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The Reds Are Coming

By: Tom Chatham

It is becoming evident by new revelations coming out every day now that the U.S. is being systematically impoverished and sold off to insure its total destruction. The end game here is simple and will be effective.

Once the petrodollar is destroyed and we lose reserve currency status, the American people will suddenly find themselves broke and priced out of world markets for necessary goods. When this happens this country will be forced to utilize its gold and natural resources to finance a new economy.

The problem here lies in the fact that most or all of our gold has been long gone. It was stolen by the very people entrusted to guard it. When our dollar collapses, and the world returns to gold backed currencies, we will have nothing to back a new currency with. This will make a bad situation worse as far as Americans are concerned. With no gold we will have to use other means to create value in the world economy.

With the valuable mineral resources and farm and ranchlands that still exist in the U.S. we will still have resources to produce and sell products to get us back on our feet. This will be much like a person going broke and then selling their personal possessions to finance their recovery. This will be our last line of defense to enable national recovery.

The problem with this is that the forces aligned against the American people know this and are taking steps to prevent this possibility. American assets are being slowly sold off by the criminals in charge of our assets to insure we are totally impoverished as a nation to prevent us from maintaining a reasonable standard of living after a dollar collapse. This is the process by which America will be destroyed forever if these people have their way.

Our government is purposely destroying the dollar and indebting us to foreigners. At the same time they are selling off assets for pennies on the dollar to the nations that will subjugate us later. Chinese and Russian companies are buying large stakes in our mineral resources and land. When the collapse comes they will own us in a literal sense.

In all likelihood, when chaos ensues in the U.S. these countries will send their troops into the U.S. to protect their investments. These troops will likely come in wearing blue helmets under the guise of UN troops to protect Americans. They will subjugate and control America from coast to coast. Once that is done, they will strip mine this country like any other third word country. At this point that is exactly what we will be because we will no longer own any assets to rebuild our economy. Any infrastructure that still exists in the U.S will be owned and operated by foreign companies and they will charge whatever they want for their services.

Two of the things that will give Americans an edge in the coming years is the ownership of weapons and precious metals. One will protect your rights and the other will allow you to maintain a reasonable standard of living and possibly prosper. You will need the first to protect the second and that is the reason gun confiscation is necessary in the future. The people behind this do not want you to have any chance to recover or stop their ultimate plans.

The problem with guns and gold is that even though many Americans own one or more guns, they are mostly for home or personal defense. These people do not stock the necessary ammo supply to fight a war. The people with sufficient guns and ammo and precious metals are few in number. It is not enough to provide a means for the whole country to recover from crisis.

These foreign troops cannot show themselves in the light of day right now for fear of alerting Americans what is actually coming. The use of federal agents is the mechanism to take these resources from individuals by any means possible. That includes intimidation and physical peril if necessary. I hesitate to say it but someone must. These agents and politicians that are helping to destroy private property rights in America need to understand in a very strong way that if they continue to threaten American families, their family will be put in similar peril.

The recent actions in Nevada show that this agenda is well under way. Patriots need to take heed. This recent action was not only to take resources but to gauge resistance and abilities. When playing cards you do not want to show your opponent what you hold until everyone lays their cards on the table. The provocative actions by the government are a means to get patriots to tip their hand and give federals an edge when the time comes to lay all cards on the table. The federals need to know what they are up against above all so patriot groups need to hold back on a show of full abilities until the time comes.

The reds are coming and unless attitudes change in this country soon, all will likely be lost. Once American citizens are subjugated, there will be nothing to stop totalitarian rule in all countries. That is not to say Americans always get it right. It is only to say that we are the only heavily armed populace left in the world that is still capable of fighting for our freedoms. If you believe in God, now is a good time to ask for his protection. If you do not believe, it might be a good time to start.

The Battle of Bunkerville

By: Tom Chatham

The events of the day are not extraordinary or surreal but are repugnant to anyone who defends human rights. If we had a Republican president I would expect PETA to be out in force defending the helpless cattle but since it is a Democrats decision it must be ok. This is how things work in a feudal system.

This may not be a Bunker Hill or a Concord, but it will be a Newton Station if the federals have their way. This is a battle not just to flaunt raw power but to break the spirit of resistance inbred in most true Americans. If the federals are able to destroy all of Mr. Bundy’s cattle then simply get in their vehicles and drive away, they will have won the battle. They will have succeeded in once again showing Americans the federal government can do whatever it wants and not suffer any consequences.

If this was a simple case of denying use of federal lands to an individual, they could just as easily herd the cattle back to Mr. Bundy’s land and put up a fence. But that would not deprive Mr. Bundy of his livelihood and source of revenue. The destruction of his personal property and future ability to fight off the federal government will be insured by these actions. He would be forced out like the rest.

With actions come consequences. The federal government has the notion that their actions are immune from any significant consequences. If the federals are not prevented from removing these cattle from the area then there need to be consequences. The only consequences that they could suffer that would mean anything to them would be the prevention of any of them leaving the area in a vertical position or leaving in hand cuffs.

Since many people are defending the government actions because they are acting according to the law then the governments own rules should be used against them. Many states recognize many of their citizens as members of the unorganized militia according to their state constitution. This makes them military personnel. These legal militia members need to detain these government agents for terrorist actions under section 1021 of the NDAA. Under that provision these men can be detained indefinitely without charges. If the government does not think they have the authority they can take it to court. During the years it takes to go through the court system these men can rot in a jail cell.

Everyone hopes this situation will end in a peaceful way but if it does that means someone must lose this battle. Either Mr. Bundy will lose his cattle or the government will lose the grip of fear they have on the country. Someone will have to back down to have a peaceful settlement and I don’t see the federals doing that willingly.

If the people in Bunkerville do not prevent the removal of stolen cattle from their community they will be the defacto losers. That is what most people do not see. Many times the enemy will try your defenses to see what reaction they get. They will continue to push you more and more until they get a response. This tells them what they can do to you before you respond. That is what the federals are doing right now. They are constantly pushing Americans more every time they act to see where your line is drawn.

As Bismarck once said, the great questions of the day will be answered not with speeches or majority votes, but by blood and iron. If the people of America allow the government to get away with this scott free, they might as well pack up their resolve and go home and never utter another disrespectful word against their masters again.

The West Line and China World Rule

By: Tom Chatham

The west line is a theory that the commercial shipping center of the world has slowly moved westward over the course of centuries. This line, by chance or some hidden economic force, has slowly moved for 5,000 years. It started in Lebanon about 3,000 BC, moving in small steps to Rhodes, Crete, the Greek mainland, Rome and Northern Italy. About 1,000 years ago a large step brought NW Europe to the forefront making Antwerp/Amsterdam, London and the Eastern Coast of North America the leading centers of trade. In the 20th century a giant step moved the center of trade into the Pacific and Japan, South Korea and China became the new centers of growth and commercial shipping.

Each step along the west line became a struggle as the old centers declined and the new centers emerged. This long term perspective on the world of maritime trade demonstrates the dynamics of the ever changing environment that we live in. It is a continuing process that civilizations must adapt to in order to accept their new place in international commerce.

England was a manufacturing power that allowed them to build a world class navy. This allowed them to secure a worldwide empire. When they began losing manufacturing power to the U.S. it affected their ability to project military power. When WWII came, they went into deep debt to fight the war and it was the end of their status as a world power.

The U.S. slowly built up a manufacturing base that made the country wealthy and powerful in the world. This manufacturing ability allowed us to build a world class navy during WWII and become the new world power. In the 1930’s the U.S. built up the worlds largest gold hoard with about 26,000 tons. The U.S. has now lost much of its savings and manufacturing power to China and gone deep into debt to that nation.

China now has the manufacturing capability that England and America once had. This capability has made the country wealthy and they are now starting to build a large gold hoard. They are in the initial stages of building a large navy and a middle class that can utilize it’s manufacturing capacity once the U.S. sales wane. When war comes to the world once again, China will take the reigns of power from the U.S. and become the new world power. The U.S. will have to learn to live with a smaller, slower economy just as England and the others before them have.

By understanding the process that is now occurring, we can mitigate the damage to America and insure a reasonable standard of living in the future, but if we ignore the process taking place we may very well end up in third world conditions. The future of America is that of a nation with a lower standard of living and less military power. It will be a nation that must compete in world markets and have a product to sell to stay viable. The ability to prosper due to having the world reserve currency is over and we must accept that fact and adjust to it. If we fail to adjust to the new reality unfolding before us, we will suffer terribly for it.

We hold the future in our hands as the actions we will take will ultimately reflect our standard of living in years to come. The U.S. is destined to be no more than a shell of its’ former self for many years to come if it survives at all. The divisions now present in our society are such that losing our current prosperity could tear us apart as a nation. Do not suffer any delusions. The prosperity we once had is gone and will likely never be repeated in this nation, at least not for several centuries. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is not presenting a rational argument based on the natural tendencies of the west line which cannot be controlled by man. The best we can hope to do is to build a stable society that we can live with in the years to come. Just as past empires have succumbed to the west line in its passing, so must America.

You Need To Act Rather Than React

By: Tom Chatham

You wake up one morning and there is no power. You say ok, maybe there is a local power problem. You check your cell phone and it works but there is no signal. You start up your generator and your home comes back to life. Everything works so you know the problem is not an EMP attack so you feel better. You turn on the radio to see if you can find out about the power outage but all you get is static on all settings. You turn on your TV and get nothing but static on all channels. You try the internet but your satellite direct connection is dead. You think ok, maybe there is some very bad solar interference so you try to call out on your land line and it is dead. Now you start to worry some. You go outside and start your car and it runs fine but that radio does not work either.

You drive into town to see if you can find out any news but the situation is the same there. No power from the grid and no communications from any source. What does it mean? At this point most of the sheep will just resort to their usual mini-emergency persona complaining they don’t have any heat or air conditioning, they cannot watch their favorite shows, they cannot spend hours talking meaningless dribble on the phone or they cannot get on the internet. For many this will result in aggravation and mounting hostility toward whoever they plan to yell at for this latest inconvenience.

The sheep dogs out there will likely take this lack of communication as a sign something sinister is happening and they will endeavor to find out what. But how? At this point, what would be your next move? That is not a rhetorical question. What would YOU do? This is the crux of the problem. Most people set around after an event waiting to be told what to do and be informed what is going on. In the event of total communication failure, the country could literally be under attack an nobody would know about it.

Given the recent revelations about government agencies stockpiling munitions and the current world situation, this type of situation is more likely as the days pass. This could be the result of cyber attacks, foreign enemy invasion, a U.S. government takeover or a combination of these things. With a lack of communications, you would not know so what would your first move be?

Some may take this as a sign to go to a retreat location, lock down their home or make contact with like minded individuals in their group. In this situation there are no clear one size fits all answers. Who you are and the situation you live in will define what you do or should do next. The point is, what would you do, right now, today, if this happened? Have you ever thought about that? Maybe you should. If this is the beginning of something sinister, time is critical.

If I were going to seize control of a nation the size of the U.S. the first thing I would want to do is create a minor emergency to divert attention by cutting everyone off from information and basic services. This would create enough chaos and confusion to mask movement of forces and prevent any type of civilian response in the initial hours. If foreign forces wanted to land unimpeded or the government wanted to begin gun confiscation or roundup of subversives, this would be a good way to prevent that from becoming common knowledge that could warn potential targets of what was coming. This could prevent any resistance from forming.

The public would be almost helpless in the face of this type of move. This brings us back to the question, what would you do if this happened to you right now? What would be your first moves? That is something everyone needs to think about right now while they can think clearly and determine a plan of action. There are many different types of scenarios and you should explore some of the answers now because when it happens, you may not have the luxury of time to plan a proper reaction. In the unstable world we now live in, the crazy things are becoming more of a reality every day.

You do not want your first indication that something is very wrong to be tanks and troops moving down your streets, bombs falling or masked thugs breaking through your front door “to help you“. If this happens, your well laid plans may be over before they start. A shortwave radio may be of use, and maybe not. A plan for messages passed from town to town by individual messengers may work, and maybe not. A plan to use bicycles or horses as transportation may work, and maybe not. You need to figure that out now so you can act rather than react to the situation.

Should You Warehouse Goods For Future Trade?

By: Tom Chatham

There are many common themes espoused by those preparing for future difficulties. One of the things many will agree on is the need to store an ample supply of food. This should be enough to take care of your needs and possibly extra to share or trade with others. The need for storing excess wealth is another concern if you have wealth to preserve. This is usually done with precious metals that are compact and easily transportable. Beyond these obvious items what you may want to store depends on your location and situation.

One item many will want to store is extra ammo which is a sure bet to be worth more in the future and be in high demand. Other items will depend on the things you perceive others in your area will likely seek out in desperate times when supplies are scarce and distribution systems are unreliable.

Some may argue that all excess wealth should be stored in food or metals. The problem is you are limited to the space available to you and the ability to move those items if relocation becomes necessary. If storage is not a problem another thing you must consider is what will you trade for if the only things available are food and metals.

Even in the most desperate circumstances people will eventually need some of the other necessities in life such as hygiene items, tools and clothing to name a few. Once you are beyond the point of possible famine people will start to look for the other things that make life more livable. Some things people will gravitate to will be pleasure items such as liquor or tobacco products.

The more products available in the area the more trade will progress into large scale barter and sales. Those that hold silver or gold will eventually want to trade it for something they need. If you have some of those things in demand you will have the opportunity to establish a thriving business to rollover and increase your holdings.

Some of the things you may carry may be impulse items such as hard candy, knives, gloves, jewelry or beauty supplies. These things are items people are willing to sacrifice to get if they decide they want it even if it is not necessary to their survival.

There are legitimate reasons for warehousing goods for later sale or barter. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990’s one of the reasons they were able to get by was the fact that many of the stores had goods stored in their storage rooms. In the past, businesses in the U.S. operated the same way. Stores would get delivery every week and stock enough extra to keep the shelves full until the next load arrived. Today we have a just in time delivery system where stock is monitored by computers and when levels get to a certain level the computers automatically reorder a certain amount of goods for next day delivery. Very few modern stores carry inventory in the back room to keep the shelves full. When the delivery system breaks down, stores can run out of product almost immediately. This is why a catastrophic event will be even worse in the U.S. in the future.

With no excess inventory to absorb the buying pressure in the days following an event people will panic. Once the shelves are empty and no stock is available to the public the situation will deteriorate quickly. A person with a mini warehouse should not attempt to sell goods in the immediate aftermath of an event but should store supplies until a later date when the situation stabilizes and resources are almost impossible to find. It is in this time that some availability of goods will help the local population to move forward and reestablish some type of normalcy and begin the rebuilding process.

Commerce in the form of sale or barter is one of the building blocks to a vibrant community. The availability of goods will encourage the necessary work to earn the goods wanted. Work is the foundation of a prosperous society. If there is nothing to gain by work, only the minimum amount will be done for the purpose of basic survival. This will cause stagnation and prevent advancement of the community that will benefit all. Even the existence of one mini warehouse in a community will go far in advancing the recovery and stability of a community after an event. In extreme cases this product availability may not be possible for weeks or months following an event but the longer the duration before release of goods, the more valuable they will likely be to the community.

Several persons coordinating what they will warehouse will provide wider coverage and greater benefit in the end. There are many that may say having a substantial supply of goods will make you a target in any chaos that follows an event but that is only one of many problems you will likely face in such a situation. Secrecy is a major component in any long term plan following societal chaos.

In any given breakdown, stability will eventually return to society and it is then that stored goods will help to move the population forward in a positive way. Storing some of your excess wealth in such a way may be plausible for many. After a major event, the possession of gold and silver will be more valuable if you have something in the community to trade it for. Keep in mind that gold and silver are merely a medium of exchange, for them to be valuable there must be something useful to trade them for. There are many goods that would be difficult to produce in local communities after a crisis so the storing of them now will only add to the value of locally produced goods.

This type of storage plan may only work for a few but that is all that is needed to make a significant difference in the aftermath of an event. What you store, how much and how in depth you go is something you will have to decide for yourself. Only you can decide what will be most valuable to your community after the crisis passes and people decide to get on with their lives. Keep in mind that storing goods for after the crisis is different from storing goods that will be needed during the crisis such as food or ammo. You may want a plan for both situations. Even a few footlockers full of selected goods will go a long ways after a serious crisis. No plan will ever be perfect so a great deal of thought needs to happen to insure you are at least close to your target.

One other thing to keep in mind is that durable goods stored now will almost certainly be more expensive in the future which is one way to leverage your wealth. A mini warehouse is a way for someone to create a source of income for their family after the crisis and provide goods to the community to help fill the gap until normal production of goods resumes. There are many items that people desire that are relatively inexpensive now but could demand high premiums if they suddenly become unavailable. The amount of money you decide to allocate to such a program will determine what supplies you store. Someone with considerable wealth to put into supplies may store more expensive items such as boots or quality clothing while most people will be relegated to storing smaller inexpensive items. The following is a list of possible items to consider.

Matches
Disposable lighters
Zippo lighters and replacement supplies
Inexpensive knives
Gloves
Winter hats
Lamp wicks
Lamp mantles
Lamps and lanterns
Bulk propane
Rechargeable batteries
Seeds
Salt
Chocolate
Coffee
Ammo
Medical supplies
Hardware supplies
Liquor
Playing cards
Tire repair kits
Bicycle repair parts
Canning supplies
Kitchen cutlery
Manual kitchen utensils and appliances
Hygiene supplies
Pencils
Ink pens
Writing tablets

Will Alaskan Troops Be Sacrificed?

By: Tom Chatham

Recent revelations from a Russian official have made the prospect of a Russian controlled Alaska a future possibility.

A recent article by Dave Hodges indicates that Putin may be planning to eventually take control of eastern Europe once again. If that happens the only viable move the U.S. could make would be to invade Syria and then Iran to prop up the petrodollar for a while longer. If the U.S. attempted that Russia would retaliate by invading Alaska. It is suggested that President Obama would make no effort to defend Alaska should this happen. Is that possible?

There are reports from Alaska natives that foreign troops are present in many towns in Alaska but no one knows why. For the past two decades the U.S. has moved toward giving several islands along with fishing rights and mineral resources near Alaska to Russia. There is currently a petition on the White House site to give Alaska back to Russia.

Russia seeks to be a world dominating power and in order for it to do that it needs more warm weather ports. That is why the Crimea is so important to them right now. Alaska would provide a good location for Pacific domination. The location and the mineral resources located there would be a boon for the Russian navy.

If Russia invades Alaska, what will the troops stationed there get in the way of help from the lower 48? The answer may be nothing. This may be the effects of the downfall of the dollar. An invasion of Alaska by Russian forces would provoke a violent backlash from the American public unless they are too preoccupied with feeding themselves to care. A collapse of the dollar just prior to such an event would get it little notice by most Americans as they fight for basic necessities that suddenly get cut off by hyperinflation or shutdown of the delivery system or both.

The recent positioning by Russia and China are leading to the probability that they will dump the dollar soon and cause unmitigated chaos in this nation. If that happens nothing is off the table as the U.S. will be in no position to continue overseas operations. This combined with possible cyber attacks on our banking system and power grid would almost guarantee infighting within the U.S as people scramble for supplies to survive. This is the worst case scenario for the U.S. and everything seems to be falling into place.

There are numerous military units in Alaska and they would be able to put up resistance for a while but without resupply and reinforcements they would be on borrowed time. The only unknown variable at this time is whether the military establishment would defy Washington and go to the aid of Alaska or just fall back and allow events to unfold. I know many of the lower ranks in the military would not want to sit idly by as this happens but without coordination from higher echelon commanders, any movement to aid Alaska would not be possible. This may be a highly unlikely scenario but I would advise military units in Alaska to be on alert for this possibility and have a fallback plan, just in case.

Given the corruption and possible treason being committed in Washington today by numerous elected officials, this is something we must be prepared to address in the future if events come to pass. As time goes on and events continue to unfold, the unlikely becomes more of a reality.

Here We Go Again

By: Tom Chatham

While I feel for the people in Ukraine, I know we need to stay out of there. These people are the latest pawns in the banker controlled world of lies and deception. These banker parasites have now apparently stolen 33 tons of Ukraine gold and sent it to their vaults in NY. These bankers have spent the last few decades stealing the world blind using their fiat money and now that it is about to crash once and for all they want a new world war to cover up their crimes.

This new war is being urged on by none other than the likes of John McCain. One would think that after the experience he had in Vietnam he would be against sending American soldiers into another dubious war but I guess power and money can buy a clear conscience. The war drums are beating and its only a matter of time before something blows up and coalesces the brainwashed masses into supporting it.

The chess pieces are being moved around in preparation for a stunning move in the not so distant future. The annexation of Crimea, a missing Boeing 777, a weak American dialogue, Turkey threatening to close the Bosporus to Russia, a single U.S. destroyer in the Baltic, reduction of the American military and economic sanctions that are destined to backfire are all part of the grand strategy. When the move comes someone is going to lose some important pieces and this will set up the final checkmate where Americans will be the likely losers.

Those that feel the need to prepare at this point are probably of the same opinion as I that it is too late to stop this train wreck. Perhaps the best that we can do is to amass and store all of the pertinent data to insure when this worldwide cataclysm is over and the dust finally settles in the years to come that all of the information is available to identify those responsible and fit them for a new rope necktie. It is a foregone conclusion that all information and records that might reveal the bankers for what they are will be destroyed in the events to come just as building 7 was destroyed to cover up misappropriations at the Pentagon.

In the days to come here is just one more tidbit to think about. If the U.S. is attacked by a major power that plans total destruction here, that attack will likely be preceded by an EMP laydown. In the event that happens for any reason the 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. and the 70,000 tons of spent fuel next to them will create one gigantic dirty bomb that will have global implications when loss of coolant eventually causes multiple nuclear fires. This would not only wipe out the U.S. but the attackers as well regardless of location. The only way for them to prevent that is to have a plan to seize control of those plants and prevent coolant loss. If an attack is in the cards the nuclear plants will be the thing to watch for unusual traffic.

The chances of a monumental loss of life increases every day from this point forward and it will be all most can do to insure their survival and that of their family. No amount of planning will likely prepare us for the destruction to come but it is necessary to do what we can to live to fight another day when numbers will be important to our future freedom. Our future is up to us and it is in dire jeopardy at this time. We must learn the lessons from the past and make every day count from now on. Time is the great equalizer and America is fast becoming irrevelant in the world.

Should You Store Your Wealth In Silver?

By: Tom Chatham

There has been much talk in the past few years of how to store your excess wealth to preserve its value. Many people have advised that gold and silver are the best vehicles for doing so but there are many detractors in the mainstream that disagree.

If you look at the price of gold and silver over the years and compare the prices to crude oil you will see a good correlation. As crude oil has moved up and down the price of precious metals has moved in close lockstep with it over the years. That makes very good sense due to the fact that the world runs on energy and gold and silver are real money. No modern economy can have growth without using more energy.

In 1980 the average price of silver was $16.39 and the price of silver spiked to around $50 an ounce, the price of crude that year averaged about $37.42. Adjusted for inflation, in today’s dollars that would make oil about $106 a barrel. Does that number look familiar?

If you take 1980 prices and compare them to 2014 prices you can see that silver is vastly under priced compared to oil. With oil at $106 a barrel silver should be much higher than it is. It is much lower due to price manipulation by the banking cartel that wants to hide the devaluation of the dollar from unsuspecting rubes.

This undervaluation will not last forever. Once the price manipulation fails the price of gold and silver will rise substantially. Now is a good time to lock in some low prices and preserve your wealth for future use. This current undervaluation will even help to increase your purchasing power when the prices adjust.

Primary focus should be spent on supplies and equipment to provide food, shelter, energy security and transportation for your family in the future. Excess funds after that need to be stored in a form that will allow you to continue paying rent or mortgage, taxes, utilities, medical care and other expenses that cannot be prepaid long term. When the petrodollar collapses and the U.S. loses reserve currency status, prices will rise on just about everything people depend on to live. Those that are not prepared to maintain their standard of living will fall into poverty and likely remain there for the foreseeable future.

Jim Willie is predicting an 80% drop in the value of the dollar in the next three years. This will almost insure much higher prices for commodities in the future. Having the supplies you need so you do not have to trade in a system that is breaking down is only part of the solution to preserving your standard of living. The other part is to have a medium of exchange that will maintain its purchasing power throughout the turmoil that occurs. This will allow you to trade in the future for the things you cannot store.

What you do with your wealth is ultimately up to you to decide. In these troubling times it is important for you to do your own research and decide what is best for you. How you fare in the future is your responsibility and you cannot blame someone else for your failure to plan ahead.

Are You Ready?

By: Tom Chatham

With the world situation getting more chaotic and dangerous by the day, it is normal for an alert person to consider the potential dangers ahead and plan to deal with them. When everything goes wrong, what will you need to get by? It is imperative for you to think about that now while you have the ability to think clearly and determine what you may need and how you will get it before something happens.

The recent tensions in the Ukraine are a harbinger of things to come. It is no surprise that China has sided with Russia in the recent actions. Russia needs the port facilities at Sevastopol and China has leased millions of acres of farmland in Ukraine that they do not want to lose use of. No matter what the west decides to do Russia and China may use this opportunity to dump their U.S. treasuries and collapse the dollar. This is even more likely if you believe Obama is working with Putin at this time. The recent economic data shows the economy is much worse than everyone is promoting. Another banking collapse could be in the near future. The ability to blame the demise of the dollar on Russia and China while deflecting blame away from the real culprits, the bankers and politicians, would allow the government to act as a savior to the people when everything collapses and maintain absolute control. If this comes to pass, it will mean dire hardship for those ill prepared to live through it.

It is easy to make a list of potential items but you must have a list of items that is tailored to your specific situation and needs. Only you can know what will be most important to you when all resources are cut off or destroyed in some type of disaster or hostile action. This is the time to think in the extreme. You must analyze your current situation and decide what is most important and necessary to you. You should make a list and seek to stock those items as soon as possible. What are the top ten items you would need or want if you were cut off from stores in an emergency for an extended time? What would be in your top thirty items?

Here is a sample of what someone in a rural area might list as important.

1) Food supply ( canned goods for 180 days)
2) Wood stove
3) Seasoned wood pile
4) Wood cutting tools
5) Hand pump for well
6) Weapon and ammo for self defense and hunting
7) Fuel supply for truck ( homemade fuel production unit for long term)
8) Open pollinated seeds
9) Canning supplies
10) Absorption freezer with 90 day fuel supply

This list is not absolute and may be very different from one family to another but it gives you an idea what to think about. An urban family will stock differently than a suburban family who will stock differently from a rural family. There are some items that may be the same such as food items but they will differ in many ways. A rural family with access to a good heat supply such as a wood stove will be able to cook many types of foods that a city apartment dweller cannot due to lack of fuel. All of these things must be taken into account.

When thinking about specific tasks you must visualize yourself doing the task and identify the items you will need to complete it. How will you get water to mix with the dry foods you have? How will you heat it? How long will your fuel supply last to cook the things you have? What sanitation supplies will you need? How much water will that task require? Will your toilet still flush? What alternate method will you have if the sewer system backs up? The answers to these things will differ depending on where you are and the resources you have.

The world is changing at an ever faster rate and soon the unprepared may find themselves in desperate want of simple everyday items they could have easily stocked if only they had thought about the future. No one knows what the future will actually be like but paying attention to current events can provide a good indication of what is to come. When resources stop flowing and society begins to fail, you must be prepared to take care of yourself. In a national breakdown the cavalry will not be coming any time soon. The size of the population guarantees that. When all else fails, it is up to you. Will you be ready?

How Will You Increase Your Self Sufficiency This Year?

By: Tom Chatham

It is always good to reevaluate your position to identify any lapses in your plan or resources. What will you add to your supplies this year to improve your self sufficiency? It helps to plan ahead especially if you are working with a tight budget. This can allow you to buy a major piece of equipment when you might think it is not possible. By thinking ahead to the end of the year and deciding what you want to add to your supplies or resources this year, you will improve your situation rather than let it stagnate or deteriorate.

It does not matter how much you decide to spend on items this year. Every thing you get increases your position. You may buy several things or just one but it is important that you constantly work toward some goal that you have set for the future. It may be a two week supply of food or a small garden. It might be the ability to can your own vegetables or produce your own power in an emergency. This is your life and you need to set the standards for what you expect from yourself. In the end you are responsible for the position you may find yourself in. The ability to come through it safe and happy is mostly up to you. The following are some of the things you may want to think about as you decide how to proceed.

Food storage-

To become more food secure you don’t need to buy two years worth of food all at once and at a time when you can ill afford to. All you need to do is increase your excess food reserve by buying a few extra cans or packages of food every week and add to your supplies over time. You may want to buy some plastic buckets to store some of your food in to keep it fresh and rodent free.

Food production-

Regardless of where you live it does not take a lot of space to buy and store some food production essentials. These may be things you can use now or later. Things such as seeds, canning supplies or garden tools are items you can slowly accumulate over time to increase your production and storage capabilities.

Barter-

It is never a bad time to learn to barter. You can locate a barter group near you and identify certain items that are easily tradable now or in the future if supplies are cut off for some reason. Having a barter connection will provide a backdoor to get what you may need if things take a turn for the worse. Now is a good time to store extra barter supplies while they are easily assessable in the market place.

Energy-

Energy makes the world go round. It is difficult to live in modern society without some form of energy to make life easier. What type of energy do you rely on the most and how can you store some to insure an available supply if the economy gets worse or a disaster strikes? It may be as simple as storing a few cans of gasoline in your garage in the event you cannot buy any. It may be the purchase of a few solar panels, a few deep cycle batteries and a power inverter to insure you can maintain refrigeration and minimal lighting during an extended power outage. It may be a wood stove and supply of wood to insure you can keep your family warm if the power is out for an extended time in winter weather.

Water-

Water is a vital element and one that is easily lost during some type of disaster. It may be wise to at least have a water filter to produce clean water in an emergency. You may be able to drill a well or develop a water source independent of the local water authority. You may want to have water storage containers on hand to store sufficient amounts for long durations.

Clothing-

Clothing is something many people think little of until they need it and cannot get anything. It is more of a necessity in winter than in warmer climates or locations. The economic situation today and the constant inflation could impact your ability to get clothing in the future. If you loose your job or your paycheck just does not keep up with rising prices you may find yourself in want of clothing you cannot get. Do you have the equipment or knowledge to repair your clothing to make it last longer? Do you have the means to make clothing from scratch? It is not that difficult to buy a few extra things now and store them for future use to insure you have what you need in the event of future hardship.

Shelter-

What will you do if you suddenly lose your primary shelter? What will you do if the current economic situation gets much worse and you need to maintain your current shelter with the supplies you have on hand? Most people give little thought to this type of scenario. Having a backup shelter of some type or a plan to get to another shelter may be necessary at some point. Having a few repair supplies to fix a broken window or a leaky roof may be lifesaving in a disaster.

Transportation-

What would you do if your vehicle suddenly stopped working along with everyone else’s? What would you do if energy supplies were suddenly curtailed or cut off completely? Having an alternate transportation system may be necessary depending on your situation. A bike, a boat or canoe or some type of alternate energy source for your vehicle will give you something to fall back on when the time comes. It may be a supply of fuel or something like a wood gas producer that you decide is best for your situation.

Income-

The current economic situation will likely get worse before it gets any better. If you suddenly lose your primary source of income what will you do? It is always good to have some money set aside for such circumstances but that may not be enough. Do you have an alternate plan to make some money? Do you have special equipment you can use to earn money? Do you have skills you can utilize to start your own side business? A little time and thought put into this now can pay big dividends in the future if it is ever needed.

Security-

When the economy gets bad, the security situation deteriorates as well. It is good to know the police will come when called but will they get there in time to actually help you? It is always good to have your own security plan to protect your family until help arrives. It may be as simple as a can of bear repellant or something more potent such as a gun. If you have a weapon you may lay in extra bullets or cleaning supplies. There is always something you can add to your supplies to improve your chances of survival when things go wrong.

These are just some of the things you may want to consider. It is always helpful to sit down and think about your future wants and list the items you may need to get you there. Being self sufficient is a big job and it does not happen overnight. Having a list to keep you on track is very helpful and makes planning for future purchases easier. The longer your planning horizon is the more likely you will be able to work in the larger purchases to fulfill your dreams. Planning is always the first step to doing. So, what will you do this year to move toward a more self sufficient lifestyle?

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