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 -

Wednesday: 27 August 2014, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


A couple of days ago, in the "Weekly Dose of Doom and Gloom" I linked to a piece by Charles Smith titled "Is the $5 Bill the New $1 Bill?"

In the article Mr. Smith points out another example of inflation.

Well, ...

I have been seeing it in table salt. Yep, salt.


I put aside a 5-gallon bucket of salt, about 50 pound (22.7 kilograms), every couple of years.


For preppers and survivalists, we need salt to do various things, like making pickles. Our bodies also need salt for our cells' sodium potassium pump. Plus, some salt has iodine added to prevent goiter.

So, ...

We stock a variety of salt, canning or pickling salt (just salt, nothing else), iodized salt, and kosher salt.

Well, ...

Those little one-pound cardboard cylinders of iodized table salt have gotten expensive. I have seen them go from 10¢ a cylinder (ten years, ago) to over 75¢ (it might be higher, now)

Oh, ...

If you look around, you might find salt on 5 pound bags for less. I did at one of the local grocery stores, in the canning section, so I bought all they had. Came back; did it again, and had over 50 pounds of canning salt for less than, 'If' I remember correctly, 30¢ a pound : - )

Preparedness Advice Blog - Found My Old Dill Pickle Recipe

Dill Pickles

Human Anatomy: Student Edition - Animation: How the Sodium Potassium Pump Works

Simple - How To Prevent Goiter: What Are The Causes Of Goiter Home Cooking - Salt Varieties and Types

Wednesday: 27 August 2014

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper, U.S.M.C.

Say Uncle
Uncle has been having a couple articles about 'list articles.' You know the ones with titles like 'Best 10 Automobiles for Driving Slow,' 'Ten Hottest Celebrities from Antarctica,' 'Worst States to Live in if You're a Cat' or ...

Well, ...

He linked to one that is worth reading.

Say Uncle - Another Listicle

Say Uncle, Again
One of the cool things about being a prepper or survivalist, you and your family get to learn sooo much about stuff.

Like, ...

Sound Suppressors

Say Uncle - Silencer Science

Dang, there is only one volume, so far : - (

Say Uncle, Again and Again
I'm a realist. I know folks don't take my suggestions to purchase a .357 revolver and a SKS rifle.

So, ...

Uncle has a link about using a foregrip on the AR-15.

Say Uncle - Not Applicable to AKs

I'm Trying for a Couple More
If you see this message, I wasn't able to make a listicle about Say Uncle articles.

Unless, you consider three items a list.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly Dose of Doom and Gloom, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Edward Hicks

Ol' Remus
Folks, Ol' Remus has something for y'all.

First, "The Excluded Middle"

Think about the chaos when you call in sick, with no notice. What would happen to food, water, and other essential supplies 'If' a bunch of others called in 'sick.' What happens 'If' the Middle-Class just stops?

Second, "How an Ebola Outbreak in the U.S. Would Spread," "Ebola Scares," "Ebola 'What if'," and "Ebola and Quarantined."

I was thinking about this at work today, so I was going to suggest you and your family watch 'Contagion.'

You, your partner, and your children could discuss the movie. You know 'what ifs' and all. Maybe fill some water bottles, come up with a grocery list, and such.

After the kids go to bed, you and your partner (maybe the older kids, too) could re-watch the movie and talk about the gritty, nasty, dirty parts the movie doesn't show.

Like the looting, murders, and other actions committed by desperate neighbors (you or your partner killing a neighbor refusing to stop coming towards your family), and the rapes, murders, and other crimes committed by emboldened villains.

Oh, yeah ...

You also might want to talk about what happens when that little movie medical miracle doesn't happen because developing a vaccine takes a really long time.

Lastly, "EMP"

There are certain events that would change our world; an electromagnatic pulse event, nature or human-made is one of them.

And, ...

Damn, the article is on Voice of America!

Woodpile Report: 384 - 26 Aug 2014

Us and Them
We have Cops in the family, so I have known this foooooorever.

Plus, the military is like this.

And, ...

During an event, you and your family might have to be like this.

Fred on Everything - Notes from the Drains: What Cops Really Do