Interactive Fun Prepper Night with “Conflicted”

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Interactive Fun Prepper Night with “Conflicted” Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! On this episode of “The Prepping  Academy” join host Forrest and Kyle for a little bit of interactive fun. We take a small break from all the regular programming to dig deeper in to the minds of the host by … Continue reading Interactive Fun Prepper Night with “Conflicted”

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Prepper Website Founder Todd Sepulveda!

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Prepper Website Founder Todd Sepulveda! Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Listen in player below. There is something about a man alone with his mic that really makes me excited to podcast. I cannot help but enjoy the journey we take each week together. Every so often though I happen upon a guest that is … Continue reading Prepper Website Founder Todd Sepulveda!

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Why “This War of Mine” Is the Perfect Video Game for Preppers

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this war of mineTo my knowledge, the video game industry has never really catered to preppers. Though they do create games that contain survival situations, they are generally steeped in glorified violence. Likewise, their attempts to create games with post-apocalyptic story lines are almost always based in pure fantasy.

If they did create a game that tackled survival situations or the collapse of society in a realistic way, the realism would probably suck all of the fun out of the game. Or at least that’s what you’d think. However, there is one video game that tackles both of those subjects brilliantly, without sacrificing fun or realism. It’s called “This War of Mine,” and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

As that trailer suggests, this is a war game unlike any other, in that you experience war through the eyes of a handful of civilians who aren’t taking part in the combat. They are merely trying to survive the terrible conditions that war creates. For that reason, I’m actually a bit surprised that the prepper community hasn’t latched onto this game, despite the fact that it’s has been out since 2014. This War of Mine captures the gut wrenching experience of survival in ways that don’t compare to most games.

And like I said, it’s fun. However, it’s not fun in the traditional sense. It’s not glorious and epic and bombastic. It’s subdued. You don’t experience fun by vanquishing waves of faceless enemies. You experience the satisfaction of surviving another day.

The game takes place in the fictional war-torn city of Pogoren. The conditions found in this city are inspired by the real world Siege of Sarajevo, which took place between 1992 and 1996. You command three or four civilians with no military experience. Each character has unique skills and attributes such as cooking, scavenging, bartering, strength, and speed.

You’re hunkered down in a dilapidated house, and you’re responsible for building barricades, stoves, workbenches, rain collectors, water filters, weapons, tools, alcohol stills, and traps, and more. You have to keep these folks alive in this house until a cease-fire is signed and the siege is lifted, which occurs at a random point in the game. You’re responsible for keeping them well-fed, well-rested, warm, and protected from looters and thieves.

So what makes this game so realistic? For starters, there is a degree of luck and randomness in the game that makes it unpredictable. Certain resources and events are generated randomly each time you play. You can’t just play through it once and master it. Strategies that will help you survive one play-through might not help you in another, so you’re always flying by the seat of your pants.

Also, you don’t get to save your game whenever you want. The game will only save at the beginning of each day, and you can’t go back to previous days. So if you make a mistake, there are often no do-overs. So say you send one of your characters out to go scavenging for supplies and that character dies, you can’t go back and try again. And when that happens, the remaining characters have to take a larger share of the daily tasks that are needed to keep everyone alive.

Because of these conditions, you can’t fight your way through the game. Unlike most video games, you can’t just go around killing people and taking their supplies. In fact, most combat encounters will kill you. And even if you survive an encounter like that, you’re almost definitely going to have an injury that requires rest and medical supplies to recover from. To survive this game, you have to be smart, stealthy, and diplomatic. Just like the real world, you’re much better off engaging in trade than you are by engaging in combat, which should be treated as a last resort.

And finally, This War of Mine will really challenge your altruism and morality. You will be faced with situations that will give you the opportunity to be charitable, and you don’t really know if you’ll be rewarded or screwed over. There are times in this game when you will run out of supplies, and you’ll be faced with the choice of going hungry and cold, or stealing from your neighbors.

For sure, This War of Mine is a grim and unforgiving game, but that’s what makes it so perfect for preppers. It will definitely put you in the headspace of someone who is just trying to survive.

 

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Fake News on The APN Report

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Fake News Bob Hawkins “The APN Report” Audio in player below! From the very beginning, there has been controversy concerning the press & it’s apparent bias over how it reports the news. But of late, a new controversy has appeared that throws fuel on the fire. The rise of “Fake News.” Up until the last … Continue reading Fake News on The APN Report

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The SGK SHOW Gun and Prepper Shows

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The SGK SHOW Gun and Prepper Shows Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! There is a growing set of prepper shows that are running around the nation on an annual basis. Chances are there is one coming to a expo center near you. The price to get in is minimal and … Continue reading The SGK SHOW Gun and Prepper Shows

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Privacy with Dr. Katherine Albrecht on Off Grid Preppers

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Privacy with Dr. Katherine Albrecht on Off Grid Preppers Host Barbara Fix “Off Grid Preppers” Audio in player below! Most of us have heroes. Mine happens to be Dr. Katherine Albrecht who is considered one of the world’s foremost privacy advocates.  If you want to know how smart phones, GPS, RFID, facial recognition, and remote … Continue reading Privacy with Dr. Katherine Albrecht on Off Grid Preppers

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Defending the First Amendment

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Defending the First Amendment James Walton “I Am Liberty” Listen to this show in player below! This week we have seen the first amendment under attack like never before. Are you prepared to defend the first amendment? Not only now but in hard times. we will also discuss the importance of the second amendment in … Continue reading Defending the First Amendment

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The Divide: The Roughest Post-Nuclear Film You’ve Ever Seen

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the-divide1ReadyNutrition Readers, as we approach (we hope) the elections, and the threat increases almost on a daily basis for a nuclear war, I find myself watching some films that I haven’t seen in a while.  One that I just recently watched is “The Divide,” a film that is more of a post-apocalyptic character study than a simple nuclear war survival film.  The movie was directed by Xavier Gens, and boasts a cast of such notables as Michael Biehn (star of the original “Terminator” movie).

The film opens with Lauren German staring from a high-rise apartment building in New York City as nuclear missiles are falling upon the city in the distance.  A frantic dash with her fiancée leads them and five others into the basement refuge of the apartment building’s superintendent, played by Biehn.  Others try and get in, but Biehn closes and seals the door, just as a nuclear fireball hits the building.

Biehn’s basement fortress is just that: he’s a 9-11 survivor who has been converting the basement into a doomsday bunker, complete with generator and many other supplies.  The building soon collapses around and on top of them, and the seven of them have survived the initial onslaught.

Please take note: If you watch this movie, it’s not for kids…and it’s hard on adults, myself included!

The reason it bears watching is that it can practically be a treatise on post-apocalyptic sociological-anthropological behavior.  The acting is superbly believable, and the actors play the parts of their characters to a tee.  The movie runs true to form as a disaster film in its “evolution” or progression from one state of human behaviors to the next.

Initially the group has a half-hearted attempt to cooperate with one another.  There comes a point when tensions begin to spike: over food, which Biehn is holding out on them: he’s just providing a bare subsistence.  A faction begins to form between three of the younger men who are resisting Biehn’s leadership.  Regarding said leadership, Biehn is not productive, in that he isn’t actively trying to foster good teamwork and cooperation among the group.

After a while, the group is intruded upon: by a pseudo-governmental entity in biohazard suits.  The encounter is not what the group has hoped for, and at the conclusion of the intrusion, one of the group is abducted.  Mounting an attempt at rescue, it fails, and subsequently radiation has been introduced into the shelter and the group realizes they are on their own.

Things denigrate from there.  All of the elements in the “progression of denigration,” the descent into savagery are present.  There is in-fighting, torture, licentiousness, and murder.  It is hard to believe upon first viewing it that Gens was able to so fluidly incorporate all of these elements, and more, into one film.

It shows the level that man can sink to when he decides to no longer control himself and his actions.

This film makes the Twilight Zone episode “The Shelter” appear to be a walk down Sesame Street.  It is dark and foreboding, with very few light moments or elements of goodness and compassion.  For my own part, I viewed the film as a total failure of Michael Biehn’s character to show true leadership skills and teamwork, both of which would have prevented the descent into barbarism.  In my opinion, in a real-world situation of when the SHTF, you have two options:

  1. Exclude everyone, in which case you’ll probably have to resort to force, or
  2. If you accept newcomers, you’ll need to fully inculcate them into the group/family with an understanding that you’ll help them, but there are rules that need to be followed in order for all to benefit.

The setting for the film is good, because it presents a survival situation in an urban area with supplies in place prior to the S hitting the fan.  Most of these films have the survivors in a semi-remote area.  In this case, the film is not so much about survival and preparing, but a microcosm, a “biome,” if you will of human behavior under apocalyptic conditions.  It is by far the hardest one you will ever sit through if you watch it.  It was hard for me.  Some might say, “Well, why watch it?”  The answer is to condition and prepare yourself for scenarios that might arise and to use what you see to “game” out methods to avoid things going so far.

Remember: you’re safe in your house, watching, and it hasn’t happened yet.  The shock that will come of seeing things around you as they are… cannot be overemphasized…for when the SHTF.  If you can prepare yourself beforehand by observing such things and using them for training tools, as I’ve mentioned in the past, then that shock value will be decreased somewhat, as self-conditioning with these types of films is a form of mental preparation for things that will be faced down the road.  It might just give you the edge, and help you to cope with issues better when the time arrives.  Until later, keep fighting that good fight, and hang in there.

 

JJ

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

The Washington Post American Redoubt

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The Washington Post American Redoubt A few weeks ago I was asked for an interview by the Washington Post. I eventually excepted but not without thinking; why the hell would I give such a liberal paper the opportunity, a chance to twist and lay their own spin on my words? To my surprise I thought the … Continue reading The Washington Post American Redoubt

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Hey, Hollywood, Leave the Bullet Alone!

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Hey, Hollywood, Leave the Bullet Alone! (Why removing a bullet without training is usually a terrible idea—and unnecessary.)At one point in the movie comedy The Green Hornet (2011), the Hornet (Seth Rogen) gets shot in the shoulder. He can’t go to the hospital or his identity will be found out. So, in true Hollywood style, he clears off the kitchen table and tells his friends to get a spatula and a knife. The spatula is to bite down on; the knife is to remove the bullet.

One touch from the knife and he yelps in pain and tells his friends to take him to the hospital instead.

That’s one of the more realistic on-screen surgeries I’ve seen. But if you’re dealing with a gunshot wound in real life, here’s what the movies never tell you: Most of the time, the bullet doesn’t really matter.

Why Removing the Bullet Is Usually a Horrible Idea

In Hollywood, when a hero gets shot, everyone obsesses about the bullet. It’s their main focus. Once it’s out, everything’s fine.

In real life, fuggedaboutit. The bullet has already done its damage. It’s true that leaving it in might increase the risk of infection, but unless you see the bullet directly or know you feel it, and it comes out very easily, you’re going to cause far more damage poking and prodding—and still very likely not get it. Here are the problems you’ll probably face:

  • You’ll not be sure the exact direction the bullet entered the body or how far it went, so you’ll not know where it is.
  • If you poke it, it will move.
  • If you use an instrument to try to remove it, the bullet will just slip out of your grasp, going even deeper.
  • If the bullet has damaged, say, a blood vessel, getting it out is not going to make the vessel better, but poking may definitely make it worse.
  • If the bullet has gone beyond the flesh and has entered the abdomen, chest, or skull, you obviously can’t dig that out.

The fact is, many people live a long, productive life with one or more bullets or pieces of shrapnel embedded in their flesh.

Click here to learn some better things to do than remove the bullet.

“But It’s Just a Shoulder Wound!”

While I’m at it, here’s another problem I have with movie gunshot scenes. The good guy gets shot in the shoulder, and everyone breathes a sigh of relief. It’s just one of those flesh wounds.

But let me till you, there are huge blood vessels around the shoulder and collarbone. If they’re not damaged, fine. But if they are, that’s life-threatening. Bleeding can be severe.

In the absence of professional medical help, the only thing you can do is apply direct pressure to try to stop the bleeding or maybe even stick a finger deep in the wound: If you feel a pulse or throbbing press on that area.

You could try some QuikClot or Celox if you have it, although those quick-clotting agents don’t work if the blood is flowing rapidly. So pressure, then QuikClot.

Again, don’t dig for the bullet. Yes, the person may die, but digging will only increase the odds of that.

Does any of this surprise you, or were you already wise to Hollywood’s shenanigans?

Next week, I’ll talk about a related question I get asked often: Will I teach you how to perform surgery? Subscribe below to be notified when that post is published.

This is part 3 of my gunshot wound series. See the previous installments here:

  1. What to do first when someone gets shot
  2. What to do next when no help is coming

Photo: “silver bullet,” Flickr/Ed Schipul, shared via CC BY-SA 2.0.

Opsec, Is it Important?

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Opsec, Is it Important? Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps” In this episode I will talk about Opsec (operational security) and if it is important. The need for this in my opinion is extremely important to preppers, and everyone else in today’s world. Today’s world is not the good place it once was, full of people who will … Continue reading Opsec, Is it Important?

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Movies & Shows for the Prepper!

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Movies & Shows for the Prepper!
Highlander “Survival and Tech Preps

Movies & Shows for the PrepperThis show I will talk about the best Prepper style movies, and television shows. There are many that have popped up within the past 20 years and a lot of them make you think, are you really prepared? We may see a lot of these as fiction, but some actually do a lot of research and are somewhat accurate, and we may just learn a few things from them.

Movies & Shows for the PrepperThe need to be prepared is never ending and I try to get my sources of ideas from anywhere I can. Movies and tv shows give a somewhat different prospective than some websites, and blogs that you may see. I am a big fan of a lot of movies and tv shows that portray the cleverness of humans in situations that are dire. I also like to see the problems that are solved with having very little, the base of prepping as we know it, doing a lot with a little.

3-14-16 Noreen21There are some very good low budget films out there that I will mention and some that everyone has probably heard of. Some of which you may think are not prepper oriented but I will break them down and what we could learn from them. I do not want to give away the ones I have chosen but I will say, a few have some not so good endings, and those that have good ones. Lives are lost, lives are saved, and the prepared sometimes end up both wining and loosing.

This should be a fun show that we can maybe get some inspiration from and ideas that may further our prepping knowledge. I know many still think we cannot learn anything from movies or television shows, however a lot of scenarios I have seen in them can and have happened. The thing I learned years ago about science fiction, a lot of times it ends up becoming science fact, and we have and learned a lot from scifi creations. So enjoy the show and ask questions and make suggestions!
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Prepping Podcasts List

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Have you thought about listening to prepping podcasts while working on your spring cleaning projects? For those of you that are not familiar with podcasts, they are blog articles that have been audio recorded. This can be a great way to learn something new about preppingRead More

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Book Review:  The Coming Dark Age

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dark ageGood Day to you, ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals!  I want to recommend this book for you to read, as it was written by a genius who had the foresight to see what is happening around us back when he wrote it.  The Coming Dark Age,” by Roberto Vacca was written in 1973, and you should be able to pick up a copy on Amazon.com.  It will be well worth it for you.  I have mentioned it several times in other articles, and there is no greater time than now that Vacca’s words should be heeded for the sagacious wisdom they impart.

The book is 221 pages of nothing short of a window of what will be…in the days and years after the SHTF.  Vacca is (he’s still living) a mathematician and computer guru who explains all about what will happen when systems of infrastructure break down around us.  Rather than just some small-scale, local disaster, Vacca refers to the complete collapse of all national systems globally.  He delves into all of the systems: electrical, water, waste-treatment, and population dynamics to include urban sprawl with these collapses.

The author chronicles the death of a city, making New York City his test-case.  He shows what will happen, and why.  From a global perspective, he points out a return to feudalism/monasticism after a worldwide social and economic collapse precedes it.  He predicts the rise of local barons and authoritarian movements after a vast population decline.  Once again, this is not a novel: these are forecasts using raw data and computer models, coupled with specific events.

One of those events, for example is the great blackout of November 9, 1965 in the northeastern U.S. and in Ontario with periods of no electricity for up to 14 hours for approximately 30 million people due to an instability in the transmission network.  No vehicles could refuel, and a loss of 40,000 megawatts of power occurred.  More than 600,000 people were trapped in the subways.  Vacca mentions such things as grid failure and also a brief notation of the Carrington event.

He does not specifically detail what event will cause such systems to fail.  EMP data was sketchy back then; however, the knowledge did exist, and Vacca concentrated on the loss of the systems themselves…all systems of infrastructure…that make up our modern society.  He then tells what will occur afterwards.  The “arrival of the dark ages,” Vacca explained, are based on two features: a sharp reduction in population followed by a gradual decline, and also the breakup of systems into smaller, independent, self-sufficient systems.

Vacca believed that city-states would form in the rural communities, with each focusing upon one or two specialties of production per state and a complete return to barter as a means of exchange of goods and services.  He had a vision of how knowledge and technology, both technical and the employment of it should be chronicled and saved for a time after the world’s collapse.  He wrote the following:

“Monastic communities or similar systems should be set up to preserve the essential elements of our present civilization during the Dark Age; and to preserve our knowledge for the civilization to come.”

Fairly profound, wouldn’t you agree?  Vacca defined Dark Age on pg. 174 as “the period elapsing between the time in which maximum overshoot [collapse] is reached and the time when the low point is passed and a new period of expansion will begin [Renaissance/rebirth].”

He went on to describe how the Dark Age would begin sooner and last longer in the U.S. than in the rest of the world due to our use of and complete dependence on systems that are rooted in technology and electricity.  He saw huge migrations of people with the collapse of nations, as well as the return to a type of futuristic feudalism where self-sufficiency rather than interdependency is championed.  Chapter 16 is only ten pages; however, it lays out what is to come after the SHTF.

Feudal structures (architectural as well as social), the best locations for fortified communities, skills and tools needed in the time after the collapse…it’s all there, right for the reader’s taking.  He explains how socially such communities would be governed, and talks about the marauders who will range far and wide looking for power through conquest of these city-state communities.

The book is a quick read, and in this author’s opinion a great one.  The reason I stress that latter part is it important to have a type of blueprint with which not only to rebuild, but to understand the reasons and motives that prompt others to rebuild “differently” from you or your intentional community/group’s ideals and manners.  Roberto Vacca had a vision of a time that is not too far in the future from where we are, and maybe even sooner than we think.  I strongly recommend it for your studies and for your library of preparedness for things coming down the line.  Keep up the good fight!  JJ out.

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Don’t Get Distracted From The Real Problems By BULLSHIT !!!

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THIS WHAT PROPAGANDA MEDIA SOUND LIKE WHEN THEY TRYING TO DISTRACT YOU FROM REAL NEWS

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Lifetime of Prepping! Package UPDATE under way…Sales shut down.

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The SurvivalCD.com 14 disk CD/DVD package sale page has been SHUT DOWN as of 12/31/15 for major updates!!! The PREPPER MASTER KIT The 2016 package of the Ultimate Family Emergency Preparedness Digital Library is being upgraded! Ever wanted a library of info, to deal with ANY disaster situation, BEFORE THE DISASTER? Package update in progress […]

Part III: Gun Confiscation Goes Mainstream: Tyranny in the Land of the “Free”

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Post Confiscation and the Resistance When the government decrees you must turn in your weapons, the question is whether you will comply or resist. Consider this question carefully because the