Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekly Dose of Doom and Gloom

Welcome Preppers and Survivalits,

Imperial War Museum

We have been dealing with mouse issues, off and on, for a couple of months.

Well, ...

A couple of days ago, a mouse gnawed on the ice maker's water line. It was a small unnoticeable gnaw, too. At least for the first few hours or days.

Wet Cases of Long-Term Food Storage

Wet Cases of Long-Term Food, Close Up

After turning off the water, the clean up was pretty quick, pull the cans out of the wet box, stack the cans in a dry place, put the destroyed box in a trash bag. Do that a few more times.

Well, ...

The water spread a little further than expected. We ended up having about ten cases of canned long-term food storage get soaked. A box of office supply with a box of file folders trashed. Plus, both 55-gallon drum of clothing had standing water on their tops.

Luckily, every thing was on pallets, or it could have been worst : - )

Sales Down 60%
Good! 'Cause I hate Smith and Wesson for their capitulation to the Clinton administration in the '90s.

Yeah, I know it's been about twenty years, and Katniss says I shouldn't hold a grudge that long. Plus, those M&P 9s are looking interesting.

Bad! 'Cause folks are forgetting that the anti-freedom groups are always active.

So, ...

Make sure you're stocking water, food, medical supplies, and getting those firearms and ammunition because the shelves can be wiped clean in a moments notice.

Say Uncle - It’s as though the gun ban scare has been lifted

Yes, firearms sells have fallen.

But, ...

They are just returning to 'normal.'

Climate Change
Folks, weather it happens or not (Did you see the pun?) there is the possibility out planets climate may change, such as a megadrought.

Well, ...

If that happens, folks are going to be migrating, driving up housing prices, stretching social services, and creating other unforeseen difficulties. Plus, food producing areas could produce less food or none at all.

io9 - The U.S. Southwest Could Soon Experience Decades-Long "Megadroughts"

It's starting to get that time of the year to purge GSIEP of the "Weekly Dose of Doom and Gloom" articles and consolidate the Wednesday's blurbs into one page.

So, ...

If you have a blurb you wanted saved, you better do it now.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes

Three .22LRs
After purchasing a handgun and a rifle for everyone in the family (.357 revolver and SKS rifle). I suggest your family purchase at least one .22LR rifle for the family. This rifle can be used to teach folks proper firearms safety and shooting techniques. Plus, it can be used to hunt small game.

Oh, ...

It can be used to shoot people, too.

Bolt action .22
There are many makes and models of the .22 bolt action rifle. They range in price from free (I received one from by dad), less than $200 (a used one), to many hundreds if not thousands of dollars (used and new).

My hand me down rifle is a Winchester model 67. It is a simple single shot .22 that can shoot short, long, and long rifle cartridges.

Winchester .22LR Rifle with Scope

It has a scope mounted to the rifle, probably about a 4X. It is the first firearm, I ever shot, badly.

Model 60
My sub-$200 rifle is a used Marlin model 60. It is a semiautomatic rifle that can only shoot .22LR cartridges.

Marlin Semiautomatic .22LR Rifle

The Marlin model 60 has a tube magazine under the barrel that holds 14 cartridges.

The Marlin model 60 is an often overlooked rifle by preppers because there are very few accessories for the rifle.

But, ...

With a few spare parts, over 10,000,000 were manufactured, it will probably last your family for generations.

The last .22LR rifle, between $200 to $300, is the Ruger 10/22 rifle. It is a detachable magazine fed rifle that can only shoot the .22LR cartridge.

Ruger Semiautomatic .22LR Rifle

The stock magazine holds 10 cartridges. There are aftermarket magazines that will hold 25 rounds.

The 10/22 used to be the most popular .22LR rifle, for preppers, until the AR-15 platform was adapted to the .22LR cartridge.

But, ...

That's another article.

Wikipedia - Bolt Action

Wikipedia - Semi-Automatic Rifle

Wikipedia - Winchester Model 67

Wikipedia - Marlin Model 60

Wikipedia - Ruger 10/22

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,


Minor Cuts and Scrapes
Our skin protects us. If the skin is cut, torn, or scraped, bacteria can enter our body, producing an infection.

To prevent an infection, you need to wash the minor cut, dry it, apply an antibiotic cream, and protect the cut with a bandage (band-aid).

If it's a major cut, you know gushing blood and all, stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure and get to the emergency room, quick.

I work with an older guy. He always makes sure to put on a pair of gloves before he starts work.

You and your family should too.

And Guns
After you and your family have purchased a handgun and a rifle for everyone in the family. You might think about getting a .22LR rifle.

Like one of these.

The link won't work until tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday: 27 August 2014, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Federal Bureau of Investigation

There is an acronym in the military, R.O.A.D.

It stands for Retired on Active Duty.

Well, ...

It seems one of your investments can do the same thing.

CNBC - Don't let your 401(k) retire before you do

We have a 401K at work that limits our investment options to about ten options. Most of these options are target-date funds that I avoid.


I am not an average investor. I want a higher percentage of stocks, exposure to foreign stocks, and a little safety from bonds. Plus, I am planning for a financial collapse that might not happen ; - )

401K or IRA
How about both?

CNBC - 401(k) or IRA: Cramer’s rule to remember

More likely than not, you and your partner will be able to retire instead of dying at a young age from fighting off a zombie attack.

So, ...

Y'all need to be investing wisely for your retirement.

But, ...

Just in case there is a zombie attack, you might want to set aside some water, food, medical supplies, and ...

All the other stuff

GSIEP - 16 Weeks

Wednesday: 27 August 2014, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

National Archives and Records Administration

You're Carrying Too Much Stuff
The Infantry is famous for being overloaded because they may be cutoff from resupply at a moments notice, so they carry excessive amounts of gear and supplies. Plus, they usually have to stay and fight while a prepper and their family will leave for more peaceful climes.

WeaponsMan -