6 Lessons to Learn from the Oroville Dam Disaster

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Have you ever pictured what it would be like to be ordered to immediately evacuate your home because of an impending emergency? Imagine only having enough time to grab your pets and your children and head for the hills. While many believe there is adequate advanced notice in evacuations, this isn’t always the case.

As many of you know, due to the higher than normal rain levels in California, water levels at Oroville Dam, the nation’s tallest dam, were so high that an emergency spillway was used for the first time. Initially, dam officials believed the measure worked, but were soon disappointed Sunday afternoon, as more water from record storms flowed into Lake Oroville. This is when officials detected a hole in the emergency spillway. Officials put out an evacuation order Sunday afternoon telling around 200,000 people the emergency spillway at Orville Dam could fail within an hour. With no time to lose, panicked residents quickly left the area scrambling to get out of harms way. As evacuees made the mass exodus, they sat for hours in gridlock hoping to get to their destinations in time.

While the dam break is slightly diminishing and the mandatory evacuation order has been lifted, many residents are thinking twice about going back due to another series of storms that will hit the Oroville area over the weekend and are threatening to dump 10 more inches in water. One resident states, “I don’t want to live in Oroville anymore,” said Shelly Clarke, 52, who fled her home with her husband and slept in her car overnight. “After this, I’m afraid of the dam.” Source

When I wrote The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, I emphasized that every disaster teaches us another lesson in how to be better prepared and this one is no different. This essential survival guide stresses how important is to have plans and supplies in place in order to be better prepared for the disasters that are on the horizon.

6 Lessons to Learn from the Oroville Dam Disaster

Keep the following in mind the next time you think you don’t need to prepare or evacuate.

1. Evacuations can come at the very last minute and many may not be prepared in time.

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The mandatory evacuation order came Sunday afternoon and 200,000 residents were given one hour to leave. Even if you are given short notice to evacuate, it is very difficult to get your belongings in order under the stress of a mandatory evacuation. One Oroville resident recollects how most people barely had time to grab their kids and pets before leaving in all directions. Some fled on foot. Some fled without shoes. Deyan Baker, 19, Anthony Rhoads, 21, and their 2-year-old daughter, Rylee, of Oroville, had no car, so they ran into the street hoping someone would give them a lift. Source


“We were running. No one was stopping,” Baker said. “I started having a panic attack. I felt helpless.”


Preparedness experts suggest having an evacuation bag or bug out bag prepped for items for the entire family. Make sure these are easily accessible and ready to go for emergencies such as this. While a dam break may not be a disaster your area would encounter, what about a gas leak, or a refinery spill? What about a wild-fire? There are many reasons to have evacuation supplies. Here is an evacuation checklist to ensure you have everything covered. As well, consider preparing your evacuation vehicle.

2. Evacuations are dangerous.

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Not only is a mass exodus arduous, but dangerous as well. During evacuations there is always some risk to danger. For instance, many are in a state of panic and do not always make the wisest of choices. One Oroville evacuee brings up the point of just how dangerous the roads are when evacuating.


“Cars were speeding by so fast, some careening on the shoulders to pass the traffic, “you could smell the engines burning,” Rhoads said. “You could smell the burnt oil, burned clutches, tires squealing.” Source


There are those who are in a mental state of its ‘every man for himself’. There are also others who are opportunists and take advantage of the situation and can cause injury as a result. One Oroville evacuee knows this lesson all too well. Cameron Asbury, 33, was packing up the truck with his family’s belongings after receiving the evacuation order Sunday afternoon when an unidentified man hijacked the vehicle, ran him over and sped away. You can read more about that here. The point here is during evacuations, it can be dangerous due to heightened emotions, desperation and opportunists taking advantage of the situation. Make sure that you have a way to protect yourself. While many do not believe in firearms, having one during these times would be advantageous.

3. No one knows when evacuation orders will be lifted. 

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While the mandatory evac order has been lifted for Oroville, there is still an evacuation order in place and many are not sure when they will come back with the threat of the dam still fresh in their minds. When an evacuation is ordered the residents are left to the mercy of the local government in deciding when it is safe to come back. Having a short-term disaster plan in place before a disaster strikes will relieve some of the stress associated with evacuating. As well, with a solid plan (conceived while you were calm and rational) this will ensure that you won’t skip any important planning steps. Living out a disaster in an emergency shelter is not always the best choice, especially if you have pets or special health care needs. Consider how important having an emergency fund would be in a situation such as this. Having money set aside in advance to pay for hotel stays, food, etc. would prevent you from going into further debt.

4. Information is limited, imprecise and emotionally driven.

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Sunday’s evacuations in Oroville came after several days of state officials saying the dam itself was not in danger and that there was no serious threat to nearby communities. Authorities continued to maintain Sunday night that the dam itself was safe. But their assessment of danger to downstream communities from the spillway’s damage changed dramatically Sunday at 4:42 p.m., when DWR issued this tweet: “EMERGENCY EVACUATION: Auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam predicted to fail within the next hour. Oroville residents evacuate northward.” Source As the mandatory evacuation was ordered, news stories were quickly published about this situation and no one really knew all the facts. Many believed the dam was under the threat of imminent failure, thus causing more panic and heightened emotions.

5. Limited resources.

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During any type of emergency breakdown, there is strain on resources due to the demand of the same types of items needed: gas, water, food, for example. This causes a demand that many stores cannot keep up with and a breakdown inevitably follows. There are some stores who will take advantage of this and price gouge. Limited resources does not only occur during the evacuation route, but afterwards where the evacuees locate to. With 200,000 individuals scattered around the Northern California area, local grocery stores could find their supplies quickly exhausted.

6. The state, county and city officials were unprepared.

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Although the local and state government are closely monitoring the situation, many state residents have raised questions on why the erosion of the dam wasn’t fixed 5 years ago when state officials were warned. According to one article, “Countless proposals have been floated over the past two decades to fund infrastructure out of the general fund, and prioritize critically needed upgrades to dams, roads and bridges. But Sacramento spends a pittance out of it’s $180 billion budget on infrastructure, and most of that is earmarked for the abysmal roads and a crumbling intrastate highway system.” Simply put, government officials were not prepared for encountering a damaged dam. Due to their negligence in planning and funds, a town’s livelihood is threatened – children are absent from schools, flooding of multiple communities could occur and an even more disastrous situation becomes more catastrophic.

Each time a disaster presents itself, it is important to recognize ways to better prepare so that history does not repeat itself. The Oroville dam disaster is a reminder of how important it is to be prepared and to be able to react at a moment’s notice. While many believe local and state governments have everything planned out, there are slip ups and those mistakes can be disastrous for the residents involved. The six points listed above frequently occur with disasters and it is important to recognize this. If you walk away with anything from this article, understand how important it is to plan accordingly. Emergencies happen at the drop of a hat and if you aren’t ready, if you waste precious time gathering emergency items at the last minute or have to come up with an emergency plan at the last minute, vital details will be left out.

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

How Big Brother Could Be Spying on You Through Your Prescriptions

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Prescription meds are a way that the Big Brother state can maintain control over your medical supplies and monitor you as an individual.

In mid-January, an article came out entitled Feds force Doctors and Pharmacists to Spy on 60% of Americans,” and deals with the PMP, the Prescription Monitoring Program, and 48 states have adopted it.  The federal government keeps track of all your sensitive information (birth date, address, etc., and demographics on you) in the “interests of combating drug abuse.”

That reason is nothing more than a front to be able to monitor you and using the prescriptions as a “back door.”  It is the usual government mantra: “For the good of the whole,” “for the public safety,” ad infinitum ad nauseam.  The problem is that they utilize these existent programs to justify more and more control measures that eventually encompass everything you do.  A case in point is the hormone androstenedione.  This is a precursor hormone to testosterone, and the last “gate” before reaching testosterone on the metabolic pathway.

In 1997, it was a completely legal and obtainable as a supplement.  The East German Olympic athletes had a lot of success with it boosting testosterone (thus performance).  Later it was banned by the Olympic committee, and then the torch was taken up by the American sports agencies, then the FDA, and so on.  Now you cannot obtain it.  In many countries (especially in Europe) you cannot even have amino acids without a prescription.  In the last eight years, this country has followed suit in a lot of the practices of Europe.

How to ‘Opt-Out’ of Prescription Monitoring

  1. Stock up on as many nutritional supplements as you can, in the form of herbs, tinctures, and naturopathic aids such as vitamins and anything you can use
  2. Obtain as many long-shelf-life antibiotics for your fish and pets for as long as you can
  3. Learn how to replace medicines that may not be readily available by supplementing with herbal foods and natural food aids (you can’t call any of them “medicine,” by the way)
  4. Get yourself in shape (yes, this is why JJ writes so many articles dealing with physical training and conditioning), as this will prevent you from being ill and/or visiting with these Doctors…. Dr. Doolittle, or Dr. Do-Nothing. YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST HEALTH CARE PROVIDER THROUGH PREVENTATIVE MEANS
  5. By following these instructions, it’ll keep you out from under the magnifying glass of feds or anyone else “lingering” from the Dark Ages of Obama’s reign.
  6. Practice OPSEC (Operational Security): don’t be a “Chatty Kathy” doll, to paraphrase Steve Martin…tell those worth telling, and only so they can emulate your actions…not to be the center of attention. Don’t let anyone know what you have or what you’re doing!

The last sentence of #6 is very important.  Such is not just to keep the government from prying in on you, but to prevent your nosy neighbors from knowing what you have surrounding a SHTF situation.  Today’s “Madge” from the Palmolive ad is tomorrow’s Marauder with a pickaxe hammering at your front door to get to your supplies.  We have a President who is taking action on behalf of the American people, but we’re not out of the woods yet.  Just because it’s sunlight outside doesn’t mean there are not plenty of vampires snoozing in coffins, just waiting for the opportunity to strike.  If they do, the best “wooden stake” you can use on them is to be prepared beforehand, and not expose yourself to them in the night.  May the sun always warm your back and light a path for your feet!  Keep fighting that 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.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Doomsday Clock Ticks 30 seconds Closer to End Times

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doomsday clockHumans have been the cause of our own demise for centuries. Because of our self-destructive natures, scientists created a symbolic Doomsday Clock to show “how close we are to destroying our civilization.” Well Folks, on Thursday, that End Times clock jumped 30 seconds closer to midnight.

According to the experts, we now have 2.5 minutes to go before civilization ends. Those experts are comprised of a board of the nonprofit Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’  along with input from a board of sponsors which includes 15 Nobel Laureates.

According to the article, “Scientists moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight on Thursday amid increasing worries over nuclear weapons and climate change.

Each year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a nonprofit that sets the clock, decides whether the events of the previous year pushed humanity closer or further from destruction. The symbolic clock is now two-and-a-half minutes from midnight, the closest it’s been to midnight since 1953, when the hydrogen bomb was first tested.  Scientists blamed a cocktail of threats ranging from dangerous political rhetoric to the potential of nuclear threat as the catalyst for moving the clock closer towards doomsday.”

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According to the article, the Bulletin pointed to President Donald Trump’s  ‘careless rhetoric on nuclear weapons and other issues as well as his troubling stance on climate change.’ The threat of nuclear warfare also played heavily into the time on the clock, as do the dangers of climate change the threat from cyber technology, according to the group’s website.

Are We Really Living in the End Times?

Whether you see logic why scientists moved us up on clock or not, you’d have to be blind not to see how the entire world is in jeopardy. For years we have been starting down the threats of food shortages, political upheaval, an increase in crime across the board, a barrage of civil unrest around the world, economic decline – should I go on?

Perhaps the clock isn’t too far off. Many of the ultra-rich have taken notice to the turbulent times and have quietly been making preparations to “bug out” when the time comes. One thing is for sure, they are aware of what is happening in the world, the country and locally and you should be paying attention too.


Be aware of what is happening in the world, the country, and your immediate locale.


Many believe these issues are the perfect recipe for catastrophe. While we can theorize about what may or may not happen, we need to understand that we are operating on limited information. Logically speaking, the best way to prepare for the unpredictable nature of these types of scenarios is by getting ready for them and making preparations ahead of time.

The following are ways to prepare for these erratic disasters:

  •   Start preparing your home, your family and mind for more difficult times.
  • Create a food pantry. Creating a food supply is very beneficial to your budget. It is an investment into your future livelihood. One thing analysts and financial pundits agree on is that, in general, commodities will continue to rise. When others are buying foods at inflated prices, you will be consuming your investment when it was purchased at a lower price. Using a combination of shelf stable foods, you can create a well-rounded food supply to depend on when an emergency arises.
  • Simplifying your lifestyle. Before you begin investing, take steps to get out of debt. Debt only enslaves you further, and simplifying your lifestyle can help break those shackles. Learn about these 6 ways to simplify your lifestyle.
  • Preserve your wealth. Choose hard assets (dry goods, precious metals, land, livestock, skills, etc.) for long-term investments so they will hold their intrinsic value over time. Holding these types of investments will insulate you from inflation and other economic issues. Further, by tying your money up in assets it will help you avoid spending the money, thus furthering your cause of self-reliant living.
  • Become a neo-pioneer! Carve a path in your life where you are no longer dependent on consuming at stores to live. Garden and grow your own food, raise livestock, learn skills to live self-reliantly, barter for goods and services.

No one knows for certain if the Doomsday Clock is accurate or if we are any closer to doomsday than we were yesterday, but what we do know is it’s an indicator of how tumultuous the times may be. And, as we learned throughout history, sometimes even the best of intentions can have disastrous consequences.

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Why Preppers Should Learn to Survive Without Brand Name Equipment

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living without survival toolsReadyNutrition Readers, this article is a “trumpet call” to continue your preparations, or to commence with them if you have not done so already.  We don’t know what the inauguration is going to bring, if indeed it does occur peaceably.  For one thing, everyone and their brother on the Left has threated everything possible, such as mass demonstrations, mass disruptions, and physical violence against the incoming president.  The bottom line: we don’t know what will happen, and it is best to remain in a state of readiness and preparation.

I’m also going to explain something of my own mindset regarding matters toward preparation.  With some of the pieces I have written, there have been a good deal of disparaging comments, especially directed toward pieces with recommendations for tools, equipment, food, and on-the-spot preps from bargain sources and Dollar stores.

The reason I have suggested things such as small tool kits and “piecemeal” equipment from thrift shops or the Dollar Trees is that there are tremendous numbers of readers that are either just starting out prepping or are on a limited budget…so limited that they can do it no other way.

I fully understand there are some people who cannot afford laser rangefinders, Gerber Multi-tools, or Fat Max Stanley tape measures.  I suggest alternatives for them.  Know what?  Here’s the bottom line on that:


None of us are going to be completely prepared when the bottom drops out.  Knowledge and skills should be desirous over materials, because with these you can either acquire what is needed or improvise out of what can be fabricated into something useful.


Obama just recently signed Executive Order 12333 into play.  This one removes the restrictions over the intelligence-gathering agencies regarding the sharing of information pertaining to terrorist suspects, ad infinitum.  There is also mention of procedures that reinforce previous NDAA policies of taking any and all actions necessary against terrorists, whether they are actual or potential.  In essence, the EO hands over the unchecked power to snoop into the hands of soon-to-be president Donald Trump.

Recall that in 2009, Bush Jr. gave the incoming Obama a manila envelope marked “from #43 to #44.”  As can be seen, the Patriot Act and the 2006 Warner Defense Acts already were in place when Obama assumed the throne.  Please do not think that things cannot continue to deteriorate just because Trump is assuming the office.  That is why we must continue to prepare and plan for an eventuality.  What is that eventuality?  It is not an event as it is a concept: eventually the United States will face a crisis of a magnitude that cannot be either easily overcome or (should the crisis occur) recover from.

This is why the advice is the way it has been.  Let the readers obtain what they can.  You guys and gals are intelligent.  You know the difference between a “Survival Knife” that runs $15 and is made in Pakistan to a BMF Gerber made in the US that runs ten times that price.

The point is to win with the tools and pieces of equipment you have available until you can make improvements to them.

Productive advice is always useful, but let’s keep it in the context of what it’s meant for.  There are many people who write to me and ask me what to pick up at least temporarily until they can replace it with something better.  Not everyone can afford a Cannondale, and some must be content with a Huffy…bought used…for a bicycle to pack in the back of their pickup truck.  The point of ReadyNutrition is not just for everyone to buy the same manufactured things akin to a bunch of clones, but to improvise and make do with what they have and back those materials up with knowledge and skills.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that everything is just going to improve as soon as Obama leaves.  You must be prepared for all manner of disasters that can bring the SHTF to your backdoor at any given moment.  The final point I wish to make is this: I have a survey meter, but I also have a Kearney Fallout meter that I made with my own hands.  I can also repair and recalibrate my survey meter, and make more Kearney meters in addition to the one I already made.  Obtain it, or make it, and then become an expert with it and with repairing it.  This holds true for all of your supplies.

To encourage those who may need it: whatever tools you rely on, make sure they’re maintained and that you can use them.  It may be that your screwdriver set or hacksaw from the Dollar Tree are all you can afford, but take heart and make do: you’re at least doing something.  When it all boils down to it, if you have to cut one lock on a chained-up alleyway or unscrew one hasp to make a getaway…the dollar tools will have paid for themselves.

So: take these words of encouragement, and keep them close to heart.  You can find a way to succeed with what you prepare that works within your budget and abilities.  Whatever equipment you choose, know it through and through: let the equipment be an extension of yourself.  Do the best you can, win with the weapons at hand, and take care of your family.  Especially that last part: that will see you through.  Keep in that 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.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Plans to Evac Trump out of Manhattan? Clue to Keep Prepping!

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 ReadyNutrition Readers, if you recall, I have continued to write articles that ask for you to maintain your readiness posture and continue to prepare. Christmas is winding down, and the next hurdle to come is the New Year, followed by the Inauguration.  If you’ve been “out of the loop,” then get back into it and do not allow anything to sidetrack you.  A serious development happened this past week to substantiate my pleadings with you.

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Less than two weeks ago, a mysterious flight of a C-130 Hercules American military aircraft was conducted over Manhattan, with several circling laps and passes.  This flight was seen by a tremendous amount of people.  According to the article, “Mysterious Military Flyover Above Manhattan Was A Trump ‘Emergency Relocation’ Drill,” Zero Hedge suggest this is significant.

“According to DNAinfo, the military airplane and two helicopters doing loops over Midtown last week were conducting an “emergency relocation” planning mission in case they needed to extract President-elect Donald Trump during an emergency or attack.

Citing sources, DNAInfo said that the flyovers were part of an “emergency relocation drill” designed to identify locations, primarily in Central Park, where a chopper could touch down near Trump’s home inside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and 56th Street, and safely evacuate Trump and others from the city.

“It was the military doing their homework,” one source said. “They were making plans how to remove him, mapping plans and strategizing,” added a second source.

In the event of an emergency, the president would be whisked by the Secret Service north to the park, and then flown in a helicopter to the nation’s capital or a secret government site in Virginia or West Virginia, sources said. The aircraft models spotted during the exercise can fly long distances without refueling and can also refuel in mid-air if necessary, sources said.

Surprisingly, the NYPD was given only short notice about the flyovers, and were never informed that the military would be using a plane as large a C-130 with its 130-foot wing span. “They should have told people they were doing recon, and going to fly at low altitudes, instead of keeping it a secret,” a law enforcement source said. “People were scared, and rightly so.”

 Readers, this is serious.  Never before in the history of the United States have such measures been initiated for a president-elect.  What does this tell you?  Well firstly, it informs you that the world situation is not as picture-perfect as the positivist media would lead you to believe.  It also tells you that the election may be over, but Trump is not in the Oval Office yet, and there are still dangers he could face in the course of the next month.

An EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack and a nuclear conflict would almost certainly see New York City as a primary target.  Donald Trump still lives in New York City.  Certainly, these measures are practical; however, when have you ever seen them before…for a presidential-elect prior to taking office?  And of this magnitude?

Bottom line: If we’re so “safe” in the U.S., then why the extra precautions, and what do the powers-that-be know that we don’t?

In the blink of an eye, the world can change.  Do not lose your focus, and focus also on the “big picture” both nationally and internationally of what is happening around you.  I gave you a “caveat” before, and I stand behind it.  Here it is:

The next world war will be initiated by an EMP attack upon the continental United States, followed by a limited nuclear exchange and conventional warfare.

Remember this: the men and women who initiate such a war will all be in deep underground bunkers with their families, heavily-guarded, with years of supplies and equipment…all paid for by you and I, the taxpayers…while the rest of the world is ravaged by war and apocalyptic cataclysm.  Do not lose sight of these facts and that the world can change in the blink of an eye.  Continue to garner the necessities while you still can: long-term food supplies, medicine, defensive equipment, water purification materials…do not stop.

Also, keep in mind that if there is a national catastrophe (natural or man-made) that takes out New York City, such as a war, the Inauguration will be postponed indefinitely, Obama will declare Martial Law and implement plans for COG (Continuity of Government), and will remain in “office” for an indefinite period of time…such as forever.  There is still almost a month before the transition occurs.  Do not relax your efforts, and keep an eye on what is happening.  Keep fighting that good fight, stay frosty (meaning “alert,” not akin to the snowman), and take care of one another!  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.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

A Storm Coming: Preppers Must Stay Vigilant in 2017

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 [Editor’s Note: While many believe the shift in government leaders in 2017 will bring us back to better times, one can never be too sure. As my father always said, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” These are still uncertain times, and as Jeremiah Johnson emphasizes in this article – with that uncertainty, we must continue to be ever vigilant in our preparedness endeavors.]

ReadyNutrition Fans, this piece is an important exhortation to you – a sort of plea, if you will – to not lose your focus in preparations and your readiness-stance during these times.  With the Dow-Jones Industrial skyrocketing, the Christmas Holidays in full gear, Donald J. Trump about to be inaugurated, and the glow of a new patriotic dawn, everything seems OK, right?  Wrong.  This is not alarmist, but pragmatic.  We cannot allow a burst of patriotic positive fervor to dull the perception of the last 8 years.

Losing our focus is what allowed those 8 years in the first place.

The Unemployment Rate

The welcoming of a new President brings renewed hope in our government system; however, there is a lot of road to travel before the country is fixed. While many preppers feel relieved and are slowing their preparedness endeavors down, many preparedness experts are stressing the importance of not giving up. As preppers, we must keep an eye on indicators like the economy and unemployment. Bear in mind that unemployment is deliberately under-reported.  The economy is in bad shape.  Everyone is focusing on the happy times of Christmas cheer and family festivities.  I adjure to your intellects: do not relent in your focus or your activities to prepare for what is still around the corner.

They’re not celebrating festive, happy shopper days in Venezuela, where women are cutting off their own hair and selling it just to buy loaves of bread, or where a whole shopping bag full of Venezuelan Bolivars will not even buy a few days’ worth of essential supplies.

These 7 Indicators Can Help You Forecast an Economic Collapse

The Economy

The economy of the United States will take quite some time to recover.  You can continue in the true economy that you have started: the acquisition of supplies, materials, and resources that always hold their worth and have an intrinsic value.  Gold, silver, and precious metals…in physical form…these have worth and lasting, intrinsic value.  For an excellent analysis of just where the United States is economically, I highly recommend an article written by Shaun Bradley on December 8, 2016 entitled Cash is No Longer King: The Phasing Out of Physical Money Has Begun,” and downloadable for your files.

Another article worth mentioning was written by Susan Duclos of All News Pipeline, entitled We are Facing the Most Important Battle of All at the Most Dangerous Moment in History,” released on December 10, 2016.  Here is an excerpt from that article:

We at ANP are noting a lot of optimism from investors with stocks soaring,  to economic confidence reaching new highs, to small business owners, to household spending and even prepping has hit a “multi-year low,” all the articles I am reading are crediting the election of Donald Trump as reason for all this optimism, but as much as I hate to rain on everyone’s parade… now is the most dangerous time in history, not a time to assume just because one man was elected, all the wrongs will be made right, the failing economy will automatically just magically fix itself.”

These timely and sagacious words show that the battle is not over yet.  In this vein, do not lose focus!  Don’t allow the holiday cheer and festive atmosphere to leave you blindsided and thinking that the battle is over!  Other blogsites have reported that sales of emergency equipment and supplies have been drastically on the decline since the election was finished.  Remember: North Korea, Russia, and China still pose a viable threat in several areas of the world, the world economy is quite bad, and the U.S. has by no means recovered from the nightmare of two consecutive Obama terms.

Stay the Course for 2017!

Stay focused.  Gear your shopping and holiday activities to always take a back seat to awareness of the overall situation.  Stock up on your precious metals and long-term food supplies and water procurement capabilities.  Continue to locate and obtain the tools, medicines, and equipment you and your family will need.  Just because the “Captains” are about to change does not mean that the ship will change its course…the one taking it toward a wreck on the reefs.  Don’t let that reef loom up and blindside you to take you unawares.  Enjoy your holidays, but do so with one eye on the festivities and another one on the horizon…aware of what is going on around you.  Do not stop the preparations for even one minute.  Happy holidays, and keep up that 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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Revolutions and Reforms: An Eroded Culture

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revolution“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy

 

ReadyNutrition Readers, this article may seem to be inconsistent with one of my recent ones in the form of a letter thanking those who attempted to make a change by voting in the last election.  There is, however, no inconsistency of thought, as the efforts to emplace a president who will actually make a change are still laudable on your part: you tried to accomplish a return to a Constitutional Republic by using the vote within the system.  As I mentioned in a recent article, Are Government Puppet-Masters Using Riots to Incite a Civil War?there is still a lot of civil unrest occurring.

Is this a revolution?  No, it’s far from it.  It is a disgruntled group of Americans being goaded into acts and actions of stupidity by paid and trained left-wing agitators at the behest of their Marxist paymasters.  Concurrently, in my recent article, “We Will Not Go Gently Into the Night: the Silent Majority Speaks,” I mentioned this:

“The war is far from over to restoring our nation to a Constitutional Republic where the governors derive their just powers from the consent of the governed…that’s you and I…and making things completely right.”

Since the election as many of you have undoubtedly noticed, there has been a lot of backpedaling by our new president-elect on the issues of Obamacare and on the general issue of replacing Washington insiders with people who are dedicated to restoring the Republic.  So far we are seeing the potential appointments of people such as Jamie Dimon, CEO for JP Morgan-Chase to Treasury Secretary, and Reince Pribus, Chairman of the Republican Party to Chief of Staff.  We are also seeing that the promised fence across our southern border with Mexico may never materialize.

We are also hearing quotes from Trump, saying (after his meeting with Obama last week) that “Obama is a good man,” and also that he will not bring any charges against Hillary Clinton after the inauguration.  What’s the point to all of this?  The point is this:

Many promises were made to the American people before the election in the campaign that may just vanish, and the “transition” may be just a changing of personnel without any real change to the establishment…the one that is broken (non-functioning) while it is breaking the citizenry in half.

This is how revolutions start.  One of the problems with a revolution in the U.S. is an artificial cultural homogeneity.  The “Great American Melting Pot” is just that: it “melted” all of the ethnic diversity out of the culture…destroying ethnic neighborhoods that were once culturally divided (no enforced segregation, mind you…just one of existence…of people with similar origins and cultures living together) that was the strength of America’s greatness at one time (until the conclusion of World War II).  As a matter of fact, WWII was the proof that a nation can be united in war although truly multicultural in peace.

During WWII, our greatest successes in discovering enemy plans in Europe came as a result of intelligence gathered by German-American and Italian-American citizens.  They were kids born in this country with two naturalized American citizens as parents who had been immigrants.  They grew up with the language, customs, and culture of Germany and Italy, respectively.  Their parents contributed to society, working and paying taxes.  When the time came, these American sons and daughters used their gifts, their inherited language and culture in the service of the United States in ways that could not have been accomplished without them.  For more on this read about the Jedburgh teams and the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) operatives who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe behind enemy lines.

The mindset of all of the different ethnicities in the United States gave us an edge, because we were able to develop new and innovative methods and equipment that came from a “pooling” of those different cultural geniuses.  Cultures make each nation so unique with an invaluable perspective when it comes to technological advancement and problem-solving.  Case in point: the atomic bomb was developed by (among many others) Albert Einstein, a German-Jew, and Enrico Fermi, an Italian physicist.

After WWII with the cessation of hostilities and the advent of the Cold War, little by little the ethnic neighborhoods shrank throughout the larger cities.  The culture of naturalized immigrants and citizens who came in the prescribed and lawful manner was passed on with the traditions taught to their children born in the U.S.  This immigrant culture bequeathed to the American boys and girls deteriorated to be replaced by the big-box, fast-food culture: now we’re homogenous – a culture of consumers and shoppers.  Ask someone of their point of origin and heritage and you may either receive a stare of incomprehension or an “I don’t really know that much about my family,” or such answer.

Ask them about what stores are in the local mall and they can draw you a map.

Then came the l960’s, termed by many a “cultural revolution,” although it was nothing of the sort.  It was a counter-revolution, because it went against the fabric of the society with an attempt to destroy the existing religion, ethics, and morals, and denigrate the structure of the core unit of American society: the family.  It wasn’t a revolution.  It was an insurgency, to take key traditional values, beliefs, and practices and replace them with concepts of Marxism and anarchy after labeling the denigrating behaviors as “freedoms” and “liberalism.”

An erosion of our culture is what we’ve seen, and the current national protests are not a “revolution,” but a counter-revolution: they are a revolt against the peaceful revolution that occurred when you voted in the last election.  The current national protests are an attempt by the Leftists to force a change in the vote and prevent the degraded culture from recovering. In our next segment, we will detail actual revolutions: their history, component parts, and how they work in either a positive or a negative manner.  Until then, keep the powder dry and your eyes on the horizon!  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.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Why You Should Pay Attention to the Anti-Trump Riots and How to Prepare

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Outbreak of Violent Riots

A number of riots have broken out in Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Austin and Manhattan following the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. One anti-Trump protester in Los Angeles is quoted in a CNN interview saying, “People have to die” and graffiti on a monument in New Orleans reads “DIE WHITES DIE” in response to Trump’s election. Rioters are breaking windows of businesses, looting stores, lighting trash cans on fire, shooting flares and brutalizing people who might support Trump or disagree with their violent leftist ideology.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning, a female driver in Oakland was hit by another car on the highway, and when she pulled over to the right shoulder, a group of anti-Trump rioters surrounded her car, broke the back window and she sustained multiple serious injuries. A shocking video which surfaced Thursday shows a man in Chicago being ripped from his car and brutally attacked by multiple anti-Trump agitators who are seen punching and kicking him in the head as one steals his car, dragging the man as he hangs onto the back left window. Many believe this is the handywork of financier George Soros who has funded multiple uprisings in recent years. What we can all agree on is this is worse than a zombie apocalypse; this epidemic of hate and criminal behavior will only lead to more unrest if allowed to grow.

At times like these, it is more important than ever to ensure that you have the knowledge and ability to defend yourself and your loved ones from threats that may come at the most unexpected times, possibly when you are stuck in traffic and physically unable to get away from violent degenerates who may be at your window seeking to cause you harm.

Situational Awareness

Let’s start with your general state of awareness in your day-to-day life. It is an unfortunate truth that many place themselves in needlessly volatile situations by not paying close attention to risks that they could face in their immediate surroundings, be it during simple daily tasks, like operating a vehicle or working around heavy machinery, or the more imminent threat of violent agitators that are now filling the streets in major cities, many of whom seek to cause damage to your property and/or harm to you and your loved ones. Utilizing techniques of avoidance, risk reduction, de-escalation and general situational awareness is essential to your survival.

How to Use Cooper’s Color Codes

A scale of situational awareness called Cooper’s Color Codes, named after Colonel Jeff Cooper’s combat preparedness methods, is often used in firearms training for situational awareness. The four colors are used as a measure of the degree of situational awareness which an individual may reach at any given point in the day.

White — In condition white, your state of awareness is one that is relaxed and largely unaware of your surroundings. Generally, the only time a person should be in condition White is if he or she is asleep or somehow incapacitated.

Yellow — In condition yellow, you may be relaxed, but you have a heightened sense of awareness for who is around you and what noises and movements occur in your vicinity. You are not captivated by a cell phone screen; you are keeping track of who is behind or near you, especially when near a crowd. This awareness is in no way a paranoia; it is a general sense of awareness for threats to the safety of you and your loved ones.

Orange — In condition orange, you have identified something that is likely to cause harm, and you are focused in on a particular person or situation that poses a threat. This means that should an attack of any kind occur, you would be expecting this and ready for it at this stage.

Red — In condition red, you know that there is an immediate threat in your presence. However, this is not necessarily the point at which one who is armed would fire upon a target. Instead, this is the point where one who is armed may draw their firearm and make commands for an attacker to stop what they are doing. It is important to take steps to de-escalate at all cost, there is no reason to use deadly force if a situation can be solved without it.

Those who carry firearms, especially those who open-carry where concealed carry is criminalized, are obligated to have a heightened situational awareness at all times because any person who gets within arms reach could possibly attempt to take the firearm from them. On a number of occasions, concealed carry holders have stopped attempted robberies by merely maintaining a condition Yellow situational awareness and being prepared to draw their firearm in the moments they had as the gunman turned away from them. Many who seek to cause you harm are not expecting you to be prepared to fight back, and they will run when they see that you are prepared to defend yourself.

Weapons of Opportunity

While firearms are effective tools of self-defense, they are not always available, and sometimes they are not practical; for this reason, it is important to consider keeping weapons of opportunity on your person, in your vehicle and even in your workplace. A weapon of opportunity is an everyday object that could be used as a defensive weapon if needed. Having situational awareness only becomes truly effective when you have the tools of defense at your disposal. Various weapons of opportunity are likely sitting all around your home and workplace; these are the heavy or sharp objects that can be grabbed at a moments notice, like a pen, key, belt or even a coffee mug. Various weapons of opportunity for your vehicle could be a crescent wrench, tire iron, lug wrench or crow bar. Make sure to check your local laws as there have been individuals who have been prosecuted for carrying opportune weapons like a baseball bat, but they had no substantiating evidence, like a baseball glove or ball, to show that they meant to use the item for its intended use.

Why Gun Control Kills

In some states, like California and New York, there have been such extreme gun control measures that  non-violent people have been prohibited from carrying firearms for self-defense. This means that non-criminals are treated the same as convicted felons in these states; this only endangers lives and forces well-to-do people into vulnerable positions in which they become defenseless targets of murderers and thieves, and as we see today, individuals are being taken out of their cars and brutalized by anti-Trump rioters, like in Chicago, on of the most anti-gun cities in the country. Laws have not stopped the illegal acquisition of firearms, but they have caused many peaceful people to be victimized by criminals, and it’s time that this bureaucratic overreach is reversed.

Reestablishing the foundations of self-defense and self-sufficiency in our society will require that we maintain awareness of threats to life and liberty and that we keep the tools of defense close by our side, ready to be used when the worst happens.

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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

Now That Obama Ceded Control of the Internet, Here’s What It Means

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 ReadyNutrition Readers, as you may or may not know, as of midnight, October 1, 2016, the U.S. control over the Internet was handed over to ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  Congressmen wrote letters, experts petitioned their protests, and four states lodged a complaint in a U.S. District Court in Galveston, TX.  Guess what?  Nothing worked, and in the latter, the District Court judge was an Obama appointee who denied any delay in the transfer of the Internet into foreign hands on September 30, 2016.  Foreign nations, such as Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, and Cuba, to name a few, are now in control of the Internet and its functions.

This is very bad.

Already there are effects being felt.  There have been many comments on many different websites about the slowness of the Internet, coupled with the inability to log onto sites, especially those of the independent news media.  Personally I have experienced such, in the form of not being able to enter Alex Jones, Dave Hodges, or SHTFplan’s websites, the latter of which I write for.  Responses I have received on the screen vary from “Yahoo is unable to connect with this website,” or “Malfunction in connecting to this website,” or “This website is temporarily unavailable.”  Sometimes the page comes up and a message “[Whatever website] not responding,” and nothing can be accessed from the site.

Such has been happening for the past two weeks, now, prior to the handover of the Internet to ICANN.  Interestingly enough, after attempts to reach these websites, I was completely successful if I entered some left-wing or liberal one such as “The Huffington Post” or “The Washington Post,” with absolutely no difficulties.

Let’s look at some problems from an individual perspective that will soon arise from this transfer of the Internet:

  1. Loss of ability/decreased ability to access conservative, independent news media sites.
  2. Censorship of postings and comments for the aforementioned sites.
  3. Problems with e-mails and e-mail delivery
  4. Slowdown and/or delay of Internet service.
  5. An exponential increase in “trolls” and other disparaging, “nonproductive” commenters on sites.
  6. Inability or difficulty making purchases online, for varying articles of equipment or preparation (such as night-vision devices, adaptors, anything firearm related, and literature pertaining to prepping, survival, or current events perspectives from a non-globalist perspective.
  7. Complete monitoring of all personal business and private communications.
  8. Problems with personal finances: shopping, bank accounts, checking, bill payments, and anything in these categories that is done via the Internet.

Now let’s examine some of the problems that will affect us as individuals from a national perspective:

  1. National Defense: Ever since GridEx 2014 in Hawaii where we allowed the Russians and the Chinese to participate in drills with the United States military, we have been at much greater risk. The Russians and Chinese now know (courtesy of Obama) our vulnerabilities regarding our electrical power infrastructure, as well as how an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) would affect them.  Chinese hackers can now access our computer systems and no longer have to hack: The Internet has been handed to them.
  2. Shipping: all critical transportation systems for food, medicine, and other important necessities now have their inventories and shipping at the mercy of ICANN.
  3. Finance: it will now be a simple matter to either access or crash bank accounts, IRA’s, pensions, and business venues (such as Wall Street, the FDIC, and the Federal Reserve) can easily be shut down with the flip of a switch.
  4. Censorship: all of the countries mentioned will have a say in what is permitted, and they are not “icons” of freedom of speech in their own nations. They have long desired to see censorship imposed on the U.S.  Such will mean the loss of or the rendering as ineffective the independent and conservative news venues.
  5. Monitoring: monitoring us and all of our activities – and this has military applications for those nations, as intelligence is gathered upon the economic, social, and political actions of another nation.

Spotting Trolls and How to Deal with Them

As far as the “trolls” go, they are easy to spot.  They will appear on the site, and have usually never posted before, or if so, are under “anonymous” or some other generic, “nebulous” handle.  Trolls disrupt the normal flow and facilitation of information in a discussion, going “off topic” in an attempt to discourage readers, website hosts, and writers with disparaging remarks and things that are insulting.  Pay them no heed: continue to prepare, and sift the relevant data and useful information from the article and the comments.

Nobody is perfect: not writers, their sources, or commenters.  You can spot something amiss when you see the aim is either to disparage, discourage, or discredit…all negative actions with no positive use to the preppers and positive contributors on these venues.  Mark my words: this activity of negative slanders and unproductive comments will do nothing but increase with time.

Here’s another thing for you to be sure of: the trolls and collaborators working for the establishment trying to destroy the independent news sites are not going to be rewarded in the end by their handlers.  They will be taken down by those they serve.  To substantiate this, read Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago” and study the history of the formation of the Soviet Union.  Read “Animal Farm” and “1984” by George Orwell (Eric Blair, if you prefer).

I ask an open question: What are you experiencing in terms of the difficulties that I have mentioned, and additionally, what solutions do you see for us as a community overall?

We are not merely welcoming your comments in this instance: we are asking you for them, please.  Who knows how much time is left before such venues of communication between all of us are either prohibited or rendered ineffective?  Only time will tell, but tyranny is sure to increase before it either decreases or is checked.  But tyranny can and must be resisted, and you can do it.  Starts in your home, with you and your family.  To paraphrase that “Terminator” movie, “If you are reading this, you are the resistance.”  Keep fighting the good fight, and please write to us.  We’re all depending on your input.  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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You are Legend: Remaining Focused and Dedicated in the Times to Come

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you are legendAre you curious about that title, Guys and Gals?  It isn’t a mistake; I can assure you.  It is a title that paraphrases a work of science fiction that you are very familiar with, but perhaps not the book form.  The movie “I Am Legend,” starring Wil Smith is the title, although I refer more to the novel that was written by Richard Matheson.  The book is quite different from the movie, and it is actually a short story…one that I highly recommend reading.

The sole survivor of a tremendous apocalyptic plague, Robert Neville is beset on all sides by the victims.  The irony is the victims are no longer victims, but have been made vampiric by the plague, a bacterium that needs blood in order to regenerate itself and its host.  Neville studies the disease intensely and goes about destroying as many of these “vampires” as he can by day, while he hides from them at night.

Presently he learns (to his cost) that many plague victims did not entirely change into the vampiric state…and they’ve formed a “new society” that lives in darkness and sleeps during the day.  Neville is captured by them, and they declare him to be a “monster” who executes these members of the new society by day…so they respond in kind by sentencing him to be executed.

He, Neville, had become the monster to the “new society,” and as he awaits his execution, just prior to daylight he sees them watching him, pointing up at him as he looks out from his cell window.  They are afraid of him, his difference, and the paradigm has shifted, as he closes his tale:

“Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend.”

You are legend.

So what has all of this to do with you, and survival, and prepping, and all of the other tasks?  What can this possibly do for you?

You are legend.  You are the exception, rather than the norm.  Your grandmother and great-grandmother canned vegetables. You, however, are an anachronism…a complete exception that cannot be tolerated by a society of fast-food and SNAP cards, of entitlements that promote dependence and slavery, of handouts that increase the links in the invisible chains of serfdom.  The society has “morphed” into vampires, and you are the one hiding in your shelter, trying to wait out the storm.

Is this a “pep” talk?  It is.  It most certainly is.  You’re not going to be perfect in all of your undertakings…the imperfections define our humanity.

The perfection is found in the effort to try, to learn, to strive to prepare yourselves for what is coming.

We are in very perilous times, and your neighbors can “morph” into the informers who tell everything about you to the sacred authorities to save their own skins…or just because they’re “socially conscious,” or such.

Robert Neville tried his best and lost in the end, but he fought the good fight and gave it his best.  We are surrounded on all sides by vampires of the progressive, liberal, and Marxist ilks.  They are always so ready to condemn your behavior, just as they are always so ready to tax and take your money, never their own.  Their “social justice” is only the injustice of groupthink, and you must continue to fight them by preparing and not wavering in your commitment to not give in.  Just as iron sharpens iron, so we sharpen one another.

The way of the majority leads to tyranny (so outlined by De Tocqueville) and remember: you are the resistance.  Your resolve is the one factor we have that will triumph and enable us to throw off the yoke upon the necks of our country.  Such resolve will be remembered: by your family, your friends, and those depending on you.  It will be remembered, as will your efforts.  Hold tight to it, and to one another, and keep doing good…and doing it well.  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.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

It’s Time to Prepare for the Worst – Upcoming Internet Surrender Threatens Constitutional Freedoms

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binary-streamReaders, this article comes a little bit “long in the tooth,” and undoubtedly many of you are already aware of the reasoning behind it.  On October 1, 2016 (just a few weeks away), the Obama administration will hand off control of the Internet through the Commerce Department to a foreign corporation largely under the control of Russia and China.  No one is exactly sure about what all of this will entail; however, the largest problems will come from a lack of individual privacy.  These two nations mentioned are pretty “big” on censorship and control of the press and writings, whether in standard newsprint or on the venue we call the Internet.

Warning Signs to Look Out For:

  Freedom of Speech being “cracked down” upon: news stopped at the source through censorship.

  • Loss of privacy/anonymity through the assignment of an “Internet ID,” that would force everyone who uses the Internet to be identified for every search, every product, and every e-mail
  • “Demonization” of blogs whose emphasis are on prepping, survival, intentional communities, and anything anti-government or pro-Constitution.
  • Greater control on your purchases, financial transactions, and any business that you may conduct that is not in public view.
  • Anything against the established governments and/or the societal constructs oftentimes termed the New World Order (NWO).

These concerns are very real.  The MSM (Mainstream Media) is pretty much bought and paid for by the large corporate conglomerates and heads of industry (referred to as Oligarchs), as well as politicians and their ilk.  We are dependent on independent news media sites, especially those on the internet such as ReadyNutrition.com and SHTFplan.com to supply us with accurate news and advice on what to do to prepare for the inevitable collapse.

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What can be done should the Internet become completely censored?

1. Find a good tech guy in your local area that can run a bypass and enable communications to proceed for you when the Draconian measures fall into place.

Remember: The Internet is not only a source of information, but it is a venue for communication, as well.  With (as mentioned in previous articles) the data collection center of the U.S. in Ogden, Utah, every e-mail and every phone conversation is collected and recorded for storage by the U.S. government.  To what end?  Toward the end of wiping out every method of communicating privately with one another when they decide to throw the switch.  That facility just mentioned ran you and I a whopping $50 billion in taxes.

2. We pay our taxes for our jailers to build larger and more efficient prisons for us.

That being mentioned, now is the time to solidify all of your contacts on the Internet…develop a network of those both local and national, to communicate with when the SHTF.  When they clamp down, life will become a lot more difficult.  Here are some of the short-term solutions for local communications and partially for long-range:

  • CB radio: can be utilized effectively for a considerable distance.
  • Shortwave, and “Ham” radios: for longer distances.
  • Courier: with a network of individuals on the “circuit” you can send private messages to one another in a “snail-mail-type” of courier operation.
  • Motorola’s: for short distances, they work pretty well, as much as a mile and a half on most models with line of sight (LOS) interrupted by trees, terrain, and buildings.

There are certainly more methods we will not mention here, and you’ll have to use your imagination regarding them.  The next thing we mention here is data collection and storage.  What happens when they shut down “Wikipedia” or “Howtopedia” for starters?  Here’s my suggestion:

3. Download every scrap of information that you can manage onto jump drives, and for every file you save print that file off and make a “hard copy” for your records.

Get ahold of all of the CD’s you can that you can use in your computer for learning, preparation, supplies, equipment, and the like…to help make you more Internet independent.  Any stuff you do should be backed-up to a hard copy (printed).  Remember: the EMP threat is a real one, and I close with the caveat I have been repeating:

4. The next world war will be kicked off by an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) detonated over the continental U.S., followed by a nuclear exchange and a conventional war.

We will see what measures are in place come October 1.  Before that date arrives, be ready with a backup for all of your information on jump drives and hard copy.  Keep up that 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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New ReGen Villages Redefining Off-Grid Living

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 By 2050 there will be nearly 10 billion people living on planet Earth. Clean water, healthy food, and arable land will begin to grow scarce and only those well versed in a self-sustainable lifestyle will be safe from a great negative impact. With the skyrocketing population also comes an increase in the aspiring class (the approximately 4 billion people who can afford to buy their way to sustainability). For those who can afford it, there is a recent boom in integrated neighborhood concepts: luxury off-grid communities that have power positive homes, private renewable energy sources, water management, high-yield organic food production, and waste-to-resource systems. The first of these communities is calledReGen Village, and it’s currently under construction in Almere, Netherlands.

A Look Inside a Luxury Off-Grid Community

ReGen Village will make use of all available technology to build what its creators are calling the “Tesla of Eco Villages.” The creators want to redefine off-grid living from being merely a way to sustain the basics of life into a culture of luxury and comfort. The developments will use their own technology to meet their everyday needs but, because of cutting-edge advancements, they will not have the same restraints and conservation rules that typically define off-grid communities.

Who Gravitates to the ReGen Concept?

In June of 2016, the concept of ReGen Village was introduced at the Venice Biennale, an arts organization and annual exhibition of architects and designers. The concept went viral with more than 20 million page views of the ReGen website and over 10 thousand emails expressing interest.

The pilot community is being built now but plans are in the works for developments in Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Belgium. CEO James Ehrlich says their goal is to expand at a global scale and to create regenerative neighborhoods for an elite group of residents. A center with 100 units should be ready for move-in in about a year, though the exact price to secure a position inside is not yet available. A smaller scale, 35-condo version is also being planned nearby in order to prefect the model before it is scaled.

Time will tell if this concept will be the new norm in off-grid living, but it’s certainly an interesting development.

 

 

 

 

Pamela Bofferding is a native Texan who now lives with her husband and sons in New York City. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing with her dogs.

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Four Current Events that Could Challenge the Prepper Lifestyle

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 ReadyNutrition Readers, in these uncertain times, many will still say that nothing is certain except death and taxes (Ben Franklin).  Well, eventually we all die, but we wish to postpone that “life-changing” event for as long as humanly possible.  When the SHTF, millions will die: such is inevitable.  The taxes will probably be gone for a good while, but we are going to lay out a “What’s Happening?” of the major threats we will have to deal with that can cause the “death” part.

Current events have revealed some “bleak” news, almost on a daily basis.  Let us look at some of the upcoming events that we need to be aware of:

Today – September 30: The primary “window of opportunity” for a Russian invasion of Ukraine and/or western Europe; heavy rainfall in the month of October will leave the ground too soft for armored and mechanized units to operate an offensive effectively in the region(s).

September 30 – October 7: There will arise problems with the U.S. Dollar, possibly involving some kind of “currency exchange” as SDR’s (Special Drawing Rights) are attempted to be instituted by the IMF within the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Banking System.

October 1: Control of the Internet will be effectively handed off by Obama via the Department of Commerce to foreign control (primarily Russia and China).

November 8: “Super Tuesday,” a.k.a. Election Day in the U.S.  We already know the potential for fraud and civil unrest.

These are some of the “main events” to take note of and monitor closely.  North Korea has been testing missiles and they set off a nuclear device last Friday, 9/9/16.  The threat of EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) from them is very real, along with the same capabilities from China, Russia, and potentially from Iran.  In addition, there are several “hot zones” that can morph into a full-blown conflict and potentially escalate into war, these hot zones being the South China Sea and the islands contested between China and Japan, the two Koreas, Syria, and Ukraine.

What can you, the reader, do about these situations?  From a personal perspective, you can do much to increase your chances of survival for yourself and your family.  Here are some steps, “down and dirty,” to take to prepare yourself if any of these situations turn into a full-blown SHTF scenario.  We’re going to mention these steps (not necessarily in order) and field questions from you in the Comments Section of this blog.  Before this, let us point out the crucial step:

Be aware of what is happening in the world, the country, and your immediate locale.

Now we’re not going “in-depth” with the steps.  Most of you know them and have used or are using them, and to do an analysis on each item is beyond the scope of this piece.

  1.  Be sure that each member of your family of the right age has access to a firearm and ammunition where they are the exact moment that the balloon goes up.
  2. Go-bag or “Bug-out bag packed and ready for each member of the family, and with that family member when the balloon goes up: to contain 3 days’ worth of food, 1 day’s water supply, a method to purify water (filter, tablets, or fire), fire starting equipment, ammunition for the firearm, a first-aid kit, a compass, poncho/canvas for a tent/lean-to shelter, ground cover (foam or inflatable pad), light sleeping bag, extra socks, heavy jacket, gloves, a hat, a good flashlight and spare batteries, and a small radio with good earphones and extra batteries.
  3. Rally Point: for you and your family, a place for everyone to meet up, in case your home has been compromised, and a timetable to arrive there [note: do not stay in the rally point beyond meeting up with one another!], and make it close to the house.
  4. Hide/shelter site: for you and the family to “hole up” for a few days, and then either proceed to a long-term bug-out location, or return to the house if feasible.
  5. Assignment of duties: for you and your family.  Primary duty that all capable share is security.  The assignment relates to secondary duties.  Example: Mom’s a nurse, so she’s the “medic,” and big brother’s the hunter and fisherman…he’ll be assigned to collect food, etc.
  6. Secure some commo and radio gear in EMP-proof containers: this will ensure that you have a means of finding out what’s going on after a nuclear exchange/EMP.
  7. Fuel up: At least 10 gallons per vehicle, and put some stabilizer in the 5-gallon cans.  You’ll have to watch for your storage laws in the area, but if you get good, sturdy containers that don’t leak, you could store 10 gallons in your truck or trunk of your car, or in a shed to take with you.
  8. Top off all vehicles at the half: when half a tank is gone, fill it up.  It’s a pain, but it’s better to fill up more often and have a full tank of gas then to run around close to empty.
  9. Plan for each type of emergency: this is critical.  You need to have courses of action for each scenario that arises, and the corresponding gear and equipment to face it.  Radiation calls for a survey meter (a.k.a. a Geiger counter), dosimeters, and maybe a nuke-alert radiation detector.
  10. EVERYBODY IN THE FAMILY MUST KNOW ALL OF THIS AND ACTUALLY TAKE PART IN IT.

If you can make it back home and plan on making a stand there, then have all of these measures in place in case you have to get out of Dodge in a hurry.  As things come to a head, you need to stay on top of them as the situation changes and not be caught unaware of any changes you may have to make as a family.  We welcome your questions and comments.  Stay aware, stay alert, and stay alive.  Keep up that good fight!

 

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 One Thing You Need To Do Right Now To Prepare For Collapse and Chaos

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collapse(This article is dedicated to my wife, Brenda, who never gives up in a situation or with me)

ReadyNutrition Readers, there have been numerous articles that I have penned regarding home defense and also what to do when you’re either in a rural/suburban or an urban setting pertaining to hunkering down and defending your home and family.  There have been quite a few comments posted and e-mails received that naysay some of the actions suggested, and I will further clarify those suggestions.  Most of the naysayers have said that such actions in an urban setting (such as escaping an apartment building and heading to a predetermined location, such as an abandoned building) are either “unrealistic” or “impossible.”

Food for thought

The reason for such suggestions is this: they are last-ditch attempts, to be made only when there is not another option available.

The purpose for articles such as these posted on this venue is to provide you with ideas to be used as tools and food for thought that may make what most consider impossible to become a real possibility.

How you may either stay in place or, conversely, run for your lives is going to depend on a lot of variables that do not pertain to each and every reader.  Such is because everyone has their own unique situation, family structure, and problems associated with those two factors and the locale in which they reside.  I recently received an e-mail from a reader who will remain anonymous asking specifically what to do in a running situation, that is a situation when running from the home is the only option.

Combat the uncertainties with organization and planning

As you can see and perhaps either understand partially or relate to entirely, there are many who, when faced with the only option (for whatever reason) of having to leave their home, still do not know what to do, where to go, and how to arrive there.  My first piece of advice is this:

Combat the uncertainties by being well-organized and formulating tentative plans as far in advance as you can.

There is another piece of advice I wish to share.  My wife and I have the sixth season of the “Walking Dead” on DVD and we just finished watching it.  She and I like watching it not for the zombies, but for the situations that arise that are very realistic and true to form involving human behavior.  One of the dislikes that she mentioned to me was that there seems to be no end to the amount of mistakes the characters make over and over again, and she becomes tired of these situations arising so many times.  I told her that I understood, and I gave her the same words I’m giving to you, now:

When a SHTF event comes to pass it will take years…perhaps even decades…for society to return to “normal,” if it does so at all.

Consider the fall of the Roman Empire.  The succeeding centuries were not termed the “Dark Ages” for nothing.  It was a time of lawlessness, a time when great kingdoms and small petty ones arose and fell…a time of alliances and broken alliances, a time when robbery, rapine, and slaughter were the norm rather than the exception.  I wrote a book review of a work entitled The Coming Dark Age by Roberto Vacca that emphasizes such a return to lawless times and neo-feudalism, where communities form around a central leader, and where either civilization or barbarity, one or the other are upheld and protected by these communities by force of might, not simply by legislative dictate or philosophical mindset.

An excellent example of such neo-feudal communities can be found in the movie “The Postman,” a post-apocalyptic movie starring Kevin Costner (from the novel by David Brin) in which he encounters many different communities, some organized along lines of a free and voting democracy, and one group in particular run by a warlord whose dictates were enforced quite brutally by his band of fighters.

Eventually, no matter how well-ensconced or remote we are, we may all have to become “nomads” and refugees, living each day as it comes, until we can meet up with like-minded others to form some kind of societal organization.  This is why I continuously recommend “pop-culture” disaster and collapse movies and series for observation…to understand the realities of what we will be facing when the SHTF.

By seeing these situations that are similar to what we will face, we have a better understanding of the way societal collapses occur.  I highly recommend the nonfiction works of Jared Diamond, such as Guns, Germs, and Steel,” The Third Chimpanzee,” and Collapse,” for in-depth studies and analyses that delve into things deeply from a social and anthropological perspective.  The first work characterizes driving forces of disease and warfare, the second is an anthropological treatise on man and his history and nature, and the third takes models of societies that have collapsed and explores the underlying reasons for their downfall.

My final piece of advice regarding these studies: Do not discount what is possible merely because it is improbable.

Has it happened before?  It is written that nothing new is under the sun, and what has happened will happen again, just not remembered from when it happened before, in a nutshell.  How close is it to happening?  What plans do you have in place if you are going to defend where you live, or if you have to run?  Have you examined the types of situations you may face at home or on the run, factors such as marauders, a hostile government, a plague, or an area that has been rendered radioactive?

Study nonfiction to learn what situations have arisen, and study the fiction to see what will arise in the future.  You can best prepare by immersing yourself in study, familiarizing yourself with the situations that can arise, and either as an individual or as a family unit coming up with plans to follow that can smooth things out and enable you to arrive upon a solution.  Prepping needs material and training to work, but also a discipline of the mind, and the realization that our minds need constant study and reinforcement in order to be at our best.  So, do the best you can in the fight, and study what has happened and the possibilities of what is to come in order to better prepare yourself.  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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This is Why Our Anonymity is a Thing of the Past

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“Who are you?  Who who, who who…. I really want to know,”

– The Who

ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, we’re going to discuss the topic of anonymity, and how the current society’s transformation from one of a free public to a totalitarian society is completely dependent on recognizing and knowing you.  Everywhere you walk you’re subjected to an array of CCTV (Closed-circuit Television) cameras.  When you’re in the convenience store, the shopping mall, in a restaurant…all of these cameras are continually capturing your photographs.  No big deal, right?  I mean, you’re a twitter and tweet social butterfly with e-mails, texts, and Facebook posts…what could be the harm in that, you may ask?

Except for the fact that they built a gigantic, $50 billion data collection center for the NSA in Ogden, Utah, larger than 10 football fields.

Where do you think these photos are going?  All of those e-mails, phone calls, text messages?  There was a movie in the late 1990’s entitled Enemy of the State,” starring Wil Smith and Gene Hackman about the surveillance state that was in its infancy back then.  Fast forward to the latest movie with Matt Damon on the Jason Bourne collection series.  Go and see it.  Really.  They can do all of the things shown in the movie: use remote cameras outside of your window to photograph you while using your cell phone and computer to pinpoint you.

Back in 2014 before the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, there were several anti-government protests outside of the parliamentary building in Kiev.  The cell phone numbers of every individual protesting in the public square were recorded and kept by the government.  Guess what?  That is in Ukraine, not the United States.

An article a few years back entitled Low-tech Solutions to High-Tech Tyranny,” by Brandon Smith gave some guidelines and suggestions on how to defeat IR and cameras.  Remember: those who wear masks for a purpose of disguising themselves (and it’s not Halloween or some carnival ball) are violating federal law.  But there are other things that you can do not to make yourself the visible targets for the data collection of the United States government.

Wear baseball caps and sunglasses.  Break up the outline of your face, your ears, and noticeable facial “quirks” and characteristics peculiar to you.  Do not allow so much of your body to be exposed for photos.  Those who have a lot of tattoos or ones that are in very visible areas would do best to cover them with clothing or with some kind of creams that block their images.  Avoid spending large amounts of time directly underneath the little camera-domes, camera lenses, and recording devices. Also, remember the 6 laws of survival.

Remember: they are even mounting cameras in state and national forests.  Why do you think they are doing this?  For your good or for theirs?  No matter how innocuous it may seem, it has a hidden agenda attached to it.  When the time comes for them to close the nets, you will not escape unless you have a plan.  They will realize their goal, and they are realizing it, with the deployment of cameras, drones, and the use of satellites.  They will realize their goals of tracking your every move with your tracking device…your cellular telephone…that transmits its position every 4 seconds…and your location along with it.

Their goal: the complete audio and video surveillance of every person in the United States. 

An estimate is that worldwide, more than 250 million surveillance cameras have been employed.  All of them have the equivalent of “fusion centers” in their respective countries…all of the countries have data sharing functions.  Advancements by corporations such as Microsoft and Apple have enabled even advertising billboards to use facial recognition programs (just as in the pop-culture movie “Minority Report”) to target consumers and store their images in a database.  A database that can be back-doored and utilized by any government agency with a piece of paper and a lame excuse to do so.

Want some more info on this?  Read Opinion: Facial recognition will soon end your anonymity,” by Tarun Wadhwa, published 6/4/16 that outlines many of the corporations and government entities collaborating on such projects.  We are going to have to monitor what they are doing and come up with new and elaborate ways to interact with society while not being herded into the collective net of information collection.  This will take some time and efforts, and is beyond the scope of this article to address.  We welcome your thoughts and comments on this matter and anything you may have learned to help offset such actions.  Keep fighting that 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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FEMA Wargamed Global Food Crisis… The Results Weren’t Pretty.

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wheat wikimediaOne of the most frightening scenarios that anyone in the modern world could face, is a global food shortage. It’s one thing when just the country you live in faces a food shortage. That situation can have horrific consequences, as the citizens of Venezuela have learned recently. However, a global food crisis means that there is nowhere to run to. You can’t flee your home and become a refugee in a foreign land, and you can’t expect any other nation to send you aid.

All that’s left to do is endure for as long as you can, with whatever food you have stocked up and whatever rations the government can provide. Your absolute best case scenario involves living on a self-sufficient property, and very few people have that. And the people who are living self-sufficiently would have to live with the fear of being raided by hungry looters or an opportunistic government.

And that government by the way, may be your biggest concern during a crisis, because governments are typically only interested in their own self-preservation. The safety and prosperity of their citizens is a secondary concern. How your government reacts to the crisis could mean life or death for your family.

Unfortunately, our government is ill prepared for this kind of situation, as are most governments around the world. We know this now thanks to a study that was recently published by a FEMA contractor known as the CNA Corporation.

The study was a simulation that was conducted last November. It involved the participation of 65 government officials from countries all over the world, and was commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund, the Center for American Progress, and the Cargill corporation. It was set up like a game, with each participant leading their respective nations through a hypothetical global food crisis. The game was designed to see how these nations would interact with each other, and what kinds of solutions could be produced to solve the crisis.

The food crisis in this game lasted between the years 2020 and 2030, and was caused by a combination “of food price and supply swings amidst burgeoning population growth, rapid urbanization, severe weather events, and social unrest.” In the scenario, crop failures in key regions caused by climate change, higher fuel prices, and poor responses by the international community, eventually led to food prices rising 395%. Not surprisingly, the game found that civil unrest would be widespread during this period.

What is surprising however, is how this scenario concluded with such a happy ending, against all odds and all logic. The high food prices stimulated more food production, and as weather conditions improved, the world’s food stocks were replenished. Worldwide donations to the UN’s World Food Programme managed keep the lid on the situation until the crisis passed. This however, is probably the most outlandish case of wishful thinking on the part of government officials. There is no way such a crisis would be resolved so peacefully.

While the study admits that a food crisis of this magnitude would result in widespread civil unrest, I think they’re underestimating how bad it would be. As previous research has shown, whenever the global Food Price Index rises above 210 points, pockets of civil unrest rise up all over the world. This happened recently in 2008, and again when food prices peaked in 2011, which fueled the Arab Spring. Keep in mind that we’re still dealing with the aftermath of the Arab spring in places like Libya and Syria, where thousands have been killed in bloody revolutions and millions have been turned into refugees.

In those cases the food crisis lasted only a single year, and had ramifications that we’re still dealing. This scenario however, would likely leave the Food Price Index above 210 points for years, a situation which has never occurred in the modern world. We would be seeing civil unrest, violent revolutions, and wars on every continent for a decade.

In fact, it could even lead to World War Three. If there were worldwide crop failures, a breadbasket nation like Ukraine would become even more hotly contested between the West and Russia than it is now. That could be just the spark needed to embroil the world in a global conflict.

And let’s not forget the vast number of people who would simply starve to death in this situation. Right now there are dozens of nations where the average person has to spend 25% or more of their income on food. In China and India alone, the average person spends about a third of their income on food. So do the math. If food prices spiked 395%, or roughly four times higher than pre-crisis prices, then hundreds of millions of people around the world would not be able to feed themselves, even if they could forego every other expense including fuel, utilities, shelter, and clothing. Millions would die. Somehow I doubt that the UN’s World Food Programme will put a dent in those numbers.

Amazingly, this study made no such conclusion. The nations that participated in this game are foolish at best for thinking that they would have a handle on a global food crisis. At worst, this whole game was an exercise designed to placate the public, who are increasingly concerned with the global economy and food supply. Either way, it does not inspire much confidence in our government’s ability to deal with this apocalyptic scenario.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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The Brexit Vote: A British “Paul Revere” to Prep

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brexitHey there, Ready Nutrition Readers!  A tremendous amount of things have been happening in the news, and most of them are important.  The people of Great Britain just voted last week in a special referendum: they voted in favor of Britain leaving the EU (European Union).  That is huge news, and if you missed it, you certainly will not miss the effects of the vote that will surface this coming week.  On Friday, the Dow-Jones Industrial Average plummeted 611 points, and the world markets were thrown into a tailspin.  Yes, the Dow is a lagging, not a leading economic indicator, but there’s a great significance to it: a precursor of things to come that have direct effects on you.

One of the pitfalls that we have as a community of prepper-survivalists is that we tend to develop a sort of “tunnel vision” at times that focuses all of our attentions upon what we are doing.  We oftentimes tend to discount the significance of day-to-day events that are outside of our daily routines or our geographical spheres of influence: our biomes, so to speak.  I wish to stress this very important point before we proceed:

Do not concentrate so much on the “micro” that the “macro” picture slips out of focus

What this means is that it is critical for you to be aware of the news and what is happening around you.  Returning to our topic, there will be ripple effects from this Brexit – the British Exit – from the EU, and here are some of the immediate ones:

  1. The Dow will continue to see losses with a large volatility of trading and speculation
  2. The foreign markets – European and Asian – will continue to be thrown into a tailspin
  3. The military and political alliances in the world will be redefined and restructured
  4. Commerce will see sharp monetary fluctuations and devaluations (as in the British pound), as well as major changes in shipping and contracts down to the retail level

It is this last point – the effects on commerce on a global scale – that should particularly alarm and concern us.  The Baltic Dry Index measures contracts for raw materials such as oil and ores that are shipped by freighter and container.  The Index is (as I’ve mentioned in previous articles) a very sound indicator as to what is happening in terms of commerce.  Remember: 75% of the U.S. economy is based on consumer spending.  One tie-in that you need to read comes from Mac Slavo of SHTFplan.com posted on April 2, 2012, entitled Just In Time: When the Trucks Stop, America Will Stop (With Immediate and Catastrophic Consequences).”

Mac’s article cuts to the chase and is one of the finest pieces ever produced that explains the intricacy and fragility of our nation’s dependence upon trucking contracts to keep our economy rolling (no pun intended!).

I also wrote one for SHTFplan.com on January 29, 2016 entitled  Report: Store Inventory Levels Reduced Nationwide: “Stock Up Now While You Can!” that you can refer to as a complement to this article.  This piece referred to shortages occurring from a retail perspective as the contracts for shipping and trucking are unfulfilled and as the economy collapses.  Venezuela and the events happening there are a harbinger of things to come.  We are going to see these things here, in our own backyard.

The Brexit vote is akin to a British “Paul Revere” for preppers

Look at the volatility and the fragile state of nations, of alliances of nations, and their interdependent economies.  As a prepper and survivalist you are obligated to keep this in mind to enable you to protect and provide for you and your family.

Prices are on the rise, the money supply is not stable, the shipping contracts and transportation contracts are wildly fluctuant, and businesses are shutting their doors or downsizing their staffs by the hundreds per month.  This coming week promises a “wild ride” economically, and you will have to make a lot of decisions in a short period of time.  As I advocated in articles past, you still have to make sure your bills are paid and you are taking care of financial obligations while society is intact.

Be Vigilant in your prepping

It would behoove you, however, to actively add to your emergency fund, allocate a portion of what you can spend after all of your necessities are taken care of – your “disposable income” – and putting it into the supplies and preps that you need, into (even small scale) some precious metals or things that have intrinsic value that can be bartered for when the SHTF.

Keep your eyes on what is happening.  You guys and gals read this site and have access to the internet.  Keep abreast of what is going on.  When things go south, you will know it, and guess what?  They are going south: on a daily basis we see the situation with the domestic and the world economy growing worse and worse.  It’s just a matter of time before the fiat currency is transformed into completely worthless pieces of paper and inflation returns to the levels found during the Great Depression.

Figure out what percentage you can put into supplies, into medical equipment, into tools, and into things that hold their value that can be bartered.  I close with this: in order to heed a warning, you have to recognize it as a warning, and one that has value.  Keep up the prepping and stockpiling, and always have an eye on the situation so that you can plan accordingly and when the time comes, act decisively.  Britain’s exit from the EU was a “Paul Revere” warning of a Europe that is about to come unglued, along with the respective European economies.  Keep that warning in mind, and keep fighting that 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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How To Score Free Groceries (Seriously)

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 ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, this is a piece dedicated to help you take a more proactive role in your urban and suburban food gathering.  A few tidbits you may have previously neglected or that have gone unnoticed can be categorized as “grocery hustling.”   In the end, it can help to trim down your grocery bills and provide some extra cash for survival gear or preps you will make in your home.  These are some simple tips, and they work…if you use them.

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Learn how to hustle

“Hustle” as used as a verb is defined as “To sell or get by questionable or aggressive means,” as printed so thoughtfully in The American Heritage Dictionary.  If you ask me, the definition is a little skewed, because questionable can refer to something not agreed with in the norm, such as buying 300 cans of tuna fish for $20 from a man selling from a pickup truck bed.  Aggressive is looked at only negatively in a physical sense or by those in positions who do not want them threatened by those looking to make gains (yet will counter those moves with aggressive actions of their own).

No, aggressive should not be confused with taking the initiative.  That is what you’ll be doing here.  There is (most of the time) a superabundance of food, and with lowered sales, a superabundance of wasted food.  Here is the way to handle this to your advantage.  Visit your local grocery stores.  Make the rounds and make your contacts.  Meet the department heads, and have it cleared (if you can) through one of the assistant managers or general managers.

It’s all about the connections

The objective is to pick up fresh produce and meats on the fringe or just passing the fringes of the expiration dates.  You can do it.  Check, for example, with your fresh produce manager.  Ask him to sell you vegetables meant for the hog farm or the dumpster on a markdown special.  He’ll be more than happy to oblige, nine times out of ten.  The reason for this is that it is better for the company to take in a little bit on a product rather than throw it out.  Then it’s just a matter of your own personal standards.  A small present for them every so often can sweeten up the deal and make him or her even more amicable.

Does this sound “questionable?”  It shouldn’t.  Here is JJ’s point: If you won’t think out of the box now in easy times, you will not when the times are tough.

There are plenty of types of stores with managers that will sometimes even say, “Well, we have to throw it out…but I’ll put all of these bananas and string beans in a cardboard box and look the other way when I take it out back in five minutes.”

These guys are your contacts.  Wanna learn about barter?  Here’s your chance, nitty-gritty, style of da city!  Slip the guy five or ten dollars every once in a while.  He’ll be grateful, and then he’ll be more than willing to give to you what would have been thrown out, and you make his life a little better in the process.

It’s amazing what you can find if you just look around for it.  Here in the area where we live are potato farmers that’ll sell you a 100 lb. bag for $10.  The last time I checked, you might be able to get about 20 – 30 lbs. for that amount in the grocery stores.  The only limitations are the ones either you place upon yourselves or opportunities that you do not seek out.  Look in your thrift stores…they sometimes have a grocery section.  Forget the expiration date.  If you research it, with the exceptions of medications and dairy products, the date is simply the date that the product stays freshest…a sort of informal limit.

All of this activity will augment what you already do to save your pennies.  Many times you can even find sales on canned goods that you can use for your preps.  Your job is to find as many avenues as you can for you and your family to make ends meet and preserve one another.  The methods outlined here are not questionable…they’re unconventional, and require you to think with other than normative thought.  You’ll come up with a plan.  Just the fact that you read ReadyNutrition is evidence that you do not follow the crowd.  So, happy hustling for those groceries, and let us know about techniques and adventures that you have found to benefit you and yours.  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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How to Spot False Flag Events

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mediaReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, we’re going to cover some basic fundamentals to help you forecast an event before it materializes. You don’t need to be either a prophet or an actuarial scientist to drastically improve your probability of gauging an event before it occurs.  Sound techniques of daily research coupled with keeping an open eye are keys; keeping an open mind is another, and it is possibly the most important of them all.

False Flag Events

So, what is a false flag event? This term is largely used to describe covert operations that are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them. According to this website, the origin of this term stems from the old days of wooden ships, when one ship would hang the flag of its enemy before attacking another ship in its own navy. Because the enemy’s flag was hung instead of the flag of the real country of the attacking ship, it was called a “false flag” attack. Many believe this ploy commonly uses the media and fear of a manufactured enemy to control populations. Infowars has an excellent article on confirmed false flag events.

You already know about multiple preparedness, disaster, and survival sites.  The alternate news media provided by the internet is the last bastion of objective grass-roots journalism and reporting that exists.  Most of your news in the mainstream media (MSM) is “canned,” or rather, approved is the better word.  Did you ever notice how an article in one MSM publication oftentimes appears in several (or many) other publications?  Such returns us to an old adage that may surprise you for not being meant for face value:

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” –  Lord Acton

Readers, this does hold true about power; however, what Acton was referring to was the culpability of the media to fawn upon a ruler/dictator/leader and “color” objectivity with a slant in favor of what the ruler wants…to obtain favored status.

Filter Through Media Headlies With These Tips

1. Find Links in News Articles

Look no further than the MSM of the United States: kowtowing at every turn to lick the hands of those granting the “all access press pass” and the front row seat in the briefing.  Now, does this mean that you cannot use them and what they “report” a s news?  Absolutely not!  You can use it…but you must sift it first, gleaning the true and important details.

Your goal is to create a daily “collage” of news items with the collage blending the news per item, and potentially finding links that overlap into other collages to give you an accurate portrait.  This is for all of the venues: radio, television, if you have it (JJ’s home hasn’t had TV in almost 11 years), newspapers, magazines, and the internet.  Let’s take a hypothetical case to illustrate.

Zippydisaster is a (fictitious) site that prints a great deal on current events relating to potential nuclear war.  They just did a piece on North Korea and a submarine that runs on hydrogen taken from seawater via hydrolysis.  Zippydisaster’s piece links to several AP quotes from Kim Jung Un, and substantiates its findings with an expert tying into submarine contracts for construction between Russia and North Korea.

2. Find Details in Articles that Other News Sources Removed

Your job is to find out the specifics in these articles…what type of submarine, class, range, and technology?  Is the expert fairly well-known, and/or does he have other references you can research relating to the topic?  What types of contracts were involved between the North Korean and Russian governments, and were any of their details divulged to the public?  Now what sources do you, the researcher, use to help find the details about these specifics?  Janes’ Defense is an excellent site to find out about military equipment and weapons.  You can find out the true range of the class submarine, its armaments, its complement, and its capabilities.

Don’t “X” out the MSM completely.  Look at what recently happened when Vladimir Putin (in December 2015) accidentally leaked out a photograph of a document to Russian television of a drone submarine capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to a U.S. coastal city.  That’s a pretty serious mistake on the part of Russia.  Mistakes are made, and it is up to you to be able to spot it and file it away for reference later.

Look at the event that is being reported…say a bombing by ISIS of an oil refinery in northern Syria.  Study the event.  Who benefits from the oil, and whose oil is it?  Who claims the oil as their own?  What are the effects of the loss of such a refinery to nations in Europe?

Look at what happened in Benghazi, but remember: the actions leading up to it included the current U.S. president deploying naval forces along with France (the main protagonist) for the specific purpose of protecting France’s oil supply.  Look at the Syrian situation, and understand the U.S. wants to place a gas pipeline from Qatar and run it up through Syria to cut off Russian Gazprom natural gas supplies into Ukraine (and hence, Europe).  Doesn’t appear that the plan is working too well, however, that’s not the point.  The point here is to sift through the blurbs of news that are newsworthy and then do good research to find out who, what, when, where, how, and why…with emphasis on the last item, the “why” element.

By utilizing multiple sites, you “plow the field” and find details in one that another may not have.  One site may have the time and place of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test off the coast of California.  Another may actually show YouTube footage with the trajectory visible.  Another may have communiques between radar stations and Air Force bases radioed when the missile is tracked.  A military source may know the type of missile.  From this grouping of details from diverse sources you can paint an accurate picture that is more complete than if you had just taken it from one source.

3. Pay Attention to the Signs, Use Facts and Forecast Appropriately

Regarding forecasting, everybody wants…no, demands…that you answer the question, “When is it all going to collapse?”

The only ones who know that are the ones who will cause the collapse.

You must look at the “signs” that you find…clues that you gather upon the path…to aid you in determining the point where you, personally, pull the plug and initiate whatever procedures that you and your family have agreed upon.  There are many good economists who have given various lists of signs to watch for, from dollar and gold decoupling to the dumping of T-bills by foreign nations.  When you see these things inching ominously closer, cross-reference them and find out their causes.  Is that deep drop in the Dow something serious, such as the Baltic Dry Good Index dropping, along with the price of crude, or is it just speculators running wild?

In order to forecast, you need not be a “swami,” just be solid and rely on facts.

Do not leave out HUMINT, or human intelligence sources.  Do you know members of the military currently or recently on active duty?  Do you know any middle management at the coal plant being hit by EPA regulations?  Do you have a good physician who will tell you about the questions HHS is asking him to answer concerning your firearms ownership?  All of these sources you can glean from and also develop to help broaden your perspective and intelligence-gathering.

4. Have An Open Mind

Use every source at your disposal and get the “big picture” on all things.  There is one more item: an open mind.  Do not discount something that absolutely appears that it cannot happen.  Such a statement may seem inconsistent with what we covered here; however, it is not.  It is your “ace-in-the-hole” statement.  Don’t be boxed in.  You must allow your mind to take the “third person limited omniscient” perspective: let your mind be outside of the intelligence to analyze it, and not be influenced by it via emotions.

Analyze and weigh details, and come to a conclusion based on your data and your instincts.  In the end, it is you who will have to make the personal decision that it’s hitting the fan, and the missiles are on the way.  You will have to determine that it’s time to hang up that hardhat in the factory and quietly head for home.  Good forecasting is based on good viable information obtained by diligently watching, reading, and listening to all that is happening around you.  Good intelligence is not simply found: it is made, and you can do this with diligence and attention to detail.  Happy researching, and remember to stay alert and frosty!

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.

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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.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Top 20 Prepping and Survival Sites

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 Looking back on 2015, I feel very fortunate; with all the insane events that transpired, we were still given more time to prep and get ready. It gave me a chance to remember some of my earlier lessons I learned when I began prepping and ultimately, helped me remember how important it is to stay alert and hopeful in dire circumstances. It seems that each year brings new emergencies and events that cause many of us to go into panic mode (Need I bring up the Ebola scare of 2014 or the buckling economy in September of this year?).

All the while these events were evoking fear and trepidation, there were prepping and survival websites weighing the information and providing solutions to help their common man better prepare. This is why I love the prepping and survival community so very much. Rather than going about their daily lives, the editors of these websites are tirelessly putting forth effort to provide the much needed answers to help the layman get through these harder times. As Mike Snyder from The Economic Collapse blog points out, the general public needs all the help they can get.

And sadly, the truth of the matter is that most Americans are not prepared for much of anything at this point.  The following statistics come from a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation.  As you can see, a substantial portion of the population is not even prepared for a basic emergency that would last for just a few days…

  • 44 percent don’t have first-aid kits
  • 48 percent lack emergency supplies
  • 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home
  • 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes
  • 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during an emergency
  • 42 percent do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members
  • 21 percent don’t know if their workplace has an emergency preparedness plan
  • 37 percent do not have a list of the drugs they are taking
  • 52 percent do not have copies of health insurance documents

Survival and prepping have come a long way since I first started Ready Nutrition. In that time a lot of websites have been created, but there are some who stand out. I wanted to take the time to showcase some of my favorite prepper and survival sites that I go to regularly. I respect these sites because, as I said earlier, writing about preparedness and survival takes a lot of time and effort and they set the bar high when it comes to quality content. As well, this list is also my way of thanking these websites for their hard work. As many of them know the thank you’s for all they do are few and far between in this line of work. In no particular order, these are some of my top picks for the best prepper sites out there.

  1. Graywolf Survival 
  2. The Survivalist Blog
  3. Survival Blog 
  4. Prepper Website 
  5. The Organic Prepper 
  6. The Economic Collapse Blog
  7. Natural News
  8. The Daily Sheeple
  9. SHTF Plan
  10. Backdoor Survival
  11. Survival Sherpa
  12. Survival Mom
  13. SHTF School
  14. The Prepper Journal
  15. Off the Grid News
  16. Survival Life
  17. Doom and Bloom
  18. Offgrid Survival
  19. Survival At Home
  20. Survivopedia

What are some of your favorite prepper sites?

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Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

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Why the Freedom vs. Safety Argument Is a Trap

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ak47 firingNow that another mass shooting has occurred, the debate between the pro-gun and the anti-gun camps is raging once again. It plays out about the same way every single time. One side says that we need to restrict firearm ownership in some capacity if we want to save lives, and the other side will say that to do so would be a violation of our constitutional rights. Then they will add that actually, if more civilians have access to guns, then society will be safer overall.

I’m here to tell you though that this argument is a trap. Even though I do believe that an armed society is a safe society, I don’t think that this is the argument that gun owners should be making to support their rights, at least by itself. Here’s why:

Just about every aspect of our lives is influenced by the “freedom vs safety” argument. Everything we do and believe in, can be placed somewhere on that spectrum. Do we want a certain activity to be completely free and unregulated, do we want it to be completely safe and controlled (a state of affairs which we could also call “tyrannical” rather than safe), or should it fall somewhere in between? What do we value more? Human life, or human freedom?

Because the anti-gun crowd believes that there is a net benefit to gun control, that taking away guns would save more lives, they think they value life more than freedom. However, it’s kind of messed up when you think about it, because even the most ardent of gun control advocates will begrudgingly admit that yes, from time to time guns do save lives. It’s in the news all the time. Sometimes homeowners stop murderous home invaders with guns, and sometimes women stop vile rapists with guns. It’s an undeniable fact.

So what they’re really saying when they make this net benefitargument, is that it’s okay if a few people die so that the rest of us can live. That’s simply the cost of living in a safe society.

However, if you believe that guns save more lives than they kill, you’ve just made the same exact argument. In this case, most gun owners would say that there is no real choice between human freedom and human life. More freedom means more safety, because an armed society is a safe society. However, you have to admit that there are people who would die in an armed society that would not die in an unarmed society. Criminals have more access to firearms in our country, and a number of them would not be able to kill if they didn’t have a gun. Would most of them find a substitute to kill with? Yes, but not all. Would there still be more deaths in an unarmed society? I personally believe so, but it misses the point.

For instance, you could also say that if everyone was allowed to carry a gun, then criminals would have a harder time committing crimes. However, if more people are allowed to carry guns, there will also be more gun related accidents. Sometimes people miss, sometimes they shoot themselves, and from time to time they target people who aren’t really criminals. It’s unavoidable.

Can you see the problem with net benefit arguments? They don’t hold individuals responsible for their actions, which is why advocates for freedom shouldn’t make them the crux of their argument. If you do, you’re just reciting numbers without context.

Again, I still believe that guns make society safer, but there is obviously a flaw in any argument that implies a net benefit. At the end of the day, no matter where an issue falls on the freedom vs safety spectrum, somebody is going to die who would not have died otherwise. If you argue that a position on that spectrum will save more lives than it would kill, you’re still saying that it’s okay for some people to die in exchange for the rest of us. That’s simply the cost of living in a free society, right?

See what I’m getting at? The freedom vs safety argument is a trap with no winners, and you can see it at work everywhere in our society. Should drugs be banned or should we get to decide what we put in our bodies? Should the government force you to wear a seat-belt or not? Should car manufactures be forced to install air bags in their vehicles? Should healthcare be run by the government? In all of these cases, you can argue all day about which is more beneficial to society, but somebody is going to die regardless of the outcome. And if you truly value human life then you have to admit that it’s not fair to exchange one life for any number of lives.

By now you might be thinking that if I’m right about this, that somebody is going to be hurt no matter how society is run, and that one life should not be outweighed by the many, that the whole argument is meaningless and it doesn’t matter how we live. I don’t mean to say that at all. In fact I still believe that choosing safety over freedom won’t actually make us safer, and it’s still important to make that practical argument to the gun grabbers. It’s just that, what is useful and beneficial needs to stand on the shoulders of what is right and wrong.

By that I mean, instead of making a statistical argument, you also have to make a moral argument. It’s not enough to convince someone that one way is beneficial and the other way is not. You also can’t just say “because the Constitution says so” and leave it at that. You have to make a compelling argument that freedom is ethical.

You have to convince them that it is wrong to punish people for crimes they haven’t committed, which is exactly what gun control would do. You have to convince them that we all have the natural right to defend ourselves and our property. They need to realize that there is no morality without freedom, because if we don’t live in a free society, then we lack the authority to make moral decisions on our own. They need to know the truth. If we don’t live in freedom, then there is nothing to live for. There isn’t a point to life at all if we can’t make our own choices.

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Government Criminalizing Rainwater Collection In All Out War On Self Sufficiency

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Rainwater-BucketCollecting rainwater is classically seen as a safe and sustainable way of supplying your household with an off-the-grid water supply. Some people collect rainwater only for a backup reservoir, while others prefer to go all the way and maintain their household with pure off-the-grid rainwater collection. This method ensures water during emergencies, can help control floods, saves money and liberates us from company-dependence for our water.

Consequently, this freedom to collect our own rainwater is currently under attack. State laws have been set up in several U.S. States including Oregon, Utah, California, Florida, Colorado and Washington that prohibit the collection, or “diversion” of rainwater, including water that is falling on your own property and is to be used for your own private use or as an environmental conservation technique.

This idea of state-owned rainwater is opposed both by environmentalists on the left, and libertarians and constitutionalists on the right, and even historical figures such as Chief Seattle when he allegedly said during his 1854 oration to the European colonists “how can you own the rain?”Supporters are mainly governments and collectivists who tend to lean toward ideologies that sacrifice individual liberties.

Although it seems commonsense that the water that falls on your own property would of course belong to you, state governments increasingly challenge that idea with legislation demanding that your water doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to them, they say, and if you want to use “their” water then you first have to obtain a “Water Right” – and if you are denied this right, the water that falls on your own property (even if you need it) will be illegal to use – you will be thrown in jail or fined for the use of that water. You are now a Water Criminal.

Take for example the story of Gary Harrington, an Oregon man who had three ponds, or what the Oregon State Water Managers called “three illegal reservoirs” of water on his more than 170 acres of land. Harrington was reportedly sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined over $1,500 for having these “illegal reservoirs” on his property. The state claims that he is “diverting” water from Big Butte Creek, but he argues that he was only collecting the rainwater that falls on his own property, which later falls into to the creek.

CNS News reports:

“They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.

This issue is not isolated and it’s happening more than ever. Increasingly, people are being banned from all kinds of off-the-grid activities such as camping on their own property or heating your home with wood. Residents of Colorado, Florida and California have all had similar experiences to Harrington. Robin Rutan, an off-the-grid resident, reportedly told Colorado Public Radio “We’ve been regulated out of life” and that “I came here because I couldn’t live by the codes [in other regions].”

Another Colorado resident said “We are residents who have come to live off the grid. It’s all our land…These are harsh economic times. We have nowhere to go”. Residents of California are having increasingly harder time due to these “water laws” in wake of the drought that is taking place there.

Many people of the world still utilize rainwater as a major water source, such as the people of Singapore (28 to 33% of total water used), Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Hawaii and more. A Colorado study reveals that “With rainwater harvesting, outdoor water demand is reduced by approximately 65% with moderate conservation and approximately 88% with water wise conservation.” showing that collecting rainwater helps the environment through conservation and reduces dependency on company water.

Phillip Schneider is a student and a contributing author to Waking Times.

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http://www.unep.or.jp/ietc/publications/urban/urbanenv-2/9.asp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuJzMu6u-pg
http://www.waterrights.utah.gov/wrinfo/faq.asp
http://water.state.co.us/dwripub/documents/dwr_rainwaterflyer.pdf
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/oregon-man-sentenced-30-days-jail-collecting-rainwater-his-property
http://cwcbweblink.state.co.us/weblink/docview.aspx?id=114917&searchhandle=31520&dbid=0
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http://thefreethoughtproject.com/camping-land-illegal-homesteading-regulated-existence/
http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/06/court-rules-living-off-the-grid-is-illegal/
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http://www.naturalnews.com/051936_wood-burning_stove_ban_self-reliance_living_off_the_grid.html

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Russia May Start Training Civilians to Deal With Nuclear Attack

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mushroom cloudEvery day it seems like we take another step towards reliving the Cold War era, and Friday was no different. Dmitry Rogozin, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia’s defense industry, suggested that his government should start preparing civilians for a nuclear attack much like the Soviets did during the Cold War.

After claiming that the US was upsetting the nuclear balance of power by developing new weapon systems, he suggested that the defense industry needs to keep up with our technology by putting more research and development into Russia’s nuclear arsenal. He further added that more measures should be added “so that the population, if nonetheless they were subject to that kind of aggression, could avoid colossal losses. … Civil defense should be recreated.”

This isn’t too surprising given the fact Russia never really stopped preparing for a nuclear conflagration after the Cold War ended. Since in the early 90’s they’ve been building a massive bomb shelter in the Ural mountains, as well as thousands of smaller shelters in the outskirts of Moscow to protect the general population. Meanwhile, our government hasn’t done anything to insulate the average American from the worst case scenario, and they consider preppers to be paranoid domestic terrorists. The contrast between how our government views nuclear war and how the Russian government views it, is absolutely stunning.

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