Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,


Right know, I'm being laughed at by some folks about the whole Ebola thing. (It didn't happen)

And, ...

That is a good thing because I'm going to use this as an opportunity to increase my OPSEC and acquire some supplies, possibly, cheap.

Increasing OPSEC
First, I want to the look at who's laughing at you. Is it close family members such as your teenage son or daughter? How about your partner?

If it is, I want you to explain that you made a mistake and would like them to keep it within the family because you're very embarrassed about the whole thing.

Next, you need to explain how prepping is about planning for likely events that might not happen as expected such as a pandemic, hurricane, or other natural disaster.

Second, if you're being joked by co-workers, you have screwed up. You lost OPSEC when co-workers and non-family members know about your family's preps.

But, ...

We can repair that, maybe.

First, I want you to quietly or loudly (depending on your public personality) tell everyone how you screwed up and wasted a lot of money on some bullsh*it scare mongering by the main stream media.

Second, I want you to also comment on how stupid preppers are for believing all the hype on the internet about pandemic and other disasters.

Third, quit reading prepper-type internet sites, prepper blogs, and prepper magazines at work!

Fourth, ...

You see what you're trying to do, right? You and your family (because your partner and children might have been 'outed' as a preppers, too) are trying to convince everyone you have given up on preparedness.

Buying Supplies, Cheap
I have two thoughts about purchasing supplies and other stuff.

The first deals with how folks concentrate on the current 'Big Event." We can see this with the so called Y2K Bug from about 15 years ago, the Economic Collapse that everyone worried about a few years ago, and the Ebola Pandemic scare that ended a few weeks ago. Heck, the so called Assault Weapon ban could be included from the last one or two years as a Big Event that didn't happen.

After these non-events, some folks will sell off their supplies. You'll see generators for half-price or less after hurricane season. Used firearms, especially the AR-15s, have fallen in price. Plus, the retailers have a surplus of goods, like long-term food storage, water filters, and other equipment.

You might even see these supplies at the local charity stores because folks have donated these items.

My second thought deals with investments. In one investing strategy, I follow, an investor sells their 'winners' and buys their 'losers' during the yearly reallocation.

Now, ...

This strategy doesn't deal with you selling some of your .22LR ammo (since prices are still high) to buy some freeze-dried food storage. This strategy deals with your investments.

Let me explain.

Right now, the stock market is at or near their all-time highs. What I am suggesting is that you sell some of your stocks, for a profit and use that money to purchase some silver and gold coins to physically hold, in a safe, at your home or business.

Or, ...

If you have enough long-term food storage, such as white rice and dried beans, for your family to purchase more 9mm ammo for your defensive pistol since prices have come down sooo much.

Or, ...

In other words, buying a lot of one 'currently' inexpensive item to dramatically increase your stock of that item.

But, . But, .. But, ...!
Yes, I know, I have suggested in the past for you and your family to take the slow and steady method to acquire a variety of supplies instead of concentrating on one item.

But, ...

There are times when that strategy can be temporarily set aside. Just remember, it's temporary.

Yes, I also know, I have suggested avoiding purchasing silver and gold coins for the beginning prepper, and I still stand by that suggestion.

But, ...

You and your family have been prepping for a few years now. You probably have a fair amount of water storage, food stocks, medical supplies, and other items, so it's might be time to include this financial item in your preps. Plus, the cost of silver and gold coins have fallen (and might be falling further) these last few months making them a possible 'good' buy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday: 19 November 2014, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,


Map Reading
A lot of people think the military is 24/7 shoot 'em up, just like the video games. It isn't.

It's plan, practice, pack up, inspect, and ...

University of Vermont: Reserve Officer Training Corps - FM 3-25.26 Map Reading and Land Navigation

Army Study Guide - Land Navigation/Map Reading

What happens 'If' the internet dies?

On Point Preparedness - When the Google Well Runs Dry

Wednesday: 19 November 2014, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexia Riveracorre

How Many?
Katniss and I went to a local firearm's range to check out the Glock series of 9mm pistols. We shot the G-17, G-19, and the G-26 pistols, all 9mm handguns.

Well, ...

WeaponsMan - How Many Guns Should You Practice With?

Needless to say, we had a good time ; - )

Speaking of ...
Here are two military manuals on marksmanship, one for the rifle and one for the pistol.

Utah National Guard  - FM 3-22.9: Rifle Marksmanship, M16A1, M-16A2/3, M-16A4, and M4 Carbine

U.S.M.C - MCRP 3-01B: Pistol Marksmanship

Just to Remind You

Registration Leads to Confiscation!!!

Say Uncle - Registration leads to confiscation

Wednesday: 19 November 2014, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photo by
Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen

Preppers are Everywhere
Every once in a while, Say Uncle will have an article about prepping.

Needless to say, he focuses on water and food, like a prudent prepper ; - )

But, ...

Sometimes the articles are ... inappropriate : - (

Say Uncle - How To Create A Food Storage Supply For $5 Per Week

The article is inappropriate because the article makes some of the ...

Seven Food Storage Mistakes
Even though the article is about fifteen years old, Ms. Tate's work is still important for you and your family.

So, ...

Read Ms. Tate's article then read the '$5 Per Week' article.

And, ...

See if you can recognize the mistakes ; - )

Backwoods Home: Vicki Tate - Seven Mistakes of food Storage

Just to Remind You

GSIEP: 16 Weeks - Week Four: Food

Wednesday: 19 November 2014

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Jason Meredith

Shelter, Shelter, and ...
During certain events, you and your family may need to downsize to comfortably survive.

Well, ...

We can start learning from others' experiences, now.

io9 - This Ultra-Tiny House Is Perfect for the Post-Apocalypse

Another Tiny House Story - Home

As we have seen in the last few days, the weather can quickly change for the worst. Like freezing cold worst.

So, ...

Survival Cache - Do you have 5 Ways to Make Fire?

Preparedness Advice Blog - What Type of Fire Starters Do You Carry?

Love The Outdoors - Fire Starters