Monthly Archives: March 2014
By: Tom Chatham
There are many common themes espoused by those preparing for future difficulties. One of the things many will agree on is the need to store an ample supply of food. This should be enough to take care of your needs and possibly extra to share or trade with others. The need for storing excess wealth is another concern if you have wealth to preserve. This is usually done with precious metals that are compact and easily transportable. Beyond these obvious items what you may want to store depends on your location and situation.
One item many will want to store is extra ammo which is a sure bet to be worth more in the future and be in high demand. Other items will depend on the things you perceive others in your area will likely seek out in desperate times when supplies are scarce and distribution systems are unreliable.
Some may argue that all excess wealth should be stored in food or metals. The problem is you are limited to the space available to you and the ability to move those items if relocation becomes necessary. If storage is not a problem another thing you must consider is what will you trade for if the only things available are food and metals.
Even in the most desperate circumstances people will eventually need some of the other necessities in life such as hygiene items, tools and clothing to name a few. Once you are beyond the point of possible famine people will start to look for the other things that make life more livable. Some things people will gravitate to will be pleasure items such as liquor or tobacco products.
The more products available in the area the more trade will progress into large scale barter and sales. Those that hold silver or gold will eventually want to trade it for something they need. If you have some of those things in demand you will have the opportunity to establish a thriving business to rollover and increase your holdings.
Some of the things you may carry may be impulse items such as hard candy, knives, gloves, jewelry or beauty supplies. These things are items people are willing to sacrifice to get if they decide they want it even if it is not necessary to their survival.
There are legitimate reasons for warehousing goods for later sale or barter. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990’s one of the reasons they were able to get by was the fact that many of the stores had goods stored in their storage rooms. In the past, businesses in the U.S. operated the same way. Stores would get delivery every week and stock enough extra to keep the shelves full until the next load arrived. Today we have a just in time delivery system where stock is monitored by computers and when levels get to a certain level the computers automatically reorder a certain amount of goods for next day delivery. Very few modern stores carry inventory in the back room to keep the shelves full. When the delivery system breaks down, stores can run out of product almost immediately. This is why a catastrophic event will be even worse in the U.S. in the future.
With no excess inventory to absorb the buying pressure in the days following an event people will panic. Once the shelves are empty and no stock is available to the public the situation will deteriorate quickly. A person with a mini warehouse should not attempt to sell goods in the immediate aftermath of an event but should store supplies until a later date when the situation stabilizes and resources are almost impossible to find. It is in this time that some availability of goods will help the local population to move forward and reestablish some type of normalcy and begin the rebuilding process.
Commerce in the form of sale or barter is one of the building blocks to a vibrant community. The availability of goods will encourage the necessary work to earn the goods wanted. Work is the foundation of a prosperous society. If there is nothing to gain by work, only the minimum amount will be done for the purpose of basic survival. This will cause stagnation and prevent advancement of the community that will benefit all. Even the existence of one mini warehouse in a community will go far in advancing the recovery and stability of a community after an event. In extreme cases this product availability may not be possible for weeks or months following an event but the longer the duration before release of goods, the more valuable they will likely be to the community.
Several persons coordinating what they will warehouse will provide wider coverage and greater benefit in the end. There are many that may say having a substantial supply of goods will make you a target in any chaos that follows an event but that is only one of many problems you will likely face in such a situation. Secrecy is a major component in any long term plan following societal chaos.
In any given breakdown, stability will eventually return to society and it is then that stored goods will help to move the population forward in a positive way. Storing some of your excess wealth in such a way may be plausible for many. After a major event, the possession of gold and silver will be more valuable if you have something in the community to trade it for. Keep in mind that gold and silver are merely a medium of exchange, for them to be valuable there must be something useful to trade them for. There are many goods that would be difficult to produce in local communities after a crisis so the storing of them now will only add to the value of locally produced goods.
This type of storage plan may only work for a few but that is all that is needed to make a significant difference in the aftermath of an event. What you store, how much and how in depth you go is something you will have to decide for yourself. Only you can decide what will be most valuable to your community after the crisis passes and people decide to get on with their lives. Keep in mind that storing goods for after the crisis is different from storing goods that will be needed during the crisis such as food or ammo. You may want a plan for both situations. Even a few footlockers full of selected goods will go a long ways after a serious crisis. No plan will ever be perfect so a great deal of thought needs to happen to insure you are at least close to your target.
One other thing to keep in mind is that durable goods stored now will almost certainly be more expensive in the future which is one way to leverage your wealth. A mini warehouse is a way for someone to create a source of income for their family after the crisis and provide goods to the community to help fill the gap until normal production of goods resumes. There are many items that people desire that are relatively inexpensive now but could demand high premiums if they suddenly become unavailable. The amount of money you decide to allocate to such a program will determine what supplies you store. Someone with considerable wealth to put into supplies may store more expensive items such as boots or quality clothing while most people will be relegated to storing smaller inexpensive items. The following is a list of possible items to consider.
Zippo lighters and replacement supplies
Lamps and lanterns
Tire repair kits
Bicycle repair parts
Manual kitchen utensils and appliances
By: Tom Chatham
Recent revelations from a Russian official have made the prospect of a Russian controlled Alaska a future possibility.
A recent article by Dave Hodges indicates that Putin may be planning to eventually take control of eastern Europe once again. If that happens the only viable move the U.S. could make would be to invade Syria and then Iran to prop up the petrodollar for a while longer. If the U.S. attempted that Russia would retaliate by invading Alaska. It is suggested that President Obama would make no effort to defend Alaska should this happen. Is that possible?
There are reports from Alaska natives that foreign troops are present in many towns in Alaska but no one knows why. For the past two decades the U.S. has moved toward giving several islands along with fishing rights and mineral resources near Alaska to Russia. There is currently a petition on the White House site to give Alaska back to Russia.
Russia seeks to be a world dominating power and in order for it to do that it needs more warm weather ports. That is why the Crimea is so important to them right now. Alaska would provide a good location for Pacific domination. The location and the mineral resources located there would be a boon for the Russian navy.
If Russia invades Alaska, what will the troops stationed there get in the way of help from the lower 48? The answer may be nothing. This may be the effects of the downfall of the dollar. An invasion of Alaska by Russian forces would provoke a violent backlash from the American public unless they are too preoccupied with feeding themselves to care. A collapse of the dollar just prior to such an event would get it little notice by most Americans as they fight for basic necessities that suddenly get cut off by hyperinflation or shutdown of the delivery system or both.
The recent positioning by Russia and China are leading to the probability that they will dump the dollar soon and cause unmitigated chaos in this nation. If that happens nothing is off the table as the U.S. will be in no position to continue overseas operations. This combined with possible cyber attacks on our banking system and power grid would almost guarantee infighting within the U.S as people scramble for supplies to survive. This is the worst case scenario for the U.S. and everything seems to be falling into place.
There are numerous military units in Alaska and they would be able to put up resistance for a while but without resupply and reinforcements they would be on borrowed time. The only unknown variable at this time is whether the military establishment would defy Washington and go to the aid of Alaska or just fall back and allow events to unfold. I know many of the lower ranks in the military would not want to sit idly by as this happens but without coordination from higher echelon commanders, any movement to aid Alaska would not be possible. This may be a highly unlikely scenario but I would advise military units in Alaska to be on alert for this possibility and have a fallback plan, just in case.
Given the corruption and possible treason being committed in Washington today by numerous elected officials, this is something we must be prepared to address in the future if events come to pass. As time goes on and events continue to unfold, the unlikely becomes more of a reality.
By: Tom Chatham
While I feel for the people in Ukraine, I know we need to stay out of there. These people are the latest pawns in the banker controlled world of lies and deception. These banker parasites have now apparently stolen 33 tons of Ukraine gold and sent it to their vaults in NY. These bankers have spent the last few decades stealing the world blind using their fiat money and now that it is about to crash once and for all they want a new world war to cover up their crimes.
This new war is being urged on by none other than the likes of John McCain. One would think that after the experience he had in Vietnam he would be against sending American soldiers into another dubious war but I guess power and money can buy a clear conscience. The war drums are beating and its only a matter of time before something blows up and coalesces the brainwashed masses into supporting it.
The chess pieces are being moved around in preparation for a stunning move in the not so distant future. The annexation of Crimea, a missing Boeing 777, a weak American dialogue, Turkey threatening to close the Bosporus to Russia, a single U.S. destroyer in the Baltic, reduction of the American military and economic sanctions that are destined to backfire are all part of the grand strategy. When the move comes someone is going to lose some important pieces and this will set up the final checkmate where Americans will be the likely losers.
Those that feel the need to prepare at this point are probably of the same opinion as I that it is too late to stop this train wreck. Perhaps the best that we can do is to amass and store all of the pertinent data to insure when this worldwide cataclysm is over and the dust finally settles in the years to come that all of the information is available to identify those responsible and fit them for a new rope necktie. It is a foregone conclusion that all information and records that might reveal the bankers for what they are will be destroyed in the events to come just as building 7 was destroyed to cover up misappropriations at the Pentagon.
In the days to come here is just one more tidbit to think about. If the U.S. is attacked by a major power that plans total destruction here, that attack will likely be preceded by an EMP laydown. In the event that happens for any reason the 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. and the 70,000 tons of spent fuel next to them will create one gigantic dirty bomb that will have global implications when loss of coolant eventually causes multiple nuclear fires. This would not only wipe out the U.S. but the attackers as well regardless of location. The only way for them to prevent that is to have a plan to seize control of those plants and prevent coolant loss. If an attack is in the cards the nuclear plants will be the thing to watch for unusual traffic.
The chances of a monumental loss of life increases every day from this point forward and it will be all most can do to insure their survival and that of their family. No amount of planning will likely prepare us for the destruction to come but it is necessary to do what we can to live to fight another day when numbers will be important to our future freedom. Our future is up to us and it is in dire jeopardy at this time. We must learn the lessons from the past and make every day count from now on. Time is the great equalizer and America is fast becoming irrevelant in the world.
By: Tom Chatham
There has been much talk in the past few years of how to store your excess wealth to preserve its value. Many people have advised that gold and silver are the best vehicles for doing so but there are many detractors in the mainstream that disagree.
If you look at the price of gold and silver over the years and compare the prices to crude oil you will see a good correlation. As crude oil has moved up and down the price of precious metals has moved in close lockstep with it over the years. That makes very good sense due to the fact that the world runs on energy and gold and silver are real money. No modern economy can have growth without using more energy.
In 1980 the average price of silver was $16.39 and the price of silver spiked to around $50 an ounce, the price of crude that year averaged about $37.42. Adjusted for inflation, in today’s dollars that would make oil about $106 a barrel. Does that number look familiar?
If you take 1980 prices and compare them to 2014 prices you can see that silver is vastly under priced compared to oil. With oil at $106 a barrel silver should be much higher than it is. It is much lower due to price manipulation by the banking cartel that wants to hide the devaluation of the dollar from unsuspecting rubes.
This undervaluation will not last forever. Once the price manipulation fails the price of gold and silver will rise substantially. Now is a good time to lock in some low prices and preserve your wealth for future use. This current undervaluation will even help to increase your purchasing power when the prices adjust.
Primary focus should be spent on supplies and equipment to provide food, shelter, energy security and transportation for your family in the future. Excess funds after that need to be stored in a form that will allow you to continue paying rent or mortgage, taxes, utilities, medical care and other expenses that cannot be prepaid long term. When the petrodollar collapses and the U.S. loses reserve currency status, prices will rise on just about everything people depend on to live. Those that are not prepared to maintain their standard of living will fall into poverty and likely remain there for the foreseeable future.
Jim Willie is predicting an 80% drop in the value of the dollar in the next three years. This will almost insure much higher prices for commodities in the future. Having the supplies you need so you do not have to trade in a system that is breaking down is only part of the solution to preserving your standard of living. The other part is to have a medium of exchange that will maintain its purchasing power throughout the turmoil that occurs. This will allow you to trade in the future for the things you cannot store.
What you do with your wealth is ultimately up to you to decide. In these troubling times it is important for you to do your own research and decide what is best for you. How you fare in the future is your responsibility and you cannot blame someone else for your failure to plan ahead.
By: Tom Chatham
With the world situation getting more chaotic and dangerous by the day, it is normal for an alert person to consider the potential dangers ahead and plan to deal with them. When everything goes wrong, what will you need to get by? It is imperative for you to think about that now while you have the ability to think clearly and determine what you may need and how you will get it before something happens.
The recent tensions in the Ukraine are a harbinger of things to come. It is no surprise that China has sided with Russia in the recent actions. Russia needs the port facilities at Sevastopol and China has leased millions of acres of farmland in Ukraine that they do not want to lose use of. No matter what the west decides to do Russia and China may use this opportunity to dump their U.S. treasuries and collapse the dollar. This is even more likely if you believe Obama is working with Putin at this time. The recent economic data shows the economy is much worse than everyone is promoting. Another banking collapse could be in the near future. The ability to blame the demise of the dollar on Russia and China while deflecting blame away from the real culprits, the bankers and politicians, would allow the government to act as a savior to the people when everything collapses and maintain absolute control. If this comes to pass, it will mean dire hardship for those ill prepared to live through it.
It is easy to make a list of potential items but you must have a list of items that is tailored to your specific situation and needs. Only you can know what will be most important to you when all resources are cut off or destroyed in some type of disaster or hostile action. This is the time to think in the extreme. You must analyze your current situation and decide what is most important and necessary to you. You should make a list and seek to stock those items as soon as possible. What are the top ten items you would need or want if you were cut off from stores in an emergency for an extended time? What would be in your top thirty items?
Here is a sample of what someone in a rural area might list as important.
1) Food supply ( canned goods for 180 days)
2) Wood stove
3) Seasoned wood pile
4) Wood cutting tools
5) Hand pump for well
6) Weapon and ammo for self defense and hunting
7) Fuel supply for truck ( homemade fuel production unit for long term)
8) Open pollinated seeds
9) Canning supplies
10) Absorption freezer with 90 day fuel supply
This list is not absolute and may be very different from one family to another but it gives you an idea what to think about. An urban family will stock differently than a suburban family who will stock differently from a rural family. There are some items that may be the same such as food items but they will differ in many ways. A rural family with access to a good heat supply such as a wood stove will be able to cook many types of foods that a city apartment dweller cannot due to lack of fuel. All of these things must be taken into account.
When thinking about specific tasks you must visualize yourself doing the task and identify the items you will need to complete it. How will you get water to mix with the dry foods you have? How will you heat it? How long will your fuel supply last to cook the things you have? What sanitation supplies will you need? How much water will that task require? Will your toilet still flush? What alternate method will you have if the sewer system backs up? The answers to these things will differ depending on where you are and the resources you have.
The world is changing at an ever faster rate and soon the unprepared may find themselves in desperate want of simple everyday items they could have easily stocked if only they had thought about the future. No one knows what the future will actually be like but paying attention to current events can provide a good indication of what is to come. When resources stop flowing and society begins to fail, you must be prepared to take care of yourself. In a national breakdown the cavalry will not be coming any time soon. The size of the population guarantees that. When all else fails, it is up to you. Will you be ready?