Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Double Your Money)


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

U.S. Treasury Employee
moving $75,000 of mutilated currency to the vault (ca 1909)
source
Library of Congress

Long, Long Ago
My family and I have been getting prepared for a long time, over (OPSEC) years, so we have seen some changes in survivalism.

First, it is easier to get information about different types of preps. In an instant, with an internet connection, you or your partner can find a good whole wheat bread recipe, find a video on how to change your car's flat tire, order a book on raising chickens, and many other skills.

Second, there are many more vendors, providing a wide variety of supplies and services. You family can find organic whole white spring wheat (better for baking cakes), meat substitutes [textured vegetable protein (TVP)], reuseable canning lids, and many other items.

Third, you can interact with a wider range of people that share your interests, firearms (Well Armed Women), farming (Women of Agriculture), freedom (Electronic Freedom Foundation), and many others.

Lastly, the 'Prepper' movement has legitimized getting prepared for the tough times ahead. Heck, for a little while, it was even trendy and hip.

However, ...


Inflation
We, Katniss and I, have noticed higher price that haven't gone down.

.22LR ammunition is about $2.50 for a box of fifty cartridges. They use to be 97¢ for a box of fifty.

Whole hard red winter wheat has increased; from $30 for a case, about 33 pounds; to $40 a case.

Quality work trucks run $50,000, while gasoline is $2.57 and climbing, again.

Silver was $4, $8, or $12 an ounce. Now it is $20, an ounce.

However, ...


Deflation
There is good news, firearms are cheap, compared to a few years ago. You and your family can purchase a good, solid AR-15 type rifle for $700 and quality metal magazines or polymer magazines for $10 to $15


Which?
Needless to say, folks are getting prepared for a variety of tough times. Some families are only worried about the 'Big One' hitting someplace in California, while other families are getting prepared for that 'Killer' Tornado. Some families are worried about bigger issues, like reduced hours, unemployment, or even ... a job promotion to a different town.

Of course, (almost) everyone is worried about the world economy, especially these United States' financial future, so they wonder what will happen in the near future.

Let me tell you!

We can't tell. That's right, nobody knows, including the so-called experts because we, as a nation, will make that choice.

That's right, your extended family, friends, neighbors, and a lot of people you have never met will decide the fate of these United States because the economy, especially here in this country, is a consumer's economy. If people are buying, we are flying, financially.

But, ...

If people are holding tight, to their money, we are in for some rough nights (weeks, months, and possibly years)

The same goes for hyperinflation. The minute enough people think their dollars are worthless, they will start spending them, trying to buy anything and everything of value. As thing become scarce, more people will begin to join the super-rich (as they buy Impressionist paintings), the rich (as they buy gold), the middle class (as they buy silver), and the poor (as they buy televisions, refrigerators, and other consumer products) and everybody will flee the stock and bond markets, until a single roll of toilet paper is worth more than a hundred dollar bill, maybe even a stack of hundreds.

And, ...

Food may become more valuable then the owners' life.


Nothing Changes
As you can see, the world over, when governments make bad decisions, the people suffer, but you and your partner can prevent that for your family and maybe a few friends, by learning from these many years.

First, have a secure home, secure from villains and secure from the ravages of Mother Nature.

Next, store water and have several methods of finding and treating it, so you family will have water to drink, during good times and bad.

Third, store food and lots of it because food is what disappears first, in a crisis.

Next, store a supply of any required medications then get physically and mentally fit. Be strong in your health, as best you can, and strong in your mind because we don't know the future. Make sure to get training to save a life by taking a CPR and first-aid class

Fifth, your family needs a means of defending yourselves. A handgun with enough ammunition is the best method (with good common sense to keep you out of trouble) of defending yourselves, and you also need to make sure your children know how to safely handle a firearm.

Next, your family needs a means of receiving information. It doesn't matter what it is, newspaper, radio, internet, so-called 'smart' phone, or ... talking to your neighbors. It just needs to work before, during and after an event, so make sure you have several reliable methods of receiving information.

Seventh, individual shelter, better known as appropriate clothing. You can wear cotton and camouflage (Cotton Kills!!!), but you have to understand. Like everything else, there are limitations.

Next, ....

I apologize. I want off on a tangent there, so back to my point.


Sticky
Higher prices have become the norm. If we look back these last few decades, we see rising prices and only going back down, just a little bit, very slowly.

So, ... My point?

You and your partner are going to have to double your money, that you spend on the equipment and supplies, that you and your family need for survival.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday: 18 April 2018, Part Three


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Lance Cpl. Yamile Brito surrounded by food donations
to assist Japanese citizens after the March 11th Earthquake (2011)
source
United States Marine Corps

Starting
It's easy to start a food storage program. You go down to the grocery store and buy some food.

Easy, ... Until you start thinking about being able to survive for a few weeks, months, or years then it gets complicated.

If you're planning to survive for a few weeks, you just purchase more of the food you normally eat. The same is true for a few months, except you have to be a lot more organized, a whole lot more.

The same is true for storing food for a few years.

Now, some people will tell you that I'm lying, but it's true.

You start by buying some food, you have to be organized, and it's food that you and your family normally eat.


Now
Currently, we (preppers and survivalists) are looking at the financial collapse of the World. You know, where your money is worthless, and less, and less. As food becomes more, and more, and more expensive.

So, ...

You and your family have to start storing food while there is still food on the grocery store shelves, and I like to do this by buying my family's food on ...


Sale
Before I begin, I have to tell you. My brother Spartan sells food from Thrive. They are currently having a sale, and the food is pretty good. He and his family eat it all the time.

But, ...

You have to practice using it, like any other prep. That's right freeze-dried food, dehydrated food, whole foods, and even the 'normal' bagged, bottled, boxed, canned, and frozen foods you usually eat take practice cooking to prevent food from being wasted.

Let me repeat, you have to practice using it, or on the day your family is hungry, you, your partner, or your children will be frustrated and hungry, trying to make a healthy and nutritious meal.


Emergency Essentials
My family is slowly building our food storage. We do this for various reasons. One reason, Katniss is a vegetarian, so we don't store meat or eat meat.

So, ...

We started out buying and storing white rice and dried beans. Once we had about a year supply of food for everyone in the family, we have begun storing and using freeze-dried veggies, in our daily meals.

So, ...

I have been using Emergency Essentials for a few years, usually buying veggies, like ...

Emergency Essentials - Freeze-Dried Green Peas
https://beprepared.com/freeze-dried-green-peas-large-can.html

Emergency Essentials - Freeze-Dried Super Sweet Corn
https://beprepared.com/freeze-dried-super-sweet-corn-large-can.html


one, two, or three cans at a time. When they are on sale, this allows me and my family to add even more vegetables to mix in with the rice and beans.

With that said, ...

Every once in a while, Emergency Essentials has a so-called group buy that allows you and your family to purchase even more food for less money, like ...

Emergency Essentials - Freeze-Dried Green Beans
https://beprepared.com/freeze-dried-green-beans-large-can.html

Emergency Essentials - Apple Slices
https://beprepared.com/apple-slices-large-can.html


Needless to say, that isn't the only item that they carry, so check them out.

Link:
Emergency Essentials - Hojme
https://beprepared.com/


Thrive Life
One of my brothers and his family are going about storing food differently from me and Katniss. They are making it a business. A business that allows them to buy food for a reduced price.

If you want to know how, you can give Spartan a shout by going to his contact page.

With that said, they are also having a sale that you might be interested in for your family's food storage.

Now, ...

One of the things, I like about Thrive Life is the variety of food. It isn't limited to three of four items, in each major food group. Thrive Life has a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and ... Snackies.

Yes, ... Snackies

Snackies are pouches that have several servings of freeze-dried yogurt bites, vegetables, or fruits.

And, ...

One of the great things about snackies, your children will love them.

What's better? You can purchase larger packages, like #10 cans, and make your own for your children.

Oooh, ...

They are healthy, too.


Apologizes
I feel bad that I'm not directly linking to these items, but I don't know if my brother would get credited for the  sale.

So, ...

You'll have to go to the sale page. It's at the top; where it says, ...

"Spring Sale Coming Soon! View sale pricing"


What?
Like my friends and family, some folks are going to wonder how the heck this Wednesday didn't have any gun articles.

Well, ... Here you go.

A place for you to find some awesome bargains on a variety of new firearms, magazines, and ammunition.

Link:
CDNN Sports - Home
https://www.cdnnsports.com/

P.S.
Did I tell you they are having a sale, on ....


M4A3 Patrolman's Carbine
Currently, my favorite place to purchase a M4-style carbine

Link:
Target Sports USA - Home
https://www.targetsportsusa.com/

Wednesday: 18 April 2018, Part Two


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Scandinavian-style glossy white kitchen cabinets (2013)
photograph by
Kotivalo
Oldies
In a few short months, Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness will be ten years old,

In honor of this event, ...

I have collected, every Wednesday for the next year, a few blurbs from various places, such as ...


Safely Gathered In
Hannah and Abbie with Brittany, Aleasha, Sarah, and Tiffany provided wonderful advice and suggestions about gathering, storing and using food storage for you and your family. The six women also provided great, delicious recipes based on their food storage that their families eat at family meal times.

Link:
Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: No-Bake Cookies Revisited
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/04/food-storage-friday-no-bake-cookies.html


Food Storage Made Easy
Jodi and Julie have a wonderful blog with lots of information, so they also have many tips, tricks, and recipes, for you and your family.

Link:
Food Storage Made Easy - Rice Flour Crepes
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2013/04/14/rice-flour-crepes/

Food Storage Made Easy - Shelf Stable Recipes: Chocolate Cake
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/04/16/shelf-stable-recipes-chocolate-cake/

Food Storage Made Easy - Cilantro-Lime Rice Recipe: Food Storage Style
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2015/05/14/cilantro-lime-rice-recipe-food-storage-style/

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Recipe: Honey Whole Wheat Bread
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/04/18/food-storage-recipe-bread/

Wednesday: 18 April 2018


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Reading in the Santa Barbara Public Library (2011)
photograph by
brewbooks

Now, ... Right Now
I need for you to read this article then save it to your desktop.

'Cause, ...

You're going to need it.

Link:
Tech Crunch - How to Save Your Privacy from the Internet's Clutches
https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/14/how-to-save-your-privacy-from-the-internets-clutches/

Monday, April 16, 2018

Volume Four: Number Sixteen


Les Portes du Cimetière
Marc Chagall
(1917)

The Present
I like reading science fiction. It can, sometimes, give us a glimpse of the future.

The only problem, ...

This version of future looks like pretty dangerous and deadly.


Doom and Gloom

$533,000,000

A.I.

A.I., Again

Automobiles

Debt

Fees

Games 

ISIL

NonPrime

Pipes

Republicans

Scam

Venezuela


Things You Might Want to Think About

10 PM
Repeat after me, ...

Nothing good happens after 10 pm

Agreement
I agree.

But, ...

Where were the Democratic lawmakers when former President Obama was spending millions on overseas trips?

Baseball Bats
Seriously, ... Mini-Baseball Bats

California
Look, some folks are saying the only way to win is to eliminate the Republicans.

Then, ...

They mention the Civil War, the bloodiest war in these United States' history.

Criminals
Let me see, ...

A 37 year old criminal breaks into a pensioner’s home. After a struggle, the 87 year old husband stops the criminal by stabbing him to death.

Then, ...

The other criminals are having a $125,000 funeral procession to tell everybody the criminals won't be intimidated.

Only in Sweden, Great Britain, California, Illinois (especially Chicago), and other places where the citizens are denied their rights to effective self defense does this work.

Fourth Generation
I appreciate what y'all are trying to do because a well organized protests will inform others of our cause

The only problem, ...

The classic mass media doesn't support our cause, so you're going to have to organize other voters, run candidates that support your cause, and ... get more people to purchase, shoot, and train with firearms.

Gettysburg
I had to almost cry laugh. A bunch of Democrats, the political party that enslaved millions, recited the Gettysburg Address, a speech dedicated to freedom for all people that the Democrats tried to prevent.

Ha, Ha, Ha
Wow, ... I wonder if she even realizes the insanity of what she is saying.

Ha, Ha, Ha, Again
I guess we can get rid of affirmative action because the 'People of Color' want their own spaces, now.

Irena Sendler
We Shall Never Forget

Until, ...

We stop teaching our children about these events

Journalists
Like gun owners, journalists have a place in my prayers because they guard our freedoms.

Yes, ... Even journalists at CNN

A Little Late
These United States' government deficit became a problem, about 20 trillion dollars ago.

Reload
Notice, we didn't hear a lot about this, so-called, mass shooting.

I guess the cute, foreign-born, vegetarian, liberal, fitness instructor didn't fit the narrative.

See Ya
Our country has problems.

However, ...

Compared to everywhere else, it's still paradise, for everyone.

Terrorists
May she burn in hell, like her victims.

Veterans
To me, it doesn't matter if a person is a veteran or not. They commit a crime, they do the time and pay the price.

In this case, he is a felon, so he goes home.

Worried
I'll be worried when China holds a naval drill off the coast of Virginia with two nuclear powered aircraft carriers and their battle groups.

Until then, ...

I'll be getting ready for the next World War


Overheard

"279,020 dead in 48 hours"

"Personally, I think the banks need to be broken up. Both Citi and Bank of Americans eagerly lapped up trillions of our tax dollars."

"There is no easy fix."

"As faithless as Republicans are, they should stress - and easily document - what's today's Democrats represent: An End to America. If Republicans candidates fail to doso, they will deseerve exactly ehat happens to them"

"... seven-year conflict that has killed at least half a million people."

" ... the party started to fracture as some liberal groups grew disenchanted with Cuomo's moderate record and his relationship with Republicans who control the state Senate."


What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 4/12/18

Defense One: The D Brief, 11 April, 2018


Survival Blog: The Survivalist's Odds 'an Sods, April 14th, 2018

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 524

The Z Blog: Triskaidekaphobia


That's Just the Way it Was: Detroit, Michigan (ca 1941)


Crowds in front of the Crowley-Milner department store.



Store window of the Crowley-Milner department store



Towel department in the Crowley-Milner department store



Order taking department at the Crowley-Milner department store



Buying refrigerators at the Crowley-Milner department store



Women paying bills at the charge account window at the Crowley-Milner department store



Selling a Shick shaver at the Crowley-Milner department store