instead of success for us.

I have not written a great deal of late regarding survivalism and preparedness, for many reasons, but I believe now is the time to get serious, and for us all to get down to “the business at hand”. What is “the business at hand”? That would be getting ready for the coming times, of course.

So, I guess the best way would be for me to return to the beginnings of my prepper activities and look at the changes that have occurred over the years, and maybe help at least a few of my readers learn a thing or two about prepping and survivalism.

First of all, what is survivalism and preparedness? Many people believe them to be the same thing, but they are not. Preparedness is a proactive action that allows us to survive in the future, whereas the survivalism aspect is simply reacting to the environment at hand. Preparedness is what happens before an event, survivalism is what happens after the event, whatever that event may be.

Skills and knowledge gained at any stage of the game can be used interchangeably, of course, but we must bear one fact in mind at all times: once an event occurs, we can no longer prepare for that event.

The bottom line here is that if you fail to prepare to survive after whatever event you expect occurs, when that event occurs, you are all out of planning time. Everybody gets old and retires, and many people plan for those years when we live without employment and a paycheck. But some people fail to plan ahead. Once you retire, there is no retirement planning available, only surviving retirement. And how you prepare for retirement dictates how well you are going to survive retirement. Simple enough?

To start with your preparedness planning, we need to look at where you are now, and where you want to be in the future. You need to know what you have for assets, and what your goals are, if you will. As goals change, so won’t our assets, and part of planning for the inevitable catastrophe is to acquire the assets you need to achieve your goals, and to prepare for the possible loss of those assets.

When I talk about assets here, I am not just talking about money and financial instruments. I include things such as food, water, property, tools and the like, and especially about knowledge. Believe it or not, knowledge can be one of your greatest assets. However, there may be occasions where some of these things may be lost, with or without our consent.

Over the years, I have sustained several life-altering events that came along unexpectedly, but because of the knowledge I have gained, I have been able to survive the aftermath, even though I have lost valuable tangible assets, including several years worth of storage food and other property.

I survived because I developed a mindset that provokes me forward, in spite of the obstacles. Sure, I could have given in and become just another welfare puppet licking the boots of my government, but I didn’t, and I will not, no matter what happens. After a few years of struggling, I am climbing back into the driver’s seat of my own wagon, and intend to direct this wagon in the direction I want it to go.

In the coming days and weeks, I will be sharing some ways that you too can climb into the drivers seat and direct your own wagon in the direction you want it to go, in spite of all the distractions and obstacles you may have to face along the journey.

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A recent story in the Washington Post, Poll shows Americans oppose entitlement cuts to deal with debt problem, brings to mind one of the major problems we have to deal with in preparing for the coming times. That problem is the entitlement mentality that seems so pervasive in the world today. Once upon a time people dealt with their situations as best they could, and almost always strove to better their situation. Today, many people sit back and let others provide for their needs.

The article deals with the issue of Medicare cuts to balance the feds budget, but unfortunately fails to address the far greater issue of welfare entitlements that drain the coffers while providing no positive benefit to the taxpayers of this nation. Why is that, I wonder? It’s a complicated issue, but the bottom line is that for all of what is to be in the future is to come about, then we have to learn to adhere to certain precepts, however false they may be.

The Scriptures tell us that we must care for the poor and disabled or otherwise needy people, and so we must provide for them. However, the Scriptures do not suggest that we let the government accomplish this task for us. And yet, as a society that is the position we have come to accept as the norm; the poor are entitled to government assistance, provided by the taxpayer funding that we not so willingly contribute through excessive taxation. The Medicaid program referred to in the above mentioned article only refers to a portion of what the entire spectrum of entitlement spending goes toward. Here are nineteen of the largest programs currently in operation by the various state and federal agencies;

  1. Social Security
  2. Medicare
  3. Grants to states: Medicaid
  4. Civil Service retirement and disability fund
  5. Unemployment compensation
  6. Military retirement fund
  7. Food stamps
  8. Supplemental security income
  9. Commodity Credit Corporation (farm income support)
  10. Veterans compensation and pensions
  11. Family support payments
  12. Payment where earned income credit exceeds liability for tax
  13. State child nutrition programs
  14. Guaranteed student loans
  15. Railroad retirement
  16. Payment for annuitants, employees health benefits
  17. Social services block grant
  18. Payments to states for foster care and adoption assistance
  19. Rehabilitation services and disability research

There are more of course, but this just goes to show the depth of the problem we have today. These programs amount to over 50% of the federal budget, and every one of them has become a do not touch program that buys a lot of votes for the senators and congressmen that support them. But in a reality, these programs are nothing but a Ponzi scheme that while we are paying dearly for today, will leave us with empty pockets tomorrow.

So what does all of this have to do with preparedness and survival planning? After all, if the government collapses there won’t be any more entitlement programs, will there? No there won’t, and therein lies the problem. People that rely upon these programs today have been trained that they deserve this assistance, these entitlements. They haven’t learned that life goes on, whether our needs are provided by our own efforts, or whether they are provided by a government bureaucracy. They don’t, and usually won’t fend for themselves. They live off of handouts and freebies provided by the all-benevolent welfare worker.

So what will they do when the welfare worker no longer shows up for work at the Department of Human Services complex? They’ll soon be pounding on your door looking for those handouts. And that’s where your planning kicks in, and hopefully kicks ass. You have to help those who are in need, but how do we determine who is needy, and who isn’t?

By studying various real time melt-down scenarios, such as the Katrina aftermath, various tsunami disasters, earthquakes and assorted large scale civil unrest events, we can better equip ourselves to deal with these entitled citizens in the event of a real breakdown in the community we live in. Or even better, we can decide what kind of community to move to so we won’t have to deal with this sort of calamity. Looting is almost a sacrosanct activity after the shock of the moment wears off and the grim reality of any situation sinks in. We’ve seen it in almost every major disaster, and where we haven’t seen it is simply because it wasn’t reported on. News outlets and reporters either failed, or simply refused to record and share that activity, for whatever their reasoning may have been.

Some of the ways that you can prepare for this eventuality will be to increase the level of security at your home. Install heavy doors on all exterior doorways, along with commercial grade locksets. Install barricade locks and bars on all windows. Provide for a way to cover all of your windows with plywood or metal sheets to discourage attempts at entry. Remove all foliage around your home that may provide for a hiding place for intruders. Install exterior lighting to cover all of your property.

Don’t let anyone know that you are a prepper and may have large food stores on hand. Hide your water storage and other assets from prying eyes. Heavy drapes and shades can shield the inside of your home from prying eyes. Do everything you can to prevent others from knowing what you have behind the walls of your home.

These mobs of roving zombie looters are after easy pickings, and the more valuable, the better. Usually led by brawn rather than brain, a well shielded property can be much safer if it looks like it has nothing to offer. Hide your toys in a windowless garage.

Those that have not will still want even though they are not able to receive food stamps, section eight housing and other benefits, and it’s been my observation that over the years an attitude has been nurtured in this group of people that leads them to believe that they are owed all that they receive. It has become their right, almost as if it a God given right supported by the constitution. They will be a problem when a societal collapse arrives, but not an insurmountable problem. Learn to deal with it now, and the solution will be at hand when the time to deal with it arrives.

That’s right; preparedness isn’t just an American need today. It has become a worldwide necessity and in fact as infrastructure of all sort crumbles and decays, its affects will continue to be non-discriminatory across the world. Just recently storms mired the Northeast in floodwaters high enough to close I95 in Rhode Island as the Pawtuxet and Blackstone Rivers continued to pour over their banks, following over ten inches of rainfall.

But New England wasn’t the only victim of weather around the world these past few weeks. England had her own tales of survival and aftermath to tell after record snowfall turned the northern parts of the Kingdom into a hellish variety of a winter wonderland. The BBC reports today that there are still may without power, with over 1,000 homes in Northern Ireland still in the dark on this bright and sunny Easter Sunday.

And just like here in the U.S. there are many public shelters open providing food, a place to rest and get showered. It’s funny, but no matter where one is, the same basic needs exist for mankind’s comfort and enjoyment. And we can all loose those comforts in the same ways and just as quickly as anywhere else on the earth. Nature is much more powerful than man as it is under the guiding hand of Gods’ will, and there is nothing we can do to change that. All we can do is take the knowledge we have learned and gather the supplies we need to ride the storm out, and hopefully survive until the storm passes.

I’ve talked with many people regarding the need to develop a plan to prepare for the coming times, and unfortunately, most seem to have an attitude that it only happens to others. But until it happens, whatever it may be, preparedness remains to be something other people do. Something people in Florida prepare for during hurricane season. Or maybe preparedness is something the people in California do as they get ready for the earthquakes or wildfire season. And don’t forget the people in the mountain states as they prepare for the winters blizzards. And then there are the New Englanders that prepare for spring flooding. Everybody prepares for something, even though they don’t realize they are preparing.

But there seems to be widely divergent views as to what a so called preparedness plan is, and what the people who develop and follow these plans are. I have already given the illustration of the two views of the actor Michael Gross, as on the one hand many remember his wimpy character in Family Ties, and on the other hand we remember him for his part in the Tremors series of movies. In that part he played a gun wielding isolationist conspiracy aficionado, ready for the collapse of the government as he and his wife hides in the desert.

Neither one of those extreme characters is a good example of what a person who practices the art of preparedness is. A good example is to simply look around you and see who stocks up on food before a snowstorm. Look around at the people who buy extra firewood ahead of time just in case. Look around you and see the people who plant vegetables in their back yard gardens. A preparedness person is nothing more than me, or you, or your neighbor. There is no need to be ashamed of following the measures needed to prepare for a possible disaster or catastrophe. It is good common sense to do so, and it is how mankind has survived for thousands of years when faced with adversity.

Those people who have lived through hard times have done so because they were prepared. They had the will and desire to live and prosper, and they also could foresee hard times coming down the road. They got ready, they steeled themselves against hardship, and they survived. Whether that was through a harsh winter in the olden days, or last week’s flooding along the Pawtuxet and other rivers makes no difference. They made it through because they had the will to do so.

Thousands of people lived through the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and they are now rebuilding their community. They stayed and braved adversity while others simply walked, or more appropriately, ran away because they hadn’t the fortitude to defend and salvage what was theirs. Many of these people didn’t even have a plan to survive the hurricane, but they had the will to survive, and that is the real key to developing an effective emergency preparedness plan. You need to have the will to survive. If you haven’t the will, then you likely will not survive, and if you do, you will come out in the end a scant image of yourself.

No matter where you live in the world, develop the will to survive. Get yourself a preparedness plan of action. Obtain the supplies and equipment you need to survive the coming times, and use that will to deploy your plan when the time comes. And I believe that time will be very soon. Perhaps within the next few years even. In some aspects, it may even be too late for some people to act. Are you going to be one of them?

Making a Faraday Cage is actually a lot easier than it looks. In simple terms, a Faraday Cage is simply a metal box, filled with insulating material to protect the contents. What are the contents being protected against? The contents are being protected against a generated high voltage/current electrical charge called an EMP, or Electro-Magnetic Pulse delivered via a nuclear blast. This pulse, while seemingly harmless, can actually fry electrical devices that operate with solid state circuitry, which today includes everything from a kids radio controlled toy car to that jet flying overhead on its way to who knows where.

Everything with any kind of computer chip, diode, capacitor or any other component is susceptible to this danger, and that is why we must take it seriously today. According to the website 33 Minutes, there are over twenty nations with nuclear capabilities, and any one of them could very easily use their technology to attack a foreign nation to disrupt that nations electrical systems. In short, one big bang could push a nation back into the pre electric age, or the 1800’s.

Delivering such a catastrophic blow would be difficult because of the altitude needed to achieve for this damage over nationwide regions, but it could be done. And really, the attacker wouldn’t necessarily need to cover such a broad area to inflict serious damages. Generally, this is because the EMP generated by a detonated warhead far above the earth would only be effective within a line of sight, and would need to be close enough that the charge would not dissipate prior to contacting any electrical utilities or devices. For instance, if a hostile nation were to launch a missile from a freighter a hundred miles off the coast of California, and detonate it at an altitude of 200 miles, it would not directly affect the entire US.

Such a blast would, however, decimate the entirety of the west coast, and the damage to the infrastructure would extend inland possibly as far as the Mississippi River. Commercial power would cease to exist. The ports and air traffic would come to a cataclysmic standstill. No freight or people would be able to move. Shipments of goods would sit right where they were at the time of attack as there would be no way to unload them from incoming freighters, and there would be no way to run the tractors that would haul the containers. And that’s just for starters.

The resulting domino like failure of the victim nations infrastructure would effectively cripple that nation, and it may take years to recover from the blow. We seem to forget at times that all things are connected in this world, and especially more so now that we have come to rely upon outsiders via the internet and the electrical distribution grids and telecommunications. therefore, it is imperative that we provide for a way to protect our valuable equipment from this threat. There are few ways to accomplish this, however, without expending a government sized budget upon the process. There are ways to build rooms and entire buildings with such a threat in mind, but who amongst us possesses that kind of free capitol?

The answer for most of us is to build a simple metal box to act as a shield against EMPs. If you have some metal working skills, you can make your own box, but any solid metal box will do the same trick. The main thing you want to remember is that the surfaces where the lid and the box itself meet need to be 100% in contact with each other, with no spaces for electrical current to leak through. Early tests were made with mesh screening that were successful, and adequate protection from a light charge could be made from such a box, but a solid metal box, such as an ammo can, tool box, or storage tins would be far better. And these types of boxes would provide better physical protection as well.

While it is difficult to keep your everyday gadgets and components in such a box due to the inconvenience, these boxes can be made to hold backup gadgetry and components as well. You can even use a steel garbage can, provided it has no holes or rust spots to weaken the walls or bottom of the can. If you do use a garbage can, remember that the lids usually don’t close that tight. To correct that situation you’ll need to place a flexible metal collar around the top of the can before placing the lid onto it. Steel window screening will do the job just fine. If the surfaces of the container you will be using are painted, take some sandpaper and remove the paint to assure a metal to metal contact all the way around the lid.

There are some preparations we can make that will make surviving such a disaster a little easier:
Obtain a supply of spare parts for radios and automobile computerized ignitions. Everybody has an automobile, and all newer cars contain tones of solid state devices. If you can afford it, pick up some of the bare necessity parts that you can replace in your car to get it running again. The same goes for any radios that you may have, such as a short wave or multi band radio receiver and transmitters, etc.

Always keep electronic components disconnected from their power source when not in use. The EMP will use wiring as an antenna and travel down those wires into your equipment.
Keep an inexpensive CB and/or short wave radio and other sensitive equipment in a faraday cage when not in use. Protect your generators from an EMP by placing several layers of chicken wire fencing under and around the generator. Keep all cords inside the wire cage.

The fact that we may well be attacked in this manner in the relatively near future suggests many things that most people would rather not hear about, but these things must be addressed. As our reputation and power wanes around the world we will become more and more vulnerable to harm. Only by keeping to our preparedness plans will we be able to survive the coming times. Plan and practice what you learn here and from other information sources. It also my help to start getting involved in local politics, if you haven’t already. Get your local politicians to see the sense of a community disaster plan. Get them to see the value of becoming prepared, and get them to see that emergency preparedness is a vital element of a communities survival prospects.

Conspiracy theories abound on both sides of the aisle today, and some of them are pretty wild. From the idea that there were no planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, but government controlled rockets to the current brouhaha over Sen. Wilsons now famous “You lie…” quote being the result of racism, there are enough conspiracies to make everyone happy. The big problem with all of these theories is that most, if not all of the crap you read, see, and hear today is strictly that, crap. At one point and time we had a well qualified investigative media community and all of the major newspapers and news outlets actually investigated what was going on in this country, as well as around the world. Truth in reporting was sacrosanct.

If we were to take the time to investigate all of the rumors and suggestions out there we wouldn’t have time to work at a paying job, so we have no choice but to rely upon others for information. But who do you trust in today’s world of biased reporting and machinated news stories? I trust no one. Or, let me say I believe no one, at least until alternate sources have been able to substantiate the rumor. Take Y2K for instance. Everyone seemed to be of the belief that technology would come to a screeching halt at midnight in December 31st, 1999. Computers were unable to operate after that time because they wouldn’t be able to compute without that time reference, or some such gibberish.

I knew that this would not happen, and so didn’t most of the worlds civilized populations. Planes falling from the sky simply because the clock stops at midnight is a ludicrous notion. But the terror market made a huge bundle of cash making people believe that this would be the result. People stocked up on everything from seeds to toilet paper. Some people had homes stuffed to the rafters with supplies. Most of which were pretty much useless, long term at least. The fear that shipping disruptions would prevent stores from being replenished drove some to buy things that would have been stupid to buy in a normal survival situation. I know of one couple that bought five freezers, put them in their basement and proceeded to fill them with steaks and other meats. They had a lot of cookouts the summer of 2000. I asked him one day if he realized that if the Y2K scenario had played out as some had predicted, did he know that the electric grids would have shut down and there would have been no power to run his freezers. I wonder what he’s doing these days?

So today, we have other tales and legends floating around, and if you look at them as a whole, you can tell that there is either some nut-job trying to draw attention away, or towards something else, or there are a lot of paranoid people in this world. Or, there is something in between those two extremes. Obviously, the latter is the real case here, and we find that while some conspiracy theories may have some basis in truth, they do not quite arrive at the whole truth. What we must do to arrive at the whole truth is to take each of the truthful bits and pieces of the several puzzles, and place those pieces into a new puzzle to be able to see the real picture of what is going on in the world today.

And just exactly what is going on in the world today? Quite a bit, really. From the Bilderberg Group to an alien base under New Mexico I think we can pretty much supply fuel for any paranoid fear that exists on this planet. But the real story that seems to be absent from all of this is the coming end times. The forces of good and evil are narrowing their trajectories, and are set for collision. God and Satan will have their day, and God will win. But Satan wants to take as many of us as he can down with him, so all of these tales and stories serve his purpose very well.

As to what this means, and why I have started to write about survival in the end times, let me just say that we are in for a very rough road ahead, Christian or not. Scripture tells us that there will be a time where there will be what some like to the one world government. In part that is true, but in reality what will happen is that the worlds governments will give their kingdoms, or countries over to control by the Beast. This is happening today, as much of the legislation in this country, as well as other countries is being seemingly written according to the dictates of the UN’s Millennium Goals statement. We are, in fact, being given over to control by one world government by the traitorous politicians that cling to the leftist positions.

Scripture also tells us that unless we have the mark of the beast, we will not be able to buy and sell. Some theorists have said that that mark will be either a tattoo of an identifying bar code, or an embedded microchip with the numbers 666 included, but I have some reservations with that position. The number of the beast may be 666, but I do not believe that we will end up with that tattooed onto our forehead. I believe it holds a much more sinister meaning. And no, I will not divulge my particular belief at this time regarding the mark of the beast.

However, I’m sure many realize that more and more, we are becoming glued to our credit cards, and less and less inclined to use cash to make our transactions today. In years past, only major purchases, such as land and homes were bought on credit. Then automobiles became a credit purchase, then washing machines and stoves. Today, we go to a fast food joint and use that little plastic card to pay for a Big Mac and fries. The electronic ID industry is developing a world whereby one plastic card can double as an identification card, as well as a credit/debit card. These are called smart cards, and contain a programmable RFID chip that can give you access to where you are allowed to go, and be used as a contactless payment instrument to help speed you along your way. It can also be used to keep track of where you go, what you do, and who you meet with, as well as other tidbits of information the great computer in the sky wants to know about.

At some point and time, when humanity realizes we’ve been screwed by the powers that be, society will collapse and the end days will begin. A loaf of bread will cost many dollars per loaf, and gasoline will become very costly, if not unattainable. Survival depends upon our ability to maneuver through the coming times. We cannot do that if we do not have accurate information. Before we latch onto one theory or another, we need to examine all of the tales being spread about these times, and be certain that we cling to the only truth that exists.