Monday, April 30, 2018

Volume Four: Number Eighteen

Paul Gosch

In our country and many others, the poor live a life of luxury unseen by even the rich, of over one hundred years ago. We can personally communicate with anyone (well, almost anyone) on this planet, instantly with a telephone call. We can drive, on a moments notice, to either coast in a few days and fly to Europe in eight to ten hours. We can eat fresh food, out of season, eat animal protein at every meal, and store a years supply of food in our homes. We can ... The list is endless.

This wealth has been brought to us by mechanization. Our factories pump out untold riches, such as towels, bed linen, clothes for every season, shoes for every fashion, and ... Again, the list is endless.

This mechanization has allowed us to become wealthy. It has even allowed some people to become billionaires, like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

But, ... What do these people do? What do they produce?

For some, like Warren Buffet and the Koch Brothers, they own or run companies that make things.

That's right; they have bought companies or inherited companies, started by other people, that produces some of the riches that we enjoy.

For others, they have started companies that provide a service, like Ms. Winfrey. She produces entertainment. Mr. Zuckerburg's company distributes advertisement while Mr. Gates' company produces a product called software to run computers.

Large technology companies, like AOL, Yahoo, Google, and others have replaced the library, postal service, and other traditional services.

But, ...

What would happen, to these people, if someone turned off the electricity?

Would they continue to be billionaires?

If they couldn't be billionaires, what would you and your family be?

Doom and Gloom








Ice Circles

Mortar Shell







Sugar, Not


Things You Might Want to Think About

$4.5 Million
How about you run for President, a few more times, Mr. Bloomberg

Ooooh My Gosh!!!

The next thing you know, they'll discover Brits can buy kitchen knives on Amazon

So, ...

Do we also punish the law abiding because legitimate tools can be used for criminal purposes?

Amazon, Too
Yeap, I want a company to have the ability to open my car, especially with all the recent data breaches.

Fake News
They made me look!

Joy Reid
Admit it Ms. Reid, you're homophobic.

They efficiently cut of our food into little pieces, so we can eat.

Also, ...

Knives, Too
Yeap, ...

All we need to do is ban firearms and school violence will immediately stop.

Just so you understand, ...

Death, Brain Damage, Deafness, Pneumonia, Rash, and other less threatening complications

Some members of the Black Liberation Army kill two police officers, in 1971. At least one is convicted but can't be executed because it's against the law.

Well, ... He has been paroled.

That'll teach all those radicals, no matter their color, a lesson.


Let me get this straight, the bossman wants the company to sell the crown jewels, to his hedge fund.

If I did this at work, they would arrest me, convict me, then throw me under the prison because I would never get out, until I died.

Security Services
Repeat after me, ... The Police don't have to respond to your family's emergencies.

Selfish Act
This is why I prep, to take care of my family, not yours

It's simple. If you can't strike, then you're a slave

Ooops, ... We can't play, my favorite game.


Classic media wouldn't have reported the cost of Ms. Obama's clothes.

As the days pass, it looks more and more like mental illness.

However, ...

Ten people still died.

These last few years, have been hard on the economy.

I bet you never thought we would be discussing the dangers of low unemployment?

Before I begin, ... I'm waiting for the 'rest of the story' because I haven't heard the whole story, yet.

With that said, ...

Someone suggested selling your Yeti products on e-Bay. This will cause the company to loss money because folks buying a used product, really an already purchased product, won't buy a new item, staving the company for cash.


"Next time around, if the shit hits the fan and there are going to be mass graves, I fully intent to be filling them, not lying in one."

"New York is a criminals wet dream. NY banned less than lethal pepper spray, they banned non lethal tasers, and getting a concealed permit to carry a sidearm is next to impossible."

"The EU decision could have global ramifications, according to Prof Nigel Raine, at the University of Guelph in Canada: “Policy makers in other jurisdictions will be paying close attention to these decisions. We rely on both farmers and pollinators for the food we eat. Pesticide regulation is a balancing act between unintended consequences of their use for non-target organisms, including pollinators, and giving farmers the tools they need to control crop pests.”"

"The university-run program also costs much more for students"

"The U.S. economy slowed in the first quarter as consumer spending grew at its weakest pace in nearly five years, but the setback is likely temporary against the backdrop of a tightening labor market and large fiscal stimulus."

"... the politicians are also discussing many other models of social security, rather than just basic income"

"Two mass murders took place within 48 hours this week. Both attackers were adherents of extremist ideologies. Both terrorized people. But one of these two attacks was clearly terrorism, and one was apparently not. What’s the difference?"

"Overrated and obscenely priced. No loss."

What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 4/27/18

Defense One: The D Brief, 27 April, 2018

Shall Not Be Questioned: Wednesday News Links, 2018/04/25

 Survival Blog: The Survivalt's Odds 'n Sods, 26 April, 2018

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 526

Z Man Blog: The Hater's Ball

That's Just the Way it Was: Divide County, North Dakota (ca 1937)

Family of John Baker, a farmer.

Daughter of John Baker in the kitchen of the farm home

Baby in front of dresser in John Baker's farm home.

Upstairs bedroom in farmhouse

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday: 25 April 2018, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Summer Evening at Skagen beach. The artist and his wife. (ca 1899)
painting by
Peder Severin Krøyer

For some families, their pets are very important.

If that is you and your family, you also need to get your family's pets prepared for the tough times ahead.

YouTube: WPRI - Pet Care : Emergency Preparedness for Pets

Dual Use
Needless to say, you can use all of these items during a disaster.

YouTube: - What's in my DOG'S bag!? Paws and Prada

Wednesday: 25 April 2018, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Airline Food on Vistara Airlines Flight UK-723 (ca 2016)
photograph by
Biswarup Ganguly

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.

Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Italian Bread Bowls

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.

Food Storage Made Easy - Creamy Potato Soup (Food Storage and Fat-Free Style)

Food Storage Made Easy - Shelf Stable Recipes: Pineapple Angel Food Cake

Food Storage Made Easy - Boxed Cake Mix Extender

Food Storage Made Easy - Ezekiel Bread – Julie’s Long Overdue Promise

Wednesday: 25 April 2018

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Continuing the Debate
You can tell a person by the choices of their firearms!

Ha, ha, ha, ... Not really ; - )

The Modern Survivalist - 5 Times when a Revolver is Better than an Auto Pistol

The Modern Survivalist - Reply: 9mm cylinder for revolvers

Monday, April 23, 2018

Volume Four: Number Seventeen

Declaration of Independence
Our country was formed by thoughtful men.

Two parts

Doom and Gloom















Social Security Reform




Things You Might Want to Think About

1st Amendment
Corporations don't have to abide by the Constitution, so Google, GoDaddy, YouTube, and many others can censor your music, videos, and e-mails.

You spend countless hours debating Freedom Gun Control with your In-Laws.

Then, ... Along comes an eight year old and proves them wrong in less then 10 minutes.

Don't you just hate the younger generation.

How sweet, but will she hold them accountable?

HA, HA, HA, ...

The modern National Guard receives the majority of its funding from the national government.

If Governor Brown hadn't sent California's Guard to the border, they could have lost millions in dollars of federal funding, units reduced or removed, and/or eliminated from receiving free or reduced cost equipment.

Yep, ... They are right!

The only problem, ...

Where were they for the Obama administration?

My condolences to family and friends of this family. Losing a whole family, especially young children, is terrible.

However, ...

We can learn from this tragedy, by remembering ... Turn Around, Don't Drown

How about 13 or 14 years, in prison, judge?

A secure home and neighborhood, a supply of potable water, a full pantry, a handgun and semiautomatic rifle with enough ammunition for everyone in the family, a three month supply of cash, a healthy family, ...

That's how I define 'Happiness.'

Let me see, ...

- Brought 100s of thousands of Africans to these United States that would, eventually, allow them a freedom never seen in their homeland.

- Allowed our country to open up new territory

- Allowed 100s of thousands of Africans to experience untold economic power, never seen in their homeland

Rape is about power, pure unadulterated power.

And, ...

Until the Women of India arm themselves, ... It will continue

Medical Training
Good Job!


You thought Turkey was friendly to Christians?

One Shot
My condolences to the family, the lost of a child is horrific.

And, ...

They have the right to question the police and their procedures.

But, ...

The young man shouldn't have moved the vehicle. He should have been taught to stop, listen, and comply because a moving vehicle, no matter how slowly moving, can maim or kill a person

Cause, ...

The cops want to go home to their families, too.

Proof of Concept
All I have to say, ...

More 'Good' People with Firearms will help keep the villains away.

Property Rights

The gentlemen were asked to leave

R. Lee Ermey
There is so much to say, ...

First, how will you be remembered?

Second, be careful of what or who you create.

Third, how will you and your partner pass on your knowledge; about life, just not prepping?

Lastly, ...

Let's play my favorite game by substituting Ms. Bush for Ms. Obama

Food? Firearms? Fuel?

Who cares, ... then?

We hate them, but we need them.

Either way, ...

The customer always pays.

War Criminals
Yeap, the Palestinians leading this so-called march are war criminals. They knowing allow civilians to force Israeli soldiers to protect their borders with deadly force.

Younger Generation
I admire this generation. They want to prevent, just not, school violence but all gun violence, by limiting firearms to the police and military.

The only problem, ...

Another nation did the same thing, but ...

Again, another younger generation had different ideas.


"Territory, Money and Contraband"

"There are winners and losers. There are rich-world problems (less cod, more lobster) and poor (drought and pestilence). There are threats to the quality of the world’s basic staples including wheat and corn, as well as such nation-defining luxuries as Bordeaux wine and Java coffee. And whether through dearth or deluge, supply shocks can shake up prices."

"This is not a Black People Only rule."

"Would the FBI have used armored tanks and tear gas in an attempt to protect victims of, say, similarly institutionalize sex abuse in evangelical Christian or Catholic communities?"

What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 4/20/18

Defense One: The D Brief, 19 April, 2108

Shall Not Be Questioned: Monday News Links

The View from Chaos Manor: 10 June, 2017

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 525

Survival Blog: The Survivalist Odds 'n Sods, 19 April, 2018

The Z Man: The 420 to Boston

That's Just the Way it Was: , Kentucky (ca 19??)

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)
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, ...

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, ...

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

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.

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)
United States Marine Corps

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.

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 ...

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

Emergency Essentials - Freeze-Dried Super Sweet Corn

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

Emergency Essentials - Apple Slices

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

Emergency Essentials - Hojme

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.

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"

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.

CDNN Sports - Home

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

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

Target Sports USA - Home

Wednesday: 18 April 2018, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Scandinavian-style glossy white kitchen cabinets (2013)
photograph by
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.

Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: No-Bake Cookies Revisited

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.

Food Storage Made Easy - Rice Flour Crepes

Food Storage Made Easy - Shelf Stable Recipes: Chocolate Cake

Food Storage Made Easy - Cilantro-Lime Rice Recipe: Food Storage Style

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Recipe: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Wednesday: 18 April 2018

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

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

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

'Cause, ...

You're going to need it.

Tech Crunch - How to Save Your Privacy from the Internet's Clutches

Monday, April 16, 2018

Volume Four: Number Sixteen

Les Portes du Cimetière
Marc Chagall

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



A.I., Again











Things You Might Want to Think About

10 PM
Repeat after me, ...

Nothing good happens after 10 pm

I agree.

But, ...

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

Baseball Bats
Seriously, ... Mini-Baseball Bats

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

May she burn in hell, like her victims.

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.

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


"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