By: Tom Chatham
All of the recent reports about the VA show one thing very clearly. The majority of the problems relate to employee incompetence and indifference. This is what happens when employee benefits and working conditions are held in higher regard than the treatment of veterans which is the only purpose of the institution. This is what happens when you hire workers that have contempt for the country and veterans in particular and the system refuses to hold them accountable. In this situation, merely replacing the men at the top will do nothing because they will still rely on the same people at the bottom.
Here is a very practical solution that would solve the problem with civilian employees. Get rid of the civilians and hire active duty military personnel to fill the slots. Every branch of the military has occupational specialties that encompass all of the necessary skills to treat veterans and run the system.
The VA has its own budget and locations across the nation. It should be treated just like another branch of the military. Persons that enlist in the four branches of the military and have completed at least one enlistment or tour successfully and have job skills that can be utilized at the VA should be able to reenlist for the VA just as they now can reenlist for other branches of the military. These persons would then be able to finish out their military career with the VA if they wish.
By having the VA staffed by military personnel it would eliminate the excessive pay and bonuses that their civilian counterparts now demand and get. It would also eliminate the sometimes excessive civil service retirement pay they get.
The use of active duty personnel would guarantee accountability due to the military structure that demands it.
Active duty personnel would be more inclined to go the extra mile to help veterans than civilians who have never served in the armed forces.
Active duty personnel would be more in tune to the needs of veterans and would speak the language veterans are familiar with.
The active duty military and VA system would be able to provide seamless support to one another in emergency situations where medical personnel are in short supply.
The head of the VA should be a General with a medical background that would have to be accountable to the veterans.
Any veterans that need special services that cannot be provided by the VA system could receive a voucher for use at civilian medical facilities.
While this may not seen like the perfect solution it would be a dramatic improvement over what we have now. I say that as someone that has used the VA system. I don’t want to put all of the current employees at the VA in the same category. There are some very dedicated people there that do care but they are few and far between. This would also provide more jobs for veterans that desperately need one. This system would provide the needed medical treatment for veterans that is now becoming too expensive even for civilians due to the new healthcare mandates. The veterans have earned this benefit no less than the police and firemen that receive greater pay and benefits than the military that has risked so much for this nation over the years. The veterans deserve a system that is operated for their best interest and is not skimping on services due to outside agendas.
By: Tom Chatham
As I mentioned in a previous article, we are being overwhelmed with one crisis after another in rapid fire succession. This is meant to keep everyone off balance and prevent any meaningful defense by the population. Before we can react to one crisis another rears its ugly head and diverts our attention causing many to ignore the recent crisis for the new one. Its all planned that way.
So how do we defeat this plan? We cannot fight every crisis with the hope of winning. We can only try to see the bigger picture and build a wall that can keep the problems far enough away from us to carry on with our own agenda.
The final protective line that we have to protect ourselves is the right to bear arms. Without this, we have no defenses against those who mean to destroy what we now have. That being said, the right to bear arms is not necessarily the ground we need to hold in and of itself.
The most logical place to draw our line is at the county line. This creates an area small enough to defend from many different threats but large enough to enable life to continue as we wish. The ability to control the county government and the position of sheriff is where Americans need to circle the wagons.
The ability to control the local government gives the community the ability to resist any state and federal regulations and laws they see as a threat to their well being. The ability to decide what regulations to implement in the community can preserve and protect individual and property rights from outside interests that wish to destroy them. The sheriff provides the legitimate law enforcement authority within the county that can stop the enforcement of destructive policies by outside enforcers working against the community.
But why the county level? This is the last line of defense against outside forces before they get to your front door. Local government is the only level that has daily contact with those it works for and can feel the ire of taxpayers immediately and directly. By controlling the county government and sheriff, communities provide themselves with an island of sanity that they control. The county community has the ability to produce at least some of the necessities they need such as food. They have the benefit of collective security in the form of a police department and services such as medical and fire. They have the ability to utilize an alternative local currency. The community has the benefit of drawing on the skills of the community as a whole.
While most states have diverse groups that can lean left or right and tend to pull against one another, individual counties tend to have a majority of one or the other making a consensus much easier. Those leaning left will likely seek government control and solutions to problems while those leaning right will have more individualistic tendencies that steer them toward local solutions and control. It is the right of center counties that hold the best hope of maintaining a functional economy and society when the system fails in some way. Conservative communities also tend to hold more traditional values that help to maintain law and order during emergencies. The majority of liberals hold the idea that almost nothing is taboo and this allows them to be opportunists and do bad things that society holds as wrong but they see as justified leading to a breakdown in law and order many times.
It is for these reasons that the more conservative counties need to be the ground that is held against those seeking to radically change the nation. Keep in mind the problem-reaction-solution plan that the radicals in the U.S. now use to implement their agenda. By denying the radical elements a foothold in your county you will maintain individual and property rights to a larger degree. From a county level you have a legal structure to fight off unwanted attacks on liberties and freedoms that those in some circles wish to obliterate for the greater good.
This is one of the things you need to look at where you live or intend to go. You need to determine if the residents in this area are right of center and willing to defend their rights as individuals. It is in these areas that you stand the best chance to hold the line against radical change that will undermine yours and future generations.
One only needs to look at progressive areas of the country and see the governments and taxpayers being bled to death by these liberal ideas. They constantly call for more taxes and more government subsidies to maintain the system. They expect someone else to solve the inherent problems with the system as it is as they continue the status quo. The free flow of money is the only thing that keeps these areas together in good times and in desperate times when the cash flow stops they have no plan to fall back on except brute force and tyrannical rule. It is for these reasons that these locations must be abandoned to their ultimate fate.
The only way to insure stability in the future when the system breaks down is for the county institutions to be independent from outside funding sources. This requires the takeover of local government by those that understand the threat and are willing to take measures to reduce the potential damage in the crisis to come. It will depend on these people to educate the community and determine a course of action to limit the damage from a crumbling system.
Dangers are imbedded into county functions by the radical globalists on the left and the right. They make the local government dependant on outside money just as they make the individual dependant on government supports and once this takes root, it is difficult to end just as drug addicts find it difficult to stop the habit that is slowly killing them. The dealer owns the addict just as radical government entities own the recipients of government money. They know this and is the reason they fight tooth and nail to continue funding programs that do more harm than good and prove to be wasteful.
While this article deals mainly with the physical world there is another realm that must go hand in hand with these actions. Those that believe in something can endure far longer than those that believe in nothing. The ultimate victory will only happen when those who wage the good fight have made their peace with God and carry his word in their heart and wear his resolve as armor. Victory in the end must encompass the return to traditional values and rejection of the perverted lifestyles and pure evil institutions we have created. The physical land that is defended must also encompass Christian values if we are to have any future.
This is the ground that must be defended at all costs to insure the constitutional principles that made us cohesive and prosperous will continue in the future. When you ask what power an individual county can hope to wield you only need to remember this tidbit from history.
North Carolina, May 20, 1775
Mecklenburg today became the first county in America to declare its independence from Britain. The safety committee of Mecklenburg, formed to carry out the will of the Continental Congress, took this radical step in response to the British attack on colonists in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, last month. The committee called for the election of military officers, declared all colonial constitutions void and said that any person who accepted an office from the crown was an “enemy to his country.”
History may not repeat but it does rhyme. The county level of government is where people can make the most difference in the final outcome. Enough counties can control the state, and enough states can control the national government. This is the battle ground. This is where we need to circle the wagons and dig in for the fight that is to come and if it ends in failure at least you can say you did your best.
By: Tom Chatham
Many people feel WWIII is looming closer. For those in North America the next world war is well under way but it will not be exactly what they had planned on. The mass of humanity crossing the southern U.S. border is nothing less than a Third World war being waged on the first world countries of America and Canada.
This is all part of the planned North American Union that will be forced on the citizens of those countries. Prosperous citizens have the means to protect their rights but impoverished citizens can only beg for government assistance or flee to some other place.
The elimination of the southern U.S. border has allowed many thousands of illegal aliens from all over South and Central America to come here in hopes of a better life. The influx will continue and increase substantially before it stops. To eliminate any resistance to a North American Union, America and Canada will be destroyed economically and socially to make subjugation easier.
With too many poor to care for, government services will break down and stop. The nation will be destroyed economically and socially to the point of no longer functioning. An outside institution such as the UN with outside backing will come in to stabilize the situation and take control. Once they are here they will never leave. Any rights you now have will be redefined by this group according to their standards.
Citizens of Canada should take notice of what is happening to their south because it will eventually happen there too. Third world dictators will continue to send their poor north to eliminate discourse among their people and make it someone elses problem.
It has been decided that instead of raising the living standards of the poor to the south, the living standards of those to the north will be lowered. It will continue until the masses beg for government to ease their suffering. They will willingly give up all of their rights for the promise of relief. They will get little relief and only more misery as time goes on.
The collusion between the government, the bankers, the drug cartels, government agencies and international interests are combining to deliver a lethal blow to the freedoms and prosperity we now take for granted. These groups want America to be completely destroyed for their own nefarious purposes. They have a plan and it is now unfolding before us.
Just like in the movie Force Ten From Navarone, where the enemy has discovered they intend to blow up the bridge so they reinforce it, but the men change their plan and they decide to blow up the dam above the bridge and let the water undermine the structure of the bridge and destroy it. This is the type of war we are now fighting. The enemy will do things to undermine our structure without directly attacking it in order to do us in.
This is the third world war that will destroy America. When the money changers have absolute control of their new North American Union they will finally have the utopia they have sought for themselves. The utopia the masses were expecting will never come. This will educate the masses to what socialism really is but they will learn this lesson too late to do anything about it.
Another war will tear the Middle East apart probably with nuclear weapons but by then Americans will be too preoccupied with daily survival to care. It is all in the cards and this will likely come to pass. The invading armies that many Americans fear will one day come are here now. Many of the soldiers are smaller and younger than expected but that will change with time. It will only take a few years for these potential soldiers to grow into adults that will be recruited to help subjugate the continent. Some of the first wave are already trained and financed by the drug cartels. Gangs working with the drug cartels and the government are even now being pre-positioned for future operations against Americans. MS-13 and other gang members will be on one side with DHS on the other and helpless Americans caught in the middle of this pincer move.
For those preparing to survive what may come in the future, this is truly a nightmare scenario and that is exactly how it will unfold. The fighting that will likely take place on this continent in the near future will be bloody and those that survive it will be hard pressed to retain their humanity. The illegals are flooding in, the UN is pre-positioning equipment and DHS has armed all of its agencies to the teeth. Once enough illegals have arrived and been dispersed around the country all that is needed to begin the next phase is a trigger event. The diseases that these illegals carry may be just such an event.
The reasoning for all of the current scandals is simple. The best way to take down the enemy is to overwhelm him and prevent any meaningful defense from him. Middle class Americans are the new enemy. This is what is happening in America right now. We are being overwhelmed with one crisis after another to prevent Americans from forming any type of defense against the transformation taking place in this country that will destroy the social structure we depend on to insure prosperity and stability.
Only if enough Americans realize the nature of what is happening and form a basic defensive strategy will they be able to defend themselves against what is to come. It will be impossible to fight every battle in every location and expect to win. Only when we pick a piece of ground and decide to defend it at all costs will we have any chance of success. That is to say we must decide what battle is the most important and put everything into that to have any hope of victory. Its time to pick our ground and circle the wagons and prepare to defend it to the end. Victory belongs to the most committed.
By: Tom Chatham
It is becoming harder every day to keep up with rising prices in a declining economy. This type of situation is often referred to as stagflation. Your income stagnates while prices rise making life ever more difficult. In the situation many Americans now find themselves in, they will need to develop a business of their own to replace the ones that are now disappearing at an alarming rate. The best businesses to be in in the future are those that provide a basic necessity to the population.
For those with a small plot of land that need to support themselves, it becomes necessary to maximize the income from that land. Many people make good money from produce which can be grown intensively in many cases but unless you live in southern latitudes you can only grow most things for part of the year. While produce is a sure money maker in most cases it cannot be stored for very long making it difficult to provide income on a regular basis throughout the year.
Growing things such as grain is one way to insure you can store a product for sale the year through but unprocessed grain does not provide very high profits on a small scale. An acre of corn will only provide you with several hundred dollars gross per acre so a large field is required to make any reasonable profit. But, what if you could make thousands of dollars per acre instead of hundreds? This would make the small plot you have more viable as an income source.
A bushel of corn sells for about $6 depending on the season and available stocks. That same bushel of corn when ground into cornmeal will generate around $36 on a retail level. The ability to grind your own grains for resale provides you with the opportunity to maximize profits on your small acreage. It is easy to find a produce stand in rural areas but how many sell value added products like cornmeal or flour? This can provide you with a product that few others have and if you have sufficient acreage, you can produce enough to sell throughout the year.
With small scale grain raising, you have the ability to grow heritage plants in an organic way. Many people now seek organic feeds for their livestock making organic grains a growing business. You will not make the maximum profit per bushel selling as feed but if you have sufficient land, it can increase your profits immensely. Another product you can provide at the same time are seeds. Having the ability to produce seeds for sale can reap huge profits if your selling base is large enough. A bushel of heritage corn can sell for as much as $1,200 when broken down into small packets for home gardens.
Value added products are not limited to grains. If you have a sizable woodlot, a small portable mill can provide you with lumber to sell. With a flock of chickens you can sell eggs for a few dollars a dozen or you can hatch them out and get a few dollars per chick. Those that can raise and process meat can increase their profits considerably over the sale of live animals. Making cheese or ice cream from excess milk adds a lot of value to dairy products. Making products such as sorghum syrup, rolled oats or honey are products that are not made by everyone that sells produce so you will have the ability to draw people to your business for these specialty items.
In the search for better profits from your small plot, it is necessary to develop a customer base that you can depend on for repeat sales. Repeat customers are the basis of any profitable business regardless of the product. Having a business location where your customers can come to view your products and fulfill their needs is the very best way to build a small business that can provide income during difficult times. Your ability to control your products from harvest to sale will allow you to remain competitive in the marketplace and reap the maximum profit from your products.
Using available resources to their maximum potential is the way Americans built this country up from the wilderness they found. Making a product to sell is the only way to produce real wealth. The act of producing value added goods requires knowledge and equipment. By analyzing your potential and that of your land you will be able to determine what you are capable of and what equipment you will need to build up your business. By making up a list of what you need to do you will be able to plan out a strategy that may take a few years to realize but can provide you with the ability to be productive and stay ahead of a declining business environment where basic necessities will always be in demand.
By: Tom Chatham
Much is now being made of the recent immigrant influx that carries many different problems. It will put even more pressure on the social net that many now depend on due to a declining economy. The addition of tens of thousands of new people that need government services will no doubt cause a decrease in services to those already getting it.
About 48 million Americans now need food stamps just to have enough to eat. Additional mouths to feed will no doubt put more strain on the food supply that is now rising in price due to money printing, drought, crop failures and livestock diseases that have decimated herds and led to multi-decade lows in supply.
The rapidly changing demographics are having local effects. In Fairfax County, Va. The kindergarten classes now have a 40% enrollment of children that need English assistance. This has lead to children with lower test scores as they attempt to overcome the handicap of coming from another culture. The teachers report many of these children must be taught things that were previously taken as a given such as understanding pronunciations of similar words and even how to zip up a jacket because they never owned one before.
The most serious effects of this new unchecked immigration is now causing medical professionals to raise alarms due to the medical condition of these children. Many of them are coming to the U.S. from very poor and unsanitary conditions that have been a breeding ground for diseases that have been all but eradicated in the U.S. for many years. Because these diseases are rare here many in the population are at risk of contracting these diseases causing additional strain on our rapidly becoming dysfunctional healthcare system.
Some of the diseases either identified or suspected in these immigrants are scabies, swine flu, herpes, drug resistant TB, chicken pox, MRSA, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever and Ebola. Some of these diseases have a 90% mortality rate. Some of the immigrants coming across the border have been identified as coming from West Africa where an Ebola outbreak is now present in seven countries. Border Patrol agents are now being infected with some of these diseases and now require treatment.
Most alarming is the fact that these immigrants are being processed only in a basic way and are being put on public transportation within 72 hours of arrival and being sent to destinations across America putting anyone that comes in contact with them at risk. This unchecked immigration has the potential of causing outbreaks across the country of several different diseases at once. This would truly be a worst case scenario especially in the case of diseases that have no cures.
A scenario discussed several years ago involved an avian flu outbreak. One individual traveling by air has the ability to pass disease to others who then pass it on affecting thousands in a mater of days.
In a pandemic, transportation systems will eventually be shut down to prevent spreading the disease further but this will likely come too late to do much good. As people become sick and stop going to work the distribution system nationwide will slow and eventually stop as truckers are unable to deliver loads. Public gatherings would be canceled and many people that are not affected will go into self imposed quarantine to stay healthy.
Stores would close due to sickness and lack of products that are no longer being transported. This would cause problems among the population especially with regard to food. Since many people do not store more than a few days worth of food, they would become desperate adding to the problems in society. Even those that need to go to work would soon find it difficult to get there because many gas stations would likely close or run out of fuel. In a worst case scenario society would come to a complete halt.
The problem with any type of pandemic is that unlike a hurricane, it will not come and go quickly. It will likely be with us for one to two years before it dies out. In the meantime, there will likely be cases of the disease in various places at any given time. Even if you are stocked up sufficiently, how long would you be able to avoid contact with others in society? How long would you be able to stay home from work? How would you continue to pay bills? These are questions you need to ask now while you make preparations.
Another stress point is the fact that burial for the surge of dead would be difficult to deal with. The just in time delivery system also applies to caskets and grave markers. During the 1918 pandemic there were waiting lists for funerals because there were not enough caskets.
With globalization, a pandemic anywhere will be everywhere very quickly. This would shut down global trade just like it would shut down national trade. It would likely usher in a global depression.
In discussing the problems that would have to be dealt with one of the things that came up was the fact that nobody knew how we would get the economy restarted once it shut down.
Those that are fortunate enough to avoid the disease will still be susceptible to it and even if a cure is created, it could be years before it has run its course through the population. Because of this it is prudent for individuals to be prepared to shelter in place for days or weeks and that means you must have the necessary supplies already on hand before something like this hits. The warning sirens have sounded, so the next move is up to you.
By: Tom Chatham
The U.S. dollar is the world reserve currency, for now. That means everybody that trades in major commodities around the world needs dollars in hand to purchase what they want. In the 1970’s Saudi Arabia agreed to sell oil in dollars only and the petrodollar was born. As a major oil producer this forced everyone else to price their oil in dollars. Everyone needs energy to grow their economy so this created a huge demand for dollars around the world to pay for this oil.
As the economies of the world grew the demand on the dollar grew. The U.S. found itself in a position that allowed it to merely print money to pay for anything it needed around the world. America became wealthy by becoming the greatest manufacturing center in the world but as our manufacturing declined it was replaced with the ability to produce dollars for world consumption. This gave Americans the greatest prosperity the world has ever seen. That is beginning to change with the bilateral agreements now taking place around the world.
Many of the countries around the world have become disenchanted with the dollar over the last decade due to the Feds massive creation of dollars flooding the world. This creation of dollars has devalued the dollars already in circulation and the dollar is no longer seen as a good store of value.
The bilateral agreements being orchestrated now will eventually unseat the dollar as a needed mechanism of world trade and when that happens everyone will dump the dollars they are now holding. Every fiat dollar is a claim on real goods. When these dollars are liquidated from overseas vaults, they will be converted into hard assets. It is estimated that about 80% of all existing dollars are held outside the U.S. When this liquidation takes place all of these dollars will eventually go back to where they came from, meaning the U.S.
All of these dollars were created far in excess of any real goods to back them in the U.S. As these dollars are sent home they will be converted into hard assets from the U.S. This will turn the U.S into a giant garage sale as dollar holders attempt to get whatever assets they can before inflation eats up their purchasing power. The people in the U.S will find themselves bidding against foreigners with about four times as much money and the goods will go to the highest bidder.
When this happens the price of goods will skyrocket putting basic necessities out of reach for most Americans. This is the nightmare hyperinflation that many fear will come in the waning days of the dollar. If this happens America will be stripped of anything of value and many fear the government will simply turn over public lands for these fiat debt instruments created by the private Federal Reserve System.
A day of reckoning is coming for the citizens of the U.S. and it will be pandemonium as everyone tries to grab and hold on to anything they can to preserve their wealth and property. The day the buck finally stops in the U.S. will truly be the end of the line for most Americans.
By: Tom Chatham
When you look at the chaos and destruction going on in the Mid-East today you are looking at the future of America. This is not by mistake or incompetence but by design.
After WWI the British and French created new countries out of the area in the Mid-East and in doing so created future states that would be unstable and ultimately fail to have national cohesion. The unnatural boundaries of these states thrust together people of different beliefs and set the stage for generations of turmoil.
When you look at the things going on in America today it is easy to see the similarities with this plan. To the south, our borders are open and a mass of humanity is flooding in and changing the demographics of the southwest. Further to the north our northern states are being flooded with Muslim refugees and changing the demographics there. At the same time, patriotic Americans are being demonized by the government and along with Christians and veterans are being pushed toward civil war by Government actions.
When you consider the Mid-East and look at the U.S it becomes easy to see the plan unfolding to create chaos here and prevent Americans from uniting against the forces that want to prepare us for subjugation.
Why would anyone want to create a failed state? It became the conclusion of the British elite many years ago that a a failed state was the easiest to control. With the internal population always warring against one another, outside forces could do as they please in the country with little hindrance from a disunited population.
With the U.S. overrun with people from other countries that do not share the same values as Americans and instead practice their own beliefs and continue to speak their own language, it is only a matter of time before America becomes chaotic and infighting begins. This will give cover to others to subjugate and control America that would not be possible by any other means.
Unchecked immigration is the only way to dilute the American demographics enough to cause fighting among diverse groups and make subjugation easier. There has always been animosity among some groups in America but not enough to start a war as most Americans could see that would destroy the good life they were leading. Many Americans know the government is trying to instigate civil war in this country but cannot understand why. Now you see the reasons in a different light and may understand a little better what is happening now.
A united America is the only thing holding back the subjugation of this nation and it is being undermined with many types of subversion that will tear the fabric of this nation and send it on its way to chaos. Everywhere you look, various groups are being pitted against one another, whites against blacks, blacks against Hispanics, liberals against conservatives, Christians against Muslims, homosexuals against heterosexuals, gun owners against gun controllers and cops against citizens just to name a few. It is all orchestrated to bring about one thing, a dysfunctional country that is easy to handle. Its hard to unite and fight the government and bankers when you are busy fighting your neighbors every day.
Many understand the global ponzi scheme of fiat currencies will collapse soon thrusting most people back onto their own resources. During this collapse, global interests cannot risk the potential of citizens to come together under nationalism and work for their own best interests. Citizens must be divided and fighting one another to insure the globalists can sweep in and take total control of populations and resources. A united America with lots of weapons will make this plan impossible. Hence the need for gun control and division.
This is the plan now unfolding in America and the more people that realize it the more control we will retain as things become chaotic. If these groups would understand how they are being used it would be easier to prevent open hostilities that would benefit a select group in the future and ultimately destroy the nation we now know. With the masses under the influence of mainstream media, it is a good bet that many will fall into this globalist trap. The only thing we can do now is prepare for the worst.
By: Tom Chatham
No matter where you live, energy plays a major role in your life. Practically everything we do from the time we wake up in the morning to the time we close our eyes at night depends on energy of some sort. It is this dependency on energy for our everyday needs that makes us prone to great loss when those supplies are cut off for some reason.
Those in the off grid community know how important energy is. Locally produced energy enables individuals to become more secure and not take energy supplies for granted. Under normal circumstances, most people get their energy from the national distribution system. It may be gasoline, diesel, electric or gas. Due to the complex nature of the distribution system, it is all to possible to lose this supply for some duration when disaster strikes.
Solar, wind, hydroelectric, thermoelectric and power generators enable persons to utilize electrical devices anywhere. Wood provides the ability to cook and heat. Bio diesel, alcohol and producer gas units enable you to power internal combustion engines from local energy supplies.
One of the favorite energy systems of remote homes is propane. It enables those with little supply of electricity to cook, heat, refrigerate foods, heat water and even produce light. One of the advantages of gas appliances is the fact that some types of disasters that can permanently damage some systems, will not affect their operation.
It does not matter if energy supplies are cut off due to a national strike, natural disaster, economic collapse, enemy attack or solar event. The effects are the same. When it happens you are limited to the energy supplies you have on hand until the event stabilizes and the distribution system is working again. Depending on the event, it may be weeks months or even years before this is fixed.
Some events can even cause the permanent destruction of electrical appliances and equipment making gas appliances that much more valuable. These low probability/high impact events will likely have little effect on gas appliances which is a good reason to utilize this type of system. The problem then is how to provide the energy to run these appliances in a long term situation.
The nature of gas appliances provides a flexible solution. Bio gas is relatively easy to produce from many different sources. On some dairy farms today, cow manure is used to fuel generators to reduce the cost of operations. While small homesteads will not be able to produce that much bio energy, they do have the ability to produce small amounts to power critical equipment like stoves and refrigeration.
Bio gas units are relatively easy to build from local supplies. By utilizing livestock manure, you can provide a suitable alternative to the refined gas you normally buy. This can enable you to avoid the loss of necessary appliances during an event an can save you money in normal times that can be used for other necessities.
When manure breaks down, it releases methane. Left in the open this potential fuel is lost to the atmosphere. When manure is placed in a container the released gas can be drawn off and stored for future use. For those that have livestock, this can be a good energy supply that only costs you a little time. This can allow you to have functional appliances even during the worst types of events when energy supplies may be cut off for long periods. For those that have gas appliances, it is good to know you can produce your own energy supplies to avoid the hardship that would follow the loss of those units. The following links will help get you started with this line of knowledge.
By: Tom Chatham
Private property rights are the cornerstone of a free republic. People are only free when everyone is equal under the law. When a small group of people subvert the laws that make everyone equal and place themselves above the law, it is only a matter of time before freedom becomes forced servitude.
The actions by the U.S. government are giving the tell tale signs of complete destruction of liberty and the institution of what can only be called slavery of the masses. Those at the top are engaged in the transformation of the nation into a feudal society where a few are very rich and the rest are subjected to poverty and earning a meager existence at best.
In a wealthy nation like the U.S., the transformation to a feudal society requires the government to destroy or take all wealth away from those that have it. They must impoverish everyone by taking their land, their money, their personal belongings and anything else that constitutes wealth that they can use. This is especially true of equipment that can provide basic goods required by the populace and the ability to produce income.
Much of the wealth will be destroyed due to economic reasons that cause property to be repossessed by creditors. This has been made possible by the credit schemes devised by banking institutions to create debts that cannot be paid back by borrowers. The underwater mortgage loans that many now have are evidence of this.
Some of the wealth will be lost as economic conditions deteriorate and individuals are forced to sell their belongings to continue their current lifestyle or simply survive. As their possessions are sold off and the money is spent on needed goods with ever increasing prices, these people will slowly become impoverished until they are forced to rely on government handouts for survival.
Those that have been conscious of the debt based system we live in have stayed out of debt by living within their means, own their possessions free and clear and likely have savings to fall back on during desperate times. These people will be the target of government policies to impoverish them by any means. This will include massive price inflation, civil forfeiture laws and new taxes meant to overwhelm property owners. Everything you own will be targeted for confiscation and destruction. The government must destroy the ability of people to be independent of the government and remain free.
These people are the greatest threat to a tyrannical government. That is why they will ultimately be targeted to take what they have by force. The executive orders now on the books give the government the authority to take everything you have under emergency decree. Once these few individuals are the only one’s left with any substantial wealth, the government will move to take their property and complete the transformation.
The government moves in small steps to further their agenda and prevent any mass outrage by the population. The moves by the EPA and FDA to reduce or limit your rights on your own property slowly train you to not question the government and prevent self sufficiency. The governments edicts that lay claim to everything you have including your food and labor are a clear indication of their end goal. The governments statements that they have the right to kill Americans is self evident. The moves to regulate and eventually deny private gun ownership is the prelude to their final solution. A defenseless and impoverished population is powerless to prevent government abuses.
When this happens it will be up to each person to decide how they will react and what they are prepared to do to protect their rightful property. Some may decide to convert some or all of their wealth into commodities such as precious metals for easy transport and concealment. Some may decide to move to another place, out of the reach of the government. Some may elect to fight the government in a direct confrontation to defend their property. Some may elect to hide in a remote area and stay clear of the government until things change for the better. Some may elect to literally bury their wealth or important equipment to prevent confiscation by government personnel.
Regardless what your plan is you must decide now what you are willing to do and what actions you need to take now to preserve your property under the circumstances we will likely face in the future when government operatives come for your wealth. Once the nation is relegated to poverty and defenseless, and the government controls all forms of wealth and natural resources, it will no longer be possible for the people to build a decent future for their family. It is for these reasons that wealth and property must be protected from government confiscation to insure the people have the ability to maintain a reasonable standard of living and a certain amount of freedom. In the end, the loss of private property rights will mean the loss of freedom and prosperity.
By: Tom Chatham
There has been much talk the past few years of a possible EMP/CME that would cause a mass die off in society. There are those that rebuff the idea that a technological society like ours would simply die from something as simple as lack of power. In many cases these are the same people in society that expect the government to come to their rescue if something does happen. The idea of dieing from a lack of basic necessities is so far outside of their comfort zone that these people refuse to think about it or acknowledge it could happen.
These people like to think that simply losing power or technology is a temporary thing that someone will fix in short order and life will return to normal. They believe they will just survive as our ancestors did a hundred or so years ago and life will go on with few bumps until technology is restored. This type of thinking is shortsighted and naive at best, and here is why.
There are a few words that many people need to understand in order to wrap their mind around this threat. Those words are available resources, skills and infrastructure.
When technology fails society is suddenly limited to the resources it needs that are already produced and on hand for immediate use. If water suddenly stops being purified and pumped through the lines, you are limited to what you now have in the lines or storage tanks. Gas stations are limited to the fuel they have in storage tanks. Stores are limited to the food and clothing they have on hand. The failure of technology will stop water from being replaced, sewage from being removed, refrigeration from keeping foods edible, light from illuminating dark areas that must be traversed, elevators from getting people to upper floors, gas and electric for heating and cooking, water for fighting fires, communications for calling for help and medical devices to keep people alive.
The reason everything will stop is because of another word to remember, infrastructure. Without infrastructure nothing gets done, even on a simple basis. You cannot cook food without some type of infrastructure to produce heat, you cannot store food without some type of storage to keep it cold or some type of container to keep it protected from rodents and the environment. You cannot process or store food without equipment to cut, grind, dry, smoke, can or root cellar it. You cannot harvest, plant or grow food without some type of equipment to do those jobs.
The original definition of an acre was the amount of ground a farmer could plow in a full day. Farmers now plant hundreds of acres a day to keep Americans fed. With no modern equipment, how many acres can a farmer plant even if he had a trained team of horses and the equipment to pull behind them? Let us not forget that 2 percent of the population now grows the food for the whole country. How much would they now be able to produce even if they had the necessary equipment to do it manually? Let us also not forget that farmers need to buy their seed every year to plant. Very few individuals raise heritage seeds that they can plant every year from their own production. Where would these seeds now come from? Farmers also need lots of fertilizer to make these plants grow, where would that fertilizer come from? Many farms need irrigation to grow plants, so where would the power come from to pump that water? The age old practice of utilizing animal manure to fertilize fields only works if the farmer has livestock to produce that manure. Once harvested, how will that food now get transported to distant markets? How will farmers know where to send it without communications? A telegraph system is simple but must be built before it can be used.
Many people think that if technology fails we will simply live as past generations have but they conveniently neglect the fact that regardless of what systems you use you must have the infrastructure to provide for that system. If you go from mail to telegraphs or from analog to digital technology the problems are the same, you must have the infrastructure in place to switch to first. It is true we know how to build the older technology but where will the resources come from to actually build it? Remember, once technology fails you are somewhat limited to what you have on hand to work with.
If we had to return to 1880’s living, how many people have a team of horses, a wagon to hook them to, a butter churn, a grain mill, cheese making supplies, candles, oil lamps, matches, wood cook stoves, blacksmith supplies, hand pumps or dug wells? People were able to live back then because they had the infrastructure to do so. This is what many people do not understand. How hard would it be for us to go back to vacuum tube technology now without the infrastructure to support it, even if we do know how to build it?
In 1776 America, about 40% of men worked their own farm. Another 30% worked as laborers on farms. About 20% owned large commercial farms or plantations. The remaining 10% or so who were professional businessmen frequently owned modest farms where they might raise a cow, some chickens and have a garden to provide for the home table. Even those town people that had no farm usually had a cow, some chickens and a kitchen garden for home use. To go back to this model would be difficult if not impossible for many reasons only one of which is the fact that city dwellers have no room for gardens or the infrastructure to maintain cows and chickens on the large scale that would be needed.
The other thing that many people ignore are the skills required to live in a different system. Most people cannot simply plant seeds and suddenly become a great gardener. They do not know how to make cheese or how to improvise cheese making supplies from items now in the home. They do not know how to make soap or candles or something as simple as toilet paper. A roll of paper seems simple in design but how many know how to process wood pulp or other fibers to make paper? It does not matter if you are making ten thousand rolls in a factory or one roll at home, you need the skills and infrastructure to do it.
Skills come in many forms but the skills that society depends on the most are the craftsmen and engineers that design and build the technology we depend on. Without their knowledge, it would be difficult to replace the technology we now use. How many people know how to rebuild and maintain the phone system we now use? How many people know how to build and repair refrigeration units or make electric motors? How many people know how to refine oil into gasoline and diesel and make plastics and all the other things from petroleum?
In a long term grid down situation where society breaks down, many people would die and those that hold the keys to our technology would be among them. The longer the duration of disruption, the less likely it would be that those who could rebuild the systems would be able to do so. It is a situation where society’s capabilities decrease as time goes on.
Many people talk of hunting and fishing to fulfill their dietary needs but if even ten percent of the nation decides to do the same due to necessity, how long will the game and fish last before it is all gone? Even if you have some food and seeds to plant, it will take time to grow new supplies. In the days following an event, those that are not prepared will seek out supplies from those that have them, including those that have gardens. It is for this reason that it will be difficult to grow replacement supplies for the first one or two years following an event in most places. This would necessitate those that have supplies be able to support themselves and their families until new crops could be produced. The less prepared the population is the longer your initial supplies will need to last.
Once you take into account these things it becomes evident that it would not be easy to revert to an earlier type of system without major disruptions. It is for these reasons that it becomes necessary for the population in general to have the necessary resources to tide them over until infrastructure and skills can adjust to the new reality people find themselves in.
During the cold war the government maintained three years worth of grain in reserve to feed the population until agriculture could recover after a major attack. Today the government keeps little in the way of food for the entire nation. If something happens they depend on resources coming from unaffected areas of the country to help. In a nationwide disaster, there may not be any help to send. This is the reason individuals need to keep the necessary resources on hand to tide them over until the system can be stabilized in some way and some technology can come back on line.
Unfortunately in a worse case disaster, this would only buy some of the population a little time. If the technology we depend on is offline for longer than the resources that are available to the population last, then a mass die-off would ,occur. It is important to remember that only 2% of the nation farms today. Without the modern systems to farm large tracts of land, it would be impossible for any small percentage of the population to feed the whole nation utilizing older, manual techniques. The population would decrease until technology was sufficient to support the population. This would hold true for other parts of the system such as clothing production and healthcare as well.
Because of the high impact this scenario would have on the population, that is the reason people need to resolve to store supplies and resources to care for themselves in the unlikely event this happens. The possession of basic food supplies, medicines, toiletries, energy supplies and alternative transportation and communication systems can provide society the room it needs to extract itself from the worst of the situation. The lack of preparedness will only insure a higher casualty rate and more destruction of surviving infrastructure in the aftermath of an event. The lower the preparedness level of society, the less likely society will be able to survive and rebuild itself.