Monday, January 26, 2015

Volume One Number Four



Leda and the Swan (ca 1928)
by
Jerzy Hulewicz




Last week, I talked about some of the unprepared groups; you and your family may face during an event. Today, I'll cover some of the prepared groups.
 
Federal
The first governmental group, I mentioned last week as an unprepared group, is the National Guard. These honorable men and women will be the first of many groups to come to your aid during and after a disaster. With access to equipment, food, water, and many other supplies, they will be gladly welcomed by you and your family. Plus, the National Guard has also trained to respond to most disaster.

But, ... Like any other organization, they may not have the same priorities that you and your family have for your survival. Take Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, the police and National Guard confiscated firearms from survivors. They also forcibly evacuated people from their undamaged homes.

Another federal group will be the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) Most folks think FEMA is a huge government agency. It isn't.

FEMA is basically a small group of government employees that make plans for responding to emergencies. They use contractors to store water, food and other supplies. The contractors then deliver the supplies before and after the event. Lastly, FEMA will also use the National Guard and other federal, state, and local groups to distribute these supplies.

Like the National Guard, these United States military may also be present during an event. Currently, as far as I know, the military has always been in a support role providing aircraft, trucks, and other transportation or expert services.

More likely than not, during an extreme event (nuclear war, nationwide EMP attack, or other country-wide disaster) these United States military will be used to enforce Presidential executive orders (Executive Order 10998, Executive Order 11000, and many others) to provide calm (possibly shooting looters, on sight) seizing excess supplies, and compelling you or a family member to work a specific job.

Trust me, these United States military is very organized. Plus, they just might kill you to prove it : - (

State
Like the federal emergency organizations, your state will also have a state emergency management agency. Like F.E.M.A., they are planners relying on state-wide agencies to implement their plans. They will use the state police to involuntarily evacuate you, seize your family's firearms, and enforce the law, sometimes improperly.

Note:
Yes, I know; I categorized the National Guard in the federal forces. To me, for all intent and purposes, the various state National Guards are a federal force. They get most of their money, training, equipment, and doctrine from the federal government.
 
Local
You probably get it by now.

But, ... I have to bring up a point, especially at the local level.

There are groups that will use their authority to take your supplies and equipment, outside the law. These groups are going to be made up of folks just like you and your friends. They will be members of the fire and police department, roads and grounds, and other local government departments. (Think corrupt cops)

Most of these groups will be hastily organized for an acute or rapidly unfolding event, but a prolonged event will allow unscrupulous government employees and elected officials to organize to steal your family's supplies, just like ...

Evil Survivalists and Evil Preppers
Folks, sooner or later, a member of your family is going to bring up the idea of running down to the local China-Mart to steal supplies.

Or, ... To steal supplies from other survivors.

Other folks are thinking the same thing, but they're looking at you and your family's supplies. That means you're going to have to deal with other organized survivors trying to kill you and your family, and I'm not talking about unprepared survivors, like last week.

These folks, not many, will have done or will do reconnaissance on your set up. They will test your reaction plans, develop a plan to overcome your defenses, and ... In other words, watch the video (yeah, it's kinda sensational but informative)

Or, ... Ambush your family and friends going to the market, doctor's office, or your 'retreat.'

Criminal Gangs
These techniques, raids and ambushes, will also be used by organized criminal gangs to steal your supplies, rape you and your family, and commit other crimes. These group will be composed of many different ethnic groups, so you can't just suspect 'Whites', 'Blacks', 'Mexicans', 'Asians', or ... Don't forget, these criminal gangs may  also be a multi-ethnic gang.

Oh, ... I almost forgot. You might think about how the Mafia (Italian, Russian, and others) would affect your preps.


Things You May Want to Think About

Don't Be 'That' Guy (Say Uncle)
Repeat after me "A firearm is always loaded. A firearm is always loaded. A firearm is always loaded. ..."

Next, repeat after me "..." Oh, heck, ... just follow the Firearm's Safety Rules


Happened Before. It'll Happen Again
During WW2, these United States infringed on its citizen's rights by deporting them to interment camps. The reason: these citizens were a possible threat to our country.

If you think this only happened to Japanese-Americans, you need to read the short article.


Conquest, War, Famine, and Death
I like 'rich' people. They come in so many different variations. There are the 'money' rich then there is the 'godly' rich. There is the 'land' rich, and the 'happy' rich. There is the serenity rich and many others. There is even a 'Gloom and Doom' rich

Well, ... The money rich are having a meeting and they have provided a chart of possible threats, they are worried about.


What is the Goal? (Say Uncle)
If you make something complicated enough, to me, two things happen. Folks give up and stop doing the activity or they break the law.

When it comes to law abiding citizens, they give up. I predict that is what the anti-freedom groups want.

Note:
If you haven't read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, you're missing out on the spoilers.


Overheard
  
"when there's money involved, he seems to agree just often enough" (Say Uncle)


"The next chapter in the oil story is more likely to be scarcity rather than just a boomerang back to higher prices."

"One way the terrorists try to win is by using the institutions of the Western State to suppress information critical of, or likely to reveal, their operational methods."

"History is back with a viscous vengeance"

Less Energy, Stuff, and Stimulation.” 

"the Federal Reserve has already declared the winner of the generational war: The Baby Boomers won and the Gen-X and Gen-Y lost"
 

 That's Just the Way it Was

Maine (ca 1940)



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,



provided by
Wilhelmina von Hallwyl

Getting Dressed
Katniss and I have been considering obtaining our concealed carry permits for a couple of years. We never got them, usually because we live in a safe place, don't have violent acquaintances, and other reasons (financial). With the recent difficulties in Ferguson, Missouri; Paris, France; and others, Katniss and I have been seriously considering it again.

So, ... That has led to some thoughts about wardrobe.

Before I continue, I need for you to understand. We don't have a lot of money, so we aren't going to have a pistol or revolver for every occasion. We have other priorities (have to enjoy life as we, you and your family, are getting prepared) new mattresses, short trips, school tuition, saving for retirement, and ... You know because your family is doing the same thing.

With that said, there are folks out there that advocate for not dressing for your concealed carry weapon (CCW). According to them, you and your family choose a CCW depending on what you wear. Like I said, I don't have the money for three different pistols or revolvers.

Needless to say, cooler weather makes it easy to wear your concealed carry weapon. A light jacket easily covers a 2 to 4 inch barreled .357 magnum revolver, Glock 19, or similar weapon in a holster.

Cold weather has it's drawback though. Zippers, buttons, and long coats or jackets will slow drawing the CCW. Let's not get started on hot weather. Unless, you like Hawaiian shirts.

Of course, more research is needed by both me and Katniss.


Atomic Bombs, Close Air Support, Artillery, Mortars, Machine Guns, Rifles, Pistols, Knives, Improvised Weapons, then Hand-to-Hand, in That Order
Uncle, over at Say Uncle, brought up a point about the recent assault of a person legally carrying a concealed weapon that I would like you to consider.

The advice: also carry a small folding knife that you can open one-handed because if you're in a scuffle because you might not be able to get to your gun.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,


photograph by
Steve Evans

I hate the National Rifle Association, too.
I hate how over 4,000,000 people have come together to prevent Liberals, Nazis, Communists, Socialists, Democrats, Statists, Republicans, and other Do-Gooders from prohibiting people like Gays, Blacks, Women, Latinos, Irish, Domestic Violence victims, Jews, Slavs, and many others from exercising their rights protected under the Constitution of these United States.

I  hate how the N.R.A doesn't lose sight that firearms are tools, used by police officers, soldiers, citizens, and documented visitors to this country to protect themselves and their families from criminals.

I hate how the N.R.A. helps to protect hunters, target shooters, collectors, and others from unnecessary and burdensome regulations.

I hate how the N.R.A promotes large and small business that provide hundreds, if not thousands, of skilled and unskilled jobs nationally and internationally.

Lastly, I hate how the N.R.A has spawn hundreds of organizations that help protect our rights locally and nationally, teach our children, partners, and ourselves how to safely use firearms, and has become a model for our international brothers and sisters to expand their god-given rights under oppressive regimes.


P.S.
Everybody in these United States has the right to their views, but they don't need to be supported for them.

So, ... If you disagree with Mr. Bryant Gumble, you might want to contact his employer and the employer's sponsors and let them know your views.

Lastly, ... Ignore Micheal Moore. He's just trying to stay relevant.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday: 21 January 2015, Part Four


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photgraph by
Andreube

It's Shelter for Your Body
Military surplus gear is great, if you can get it cheap.

Link:
Total Survivalist - 7 Layer ECWCS System: My Thoughts
http://www.totalsurvivalist.com/2015/01/7-layer-ecwcs-system-my-thoughts.html

Note:
As Ryan notes "If it is over say 80% of the same price [as civilian clothing] I would carefully weigh the individual item in question against earth tone civilian offerings" because Cabella's has a reoccurring sale on their polypropylene long johns, gortex outerwear, and other cold weather clothing, every year.

Plus, ...

Since you're probably not going to be running around in the woods, trying to defeat the forces of the New World Order, the local charity stores will have fleece jackets and many other outdoor clothing in brighter, but still very warm, colors.

Link:
YouTube: Thenewsurvivalist - What NOT to Wear When Bugging Out After a Disaster!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvnD7O_9ehM


Thanks For Noticing
Remember, the situation dictates the response.

But, ... Normally, it's going to be shelter, water, food, medical, then protection.

Wednesday: 21 January 2015, Part Three


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


photgraph by
Dey.sandip

Find

Link:
YouTube: Eugene Runkis - 7 ways to find water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIOCPzn38vo


Treat

Link:
YouTube: 314Helias - SPECIAL FORCES ~ POTABLE WATER Survival Tactics!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0U92Wi27yQ

Note:
It's jazzy.

But, ... You want to treat the cleanest water possible.

Oh, iodine is unhealthy for pregnant women

Link:
High Altitude Medicine Guide - Water Treatment Methods
http://www.high-altitude-medicine.com/water.html


Store

Link:
Centers for Disease Control - Emergency Water Supplies
http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/water/

Centers for Disease Control - Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water
http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/safe_water/personal.html


Another Person's Thoughts

Link:
YouTube: nutnfancy - "And Many Will Die for Want of Water" by Nutnfancy [Water Storage]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcE5x3X6TQ4


P.S.
Buy the book Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead for more information on surviving the tough times ahead