A Massive Solar Storm Could Wipe Out Most Modern Tech, Have a Plan for Such An Event

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In last month’s issue of EARTH, we explored what is known about solar activity, the sun and its interaction with Earth. This month, we examine the possible effects of solar activity and the vulnerability of power grids and satellites, as well as what is being done to reduce that vulnerability. [Read more…]

30 CITIES ON THE BRINK OF CHAOS: ‘DON’T BE HERE WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN!’

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As time passes in the 21st century, things seemingly look to become worse throughout time, Time no longer plays the role of fine wine and becomes better over time, rather it seems to be worsening and rotting out.  [Read more…]

120+ Survival Tips That May One Day Save Your Life

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120+ Survival Tips That May One Day Save Your Life

When my assistant and I came up with the idea for this article, we didn’t exactly have a goal in mind BUT we knew what we wouldn’t be able to do, Gather all the survival and preparedness knowledge in a single post.

That’s just impossible since the knowledge about survival and all its aspects is simply huge. So we had to settle for a less ambitious (yet still honorable) goal. To give you a huge collection of some of the most overlooked survival tips that would appeal to the novice as much as to the seasoned prepper.


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Disaster Preparedness: How To Get Ready for The Worse

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Disaster Preparedness: How To Get Ready for The Worse

Do you ever think about disaster preparedness? Let’s say that it’s a nice summer afternoon, the sun shines, the sky is crystal blue, the birds sing, everything is green; does the disaster preparedness thought comes through mind? We know the answer is going to be no in 99.9 percent of the cases. Maybe it’s a bit extreme to ask you to think about a bad situation when everything is nice and pink but the idea of being prepared for a disaster should be very present in our minds. [Read more…]

Famine, disasters, terror attacks, riots and looting will take place Across the Country – Time To Leave the Cities or be Prepared to face the Consequences

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Famine, disasters, terror attacks, riots and looting will take place Across the Country – Time To Leave the Cities or be Prepared to face the Consequences

Nibiru will Hit Earth in March 2016 – Important NASA Employee Confirms the Nibiru Existence

NIBIRU will hit EARTH at MARCH 2016 – Important NASA Employee confirms the NIBIRU existence
Many believers claim the mega-planet will destroy us by March 2016, but a breakaway group says it has uncovered evidence we have even less time and it will be before the end of this month before the devastating pass. [Read more…]

Regional Disasters: Are You Insured from Catastrophe? Don’t Make This Common Mistake and Lose Everything

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Regional Disasters: Are You Insured from Catastrophe?  Don’t Make This Common Mistake and Lose Everything

We have seen regional disasters strike repeatedly in recent years and the near future looks like more are heading are way and may get worse. Don’t make this common mistake with your insurance policy and lose everything when catastrophic disaster strikes!

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A Financial Collapse Will Result In Untold Suffering And Possibly Millions In Deaths.

economic-collapseA Financial Collapse Will Result In Untold Suffering And Possibly Millions In Deaths.

The USA national debt is getting very close to 100%   Problems in Greece are not solved, and still causing trouble.   The debt crisis is creeping into Italy.   France may have their debt downgraded.   Spain is undergoing a change of leadership this week and will finally have to confront their debit situation.

For any survivalist or prepper, an economic melt down is a full-on realistic possibility.   Currency devaluations, global depressions, and societal collapse are real things with real possibilities.   Aside from major weather events or earthquake, a financial collapse is a highly possible SHTF or TEOTWAWKI.


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Survival Prepper Items At Your Grocery Store

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Survival Prepper Items At Your Grocery Store

Budgets are tight.  Times are tough, and likely to remain so for years to come.  Hidden forms of inflation are eating away at our purchasing power.   Very few among us can drop a lot of coin to accumulate survival supplies and prepper tools.  Therefore most of us must accumulate our supplies incremental, slowly over time.   For consumable items in your survival/prepper supplies, my recommendation is to simply add to your regular, reoccurring purchases.  As an example, let say you spend $200 a week at the grocery store.  Until such time that you build a year’s worth of food in your pantry, increase your grocery weekly purchases to $225 or $250 per week.   Adding just $25 to your weekly grocery budget results in accumulating $1300 in consumables after just a year of effort.  When this becomes a reoccurring regular practice, the incremental effort is very minimal — perhaps just a few minutes more at the grocery store.  $1300 can represent a significant reserve of back-up food and water, in case of a disaster.

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12 Disasters That Could Bring About The End Of The World As We Know It

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12 Disasters That Could Bring About The End Of The World

Our way of life is far more vulnerable than most people would ever dare to imagine. A single major catastrophe could fundamentally alter all of our lives at any moment. But since most people have not experienced such a catastrophe during their entire lifetimes, most people just assume that there will never be one. This is called “normalcy bias” and it can lull us into a very false sense of complacency. The other day, Michael Hanlon of the Telegraph wrote an article entitled “How will the world end? From ‘demonic’ AI to nuclear war — seven scenarios that could end human race“. Below, I discuss each of those seven scenarios along with five additional ones that I have added. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and as a society we have become exceedingly dependent on the technology that we have surrounded ourselves with. If something were to happen which would force us to live like our grandparents and great-grandparents did, most of us would be in a tremendous amount of trouble. And as our technology has advanced, so has the potential that this technology will be used for war and destruction. There is great evil in the heart of man, and the potential to hurt others with that evil has never been greater. And of course there are always other “black swan events” to be concerned about as well. The following are 12 disasters that could bring about the end of the world as we know it…

1. ASTEROID STRIKE

A single asteroid could potentially produce an “ELE” – an extinction level event. And scientists are finding more asteroids that are potentially a danger to Earth all the time. For example, just the other day Russian researchers discovered a massive asteroid that will fly close to our planet every three years…

Scientists have calculated that 2014 UR116 asteroid will fly in dangerous proximity to Earth every three years. If it collides with the planet the energy of the explosion could be a thousand times greater than the impact of the Chelyabinsk meteorite.

Vladimir Lipunov, a leading scientist on the team which discovered the asteroid this October, says the scientists now know its orbit and its period which is 3 years, but they cannot say precisely when the asteroid will approach the Earth.

“We should track it constantly. Because if we have a single mistake, there will be a catastrophe. The consequences can be very serious,” he said in the documentary “Asteroids attack” posted on Roscosmos website.

If a very large asteroid does hit us in just the right place, we could be talking about tens of millions of deaths and the collapse of entire nations. The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles about what could happen if a very large asteroid were to come crashing down just off the east coast of the United States…

According to the University of California at Santa Cruz website, if a massive asteroid were to crash into the Atlantic Ocean it could produce a giant tsunami with a wall of water as high as 400 feet that would slam into the east coast of the United States…

If an asteroid crashes into the Earth, it is likely to splash down somewhere in the oceans that cover 70 percent of the planet’s surface. Huge tsunami waves, spreading out from the impact site like the ripples from a rock tossed into a pond, would inundate heavily populated coastal areas. A computer simulation of an asteroid impact tsunami developed by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows waves as high as 400 feet sweeping onto the Atlantic Coast of the United States.

In case you were wondering, yes, that would be absolutely catastrophic.

2. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Could the machines one day rise up and take over?

Personally, I am skeptical, but some of the brightest minds in the world are deeply concerned about this. Just consider the following excerpt from Michael Hanlon’s article in the Telegraph…

Humanity may have already created its own nemesis, Professor Stephen Hawking warned last week. The Cambridge University physicist claimed that new developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) mean that within a few decades, computers thousands of times more powerful than in existence today may decide to usurp their creators and effectively end humanity’s 100,000-year dominance of Earth.

This Terminator scenario is taken seriously by many scientists and technologists. Before Prof. Hawking made his remarks, Elon Musk, the genius behind the Tesla electric car and PayPal, had stated that “with artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon,” comparing it unfavourably with nuclear war as the most potent threat to humanity’s existence.

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3. A GENETICALLY CREATED PLAGUE

Ebola has kind of fallen out of the news in the United States, but the virus is still spreading like wildfire over in Sierra Leone.

But of potentially even greater concern is what could happen if someone started releasing a weaponized form of Ebola, Smallpox or the Marburg virus in our major cities.

A bioweapon can be a brutally efficient killer. It spreads silently and invisibly, and a full-blown pandemic could ultimately kill hundreds of millions of people.

And every single day, our ability to manipulate these bugs grows. Many believe that it is only a matter of time before these types of weapons are used as instruments of terror.

When that era arrives, all of our lives will change forever.

4. NUCLEAR WAR

This is one that most Americans greatly underestimate.

Even though tensions with Russia are extremely high, most of us just assume that “the Cold War is over” and that a nuclear war is virtually impossible.

Unfortunately, that is not even close to the truth.

The following is an excerpt from my recent article entitled “10 Signs That Russia Is Preparing To Fight (And Win) A Nuclear War With The United States“…

Back in 1967, the U.S. military possessed more than 31,000 strategic nuclear warheads. Now, we only have 1,642 deployed, and that number is scheduled to be further reduced to about 1,500.

Sadly, reducing the size of our nuclear arsenal by close to 95 percent is not enough for anti-nuke crusader Barack Obama. He has spoken of unilaterally reducing the size of our strategic nuclear arsenal down to just 300 warheads.

During this same time period, the Russians have been developing some very impressive stealth delivery systems which have the capability of hitting targets inside the United States within just minutes of an order being issued. This is particularly true of their submarine-launched missiles. The newest Russian subs have the ability to approach our coastlines without us even knowing that they are there. If the Russians came to the conclusion that war with the United States was unavoidable, an overwhelming first strike using submarine-based missiles could potentially take out nearly our entire arsenal before we even knew what hit us. And if the Russians have an anti-ballistic missile system that can intercept the limited number of rockets that we can launch in return, they may be able to escape relatively unscathed.

In order for “mutually assured destruction” to work, we have to see the Russian missiles coming and have enough time to order a launch of our own. Thank to emerging technologies, the balance of power has fundamentally shifted. The old way of thinking simply does not apply anymore and the Russians understand this.

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5. PARTICLE ACCELERATOR DISASTER

Michael Hanlon considers this one to have a “very low” probability, and I concur. Although our ability to destroy ourselves is growing by leaps and bounds, I believe that any disaster involving the Large Hadron Collider would be a localized event.

But as we continue to try to “play God” and build machines like this, we potentially open up gateways and expose ourselves to dangers beyond anything that most of us ever imagined.

6. ‘GOD’ REACHES FOR THE OFF-SWITCH

I thought that it was very interesting that Michael Hanlon included this one in his article…

Many scientists have pointed out that there is something fishy about our universe. The physical constants – the numbers governing the fundamental forces and masses of nature – seem fine-tuned to allow life of some form to exist. The great physicist Sir Fred Hoyle once wondered if the universe might be a “put-up job”.

More recently, the Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom has speculated that our universe may be one of countless “simulations” running in some alien computer, much like a computer game. If so, we have to hope that the beings behind our fake universe are benign – and do not reach for the off-button should we start misbehaving.

So could God step in and alter the course of history?

Well, it has certainly happened before, and many are convinced that it will happen again.

Many Christians believe (myself included) that we are moving into the period of time that the Bible refers to as “the last days”. According to the Scriptures, there has never been a time as horrible as the last days will be, and there never will be a time like it afterwards.

Of course the Bible also says that “the last days” will not be the end of the world.

But it will be the end of the world as we know it.

7. CLIMATE CATASTROPHE

There are a lot of people out there that believe that global warming caused by human activity is the greatest threat that humanity is currently facing.

I am not one of those people. The climate has always been changing, and it will always be changing. And the amount of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” produced by human activity is a negligible percentage of the total.

In addition, scientists tell us that there were times in the history of this planet when carbon dioxide levels were far, far greater than they were today. So even if we were to move back in that direction substantially, it would certainly not mean the end of our planet.

However, that doesn’t mean that we are not going to see tremendous changes in our weather in the years ahead. The primary driver of climate change, the sun, is behaving very strangely right now. If it continues to behave erratically, that could cause dramatic climate shifts.

In addition, the increase in seismic activity that we have been witnessing all over the planet could also greatly affect our climate. Volcanic ash can have a tremendous cooling impact on global weather patterns, and volcanoes that erupt on the ocean floor could potentially cause ocean temperatures to rise substantially. Scientists tell us that if ocean temperatures were to rise far enough, we could see billions of fish dying. If such an event were to occur, a global famine would not be too far behind.

8. SUPERBUGS THAT ARE RESISTANT TO ANTIBIOTICS

Medical professionals are becoming increasingly alarmed by the antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are starting to pop up all over the place. So far it is not a catastrophic threat, but experts warn that it could soon become one. The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles…

The “wonder drugs” that we have been using since the middle of the last century are rapidly losing their effectiveness, and medical authorities are warning that the emergence of very powerful antibiotic-resistant superbugs represents “one of the gravest threats in the history of medicine“. Of course the “wonder drugs” that I am talking about are known today as antibiotics. These drugs attack bacteria, and when they first began to be developed back in the 1950s and 1960s they were hailed as “miracles” that would save countless numbers of lives. Well, it turns out that nature is having the last laugh. All over the planet bacteria are developing resistance to these drugs, and scientists are warning that they can’t really do anything to stop these superbugs. With each passing year these superbugs are gaining ground, and there appears to be not much hope on the horizon of being able to fight them. In fact, no new classes of antibiotics have been invented since 1987, and none are being developed right now. Meanwhile, scientists are telling us that many current antibiotic treatments will be completely obsolete by the year 2030. Are you starting to understand why so many high profile members of the scientific community are using the words “catastrophic threat” to describe this crisis?

9. CYBERWAR

Did you see what just happened to Sony? It is probably the most embarrassing and financially damaging incident in company history. Of course the North Koreans are denying that they were behind the attack, but there is a good chance that they were.

Sadly, this could just be a preview of what is coming.

For example, what would happen if a cyberattack took down all of our major banks? What would we do?

Most people don’t realize this, but our banks are already under assault every minute of every single day…

Wall Street banks are getting hit by cyber attacks every single minute of every single day. It is a massive onslaught that is not highly publicized because the bankers do not want to alarm the public. But as you will see below, one big Wall Street bank is spending 250 million dollars a year just by themselves to combat this growing problem. The truth is that our financial system is not nearly as stable as most Americans think that it is. We have become more dependent on technology than ever before, and that comes with a potentially huge downside.

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10. ANOTHER FUKUSHIMA

The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed all of us how a single natural disaster can absolutely cripple a nuclear reactor.

And of course things are still not under control at Fukushima. It is already the greatest nuclear disaster in human history, and it is still releasing even more nuclear material into the environment every single day.

Once this material gets into the food chain, it can silently kill for generations. The following comes from an opinion piece by Helen Caldicott that was published in the Guardian…

Internal radiation, on the other hand, emanates from radioactive elements which enter the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Hazardous radionuclides such as iodine-131, caesium 137, and other isotopes currently being released in the sea and air around Fukushima bio-concentrate at each step of various food chains (for example into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). After they enter the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, where they continuously irradiate small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years, can induce uncontrolled cell replication – that is, cancer. Further, many of the nuclides remain radioactive in the environment for generations, and ultimately will cause increased incidences of cancer and genetic diseases over time.

So what happens one day when a catastrophic natural disaster in the United States or elsewhere in the world causes several “Fukushimas” at the same time?

That is something to think about.

11. A MASSIVE ERUPTION AT THE YELLOWSTONE SUPERVOLANO

Around the globe, there are some volcanoes that are so absolutely massive in size that they are referred to as “supervolcanoes”.

One of these supervolcanoes is in the United States. The following facts about the Yellowstone supervolcano come from one of my previous articles…

#1 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone could be up to 1,000 times more powerful than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

#2 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone would spew volcanic ash 25 miles up into the air.

#3 The next eruption of Yellowstone seems to be getting closer with each passing year. Since 2004, some areas of Yellowstone National Park have risen by as much as 10 inches.

#4 There are approximately 3,000 earthquakes in the Yellowstone area every single year.

#5 In the event of a full-scale eruption of Yellowstone, virtually the entire northwest United States will be completely destroyed.

#6 A massive eruption of Yellowstone would mean that just about everything within a 100 mile radius of Yellowstone would be immediately killed.

#7 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone could also potentially dump a layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away.

#8 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone would cover virtually the entire midwest United States with volcanic ash. Food production in America would be almost totally wiped out.

#9 The “volcanic winter” that a massive Yellowstone eruption would cause would radically cool the planet. Some scientists believe that global temperatures would decline by up to 20 degrees.

#10 America would never be the same again after a massive Yellowstone eruption. Some scientists believe that a full eruption by Yellowstone would render two-thirds of the United States completely uninhabitable.

#11 Scientists tell us that it is not a matter of “if” Yellowstone will erupt but rather “when” the next inevitable eruption will take place.

12. A GIANT ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE FROM THE SUN

This last one that I have added to the list is one of the least understood.

A giant electromagnetic pulse from the sun has the potential to fry much of the technology that we have become so dependent upon.

How would you survive in a world where nobody has electricity, the Internet has been fried, the financial system is offline indefinitely, nobody can make any phone calls and virtually all commerce across the entire country has been brought to a complete standstill?

A massive EMP blast has the potential to send all of us back to the 18th century in a single instant. And just two years ago there was a “near miss” that almost got us.

So don’t think that it can’t happen. In fact, experts tell us that it is only a matter of time before it does.

And when it does happen, it could turn our society totally upside down…

According to Peter Vincent Pry, who advises Congress on homeland security issues, a large enough geomagnetic solar storm could produce effects similar to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generated by a nuclear weapon that “could collapse power grids everywhere on the planet and destroy EHV (extra high voltage) transformers and other electronic systems that would require years to repair or replace.” While the danger posed by a G5 solar storm gets mentioned occasionally at Congressional hearings, there really hasn’t been any major action.

Earlier this year, a Homeland Security adviser said America is not ready for an EMP attack, never mind a G5 solar storm, and it’s claimed that the U.S. power grid fails more often than any other in the world. If a large enough solar storm does impact the United States, the damaged electronic systems can cause a cascade of failures throughout the broader infrastructure, including banking systems, energy systems, transportation systems, food production and delivery systems, water systems, emergency services, and even the internet, so people may not even realize at first what has happened. Effectively, the U.S. would be thrown back to the pre-industrial age following a solar superstorm, and yet we are not prepared for the worst.

So what do you think about all of this?

Are there any additional potential disasters that you would add to this list?

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Other useful resources:

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

SOURCE : endoftheamericandream.com

Terrorism Update: FBI Targets Preppers and Preparedness Supplies In Latest Bulletin

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If you’ve been preparing for emergencies, disasters, or economic collapse there’s a strong likelihood that you’ve been added to a watch list somewhere.

Hard to believe?

The latest Communities Against Terrorism guidelines distributed by the FBI to military surplus stores in the state of Colorado outline specific activities that owners and retail associates should look for when trying to spot terrorist related activity. Much of the suspicious activity listed describes the behavior and shopping list of any modern day prepper:

What should I consider suspicious?

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Provide identification that is inconsistent or suspect or demand identity “privacy”
Insist on paying with cash or uses credit card(s) in different names
Make suspicious comments regarding anti-US, radical theology, vague or cryptic warnings that suggests or appear to endorse the use of violence in support of a cause
Demonstrate interest in uses that do not seem consistent with the intended use of the item being purchased
Possess little knowledge of intended purchase items
Make bulk purchases of items to include:
-Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers
-Meals Ready to Eat
-Night Vision Devices; night flashlights; gas masks
-High capacity magazines
-Bi-pods or tri-pods for rifles
View the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation Memo

The brief bulk purchases list described above is something you might find in the wish-list or supply closet of any serious prepper. If you are stocking up on ammo, buying extra magazines, a bi-pod and night vision then you are suspicious and potentially a domestic terrorist; nevermind that you may be planning a personal defense strategy for your property in the event of a widespread disaster and have no intention of using these items for any other purpose. Even if you are stockpiling the most basic of all preparedness lists, like MRE’s or other long-term food storage items, the FBI now considers you suspicious.

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The handout also instructs surplus store owners to consider as “suspicious” anyone who “demands identity ‘privacy’” or anyone who expresses “extreme religious statements” and those who “make suspicious comments regarding anti-US, [or] radical theology.”

The “Communities Against Terrorism” flyer closes by stating:

Preventing terrorism is a community effort. By learning what to look for, you can make a positive contribution in the fight against terrorism. The partnership between the community and law enforcement is essential to the success of anti-terrorism efforts.

Some of the activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement professionals in a larger context to determine whether there is a basis to investigate. The activities outlined on this handout are by no means all-inclusive but have been compiled from a review of terrorist events over several years.

The handout encourages surplus store owners and employees to provide information on “suspicious” customers by calling the Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force or the Colorado Information Analysis Center. This handout is very nearly identical to one issued by the FBI to gun stores from Connecticut to Utah

This new handout expands the absurdity by now also targeting customers of military surplus stores, and by specifically targeting the purchasing of very common, and very popular, preparedness items such as Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s) as “potential indicators of terrorist activities.”

Those of us who have lost confidence in our government’s ability to manage a crisis, and have taken it upon ourselves to store reserve food supplies, water, self defense armaments, secondary monetary exchange units, or other SHTF Planning gear have now become “persons of interest” and domestic terrorism suspects.

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Other useful resources:ec_250x200_nf4-f5eacfb

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

 

 

Source : www.shtfplan.com

Defending Yourself and Your Family After a Disaster

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Defending Yourself and Your Family After a Disaster

Disasters often bring out the best in people. Unfortunately they also brings out the worst. After any disaster, whether local or widespread, there will be individuals intent upon creating mischief. Lawlessness and disorder frequently become the rule of the day. While some individuals are lending their neighbors a helping hand, others will be helping themselves. There will be looting, stealing and an increase in acts of violence. Gang violence will become more common, even among individuals who formerly took no part in gangs. The police will be overwhelmed, so the responsibility will fall on the individual to provide protection for self and family.

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If you’re Not Getting out of Debt, You’re Not a Prepper

piggy-savings-bank-7In this post we’re going to be discussing a topic that should be extremely important to every prepper. Unfortunately, if the forums and Facebook are any indication of how much importance most preppers put into their finances…well we’ve got a long way to go to truly being prepared as a community.

We’re going to start out first with defining what prepping really is and what it isn’t. Prepping is not buying a bunch of crap, maxing out your credit cards and putting yourself deeper into debt in order to buy that case of mountain house or a that new AR15. This is dumb….i’m sorry, but it is. If you’re charging thousands of dollars on your credit cards, have a battery of firearms, but yet have no savings then you are not a prepper. You’re a sensationalist, and really bad with money.

Being a prepper (and anymore that term is just losing its original meaning) is about being prepared for anything life can throw at you. Today it seems, a lot of preppers have decided they are going to prepare for that one doomsday event that they are SURE is right around the corner. This is not only silly, but is a disservice to yourself, your family and the preparedness community as a whole. Think about it… why would you prepare for an event that has a extremely low statistical likelihood of happening and yet ignore the dozens of things that WILL happen and you WILL have to deal with sooner than later?

Being a prepper…a REAL prepper, means that you’re simply ready to handle anything that life can throw at you on your own, without outside systems of support. That doesn’t mean we completely discount and ignore the possibility of the unlikely events like an EMP, global pandemic or even peak oil…but by simply preparing for one of these huge events and ignoring the rest of life, you’re basically saying “I am prepared for NOTHING except this ONE specific doomsday event!” That just seems kinda ridiculous doesn’t it?

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Debt is something that is REAL; it’s affecting you and your family every single day. It’s preventing you from living the life you want to live. It’s preventing you from being as prepared as you want to be. It could be forcing you to stay a slave to a job you hate. Debt ruins marriages, destroys families and in this bloggers, opinion, is as dangerous as cancer. If you are not at least preparing or figuring out a plan to get out of debt, you (I’m sorry to say) are not a prepper… you’re simply a sensationalist.

Ive seen numerous posts on forums and Facebook talking about how debt doesn’t matter because “when the SHTF all debt is going to go away so I don’t really care…because I know SHTF is right around the corner.” I’m sorry, but if you honestly believe this… you’re an idiot… and please stop calling yourself a prepper. You’re a sensationalist.

Let’s discuss some real ways on how we can get out of debt and start using that money to build reliable, sustainable systems that we can depend on to become more self-reliant (and to steal Jack Spirko’s tagline) “for when times get tough and even if they don’t.”

THAT is what being a prepper is really all about.

There are several ways to get out of debt, however we highly endorse the Debt Snowball System coined by personal finance guru Dave Ramsey. You don’t need to pay money to Dave and sign up to his forums and become a part of his community, (I never understood that… charging people money to help them get out of debt???)  However, Dave’s strategy is sound and has helped thousands of people all over the world get their finances under control.

The Debt Snowball System is fairly straightforward and you can learn the specifics of Dave’s plan at his , however we want to go over one key point in this plan that will help ANYONE that’s trying to get out of debt.

In order to get out of debt you’re going to have to get uncomfortable. You aren’t going to get out of debt by living in a large, expensive home. You’re not going to get out of debt by going out to eat every day and you’re not going to get out of debt by spending money on things you can’t afford without whipping out the credit card…and yes, I’m sorry…but that includes prepping supplies too.

If you’re driving an expensive vehicle with a large payment, sell it. If you’re living in a house that’s eating up half your monthly income, sell it. If you’ve got more money in precious metals than you do in savings, sell them…now.

Getting out of debt isn’t easy… but the steps you need to take do so aren’t that hard either. It’s about sacrifice. Are you willing to be a little uncomfortable today so that tomorrow you can do all the things you wanted to do without worrying about money? Are you willing to buckle down and work 2 or even 3 jobs today so that in a couple years you can start your own business, or even work part-time because you have no debt? Are you willing to sell those fancy toys you bought on credit so that in a couple years you can buy even better toys outright?

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When tackling your debt, it may seem like stocking up on preps would be impossible since all your extra income should be going to your debt. However, you can still prep while on a budget. You just have to be smart about it. Instead of buying that bucket of Mountain House or bricks of .223 ammo, maybe you should just buy a couple bags of rice and beans or practice with your .22 for a while.

Big purchases need to take a back seat while trying to get out of debt. Tackling 50 grand in credit card debt means you aren’t going to be buying your survival bunker or bug out location any time soon…and no TEOTWAWKI is not a good enough excuse to buy it now when you could easily wait a year or two until you’re out of debt…this goes for that Mad Max bug out vehicle you’ve had your eye on too. Forget about it.

This should be basic stuff to anyone that hasn’t been programmed by the media and society that being in debt is a necessity. Being in debt isn’t necessary to live a happy, productive and prepared lifestyle, even in modern times. In fact, being in debt will keep you from living the life you want. Most importantly, if you’re enslaved to the cancer that is debt, you will NEVER be truly prepared for all the little things life throws at us every day, let alone those big, Hollywood disasters.

Check out Dave’s site, get your budget together, and start living the life you can actually afford and start tackling that debt one dollar a time. I promise, when that last payment has been made, when that last call to Visa or your car loan company is done, the feeling of accomplishment, the extra money you’ll have and the security that you’ll feel by being TRULY prepared will be more than worth the sacrifices.

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SOURCE : ready4itall.org

Pardon Me, Your Food is Glowing

If the one-gallon jugs of milk in the dairy case seem to be glowing, it may not be just from the fluorescent lights  You won’t hear about this from the mainstream media, but the world’s food supply is becoming increasingly tainted by radiation emitted from the Fukushima disaster

Recently, on the West Coast of the United States, radiation levels were found to be unsafe.  Thankfully, the Environmental Deception Protection Agency has responded quickly:  they’ve closed down 8 of their 18 radiation-testing facilities in California and upped the “safe amounts” of radiation that we can absorb.   I’m sure we can all now breathe a deep sigh of relief.

Just in case you don’t find the EPA’s response to the crisis to be reassuring, there are some things you can do to protect your family from radiation in the food and water supply.

First, it’s important to understand how food becomes tainted by radiation.

Produce can become tainted in two different ways.  First, radioactive particles can settle on the plant while it’s growing.  Secondly, when the soil becomes contaminated by “hot” rain, it can be taken up through the root system.   Broadleaf vegetables like spinach, arugula, cabbage, lettuce and kale are more susceptible to contamination from fallout.  If the soil is okay, then root vegetables like potatoes and carrots are safer than leafy vegetables.

Dairy products and meatbecome contaminated when the animals graze on radioactive grass or plants.  Samples of milk taken across the United States have shown radiation at levels 2000 percent higher than previous EPA maximums.  The reason that milk is so significant is that it is representative of the entire food supply.  According to an article published on Natural News, “Cows consume grass and are exposed to the same elements as food crops and water supplies. In other words, when cows’ milk starts testing positive for high levels of radioactive elements, this is indicative of radioactive contamination of the entire food supply.”

When a person consumes radioactive food, the radioactive substances are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream.  Different types of particles affect different tissues.  For example, radioactive iodine attaches itself to the thyroid gland, and cesium is stored in the bone marrow.

The tissues affected by the radioactive materials are at increased risk for cancer as time passes.  Children and pregnant women face the highest risks from radioactive food because of constant cellular growth and division.

According to the U.S.-based group of medical doctors Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources, period,” said Jeff Patterson, DO, immediate past president of PSR, in late March.

Without a lot of very expensive equipment, there is not a lot you can do to test your food for radiation. There are a few steps you can take to limit your exposure, however.

WATER

First, you need access to pure drinking water.  Water that comes from an underground source, like a spring or a covered well, is likely to be safe.  Water can also be filtered for radioactive particles. The most effective way to remove the particles from water is a double process.  First, water should go through a “reverse osmosis” filter, and then, a deionization resin filter. This double process removes 95% or more of radioactive particles.

If levels of radiation are high, this double-filtered water should be used for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing dishes. This purified water would also be the water you would use to wash your produce.

PRODUCE

Despite arguments to the contrary, you CAN wash radioactive particles off of produce.  Clearly if the plant has taken in the radiation through the roots, it is irrevocably tainted.  Fallout, however, can be dealt with.

Calcium Bentonite clay is a natural substance that actually absorbs radiation.  According to the website, About Clay, “Calcium Bentonite Clay has a uniquely strong negative ionic charge. When activated with water it works like a strong magnet, adsorbing and absorbing anything
with a positive ionic charge (i.e., toxins, pesticides, radiation). The clay captures these substances and removes them as it is eliminated or washed off.”

To wash produce with Bentonite Clay:  Mix 1 part Calcium Bentonite Clay to 8 parts of purified water in a large non-metallic bowl. Toss your produce in this clay water, making certain the produce is completely covered, and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Rinse well with more purified water.

For additional protection, peel thin-skinned fruits like peaches and apples after washing them.

Growing Your Own Food

According to “Health Ranger” Mike Adams, even growing your own organic produce is no longer enough to guarantee food safety.  “Your own gardens are just as susceptible to radiation fallout as commercial crop lands,” states Adams. “Only those who grow food in greenhouses will be largely protected from the fallout. Maybe it’s a good time to buy some sprouting seeds, too, because you can sprout seeds in your own kitchen and grow them free of radiation.”

Hydroponic and aquaponic systems, greenhouses, hoop houses and kitchen gardens watered with radiation-free water will provide the safest food. Sadly, free-range meats will soon be less safe than factory-farmed meats because of the potential for radiation exposure.

Country of Origin

Another step to avoiding radiation in your food is to note the origin of the food.  Anything produced or harvested south of the equator is safer than foods that originate in the Northern hemisphere.  Along the same lines, items procured from the Eastern half of the United States are safer than items from the West Coast (at this time).  As the fallout increases, the entire Northern hemisphere may become irrevocably tainted for generations.

Be alert to the meager amount of news coming from Japan: the damaged reactors are NOT under control and further disastrous output could occur at any point in time. Be aware that the media and the world’s governments are NOT looking out for our best interests.  The lives of hundreds of thousands of future cancer victims could be saved if the agencies in charge of food testing, environmental disasters and public safety were issuing truthful warnings and disseminating accurate information.

Instead the party line has been to “avoid panic” through false benevolence, patronizing public statements, sleight-of-hand safety level changes, and other outright LIES. Much-needed food safety testing is not being done, or, if it is, the information is not being released to the public.  Without access to the necessary equipment to test foods for ourselves, we must locate own solutions and resources.

I urge you to do your own research in order to protect yourself and your family.  Don’t trust the mass media or government officials regarding this issue.  They are complicit in the most deadly deceit ever perpetrated on the American people.

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SOURCE : theorganicprepper.ca

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