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29 June, 2012

Pitirim Sorokin

An old college friend of mine recently posted this link on his Facebook page to an article that thoroughly blew my mind, and I thought you folks would find it as interesting... and maybe even a bit eery as I did.  Remember when reading, that the gentleman whose name graces the title of this post founded the Dept. of Sociology at Harvard University, and he wrote what seem to be "prophecies" of a kind 75 years ago.  Reading this gave me chills.

Here's the LINK.

26 June, 2012

Prepping On $5/Week

Patriots Against The NWO: Prep Items you can Buy For $5.00 A week..........: The goal of this post is to demonstrate that prepping can be done on the cheap for about $ 5.00 per week. I do not think that I know anyone who could not spare five bucks per week to invest in the ability to feed yourself and your family in the event of being affected by some form of disaster. And if you can do $10.00 a week and add items even faster!

For just $ 5.00 /- you can buy the following storable things...

Totes for Food Storage or Bugging Out

Totes for Food Storage or Bugging Out. - YouTube

22 June, 2012

Is Prepping Worth it? What if Nothing Happens? Is it all a Waste?

For the record, the position the author of this article takes on Y2K is absolutely correct. A dear friend of mine is in that industry and was heavily involved in the efforts to bring things up-to-snuff before the turn of the millennium. The real truth is that the people who were truly in-the-know were stockpiling food and ammo, even as they diligently worked to make the problem the non-entity it will always be remembered as.


Is Prepping Worth it? What if Nothing Happens? Is it all a Waste?: Earlier this year, I ran across an blog post on the Directive 21 site that asked the question: What if Nothing Happens? The context was that of prepping. You know what I mean: the time, the expense, the worry, the whole shebang. Is it worth it and more to the point, will all of this effort be wasted?

Now I happen to know that a lot of naysayers out there will point to the year 2K brouhaha as an example of why prepping is folly. Myself, I like to think that I bring a very unique perspective to that particular time since, as an old COBOL programmer, I knew how the computer code of old would blow up with the turn of the millennium. I also know many people who were frantically involved in code conversions and even I provided a bit of consulting to the telecommunications industry in that regard.

So why was Y2K a non-event? I would say that the diligent preparation on the part of governments and businesses played a huge role in insuring that utility companies continued to work, the ATM machines continued to function and that daily life continued without a hiccup...

Major Violent Crime Wave Hits Anti-Gun Cities Across America

Major Violent Crime Wave Hits Anti-Gun Cities Across America: As crime rates drop around the country, a somewhat predictable but disturbing trend is starting to pop up in big cities across America. In a number of large metropolitan areas throughout the country, where guns are severely restricted, crime is actually increasing. In fact, it’s increasing at a rather alarming rate.

Take the notoriously Anti-Gun city of Chicago, where in the first 6 months of this year the city has already seen over 228 Homicides. Last weekend alone, Fifty-three people were shot; nine of them fatally, in what’s becoming a deadly weekly trend on the streets of Chicago. From Flash Mobs attacking shoppers on Michigan Avenue, to the Gang Violence that’s plaguing the city, Chicago has become more violent than the deadly war zones in the Middle East.

While gun control advocates point to Chicago as being a major reason for needing stricter gun laws, what they fail to mention is that nationally crime rates are actually dropping. In areas that actually respect your right to bear arms, crime rates have been dropping year after year...

21 June, 2012

Guest Post: 5 Tips for Surviving in the Wilderness after Being Injured

Once you get into the wilderness, there is a greater chance of incurring an injury. Whether it has to do with getting stung by any one of a large variety of insects or burns from a campfire or the sun, or possibly a mountain climbing fall, there are numerous possible ways that injuries are sustained in the wilderness. To increase your safety in the event of a wilderness injury, you need to have a basic knowledge of wilderness survival skills which takes a considerable amount of time and energy to acquire. Even if you are not highly trained in wilderness survival, a little bit of common sense can go a long way in responding appropriately to this type of emergency. Listed below are five tips that may come in handy if you ever find yourself in this situation.

1. Stay calm
The first thing you need to do when a member of your wilderness party gets injured is to stay calm. In most situations, you are in less danger than it initially appears. Sometimes however, the real dangers are different than what you may think they are. For these reasons staying calm is the most prudent thing to do. If the danger is less than you think there is no reason to worry or over-react. On the other hand, if there is a hidden danger, you are more likely to recognize it if you stay level-headed. 

2. Create your plan
Many people die as a result of wilderness accidents each year because they panic and fail to calmly assess their situation and come up with a rational plan. It is critical that after responding to the best of your ability to the initial injury, that you carefully evaluate all of your options and create your short term survival plan accordingly. Have each member of your group give their input and then have the designated leader facilitate the group in making the plan.

3. Determine your priorities

As you create your plan it is very important to prioritize each of your objectives. Each wilderness situation is potentially going to be a little different and will therefore require its own distinct priorities. Depending on the severity of the injury and your ability to respond to it and get it under control, you may need to forge your way back to civilization. Other situations may require you to lay low until a more advantageous time to head out present's itself. In some situations it may be wise to have one or two people go for help and have the injured person and the rest of the group wait for help to arrive.

4. Address your priorities in order of importance
This may sound obvious however, after prioritizing what you need to do, it is really quite easy to become distracted doing something that you feel most comfortable doing or responding to the requests of the injured person in your party. You must be disciplined and stay focused. In some cases, time is of the essence in treating the injury or in getting the injured person back to safety and in some cases, hospitalization. Don't get distracted from doing your priorities in the proper order. 

5- Deal with pain and inflammation
Some injuries are going to cause extreme pain and inflammation for the victim and getting the pain under control may be a high priority. Fortunately, Mother Nature provides a natural pain killer in many terrains. It is possible to create a concoction with similar qualities to aspirin by taking the inner bark of a willow tree and put in boiling water similar to simmering an herbal tea. A more detailed explanation on how to create this natural pain reliever can be reviewed online.
Experiencing an injury in the wilderness is certainly no fun. The stress and related dangers of dealing with it can greatly be reduced by being prepared. Even if you are not a highly trained and skilled wilderness survivalist, keeping these tips in mind may be helpful if you ever have to experience and deal with such an event.

Author Bio: Vic Rantala is the owner of Safecastle, a leading retailer of survival products and food storage brands such as Yoders Meats and Mountain House foods. Click here to learn more.

Guest Post: 5 Things You Need in Your Bug Out Bag

A bug out bag is a bag full of necessities that one might need during an emergency. It is a type of emergency kit that is meant to be portable, light and very useful. Despite appearances, bug out bags can hold a wealth of potentially life-saving items. Shelf Reliance provides fully stocked, durable bug out bags. They also provide items so a person can select what they want in their bug out bag or add items to a stock bug out bag:

First Aid Kit 

First aid kits are essential to survival in many situations. Emergencies mean accidents are going to happen. Needing a bug out bag means people are basically on their own. Those two things combined make a first aid kit indispensable. It should have basic wound cleansers, wound dressings, pain relievers, antihistamines, fever reducers and perhaps even feminine products.


A light can mean the difference between camping in a cave full of bears and finding a nice meadow when traveling in the dark. If the bug out bag belongs to someone who is skilled at making torches, fire-starting tools are all that is needed. However, if that is not the case, a battery operated flashlight or lantern is necessary. Extra batteries are good as well.


Fire saves lives in emergencies that require bug out bags. It sounds odd, but it is a fact. They provide warmth, light and a place to sterilize food and water. Waterproof matches are the safest bet. Lighters are helpful as well, but can be useless when wet.

Food & Water 

A very skilled survivor can find food and water. However, it is wise to have freeze dried food in a bug out bag, no matter the skill level. Protein and vitamins can help keep up energy until food can be found. As for water, a container for water and water treatment tools will suffice if a water source is handy. No more than a few bottles of water will be convenient to carry, so these tools are necessary. 


Personal survival tents are very small and light. They are also worth it. They will keep out bugs, help retain heat and deter most small animals. Emergency blankets for the shelter should also be in the bug out bag in case temperatures drop.

The above list only takes into account a bug out bag for a healthy individual. If a person is taking medications for an illness, that should be included in the bag. That is why it is so important to personalize a bug out bag. It should be ready for grabbing and bugging out at any given time.

20 June, 2012

It Is Time To Start Freaking Out About The Global Economy

Oh Crud! 19 Reasons Why It Is Time To Start Freaking Out About The Global Economy: Yes, it is officially time to start freaking out about the global economy. The European financial system is falling apart and it is going to go down hard. If Europe was going to be saved it would have happened by now. The big money insiders have already pulled their funds from vulnerable positions and they are ready to ride the coming chaos out. Over the next few months the slow motion train wreck currently unfolding in Europe will continue to play out and things will likely really start really heating up in the fall once summer vacations are over. Most Americans greatly underestimate how much Europe can affect the global economy. Europe actually has a larger population than the United States does. Europe also has a significantly larger economy and a much larger banking system. The world is more interconnected today than ever before, and a collapse of the financial system in Europe will cause a massive global recession...

Ten Healing Herbs You Can Grow Yourself in a Healing Garden

Ten Healing Herbs You Can Grow Yourself in a Healing Garden: Herbs have been used for centuries to sooth and to heal. According to Wikipedia:

Herbs have long been used as the basis of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, with usage dating as far back as the first century CE and before. Medicinal use of herbs in Western cultures has its roots in the Hippocratic (Greek) elemental healing system, based on a quaternary elemental healing metaphor.

With such a long history of use, herbs most certainly have a place in the survival garden. With that in mind, today I offer a few suggestions to get you started in creating your own healing garden...

19 June, 2012

It’s Almost Time For Panic. Five Disasters that Can Push Humanity Off the Cliff

It’s Almost Time For Panic. Five disasters that can push humanity off the cliff - project chesapeake: ... Water aquifers and surface supplies are rapidly dwindling in the U.S. and are causing potential shortages in the southern mid-west and Californias’ Central valley. These two areas produce most of our vegetables and grain. Weather patterns are changing and seem to be reverting to patterns seen in the 1930’s which caused the dreaded dust bowl. Many of our rivers and lakes are now so polluted they are permanent dead zones for sea life. This potential water shortage is becoming more of a reality every year. Without water, nothing lives or grows, it’s as simple as that. As this problem becomes more pronounced, rationing will give way to fighting over the dwindling resource. This fighting will go from local to international in scope and everyone will be touched by it...

The $50 Lesson

From an email/Facebook post that's been going around:

The $50 Lesson

I was working out in the front when my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog.

During our friendly conversation, I asked their 12 year old daughter what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President someday.

Both of her parents - liberal Democrats - were standing there, so I asked her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?" She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."

Her parents beamed with pride!

"Wow...what a worthy goal!" I said. "But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that!" I told her. "What do you mean?" she replied.

So I told her, "You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I'll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house."

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

18 June, 2012

BioLite Stoves

I'm a man, which should automatically tell you I'm also a big fan of gadgets.  Imagine then my excitement when (I sh*t you not) three different people hit me up with links to these awesome BioLite stoves over the weekend.

They are low-cost biomass cookstoves that consume less fuel, reduce smoke emissions by up to 95%, and convert the waste heat into electricity, allowing users to charge small electronics such as mobile phones and LED lights.

They come in models for the home as well as for camping/hiking!

Similar stoves cam also be purchased from Backwoods Survival Blog sponsor Solo Stove.

The Economic Collapse Is Not A Single Event

The Economic Collapse Is Not A Single Event: Many people hype "the coming economic collapse" as if it is some kind of big summer Hollywood blockbuster. Many people out there write about it as if it is something that will happen in a single day or over a few weeks and that it will suddenly change how the entire world functions. But that is not how the financial world works. The financial world is like a game of chess - very slow and methodical. Yes, there are times when things happen very quickly (like back in 2008), but even that crisis played out over a number of months. Sadly, most Americans are not used to thinking in terms of months or years. These days, most Americans have the attention span of a goldfish and most Americans have been trained to expect instant gratification. They are simply not accustomed to being patient and to wait for things.  Well, despite what you may have read, the economic collapse is not going to be a single event.  It is going to play out over quite a few years.  In some ways we are experiencing an economic collapse right now.  When the next major financial crisis occurs, many will be calling that "an economic collapse".  But if you really want to grasp what is happening to us, you need to think long-term.  We are heading for a complete and total nightmare, but it is going to take some time to get to the end of the story...

15 June, 2012

Guest Post: Properly Storing Emergency Food

Emergency food storage is a very important concept; one that could mean life or death for a series of situations. Natural disasters (i.e. hurricanes, tornadoes, floods etc.) and “public scares” (i.e. fear of nuclear attack) are the two main reasons why people seek out and/or construct shelters, and fill them with emergency food, but of course don’t rule out the fictitious scenario of surviving a zombie apocalypse (when it happens you will be grateful that you read this article).

When any one of these misfortunes is fast approaching, where will you go to seek refuge? Underground bunkers or basements, specifically built security structures and even attics are all popular choices, but what if you don’t have access to one of these? Is all hope lost?

Surprisingly, there is one solution that would suffice and one that most people have not thought about: replicating the features of these security structures in an indoor self-storage unit. What most people don’t realize is that storage facilities are built with a strong, tough exterior and a flood resistant exterior, thereby allowing you to safely wait out most situations for as long as the persist.
Depending on size, most storage units can hold anywhere from a couple individuals to a small family. The larger units could even be allocated weapons, clothing, and most importantly, food/water storage. Without the basics, all the optimism and weapons in the world won’t save you from certain death. But if you plan accordingly, you can have a somewhat decent set-up for an impressive amount of time. From here, we will discuss what and how you should properly store your basic items for emergency survival.

Let’s start with the bare necessities. The most important thing you will need is water. We humans can’t go long without water, maybe a couple days, so make sure you have plenty of that. Also remember that you will more than likely be using water for cooking and bathing, so take that into consideration when you are planning how much to store. Gallon containers should do the trick, and since water doesn’t go bad you don’t have to worry about rotating it (a process we will discuss later in the article).

Now, in regards to food, you are going to want food that has certain qualities. I am sorry to say that you will not be having steak dinners while you are in this unfortunate position. Below are a series of things to keep in mind when deciding what food to store in your safety dwelling:

  • Since you potentially are going to be eating it for quite some time, make sure you store food that you actually like. A lot. No sense loading up on things that you are going to regret down the line.
  • This probably goes without saying, but get food that requires no refrigeration.
  • Also, store food that needs little to no water to make or can be eaten raw. You don’t want to be stuck with a huge bag of rice and not enough water for it.
Some people will have you believe that the best strategy is to buy lots of dehydrated food that can last you up to 25 years. And while this may not be bad advice, with proper preparedness and rotation of your food, you can eat like a normal person for around the same cost.

Some companies will have you think that the best idea is to buy a ton of dehydrated food that lasts up to 25 years, but with preparedness and proper rotation of your food stores, you can eat like a normal human being instead of an astronaut for around the same cost.

To avoid the fate of eating astronaut food for the rest of your days, keep in mind that rotation is key. For example, if you like canned tuna and crackers you know that tuna is good for 2 years or so, but crackers go stale in about six months. So if you want to have this as part of your emergency stash, every six months or so, retrieve your cracker boxes, bring them to the pantry, and replace your emergency stores with a fresh new box. With really great planning, you could rotate everything that can go bad all on the same month. 

In the event of a disaster, always throw away food that has an unusual texture, smell or color. If any flooding or fires occur, throw out all damaged food. In the case of cans tainted by flood water, remove the label and wash the can with a bleach and water solution. 

Also grab any medications you may need and basic sanitation products like toothpaste and soap, first aid stuff, tools, clothing, and bedding. From there, it’s all up to you how you handle this epidemic. Follow these few tips carefully, so that when disaster strikes, you will be ready.

This article was written by Matt Schexnayder. Matt is on the SpareFoot marketing team and writes for the SpareFoot blog. SpareFoot is the largest online marketplace for self-storage with more than 5,000 self-storage facilities listed nationwide.

14 June, 2012

Guest Post: Protect Yourself with Home Surveillance

Author Bio:  Clint Henderson is a security professional with 2MCCTV Surveillance, international supplier and distributor of home surveillance cameras, complete systems, and security solutions.

According to 2011 data from fbi.gov, a household gets burglarized every 14.6 seconds.  Protection for yourself, your family, and your property is not something to be taken for granted.  There are many excellent options out there for home protection these days.  Households protect themselves with firearms, alarm systems, guard dogs, etc.  But one option that is often times not considered is a home surveillance system.  They come across as expensive and difficult to install and/or manage.  Systems used to cost thousands of dollars and require a great amount of technical training for the installation.  Thanks to advances in technology, home surveillance is something far more attainable than ever before for the average household.  Now, there are plug-and-play camera systems you can purchase for just a few hundred dollars that require little to no technical skills. 

Why You Need Home Surveillance

Deter Criminals
Burglars like to come and go, unnoticed.  Simply seeing the surveillance cameras around your house will make criminals think twice about breaking in and will more than likely move on.  Criminals looking to burglarize a home are looking for the easy mark.  Many people feel safe and comfortable in their home and think of their own house as the last place that would get robbed.  Burglars know this, and will look for the weakest mark.  Just don’t make it you. 

Safer Neighborhood
Outdoor security cameras can also make your entire neighborhood more safe and secure.  Watching the streets and all the activity around your home will provide not only protection for yourself and your family, but for all those that surround you as well.

Constant Monitoring
The average loss for a residential burglary is $1,607.  Monitoring your possessions and property at all times can come in quite handy.  With surveillance cameras, you can have a constant video feed of all the action in and around your home.   You now have the ability to remotely view all of your video footage from your work computer or smart phone.  Keeping an eye on your property has never been so easy.

Mitigate Liability Risk

Having cameras around can also protect you from liability claims.  If someone makes a false claim, you’ll have recorded evidence to refute it.  Unlike surveillance cameras at the workplace, you don’t have to give notice to anyone in order to capture footage on your own property.  You can have the added comfort of knowing you always have the facts you need, leaving nothing to chance.

Aiding Law Enforcement

Having surveillance cameras outside your home has aided in catching numerous criminals.  There are in fact hundreds of stories online where law enforcement use footage captured from home surveillance cameras in an attempt to gain more leads. 

Here are some recent stories of home surveillance cameras aiding law enforcement…

Guest Post: Why You Don't Need an Apocalypse to Be Self-Sustaining

Whether it's the looming December 12, 2012 Mayan prophecy or the face-eating "zombie" episodes in the media, the world seems to be prepping for the end of the world. Whether it's some secret desire to rid yourself of capitalist restraints (your boss) or a desire to "live your own life", you don't need an economic collapse to live a life free from these modern day stresses. Here are a few things you can do to live a more self-sustaining lifestyle.

Move to the Country

Let's face it. If there's a zombie invasion, a sudden economic collapse or some terrorist attack, you'll want to be away from Urban environments. That means you need to be at least an hour or two away from the city. There are simply too many people that would be painfully unprepared for any serious problems that people these days are preparing. So, what do you do? Well, get out of the suburbs. Sell your home, get out of your renter's lease and buy land on property that is capable of sustaining agriculture.

Find Shelter

You made it out of the big city, good job. Now that you have land in the country, you'll need shelter. Look into building an "earth ship" they're almost 100% self-sustaining, have the capacity to grow fruits/vegetables and recycle almost everything from sunlight to insulation to water. Earth ships are clever and when built correctly, will last a very long time. You can find out more here. The most you would have to worry about would be fixing appliances in the house.

Educate Yourself

Learn how to grow your own food. Learn how to can and store abundant amounts of food. You need to be able to provide your own sources of food at some point. Can you hunt/fish? You'll run out of canned food eventually, ya know? Take some CPR classes and get at least a basic understanding of how to treat minor injuries. Whether we have a (insert catastrophe here) or not, it's always a good thing to add upon your knowledge of practical information that will come in handy for you regardless of what the future may hold.

While we may never have to worry about a nuclear fallout or a zombie apocalypse, one can still live free from society's expectations and rules. Learn how to live sustainably and you'll be prepared for anything, even if it never comes.

The author of this article Katei Cranford is a freelance writer who enjoys sharing tips for being safe rather than sorry.

13 June, 2012

The World as We Know It Is About to End, Say Some Really Frightened Scientists

The World as We Know It Is About to End, Say Some Really Frightened Scientists - Global - The Atlantic Wire: A new study by 22 biologists and ecologists has found that environmental changes on our planet are reaching a point of no return that leads to mass extinctions and harms human welfare. The situation, said one scientist, “scares the hell out of me.” That would be James H. Brown, one of the authors of alarming paper published by Nature, talking to New York Times Green blogger Justin Gillis. Brown is not one of your everyday cranks predicting raptures and the end of days. He is a macroecologist at the University of New Mexico. And as The Atlantic's James Fallows, who pointed out this terrifying study to us, writes, this could be the most important news of 2012. How soon do these scientists expect the world as we know it to end? Gillis writes, "within a few human generations, if not sooner." The most frightening thing is that this finding isn't about what will come if we do not act, but that our effects on the planet's environment -- global warming, population growth, and overall resource extraction -- means that we've already passed a "tipping point." This isn't a plea for change. These are things scientists have been warning us about for decades...

Students Survive 9 Days in New Zealand Wilderness

US students tell of surviving 9 days in New Zealand wilderness | Fox News: Two U.S. students trapped in the New Zealand wilderness by a snowstorm trekked back out to safety after surviving their nine-day ordeal by rationing their meager supplies of trail mix and warming themselves in hot springs.

Alec Brown and Erica Klintworth, both 21, returned to the city of Christchurch on Monday after meeting up with members of a search team -- famished but otherwise in good shape, police said.

The two students, on a foreign study program in New Zealand with University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, had planned to hike and camp for a few days at some hot springs on the country's South Island. But heavy rains and a snowstorm during the Southern Hemisphere winter prevented the couple from being able to cross a river and return...

12 June, 2012

13.000 Years Ago Earth Took A Big Hit From Space: New Evidence Supporting Theory Of Extraterrestrial Impact

Nano Patents and Innovations: 13.000 Years Ago Earth Took A Big Hit From Space: New Evidence Supporting Theory Of Extraterrestrial Impact: An 18-member international team of researchers that includes James Kennett, professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara, has discovered melt-glass material in a thin layer of sedimentary rock in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Syria. According to the researchers, the material –– which dates back nearly 13,000 years –– was formed at temperatures of 1,700 to 2,200 degrees Celsius (3,100 to 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit), and is the result of a cosmic body impacting Earth.

These new data are the latest to strongly support the controversial Younger Dryas Boundary (YDB) hypothesis, which proposes that a cosmic impact occurred 12,900 years ago at the onset of an unusual cold climatic period called the Younger Dryas. This episode occurred at or close to the time of major extinction of the North American megafauna, including mammoths and giant ground sloths; and the disappearance of the prehistoric and widely distributed Clovis culture...

11 June, 2012

A Medieval Take on the Survivalist Philosophy: Fealty and Land-Tenure

If you haven’t already, please read the first article in this ongoing series, in order to familiarize yourself with the basics, before continuing here.

With respect to this subject, I’m going to ask you to hear me out fully before allowing your nearly-instinctive revulsion to pull you away from the scenario I will be presenting.  I recognize the fact that it might be difficult; survivalists and preppers alike cherish our individual freedoms, often more than our very lives.  Many of us even readily-identify ourselves as Libertarians, so I can see where some of the things I’m about to say will not initially sit well, but please bear with me.

First off, if you have a large extended family, network, or group who you feel will be able to maintain and defend your retreat, then there’s a possibility that what I’m about to say will not apply to you.  You are already in an ideal situation.  Some, however, are not so lucky. 

Allow me to describe my own situation: I come from a large family, but many of my kin are far-flung.  In any extended TEOTWAWKI scenario, there are only a handful of them who I can guarantee will be able to safely reach my retreat.  Of those, a few are elderly/infirm; only perhaps six are fit for heavy work and seven more for lighter work – at least five are either completely infirm or are small children.  Another group lives just over a hundred miles away that, if they made it, would bring another two able-bodies and one capable of lighter work.  I suspect, however, that they would be more likely to try to ride things out with folks from their church than to risk traveling so far in uncertain times. 

So, all in all, I’m not too bad off.  After all, even those who aren’t fit for the heavier labor can still carry a weapon, walk a perimeter patrol, tend the garden, etc.; and, among my kin, you will find military veterans, a registered nurse, a certified nurse’s assistant, hunters, people who are mechanically-inclined, etc.  The problem is, what if – God forbid – they don’t make it here?  And what are people to do if they have no such help on the horizon?  That’s what this article is all about.

Now, it’s time for some background and for me to clear-up a few misconceptions. 

The average medieval lord is a much-maligned figure, because a significant number of them were tyrants.  Being a serf meant you were bonded to the land.  You weren’t technically a slave, but you might as well have been; you couldn’t leave without the lord’s permission (to do so was a crime), and you had no choice but to submit to his every whim.  You had few rights.  The lord’s rule was the law, and there was no effective system for redressing any grievances you might have against him.  I think we can all agree that would not be a pleasant way to live.  Too much power concentrated in such a way invariably leads to tyranny.  Does that mean every medieval lord was an evil oppressor?  No.  In fact, some were quite good to their subjects.  The problem is that, even if the lord presiding over your particular little village of wattle-and-daub mud huts is a great guy, who is to say whether his sons and grandsons will be when it’s their turn to run things?

But, if you update such a system of governance to today’s sensibilities and leave people’s rights intact, things can turn-out entirely differently.  In fact, many of you reading this regularly deal with a modern-day holdover of medieval feudal lordship, if you pay rent that is.  Where do you think the term landlord comes from?  Medieval serfs paid rent to their land lord, just like many of you do today, only it was usually just referred to as taxes back then.   

The only difference between then and now is that they were bondsmen and you are freemen (although, it might interest you to know that some of them were freemen too); bonded serfs couldn’t just pick-up and leave, whereas you can (unless you have a lease to fulfill); and, your landlord can’t just barge into your place and have you whipped for the insolent stare you gave him on the elevator yesterday.  Hurray for progress on that last one especially!  Although, in ye olde days, if you were short on coin when the rent was due, you could make-up the difference by presenting his lordship with a bushel of veggies from your garden and a brace of rabbits for his stew-pot.  I dare you to try that with your landlord next month.  Oh well, I guess all progress can’t be positive. ;)

So, if you strip away all of the worst parts of living under a medieval lord, what you are left with is remarkably similar to paying rent to a modern-day landlord… only with more flexibility in how you pay him.  In fact, many serfs paid their rent/taxes wholly in grain, delivered to his lordship immediately following harvest.  Needless to say, the lord was paid his share out of the first rows harvested.  The exact vocabulary terms aren’t necessarily important to remember, but if you’re interested, paying rent via a transfer of money or goods (a share of crop/herd) was a form of land-tenure known as socage.

Another non-military (we’ll get to the military stuff in the next article) way for one to pay their rent was under the system of medieval land-tenure known as serjeanty.  This was, essentially, life-service.  Those enjoying this sort of agreement with their lord would be responsible for performing some pre-defined and needed service for the lord and his estate.  Examples of this type of arrangement might include acting as a huntsman and seeing to it that firewood is cut, hauled, and stacked daily.  Remove the “life-service” connotation from such an agreement and tell me how many of you reading this right now wouldn’t jump at the chance to be able to pay your monthly rent simply by providing meat for the land owner’s table.

Such agreements were entered into by an oath known as fealty, from the Latin fidelitas, which translates as “faithfulness.”  It is, essentially, an oath (we’ll get to oaths and their importance in a later article as well) of allegiance between an individual and a land owner.  The individual pledges their service in return for the use of a plot of land, the security of living under the lord's protection, and the guarantee that the necessities of life will be provided.

So, I’m sure that you can see by this point what I’m getting at with this article.  I spoke earlier about family I have in the area whom I expect to have as house-guests in a protracted TEOTWAWKI scenario and how that all might play-out.  But, in addition to them, I also have trusted friends, many of which bring with them useful skills and gear and whose presence would ultimately lighten the shared load with respect to standing guard rotations, etc.  If they (or others) show-up at my place in an emergency, I won’t turn them away; I’ll be putting them to work, and there’s no reason other land owners shouldn’t do the same.  

I would, however, advise caution when dealing with unknown persons, obviously.  My family and friends I know I can trust; others will be watched until their worth can be measured.  As always, thoughts/critiques/concerns, etc. are welcomed in the Comments section below.

Some reading (pertinent to this subject) that you might enjoy:

"Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse" by James Wesley Rawles
"Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse" by James Wesley Rawles
"The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts, And Walled Cities Of The Middle Ages" by J.E. Kaufmann & H.W. Kaufmann
"Survival Retreats: A Practical Guide to Creating a Sustainable, Defendable Refuge" by David Black
"Life in a Medieval Castle" by Joseph Gies
"The Survival Retreat: A Total Plan For Retreat Defense" by Ragnar Benson

08 June, 2012

10 Signs That The Highways Of America Are Being Transformed Into A High Tech Prison Grid

10 Signs That The Highways Of America Are Being Transformed Into A High Tech Prison Grid: Once upon a time, the open highways of America were one of our greatest symbols of liberty and freedom. Anyone could hop in a car and set off for a new adventure at any time and even our music encouraged us to "get our kicks on route 66". But today everything has changed. Now the highways of America are being steadily transformed into a high tech prison grid. All over the country, thousands upon thousands of surveillance cameras watch our highways and automated license plate readers are actually being used to track vehicle movements in some of our largest cities. Many state and local governments have come to view our highways as money machines and our control freak politicians have established a vast network of toll booths, red light cameras and speed traps to keep cash endlessly pouring in. If all of that wasn't enough, TSA "VIPR teams" are now hitting the interstates and conducting thousands of "unannounced security screenings" each year. Driving on the highways of America used to be a great joy, but now "Big Brother" is rapidly sucking all of the fun out of it. Eventually, it may get to the point where Americans simply dread having to go out on the highway...

How to Prepare Your Home and Your Family for a Wildfire

How to Prepare Your Home and Your Family for a Wildfire: Last month the news of wildfires in Michigan, New Mexico and elsewhere sent a wake up call to those who live in fire country. Draughts, lightening, human carelessness and simply freaks of nature can cause a wildfire. As more and more homes are built away from the cities close to wooded areas, the risk of loss from a wildfire increases. There is also a risk if you travel to a wooded recreational or wilderness area and a wildfire strikes.

This is not a topic I see mentioned much in the preparedness world. Mostly what you do hear about is the devastation and the total loss of property. But what about the loss of life and personal safety? Like any other catastrophe, preparing for wildfire is something that can and should be done using the basics tenants of preparing a kit (bug out bag), creating a family communications plan, and learning how to hunker down and shelter in place...

Can You Answer 25 Difficult Questions That The Mainstream Media Does Not Seem To Have Answers To?

Can You Answer 25 Difficult Questions That The Mainstream Media Does Not Seem To Have Answers To?: The mainstream news just seems to get sillier and shallower with each passing day. Our world is becoming incredibly unstable, corruption is everywhere, we are on the verge of another massive economic crisis, government debt is absolutely exploding, war could erupt in the Middle East at any time and signs of deep social decay are everywhere and yet the mainstream media seems absolutely obsessed with reporting on celebrities and scandals. It would be nice if the mainstream media would do a lot more true investigative reporting and would actually try to answer some of the difficult questions that we are being faced with. Unfortunately, most of what passes for "news" these days is essentially just "infotainment". That is one of the reasons why we have seen such a surge in the popularity of alternative news outlets in recent years. People are searching for the truth, and they know that they are not getting much of it from the mainstream media these days...

06 June, 2012

Guest Post: Building an Outdoors Survival Kit

There are many guides out there for putting together many different kinds of survival kits or bug out bags. This article is about building a survival kit tailor-made for exploring the wilderness. The outdoors brings a unique set of challenges, and as such requires a unique laundry list of items. This is my attempt at creating the ideal outdoors kit. I hope it can be of use to you.

Store all your items in a lightweight, weather proof backpack that is easy to carry. The items to consider for your kit are:

Food & Water

Water: Your most important item is an adequate water supply. A few liters of water should be able to get you through a couple days.

Water purification tablets: Youll need a secondary source of water as well. Water purification tablets will allow you to turn unknown water sources you find into a drinkable water source.

1-2 days worth of food: Youll want high-nutrient, high-calorie, non-perishable foods that pack the most bang for your buck. Things like peanut butter, protein bars and light-weight meal replacement items are a good idea.

Fishing line and hooks: These can supply you with a good secondary source of food if youll be near water. You can set up passive fishing lines and do what you need to do, whether its to look for help or to build a shelter. When you return, dinner may be waiting for you.

Tools & Equipment

A flashlight: I recommend mini LED lights, as theyre brighter and last longer than regular flashlights. Have a spare bulb and extra batteries.

A good knife: something large enough to cut through wood or clear a path in the forest, but small enough for more finesse work, like fashioning wooden fishing hooks.

A Swiss army knife: Carry one of these as well, for their various potential uses. You never know when youll need a nail file or cork screw

A compass: for navigating your way to and from safety.

Waterproof matches: must be waterproof to ensure theyll actually work in the conditions where you need them. Store them in a waterproof container, with a piece of emery board for striker.

A small magnifying glass: for inspecting things. They can also be used to start fires.

Sewing needles and heavy thread or dental floss: can be used for sewing fabric or stitching wounds.

A small cooking tin: for you to cook your food in.

Duct tape: many potential uses with this stuff.

20 feet of Para cord: There are so many ways Para cord can come in handy out in the wilderness. It can be used for bundling fire wood, building a shelter, playing jump rope- the list of potential uses is endless.

Health & Medication

A first aid kit: An essential part to any survival kit. Used for treating injuries and wounds.

Extra strength painkillers: to help you keep going if youre sick or hurt.

Diarrhea pills: When youre lost in the wilderness, youve got enough to worry about. No need to add the embarrassment of crapping your pants. (Actually, theyll help you hold onto precious water).

Other Items

A reflective survival blanket: Will allow you to hold onto your body heat. Wrap it around yourself outside of your clothing.

A pencil wrapped in a sheet of paper: for taking notes and leaving messages.

Garbage bags: for collecting waste, fashioning shelters, or to be used as ponchos.

A loud whistle: for signaling to others or scaring off animals.

A mirror: for signaling to others or inspecting hard-to-see wounds.

A map: Always have a map of the area you will be venturing into.

Ziploc freezer bags: for storing food leftovers, etc.

Some extra money: for food, gas, and lodging.

Good luck and stay prepared!

You can read more from RamboMoe at his site, www.preparedforthat.com

05 June, 2012

Guest Post: How Disaster Survival Kit can Save your Lives

Power Outages
Terrorist Attacks

These are just some of the natural and man-made disasters that any one of us can face anytime and without warning. With the kind of weather we have now and the different threats to our security, it is really important that we are always prepared no matter when and where disaster strikes. For this reason, it is important that we prepare a disaster survival kit.

What is a disaster survival kit? This kit is prepared in advance and should always come handy in an event of a disaster. It can be placed inside the house or in your vehicle and should contain food and water supplies, first aid kit, things to protect you and your family from harmful elements like blankets, dust filters, mask and the like, flashlight, battery powered radio and a few other basic necessities that can help you survive.

Nobody would want to experience any form of disaster. But it is a fact of life that we can never really know when emergencies will happen. That is why it is really important that we should be prepared all the time.

Natural disasters like the hurricane Katrina, the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, the 9/11 terrorist attacks are just some of the living proof that disaster can really take place and it is important that we should not be caught off guard in situations such as this and having a disaster survival kit is one way of preparing for this disasters.

What are the benefits of having a disaster survival kit at hand?

1.   Having a disaster survival kit at hand makes your chances of survival higher as compared to those who would only rely on the help of the relief operators. Local officials and rescue teams cannot address to all the needs of the majority all at the same time. They will attend to those with the gravest condition first so it is each and everyone’s responsibility to bring relief to themselves while waiting for help.

2.   Every minute counts during an emergency so having a disaster survival kit just within reach and ready to go can save you precious time, which can be very crucial for survival.

3.   Having a disaster survival kit ready to go can also ensure that you will have all the supplies that you will need while waiting for help. Experts say that the first three days in an event of emergency is the most critical stage of survival, so having the basic supplies needed like food, water, bedding, first aid kit and the like can help you survive those first 72 hours.

4.   In case a family member got injured or hurt, having a disaster survival kit can make sure that you can give immediate medical attention to any of your family member while waiting for help to arrive.

How do you prepare for our family’s disaster survival kit?

Make a checklist and make sure that it contains all the essentials that your family will need to survive. Once you have the list, gather everything, put it in one container and store it in a place that can be easily seen and reach. Inform all the members of the family about this disaster survival kit so everybody is made aware of its purpose and on how to use it in case of emergency.

We don’t know when and where a disaster will come upon us but it pays to be prepared and having a disaster survival kit at hand is one way of ensuring the safety of your family.

Author’s Bio: This is a guest post by Abie, a freelance blogger and content writer. One of her current work is for the site where you can read about survival food list and tips on how to survive disaster.

The UN Wants Complete Control Over The Internet And That Would Mean Unprecedented Censorship, Taxes And Surveillance

The UN Wants Complete Control Over The Internet And That Would Mean Unprecedented Censorship, Taxes And Surveillance: One of the fastest ways to ruin the Internet would be to put the United Nations in charge of it. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the United Nations wants. The United Nations is now pushing very hard for complete control over the Internet. A proposal that has the support of China, Russia, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Iran would give control of the Internet to the UN’s International Telecommunication Union. This is perhaps the greatest threat to the free and open Internet that we have seen yet. At a UN conference in Dubai this upcoming December, representatives from 193 nations will debate this proposal. The United States and many European nations are firmly against this proposal, but it is unclear whether they have the votes to stop it. Unlike the Security Council, there are no vetoes when it comes to ITU proceedings. So the United States may not be able to stop governance of the Internet from being handed over to the United Nations. The United States could opt out of any new treaty, but that would result in a "balkanized" Internet. If the UN gains control over the Internet, you can expect a whole new era of censorship, taxes, and surveillance...

18 Examples Of The Nanny State Gone Wild

18 Examples Of The Nanny State Gone Wild: America has been overrun by control freaks. Once upon a time the United States was considered to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave", but today there are millions of laws, rules and regulations that tightly regulate our daily lives. Most of these laws, rules and regulations were established by people who believed that they had "good intentions", but at this point the nanny state has become so oppressive that it is strangling the life out of us. If you look back throughout history, the societies that have really thrived have had a very high degree of liberty and freedom. When the bureaucrats get the upper hand, it can suck the life out of any economy. Unfortunately, our political system seems to be a magnet for control freaks. These control freaks truly believe that they know better than the rest of us and they are systematically moving toward taking total control of our lives...

04 June, 2012

Ten Tips That Will Guarantee You Have Food if SHTF

Ten Tips That Will Guarantee You Have Food if SHTF: Some of the most popular web articles on emergency preparedness have to do with food. This is also a widely discussed topic in print and on forums. And it is no wonder. In today’s society eating is no longer just for sustenance. It is a social form, a source of family bonding and togetherness and for many, a hobby. And, with rising costs, it is a significant part of almost everyone’s household budget.

Today I would like to share ten tips for securing your food supply so that in the event of a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, or civil disobedience on a massive scale, you will be able to eat and to thrive – no matter what...

[Tips at Link]

Why Does The Mainstream Media Ignore The Bilderberg Group?

Why Does The Mainstream Media Ignore The Bilderberg Group?: Over the next several days, more than a hundred of the most powerful people on the planet will attend a secret conference at a hotel in Chantilly, Virgina. Some of the biggest names in politics and business will be there. The hotel is going to be completely locked down and will be swarmed by hordes of security guards carrying machine guns. This conference is so important that even the U.S. Secret Service is rumored to be involved in providing security. These meetings have been held yearly since 1954, but no record of what goes on at them has ever been officially released to the public and all the attendees are sworn to secrecy. Decisions made at this conference will affect the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet. But the vast majority of Americans will have no idea that the Bilderberg Group is meeting about 20 miles from Washington D.C. this year because the mainstream media in the United States ignores the Bilderberg Group almost entirely year after year.  Based on the coverage it gets from the U.S. media, you would think that the Bilderberg Group was a non-event.  But if some of the most powerful people on the planet are getting together to discuss our future, don't you think the mainstream media should be covering it?

The Bilderberg Group is much more than just a social club.  It has played a major role in shaping the direction of the world since it was created in 1954.  The Bilderberg Group helped create the European Union and it helped create the euro.  This year efforts to save the euro are rumored to be high on the agenda.

And considering the big names that show up at this conference on a yearly basis you would think that the U.S. media would be extremely interested in it...

New Study: Civilization Ending Super Eruptions Have Surprisingly Short Fuses

Nano Patents and Innovations: Civilization Ending Super Eruptions Have Surprisingly Short Fuses: Enormous volcanic eruptions with potential to end civilizations may have surprisingly short fuses, researchers have discovered.

These eruptions are known as super-eruptions because they are more than 100 times the size of ordinary volcanic eruptions like Mount St. Helens. They spew out tremendous flows of super-heated gas, ash and rock capable of blanketing entire continents and inject enough particulate into the stratosphere to throw the global climate into decade-long volcanic winters. In fact, there is evidence that one super-eruption, which took place in Indonesia 74,000 years ago, may have come remarkably close to wiping out the entire human species...

01 June, 2012

Collapse of Mythical River Civilization Explained

To put it simply, no society lasts forever. History proves this. Since the beginning of time, civilizations -- both major and insignificant -- have never failed to follow a natural cycle of birth (founding), growth, peak, decline, and, eventually, fall. You can graph it on a bell curve. This happened to the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Romans, and now we can add the Harappans to the list as well. How arrogant of us not to admit that we are destined for the same!

Typically, after the fall of a civilization, the population experiences a period of chaos, commonly thought of as a "dark age;" which is what many in the survivalist/prepper community are thinking we're headed toward. I hope that isn't true, but I plan on being prepared to survive a full-on societal collapse, just in case. A wise man always hopes for the best, while preparing for the worst case-scenario.

I also find great interest in the parallels between then and now with regard to climate change. As I've stated many times here on the blog, I am agnostic as to whether or not human activity is the cause of climate change -- but a person would have to be almost willfully blind not to see that the climate is undergoing changes that will inevitably affect us all.


Collapse of Mythical River Civilization Explained | Harappan Culture & Climate Change | LiveScience: The mysterious fall of the largest of the world's earliest urban civilizations nearly 4,000 years ago in what is now India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh now appears to have a key culprit — ancient climate change, researchers say.

Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia may be the best known of the first great urban cultures, but the largest was the Indus or Harappan civilization. This culture once extended over more than 386,000 square miles (1 million square kilometers) across the plains of the Indus River from the Arabian Sea to the Ganges, and at its peak may have accounted for 10 percent of the world population...