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?
By: Tom Chatham
The next great depression will be worldwide and it will be deeper and more chaotic than anything ever seen before. When the whole world suffers it will blame the U.S. for it and everyone will want a piece of America for retribution.
The Nations of Russia, China and Iran, which will lead the Muslim nations in the Mid East and Africa, will gang up on America which will be even more devastated financially than most nations. The American forces will succumb to a massive attack that takes down most of our electronic equipment and destroys our high tech advantage.
The war that follows will become a mostly conventional affair fought on American soil. A massive invasion by millions of enemy troops will follow who will commit every war crime imaginable on the American people. The invasion will come after internal conflict, caused by financial devastation, has taken a high death toll among Americans fighting among themselves over diminishing resources.
The invading nations will see this as their best opportunity to destroy America permanently and gain valuable natural resources at the same time. This is why it will be mostly conventional after a possible limited nuclear strike to disable our military resources and infrastructure. To make matters worse, these invaders will be aided by elements within the U.S. government who will cooperate with these ground forces.
The battles that follow will be fought mostly by local and state militias reinforced by the few remaining active duty soldiers that escaped annihilation in the opening days of conflict. It will become a guerilla war fought in every corner of every state in CONUS. Alaska and Hawaii will be cut off and allowed to wither until they surrender.
The war will last for years and most large cities and towns will be destroyed to eliminate any resources that partisan fighters can use. The only civilians that will escape detention and death by enemy forces will be those that are hidden in rural areas and dug in deep to prevent detection. Any food will have to be grown in small isolated plots hidden from enemy forces. Every day will be a fight for survival as the number of American forces dwindle.
American forces will survive by becoming very mobile and remaining on the move. Small attacks that chip away at enemy forces will be the primary tactic. Only when an unstoppable outside force arrives to reinforce Americans will the tide of war turn. The enemy will ultimately be driven back and Americas borders secured but the cost of victory will be very high and the population will be greatly reduced.
Is this scenario a possibility? It becomes more likely every day that we proceed on our current path and if history is any indicator it could become a reality. Americans are oblivious to the possibility of any such turn of events but it could very well happen within a decade. The inability of Americans to accept reality and the need to continue living in the comfortable cocoon of illusion they desire will end in tragedy very soon. No amount of hopeful thinking will change events that require positive action. The lack of critical thinking ability will doom the U.S. to new depths of despair before a new nation will arise that appreciates our heritage and the sacrifices of those that came before us. Hopefully this is a lesson we will not have to learn a second time.