Thursday, March 18, 2021

My "State of the Union"

State of the union. Several people have asked me to comment on what I think of the state of this country. I will do that now. One of my brothers who gave his life for our liberty used to have a favorite saying that he liked: “Embrace the suck!” It means to endure unpleasant situations that you must go through. I want to live in this country, so I must endure the things in this country that suck. President Biden (I have to choke those words out!) has already helped my money shrink with gasoline going up around .30 cents a gallon in 2 months. Thanks Joe! But with just about everything going up in price my biggest concern is the price of food. I like the old 1999 TV series “The West Wing”. I’ve watched the entire series almost non-stop as long as it was on Netflix. But now it is off and I miss it. Aaron Sorkin, the producer and writer for this series really caught the essence of what happens in a Presidential administration. I enjoyed the casting and the writing. There was an episode where the West wing staff was not sure if there was a first U.S. case of “mad cow” disease. As they were discussing whether this possibility should be announced one of the staff, Toby, says: TOBY And I think it's when you know something. I think absolute confirmation has to be the rule when we're talking about public panic. JOSH Are we sure there's gonna be public panic if we're only saying there's a chance? We think maybe, usually it's negative. TOBY I do. 'Cause we're not talking about sushi, it's hamburgers. I'm not kidding around, it's... these things. The everyday things. The everyday American things. The 99 cent things that, when you suddenly have to be afraid of them, strike at the center of our equilibrium. I agree with Toby. It’s the everyday things, like food, that if threatened can knock us down. I cannot stress enough, and I’m trying to not be shrill, but I can’t stress enough the importance of getting your food storage. We just went through a winter storm with crazy weather, power outages, and everything that comes with it. Water storage turned out to be my saving grace. Work on and get food and water storage. You may never need it. But you’ll be teaching your children something that will be invaluable in their lives. To be prepared. I’m also tired of the general whiney, snowflakeish attitude of this country. Don’t say this, or don’t say that. It’s offensive. I’ve got some real good news for the people that get offended real easy. Stop! That’s the entire message. Stop being offended. If someone says something that you don’t like, thank God that you live in a country that does not put you in prison or the Gulag for your opinions and speech. Among other cherished values, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech. The U.S. Supreme Court often has struggled to determine what exactly constitutes protected speech. This is one of the cases decided: The right to use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages. Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971). Now I do not advocate the use of vulgar or offensive language. I believe we can show some intelligence and some restraint and speak civilly. But I also know that every person, at one time or another, has said something offensive or vulgar. We’ve all used name-calling. If we are trying, we use this as a minimum. I will admit, I’ve used, and probably continue to use, disparaging words. Just look above. I use the word “snowflake” for those sensitive to language. Most people understand this and try to practice some type of discipline. That’s where the term “mixed company” came from. I do believe we all should be nicer. Including myself. But I know that I have a real tolerance for stupidity. That’s why I go off on liberals because the stupid logic that they seem to perpetuate. When I was younger there was a saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Most of us would be happier if we lived by this saying. To fire someone from their job because of speech is petty childish political correctness. If someone needs to discipline themselves and won’t, that’s a different story. Free speech is getting killed by do-gooders who are trying to compel the world to think and talk their way. With this cancel culture bull crap will breed tyranny. We should guard against it instead of applauding it. So no, I’m not happy or politically correct. If you’re a shooter and you do it often, you’ll know we’re in the middle of an ammo crisis. We have been for some time. As of this writing I can find ammo online. I just can’t bring myself to pay between $600-700 for a 1000 rounds of pistol ammo! I’m not hurting, but in another 6 months I’ll need to buy again. Hopefully there will not be any gun control measures that will make it difficult or even more expensive! I’ve had ammo storage for many years. I determined what I thought I needed per caliber and put it away. I also know what I shoot in a month. I usually don’t have to go into my storage ammo to shoot, but nowadays I may have to. Don’t go crazy and buy whatever you find at whatever price is out there. If we do this there will be no ammo and when we find it again it will be triple priced. I hope that it changes soon but I have my doubts. The next thing I want to mention is not really directly about this country. But it is the state of Israel and Iran. Iran and Syria are allies and they are both fighting against Israel. How does this Ishmael and Isaac problem affect us in the U.S.? For one thing we are supposed to be Israel’s biggest ally. Also, when Syria or Iran sponsors or directs terrorism throughout the world, such as Saudi Arabia, we the Americans pay at the pump. Not to mention the terrorism implications. So our relationship with Israel needs to remain strong and viable. I don’t think liberals like Israel. I’m not sure why but relationships with them always go south when they are in office. Things are heating up in the Middle East and I don’t think the U.S. is ready for that. I feel we are in a big leadership crisis in this country. Left leaning individuals sound like they want to right every wrong as long as we can throw money at it. Our open borders are a joke. Immigration is worse. Accepting any idea and expecting everyone to accept that idea. I also feel that the federal government over reaches all the time. I think that the actions of some mayors, governors, and city leaders has been criminal. To allow crime to happen and to deliberately keep law enforcement out is a sign of corruption and gross negligence. Why would anyone elect a leader that didn’t keep the law or the peace? An autonomous zone is a made up word for “we-can-do-whatever-we-want-here” zone. We used to be able to trust that our elected officials to try and keep the peace and that they cared for citizens safety. That is no longer true. Yet they go right on in their jobs instead of being run out of town on a rail as they should be. But let me leave on a positive note. I believe that most people in this country are hard-working citizens who care about other people. I was leaving Home Depot the other day when some of the lumber I thought was secure in my pickup shifted and fell in the middle of a very busy intersection. I saw it fall out and immediately pulled over and backed up. Then I got out of the truck along with my wife and we went to grab this lumber. From the turning lane opposite the direction we were going a man jumped out of his truck and ran over to help. I appreciate this stranger’s help and only had time enough to shake his hand and tell him thank you. Also during a power outage in our town I noticed several stop lights out. Drivers would drive up to the intersection and treat as they would a 4 way stop. I saw courteous, conscientious drivers in a stressful and potentially dangerous situation act very human. Things are not as dark as they seem. If we are prepared we won’t fear. So don’t fear, be prepared. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Jospehs' Pepperbox Revisted

I wanted to spotlight a gun that has caught my attention for many years. It’s called the Allen and Thurber Pepperbox. Looking at a pepperbox pistol, you can’t help but think of a bygone era. Gamblers shooting at card cheaters, Prospectors protecting their gold claim, or Civil war soldiers keeping one as “backup.” The six (or more) barreled gun looked like a pepper grinder of the time so it was nick-named a pepperbox. The first pepperbox pistols were produced around 1790, constructed with flintlock systems, and were fired by rotating the barrel by hand. With the invention of the percussion cap, and the mass-production capabilities ushered in the industrial revolution, pepperbox pistols became more affordable, and therefore, more accessible to the general public. The pepperbox addressed the need for an inconspicuous, easily-concealable weapon; and gamblers did use them to deliver a quick response to a card game gone wrong. Most of the pistols were small weapons, ranging from .31 to .36 caliber. However, not all pepperboxes were small in size or caliber. For example, a dragoon pepperbox, fired up to a .44 caliber ball! The pepperbox enjoyed a period of popularity from 1830 through the end of the Civil War. In America, the vast majority of pepperbox pistols in circulation were produced by arms maker Ethan Allen of Massachusetts. Allen (not related to the Revolutionary War patriot, Ethan Allen) and his business partner and brother-in-law, Charles Thurber, produced the most popular multi-shot pistols of the 1830s and 1840s, including the 6-barrel pepperbox pistol. Often referred to as ‘the gun that won the east’, the Allen and Thurber pepperbox was primarily used for civilian self-defense. A pepperbox wielding person wouldn’t “aim” the pistol, but rather “shoot from the hip,” holding the gun low and pointing at the largest area of the target in front of them. While smaller pistols were preferred by civilians, larger varieties were favored by gold prospectors of the California Gold Rush, for protection against rival prospectors, robbers, and Indians. Although intended for civilian use, many military men made private purchases of pepperbox pistols and carried them into battle as a last line of defense. While the pepperbox had its benefits; namely concealability, self-defense, and intimidation, it had its fair share of issues. For one, most pepperboxes were made with smooth-bored barrels, which limited their range of accuracy. They were also front-heavy because of the multiple barrels, making accurate aiming difficult. Even when trying to aim, the hammer (known as a “bar-hammer pepperbox”) is directly in the line of slight. The pepperbox was also notorious for accidental chain firing. Most pepperboxes were constructed with exposed nipples (for percussion caps) which were positioned in close proximity to each other. As a result, these pistols had a tendency to accidently fire all barrels at once. In his book entitled “Roughing It,” Mark Twain detailed his brief encounter with an “Allen” revolver and its propensity for accidental discharge. Twain wrote, “It was a cheerful weapon–the “Allen.” Sometimes all its six barrels would go off at once, and then there was no safe place in all the region round about, but behind it.” This gun is often the subject of LDS Church detractors. They claim the Church kept the fact that Joseph Smith shot the gun a secret. The gun was smuggled into him at Carthage Jail when he was martyred. These disgruntled, usually ex-members don’t realize that the very gun that was used in Carthage is on display in the Church’s museum in Salt Lake City. Next to it is the other gun that was smuggled in and given to Hyrum Smith which he never used. Sorry silly anti mo’s, being armed does not mean that he didn’t die for his beliefs. I have vowed to find a pepperbox to add to my collection. Someday I will. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Fragility Of Water Systems

Water On February 8th officials from Pinellas County in Florida announced that an unidentified hacker remotely gained access to a panel that controls the City of Oldsmar's water treatment system. The hacker changed a setting that would have drastically increased the amount of sodium hydroxide in the water supply. This would have, in effect, poisoned the water system. “The city’s water supply was not affected,” The Tampa Bay Times reported. “A supervisor working remotely saw the concentration being changed on his computer screen and immediately reverted it. City officials on Monday emphasized that several other safeguards are in place to prevent contaminated water from entering the water supply and said they’ve disabled the remote-access system used in the attack.” In short, a likely inexperienced intruder somehow learned the credentials needed to remotely access Oldsmar’s water system, did little to hide his activity, and then tried to change settings by such a wide margin that the alterations would be hard to overlook. This story does give an example of how some real terrorism can be done. It also emphasized to me why I need water storage. There are approximately 54,000 distinct drinking water systems in the United States. The vast majority of those systems serve fewer than 50,000 residents, with many serving just a few hundred or thousand. Virtually all of them rely on some type of remote access to monitor and/or administer these facilities. Many of these facilities are unattended, underfunded, and do not have someone watching the IT operations 24/7. Many facilities have not separated operational technology (the bits that control the switches and levers) from safety systems that might detect and alert on intrusions or potentially dangerous changes. Water is one of the easiest and most economic part of preparation that there is. Buying bottled water is pretty cheap. Or, saving juice containers or soda pop containers and filling them is quite economic. After reading the story above about Florida I decided to change out my water storage. I actually started this as I was moving from an old shed into a newly built storage shed. This weekend I will finish by replacing, and retreating, our barrels and the single 400 gallon tank that we have. We try to not waste the water and we water our garden with it. I also am going to look at our filter situation. I will get all of our water filters together and determine what may need to be replaced. Water is one of the most important things to have in an emergency. I used to follow the “one gallon, per person, per day” standard. Several years ago I talked to an emergency worker who worked in Haiti in 2010 after their bad earthquake. He said that the “one gallon” rule did not really apply there in Haiti. He would recommend 2 gallons, per person, per day. I changed to that several years ago in my storage. One gallon is enough, but I like the option of more. Take a look at your filters. Most filters will last a life time if they’re not used, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can test them if you like but if they are in good physical shape they’re probably fine. I just want to know how many total gallons we can filter with what we have. I also take it as a good time to test hooking our generator to our well to see how that works. Politicians like to never let a catastrophe got to waste, well I feel the same way. When problems happen in other parts of the country or world I take it as a sign to check what I have in place. Prepare today for tomorrow. It’s always better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Entire U.S. Convinced To Wear A Mask and Give Up Liberty

And yet another update on my original “Masks Research” from July 15, 2020 and subsequent updates. I know what you’re thinking. “Burn aren’t you suffering from PTSD? Aren’t you a little mental? Or at the least, a little paranoid?” Well I am here to tell you…. Maybe. And I know, everything is a conspiracy theory by white supremacists. But I’m sorry, I keep getting bombarded by this “Wear a mask, save a life” propaganda. I still have not seen the science behind the claims. The CDC gives you this study that says: “Respiratory droplets are the primary transmission route for SARS-CoV-2. Evidence suggests that virus transmission can be reduced by face coverings, but robust evidence for how mask usage might affect safe distancing parameters is lacking.” https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.08.11.20145086v1 “We estimated that a person standing 2m from someone coughing without a mask is exposed to over 1000 times more respiratory droplets than from someone standing 5 cm away wearing a basic single layer mask.” How is it that this science seems to be tentative. Maybe the CDC just doesn’t want to be libel so they use ambiguous words like “suggests” and “estimated”. Maybe I shouldn’t mince words but I feel like I’m being played by these studies. Maybe that’s the norm for studies. It’s fishy to me but I’m not very trusting of the medical community. So maybe they are right and masks do work. I wish I’d be better assured. I do This another update on my original “Masks Research” from July 15, 2020 The ambiguity continues. I guess I’ll never get a definitive scientific answer. Everyone says “Masks save lives!” They can’t tell me how many lives. They can’t tell me much of anything concrete, but they seem to know. It’s an inspired guess. These are just snipits from this article: “Face Masks: What the Data Say” By Lynn Peeples from “Nature” Research Journal 06 October, 2020 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02801-8 “Face masks are the ubiquitous symbol of a pandemic that has sickened 35 million people and killed more than 1 million. In hospitals and other health-care facilities, the use of medical-grade masks clearly cuts down transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But for the variety of masks in use by the public, the data are messy, disparate and often hastily assembled.” “You don’t have to do much math to say this is obviously a good idea,” says Jeremy Howard, a research scientist at the University of San Francisco in California, who is part of a team that reviewed the evidence for wearing face masks in a preprint article that has been widely circulated6. But such studies do rely on assumptions that mask mandates are being enforced and that people are wearing them correctly. Furthermore, mask use often coincides with other changes, such as limits on gatherings. As restrictions lift, further observational studies might begin to separate the impact of masks from those of other interventions, suggests Grabowski. “It will become easier to see what is doing what,” she says.” “The idea that exposure to more virus results in a worse infection makes “absolute sense”, says Paul Digard, a virologist at the University of Edinburgh, UK, who was not involved in the research. “It’s another argument for masks.”” “Even well-fitting N95 respirators fall slightly short of their 95% rating in real-world use, actually filtering out around 90% of incoming aerosols down to 0.3 µm. And, according to unpublished research, N95 masks that don’t have exhalation valves — which expel unfiltered exhaled air — block a similar proportion of outgoing aerosols. Much less is known about surgical and cloth masks, says Kevin Fennelly, a pulmonologist at the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.” “Benn worked with Danish engineers at her university to test their two-layered cloth mask design using the same criteria as for medical-grade ventilators. They found that their mask blocked only 11–19% of aerosols down to the 0.3 µm mark, according to Benn. But because most transmission is probably occurring through particles of at least 1 µm, according to Marr and Jimenez, the actual difference in effectiveness between N95 and other masks might not be huge.” ““There’s a lot of information out there, but it’s confusing to put all the lines of evidence together,” says Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. “When it comes down to it, we still don’t know a lot.”” My guess is, they will not know how masks work for a long time. In the meantime, I’ll wear it when I have to. “Across the United States, mask use has held steady around 50% since late July. This is a substantial increase from the 20% usage seen in March and April, according to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle (see go.nature.com/30n6kxv). The institute’s models also predicted that, as of 23 September, increasing US mask use to 95% — a level observed in Singapore and some other countries — could save nearly 100,000 lives in the period up to 1 January 2021.” As usual, the “scientific” wording of “could save nearly 100,000 lives” is what is used to justify masks. Well, I could make nearly 100,000 dollars this year! Or not. “Masks work, but they are not infallible. And, therefore, keep your distance.” So, even now, 3 months later from my original article, we don’t know much more. I still maintain that this is people control. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn Update of “Masks Research” July 15, 2020 Another study on masks. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449 “At this time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any type of surgical mask specifically for protection against the coronavirus, but these masks may provide some protection when N95 masks are not available. (Bold type added) A cloth mask is intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. Asking everyone to wear cloth masks can help reduce the spread of the virus by people who have COVID-19 but don't realize it. Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus when they are widely used by people in public settings. And countries that required face masks, testing, isolation and social distancing early in the pandemic have successfully slowed the spread of the virus.” What it comes down to is you’re screwed with an N95 mask worn properly. They just can’t bring themselves to get off these vague words. I guess they don’t want to be legally libel to say “masks will protect you.” Also, they know that they don’t protect you. Another thing that I’ve noticed is that just about every study talks about “proper wear” of a mask. They usually talk about not touching the mask. How often have you seen anyone anywhere do that? So they are vague about protection if the mask is worn properly, what would they say about the reality of masks not being worn properly? That masks do very little. But let’s keep pushing that narrative. Here is the final definitive word from the CDC dated 27 AUG 2020 “Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.” (Bold type added) Nothing has changed since I first posted this article on 15 JUL 2020. All the “new” studies and the CDC could not change the verbiage to be a little more definite? This should concern all Americans. Not only that, I feel too many people only wear a mask. All the other advice is glossed over. I also feel most people don’t wear their mask properly. So how much protection are the American people truly getting? Not much. 94% of those who are positive for COVID-19 live. “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.” So other problems were the cause of death, but the patient was positive for COVID-19. That’s 6% of 182,000 actually died from COVID-19. The reporting procedure is messed up. There may be more, or even less. I don’t know if the error would be 10,000 in either direction but I would say not. This is the Influenza information, even with a vaccine. “CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.” I’m not trying to compare diseases but it does seem that this thing is not such a devastating disease as they want us to believe. It is certainly not something to warrant giving up our rights! I understand a store being paranoid and not wanting to be libel for spreading sickness, but a mask is not going to do it! Walmart has produce just sitting out where people touch it and breathe near it. What about all the handles on frozen foods? I know store try to clean, but I don’t see them following each person around and cleaning up behind them. Yet these masks are saving us. Extreme false sense of security. Security that is not needed. Original article from July 2020 Please hear me out. What I’m going to say here is wildly unpopular. Some think it’s downright dangerous. But I’ve come to the conclusion that wearing a mask is a complete, and total, waste of time! I’m not sure why the medical world is heaping this silly practice upon the world. I’m not a healthcare worker, nor do I have an education in medicine. Because of this, I had to really get in there and study this out as best I could. I’ve come to the conclusion that we are being duped. Masks do little to nothing. Not having a background in medicine and not being familiar with medical terms and phraseology made it difficult for me to understand and read these studies and analysis. So I had to really read these things. My conclusions may not be the same as yours. I originally only wanted to know how much, in percentage numbers, cloth masks helped the wearer or those around the wearer. I was thinking I would find 30% or even 20%. What I actually found was 0.02%, which to me is next to nothing. Here is my research: (I read the articles thoroughly but also looked at some, but not all, of the footnotes, resources, and supplemental material for these articles.) https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/masks-dont-work-review-science-relevant-covid-19-social-policy-0 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/view/cloth-masks-are-useless-against-covid-19 https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-health/cloth-masks-given-ok-do-they-work https://www.nap.edu/read/25776/chapter/1 “Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others” “A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html This is the definitive conclusion that the CDC has come up with? You “may” be, and “most likely” will be safe with masks. How less sure can you be? “Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.” If your mechanic described your fixed brakes in this way would you drive the vehicle? I think it’s criminal to put people’s lives in danger by telling them something will protect them when it won’t. Too bad no one will account for it. I love the 90’s series “The X Files”. It just fed my appetite for conspiracy. But as I watch the mess that has unfolded in this country I feel like I’m living an X files episode. Between COVID-19 and the racial divide in this country I get the feeling there is more afoot than bad timing. I’m not saying this virus does not exist but I think there are sinister hands involved in it. The race angle is constantly used for those with an agenda. I’m also not saying bigotry and racism does not exist. As long as there are humans on this earth there will be racism. Be very careful about what you accept. If the mainstream media is pushing something then be very careful. They usually ignore facts and quote each other. Research this mask thing yourself. See what you think. I just saw another “study” that had to do with 2 cosmetology workers. I don’t think this was actually a scientific study, but it fit the “mask up” narrative just fine. Beware of where you get your information and what that info is based on. This article is not about masks but about COVID-19 deaths. https://www.technocracy.news/cdc-confirms-extremely-low-covid-19-death-rate/?fbclid=IwAR2obGmDzyss5ueBPbC1lpqPGLDng-HD0dRm5yxOhQuVeB0rqk5_1y5qsx0 A quote from a Star Trek character comes to mind. “Spock, I’ve found that evil usually triumphs… unless good is very, very careful” Dr. Leonard McCoy, Star Trek Be very careful out there my friends. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Food Storage And Ice Age Farmer

I was looking for information the other day. I was wondering why certain food prices were going up. I asked a friend of mine who was a buyer for Kroger but retired a few years ago. He said he had been away too long that his sources had dried up. But as I was searching my wife turned me on to iceagefarmer on You tube. Now I think You tube is a communist organization but I conceded that it is the best platform out there. I’m hoping others will change that. But anyway, as I watched Iceage’s video reports I got the answers I was seeking. He searches the internet for information about food supplies throughout the world. I like his perspective and analysis of food production and how he encourages his viewers to grow their own food and raise their own animals. He also shows where he got his information. I’ve watched his channel for a while and researched myself and I want to say GET YOUR FOOD STORAGE! I’m not meaning to sound panicked or shrill, but everyone who reads this should be working on their food storage. I don’t think it’s too late or anything so now would be a good time to start if you haven’t already. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to be doom-and-gloom so I try to be positive. One of the things that most “preppers” thought at the beginning of this pandemic was , “I told you so!” Most prepared people didn’t clamor to get toilet paper and food. Look at your preparedness program and try to envision holes in it. When the pandemic started, we noticed some holes in our program. We were able to take care of those problems and now we are better prepared. If you are new to this concentrate on the basics. When I teach preparedness I start with the basics of survival: Air, Shelter, Water, Food, Fire, Security or the acronym ASWiFFS. Most of us have air and shelter covered. The next priority would be water, which is the easiest next to air to maintain. Now I realize that water is heavy, and space consuming, but with some thought, and little money you can have your emergency water needs covered. When storing water ensure that it is not next to gasoline or other chemicals. The fumes may migrate into the water and ruin the flavor or even contaminate the water. Used good containers. Milk jugs are not a good choice. The plastic breaks down quickly. Juice containers are a better alternative. Washing them thoroughly keeps the taste of the original product, the juice, from getting into the taste of the water. There are many containers for water that are not expensive if you are looking for a new container. If you decide on used barrels for your water storage make sure of what was stored in the barrels originally. Make sure it was something edible. But also that it wasn’t something that will ruin the taste of your water like a pickle barrel. The water would still be good, but it may taste like pickles. After water is food. Start small with maybe a goal of what you would regularly eat for a month. Then up that to 3 months. In the meantime learn about grains and beans. With this knowledge of how to cook with more raw items you can up your storage to 6 months and a year. It is a process so the sooner you start the sooner you can get where your family is taken care of in a crisis. My wife said yesterday that we were crazy for having a year supply and being prepared for all these years. I reminded her that several years ago we lived off of our food storage for about a year when we went through a financial crisis. Having food storage saves money because when we need something we just get it and don’t have to make another trip to the store saving time and gas. Because of our food storage we save money because we can shop sales and not have to get that item because we have none. We’ve helped others who were struggling. We have helped, and continue to help our children by sharing the abundance that we have as they work on their own. The town we live near has had problems several times with their water system where they had to boil their water. We have a well and many gallons of backup water to supplement that. We’ve never had a problem with our water. Even when we have a power outage we have alternative ways of lighting, heating, and cooking. We’ve used our preparedness many times for temporary reasons. If there is ever a more long term reason we could survive quite well. She had not thought of those things together as a whole. I like contingencies. After you have covered the basics of ASWiFFS, it would be good to look at other things like energy, medical, and other needed areas. In 1912 the Titanic was considered an “unsinkable” ocean liner. Yet an iceberg sank it by breaking 5 of its 16 chambers. It would have survived if only 4 had been flooded. It was that 5th chamber. In preparedness what is your “5th Chamber”? What would “sink” you in an emergency? For me it’s a hot shower. That would make me pretty irritable. So, we have several solar showers, hand soap, and shampoo. Enough to me through a year at least. I also have an outdoor shower that is fed by a black barrel that sits on top of the shower. It is built with pallets. So I can have my hot shower. What can you not live without? Do you need to vacuum can chocolate? Do you need to buy a hand powered clothes washer? We all have some 5th chamber issues. Put your mind to it an come up with a plan “B” or even ”C” for what will sink you in an emergency. For now I would encourage you to work on water and food. Especially food. I don’t know for sure but I think there will start to be shortages of certain foods starting in about June of 2021. Prices will also continue to rise too. I could be wrong, but I see several indicators that tell me this may be imminent. If you want to control people, control food and medical. I think this pandemic has covered lots of medical. Next will be food. Between this and gun control with ammo shortages, controlling the masses will be quite easy. I know this sounds like conspiracy theory. Actually I believe in some of that, but this may be circumstance and possibly evil men. Being prepared will never hurt you. Being self-sufficient will never do you wrong. Sometimes it may be a hassle and more work, but it will always benefit you and your family. Do you best and prepare on! Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

New Years Plans For Defense

I hope that all of you had a good Christmas and a fun New Year. With the new year comes looking back but more importantly, looking forward. Most people start the new year off with trying to set goals and resolutions to become better in the upcoming year. I have done this and have hope for a chance to change and to improve. May I suggest goals for your preparation and defense? One of the goals I have is to improve my skills in the area of preparation. I come from a generation where using a tourniquet during a medical emergency was a “last resort.” We have been at war for 20 years now and we’ve learned some medical realities. One is that a tourniquet can save lives. So one of the skills I want to learn this quarter is how to effectively use a tourniquet. My goals are in a few areas. Spiritual, emotional/mental, Physical, preparedness/defense, and matrimonial. If you think that is too much pick the two or three most important of these and work on them. In the area of preparation I would suggest maybe taking inventory of your food/water, medical, and other preparation supplies. Write it down and put it in your computer. If you can assess where you are in your program, you can see where you would like to improve. If you have done very little, try to prioritize what you think is the most important. I would suggest working on water first. With water all you need to do is figure out where to store it, in what containers, and how to treat it. Water is pretty plentiful in this country and there are many ways to store it. It’s pretty easy. Next I would work on food storage. Then I would concentrate on medical. All of these have skills attached. In defense you might assess your home security. You may want to work on individual security in the form of self-defense. I have obviously chosen guns as personal and home protection. I don’t put all my eggs in one basket. I have trained and acquired equipment in other forms of defense and weapons. I think for the purpose of this article I will focus on defense. But I feel a well rounded preparation plan should be in place. Security and defense go hand in hand. Doing a security assessment on your home and property is a great idea to start off or to improve your plans. The same goes for defense. If you have small children talking about “stranger danger” or how to call for help if needed may need to be taught or reviewed. We have an “important phone numbers” that were near our phones when we had hard lines in our home. We still have those numbers posted in the same place as we always have so that everyone will know where it is. With cell phones, no one knows phone numbers anymore. I’ve also made small lists of these numbers to carry in my wallet if I ever need it. Without my phone I’m lost so I need a few back ups. I try to not rely on technology so much but it’s hard when it does so much. Evacuation (bug out) plans are a good idea too. Where will you meet if you have to leave and you’re not all together? Short term, where will you meet in case of fire? Do you have a place to go? Defensively, do you have any idea of the training you would like for you and your family this year? Taking a shooting course or martial arts, or even a class on how to use pepper spray would be good to plan for during the coming year. Reviewing what you have in place is always good at least once a year. Re-evaluating your ammo storage and plans you have for practice through-out the year would be good. Looking at your defensive skills and thinking about how you would like to improve or other things you’d like to learn is also benefit. One of the problems with preparing for defense is that we are taught our entire lives that we should not defend ourselves. When I played basketball as a youth I was taught to not retaliate if someone throws an elbow. If you do, you are usually the one called for a foul. As children we’re taught if we fight back we’ll both be expelled. Even the government teaches “Run, Hide, Fight” when it comes to an active shooter. Fight being the last resort. You Mother probably even taught you, “Violence never solved anything!” These are all true things but under the right conditions, defend yourself. I’m not saying fight instead of giving up your wallet, but sometimes more than the wallet is demanded. I subscribe to General Mattis’s saying “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.” When you get people to understand that there is such a thing as prosocial violence, that it is perfectly OK and they have a right to do it, then violence becomes a useful tool. Having a defensive mindset is most of the way to defense. Plan this year to learn what a defensive mindset is and how to develop one. Prepare for your own defense and make plans to improve and progress. Semper Paratus Check 6 Burn