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.
By: Tom Chatham
There is much talk about the possibility of an EMP or CME that takes out the power grid causing chaos nationwide. Some have stated that having cash on hand is necessary to make some last minute shopping trips to top off supplies. That is a good idea but in today’s world how effective would that be?
In the early 80’s I worked in a small local grocery store after school like many kids in my generation. This store had two checkout lines of which only one was normally used except during rush hour when 5 or six people would be in line at once.
One Sunday morning the power went off for several hours. There were some people that made a usual stop at this store on Sunday mornings for their Sunday paper and to do some shopping. On this particular day they continued to come in as usual but we had no power.
My boss who was also the store owner did not want to lose the business so he improvised. He went to his office and brought back a small portable calculator that had a printer on top. He stood at the register and added up the items as the people came to the counter, they paid in cash as normal, he wrote down the total of the sale for his records, gave them a printed receipt from the calculator and they went on their way.
This was all possible for three reasons. We had a means to add up the items, the customers were able to pay in cash and the most important thing was that all of the items had a price stamped on them.
This sounds like a normal reaction to something like this but would it happen the same way today if the power went out?
Most of the people working at the registers would not be able to add up the items for sale if it were not for the computer doing all the work for them. Even if they wanted to sell items, practically all corporate owned stores use scanners to scan the prices. The days when items had the price stamped on them are long gone, at least as far as the major stores are concerned. This lack of prices would make it almost impossible for stores to sell items even if they wanted to. The cashiers have no idea what the prices are these days.
The other major factor is the ability to pay in cash. With the grid down and no POS terminals working, most people would have no way to pay for their goods. In the old days stores accepting credit cards had a manual machine they placed the card in along with a credit receipt and they would rack the press and imprint the receipt. The person would sign the slip and receive a copy of the credit transaction. The store would then send the credit receipt in to get their money. Unlike today, this antiquated system worked even if the power was off.
Today there is no manual fallback if the POS system does not work. This makes any longterm blackout a potential time bomb for any society that relies on immediate credit processing systems.
In the event of a blackout today, only small stores would likely have goods that are individually priced and a worker capable of adding the sale even if the person had some cash. These are the problems that modern society has created for itself. These are the things you need to keep in mind if you plan to shop after a blackout has occurred. You and your cash are only part of the equation. The store and its ability to sell during a blackout is on the other side of the equation.
Keeping these things in mind, it might be a good idea to scope out the local stores near you and assess their ability to sell during a blackout if the situation ever arises. Keeping some cash on hand for emergencies is always a good idea, just be aware of the limitations you may face in using that cash where you want to shop.
By: Tom Chatham
The bulk of humanity living in the western world are used to a life of comfort and leisure. This has been made possible by the production of cheap goods and a debt based economy. When this system fails it will cause much discomfort and even death for some that are not able to adapt to the changing times.
The ways of the modern western world are to work and save during the early working years in order to retire during the less productive older years. The act of retirement is a relatively new phenomenon for the working class. Until the 20th century, the only people able to cease working and enjoy their elder years were the rich among us. This changed with mass production and massive debt creation.
In the 1930’s the poor in America were thrown a lifeline in the form of social security. This program was meant to prevent some of the hardship for those struggling to survive. This program was never meant to replace savings and provide for a comfortable retirement all by itself. Over the years the political gerrymandering of politicians seeking reelection have sold the people on the notion that social security is an all encompassing retirement plan they can expect until they die.
The expectation of this program is one of the Achilles heels of the American culture. Very few save for retirement and many can not afford to with the ever increasing prices they must pay for necessary items. Many have no hope for the future except for this underfunded and soon to be extinct Frankenstein monster. When the government can no longer provide this and other programs to people barely surviving today as it is, hardship that is unknown to most will fall upon them like a pile of bricks.
When this happens these people will have no where to turn to ensure they have the items to survive daily life. This is the socialist bomb that is about to explode and very few want to acknowledge it and prepare for the inevitable problems that will occur.
When this house of cards collapses it will require every person to have a plan to maintain some semblance of a standard of living. This will require individuals to have one of two options available to them. They will either need to have sufficient funds to care for themselves or have the ability to earn a living and produce the things they need for themselves in the aftermath of this event.
Having sufficient funds to live on will necessitate having a medium of exchange that will survive the destruction of paper wealth. This will mean wealth in the form of precious metals or other similar options that will retain their buying power over the long term.
Those that work for others and depend on a paycheck to buy the things they need will suffer when that job no longer exists and they can not find another. This is a situation that is prevalent today with upwards of 94 million people in America. These people are non-persons according to the government as none of them are considered unemployed. Ignoring this problem will not change things when the number reaches the tipping point where these people have no option but to prey on those that still have the ability to provide for their families. This is where the golden hoard becomes mobile and begins to move across the land reaping a deadly harvest.
The Deagel.com site shows the population of America dropping from 316 million in 2015 to approximately 69 million in 2025. This has been characterized as a mass exodus from the U.S. to other nations as the working and living environment becomes untenable in America and people relocate to more hospitable locations. This is one possible scenario that we may see in the future if Americans fail to plan for disruptions to the economy and have no way to take care of themselves.
In a nation like America with all of the natural resources that we have available to us, it need not come to that. The one thing that we lack today is the motivation to do something positive about our looming situation. The current inhabitants of America no longer have the moral fiber that was common in the 1930’s when we last went through something like this. That will have to change or some other factor will have to be utilized to stabilize the population in the future. A mass exodus out of the country is just such a factor.
For those that have the moral fiber to make a stand and provide for their family it will be a trying time and a dangerous one for many years. Those that have the will to work through the problems will need to have either funds or resources to get them through. Simply having several months of food and supplies will not be enough. It will take a plan that spans two or three decades that you can enact to provide the things you and your family will need.
Something this encompassing will require many resources and the know-how to use them. The amount of resources can be a stopping point for many due to lack of funds to acquire them now but that is all the more reason to make plans and work towards a goal that you can accomplish. Many of the resources you may need can likely be made from scratch that can provide you with the things you need and even something to sell. It is not that hard to build a spinning wheel and floor loom to make cloth from raw cotton or wool. It just takes time and patience. The old ways are not fast or efficient by today’s standards but they allow you to produce something from the raw materials you can obtain. This is just one example of how you need to think in the days ahead.
You need to utilize the time, funds and skills you can obtain now to construct a plan to deal with the future and overcome the problems. If you need to house your family it is now common to get a loan and be in debt for 30 years. In the future it may be necessary to provide that home with what you have on hand to build it. That may entail using a few hand tools that you have and the available natural resources around you. A home made from sod, cobblestone, adobe or logs can be utilized to provide the shelter you need. It may not be pretty or what you are used to but our forefathers utilized this type of construction as a stepping stone to better things.
When the economy as we know it fails, the only thing you can do is to return to an earlier point in time that depended on a simpler more functional system and utilize the available resources. When mechanized farming fails it may be necessary to return to less mechanized methods and cheaper alternatives to grow the food and fibers we need for survival. The thought of having to go backwards to get to the future is not pretty and will likely be difficult but sometimes that is the only way to move forward.
Surviving during a collapsing economy where systems we depend on cease to function requires individual actions to reduce the hardship that will ultimately overwhelm society and cause societal breakdown on most levels. Skills to lessen the hardships are critical to stabilization and recovery. These skills are the only way to utilize available resources to provide the necessities of society. The first things individuals strive to produce are food, shelter and clothing. These are the very basic things people need to survive over time. Later, other things such as security, medicine, communication and transportation become necessary to form a more cohesive community.
The skills to grow and store food, purify water, build shelter, make clothing, produce heat and light, produce energy to power machines, produce medicines and administer healthcare, harvest and move raw materials and communicate over long distances are skills necessary today and will continue to be vital in times of economic distress.
The skills and resources to provide these things are the foundation of a functional society. The lack of these things results in chaos and anarchy that prevents the construction of sustainable systems that a functional society needs to grow. The special skills needed to utilize available resources depends on the location of the person and the natural resources available for development. Because of this, different locations may develop along somewhat different lines but the destination is the same.
The need to know or learn these skills is necessary now while the social situation is stable enough to enable persons to plan and prepare for the hardships we will ultimately face as the economy fails due to fraud and mismanagement. Those with a lack of skills and resources will be a detracting factor on society as hardships increase and constitute an ever present danger for those with the resources to survive the times. These are the things that everyone must prepare for now while the system is still intact. There are no guarantees for tomorrow.
By: Tom Chatham
The military special operations forces that are scheduled to conduct training this summer in the American southwest have many Americans up in arms. The worry is that this is training for operations against Americans in the future. That may be so but there are other possible explanations.
There are three that make the most sense.
– SOF are training for operations against patriotic Americans.
– SOF are training for operations in CONUS for a possible enemy invasion.
– SOF are training for operations against hostile groups on U.S. soil other than patriotic Americans.
There are two old sayings in the army. Train like you fight. Train what you fight. This makes it unlikely these operations are being conducted to train for overseas operations. Training to blend into U.S. cities will not help you to blend into Arab cities. To blend you must consider looks, language, clothing and local customs.
One thing to keep in mind about SOF is that these are some of the best trained forces we have. They are normally only used for high value targets or insurgent operations where they train the local fighters. That is because these men are few in number and cost a lot to train so they are not used for operations where they might get killed for dumb reasons. These men are some of the most patriotic people we have and they are not dumb. They know more than most people what is really going on in the world. Having said that, it is possible they are training to take out patriots but that is not likely. That is what DHS is training for.
The more likely options are the other two. It is possible they know the U.S. will face a threat from hostile forces on U.S. soil and are training for that contingency. If the U.S. is suddenly occupied by hostile forces who have infiltrated our borders or from sudden airborne operations, these are the forces that we would need the most to conduct guerrilla operations.
The recent revelations about gang members and potential Islamic terrorists being allowed into the U.S. by the current administration would lend credibility to the threat of infiltration. If these groups ever decided to start a war in the American SW, they would have the upper hand to some degree. Resupply across the Mexican border would make these operations sustainable. A Russian has recently stated they might supply Mexico with arms to reconquer lands taken from Mexico by the U.S. in 1848. There are also reports that Mexico has been buying a large amount of weapons from the U.S. lately. This would be retaliation for America sending arms to Ukraine. More likely they would arm the Mexican drug gangs to start trouble since they would be harder to locate and target. There have also been reports of Mexican drug gangs working with Islamic groups and receiving weapons from them.
The other scenario would involve enemy troops inserted into America being reinforced from the Mexican side of the border. If the Mexican government cannot deal with the drug gangs effectively they would not be in any position to resist a foreign power either.
The current administration may indeed be training for action against patriots since that is their anti-gun position to date. This may be their intention. The problem with that is that many in the military do not like the current administration. That makes it unlikely they could be counted on to act against Americans, at least for a large number of them. Also, I cannot see the current administration preparing to defend our country when they have left the border open.
I think the administration is going forward with the intent of going after patriots. The military may be doing the drills so as not to tip their hand as to their loyalties just yet. The military may be using the operations to prepare for the real threat. If SOF are indeed planning to go against patriots then that does not bode well for any possible guerrilla operations against the government in the future.
The Sept.15 end date suggests some connection to the predictions of economic collapse around that time period. An economic collapse would give quite a bit of cover to any invasion or hostile acts perpetrated on U.S. soil. The acts of sabotage on power sub-stations and communications in that region in the past year would suggest someone is planning to do something in the not to distant future.
There are many different factions at work in this country with many different ideas for causing disruptions in the future. Without information from deep inside these organizations it is difficult to see how things will play out in the future. One can only follow the actions on the ground and prepare for several possible scenarios that may come to pass.
At this point all we can do is watch the actions on the ground and prepare accordingly and not take anything for granted. The need for preparedness has never been so great in this country. Regardless of why the operations are happening one thing is for sure. Something very bad could happen in the future and anyone not prepared will be left helpless to the machinations of others.
By: Tom Chatham
Since the 1970’s the job opportunities in America have slowly dwindled to the point of total economic collapse, at least for the blue collar worker. No longer can a person expect to go out and get a job at will in the field of his choice. The jobs are now far and few between and they are mainly service related and part time at best. While there are still good jobs to be had in some sectors, these are highly specialized and very competitive. Only a few lucky individuals get them. It leaves very little for the bulk of the job seeking public. Over the years we have seen a gradual decay of the job market from one sector to another.
First agriculture jobs gave way to manufacturing jobs. Then manufacturing jobs gave way to service sector jobs. Then full time jobs gave way to part time jobs. The problem with service related jobs is that you must have a productive economy where people have large mounts of excess, spendable income to support the service economy. Most people no longer have the excess money to spend on less critical items. So what comes next in the great American job game?
That can only be one thing. Part time jobs will give way to no jobs. The day when Americans can no longer work for others to create income is fast approaching. This means many will need to take matters into their own hands and create their own jobs. When the economy becomes dysfunctional only small business will be able to pull it out. That means more individuals taking the risk to produce products that society needs on the local level.
The major impediment to that type of recovery is the government itself. The mass of bureaucracy now in place is meant to stifle any individual productive effort. If government cannot control it, it kills it. This must change and will change once Americans feel enough pain and begin to defy the government.
In the early to mid 20th century, mom and pop operations littered the highways of America. Small stores sold many assorted items that allowed families to survive and prosper even in difficult times. This entrepreneurial spirit is what made America what it is or at least what it was.
The days of producing products for a worldwide market are largely over for the U.S. which means many of those manufacturing jobs will not come back because we can no longer compete economically. This will force society to embrace former economic models that worked, at least enough for society to survive. This means small scale production directed at local markets.
As I stated in Rebuilding the Republic, we will be forced to go back to a society where about 20% of the population lives and works on small diversified farms. This will provide stable working and living conditions for a substantial percentage of the population no matter what the economic conditions are.
This will take 20% of the population out of the job market allowing less competition for the few manufacturing jobs that exist. There will also need to be a shift from large corporate systems to smaller local systems. This will spread the profits from sales more evenly across the nation and allow a smaller economy to sustain the population as it once did. Instead of corporations getting the lions share of the profits it will be left in the hands of local merchants and producers who spend it locally.
Lets not live under any delusions. The west line has moved to the far east and China will be the next industrial power. America will never again be as it once was. This means we will need to focus on building a smaller more efficient economy that provides the basic necessities for the nations people. That also means the many social programs that many now enjoy will have to go out of financial necessity. We will not be able to afford them in the future. Many will not like to hear that but that is the cold hard reality we must face as a nation.
You may not like my conclusions, but do not think that money printing and government controls will solve everything because we already know they don’t. Americans need to realize that the nation as we know it must change the current dysfunctional model if we are to survive as an entity. Change is coming and ignoring it will not do any good.
By: Tom Chatham
Planned obsolescence is the act of designing something to become obsolete or self destruct at a certain point in the future for the purpose of replacing it with something else. We see this with many of the things we use today, especially appliances, home furnishings and technology. We are expected to upgrade at regular intervals to keep up with the times.
It was not always this way. In the past many things were built to last, in some cases for many generations. There are many homes in the world that were built centuries ago and are as functional today as the day they were built. There are appliances built almost a century ago that still do what they were designed to do. There are cars and tools that are decades old that still function as intended.
Many of the items that were built in the past were overbuilt and as a result maintain their function. They were built at a time when society demanded and expected the things they used to last a lifetime. Many items were built to be repaired many times in their functional life extending their usefulness and making them a good value to the owners. At some point, that mantra changed.
As society grew some people realized that they could sell many more items in the future if the products they built only lasted a short while and required replacement. During the 20th century industrialization ran head on into planned obsolescence. Things could be made cheaper and profit margins would expand.
This can be seen in society today in the many things we use. Granted, technology is constantly improving making some things less useful but many of the things we use still work as they always did. Homes used to be built of solid timbers making them last hundreds of years. Today the standard building materials are cheap imitations of that bygone era and modern construction is not expected to last for more than a generation as old buildings are torn down to make way for new and improved designs and tastes.
Society has been conditioned to want and expect change. How many times have you seen mobs outside a store waiting for the release of a new product. They wait to buy a replacement for things that still work fine but are not new enough. They tear down old buildings made of brick and mortar and replace it with one made of tin and particle board. They are on a constant quest to replace the old with the new.
There is a good case to be made for maintaining the old. Once it is built or purchased you do not need to spend money replacing it. The simple act of maintenance and repair will allow you to spend future monies on other necessities. There are some in society that live by the broken window theory. They believe that a broken window is good for society. If a shopkeeper gets a broken window it will force him to spend money to fix it. The window maker makes money. The window seller makes money. The window installer makes money. What they do not understand is that this creative destruction does not allow society to increase its wealth. It is like paying a man to dig holes and another to fill them. You have not created anything new in the end.
When a person buys land and builds a good home on it, if that home is left to the next generation, they can add to it and use their newly earned money to increase their wealth. Over successive generations, the family can increase their wealth because it is the collective wealth of several generations that has amassed. If every generation has to start from scratch, they will only get so far. This is how many of the wealthy families in the world do it. The death taxes that many people are forced to pay when a relative dies is just one of the many ways the system is rigged against the individual. It is a way for the system to force the idea of planned obsolescence on people. It forces people to relinquish the old and start anew.
Planned obsolescence is not restricted to mere products anymore. It now also applies to nation states as well. The U.S. Constitution was made to last for all time. It was designed to adjust to changing culture and needs in society. For many years those in society that have no admiration for the past have sought to change our basic principles of self determination and replace it with planned societies. More and more in the past few years we have heard the chorus of those that profess the constitution is outdated and irrelevant in today’s society. They want us to move into the future. They want us to embrace their vision of what should be.
They want us to demolish the old brick and mortar building that has sheltered us for so long and replace it with a cheap new imitation. Just as our monetary system has evolved into something cheap and disposable, they want to move us away from the overbuilt constitutional structure that can be repaired and reused indefinitely and build a new structure that is cheap and disposable for easy replacement as the whims of society changes.
America is headed for planned obsolescence by a shortsighted, uneducated and careless society that values the enjoyment of cheap trinkets and quick fixes rather than the solid value of time tested products and customs. America is about to be changed forever and just like the older durable products that made their way to the landfills, America may someday find itself covered with dirt to be remembered only in history books.
Just like with our cars, houses, appliances and money, our current form of government that has provided us with prosperity, freedom and liberty for so long is now being engineered for premature destruction. The question is, will the people embrace the new version or will they fight to keep the older model a little longer. Only time will tell.
By: Tom Chatham
What happens when an unstoppable government agency meets an immovable public opinion? In this case the unstoppable agency is forced to change course. At least for now.
According to the Washington Times, the BATFE has apologized for a “publishing error” that led everyone to believe the M855 ammo, that so many people use, was already banned. There is still a comment period until March 16 on its proposal to ban the ammo.
According to an agency statement, “ ATF has not rescinded any armor piercing ammunition exemption, and the fact they are not listed in the 2014 online edition of the regulations was an error which has no legal impact. ATF apologizes for any confusion caused by this publishing error”.
The ATF’s statement specified that the exemptions for 5.56mm SS109 and M855 ammo, and for the U.S. .30-06 M2AP bullet “remain in effect”.
This is just another case of the Obama administration putting the cart before the horse. Just like the 100,000 illegals that were given documents before the official amnesty period was to begin, they have tried to slip past the gatekeepers by ignoring or rewriting laws that they cannot pass in Congress.
If the outrage had not been as universal as it was, it is likely ATF would have left the revised regulations as they were, without the exemptions for the popular ammo and the die would have been cast. This is not the end. They will be back with another scheme to deny the public guns and ammo.
This was no publishing error as described because the Obama administration was touting the benefits and need for this for weeks. If it was merely a publishing error, how did they know about it? Government corruption is beginning to wear thin on a populace that has had enough of big government incursions into individual rights.
If they cannot get this ban, they will try for something else very soon, that much is guaranteed. As I have stated before, when it comes to guns and ammo, the two critical items are primers and powder. Everything else can be made from scratch or reused multiple times. It’s these two items you really need to watch in the future. When they go after these items, you know they are getting serious and desperate. Just something to keep in mind in the days ahead.
By: Tom Chatham
Those that claim TPTB want to disarm Americans so they can take control are right to some degree. What many have not yet realized is that there are other items beyond guns and bullets that the government would have to ban to prevent individuals from acting out against the dictatorship many see taking form.
One of the things Dave Hodges lists as necessary for martial law is the elimination of guns, ammo and certain chemicals. It’s the certain chemicals that the average person thinks little about but can reap more havoc on occupation forces than bullets. In Iraq it was the IEDs and EFPs that caused the most fear.
Most people do not realize that many of the chemicals that they use on a daily basis have multiple uses. It is these everyday chemicals that the government will likely try to ban or restrict just prior to taking full control of the country.
Ammonium nitrate is used in ice packs and for fertilizer. Aluminum powder is used for radiator stop leak. Nitromethane is a fuel additive used for drag racing and model planes among other things. When these three items are mixed in the proper way they form a plastic compound similar to C4.
Rust is a common element found just about anywhere unprotected metal exists. When that rust is combined with aluminum powder and ignited, it produces a flame that can melt steel. It is commonly known as thermite.
Sulfur is used for many different things like gardening. Charcoal is used for things like water filtration and salt petre is used for things like food preservation. When these three items are combined they produce black powder.
This is just a short list of everyday chemicals that can be used by individuals fighting a rogue government. That is why these items will likely be taken off the market or restricted at some point to prevent those with the know-how from utilizing every means possible to fight for their freedom.
It is not a coincidence that environmentalism will likely be used to remove these things from society’s reach. Just like lead, a primary component of homemade bullets is under fire for damage to the environment and forces are trying to remove it from general use in things like bullets, wheel weights and batteries and is the main reason the last lead mine in the U.S. was closed down last year. This is the reason liberals are so close to the environmental groups. It is a means to an end.
Perhaps after reading this things will make more sense in the future when you see seemingly unrelated things happening. When you see legislation banning certain chemicals or products in the future as dangerous you will likely know what the real reason is. This is just one more reason to stock certain items for future use whatever your intended use is for them but you should be careful what you store and where you store it. It is now common practice for police when they search your property to look for certain chemicals that they can use to accuse you of being a bomb maker.
So, to some extent, the government is already beginning to tighten down the screws on the public. The long slow march to tyranny has begun and the worst is yet to come. Be prepared and be smart.
By: Tom Chatham
If you are reading this then you understand the danger we face or at least want to understand it. The daily assurances by the government and MSM are all that most people need to relieve them of the burden of individual responsibility. Ultimately, the buck stops with you when the welfare of your family is at stake.
In The American Dream Lost I outlined a simple strategy to disaster proof your life if everything falls apart in society. For the benefit of those that have not read it before I will outline the basic strategy here. Time is getting critical and decisions need to be made. The strategy is designed for those with minimal savings to draw on but can be used by those with substantial assets as well.
It does not matter if the emergency is loss of employment, natural disaster, civil unrest or economic collapse. The results are similar. Your ability to care for your family is hampered to some degree and life can become difficult very fast. The credit system we rely on can break down and leave you with few or no resources to continue normal daily living.
As many in the preparedness community have stated many times before, there are certain things you need to have to get by in difficult times when you cannot afford them or possibly find them. Food is universal in all lists but that is not the only critical item to have. Food will keep you fed but there are other environmental conditions that need to be addressed.
Here is a list of critical items you need to have covered no matter what happens.
Food & household items
These are not the only things you should have covered but they are the top of the list.
You need to store enough basic foods to feed your family at least two good meals a day for one year. Three meals a day is better but two is a minimum to prevent starvation and desperation. Basic, inexpensive foods should be emphasized such as flour, cornmeal, beans, rice, oats, pancake mix, cooking oil, powdered milk, canned vegetables, canned fruit, syrup, honey, potato flakes, gravy mix, canned meats and pasta. Cooking essentials should also be included such as granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, pepper, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder, yeast, cocoa and spices. You also need to store basic household items such as dish soap, washing powder, toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, sponges and scrubbing pads.
Water filtration is essential where water sources are suspect. Either portable filters or countertop models will insure you can maintain good health during difficult times when potable water is not readily available from the usual sources.
Shelter is a critical element and can determine the quality of life of your family over long durations. If you do not fully own your present shelter you are in danger of losing it if you are unable to maintain payments at some future time. Even if you own it the location may present security problems in the future so other alternatives must be available. A good used camper trailer allows you the ability to shelter your family year round and also provides you with mobility when you need it. A good used camper trailer can be found today for under $3,000 dollars and some for much less but you will have to shop around. The sooner you start looking, the more time you will have to find good deals.
Clothing is an essential need of humans. While most people have ample supplies of clothing to get them through several months, it is good to have a backup supply of some basic clothing for each family member just in case the difficulties last longer than expected or you lose most of your clothing due to disaster. You should buy two complete sets of clothing for each family member and store them in your trailer.
Security is important and its relevance depends on your location. Those in a remote area will have fewer security problems than someone in an urban area depending on the disaster and its aftermath. The ability to defend your family is critical depending on events and you need to have a plan and equipment to take care of unfolding situations. If you do not currently own a gun and have limited gun knowledge a pump shotgun and 500 rounds of ammo would be the best thing to start out with. It will provide you with good defensive capabilities and the ability to hunt.
Energy is a critical element and the longer you must care for yourself, the more critical it becomes. You must have the ability to provide conventional energy for short durations and have an energy plan to cover needs for longterm situations. Propane and a generator work well for short term but once you run out of fuel you will suffer. You must have a way to provide alternative energy for your systems regardless of the situation. One good alternative is to build a wood gassifier unit. You can use this to run your generator and your truck. With a sufficient wood supply you can run most of your items for months or even years on locally available wood supplies. Other systems such as solar, wind or wood stoves are good but they are limited to only a few things where a gassifier can be utilized to provide power for most of your energy needs. A combination of these energy systems would be best if you can afford it.
Transportation is critical if you are not in a safe location when everything destabilizes. If you have a camper trailer you will also need something to pull it. Older pickup trucks can be found for under $1,500. When combined with a wood gassifier, you have a transportation system with almost unlimited range when conventional fuel supplies are cut off or unavailable.
Silver is a good commodity to have when the economic system is not functioning as it should. Holding at least $30 dollars in face value of junk silver coins provides you with the ability to buy items when money is scarce or not accepted. It also provides you with a way to save money over the longterm until it is needed. If you have sufficient financial means, larger amounts of gold and silver provide a medium that is easily stored and transported.
With a fully stocked camper trailer and truck, you have the means to get out of harms way very quickly and maintain a reasonable quality of life wherever you go. If you lose your job and home to economic disruptions, it is good to know you can still care for your family properly until you can improve your situation. This is something many people do not think about until it is too late.
Most people like to run things out until they have no resources left to take care of their family. They ignore the threat and then must rely on government assistance to provide the things they need. What happens when you lose everything and there is no government assistance available to you? That is a problem that many will have to deal with in the future and when it happens it will be too late to do things differently. The disinformation coming from multiple sources in the government and media are setting people up for disaster and the people will suffer horribly for it for years to come.
If you have the means to buy a small property in a rural area that you can live on in your trailer that would be ideal but many may not have the resources for that so what can you do? If you live in the city and determine you may need to relocate during some type of disaster you need a preplanned destination. Simply driving around in a collapsing environment will likely end in tragedy.
One thing you might want to do is make friends with a farmer in a rural area. In the event you need to relocate, you may be able to park your trailer on his property in trade for helping him around the farm and keeping an eye on things if the situation deteriorates. If you are already friends with him he is more likely to help you when the time comes.
For those that already have a plan, you are ahead of the curve but for others that have not thought about it this should give you something to think about and begin the process of disaster proofing your life when things go wrong in society. Take this basic plan, adjust it to your needs and abilities and make a plan that works for you. It is your responsibility to care for your family no matter what happens. This is not a responsibility you can farm out to government agencies so get busy now.
By: Tom Chatham
As many have pointed out over the past few days, the port shutdown on the west coast will have longterm effects. There has been a slow down at the ports for a few months but now the work has stopped completely. What many do not understand is that the retailers in the U.S. must make their orders months in advance in order to have the product on the shelf when they need it.
Even if the shutdown only lasts a few weeks, it will cause ripples through the distribution system for months. Even if we are still getting goods in the stores now, when the supply system runs out, the shelves will go empty. Even if the goods are put back into the system within a few weeks before the shelves go empty, there will likely be a dead zone where the products have not had time to make it through the system to the stores. That means a temporary disruption of supply on the shelf.
Many in the preparedness community have talked about supply disruptions as one possible danger that can leave society in need of everyday goods. It does not matter if there are shiploads of goods sitting in the port. If it is not on the shelf when needed it might as well be on the moon. When the shelves start to go empty it will not matter if it is just a temporary problem. People will start to panic buy and exacerbate the problem.
One problem is that if this goes on long enough, the seasonal goods that are needed in stores will not arrive in time to be sold when in demand. This delay will carry on for multiple seasons until the distribution system catches up to the supply. It takes time to unload each ship and transport that cargo to its destination. If it carries on long enough, the transport system will not be able to overcome the backlog of goods. You can only transport so much at one time with the available carriers in the system. As the shutdown goes on it could cause more longterm problems if transportation systems go out of business as a result of the shutdown.
In the shipping industry, when the industry slows down owners tend to sell older, marginally productive ships to the ship breakers. This reduces the number of transports over time and when the economy picks back up the ships are not available to use so new ones must be built. This creates a lag in the industry for a few years until the ships can be built. It is a repeating cycle that the shipping industry operates on. Anyone keeping up with the Baltic Dry Index knows it is now at multi-decade lows which is more incentive for owners to sell. This slowdown will likely exacerbate the reduction of shipping available as ships are sold to maintain bottom lines.
This will also put stress on the credit system as goods are not unloaded and sold so retailers can pay for the products. The 30 day credit system that is the mainstay of our economy will breakdown as we know it. It will ripple all the way from the retailer locations to the producers overseas. This is true of the whole distribution system including the transport sectors like trucking companies and railroads. Companies that are marginal will likely go out of business as everything stagnates.
One good aspect of a long shutdown is the fact that many people will then realize how dependent we are on imports and that may spur a call for more local production, but don’t count on it. Americans have a short attention span and once the supplies are back on the shelf they will likely go back to their iphones and sports channels and forget about any problems in the past.
This will likely resolve itself soon but it may be months before we are able to evaluate the damage that is done to a system that is already hanging by a thread. This is just one more reason to be less reliant on the system as it is. A distribution shutdown means lost revenue for companies and lost pay for all those affected by it. In a time when large numbers of Americans are unemployed and the rest are struggling, it does not bode well for the future.