Paying in a Broken World

By: Tom Chatham

It is a common reaction to ask, how much is that, when we see something we want or need. The question is answered with some monetary figure that people will recognize and use to determine if they can afford it. But what happens when the monetary system we know becomes so dysfunctional that common monetary values mean little.

This could happen due to massive inflation, currency collapse or a frozen banking system that prevents you from accessing your funds. If you have no way to pay for something, it does not matter how much or little it costs. It will be out of your reach unless you have some means to pay.

Some people keep cash on hand for just such a problem. They know they will be able to pay cash when everything else stops working. That will work for a time but eventually paper currency will be looked on as a diminishing asset as physical goods become more valuable to those that need them. Paper currency is not much different than a check you write on your account. If the account is empty your check is no good.

The same can be said for those entities that issue paper money. If they are bankrupt or shut down, the value of their printed certificates will be worth the same as the bad check. Nobody will want to accept it after they realize it may not be honored for the value it supposedly holds. While a local store may accept it out of habit, eventually businesses will figure out the truth.

In times like this alternative forms of money may become more viable to local individuals such as gold and silver. But, that may take some time and most people will not own any of these precious metals for trade. Some may resort to direct barter with some of the things they have amassed over the years to get the necessities they need and under these circumstances values will be variable and disconnected from reality at times.

Some people have stored barter items for this eventuality rather than precious metals and there is nothing wrong with that if it gives them the feeling of safety they desire. One of the reasons they desire goods instead of metals is the fear that governments will call in precious metals as they did in 1933 and that is a legitimate fear but must be taken with some reflection on the facts.

In 1933, gold and silver coinage was the circulating currency in the nation meaning most people had some in their possession. That is not the reality today as very few people have any knowledge of the value of metals and do not have them in their possession. The fact that the government can call in metals does not mean they will be able to relieve you of them.

In 1933, on the river where I grew up, there was a store on the bank of the river that did a good business with all of the ships that came by. When the gold was called in in 1933, the store owner did not want to turn it in so he kept it hidden away. At the time he had a small chest full of gold coins. He kept that chest of coins until the 1970’s when gold was legal to own again and then he sold it for a good profit. This is a true story and just one example of how hard it would be for the government to call in all of the metals in private hands.

It does not matter what you hold your savings in only that it will retain value when conventional paper currencies become a despised possession. When that happens you need the ability to buy the things you need with what you physically have on hand. The question you must answer is what will you have on hand when that day comes.

The End of the World Has Been Temporarily Postponed Due to Too Much Information

By: Tom Chatham

That is not the headline this week but it might as well be. The fervor of collapse and war is building and it will eventually happen but it may take longer than most people realize. There are many signs leading to September 2015 as a major event. This may be true but it must also be taken with a grain of salt. In all likelihood something will happen in Sept but it is unlikely that everything will fall apart at once very suddenly. It will likely be a chain of events that will bring us death by a thousand cuts.

Don’t get me wrong. Things can move very fast at times under certain conditions but I think it will be more like a ball bouncing down a flight of stairs rather than falling off the cliff. Those that control the world will want to keep control of the situation so it will happen in phases over time. They will take an action and wait for the results. Then they will take more actions. How events unfold will depend on how society reacts to the unfolding problems and people sometimes act differently than expected.

The police shootings and subsequent riots of the past two years are a good example. Even though professional instigators were bussed in to start riots in certain cities, they did not amount to very much. The people burned and looted but only to a small degree. Most of the people protesting were largely benign and this was a problem for the instigators. They needed everyone to act irrationally and criminally. This was unexpected so something else is needed.

The recent shooting in South Carolina has grown some teeth and the Marxists are using it to foment discord throughout the country by linking the shooting to the nations southern heritage. Just like the second amendment, southern heritage is a hot button issue. The feelings about deep family roots is an emotional issue used by some to push peoples buttons and promote discord. And it is working due largely to the uneducated populace that has very little understanding of history. Many actually believe that 99% of the southern population went to war to defend something that only 1% of the population profited from, but that is a debate for another time.

This lack of knowledge allows many people to be led down the wrong path but the issues of the day are forcing many people to reexamine the facts and some are actually learning the truth. This is resulting in people acting differently than expected in some cases. That is why the people pushing an agenda must act then wait for results before moving forward again. They need to keep this bus on the route they desire and it is becoming more difficult every day.

Something radical and extreme could happen suddenly but it is not likely unless it is the last option to fracture the population and keep them from acting in any collective way against those with the agenda. It will probably be a series of problems closely one behind the other rising in intensity and leading to a solution by government agencies. That is what people should be watching for as the year winds down. I do not believe we will see anything such as WW III for at least another year or so but the problems will mount keeping peoples minds busy.

We may be visited by chaos this year on several occasions but the best time to really hit people is after they have been numbed to sleep by multiple problems that depress them to the point of disengagement. Then you hit them hard and wait for them to run to you to fix the problem at any cost.

A lot of doom and gloom has been posted the past few years and many have read the possibilities and have those scenarios on their mind even if they do not believe them. If these things should start coming to pass it would make many take more notice and prepare so the current train of thought must be averted for maximum impact at a later date. The preparedness alerts may have been wrong on many occasions but they have served their purpose. If nothing else, people are paying attention to the issues and that makes it more difficult to catch them off guard.

Are You Cyber Proof Yet?

By: Tom Chatham

The events of the past few days show just how vulnerable the U.S. is to cyber warfare. Many people have read about the problems that can occur if the infrastructure is attacked and disabled or destroyed cutting everyone off to essential services. Here are some of the services that were compromised on just one day this week.

– The WSJ suffered computer problems resulting in outage

– Service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint suffered computer problems affecting their services

-The NYSE was down for almost 4 hours due to a computer “glitch”

– United Airlines was grounded nationwide as computer problems shut down their operations

These four incidents, while not officially due to cyber attack, are just an example of what is possible if cyber attackers wish to do some harm. These four incidents cover, transportation, communication, information and financial sectors of the economy. The very things society depends on to function correctly. The only one missing is power.

Some insiders believe this was just a beta test for things to come. If that is so then the American people have much to worry about. It is bad enough if these threats are foreign born but the American people have just as much to fear from their own government today. The executive orders and military posturing going on leave little room for speculation that elements of our government are planning and expecting something catastrophic to happen in the near future.

If the U.S. is hit with a massive cyber attack, it will cause chaos nationwide within minutes as services are interrupted and people find themselves without the support systems they rely on every day. The loss of services for a few hours is an inconvenience but the loss for several days or weeks would be life threatening. That is something most Americans are not prepared for. They have complete faith in the government to protect them and provide the things they need. That faith will be the undoing of many people when the time comes. That is because these people have abdicated their responsibility to take care of themselves and their family to the government.

The people that see or at least fear what could happen in an uncertain world, have taken the necessary steps to make a loss of services as minor as possible. Many of these people have gone off the grid to provide the every day necessities their family needs free of the trappings of modern society.

Even if you do not go completely off the grid, you can do many simple things to insure your family will be safe and secure when the electrons that modern society is built on stop flowing. There are many annual disasters and smaller problems that cut off services to people. It might be a flood, hurricane or ice storm that cuts you off from the outside world for days at a time. Many people have learned from their past experiences and taken steps to provide the things they will lose if that type of thing happens again. The problem is that the vast majority go back to their normal lives after suffering the hardship of disaster and think nothing more until it happens again.

When you think about the many different things that could happen to you it is easy to come up with a list of things you would suffer without. Being in a rural area and suffering from an ice storm that cuts off power, communications and travel ability is similar to what would happen if a cyber attack took down most systems in the winter.

You would need the same back-up systems in both cases. You would need food, water, light and heat at the very least. Non-electric systems are a must when something like this happens. About the only thing you need electrical power for is refrigeration over long periods and winter weather could help with that if you have a window box or cooler to take advantage of the outside refrigeration capability. In warmer climates the possession of an absorption or propane refrigerator will allow you to keep items frozen or cool for several weeks with only a few 20lb.cannisters of propane.

Propane will also take care of heating, cooking and lighting needs if you want to go that route. Otherwise, wood heat and basic lighting such as kerosene lamps, candles or small battery powered lamps can take care of your other environmental needs. The storage of basic foods, especially canned goods, and sufficient water will also insure your family has the things they need to ride out the situation. In the event you can buy or trade in the aftermath of the disaster it is always good to have some cash on hand and maybe some gold or silver for long term problems.

These basic things are the basis of being immune from the types of problems brought about by a loss of electrical technologies that bring society to a halt. The ability to communicate with others in the absence of public communication systems and the ability to maintain security in the absence of law enforcement are also things that need to be looked at for serious, long term situations. The ability to provide for sanitation during disasters is also something few prepare for so that needs to be addressed as well. A simple outhouse is worth its weight in gold when sanitation systems cease to function properly.

These items are practically immune from any cyber attack and will allow you to maintain minimum living standards for long periods of time in the event it becomes necessary. One does not have to go to extremes to become cyber proof. The security provided by normal camping supplies and preparations will go a long way to keeping you safe and healthy when technology fails. If everyone was a prepper, disasters would be non-events for most people and cyber threats would be little more than minor inconveniences.

Is It Better To Leave America?

By: Tom Chatham

On this holiday weekend it is a good time to reflect on why we like living in America or why we might want to leave. There are many pros and cons for either decision but personally I would rather stay in America no matter what happens in the future. Why would I want to stay in a place that may turn into a third world hell hole if our current direction does not change?

That decision is all in the way I view the world at large. Basically, I know we have sufficient resources and know-how to make America a good place to live. I know this mainly because we have already done so in the past. The fact that things are taking a turn for the worst does not mean the primary factors enabling a good quality of life have changed. It only means we are doing something differently than we did in the past to change the results we now have.

Many people in the world come to America to have a better life. It is just human nature to want to go where things seem better and circumstances offer you a better quality of life. One of the problems I have with unrestricted immigration is that many of the people coming here want to take the easy way to a better life.

Most of the countries in the world have sufficient resources and people to develop their economies and have a good quality of life but they do not. For various reasons they remain in poverty stricken conditions. If someone says to you, here is a pile of building materials to build yourself a very nice home, all you have to do is build it, many people would just turn and walk away because that seems like more work than they want to do to get a nice home. That’s how I view many people that immigrate to other countries to have a better life.

Oh, so your country is poverty stricken because of corrupt politicians or a murderous dictator? So, get rid of him and start building a better country. A rag tag group of farmers and merchants got together and faced off against the most powerful army in the world, and won. That’s what we celebrate every July 4th. People have the power to change their future if they really want to. They just have to want it bad enough and that is why many people in the world move to other countries. They want a better life but they don’t want it bad enough to fight for it. They just want to move into a nice home and get a good job somewhere where the battles have already been fought and won.

The collapse of modern western society has come about because of deviant propaganda leading to a decline of the moral standards necessary to build a successful society. You can argue all you want but no society can be successful and free without good moral standards to control the destructive urges of society.

California is a good example of how things can go awry when people with stupid ideas and loose morals are left to run free. Nowhere in America is the liberal mindset more prevalent than the golden state. These intellectuals have enacted some of the most Marxist, idiotic and harmful laws and regulations known, to the point that the state is collapsing in on itself. Things have finally gotten so bad that these same liberals, that have created the society they craved so much, are moving to places like Colorado and Texas to escape the laws they wanted so bad. Now these same people are working to do the same thing to their new homes that they did in California. These people, by their very mindset, are destructive of prosperity and freedom and most of them probably don’t even realize it.

This is also true with many of the people coming to the U.S. for a better life. They come here looking for good homes and good jobs and at the same time they want to transform this nation into the vary kind of place they fled from. They want it to be just like back home, only prosperous. They do not understand they cannot have it both ways.

It would be easy to move to a better place but how long would it remain so until it becomes the same kind of place you left? That is why I prefer to stay where I am and just prepare to dig in and do the hard job of rebuilding the kind of society that I was born in so many years ago. If I go down fighting at least I can die with a clear conscience. The world is broken down into two groups. The builders and the carpetbaggers. Which one are you?

Navigating A World of Dangers

By: Tom Chatham

There is no shortage of dangers in the world today. It seems every day something else appears from out of the blue and adds to the pile of potential problems we have to deal with. Some of these problems are covered over or ignored all together. They are hidden in the shadows to prevent people from protecting themselves from the dangers.

The whole premise of hiding these dangers is that when someone loses in the future, someone else will profit from it. In our case, when many people lose, a few will profit massively. That is how the system has been set up. The people have been set up and the time is near when the plug will be pulled and chaos will be the order of the day. When that day comes many of the seemingly unconnected problems we face will coalesce into a massive problem few will understand or be equipped to deal with, and that is the hope of some. Here are some of the problems that will come together in the future and spell disaster for many.

Drought conditions in the western U.S are going into their fourth year with no change expected in the near future. This is causing a water shortage that could leave many western cities with little or no water in the near future, forcing mass relocations if it continues for another year.

Drought conditions in California are destroying a large percentage of the produce this nation relies on for food and jobs.

The federal government continues to lie about the economic numbers in hopes they will change soon for the better or at the very least nobody will notice they are unemployed and broke.

Current estimates are that over 101 million working age people are unemployed in the U.S today. The U.S. is a consumer driven economy and the destruction of the middle class means things will not get better until more people have jobs and money to spend. People will not have more jobs until the economy gets better. We are now in a catch 22 situation.

The FED cannot raise rates without exploding trillions in derivatives and keeping them low will result in a loss of confidence at some point in the near future. The only thing they can do is print more money and hope things get better, somehow.

Factory farming has seen the decimation of poultry by avian flu this year, pigs succumbing to porcine disease last year and cattle herds dropping to 1950 levels due to drought. This is likely only the beginning of stress on the food system that will increase as society and environmental conditions continue to deteriorate over time. That will mean more expensive food over time.

The government has embarked on a program to decimate the armed forces in America making us less safe while simultaneously building a civilian government army just as powerful and just as well armed as the military. They are building detainment centers around the country and have bought over 2 billion rounds of ammo. They continue to pass draconian laws that insure less freedom in the future. These laws and executive orders now give the government the authority, in their eyes, to take everything you have and use you as slave labor.

The government continues to leave the southern border open allowing mass illegal immigration into the U.S. Large numbers of refugees resulting from American intervention in foreign nations are being allowed into the U.S without proper screening. Some of these refugees are militants determined to destroy America. They will not assimilate our culture and seek to replace western law with Sharia law in the U.S. Over 30 Islamic training camps are now active in the U.S and the government refuses to do anything about them.

The U.S. government has been infiltrated at the highest levels by the Muslim Brotherhood. These people are now making national policy and hate everything that is American. The POTUS has said he would side with Muslims if he had to make the choice and he has demonstrated his distaste for everything American.

The government continues to press for gun control and the abolition of guns and ammo in the hands of citizens. Every shooting is utilized as an excuse to push the agenda further along. Every opportunity is used to restrict the current access to guns and ammo and it is increasing daily until gun control is complete.

The ability to produce your own food in America is slowly being revoked by government agencies that will ultimately allow the government to use food as a weapon against uncooperative Americans. The corruption of seed stocks with GMO’s is a strategic operation that will lead to food scarcity.

The government considers anyone who stores more than 2 weeks worth of food a terrorist and enemy of the state. They consider anyone who owns guns an enemy of the state. They consider anyone who home schools an enemy of the state. They consider anyone who is a veteran, especially those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as an enemy of the state. They consider anyone who is a Christian an enemy of the state.

The government has armed local police forces with military grade weapons and are now seeking to federalize these same forces. The goal can be nothing other than the establishment of a total police state. This combined with the information gathering devices deployed by government is all encompassing and for the express purpose of depriving people of their freedom.

New laws such as the TPP will relinquish national sovereignty to multi national corporations that will be controlled by a hand full of oligarchs beholden to nobody. The corporate model has led to the destruction of local jobs and wealth in the hands of workers.

Large investors and funds have begun to dump stocks and accumulate gold and other hard assets as the economic numbers become more distorted and defy logic. China, Russia and some large institutions are accumulating gold as fast as they can in the prelude to paper asset destruction.

Central banks led by the BIS have brought us to the ultimate destruction of paper currencies. When all paper assets are destroyed, the people will have little choice but to succumb to the demands of bankers and corporations. The only other choice will be revolution but by then, most of the people will have no ability to fight or resist and most do not have the will to fight to begin with.

When you take all of these things into consideration, the future seems to be a veritable minefield of obstacles. It is hard enough to navigate the world when everything is supposedly working well but when everything is suddenly working against you, you need to have a plan to deal with it.

In the face of adversity, the real you will come out. It is surprising how some people rise to the occasion and just as amazing how some people will withdraw into the corner and assume the fetal position. There is a storm coming unlike anything people have seen before. Are you prepared to deal with it?

An American Civil War Means Food Riots and Starvation

By: Tom Chatham

One of the consequences of an American civil war would be a worldwide food shortage for many years. The disruption of the agricultural sector of the American economy during a nationwide war would virtually eliminate the tons of food exported to other nations from the U.S. A large percentage of these exports are grain that keeps many third world nations stable and peaceful.

Any national chaos would disable the system of seed production that allows farmers to plant the millions of acres in the U.S. It would also disable the production and distribution of fuels and fertilizers that farmers depend on to plant, grow and harvest.

The only way the food production system would continue operating is if the government or a corporate entity seized control of the large tracts of farmland in the Midwest and continued to operate them. Given the executive orders now on the books this is always a possibility. It is also likely that if that happened, food would be used as a weapon against those areas of the country in rebellion against government rule.

Some in the U.S. would possibly continue to eek out an existence on locally grown products but the vast majority of the country and the countries that depend on the surplus grain would either have to find another source or starve. Growing any food in the U.S. under those conditions would be very difficult and very dangerous. That is the main reason individuals must have ample supplies laid in for chaos that lasts for several years.

Even if a person does not have the financial means to store several years worth of regular meals, they can store some of the basics that will allow them to get by along with any fresh produce they are able to scavenge off the land. That may sound like a very extreme case but we are likely headed for unprecedented times and nothing should be taken for granted.

In his book, Nuclear War Survival Skills, Cresson Kearny provides a list of basic foods that will get a person through the difficult times. He provides the following basic survival ration for multi-year storage.

Amount Per day

Whole kernel hard wheat – 16oz.
Beans – 5oz.
Non-fat milk powder – 2oz.
Vegetable oil – 1oz.
Sugar – 2oz.
Salt (iodized) – 1/3oz.
Multi vitamin pills – 1 per day

This ration will provide you with about 2600 calories a day and is nutritionally balanced. The two disadvantages of this ration are that it requires cooking and most people are not accustomed to such a diet. He also provides an emergency ration for infants.

Amount Per Day

Instant non-fat dry milk – 1 cup + 2 tablespoons ( 2 3/4 oz.)
Vegetable cooking oil – 3 tablespoons (1 oz.)
Sugar – 2 tablespoons (0.7 0z.)
Standard daily multi vitamin – 1/3 pill
Safe water – 4 cups

The items listed can be bought in bulk and are relatively cheap at this time so there is no excuse not having even these few items in storage. The need to rely on a basic ration with little variety may result in taste fatigue over time but the ability to eat daily and supply your body with sufficient calories to deal with the crisis will enable you to get through it.

The list of emergencies that could impose starvation on the population is long. It is the responsibility of every parent to take care of their family under any circumstances and nothing is as important in a long crisis as eating. When the next world changing crisis appears, will you be ready for it?

Putting Military Movements Into Perspective

By: Tom Chatham

The Jade Helm exercises about to take place inside the U.S. have many people worried and for good reason. The current administration has made no secret that it is at war with freedom loving Americans. The movement of military forces could be a result of possible posturing by the government for a future event.

Having said that, it is necessary to take military movements into perspective. From June to August every year is the primary timeframe that most National Guard units do their 2 weeks of annual training in the nation. Some of these units travel to different states and even across the country to get to their training areas. This is a normal thing.

For the past two decades, the National Guard has had over 60% of the army’s combat arms. These are the trigger pullers that are needed for front line action. The majority of the combat arms soldiers have been in the National Guard since the army drawdown after the first gulf war. This is why the National Guard has deployed so much in the past decade. The army cannot fight a war without them.

If the army wanted to move large amounts of equipment around the country without causing much notice the best time would be during the summer months when guard units are moving their equipment. This would allow the army to blend in with the guard movements. Under normal circumstances this would work well but the knowledge of the Jade Helm drills has put most people on alert.

There have been many pictures from people observing military convoys around the country but some of these may be the normal guard movements and most people cannot tell the difference. One way to tell what is actually happening with the movements is to identify what units the equipment belongs to.

Military vehicles do not have license plates like civilian vehicles. Instead they have a series of numbers and letters on the bumpers to identify what unit the equipment belongs to. By looking at these numbers and letters you will know what type of unit it is. This is something people need to start doing when they see these convoys to put things into perspective. While it is possible for units to remove or change the identification on the bumpers, that is unusual and reason for suspicion.

If you see a number such as B19 that is likely the units number to identify the vehicles within the unit. A number such as 3/111ADA would indicate what unit it is. These numbers would be on opposite sides of the bumper. Together these numbers would indicate B Battery vehicle 19, 3rd battalion 111th Air Defense Artillery.

While it’s a good idea to monitor military movements these days it must be done with some knowledge of what you are looking at. This will help to keep the disinformation and unnecessary fear to a minimum. As one of my relatives once said, knowing beats the hell out of thinking.

Local Production Means Jobs and Prosperity

By: Tom Chatham

With over 93 million unemployed working age adults in America and the economy beginning to go negative again, if you are fortunate enough to have a job it may not last much longer. It is easy to keep a positive attitude about the economy when you get a paycheck every week but life after the paychecks stop will change your outlook a great deal. That is the reality that is about to overtake the working class in the coming months.

The primary mechanism that has tipped the economy onto a downhill trajectory is the route that circulating money has taken in the past few decades. In the past much of the money was kept in circulation in the local economy resulting in the creation of many local jobs. With the new corporate model, most of the profit is siphoned out of the local economy and goes to wall street profiteers. This has resulted in the destruction of many local jobs while the few at the top of the wealth pyramid get richer much faster as time goes on.

The only way a nation can maintain a middle class is to keep money circulating in the local arena. The lack of this local circulation has finally caught up to the middle class and it has begun to shrink at an alarming rate. If the corporate model plays out to the end, it will mean the total destruction of the middle class and the beginnings of a two tiered system where there are a few very wealthy persons lording over a very large poverty stricken majority. That is where we are heading.

When this happens the only thing that will restore a functional middle class is the recreation of the local economy where the vast majority of the money remains in the local economy. This will require the reestablishment of local businesses and craftsmen to create the items needed by the local community.

In most cases the service sectors of the economy can only function when sufficient excess wealth exists in the hands of workers that seek to improve their living conditions. Basic needs must be met first before persons will seek any improvement in living conditions. This provides a road map of sorts for those that seek to create a stream of income in the local economy. The creation of physical goods that people need must be satisfied before the economy will demand the lesser wants of society.

As the basic needs of society are fulfilled, the income from these goods will slowly create more jobs and more demand from society. As the cycle continues it will slowly lift the economy and the living standards of the people. This is how the American economy was created from the beginning of settlement to the industrial base that we once had.

Wealth is created by raw materials, labor, skills and demand for goods. The corporate model has pushed the small businessman out of the market by utilizing mass production and cheap labor combined with cheap transportation systems to provide cheap goods to the masses. This model is destined to collapse at some point due to rising costs of labor, rising energy costs and unsustainable production systems.

Keeping these things in mind, if you need a job where one does not exist, you must create a job that produces a product that society must have to insure demand. As the basic needs of society are met, you can move into goods and services that are less of a need and more of a want by society. To become a successful independent businessman you must listen to the community and access its needs and wants to have the right products to sell.

The amount of destruction caused by the corporate model will determine where the starting point will be when a reset is required. It is also important to keep in mind that the lack of a rebuilt local economy will lead to a feudal type of society where the poor become serfs controlled by the few wealthy lords that control the wealth.

When a community lacks the ability to provide the things people need, they become easy prey for those that can get the goods society needs. People today are held captive by the financial system created by those with wealth. Debt is the control mechanism and when the current debt based system fails those with the remaining wealth will create another system to keep the poor subdued. It is inevitable unless communities do the hard work of creating their own economy and goods to maintain individual freedoms and keep the wealthy in their proper place.

For a community to recreate the local economy it must determine what resources it has, what resources it must get and what skilled labor they have in order to devise a functional system they can control. Much of this will be done on the individual level as people seek to use the resources and skills they have to provide for their families. This is the foundation of free market capitalism.

In 1776 America about 40% of men worked their own farm. Another 30% worked as laborers on farms. About 20% owned large 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 townspeople that had no farm usually had a cow, some chickens and a kitchen garden for home use.

In those days nobody was completely self sufficient. Some people worked metal. Some grew fiber crops and others turned the fibers into cloth. In the process of providing for their families and selling any excess they produced, these people created the local economy. In early America unemployment was an almost unknown concept. Now, the social programs available to people make unemployment not only possible for the masses but it has become a socially acceptable situation. You must think in these terms if you desire to recreate the local economy not only for your benefit but for the benefit of the community as a whole.

To create your own job you must determine what skills you have that can be utilized for your benefit as well as can be sold for income. This will also entail an assessment of your available resources. To work for yourself you must also be ready to take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves.

Recently there has been an outbreak of avian flu in the poultry flocks in the upper Midwest. Millions of birds including many laying hens have been destroyed resulting in a disruption of the egg supply nationwide. As a result of this a person with even a modest layer flock might find sale in the local economy where there once was no demand. The drought conditions in California are beginning to increase prices in produce grown there providing the local producer in other sections of the nation the opportunity to fill the local demand for some of those items.

Beef cattle numbers are at a 50 year low because of the drought conditions forcing ranchers to sell their herds. Last year a disease moved through the pig population in the central U.S killing millions of hogs meant for consumption. These problems provide the small local producer the opportunity to get back into the game locally where before they were unable to compete with the corporations.

In the event that the dollar crashes as many have predicted, it will make many of the imports we depend on too expensive for persons to buy. This would allow someone with some metal working and welding ability to make items now mostly imported such as garden tools.

A good businessman looks ahead to see what is coming and takes actions to utilize that knowledge to create wealth. The problems previously listed can provide the local businessman the opportunity to create local supply and develop markets during this time of disruptions to move the production base of the nation back to the local area where it belongs.

These are only some of the business opportunities that can be taken advantage of right now locally that can provide the local economy the ability to establish local markets and production assets that will benefit the community especially if things continue to deteriorate nationally in the future.

The failure to move production back to local communities will result in foreign corporations moving in when things deteriorate and establishing their own production systems that will once again siphon wealth out of the local community and send it to overseas entities. The buying spree by the Chinese in the past few years is proof of this possibility coming to pass.

The need for local production is more relevant now than it has ever been. Only those that make the leap now will have the opportunity to make a difference when things take a turn for the worse and people become desperate.

How Will The Government Control The Enforcers?

By: Tom Chatham

The talk of FEMA camps and martial law has been almost nonstop for the past few years. The actions by the government have led us to the current predicament where the surreal has become the new norm. It would have been unthinkable 20 years ago to imagine we would actually be talking about the subversion and downfall of the United States with little outcry from the population in general.

Many articles have made the case that at least some of the military and police would follow orders to put the population into submission by force if necessary. This would include the forced detention and possible execution of many antigovernment protestors.

If even a small percentage of the enforcers revolted against the government orders it would provide a very large armed component that would add to the armed civilian population and would provide a serious impediment to government operations even if external forces were brought in.

In a serious event it has been noted that many enforcers would simply abandon their posts and go home to protect their families. This is an ever present problem for the government pundits giving the orders. They will want to maintain control over the enforcers at all times and must have sufficient controls in place to do so in a chaotic situation.

One way to maintain that control is to move the family members of those enforcers to “safe” locations where they can be protected while the enforcers do their job. These locations could be FEMA camps or secure military bases that could prevent persons from leaving once inside. This would not only provide safe harbor for those family members but would act as a control mechanism as well.

Once the government has control of those family members, they would have sufficient leverage to force compliance and obedience of the enforcers in the face of immoral and illegal orders from the leadership. This is only one possibility but it would explain why some of the FEMA camps have playground equipment.

This possibility does not preclude the eventual use of these facilities as extermination centers at some later date. In Nazi Germany the concentration camps started out as reeducation camps for dissidents before evolving into death camps.

How many police and military would disobey orders if they knew their families might be killed or imprisoned for their noncompliance? I suspect many of those enforcers would do what they were told until they were able to get their families back.

I have no information showing this might happen, I only ask myself what I would do to compel compliance of some sadistic plan to destroy this country and its people if I were in charge.

If this scenario is a possibility it would be visible at some point. The enforcers would need to give the location and names of their family members to their leadership for possible evacuation in the event of social chaos during some future event. If police and military personnel are compelled to provide this type of information at some point it may be the only signal that this type of event is about to take place. This may be the only warning these people have to remove their families from government control if events come to pass.

It may be that they are told to bring their families in for safety only after chaos has broken out. If this ever happens they need to think about the possible consequences of these actions before they comply. The government has proven itself untrustworthy in the past and that is not likely to change any time soon.

The government has shown itself to be all consumed with its own survival under any circumstance even to the detriment of the citizens it is tasked to protect. When faced with chaos in society it is safe to assume that it will do what it deems necessary to control the situation and produce their desired result. Those that can exert the most force will have the option to follow their own agenda regardless of laws or demands. Might does not equal right but it does determine who is in charge.

To maintain overwhelming force to control the population the government must control the enforcers. This will likely require using force against the enforcers when necessary to force their compliance until they are no longer needed. This is the double edged sword the enforcers must deal with when the time comes. If they allow their families to become a part of this scheme they will lose the ability to follow their own conscience when the time comes to resist.

Given the past acts of this government it is not a stretch of the imagination to think they would resort to an option like this to achieve their goals. This is just one of the potential dangers that citizens should monitor in the months to come, especially if you are an enforcer.

Small Towns and Local Currency

By: Tom Chatham

The idea that life is about to take a turn for the worst is taken as a foregone conclusion by those tracking current events. It has been a long time coming and we are not at the end of the beginning yet but it is coming into view. In the days ahead two of the items you need to plan for are where you will live and what medium of exchange you will use.

Many have taken the stance that you should move to a small town to ride out the events that may unfold. This is not a bad idea but simply moving to a small town is not a cure-all for what will likely unfold. In many cases, the small towns in America are merely smaller versions of the city in many ways.

The small towns have a smaller population that allows many of the people to actually know their neighbors which in times of chaos can help due to the cohesiveness of the neighborhood. This is only one aspect that many people think of. A more serious aspect that needs to be examined is the production capability of the community.

If the distribution system stops for any reason, the small towns will lose their supplies just like the major cities will. Most small towns today are far different from the ones just a few generations ago. These small towns rely on a constant supply of goods from all over the world to maintain normalcy just as their city cousins.

Long gone are the days when many of the goods needed by the community are made in the local area. When the distribution system stops, the availability of local goods will be a primary factor in how well the community weathers the emergency.

Because of this, it is necessary to not only look for a small town but one that has a host of local production assets that will allow the citizens to maintain a certain degree of commerce of necessary items such as food, clothing, energy and medical care. Just because there are a lot of farms in an area it is not an indicator of sufficient local production. Many farmers rely on the grocery store for most of their food needs because many farms are mono crop farms now not the small diversified farms of yesterday.

A town may be surrounded by thousands of acres of wheat but what is their capability to convert that wheat into flour. This can be said for any type of grain produced in the area. Butchering a deer during hunting season is one thing but how about a few dozen beef cattle per week? Are there any chicken houses in the area and what is their ability to provide enough chicken and eggs to the community? Are there any dairy farms around and what is their production ability? Can the local farmers produce another crop after supplies are cut off? Do they have the capability to produce their own seeds and fertilizer? These are just some of the things a small town will need the ability to do to be a good place to stay after something happens.

The other issue is what medium of exchange you will use. It is now evident that banks and government entities are pushing us towards a cashless society. Chase will begin to charge large depositors a 1% fee for bank deposits in the near future. Some smaller banks around the country have sent notices to their business customers informing them that they will be charged a fee for bank deposits in the near future.

Negative interest rates are now here and it will only get worse. When banks start charging their customers for the privilege of holding their money, the system is seriously broken. This is one way the bankers are trying to induce spending into the broken economy. People will be forced to spend their money as fast as possible to avoid bank charges.

At the same time cash is becoming the new threat. Remember the alerts from the government implying people that use cash may be terrorists. This is the set up for removing cash from the system. That will allow the government to track all purchases you make and even freeze your account if you become a naughty person by utilizing your free speech or other rights against the government. If there is no cash to be used it will make being on the run from authorities almost impossible. It will be the end of anonymous purchases.

Because of this it will be imperative to have some type of medium of exchange to conduct business with other individuals if this comes to pass. The most obvious types of currency will be gold and silver coins. These items will be out of the reach of the government in most cases. They are not the only types of currency though. Other types of currency can take the form of local script, certain foods, salt, tea, ammo, spices and sugar to name a few. The commodity may be different from one community to another depending on the location and availability of common items.

Knowing now what types of production are available and what types of alternative mediums of exchange would work best in a particular community are two of the things you need to keep in mind as you plan alternatives to your current lifestyle. A small town will only be as good as its people and its production capability in the days to come.

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