By: Tom Chatham
It hurts to think it. It hurts to say it. But there it is. We have passed the point of no return as a nation and only something drastic and destructive will change things. The nation continues to be bled to death by a social class that not only consumes more than they produce but also more than others produce as well. The massive misallocation of wealth by these people is like a parasite sucking its host dry.
This class of people is incapable and unwilling to be educated on the destruction they are causing. They are blind to the fact that the free ride must end sometime. Their only understanding of economics is the amount of the check they receive every month.
The entitlement class does not care that they are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. And just to be clear, the entitlement class exists at both ends of the spectrum. The very poor and the very rich are equally guilty. The financial pressure felt by our economy, and the middle class producers, is causing it to shrink. As business owners get squeezed they lay off employees to cope with tighter budgets. These actions reduce the tax base that provides the core of entitlement spending. As these people demand more, they are reducing the profits of the business class and reducing spendable income among the working class. At some point this will end as the economy seizes up and stalls.
Only after this happens will the purge of the entitlement class begin. Those that have nothing to offer the economy will wither and die as the resources they need are cut off. It will be loud. It will be messy. It will be bloody. But it must happen at some point in order to purge the system of all of the fat that has built up over the years and caused the lifeblood of the nation to stop flowing.
It is not only an economic war these people wage on this nation but a moral one as well. The excesses these people feel a right to is a result of a deeper rooted problem. They lack the moral underpinnings that have been the foundation of this nation for four hundred years. The intolerance and obscene lifestyle they live has resulted in the destruction of a nation that was created from scratch by godly people to become the world leader and most prosperous in history.
The moral values embedded in this nation were the bedrock that maintained a stable family life and provided the seeds of greatness. These seeds have been slowly poisoned over the years and now the bitter fruits of entitlement are all we are left with. If this nation is to survive and prosper once again it first must be cleansed of the essence of evil that has invaded it at every level.
There are those that reflect on bible prophecy and note the apparent absence of America in the last days according to prophecy. This may be by design and it may be for our benefit when the world is turned upside down. In any WWIII scenario where America is still a major power, it is unlikely we would not be involved in the fighting and not be spared total destruction from nuclear weapons in an all out war. The lingering effects of radioactive contamination would be devastating for years to come. It would make survival and rebuilding difficult if not impossible for the few survivors. If America were embroiled in an internal struggle when WWIII gets under way, it would likely preclude any serious involvement by America and save America from any serious long term destruction from nuclear weapons. We would be a mere backwater and sideshow to the larger conflagration going on in the world.
The festering scabs that entail modern society must be removed before the healing can begin. According to a prophecy by George Washington, America will be invaded and destroyed in what he termed the third great peril. There would be a great struggle against superior forces and eventually victory and peace would return to America after the intervention of heaven. No town, village or city will remain standing in the wake of this conflict. This will be the great cleansing of America in the future if prophecy is correct.
According to the fourth turning, things will get continuously worse until they peak around 2020. As such, Americans should plan for a lengthy period of destruction and deprivation lasting from about 2014 until about 2025. This is the time horizon for short term survival.
It is bound to happen at some point and we should be asking not if it should happen but what we can each do to stay out of the way and insure we are in a position after it happens to help rebuild a rational and sustainable nation again. Things such as our moral underpinnings and work ethic need to be reevaluated. The way we educate our children and conduct business needs to revert to proven systems that in the past helped build a strong nation. The ability to hold a stable medium of exchange that cannot be compromised by a chosen few must be restored. The rational use of our natural resources that provides a sustainable future needs to be explored.
The west line has moved to China and that means the epic growth America once experienced is gone and will never return to previous levels. We must now learn to live with a smaller more sane business model. Just as the nations before us lost the advantage as the west line passed them by, we too must now learn a new social dynamic to survive and prosper in the future. The only alternative is to be permanently impoverished and suffer from our shortcomings as a nation. This would insure the domination and manipulation by outside forces that would treat us as another third world nation to be mined of all resources.
Many times when a building is demolished, the best parts are salvaged to be used again in the new structure. The best parts of America need to be salvaged and used to rebuild a nation the people can once again be proud of. The removal of the sick, lame, lazy and corrupt is at hand and it will not be pretty. It is the normal course of nature to destroy and rebuild over time and our time has come. How we end up after this coming world disaster will depend entirely on us. It cannot be stopped, only dealt with at this point. Are you prepared for that?
By: Tom Chatham
Those that have the foresight to plan ahead for their distant future needs are growing smaller by the year. With every new generation the want for things to be faster and always newer is the driving force that will eventually devour us as a nation. Long term planning has given way to short term gratification. The need to live for today has replaced the time tested wisdom to live life in moderation. Its not a bad thing to want a good life and those things that make it easier but to sell your future in order to have it all now is a recipe for disaster.
There are those that tell the masses that life should be lived to the maximum every day and not to worry about the future because someone else will take care of that for you when the time comes. That is like driving your car wide open everywhere you go. You will get there faster and have a lot of fun doing it but your car will wear out much faster and leave you stranded at some point with no means to get another because you still owe on the first one for years to come.
Life can be just as much fun when lived in moderation and done with a long term plan to get you to the end. By planning your future needs and wants you can get there with money to spare. The act of buying it now and paying high usury fees destroys your future savings. If you go around paying two or three times for everything you get, you will be throwing away a lot of your hard work and future happiness.
Westerners, and more so Americans than the rest, tend to take a short term perspective on things. This short attention span and desire for immediate gratification is the cause of many of our woes. Since most Americans live paycheck to paycheck today, it is easy to understand why they take a short term perspective on their lives. They put so much energy into the here and now they have nothing left for the future. This short term perspective causes them to develop tunnel vision and disregard future possibilities. This prevents them from forming long range plans and goals that they can work towards to fulfill their hopes and dreams.
As many preppers will tell you, they did not have the ability to immediately fulfill their want list of preparations. They had to make a long term plan and stick to it to some degree in order to get to the preparedness level they desired. For many this took years and for some the work still continues. A prepper is the epitome of a long range planner. They evaluate the resources they have to work with and set out long range goals to achieve a certain desire.
This is the primary element that is missing from the American culture at large today. The desire for immediate gratification has led America down a path of destruction that will destroy our nation in due time. Americans give little thought to buying on credit or borrowing beyond their ability to repay. They want it now and will deal with the problems later. When the problems finally rear their ugly head, the lack of a long term plan to deal with it causes them to implode, costing them everything they have and the loss of many years of hard work. The wealth amassed by previous generations has been squandered and the current generation wants to have the same living standard as previous generations but there is nothing there to support this lifestyle.
The lack of a long term plan has led many Americans to borrow at excessively high rates and give away their hard work for little gain. As the economy collapses they will lose the few things they have that were bought on credit that they can no longer pay on. The current plan is nothing more than short term creative destruction. Americans are leveraged to the hilt with no hope of ever coming ahead. Only through the use of well conceived long term and short term goals will the U.S. achieve a stable economy that offers prosperity for its people.
The lack of a long term plan for economic prosperity has left America with a hole that must be filled by something. That something is now becoming very obvious to those that care to see it. The hole in American jobs is being filled by foreign investment that is buying up America at fire sale prices. The lack of a long term plan will ultimately see this nation owned by the savers of another nation that have long term plans.
The Chinese are an old civilization and as such they usually take a long range perspective on things. This long term outlook has allowed them to come ahead very fast in the past few decades. They have a goal in mind and a plan to get them there and it is working better than they expected. China has absorbed a major part of Americas manufacturing capability and the technology that has made us competitive in the world. They developed a business model that paved the way for a takeover of the American markets and a systematic de-jobbing of America began. America filled this earnings gap by borrowing from our new business partners.
America has now reached a point where a new plan is taking shape. China is now in the position to systematically take over the U.S. piece by piece. This type of thing can only be accomplished by a long term plan. Most Americans that have no concept of long term planning cannot comprehend the actions taking place and ignore the future consequences of these actions. They only see a savior that is coming to our rescue and will eventually provide them with jobs that will allow them to continue to live beyond their means a little longer. Those that are preppers and have the capacity to plan ahead can see the storm that is coming and no amount of information will convince those with short term thinking of the coming danger.
The lack of a long term plan and the shortsightedness of Americans has led us to a point of desperation as a nation. The lack of a long term perspective will lead to a loss of the standard of living most Americans are accustomed to and a loss of our freedoms as our economy collapses. Most will not realize it until they are staring at it down the barrel of a gun. That day is coming sooner rather than later and it will be a revelation of biblical proportions.
By: Tom Chatham
A number of years ago a friend of mine who did construction work in rural southwestern Va. related a story to me which offers a good lesson in economics for today.
While digging a foundation for a garage addition to a home the men dug up a broken jar containing a small cache of silver coins. From the amount of coinage the jar must have been full. They commented on the odd nature of the find and continued digging. A short time later they uncovered another jar, this time in tact. It was also full of coins. As they began digging again more jars appeared in the dirt.
By this time the men realized what they had discovered. One of the men went to the house and told the lady who was home at the time. She came out and upon seeing the men were not joking she told them to keep digging.
Now some information on where this occurred will be insightful. The home was built near an older home that had belonged to the owners father. His father did not trust banks as many from the depression era. His father had saved his money in coinage and sealed it in mason jars and buried it in the backyard. Apparently the old man died before telling his son about the money.
With the discovery of the jars the garage project was abandoned and the woman had them dig up the whole yard. In the end many dozens of jars filled with silver coinage were uncovered. It was a very fulfilling day for the home owners to say the least.
This story presents many lessons to be learned.
- silver coinage is a good way to save for the future
– keeping physical possession of the money is best
– you can store this type of money almost anywhere
– silver coinage is a good way to pass wealth to heirs
– leave information so if you die your family can find it
– bankers and politicians cannot steal what they cannot find
– real money is eternal
With the breakdown of our currency system coming in the near future, some type of savings program is important if you hope to come through it with your assets in tact. After a currency reset or complete breakdown, having even a small amount of real money to get you back on your feet financially will mean a great deal to you and your family. Getting real money to save is only half of the battle. The other part is being able to keep it safe until you need it.
By: Tom Chatham
When soldiers go out to train, they conduct battle drills. They practice conducting military operations not only to hone their skills but also to teach them to act rather than react to certain situations. They put themselves in situations that they may face in hostile places and under abnormal conditions and circumstances. Soldiers do these drills so much they get tired of doing them but it is all for a reason. In a previous article, I mentioned acting rather than reacting to situations. The reason this is important is because when people are suddenly put under duress, they can easily develop a mental block and freeze. In combat, this can get you and others killed very fast.
Those that live in earthquake zones may feel a quake and instinctively go to a doorway for protection. While driving down the street if someone suddenly pulls out in front of you, you are stepping on the brake before you actually have time to think about it. These are battle drills in a sense. When something happens that you have done many times before, you instinctively act in a certain way and do things without thinking about it. These reactions are your survival instinct kicking in.
The problem is that many people often find themselves in situations they have never contemplated before. When this happens your survival instinct may not have an immediate or proper response to the situation and you will hesitate. Soldiers often find themselves in situations that are abnormal and dangerous so to give themselves an edge, they conduct training to provide the proper responses to those situations. This allows them to instinctively do things without thinking about it.
This is one reason I like to make people think about unusual circumstances. Disasters are hard to plan for mentally because anything can happen. It’s these unexpected things that cause you the most danger. By allowing yourself to explore these possible situations ahead of time, you provide yourself the ability to do certain things instinctively rather than spending critical seconds thinking about what to do. Many have seen doomsday preppers doing a practice bugout on TV. This practice allows them to take immediate actions without wasting valuable time.
In an uncertain world, the more you practice for surreal circumstances, the better your survival instincts will be honed to keep you out of danger. Asteroids, giant tsunamis, super volcanoes and polar shifts are not very likely but they are possible. In the event one of these things starts to happen, would you instinctively do certain things or would you stand in shock wondering what to do? Running into a hostile road block, a rioting mob, police conducting house to house searches, your car breaking down during an evacuation or loosing power are all things we don’t want to have to deal with but someday it might happen.
If you conduct your own type of battle drills now to prepare for unusual circumstances you will give yourself one more tool to stay alive when the time comes. What type of battle drills might you do? If you think self defense may be necessary you might practice hand to hand fighting or clearing a jam or misfire in your weapon. You can do this by placing spent casings in a magazine mixed with live rounds. Can you disassemble your weapon in the dark and put it back together again? Can you dress a wound in the dark?
Can you navigate through the woods in the dark? If you had to suddenly evacuate your home permanently, what would you take? How would you pack your vehicle for maximum storage? How fast can you change a flat tire if someone is after you? Can you move your family in the dark without making a lot of noise? If your primary route is blocked which way would you go? If a tornado struck where would you hide? If flood waters suddenly started flowing into your home what would you do? If your home caught on fire how would everyone get out?
There are so many everyday disasters that can occur, you should plan to deal with some of them during your lifetime. By imagining these things now and walking through your actions, you will have a programmed response to the situation. Investors do research to provide the best decisions to make money. Doing battle drills for everyday emergencies will provide you with the best actions to come through the disaster in the best possible shape. Drills for other than normal circumstances provides you with a knowledge base to draw on when you don’t have time to think.
If you get creative, these drills can be fun for the whole family. An evacuation combined with a planned camping trip. A fire drill combined with a backyard cookout. First aid and land navigation classes at the camp site. The possibilities are endless. Battle drills are a way to develop your knowledge base so you can act instinctively rather than succumbing to indecision when seconds count. This is training that has to be done before you actually need it so now is the time to practice for those unforeseen events so you and your family will not be hampered by indecision at a critical moment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zippo lighters and replacement supplies
Lamps and lanterns
Tire repair kits
Bicycle repair parts
Manual kitchen utensils and appliances
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.