Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday (The Fallacy of Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
LCpl Justin Updegraff

"Semper Paratus"

... as the professor removed his coat displaying his Glock 19 in a hybrid leather and kydex inside the waist band holster, on his left hip, with two standard capacity magazines in a belt carrier, on his right hip.

Turning toward the interactive smart board, to start the lesson, he heard a commotion, as three quarters of the students 'physically' in class and most of the 'remote' students stood up to display their concealed firearms, some new, some worn but all well cared for.

Looking at the young lady that started the commotion, the professor said "It seems, half the class has volunteered to help you learn how to shoot a handgun." as he smiled at the class.

The Beginning

That's It
I enjoyed exploring realistic alternatives to the events in the Patriots universe. It was a fun diversion, for me, from the non-fictional articles; I normally write for you and your family. Plus, I hoped you enjoyed the stories, too.

If you didn't, tough sh*t!

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse is a fun book. It gives you some ideas to think about, such as how does your family handle extreme medical emergencies from accidents, what do you do with unexpected guests, and other questions your family may have to answer. The book also covers some of the more popular supplies like guns, ammo, and military gear, but it neglects others like personal hygiene supplies (don't forget feminine hygiene products), bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, and ... pillows), cooking during an event, and many others.

Another book, you might want to read, is Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. The book's events take place in Florida immediately after a nuclear war. Like Patriots: ... it has some good points and some bad. Plus, I believe, it is a better book for you to introduce survivalism to your partner.

Of course, there are many others such as One Second After by William R. Forstchen, World Made By Hand by James Horward Kunstler, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Earth Abides by George R. Stewart, World War Z by Max Brooks, and many others for young and old.

The last book, that I recommend you read (and only you!!!!) is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I warn you. Do not let your partner read this book. It is so depressing; they will never want to prepare for the coming tough times. Neither may you!

Lastly, I have provided a link to a book titled When Autumn Leaves Fall by Andrew Zarowny. It was written in response to criticism about "The Gray Nighties" the original version of Patriots: ... (I bet you didn't know Patriots: ... was over 30 years old). This serialized book, I believe, provides a better depiction of preparing for possible coming tough times.

You're going to hate the popups, but the story is worth it.

Ooooh, yeah. You can find all of these books at your local library or through an inter-library loan program for free or a small fee.

Tripod: Andrew Zarowny - Home

Tripod: Andrew Zarowny - Chapter One: When the Leaves Fall

Tripod: Andrew Zarowny - Chapter Two: A Serf is Born!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

of a poem about the Labors of Heracles (ca 2005)
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Books - Nonfiction
There are many books covering a variety of subjects you and your family may be interested in for your survival. Depending on your family's interested will determine the books, you and your family will want to read, such as ...

Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H Kearny

Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner

Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson

The Firefox book series (volume one, two, three, four, and five)

Books - Fiction

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

World Made By Hand by James Horward Kunstler

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

World War Z by Max Brooks

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Postman by David Brin

Warday by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka

I'm going to stop because someone else has collected a huge list at Post Apocalyptic Book List


Backwoods Home

Mother Earth News

Countryside  (formerly Countryside and Small Stock Journal)


Where to Find
All of these materials are available at your local library. They will be on the shelf or available through an inter-library loan program. All you have to do is use the card catalog, a computer now-a-days, or ask a librarian for assistance.

For FREE!!!

What to Purchase
I personally wouldn't buy any of the 'prepper' fiction books. I think reading fiction about an event that your family is going through wouldn't help reduce stress.

But, I would stock science fiction, detective fiction, action novels, and other books that your family would like to read to 'escape' for a few hours. Depending on your family, this might include poetry, romance novels, collections of war stories, and other age appropriate reading material for the whole family.

As far as the non-fiction works, I would concentrate on the things you're going to do such as small stock care (rabbits, chickens, rodents), gardening (making compost, organic planting techniques, seed saving), medical care (first-aid, making hygiene products, medicinal plants), and military skills (patrolling, guard duty, fortifications), and many others. You may also want to include books on things you might do such as home repair, car maintenance, card and kid games, and other skills.

Needless to say, you will want to check out a book, at the library, before buying it, to save money. Plus, your local library will probably be in operation during a crisis.

But, ... libraries have been sacked, burned to the ground, or destroyed during artillery shelling, earthquakes, and hurricanes ; - )

Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead
If you're looking for a no nonsense guide for getting started, you might be interested in purchasing a copy of my e-book Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead (Smashwords) (Barnes and Noble)

If you're like me, your local library can purchase a copy for $4.95, to save your family some cash.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday: 22 April 2015, Part Five (Just for Fun)

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Grahman Crumb

Oscar the Grouch

Gizmodo: Toyland - 90 Artists and Designers Reimagined R2-D2 In Weird and Wonderful Ways

Meteor Shower

io9 - Everything You Need to Know to Catch This Week's Lyrid Meteor Shower


io9 - 8 Stories That Make The Apocalypse Seem Downright Pleasant


io9 - During Martial Law, A Man Falls For The Girl Next Door: Who's A Terrorist

Wednesday: 22 April 2015, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Master Sgt. James M. Bowman

Be Careful
All kit, stuff you wear in combat, may require modification ... because nothing is perfect.

These modifications may be required because of deficiencies in your equipment or because of personal preferences.

Yes, ... Including the 'high speed' gear ; - )

WeaponsMan - Why This Guy is NOT Bubba

Inexpensive Firearms
As you and your family are probably finding out, providing firearms for everyone is getting expensive.

So, ... You're probably looking for bargains.

One of these sources is used firearms from police departments. These firearms are usually traded-in to help reduce costs for the police department. The department gets a good deal on new pistols, rifles, shotguns, and such while the firearms dealer or manufacture is able to obtain some inexpensive, used firearms to sell for a profit.

Needless to say, these used, former police guns are usually a 'good' deal because they are ...

WeaponsMan - Some Thoughts on Police Trade-Ins

Scout Rifle
There are some folks, living in other countries, that live under oppressive regimes.

These folks won't be able to legally purchase, own, or possess semi-automatic firearms, so you will have to settle for a bolt action rifle.

With that said, ... There is a concept that you might be interested in. It's called ...

WeaponsMan - Cooper’s Scout Rifle: Two Instances

Of Course
If I have a link from WeaponsMan, I'm going to have a link from Say Uncle, or at least one that I found because of Say Uncle ; - )

The Firearms Blog - Larry Vickers on WW II German Pistols
Larry Vickers on WWII German Pistols

Wednesday: 22 April 2015, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Alf van Beem

Words of Warning
It seems Frequency Modulation (FM) radio will be discontinued in Norway.

For some people this is a "So What!"

Well, ... It's only the beginning.

Gizmodo - Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017