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10 Things Preppers Are Sick of Hearing

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 11:09
By the author of Be Ready for Anything and The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

As a prepper, even though our numbers are growing, we have a pretty unique view of the world.  Because of that view, there are things people outside our sphere say to us over and over when they learn of our survival mindset. And if you are one of those unprepared folks, let me put you on notice. There are some things preppers are sick of hearing.

Don’t get me wrong. Most of us love to answer questions if you’re really serious about becoming more self-reliant. (If you want to get started prepping, check out this guide.) But if you’re just asking about your “crazy friend” out of morbid curiosity, we’re not too interested in satisfying that.

10 things preppers are sick of hearing

Have you heard any of the following things preppers are sick of hearing from a significant other, a family member, friend, or acquaintance? I’ve heard all these things more than once, so I can’t be alone, right? (For more prepper solidarity, check out this article.)

I’ve included my responses to the top 10 things preppers are sick of hearing.

10.) Don’t you already have enough X?

Have you ever thrown something in your grocery cart only for the person at the store with you to say, “Don’t we have enough toilet paper/soup/rice/Oreo cookies?” Or perhaps you open the hall closet and dodge the avalanche of paper towel rolls and your visitor says, “Got enough paper towels?”

No.

No, I don’t have enough. There’s no such thing as “enough” if I feel like I’m facing a long haul ahead.

9.) Do you think it’s morally okay to have all this stuff when other people can’t buy any? Save some for everyone else.

I can see your eyes rolling from here. Don’t you just love the morally superior folks who feel as though you are personally responsible for any shortages in the stores, as opposed to governmental policies, mandates, port closures, and transportation issues?

If we preppers are taking care of ourselves, then the self-proclaimed “morally superior” will have less competition when it comes to getting their government-rationed supplies in the future. I’d much rather take care of my family than stand in line waiting for a handout, and I also don’t want to take those handouts from people who truly need them if I’m able to supply them myself.

8.) Isn’t this selfish?

The media loves to portray preppers as selfish folks grabbing the last case of water and the last roll of toilet paper off the shelves during an emergency. But here’s the thing. We already got our stuff. We are not the ones out there clearing the shelves like a horde of hungry locusts.

Preparing to take care of your family is anything but selfish. It shows a sense of responsibility and forethought. Prepping is one of the most loving things you can do for your family members and I can’t understand those who deem that “selfish.”

7.) Are you a hoarder?

Yep, sometimes there’s a fine line between hoarding and prepping and we try to be careful not to fall onto the wrong side of that line. I consider prepping items that you need currently or potentially, not just piles of old newspapers and rubber bands. As well, if your supplies are well organized and you can walk through your home without tripping over supplies, you are on the prepper side of that line.

Hoarding is no laughing matter and actually a serious obsessive-compulsive psychological disorder.

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.

Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Countertops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways and virtually all other surfaces are usually piled with stuff. And when there’s no more room inside, the clutter may spread to the garage, vehicles, yard and other storage facilities. (source)

If you believe that you may be suffering from hoarding disorder, here are some resources for getting help.

If you find yourself with more stuff than you can keep organized, here are some tips for organizing your stockpile.

6.) You are never going to be able eat/use/drink all this.

Some folks can’t imagine stocking more food than they could eat in a month. They can’t fathom stashing away a year’s worth of food or more.

These folks don’t understand that prepping is a system of first-in/first-out. Most preppers keep careful track of “use by” or “expiration” dates and rotate their supplies accordingly. We’re not investing all this money just to waste our supplies. We also spend a great deal of time and effort properly storing our food for the longest possible lifespan.

I have rarely thrown away food (except for an unfortunate dehydrated hash brown/weevil incident – don’t ask) and occasionally, when things are getting closer to the end of their lifespan, I donate them to a food bank or someone in need.

5.) Do you have a bunker?

Thanks to overblown television shows like “Doomsday Preppers,” ordinary folks often think preppers have a WW2-era bunker or bomb shelter in their basement. (This is NOT to say I wouldn’t love to find a house with an existing bunker.) But most of us are pretty ordinary and while we might have a storm cellar or supply room, we don’t have a full-on, self-sufficient bunker in which to ride out the apocalypse.

The correct answer to this question is, “Yes. But if I tell you where it is I have to kill you.”

4.) Do you have guns?

If the uninitiated find out you’re a prepper, they usually think you have a dedicated Hollywood-style weapons room. (Alas, like the bunker, it’s not like I’d turn this down.)

Just about every time I am interviewed by someone in the mainstream media, they ask me, “How many guns do you have?” My go-to response is a sweet smile accompanied by, “That’s the prepper equivalent of asking a lady her age.”

See the answer to #5 for the answer if the polite version doesn’t work.

3.) You’re crazy.

Who among us has never been called a crazy prepper at least once? My friend Brian at Mind4Survival considers it a badge of honor. I know that more than once after things have happened and people have found themselves unprepared, they’ve come back and said, “I guess you aren’t so crazy after all.”

A lot of the “crazy prepper” hype comes from the mainstream media. Shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and “Naked and Afraid” don’t really do us any favors.

But if there’s been one good thing to come out of the past two years, more people than ever have seen for themselves that we aren’t so crazy after all. We’ve gone through a pandemic complete with lockdowns, an economic crisis, massive job losses, systemic collapse, and supply chain shortages. This doesn’t even include our regularly scheduled apocalypses like wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and freak blizzards. Really, you’d be crazy NOT to prep after all that.

2.) How much food do you actually have?

Has anyone ever gotten a glimpse inside your cupboards or storage area and said, “Holy cow, how much food do you have?” It’s happened to me a couple of times – once with an extended family member and another time with a repair person who had to enter an area I hadn’t expected.

The right answer to that question depends on the person answering it. To the repairman, I truthfully said, “I donate regularly to the food bank.” I do – just not the contents of my basement. To the family member, since it’s someone I expect to house if things went sideways, I said, “I try to stay well-stocked in case of an emergency or a family member going through a difficult time. I buy things when they’re on sale.”

Much like the gun question, I’m not giving anyone specifics that is not personally involved in my preparedness.

1.) If something happens, I’m coming to your house.

Hands down, out of all the things preppers are sick of hearing, this has to be number one. Oh, the dreaded, “I’m coming to your house.” What prepper hasn’t heard that once or twenty times?

Just about everyone knows a feckless non-prepper who blithely thinks that they have no need to prepare because they’re in with you and will just arrive with an overnight bag in hand and be served a steaming hot meal from your stockpile with a space waiting for them in the guest room.

If you have no intention of teaming up with that person, it’s important to set that straight well before it ever happens. It might be time for a sit-down about why they need to be prepared themselves, or about what the requirements and contributions are if they are someone you’d let come to your place. As Selco notes, in a real societal breakdown, more people (as long as they’re willing to work) can be a benefit, so turning them away might not be your best bet. It really depends on the person saying it, but whatever the case, I prefer to set clear expectations.

What can you add to this list of things preppers are sick of hearing?

Have you been asked any of these things preppers are sick of hearing? How do you respond? Do you have anything to add to the list? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

About Daisy

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, adventure-seeking, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty; 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived; and 3) PreppersDailyNews.com, an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. Her work is widely republished across alternative media and she has appeared in many interviews.

Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books, 12 self-published books, and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses at Learn.TheOrganicPrepper.com You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Price Controls: The Government’s “New” Solution to Inflation?

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 07:53

There have been a number of news headlines over the course of the past year that I’ve personally found wildly disturbing.

However, it is this one in particular from CNN that I’ve found to be of particular note. It’s titled, “Should the government control the price of food and gas?

Throughout the piece, author Charles Riley looks into the history of price controls both within the past 100 years and of more recent note as well. The basic question behind the article is this: because of rampant inflation “should governments consider setting the price of essential goods?”

While I (sometimes) believe that there is no such thing as a stupid question, the very idea that this notion is being presented to the public is something which I find concerning. I don’t think it’s any secret to regular readers of The Organic Prepper what the position of the mainstream media (MSM) is on these issues. Though a question is being asked, are we ignorant of what the hoped for answer is? 

Riley’s article starts off by examining whether or not there is precedence for price fixing in history.

Is there precedence for price-fixing in history? Absolutely.

As Riley points out,

  • “The German capital of Berlin, for example, has sought to limit how much rent landlords can charge tenants.”
  • “In the United Kingdom, regulators limit how much consumers can be charged for energy and some types of rail fares.”
  • “As elections approached late last year in Argentina and annual inflation topped 50%, the government froze the price of over 1000 household goods.”
  • “Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he would cut the price of flour, sugar, sunflower oil, milk, pork leg, and chicken breast ahead of a national election…”

Let’s look at each of these examples in turn, however.

  • Aside from having a history of totalitarianism, Germany is once more demonstrating that this is where it is headed for in the future as well. Price controls are a part of this.
  • The United Kingdom has never been friendly to freedom (read American history).
  • Jose here at The Organic Prepper has vividly captured what it is like to live in South America right now, where weight loss due to hunger has become the norm.
  • All Viktor Orban has done is demonstrate he’s willing to steal from others in order to win power for himself. Did you notice he did this right before an election?

Just because there is precedence for something, does not mean that it is a good idea. Consider slavery, cannibalism, human sacrifice, or the like. Have they all been practiced in the past? Yes. But does that mean they were good ideas?

Nope.

Precedence does not equal morality.

Price controls on the farmer (or anyone else) will not work.

Consider as well whether it is morally just to fix prices on items. I sell chicken eggs. I’ve been able to sell my eggs for $3/dozen for close to five years now. But this is no longer. What used to cost me roughly $24 for 100 pounds of chicken feed has risen to roughly $42/100 pounds of feed just within the past year. I have to mark my eggs up to at least $5/dozen or it no longer becomes profitable for me to raise chickens.

While I enjoy watching my chickens run around, like eating fresh eggs every day, and generally just enjoy farming, am I inclined to put up with trekking through poop, chasing loose chickens late into the night, and cleaning coops if there’s nothing in it for me?

Again, nope.

This rising cost of eggs on my end may prove to be an inconvenience for my customers. They may complain about the rising prices, say I’m being unfair, and that I’m gouging them. They may even lobby successfully for my prices to be pinned back down at $3/dozen – where they’d been for years prior to 2021.

(This rising price of food is one of the reasons you need to check out our free QUICKSTART Guide on getting your food storage in order.)

But is it the producer’s fault, or is it those who do not appreciate laissez-faire?

Riley doesn’t seem to understand this. He states that “meat and energy are both significant contributors to inflation.”

That’s not true in the slightest.

If I sell a cow, how am I the one responsible for inflation? What sort of mental gymnastics are necessary to decide that the man raising chickens to sell to his community is the reason your dollars aren’t worth as much today as they were six months ago? The farmer is not the cause of these monetary ills. Those printing money non-stop are.

This is basic economics.

An unhappy ending?

After interviewing several economists for the article, and being rebuffed for asking such a question, Riley walks away with the final statement “price controls, it seems, are still a bridge too far.”

Yes, price controls are too far. They always have been and always will be. There is no perception about it, that is just the way it is.

What am I supposed to derive from this final statement though?

And another unhappy ending.

I say all of this to bear two points to view.

For starters, you’re going to see more of this narrative pushed to the American sheep throughout the near future. Eventually, you may even see the idea of price controls be pushed through to everything. Meat and energy won’t be the only sectors blamed for inflationary ills. Mattresses, books, skilled trades, pipes – everything will be blamed for inflation. And the only touted means to stop this “transitory” devaluation of the dollar will be to pin prices to where they were previously.

This policy has been used before to “fix” inflation, and it’ll happen again.

The second point is this: when price controls do make it so that I have to operate at a loss, this farmer is going to stop selling food.

What are your thoughts on price-fixing?

Do you think price-fixing is the solution for inflation? How do you think it will affect the economy if it happens? Share your thoughts in the comments.

About Aden

Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has two published books, The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.

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22 Self Reliance Skills to Learn in 2022

Wed, 01/19/2022 - 11:55

The past two years have served as a wake up call for Americans everywhere. We’ve detailed this in our prior post on what were the top 10 posts of TOP for 2021. It’s blatantly obvious that Americans are becoming preppers, and are actively seeking the self reliance skills which will keep them alive.

But we’re not out of the woods yet.

Anybody who’s been paying attention to current events at all of late understands this as well as the need for proper self-sufficiency. Nobody is coming to save you. Should you lose power, should there be an EMP strike against the US, should you be deemed a non-essential worker, should your utilities be shut off because you refuse to listen to draconian and unconstitutional human rights mandates, you are on your own.

What are 22 self reliance skills to brush up on for 2022?

Take a look at the following 22 self-reliance skills for 2022 to see where you may stand. This by no means is a complete list to independence, but it sure as heck won’t hurt.

  1. Do you know how to can?

Sure, you may know a thing or two about growing a garden, but do you know how to can the produce you’re harvesting? Do you know how to keep the summer’s harvest good into the winter? Do you have the mason jars, lids, and other canning gear necessary to keep your family well-stocked in canned goods?

If not, you may want to check out our free QUICKSTART GUIDE on canning or Daisy’s book, The Prepper’s Canning Guide.

  1. Can you plant and raise a garden?

This can be much more challenging than it looks, and unless you can grow your own food, you’re not going to be self-sufficient. Do you have the tools you need? Do you have the seed? Do you understand companion planting, how to build a trellis, and which plants like full sun?

      3.  Can you walk or run a mile?

Yes, I totally understand there are medical conditions which preclude this. But if those aren’t a problem for you, can you do either of these? Why build a bug-out bag if you can’t walk any respectable distance to bug-out?

If you have the ability to run, but don’t, train. If you are limited to walking, but don’t, train. Here’s a guide just for preppers to help you get fit for bugging out.

  1. Can you keep electronics running without power?

We just posted a piece about the I-95 disaster in Virginia, where passengers were stranded for 20 hours or so overnight on the interstate in freezing temperatures. What happens when your phone dies and you need to call 911? Can you keep your essential electronics still running when A) the power goes out, or B) there is no power available nearby?

All this takes is pre-planning. Portable solar panels, crank generators, battery banks – have you prepped these? Here’s Daisy’s review on a solar generator she uses for her apartment.

  1. Can you collect rainwater?

Really, we could expand this to the larger “can you collect water?” Let’s focus on rainwater though. Should there be a drought, your utilities be cut off, or whatever, you’re going to need water, and rain is free. Do you have the knowledge of how to set up a rain barrel? Have you prepped this?

If not, why are you waiting?

  1. Can you make money without depending upon somebody else?

This is perhaps one of the trickiest skills to master on this list, but I believe it’s tied in with self-sufficiency. If your boss is your only hope of making money, they can lead you by the nose. They very much so have a large degree of power over your life, and may use that power to dictate how you live.

Do you know how to make money of your own accord? Do you have the skills, tools, and/or material needed to do so? Figure out a way to make alternative income for your family. At some point in the near future, you may need it.

  1. Can you apply a tourniquet?

Do you know how to do this? Do you prep the equipment needed to do this? Do you carry a tourniquet with you regularly? Would you have time to run back to your car for your trauma kit if you’re in the middle of a mall when an active shooter event unfolds?

There are great courses out there to learn how to handle all this, and you may want to check out this recent study on Celox as well.

  1. Can you eat for a month without going to a grocery store?

Let’s consider this a minimum. Should there be a job loss, lockdown, supply chain problem, famine, or EMP, can you keep your family fed for a minimum of a month? This will allow you some level of breathing room as you formulate a better strategy moving forward.

Here’s a free guide to building a 3-layer pantry to see you through all sorts of emergencies.

  1. Can you go a week without spending money?

I don’t mean on bills, gasoline, propane, or food. Can you go a week without spending money on what’s not absolutely vital? The less money you spend, the more independent you are. Or perhaps, the less your debt is, the more independent you are. Debt makes you a slave, remember that.

The more independent you are, the better self-reliance skills you have. And if you can’t go a week without buying a fancy latte, concert tickets, or whatever, are you really independent?

Not that these are bad things, but could you go without them for a week if needed?

  1. Can you call for backup without a phone?

There is safety in numbers. But how do you get those numbers to where they need to be if you don’t have cell service, your phone is dead, your phone service has been shut off, there’s been an EMP, etc? Can you get men to where they need to be right now?

  1. Do you have a fireplace, wood stove, or gas logs?

This is huge. If you’re dependent on your local electrical company for heat, you’re not independent. All it takes is a click of a mouse for you to freeze. Do you have plenty of spare wood? How are your propane tank levels? Do you have plenty of blankets? How are you going to keep your pipes from freezing?

Are your self-reliance skills really up to par if you can’t even keep yourself from freezing to death without outside help? Here’s a guide to handling a winter power outage.

  1. Can you defend your home or neighborhood?

It’s often been said if you can’t defend it, you don’t own it. Do you have some base level of self-defense skills? Do you EDC a pistol? Can you reliably and safely use that pistol to hit your target? Can you field strip your weapons? Do you have adequate ammo stores? Do you have appropriate weaponry? Do you have plenty of mags, mag pouches, cleaning kits, rifle slings, holsters, and other weapon accessories?

And do you have the proper training to know how to use all of this?

  1. Can you sight a rifle?

I consider this a separate skill from just defending your home. If you can’t sight a rifle, you can’t ensure your rifle will hit what you need it to. Let’s say you’re banned from buying groceries in the near future for some inexplicable reason. Can you sight a rifle in so that you can put venison on the table?

  1. Can you skin and butcher a squirrel, rabbit, and deer?

I think these are the big three of wild game. If you know how to skin and butcher these, you can skin and butcher just about anything as these are liable to be the most common forms of wild game you’ll come across post-disaster.

It can be a bit of a mystifying experience until you try it a couple of times as well.

  1. Can you predict if and when it’s going to rain or snow?

If you can do this, you have a very actionable piece of intelligence to work from. This tells you when you can plant, when you can harvest, and when to start hunkering down. There are absolutely preps which can help you to do this – and you should look into them – but can you do this with nothing other than your nose and eyeballs as well?

Go here to learn more about weather preparedness.

  1. Can you navigate with a map, compass, and map protractor?

Forget the GPS. You may not have that available to you in the near future. If that is so, do you know how to get from Point A to Point B with your map and map tools? Let’s say an EMP happens and you need to get your daughter back to your home. Do you have the navigation skills to do so?

  1. Can you preserve meat with salt?

If you have no electricity, you likely have no refrigeration (root cellars excluded). If this is the case, do you know how to preserve meat with salt? This has been a functional skill of being a man for thousands of years. Can you still do this today?

  1. Can you make jerky?

Another important form of meat preservation that many are unaware of how to do. If you shoot a deer, do you know how to make your own jerky that will last you well after raw meat would have spoiled? Do you have the gear that makes this process much more enjoyable?

  1. Do you have a network?

Again, there’s strength in numbers. Part of self-sufficiency is knowing who to turn to for help. One simply can’t become a master of everything. Do you have a network of farmers, plumbers, veterinarians, electricians, nurses, doctors, teachers, and others who you can turn to for help with problems that you can’t fix of your own accord?

  1. Do you have a basic supply of tools available?

Things break. Do you have a basic toolset that will allow you to handle the great majority of things that come your way? Do you have the basic know-how of how to use those tools as well?

  1. Can you filet a fish?

Country folk will have no problem here. We grew up fishing. But for everybody else, do you know what it takes to filet that fish you just caught? Do you know how to descale, what meat to keep, how to gut the slimy thing, and so on?

  1. Can you treat common maladies?

The illnesses and ailments that are treated with OTC medications: do you know how to treat them, and do you have the equipment and medicine available to treat those situations without having to run out to the store at the moment?

Where do you stand with your self-reliance skills?

There are undoubtedly several other aspects of self-reliance that can be used to improve your independence, but what about the above 22? They could easily be considered something of a “starter set” of skills for those who are new to prepping, or even as a source of inspiration for what you should brush up on if you’re a seasoned prepper. Check out the Self Reliance Manifesto for more skills and links to learn them.

What are your thoughts? Are there any of these you need to brush up on? Are there any you have mastered? What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!

About Aden

Aden Tate has a master’s in public health and is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com, TheFrugalite.com, PewPewTactical.comSurvivalBlog.comSHTFBlog.comApartmentPrepper.comHomesteadAndPrepper.com, and PrepperPress.com. Along with being a freelance writer, he also works part-time as a locksmith. Aden has an LLC for his micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has two published books, The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.

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2020 Unemployment Called. They Want Their Money Back.

Wed, 01/19/2022 - 07:30

How do you know what to prep for unless you know what is going on? Should you live your life as an ostrich? One of the things that you may need to consider prepping for right now is the threat of having unemployment insurance money you received back in 2020 “clawed back” should the state deem that you were either ineligible for that money or received too much.

Unnecessary worrying?

Nope. It’s already happening.

While there has been the threat of clawed back unemployment payments for over a year now, it seems that some states are now adding themselves to the list of states which are engaging in such.

Consider Massachusetts.

It’s there that $2.7 billion in paid out claims is being demanded back. Politicians there have decided that that money was paid out to those who didn’t deserve it, such as Matt Goncalves, who lost his job at Best Buy due to politicians’ lockdown, and is now being ordered to pay back $10,000. He was deemed ineligible months afterwards.

Missouri has already asked for these monies back, with Stephanie San Paulo being told she needs to pay back close to $16,000. The glimmer of hope for the 43,000 people in Missouri who have received similar notifications is SB 673, which may make it so they don’t have to give this money back at all.

Could your state be next?

(This is all the more reason to get your food stores in order, is it not? Check out our free QUICKSTART Guide to food storage here.)

What’s the philosophy here?

For starters, government shouldn’t be involved in the insurance game to begin with. Anytime they insert themselves into the free market, it’s no longer a free market, and people suffer as a result. But they did. And then they further inserted themselves into the free market by labeling some people as “unessential” and robbing them of their ability to make a paycheck back in 2020.

How do you rob somebody of their current income, make it so that there are no other jobs available for them to apply for (after all, when everybody’s unessential, where can you work? What is open?), force them into your state run safety net, and then tell them they have to pay you back well after the fact?

This wasn’t something with a pre-application warning. This was “Here. Take this money. It’s yours.” Several months later, people then hear, “Oh. I want that back.”

That’s what this is.

Oops. I can’t hear you.

Also, consider that should somebody have had issues with their unemployment insurance – say there were paperwork snafus they wanted to clear up – who were they to talk to? At least in California, where the Employment Development Department deals with unemployment insurance, their doors were closed. And have been closed to the public for 25 years. Allegedly, this is in part due to a shooting that took place years back.

One time I caught a stingray. Nobody in my family has been allowed to go fishing ever since.

Other states saw similar situations unfold as government workers responsible for fixing unemployment claims and working with the public as public servants locked and barred their doors for months on end. Americans were left to deal with voice recordings and automated messaging systems which left callers on hold for hours on end.

If the government has robbed you of your job, saying that they’ll give you money to cope, then doesn’t, is that not a grievance? Doesn’t the First Amendment protect Americans’ rights to address their government for grievances? Isn’t locking the doors of all government offices to the public then a violation of this right to be able to address the government for grievances?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment

While one may say it was still possible to contact somebody to complain, if one does everything in their power to make it as difficult as possible to do so, they’ve paved the way with caltrops.

But perhaps what’s even more concerning is this…

We’ve witnessed the Chinese intrusion into the American system. It’s simply undeniable. Why are we letting them buy American land? Why are we letting them build runways in Texas? Why are we collaborating with them?

And consider that it’s estimated up to 50% of American unemployment monies was stolen.

Haywood Talcove, the CEO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, doesn’t think the bulk of this money was stolen by Americans either. He estimates that 70% of all fraudulent claims ended up in China, Nigeria, and Russia.

“These groups are definitely backed by the state,” says Talcove.

So were there fraudulent claims put out for unemployment? Absolutely.

But it appears that this largely went to state actors, not to unemployed Americans.

One can’t help but look at all the pieces of this and begin to wonder…

Was this a form of economic warfare?

Another factor to consider is this: communism doesn’t work. Never has, never will. Communistic policies invariably fail. When they do though, it makes the politicians who pushed them look like idiots. There’s nothing a politician hates worse than looking like an idiot. To keep the image protected, those communistic policies therefore must float.

And money helps them to do that.

If you’re dealing with an economic crisis, if you’re now in an economy that is $30 trillion in debt, if inflation is going through the roof, you will desperately need money as a politician.

How do you get it?

Is it by clawing back unemployment benefits?

Are you prepared to pay back unemployment insurance money?

Never before in history has the American society been forcibly shut down as it was in 2020. Never. There is no precedent.

All that being said, now the state may be gearing up to ask for unemployment insurance money back. Perhaps your state already has (as mentioned above, this has been going on in some states for over a year). Either way, the point is this: you need to be preparing your family for such a position financially (and perhaps with lawyers as well) now so that this doesn’t catch you off guard.

Personally, I don’t think this is the only financial happening you need to be ready for. I think it’s a matter of time before student loans are forgiven, pensions are nationalized, and the Evergrande collapse causes American banks to start calling in peoples’ loans (whether on cars or houses).

I’m not a financial advisor. This isn’t financial/investment advice. This is just my musings on what I’m seeing.

And are you prepared?

What do you think about the government demanding the money back?

Are you of the opinion that it’s ethical for the government to remove opportunities to earn a living and then demand the money back? How far do you think they’ll go to retrieve the money they paid out? How will people who have finally gotten back to work handle both paying back thousands of dollars and rampant inflation at the same time? Share your thoughts in the comments.

About Jeff

Jeff Thompson is an avid fisherman who likes to spend time sailing on his boat and reading while at sea.

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Staying Safe from the Hidden Dangers of the Internet

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 11:47

In this time of change, more and more people have turned to the Internet. Many are working from home, more shopping is being done online, many schools are offering virtual options for students. Unfortunately, criminals are also taking advantage of these changes. There are hidden dangers of the internet that we need to be aware of.

How do we keep ourselves and our children safe in this context?

First and foremost, realize that sitting in the safety of your home while surfing the Net isn’t the same as being safe. While there are the minor inconveniences of trolls – bad enough and a total energy suck – unfortunately, there are darker elements at play as well.

Particularly, I’m thinking of child traffickers looking for victims. Many of these freaks hang out on discussion boards and in chat rooms. They’re very skilled at both lying and manipulation, pretending to be a friend as they seek to lure the child away from home without their parent’s knowledge. Once in their possession, the child is often used for slave labor and sex trafficking.

This is a sad reality but one which must be faced. Online scams are everywhere, from pharmacies that promise prescription drugs without a prescription to phishing emails. People can appear to be whomever they wish on the Internet, and sites can appear very legitimate despite not being so.

So how do we protect ourselves?

When it comes to getting our accounts hacked, we can do a couple of things.

One is to set strong passwords and if possible, use names that don’t identify us directly. Strong passwords are generally held to contain numbers, letters, and special characters with at least one uppercase letter. The longer the better! I use phrases that are 20 characters long for my financial accounts. I also put the uppercase character somewhere other than up front, ditto with the numbers.

Don’t use your birthday, SSN, pet’s name, or mother’s maiden name for your password! There’s a huge difference in safety between password123 and #ILove26Preppers! Check here for more information on password safety.

Usernames identify us online and can be used to research more information.

Social media sites such as Facebook (and others) have become notorious for data mining, and who writes those crazy name games anyway? What information are you giving out when you publicly state your Elf name using your month and approximate day of birth? What personal information are you giving out when you post answers to things like:

  • How many times have you been married?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • Have you ever been arrested?

If you’re curious as to just how far this can go, I suggest typing your own name into your favorite search engine. You might be very surprised at the results! I didn’t play those games when I was on social media.

Most certainly I didn’t cooperate when the random game generator asked for permission to access my photos and friend’s list. Why is that information even needed to generate a random result, such as who I allegedly was in a past life, and who is storing this information? Better IMO to not give it up.

Criminals are lawbreakers, not idiots, and every database is potentially hackable.

Another thing to avoid is accepting direct messages from people you don’t know.

Once the message is accepted, the sender can see if you’re online and when. This can be a pain if they’re stalking you. While we’re at it, why not check your privacy settings on your personal page?

At the very least, check these on your Facebook to ensure the general public can’t see photos and posts you thought were Friends only. And remember, your profile picture and page banner are always set to Public. Perhaps your house isn’t the best choice for a banner, nor is a recent picture of you or your child.

So we’ve covered usernames, passwords, and some social media behaviors. How about photos? What information is being given in the photos we post on social media?

Are you familiar with metadata?

If you’re not familiar with metadata, it’s time to start learning about it. Metadata is information encoded into pictures every time you take one. It can include boring stuff like what kind of camera and software made the image.

It can also include location data, in both map and GPS form. Your GPS coordinates can lead a criminal to your front door. Metadata is very easy to view. There are many Internet sites that allow viewing for the trouble of dropping your photo on the site. For more information on metadata, check HERE.

For more information on not only protecting yourself, but on avoiding some of these monster data collection agencies, check out our free QUICKSTART Guide to Starving the Beast.

Even online gaming can be a criminal haven.

So you really know who’s behind the usernames in your favorite group? I’ve yet to see an account that asked me to verify my identity, meaning I could type in any name and age I wish.

Many years ago I played a game called Kingdoms of Middle Earth, which had both alliance and global chats containing people from all over the world. Both Facebook groups and Google Hangouts have a wide variety of people as well. And yes, predators have been known to hang out here.

What kind of personal information are you giving out, and to whom? It’s easy to feel safe in your living room chatting online with a person you’ve chatted with before, but this sense of safety is a farce. That person may be very cool – I still have friends in Europe from playing Kingdoms – but I never truly knew them.

These friends have never asked for my address, birthday, where I go to school, or where & when my parents work. Such personal information can be used for any purpose, including kidnapping.

Criminals will watch their targets and learn their schedules, then set up the crime for success. Burglars will want to be in and out while the family is gone. Traffickers want to isolate their target away from anyone who might help. Personal information can aid them in this endeavor and should never be given out online, in any context.

Lastly, how about those phishing emails?

It’s easy to laugh when I receive an email from a company I don’t do business with, asking me to verify my login credentials. Those from companies I do transact with a bit more difficult to spot! First of all, never click on the link provided in the email! That’s a direct link to the site that’s trying to steal from you.

For example, if I receive an email telling me that my PayPal account has been charged $2000 for a new computer and if I have a problem click on this link or call this number, the first place I go is actual PayPal. I do this by commanding my browser and going to the site directly. Chances are, the transaction isn’t there. I wouldn’t call the number because the first thing they do is ask for your username and password. My PayPal account is in fact linked with my bank, and it would be very costly to give criminals this information.

Often, money that’s directly debited cannot be retrieved. The money is gone, like having your pocket picked. Remember, criminals are trying to steal from you. Never click on those links or call the number in phishing emails! If you can, report them to site security instead.

Internet safety is no small concern these days

From bank accounts to online gaming, there’s someone out there mixed in with the cool people who means us no good. On the Internet, a healthy paranoia can be just that: healthy! What experiences have you had with online trolls or worse? How do you protect yourself and your family? Let’s discuss it in the comments below.

About Jayne

Jayne Rising is a gardener and bookworm with a BS from the University of Wisconsin and a Master Gardener certification. She’s been growing food on her small urban lot since 2010 and teaching others how to do it since 2015. She’s involved in a number of local urban agriculture initiatives, working to bring a sustainable and healthy food system back into the mainstream.

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SURVEY: Here’s What Your Fellow Americans Think Should Happen to the Unvaccinated

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 07:51

What happens next?

This is the question you need to be asking yourself as you monitor the world around you, taking stock of what it is that you are seeing, and making logical deductions with the data you have coming in.

What happens when the world around you is stating that it is alright to take away your children? What happens when it decides it is morally permissible to drag you from your home and take you away to a “designated facilit[y] or locations if they refuse to get” the jab? What happens when people believe you should be forcibly imprisoned in your own home?

While this may sound crazy, this is where we are at.

A recent study from the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports has found just that, as on January 5, 2022, they conducted a telephone and online survey of 1016 US “Likely Voters” to determine if they could get a sampling of where Americans stood on these issues.

This is what they found:

Jab Mandates
  • 48% of voters want a jab mandate on both employees of large companies and government agencies
  • 78% of the Left support Biden’s jab mandate
  • 22% of alleged Republicans support it as well.
 Fines
  • 55% of the Left endorse the notion of fines on unjabbed Americans
  • 19% of alleged Republicans support this position as well
  • 25% of unaffiliated voters stand behind this
Forced House Arrest
  • 59% of Democrats favor house arrest for the unjabbed
  • 21% of Republicans favor this policy
  • 39% of unaffiliated voters favor this policy
Forced Resettlement
  • 45% of the Left favor forced resettlement of the unjabbed to government-operated facilities
Forced Silence
  • 48% of the Left favor either/or fines or imprisonment for those who question the efficacy of the jab on social media, TV, radio, online, or in digital pubs
  • 14% of Republicans favor this policy as well
  • 18% of unaffiliated voters favor this policy
Kidnapping Children
  • 29% of Democrats want kids taken away from parents who are unjabbed
  • 7% of Republicans are ok with this
  • 11% of unaffiliated voters want the same
Big Brother Tracking Efforts
  • 47% of the Left favor Big Brother tracking program for those who are unjabbed
Thoughts on these numbers by the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen…

Consider the mandates.

We’re now witnessing the beginnings of a supply chain disruption that is (a large part of that which is) absolutely wrecking American economy. It’s not the only factor, but it is most certainly undeniable. When workers go the way of John Galt, what else can we expect?

And people are ok with this! People are ok with the notion of forcibly pushing their will onto somebody else in order for them to earn a living. Imagine the idea of telling somebody you had the right to name their firstborn son if they wanted to keep working at your store.

(Check out our free QUICKSTART Guide on how to prepare your food stores, so you can still eat.)

“You want to work here? That means your spouse must report to the Government Love Facility at least once a month, to improve the fertility of our nation. She will be assigned a partner when there.”

This is absolutely insane!

And yet, that is where we are at.

What about the fines?

Is it not odd that “conspiracy theorists” predicted the criminalization of the unjabbed over a year ago, and now that is not only what we are seeing around the world, but we’re now seeing it advocated for within the “Land of the Free” as well? If people are falsely led into believing that such an idea can mesh with the US Constitution or human rights, what will not be?

And do not forget we have people who are more than happy for us to push further than unjust fines as well. We have people who are actually willing to imprison you over this. Perhaps it is through house arrest (as mentioned in the study). Perhaps it is through your typical jail. Or perhaps it’s landing armed men at your front door who will take you to “temporarily live in designated facilities?”

Nazi propaganda poster claiming Jews are carriers of typhus.

Once more, it appears the “conspiracy theorists” were right. We now have people who are openly advocating for the forced resettlement of others. We now have people advocating the ghettoization of America in a manner that is eerily similar to the Jewish ghettos of World War 2.

And it’s not just you they’re after.

They’re scoping out your children.

In what is perhaps the most alarming aspect of this study is that there is a sizeable chunk of society that is seemingly ok with kidnapping your children if you don’t participate in the jab. Where will they take them? Do you think they have plans for letting you see them again?

Do you think your child would be the exemption to the rule? That they would be placed in a “family” that loves and cares for them anywhere close to the extent that you do? What values would they teach your children? Would they be your values? Or would they be evil?

This is where America is.

The seeds of communism – planted long ago – have been permitted to flourish into a repugnant field of briars, and it has every intention of tearing you (and your family) apart.

You may say, “that will never happen here,” but it already is happening here. Consider Washington DC or Washington state. Consider that we’ve already seen children being denied cancer treatments over this situation.

You may say, “I work for the police/National Guard. Our men would never do that!”

For starters, who’s to say it will be your men?

One of the things the Nazis in World War 2 was that it was easier for atrocities to be committed when the men didn’t know the victims. Men trucked in from elsewhere are able to detach themselves from the humanity of those around them.

The other thing learned in World War 2 was that the men were isolated from The Final Solution by specialization so that they could do The Final Solution.

“All I do is drive the truck. That’s not that bad.”

“All I do is go through the house. That’s not that bad.”

“All I do is get them checked in with the paperwork. That’s not that bad.”

To detach one’s self from an evil end result by specialization is already happening. Consider the dispatch centers which take the calls and send police to arrest those who are at a wedding. Consider the men who don’t actually enter the building to arrest anybody, but who are more than happy to drive their victims to the station for processing.

This is where America is at.

Secondly, don’t fall into the trap of believing that your men are the exception to the rule. If you are the leader of your men, and you are one of the good and brave, the system can easily replace you. Perhaps this will be done by a nationwide push to de-fund police which causes good and brave men throughout the nation to realize it’s just not worth the cost. Maybe this replacement can be made possible by making it illegal for you to stay unless you take a jab.

Men who are evil, cowardly, or without moral backbone are easy to find. And they can easily fill your slot.

While I wholeheartedly believe in American exceptionalism, and that it is our bravery in standing against evil which maintains our freedom, I also understand this:

Human behavior is fairly constant.

How is it that the average men of Police Battalion 101 (analyzed in Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men) were able to go from vomiting and suffering nightmares after their first Jewish action to becoming efficient killers by war’s end?

Police Battalion 101 at work.

How do average men, with families of their own, and a great sense of humor end up to a point where they can say, “I made the effort, and it was possible for me, to shoot only children. It so happened that the mothers led the children by the hand. My neighbor then shot the mother and I shot the child that belonged to her, because I reasoned with myself that after all without its mother the child could not live any longer.” – Police Battalion 101 officer.

Propaganda matters. It has influenced your friends, family, and neighbors into thinking that their fellow Americans are the enemy.

And this is where America is.

Are you surprised?

Are you surprised by the results of this survey? Do you think that it is an accurate assessment of American sentiment? Share your thoughts in the comments.

About Jeff

Jeff Thompson is an avid fisherman who likes to spend time sailing on his boat and reading while at sea.

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Getting Professional Medical Care After an Economic or Societal Collapse

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 11:05

One of the main concerns of the responsible caregiver/parent is to protect the health and well-being of our loved ones. And a large part of our ability to do that derives from our ability to get proper medical attention. In a SHTF situation, this is even more important. Do you know how to get professional medical after an economic collapse? Do you know what to do?

If not, you’re not alone. This is a very thorny problem to work through. But we are not without a historical guide here.

There are lessons to glean from the collapse of Venezuela.

Please allow me to describe how the healthcare has been in my country the last 3 decades.

The healthcare industry started to become overwhelmed in the 1980s. Even though the percentage of doctors per 100,000 inhabitants was growing steadily (see Table 1, pag. 15), the economic happenings did not have a meaningful positive role in the world of healthcare.

Mind you, there is no recent data within the last 10 years that could be considered reliable enough to provide clear data on this issue.

This said, it would be unfair to not acknowledge the huge effort and money which was poured into the restructuring of the healthcare system. This was done with oil price over $100 per barrel, of course. Then things changed, and we’re still feeling the consequences of the ransacking. Previously, we had infirmaries all over the country, called “CDI”. These were announced with great fanfare and propaganda as one of the “achievements of the revolution.” Many of them now closed or almost empty.

Brain drain hit our country hard, and a large segment of the healthcare professionals decided to get out of dodge. This created a pressing need for trained clinicians, and now, those who decided to stay are making more money than ever.

This profession is one of the better paid ones down here, and not just in Venezuela (where an independent MD can make over $4000/year – enough to live like a king), but it is a very good salary in any country in South America. Even with outrageously high living expenses of $1500 (and I don’t even know anyone with such high life expenses), an MD here can live without lack of anything.

According to these 2008 statistics, the main death in Venezuela causes were heart strokes…and homicides. At this moment I can’t quote a reliable source on this with statistics for this past year, but what I can do is to provide a description of the general scenario about the health care process.

Let’s analyze the case of a close friend who twisted an ankle recently.

Living in a socialist state most certainly qualifies as placing this friend in a position of needing medical attention after SHTF.

There is an infirmary center nearby run by the Cubans which specializes in these types of injuries. Whether or not these people are qualified to treat patients is debatable. They just work there, imposed by the ruling socialist party, and that’s it. The astute patient will be cautious with such, but the poor, countryside woman with an injured child doesn’t care. She just wants some level of treatment. And “some” level is what she will get.

My friend went to this clinic, where they decided to do an X-ray. This typically costs 20-25$, and is a service not available in the public healthcare center “because of technical problems.” I’d estimate that around 80+% of the country’s healthcare centers are public ones. These types of problems are rife there.

After taking the X-ray in the private center (where another $20 was spent because the clinic demanded a Venezuela-certified MD to issue the X-ray order) a diagnosis was given. Medicine was prescribed, though it was not “free” like the meds so many people received back in the early 2000s when the system was working and fueled by the oil revenues. (Even then, most of these “free” medicines were unbranded products from suspicious countries.)

His physical therapy was free though. He just had to find a physical therapist. Most of them have fled to America.

What about a more severe situation though?

Many hospitals nowadays in Venezuela don’t have supplies. Patients without money for a private clinic, just go to the hospital mainly for a free diagnosis. For actual treatment of a condition, you only go to the hospital after you’ve purchased the needed medicines and supplies of your own accord on your own time.

This means that, after the SHTF, unless some sort of industry still remains (somewhere, somehow) producing things like antibiotics, antibacterials and painkillers, doctors won’t be able to do much.

Within the past 5 years period, there was a LOT of preventable deaths of children. The childhood mortality rate rose from 0,7% to 2%. Most of these deaths took place in rural towns, where the poor tried to beat some illness by treating it with “natural” remedies.

But please don’t misinterpret this! Natural medicine has been around for thousands of years, and much of modern medicine is derived from this ancient knowledge.

The thing is, desperation and lack of knowledge forced people to make poor choices. There are only vestiges of the ancient herbal knowledge of our indigenous ancestors. Many people thought these were harmless – something that is completely erroneous. Plants as common as chamomile and peppermint were named within those that the babies of the statistics mentioned ingested.

Again, it is not the plant itself: it was the high dose used that generated the unwanted effect.

Specialists will no longer exist post-SHTF.

MDs here go through a one-year specialization process. That’s it. One year. Those are the “specialists” we’re plagued with now. If you need a specialist on a consistent basis, things get rather thorny. And though this most certainly matters, it’s not this lack of specialists that makes receiving medical attention after SHTF the hardest.

It’s the lack of supplies that hurts us most.

Things as simple as an appendectomy could turn very bad post-SHTF if not treated fast. There will be general practitioners – people with knowledge – but the supplies and sophisticated kits won’t be there. Therefore, it’s much better to have some supplies, even if they’re not ideal, and a general doctor, than having someone who could find difficulties performing that surgery without specialized materials and instruments.

The catch is this: will you be able to afford them?

The tools, medicines, and the doctor’s services all sky-rocket in price post-SHTF. Do you have what it takes to barter/pay for this? Can you provide your doctor with the tools he needs to provide you medical attention after SHTF?

You need to think about this now. And after the crap hits the fan, you need to understand that emergencies must be avoided at all costs. I saw too many wounds become complicated which could have been avoided with basic precautions: wearing steel toes work boots, gloves or safety glasses, for instance.

What are the practical lessons I learned in the worst of the crisis?

From my experiences in Venezuela, I can summarize a few tips for the best preps based off of what people went through around here in the worst period: 2016-2021.

  • Getting a few glass non-disposable syringes with an assortment of non-disposable needles and an autoclave is  an excellent investment.
  • Elaboration of effective painkillers with natural products (Do thorough research. There is a lot of information on line about this but not being a specialist, I won’t dare to elaborate on this.)
  • Consumables like surgical tape, alcohol (of course!), iodine, and all sort of sterilization products were almost high-value commodities.
  • Getting a skin stapler, instead of the conventional needle and thread for wounds could be a great investment given the need. I witnessed people desperately looking for a sewing kit in every pharmacy, just to resource to the (extremely extended!) black market…and the resulting scares were nasty. I even knew people who got their wounds “fixed” with very thick thread.
  • A couple of crutches (or even some plans or materials to build them), a good neck immobilizer…maybe some appropriate printing materials for those with a 3D printer large enough to print a splint to immobilize a limb, all of these are things that someone could need after an accident.
  • Supplies like disposable scalpels and other surgical instruments.
  • Stocking up on cream for burns is a must. Especially the ones with silver sulfadiazine for 3th degree burns. The odds of suffering some sort of severe burn suddenly rise much higher if you have to do mechanic work in your own workshop. The solvents used for cleaning, if you’re welding, for instance, are highly flammable.
  •  Enough medication should be stockpiled up, or at least the base products to prepare the mixture, for those with the knowledge to do it. Researching about DIY burn creams could be a good idea.
Above all, be careful!

Given the lack of access to proper medical attention after SHTF, extreme precautions must be taken. It’s all about safety now, and it’s much better to be labeled as someone fussy about security, than to have an accident which could lead to severe consequences.

I’ve been in workshops all my life. I haven’t had an accident because purposeful patience and all the precautions I’ve taken.

Recently, I had to cut a nail with a wire cutter to remove some rotten wood, and one piece hit my safety glasses like a bullet. Should I not have had these, I could have suffered a nasty injury, being home alone, broken, and in a country where getting proper medical attention in the public health system is almost impossible. So, my best advice is, try, as hard as you can, to avoid getting harmed.

This is just scratching the surface of medical attention after SHTF…

This article merely scratches the surface of the intricate subject of healthcare in a devastated world. However, using common sense we can deal with many emergencies as they come.

Thanks for your sponsoring. It really helps me to keep pumping out solid, boots-on-the-ground material, and always remember to make questions in the comments about what you need to know and learn about the situation down here to improve your preps.

Stay tuned!

J.

For more information on prepping, check out our free OP QuickStart Guide to the 4 Levels of Disasters.

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About Jose

Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has an old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Jose and his younger kid are currently back in Venezuela, after the intention of setting up a new life in another country didn’t  go well. The SARSCOV2 re-shaped the labor market and South American economy so he decided to give it a try to homestead in the mountains, and make a living as best as possible. But this time in his own land, and surrounded by family, friends and acquaintances, with all the gear and equipment collected, as the initial plan was.

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A Perfect Storm: Supply Chain Battered by Chinese Port Closures, Trains, Trucks, and Workers

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 06:44

The supply chain crisis isn’t just coming, it’s already here.

As Americans face empty shelves across the country, skyrocketing prices on everything, and a constant worker shortage, it’s impossible to ignore – the supply chain crunch is here. And it isn’t getting any better as a perfect storm gathers to decimate our inventory of goods.

Consider this: China is the world’s biggest trading nation. Anything they do market-wise reverberates throughout the world. Who is America’s largest trade partner? China. What happens when China decides to shut down some of its ports? Americans feel the crunch.

This is what has just happened, as China has shut down the busiest port in the world by shipping volume – the city of Ningbo. In addition, the port of Tianjin has also been locked down, with many people being completely barred from leaving their homes at all.

Port of Tianjin.

These aren’t the only cities in China which have been locked down – Xi’an has as well (where there’s recently been an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever) – but they are both major ports.

Currently, sailing schedules within China are delayed by a week, and cargo ships are being forced to divert to Shanghai with hopes of loading and offloading their cargo. We’ve discussed before here at TOP how there have been serious cargo ship holdups off of the Pacific Coast here in America. And this is most certainly a major problem. Cargo ships carry massive amounts of goods.

And then there are the trains.

Not only can we not get products into or out of these United States. Now, we’re having a difficult time transporting it about our own land as well.

This past October, 2021, one of America’s largest railroads, Union Pacific, began a legal battle with its union workers over Biden’s jab mandate. The CEO of Union Pacific wanted to force this mandate upon his workers, and in return, they threatened to strike.

It was then on October 15, 2021, that Union Pacific filed a lawsuit against the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Railroad, and Transportation Workers (SMART) – Transportation Division. Union Pacific asked the federal judge presiding over the case to find SMART guilty of violating federal labor law.

As of January 13, these workers, as well as others from other train-related unions have begun steps to go on strike. A recent attendance policy change has proven to be the final straw, and now, The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, which contains 17,000 members, and the BNSF have also joined the fray, with threats of strike.

According to President Ferguson and Pierce of the BNSF, “This new attendance policy may be the tipping point for what may be the ‘great railroad resignation.’”

BNSF pointed out that this movement is a trend as well. They stated, “As is the growing trend among all major rail carriers, the working conditions at BNSF have deteriorated to the point that there are many tenured employees leaving the railroad industry because they can no longer tolerate the treatment that they must endure on a daily basis.” [source]

The supply chain crunch extends to the trucks.

Not only do we have a container ship problem, but logistics workers are leaving their jobs. But perhaps we can rely on the truckers? Well, it appears that this industry currently has its own set of problems.

As of October 2021, there was an estimated 80,000 trucking positions that needed to be filled within America, a record high. Trucking companies are not able to find the drivers they need, and the product isn’t getting shipped quickly as a result.

This is even affecting the packages which should show up at your doorstep. USPS has pointed out that there is a shortage of mail carriers nationwide.

FedEx has seen similar staffing shortages, to the extent that they recently experienced a $470 million dollar loss. Things have actually gotten so bad for FedEx that they’re forced to reroute approximately 600,000 packages a day due to their labor shortage.

When cargo ships can’t unload at port, when trains aren’t showing up to the station, when there’s nobody to drive the trucks or deliver the packages, can we say anything other than that the supply chain crunch is already here?

And it’s not just logistics. It’s shop workers as well.

What happens if you own a small grocery store but can’t find anybody to put your produce on the shelves in time? What happens if your ground beef is left too long out of refrigeration because you were too busy stacking lettuce? You’ve likely felt the end-results of these staffing shortages at restaurants of late. Has the service recently grown incomparable to how it was even a year ago?

People are quitting in record droves. Washington recently lost 3% of its state labor force within a single day. America now has two consecutive months of record high quitting rates. From March to September 2021, we saw quits increase by 24.3%. Colorado recently broke its record for most number of employees quitting. (It appears people hate tyranny.)

This supply chain crunch is going to affect your daily life on a very personal level.

You need to get your preps in order now. This is a downward spiral.

If your business needs product that comes from overseas, do you have plenty of it in stock? If the medicines you need come from far away, have you built up your supplies to outride any “buffering” time? Do you have enough food to keep your family fed until you can get more?

It’s currently impossible to get chicken wings at any of the restaurants in my area. Gas is high, and food prices are rising. Have you prepared for this? Have you built your American Free Market Network?

The world is going the way of John Galt and things are getting crazy.

Please, get your preps in order. You’re going to need them.

Check out our free QUICKSTART Guide on where to begin. Then, read this book.

Are you prepared for the supply chain disaster?

How are you preparing for the perfect storm surrounding the supply chain? Do you have any tips to share with other readers? Let’s discuss it in the comments.

About Aden

Aden Tate has a master’s in public health and is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com, TheFrugalite.com, PewPewTactical.comSurvivalBlog.comSHTFBlog.comApartmentPrepper.comHomesteadAndPrepper.com, and PrepperPress.com. Along with being a freelance writer, he also works part-time as a locksmith. Aden has an LLC for his micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has two published books, The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.

 

 

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The Truth About That Army Drill Battling with American “Freedom Fighters”

Sat, 01/15/2022 - 07:49

The US Army is about to run its final test for aspiring Green Berets this coming January 22, known as Robin Sage, an unconventional warfare exercise put on by the US Army Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). This field training exercise is a 19-day test across approximately 50,000 acres of privately owned land throughout rural North Carolina in which Special Forces must wage a guerilla war against an illegitimate government to free the politically unstable region known as Pineland.

The exercise runs four times every year, and the most recent exercise will last from January 22 to February 4. Should a soldier fail to pass Robin Sage, they fail to become a Green Beret.

What’s the scenario?

Pineland’s legitimate government, which was friendly towards America, has been deposed via a coup. Guerilla forces have now risen up in an attempt to fight against this occupying force, and the Green Berets are infiltrating the country to both assist and train the guerilla forces.

Soldiers start at Camp McKall, where they study as much as they can on their current mission and plan out how they’re going to infiltrate, their linkup plan, and more. To understand the region they are fighting in, soldiers study the history of Pineland through a pamphlet titled Atlantica: A Concise History (which unfortunately, we can’t find a PDF of).

Once this is all accomplished, they’ll be sent “behind enemy lines” deep into the mountains of Pineland. Students are typically dropped in behind enemy lines via parachute (though sometimes by helicopter or truck), where they must engage in a long-distance trek over rough terrain to linkup with the resistance forces.

Once the linkup has taken place, soldiers must then gain the trust and confidence of the local guerilla chieftains by “proving themselves.” Until this has happened, the guerillas are specifically instructed to avoid and distrust all American soldiers in the area. Once this trust has been gained, soldiers then go about training and assisting the guerillas in fighting against the illegitimate government forces (typically role played by the 82nd Airborne).

Prospective Green Berets will teach these guerillas how to conduct patrols, raids, and ambushes, as well as how to use comms tech and medically provide for their fighters. Upon successfully completing their mission, soldiers must safely exfiltrate the environment by helicopter or truck.

Green Beret teaching Honduran TIGRES.

Civilians are used extensively throughout the exercise to both act as role players and to add a sense of realism to the whole operation.

The History of Robin Sage

Some say Robin Sage has been around for approximately 60 years. Others say it started in 1974.

Either way, Robin Sage has been cited as being extremely useful in training soldiers for how to operate a proxy war in regions such as Somalia and Afghanistan.

Robin Sage simulated casualty

In 2002, one soldier was killed and another injured after they were shot by a sheriff’s deputy who had not been informed that there was an Army training program underway throughout a great chunk of North Carolina. The soldiers were in civilian clothes and driving a car when the officer pulled them over. Upon peering into the car, the officer saw a partially disassembled M4 rifle.

Believing he was in imminent danger, the deputy pepper sprayed the soldiers to subdue them. The soldiers resisted, thinking this was all a part of the exercise, and then the deputy drew his pistol and shot them.

Ever since then, police throughout the region are instructed when Robin Sage is underway, and all soldiers wear an armband designating them as Robin Sage students.

At the moment, Robin Sage currently spans the following counties: Alamance, Anson, Bladen, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Chatham, Columbus, Cumberland, Davidson, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Union, and Wake.

What’s My Analysis of Robin Sage?

There has been a lot of speculation as to why this exercise is taking place, with the predominant theory that this is an exercise to train US soldiers in how to conduct operations against the American people.

The rural mountains of North Carolina aren’t similar terrain to Afghanistan, and it seems as if the arid West would be a more life-like location to train soldiers to fight in the Middle East. That being said, training principles are a rather broad brush, being applicable to a wide variety of terrains, regardless of where you learned them. If one learns how to “win hearts and minds” in North Carolina, the lessons learned will work in a wide variety of places.

There’s a bit of back and forth in the news media on who the bad guys are throughout Robin Sage as well. Some sources say that it’s seasoned “freedom fighters” that the Army is training on fighting against (such as HERE, HERE, and HERE).

Immediately, this raises the question as to why the military would be training troops to fight against those who are fighting for freedom?

However, the Army itself says that it’s the guerilla fighters who are the good guys.  Unless the sources which said soldiers are being trained to fight against freedom fighters were referencing the 82nd Airborne (the OpFor), their statements wouldn’t seem to make sense. The only other explanations I can think of would be that the coup members are those who call themselves the freedom fighters, or that Robin Sage had been restructured. I haven’t found anything attesting to this restructuring in my research though.

Personally, I’m of the belief that this exercise is training as usual. Our soldiers have been training for both sides of guerilla warfare for years, and the more one looks into this, the more I believe this is just standard training.

Are there scary things happening with our military? Absolutely. (See HERE, HERE, and HERE)

But at least right now, this seems like standard training to me.

The Organic Prepper will always do what we can to provide fair analyses of what is going on. We rarely trust the established narrative of just about anything. But that’s because we have a mountain of sources and information behind our position. We strive to do the same thing here.

What are your thoughts here though? Are there other factors we haven’t considered? Let’s discuss the matter in the comments below…

About Aden

Aden Tate has a master’s in public health and is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com, TheFrugalite.com, PewPewTactical.comSurvivalBlog.comSHTFBlog.comApartmentPrepper.comHomesteadAndPrepper.com, and PrepperPress.com. Along with being a freelance writer, he also works part-time as a locksmith. Aden has an LLC for his micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has two published books, The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.

 

 

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Jackery 1500 Solar Generator: The PERFECT Generator for Apartment Dwellers and Small Homes

Fri, 01/14/2022 - 12:07

If you live in an apartment or another small space, you may think that having a generator is completely out of the cards for you. I move around a lot and certainly never expected to have one. But the Jackery 1500 Solar Generator is absolutely perfect for small space living.

Full Disclosure: I received this generator in return for an honest review. This article is about my actual experience using the Jackery in multiple situations.

Why is the Jackery 1500 Solar Generator so good for small spaces?

I live in a 600 square foot apartment in the city, and I’m currently working on a guide for small space and urban prepping. This is an addition that takes up very little space in your home or apartment. Here is a photo of mine in the morning. It was charging devices all night and running a lamp for a few hours while I was reading. It will be tucked behind my nightstand and remain plugged in for storage.

That’s the other super-cool thing: according to the instructions, you can leave it plugged in all the time. That means when an emergency strikes, it’s charged to 100% and ready to go. The solar panels fold completely flat and slide easily and safely into the back of your closet or under a bed. You want to make sure not to put anything on top of the solar panels, so take care if you’re putting them under the bed.

The panels are incredibly lightweight. They have a kickstand velcro-ed to the back, and a zipper pocket containing the cord that connects your panels to the generator. That means you don’t have to worry about losing essential equipment.

It’s safe to use indoors and completely quiet. While it’s charging you hear a little fan noise but once it’s charged, it sits there silently, waiting for your emergency.

3 ways to charge this generator

There are three ways to charge this little generator.

  1. Plug it into the wall
  2. Plug it into your car charger
  3. Use solar power.

Plugging the Jackery 1500 Solar Generator into the wall, it took about 3 hours to charge to 100%. Our weather hasn’t been super bright and sunny here but even in partly cloudy conditions, it charged in about 7 hours outside on my patio. I only used two panels, but it comes with 4, which would make it charge a lot faster.

I haven’t tried using a car charger, but it comes with the adapter to do so. My daughter said this would have been amazing to have with her when she was stuck on I95 for 16 hours. So I’m planning to make it part of my travel kit as well.

Using the Jackery 1500 Solar Generator

I tested Jackery 1500 Solar Generator in multiple ways, some for a real emergency, and some for comfort and convenience.

  • Charging devices: I charged my laptop and phone overnight and that took the battery from 100% to 96%. When I got up, my devices were fully charged.
  • Making coffee: (Yes, I also have a French press but I wanted to test this.) I made a cup of coffee from my little single-serving coffee maker. This used 4% of the battery. Running plain water through a machine like this would make it hot enough for instant oatmeal or instant noodles in an emergency.
  • Using the microwave: 5 minutes in a 700-watt microwave used 4% of the battery.
  • Running an air purifier: My daughter’s air purifier uses 40 watts. This was the closest appliance I could find that compared to a CPAP machine.  According to this, most CPAP machines use 30-60 watts. After 21 hours straight of running the air purifier, the generator went from 91% down to zero, so a full charge is definitely enough to power your CPAP overnight.

I don’t have a small bar fridge or appliance like that, so I couldn’t test that. However, I believe this would be good to run a bar fridge part-time, taking time out to recharge. An older bar fridge runs on 805 watts but a newer Energy Star bar fridge uses 100-200 watts. (source)

Other items we used with the Jackery were the TV, the internet router (YASSS to internet during a power outage), a fan, and a table lamp. The only thing it didn’t work with was my daughter’s ancient freezer – that sucker is OLD. I don’t know if it was incompatible or too much of a draw. The Jackery shuts off automatically if the draw is more than 1500 watts.

It has 3 three-prong AC electrical outlets, 2 USB outlets, and a c-type outlet.

Photo Credit: Jackery.com

The cons to the Jackery 1500 Solar Generator

I honestly found very few cons to this device. Because I don’t have any medically essential needs for electricity, for me this is more of a prepping luxury item but it would make a power outage so much easier to deal with. Just being able to run a fan in the summer would be an incredible boon to your comfort level. And because I work online, it would be nice to be able to still connect to the internet and keep my devices working.

For those with medical problems that require electronic solutions, I think a generator like this with a renewable power source is essential.

The solar panels are not waterproof. So if it begins to rain, you need to get your stuff inside ASAP and dry it off carefully.

Should you get a Jackery 1500 Solar Generator?

This is a big purchase, and I always recommend putting a lot of thought into large purchases. After testing this out in multiple ways, I would absolutely buy one if it was within my budget. It would be the difference between misery and moderate comfort during a power outage in hot weather. For apartment dwellers, alternative cooking methods are a little trickier than for those with independent houses and this would provide what you need for heating up some food.

Photo Credit: Jackery.com

So, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can you afford it?
  • Do you or does a family member have a legitimate medical need for it?
  • Are you in an area with frequent power outages?
  • Will this provide enough power for your NEEDS? (Notice I said needs, not wants.)
  • Do you spend time off-grid regularly?

If the answers to these questions are yes, then I highly recommend the Jackery 1500 Solar Generator. I’m about the least techie person on earth and I found this incredibly easy to use.

It was effective, efficient, simple to use, and perfect for my little apartment. If you’re interested, go here to check them out.

What are your thoughts?

Have you ever used a solar generator? Is it something you’d consider? What needs would you want to fulfill with a generator? Let’s chat about it in the comments.

 

 

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Quebec Taxing Un-You-Know-What People At Least $100/Month

Fri, 01/14/2022 - 07:39

Quebec has now decided that if you don’t have the jab, you are to be treated like a criminal and fined on a per month basis.

It was January 11, 2022, that Quebec’s Premier Francois Legault made this proclamation, stating, “I think right now it’s a question of fairness for the 90% of the population who made some sacrifices. I think we owe them this kind of measure.”

Everybody else has sacrificed their future and their children. You must too. You know, for the good of the collective.

That’s quite a mindset, is it not? The notion that you and your cronies think you have some semblance of a right to force your will on a group of people you don’t like simply because you don’t like them? And all under the thin veil of “fairness” – because, after all, there’s an underlying theme of morality on your side, right?

Aldous Huxley said it best…

This is where sadism seeks a harvest of pleasure from the population at large.

Quebec’s Legault would go on to say, “We are working on a health contribution for all the adults who are refusing to get vaccinated.” A contribution? Are you serious? This is anything but a ‘contribution’. Yet this type of wordsmithing should come as no surprise to any who have studied the history of collectivism. “It’s just a shower.”

A thinly veiled guise of charity does not disguise the act of the robber.

Not all Québécois and Quebec residents are on board with this. The Canadian Civil Liberties Union says this is “an intrusion on bodily autonomy.”



If only the AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union felt the same way.

This is only going to escalate.

What happens when the $100 tax doesn’t work? Will it be a $500 tax? $1000? $50,000?

And what happens when freedom-loving Canadians refuse to bow the knee to tyranny and still won’t comply – regardless of the price of the tax? Mass arrests? What happens when mass arrests don’t work? Do you see the cycle here?

Collectivism requires totalitarianism to (pretend to) function by default.

Man naturally resists others’ attempts to bound him in chains. When the slave-policies of collectivism don’t work, severe punishments follow. And when those more severe policies don’t work, an even harsher punishment awaits.

This is the nature of collectivism – whether your flavor be socialist, communist, or fascist.

It is the brainwashing of society to believe absurdities, which causes them to be capable of committing atrocities. It’s this othering of other segments of society that causes people to believe that whatever they do is morally justified.

It’s this type of belief that’s leading to children being barred from receiving cancer treatments (also in Canada).

“What we’re doing is protecting the safety of everybody in the house.”

Sacrifice the innocent, the defenseless – those who can’t speak for themselves – in order to protect the collective. That is the message here.

When evil has taken such deep root in the minds of the Karens of the world, can we expect anything less? If refusing to treat cancer-stricken children is now an act of moral integrity, where do we go from here? What other acts can then be justified?

Keep in mind that within the short space of two years you’ve witnessed friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members go absolutely insane. We’ve gone from a relative peace with one another to the above within two short years. Where will we be within the next two? How much further will we fall?

The goalposts will continue to move.

We’ve pointed this out before here at The Organic Prepper. About how you can play a tyrant’s game but you can never win. It’s worth pointing out that Quebec has already restricted peoples’ freedom of movement. They have a nightly curfew in effect that starts at 10PM and lasts till 5AM.

People complied. Now, they’re about to be fined at least $100/month. Now, their children are being kicked out of hospitals.

And, again, the goalposts will continue to move.

Canada is not alone in this type of thinking, by the way.

Many other parts of the world are facing similar policies. Consider Greece, where those over 60 are soon to be charged 100 euros/month if they aren’t jabbed. Italy has decided to top that with a fine of 1600 euros/month for those over 50. And once more, beloved Austria is not to be outdone in human rights violations. It is there that all those over 14 will soon be charged 3600 euros/month.

If you are an American, this is what is coming. Do not deceive yourself. The rumors are true. You will be forced to watch your children be barred from hospitals. You will be refused access to grocery stores. You will lose your jobs (if you haven’t already). Your insurance will be canceled.

What happens when your mortgage is called in? When CPS decides it’s their job to police your child’s inoculation status? Do you see how much more room they have to push this?

This isn’t about spewing doom and gloom. This is about looking at the hard realities around you, drawing conclusions as to what form of tyranny comes next.

And you aren’t going to like it.

(For information on how to get prepared, check out our free QUICKSTART Guide.)

What are your thoughts?

Do you agree with this “tax” on the unvaxxed? Do you expect to see similar actions taken in the United States? Do you have a plan for this? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

About Jeff

Jeff Thompson is an avid fisherman who likes to spend time sailing on his boat and reading while at sea.

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Who Are the Fathers of Survivalism?

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 11:58

As the world grows ever-crazier, and 2020 has finally brought prepping and survivalism into the mainstream, I can’t help but finding myself consistently thinking back over the fathers of survivalism. In many ways, I believe that modern society has these men to thank for what we now know and think today within the world of prepping and survivalism.

These men saw the trouble that was being set up for the United States and sought to do what they could to save as many of their fellowman as possible by broadcasting their ideas on what it would take to survive war, financial collapse, and more on American soil.

Really, I think (many of) these men were spot on with their analyses, they were just off on the timing. It seems as if now we are seeing the fruition of the dangers these men pointed out so long ago.

Inflation is running rampant, grocery store shelves are barren, we are at risk of war from many angles, and tyranny is growing unchecked. And these men knew this was coming.

So, just who were these men? Who are the fathers of survivalism? Let’s take a look….

James Wesley Rawles

Personally, I consider Rawles to have had a larger impact on the world of survivalism than anybody else in history. His blog SurvivalBlog.com was started in 2005, serving to become the largest website on survivalism ever created, bringing effective information to millions for free.

His series Patriots is wildly popular, having been a best-seller on Amazon, and is often considered a classic text on both being a prepper and survivalism.

It was SurvivalBlog.com which was this author’s first touch (outside of various TV shows on primitive survival years prior) with prepping.

 

Ragnar Benson

One of the most prolific writers of survivalist books (within the 70s-80s) would easily be Ragnar Benson. He’s also one of the most controversial survivalist writers. Ragnar wrote well over 35 books dedicated to homesteading, DIY medicine, survival, retreat building, trap creation, and more.

It’s the “and more” of Ragnar’s writing which has cast him as such a controversial writer. Many of his books have actually been banned from appearing in many countries. Not much is known about his personal life.

Larry Dean Olsen

To my knowledge, Larry Dean Olsen opened the very first primitive skills/survival schools in the country. He founded the Boulder Outdoor Survival School in Utah in the late 1960s after taking a trip with several of his fellow students (he was in college at the time) into the wilderness for 30 days to live off of the land.

Had it not been for Larry Dean Olsen, there wouldn’t have been a primitive skills movement. Had there been no primitive skills movement, there may not have been a survivalist movement (it depends on your take of whether the Cold War and mutually assured destruction would have bred survivalism even without primitive skills movement).

Without the early survivalist movement, what would have come of the prepper movement? Larry Dean Olsen created a massive ripple effect.

Jeff Cooper

One of the largest writers on self-defense via firearm, particularly within the realm of survivalism, is easily Jeff Cooper. He wrote extensively on pistols and rifles, was the man that pioneered shooting a pistol with two hands rather than one (via his beloved “Modern Technique”), and his pamphlet Principles of Personal Defense is a beloved classic. [source]

Bruce Clayton

Clayton wrote a number of survivalist books, but what he is most popular for is his 1980 book Life After Doomsday. Published by the now-closed (in 2018) Paladin Press, Life After Doomsday was what opened the eyes of many to the threats of nuclear war, as well as showing them what they could do to prepare for the mushroom cloud.

Howard Ruff

Survivalism has a long history with focusing on precious metals rather than either the stock market or fiat currency. Howard Ruff is part of the reason why. Working as a financial planner, Ruff consistently advocated that his clients put their money into gold and silver rather than stocks or bonds, spreading his message via his newsletter, The Ruff Times.

He also wrote heavily about the threat of financial collapse though, publishing books such as How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years.

Kurt Saxon

Here is the man who likely coined the term ‘survivalist.’ Saxon started a newsletter in 1975 called The Survivor which predominantly talked about primitive skills and technology. You can see an example of it here. From what I’ve seen about his personal life, the man was absolutely nuts, but there’s no doubt that his writings had an impact on the spread of survivalist know-how.

Joel Skousen

Strategic Relocation is hands-down the best book you’ll ever find on establishing a survivalist retreat, and it was to this topic that Skousen has largely devoted himself. He’s written a number of books on the subject, while simultaneously writing heavily on political philosophy (mainly on his outdated website).

(To see our thoughts on bugging-out be sure to check out our free QUICKSTART Guide as well as this book.)

Mel Tappan

One of the predominant survivalist writers of the 70’s would easily be Mel Tappan. Rawles quotes from Tappan extensively throughout his books/website, and Tappan’s Survival Guns and Tappan on Survival are some of the pioneering works of literature within the genre.

He was able to reach an incredibly broad audience via his regular newsletter Personal Survival Letter (often abbreviate to the P.S. Letter), his Survival Notes column in Guns & Ammo magazine, and his columns in Soldier of Fortune magazine.

Lofty Wiseman

Within the more modern era, one would be hard-pressed to find any author who has taught as many bushcraft and survival skills via book than has Lofty Wiseman with his SAS Survival Guide. Published the in 1986, this book is still in print, and has sold thousands of copies.

Though his opinions on gun laws are laughable (he believes the UK likely has the best firearm laws in the world. Don’t people have to defend themselves with narwhal tusks there?), this is an essential text for the survivalist as I’ve yet to come across any book which covers so many aspects of survival in such a pleasing format.

Cresson Kearney

What’s the best book on nuclear war survival ever written? Without a doubt, it’s Kearney’s Nuclear War Survival Skills. Kearney wrote this after his stint as a soldier in World War 2 teaching soldiers tactics in jungle warfare (Kearney had previously worked as a exploration geologist in the jungles of Venezuela).

Where would we be without these men?

If we were just now having to figure out all this today – what it took to preserve food, live in the wild, defend ourselves, etc. – where would we be? It’s an interesting question, is it not? These men served as the fore-bearers of that knowledge to the American people.

I am thankful for what they have done.

What are your thoughts on the situation though? Are there others you believe we’ve missed? Are there other books from these writers you’ve enjoyed? Let us know in the comments below!

About Aden

Aden Tate has a master’s in public health and is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com, TheFrugalite.com, PewPewTactical.comSurvivalBlog.comSHTFBlog.comApartmentPrepper.comHomesteadAndPrepper.com, and PrepperPress.com. Along with being a freelance writer, he also works part-time as a locksmith. Aden has an LLC for his micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has two published books, The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.

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How to Maintain the Freedom to Maneuver: MF2M

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 07:47
by Kit Arthur Founder and CEO of Tackleberry Solutions

History has shown us that when the economy starts to crash, or you’re country is fighting a losing war or tyranny is running rampant that you’ve got less than 48 hours to relocate to a safer location before you’re trapped. This is especially applicable if you live in or near a city of any noticeable size.

Being mobile and MF2M is a huge advantage to you because you’re not leaving behind all of your belongings for the enemy to pillage when you have to bug out.

Now, if you’re questioning whether or not this is something that you should really be worrying about, look at Venezuela. Before everything fell apart for them, they were one of the most prosperous countries in the world.

You MUST maintain your freedom to maneuver.

Maintaining the freedom to maneuver or MF2M; this is the fourth rule of reconnaissance. And it is a time-honored military tactic that means, “don’t allow your enemy to box you in.”

Hello, my name is Kit Arthur and I am the founder and CEO of Tackleberry Solutions. We teach wartime tactics to citizens for home and civil defense. I can tell you that after 13 years in Army Recon with two tours to Iraq as well as several to parts of the old Soviet Union, having one foot out the door and another on a banana peel is very important. 

Today I want to teach you the importance of Maintaining the Freedom to Maneuver (MF2M). You always want to have the ability to run for it, should the threat overwhelm your location. This will prevent you from totally being wiped out.

So how does this relate to prepping? Most everyone is at some level of prepping in today’s society. The issue is that most are forgetting the rule, “Maintain the freedom to maneuver” or MF2M. This can be a costly mistake and a lesson learned too late.

So how is this completed? By focusing on three areas: Logistics, Destination Pre-planning, and Communication. If you live in a suburb, city, or are just curious, then pay attention. What I’m about to teach you can prevent you from making a very costly mistake.

What are the four things you need to survive?

First, let’s cover something you should have already known in regards to survival and SERE in general, there are 4 things that a person needs to survive: Food, Fire, Water, and Shelter.  So when you plan out your destinations, ensure that you have enough of that to last until you can make it there.

(Check out our free QUICKSTART Guide on how you can keep these essentials on your person when you hit the road.)

Furthermore, ensure that when you get to that destination that it can produce those necessary items for you as well as others. As a result, you need to choose wisely where you plan to head if SHTF happens and you have to move.

For example, a small family farm would have most if not all of these things. This is where having friends that are farmers come in handy. Also, pre-placed caches at these locations are important. It reduces the weight of what you have to carry with you. Furthermore, if you get hit in transit and lose everything, you have something to fall back on. Now let’s move on to the meat and potatoes.

Logistics

When I talk about logistics, I’m referring to the management and foresight needed to ensure that everything works as it should for a given situation and that all required knowledge and equipment is properly acquired ahead of time. This includes everything from the four essentials of survival to how you are going to get there so that you can MF2M.

Are you going to pack everything on your back? If so, then I highly recommend a good MOLLE II rucksack. Years of ruck marching and conducting long-range recon missions on foot have taught me the importance of an external frame for a pack.

If you’re planning on driving, do you have enough fuel to get there and back? Can you renew that (i.e. bio-diesel)? See, just because you plan on going to a location, doesn’t mean that you will be able to.

Furthermore, your bug-out location may have also been overrun and no longer present, turning people away. Perhaps they’re contaminated with a mass sickness. This is where the rule of 3 comes in. Have 3 different locations that you can go to for safety.

If one location is compromised (or you just can’t get to it) you can always fall back to another. Make sure that you have three different routes to each destination as well. These need to not only be to the locations from your current location (starting point), but to each location from the other locations (i.e. three routes of travel to and from your start point and destinations A, B, and C for a total of nine routes.)

Afterwards, you’ll need three routes to and from destinations (A to B, B to C, and A to C). This way, you can have a plan in place no matter where you are or what’s going on because you’ve MF2M. In addition, if you stop moving, you become a target of opportunity.

Moreover, if you follow through with this, then you can easily divert to the next route of travel and avoid danger if you hit a roadblock or washed out bridge (i.e. MF2M.)

MF2M  Destinations

First, you need to find and network ahead of time with locations that will have the 4 essentials as well as good security. Remember that you left your starting point for a reason. So there is no sense in jumping out of the pot and into the fire. As a result, your destination needs to be spot on with their security. This means that barrier fencing, roaming guards, dogs, fighting positions, etc would be ideal. The people that you are joining need to be serious about protecting their community.

Also, it would be wise for you to make sure that they are within a half a tank of fuel from your start point. This way, if you get there and find that you are not able to stay, you have the fuel to move again to destination B or C (MF2M.)

Finally, you need to pick a location that has a plan of action. This needs to be more than “I’m just going to sit right here and ride this out.” They need to be actively working to unite their community, trying to solve long-term logistical problems, and preparing themselves and others to be mobile at a moment’s notice. Thus, if it gets too hot, they too can be mobile, just like you. Do I need to say it again, “MF2M?”

Communications

Communications, as you will see, is a life-saving and necessary component of prepping that everyone should have. You not only need to cover local communications with VHF radios but you need a source of long-range comms too.

If your destinations are within 15-30 miles, a VHF radio will work just fine for this. But if your destination is further than that, you will need HF radios to reach that far out. The idea is that you can make a commo linkup with your end destination before you even start to leave your location.

This will help you decide which destination you are going to head towards, thus saving you time and precious fuel. Also, once you are within 5 miles or so, you can start trying to make contact again. Once more, this can save your butt, keep you from walking into an ambush, or keep you from being shot at by your buddies.

Finally, during an SHTF situation, an HF rig can be a great source of information. Most preppers, like myself, are ham operators and have their system totally off the grid and independent.

As a result, we can stay on the air and send/gather intel. Again, this can save your life. If you find out that a point in between your starting point and your destination is a hot zone (dangerous), you’re going to want to MF2M and avoid it. That is why you need the three different routes to each destination. 

So how do you maintain the freedom to maneuver like a boss?

By owning a large Camper, RV, or mobile Tiny House, etc. And have plans/ability to move when the time comes, because it’s coming fast. Maintain the Freedom to Maneuver or risk losing everything (even your life.)

In conclusion, I want you to understand that although it sounds like a lot of work, maintaining the freedom to maneuver really isn’t that bad, and it is such an important aspect of your preps that it is worth the extra effort. If your family were to ever get targeted, you could repel the assault and know exactly where to go afterwards (don’t wait around for another attack.)

Finally, if you found value in this article, please share it with everyone that you can. Who knows, it may save someone’s life someday.

God bless, and stay free.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Is this a topic you’ve given some thought to? How will you maintain the freedom to maneuver? Share your opinions and suggestions in the comments.​

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22 Ways to Boost Food Production in 2022

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 08:03

A new year has been birthed, and as we’ve pointed out in previous articles, there has been a huge influx of preppers over the past two years. With an interest in prepping comes an interest in food, and food production goes hand-in-hand with that. So if we have a garden, big or small, urban or rural, but it’s not producing as much as we’d like, how can we go about changing that? What can we do to boost production in 2022? In a word: lots!

Production boosts are divided into four basic categories: efficient use of space, soil amendment, controlled environment technology, and season extension. In this article I’ll discuss ideas in each category.

Efficient use of space

The very first (and perhaps easiest) means of producing your food production is to make a better use of your space. If you’ve only ever been able to put four zucchini plants in your garden in the past, if we can find a way to put in eight plants, we’ve effectively doubled our zucchini harvest.

We’ve become more efficient with our use of space. So, just what are some of our means of boosting our garden efficiency? Let’s take a look…

1. Vertical farming

If you can’t grow horizontally, grow vertically! Trellises can be made of nearly anything. Anything from stringing beans and peas on your lanai to making a garden wall using pallets, small boxes on a wall or fence, or soda bottles can add up to lots of extra space. More space equals more food growing in your garden.

2. Square foot gardening

This method advocates both intensive plantings and use of trellises to grow lots of food in a very small space. Mel Bartholomew is the pioneer and has written a great book on the topic. By dividing your garden into 1-foot grids, and planting by the grid, we can both increase our garden output and reduce our weeding. Weeds find it difficult to grow when they’re being choked out by big, healthy broccoli.

3 & 4. Container and raised bed gardening

Use containers and raised beds placed in areas that are sufficiently sunny but don’t have good garden soil. Containers are great on decks and can be used to grow just about anything, as long as they’re big enough. Raised beds allow us to control the soil we’re growing in just as containers do, which is their biggest advantage.

Really want to innovate? Stack bricks to create a mound or use retainer walls to terrace a hill in your yard. Terracing has been practiced for centuries in several countries, most notably in mountainous regions in Tibet and the Andes.

5. Straw bale gardening

Pioneered by Joel Kastern, this method uses decomposing straw bales as a growing substrate. Keep in mind that one uses straw, not hay, due to weed seeds in the hay. This does take some planning, but is another way to turn an otherwise unproductive area into a very productive one. It also yields a compost at the end of the season which can be used next year, either by itself or being turned into other beds. Waste not, want not!

6. Waffle gardening

This kind of gardening creates an inverted raised bed and works well in arid regions where water conservation is a must. The bed is dug into the ground, creating a ring that keeps water near the plants rather than allowing it to run off.

If living in an arid environment, this can prove to be a way to produce food despite the environment.

7. Edible hedges

Why not use that fence in your yard to plant a hedge? Whether it’s a grape arbor or a blackberry patch, we can increase our food production by planting perennials in spaces that can’t be used for anything else. These hedges also provide some privacy and in some cases, home security. Who really enjoys sneaking through raspberry thorns?

Soil amendment methods

Soil, in a way, is gasoline for greenery. It’s the smorgasboard of nutrients that plants eat. If the soil is poor, the plant will be poor. In contrast, if the soil is full of nutrition, the plant will truly thrive. If looking for a way to boost your food production, tweaking your soil may be the key.

8. Fertilizers

This method involves adding nutrition to your soil. Supplying additional nutrition to the plants will help but the benefit will also plateau after a certain point. There’s plenty of organic stuff available at home, namely pretty much everything from your kitchen.

From coffee and tea to banana peels and greens that are turning, add it to your compost pile for next season or in some cases, add to your soil when planting. Banana peels and Epsom salts can be added when planting and are amazingly effective.

And don’t forget the trace minerals, which plants need just as much as people do! Azomite is one source of over 70 different trace elements, and there are commercially available fertilizers as well. But be careful to avoid meat, fish, and dairy products, as these will attract rodents.

9 & 10. Rhizobium and mycorrhiza

These are beneficial bacteria and fungi that aid in nutrient uptake. Rhizobium is a nitrogen fixer that’s naturally attracted to legumes, such as beans and peas. Both are available in some seed starting mixes and as separate purchase from merchants such as Amazon.

These do need to be either inoculated into your soil at planting, or already in symbiosis at planting if you’re using a potting mix containing them. Later is not greater in this case, and while there’s some evidence that some of these may persist in the soil over time, it depends on the organism and soil conditions.

11. Mittlieder method

This method uses a custom blend of nutrients and claims to work in any soil, even sawdust. Frequent and consistent watering, along with the usual pruning, are said to be key, and the nutrients can be obtained from any garden store or purchased from them directly. I’ve never tried this one, but I’ve seen others swear by it.

12. Keyhole gardening

This is a fascinating way to build a mound garden! The garden is constructed in a round form with a compost pile in the middle. Access to the garden is from all sides, as well as a “keyhole” on one side. The garden is layered for drainage, and as the middle compost pile is watered, the nutrients drain into the surrounding bed. Pretty slick!

13. Lasagna gardening

Speaking of slick, how about layering materials for in-bed composting? This kind of bed starts with a weed barrier, then materials are layered over it lasagna-style and allow to cook down into soil over time. This is considered a no-till, organic method and saves the gardener time shoveling compost by putting the pile where we want it to be in the first place.

14. Mushrooms

These are very easy to grow at home, both indoors and on logs. A wide variety of both medicinal and culinary ‘shrooms are easily obtainable. Generally, mushrooms contain many nutrients, including fiber, B vitamins, and many trace elements.

Do you have a spare table? Try a table top farm! If you’ve been following my adventures as an Accidental Mycologist, you’ll have seen a few resources for obtaining premade kits, such as https://www.fieldforest.net/ These are a great place to start if you’re a beginner, and mine have yielded more than their store value in shrooms. With a bit of experimentation, it’s also possible to obtain fungal culture from the used block to continue growing your own.

If you have polluted soil, one thing a good mushroom can do is help clean it up. This is also known as mycoremediation: removing a wide variety of pollutants from the environment. Depending upon the species, the humble mushroom in your yard can remove heavy metals, dyes, organic pollutants, and pesticides from your soil.

One caveat however: if you’re using them in this way, don’t eat them! Those pollutants will be stored in the mushroom, so they should be tossed somewhere other than your compost pile. This is a way to boost food production by creating a healthy soil where a polluted one existed before.

Controlled Environment Technology

Yet another way to boost your food production is to create your own environment. How can we do this? Let’s take a look…

15 & 16. Hydroponics and aquaponics

These methods require power for lights, pumps, and possibly heat mats depending upon your situation. Basically, plants are grown in a chemical solution. Aquaponics adds fish to the mix, and has been done using soil. Some even grow mushrooms this way, using logs.

17. Indoor vertical farming

While you’re at it, why not use the walls of your home or apartment? Again you’ll need power, and if you rent, your landlord might have a say in this. But it can be done, and with sufficient light, just about anything can be grown indoors. Use your walls and columns, toss your house plants in favor of food plants, and boost your food production!

18. Extending the growing season

Cold frames, both sunken and on top of the soil, create a micro-environment for the plants inside. Sunken frames are a bit more insulated from very cold temperatures, but even a frame on top of your lawn can help if the plants are a bit frost-tolerant.

It’s technically possible to grow throughout the winter, or so some claim, even in subzero climates. I’ve seen that one in books but never in practice. Greenhouses operate on the same principle and can be heated in winter as needed. Around here, these are used mostly by commercial growers. Home gardeners use smaller versions if they have the space, but everyone is done with growing of any kind after the first hard freeze.

19, 20, & 21. High & low tunnels, polytunnels, hoop houses.

These also create a micro-environment with a bonus of keeping out insect pests, but these must be removed for pollination to occur. Hoop houses, like green houses, take up space that may not be available in the small urban yard.

So here we have it! Several ways to boost food production, by amending the soil, using space creatively, extending the growing season, and turning your indoor spaces to food production. How do you boost production in your garden? Tell us in the comments below!

BONUS: Livestock 22. Raise chickens!

There is no better time than now to finally put some money into raising your own chickens. Daily eggs and fresh meat are two of the benefits here, and with the ever-increasing price of meat, this may be well worth your effort. We’ve written about the benefits of chickens, and what it takes to raise them several times in the past (you should check those articles out), and yes, they are worth your time.

What are you doing to boost your food production in 2022?

It’s looking as if this may be one of the rockiest years that these United States have ever seen. Are you preparing your food production ability accordingly? What are your next steps? What are you currently doing? Let us know in the comments below!

About Jayne

Jayne Rising is a gardener and bookworm with a BS from the University of Wisconsin and a Master Gardener certification. She’s been growing food on her small urban lot since 2010 and teaching others how to do it since 2015. She’s involved in a number of local urban agriculture initiatives, working to bring a sustainable and healthy food system back into the mainstream.

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Why Was Trump’s EO About Federal Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Deleted?

Mon, 01/10/2022 - 07:58
By Jeff Thompson

Back in 2018, The Organic Prepper posted a piece on how to make your own Faraday cage – a device to protect sensitive electronics from the … Read the rest

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Are You Prepped for Long-Distance Travel?

Sat, 01/08/2022 - 07:45
By Fabian Ommar

Long-distance travel is a part of this time of the year, and even though the world hasn’t returned to normal, the economy has reopened to a great … Read the rest

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I Survived the I95 Gridlock for 16 Hours

Fri, 01/07/2022 - 07:45
By Rachel Lauren

By now, I’m sure you heard that the gridlock earlier this week on I95 in Virginia was absolutely terrible. And I can attest to the fact it … Read the rest

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Why Can’t Virginia Handle Snow? The I-95 and Amtrak Fiascos

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 07:50
By Aden Tate

The snow of a white Christmas can quickly turn into a powdery nightmare when it comes to getting back home, and this was exhibited perfectly on Virginia’s … Read the rest

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Why Should Preppers Care About Mass Formation Psychosis?

Wed, 01/05/2022 - 08:08
by Jeff Thompson

Mass formation psychosis.

That’s the buzz phrase that has rocked the internet the past two days. This comes about after the inventor of mRNA vaccine technology, Dr. … Read the rest

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Are You a Survivalist or Prepper? (Or Both!)

Tue, 01/04/2022 - 07:22
by Graywolf

A lot of people have preconceived notions about the differences between preppers and survivalists. A lot of you who read my site at Graywolf Survival know what a … Read the rest

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