Are We Headed Toward a Cyber War?

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One of the most insidious end-of-the-world-as-we-know it scenarios is an an invisible attack on our power grid and the communication and information networks that drive our daily lives.  I am not referring to a short term outage, as annoying and as disruptive that can be. What I refer to and even fear, it a true SHTF where we are without power and communications for months or even years.

Many authors have explored this topic along with the corresponding breakdown of society that will occur when factories cease to operate, medical services are unavailable, and banks and stores are permanently closed.  As much as I try to envision this happening, I know that the real thing will be far worse than my imagination and certainly far more disruptive than a weekend test of off-grid skills.

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A Holiday Message of Optimism, Hope and Grace

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Traditionally, December 25th is a day that is filled with sharing. There are the gifts, the food, and the drink – all of which are shared with family and friends.  For many, there is also the religious and spiritual meaning of the day.  But even if you do not celebrate Christmas Day per se, there is something else.  Something that is important to all of us

I am referring to the the message of optimism, hope and grace that we all carry within us.

Now there are those that will say that a true Prepper needs to stand up, take charge and and forget about all of that fluffy stuff. 

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Fukushima: Is Anyone or Anything Safe?

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Recent news that thousands of fuel rods are being removed from Fukushima has raised a lot of questions and concerns across the globe.  Is the extraction safe or is this the beginning of Armageddon?  Does TEPCO really have the expertise to do this and are the oversight mechanisms credible.  Add to this our speculation relative to the long term ramifications of Fukushima on our food supply, our health, and the health of future generations and we have cause for worry.

In early 2012, a year after a massive tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, I connected with Joy Thompson who, along with her husband Randall, worked as health physicists during the Three Mile Island clean-up. 

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Internet Down Now What?

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Fall is definitely here. The leaves are finally falling from the trees and in the Pacific Northwest the infamous November winds have started. A number of years back, Seattle lost a bridge to those winds and once, in the 70s, a tree fell on my house.

Here on San Juan Island, the winds have not been too bad.  Fifty to sixty mile gusts are quite common and we take the wind storms in stride. On the other hand, we have another problem.  All communication to and from the island has ground to a halt. There is no DSL internet service, marginally intermittent cell service, no texting an no POTS (land line service).

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Looking Back at How to Survive a Nuclear Attack

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Today, with so much global uncertainly, I thought I would take a look back at “Survival Under Attack” and bring to you a historical perspective from the old Office of Civil Defense.

For those of you not old enough to remember, back in the days of the Cold War, the US Government as well as its citizens were apprehensive of a potential nuclear bomb attack from Russia.  To that end, the US Department of Civil Defense was active in issuing all kinds of educational material to the public with the two-fold intent of informing citizens how to shelter in the event of a nuclear bomb attack while at the same time assuring them that the likelihood of danger was minimal. 

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The True Meaning of Labor Day

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A couple of years ago I wrote an article about what Labor Day has become in the 21st century.  If you have a moment, today I invite you to reflect upon the true meaning of Labor Day – beyond the picnics, the family gatherings and the rest of the end of summer activities.

A Call for Mourning – Is Labor Day is Dead?

THE FINAL WORD

From time to time I feature bonus articles that are buried in the Backdoor Survival archives.  I hope you enjoy this one.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Coping With Uncertainty In Today’s World

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Every afternoon as I sit down with an extra large cup of espresso, I ponder something to write about next on Backdoor Survival.  It is difficult, but not for the reason you might think.  The difficult part is coming up with something new and fresh that has not been written here before.

I say that because in that last three years, I have written over 570 articles.  A lot the articles have been about prepping and self sufficiency but a large number have also been about more touchy-feely topics as I talk about life and getting by during hard – and soon-to-be harder – times.

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Prepping for an EMP and Solar Flares

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Of all of the reasons to prepare, one that we all need to take seriously is the possibility of a catastrophic EMP, or electromagnetic pulse.  This is especially true right now, as we face a huge amount of solar activity the likes of which could send out huge solar flares wiping out  communication systems and modern electronics.

To be blunt about it, an EMP, if large enough, would affect the entire planet.  In an instant, civilization as we know it would change as we get swept backward in time by a century or two.

WHAT IS AN EMP?

For those of you that only kind-of, sort-of understand EMPs, in the simplest of terms, an EMP is is an abrupt burst of electromagnetic radiation.

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Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Guns Across the Border

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival.

Mike Detty the author of Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico, shares his answers to my questions and is providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.  Mike’s book is an expose of gun smuggling, sting operations and government betrayal as described by a key undercover player – himself. It is fascinating, if not downright frightening.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

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4 Prepping Lessons Learned Following a Near Disaster

Living in the Pacific Northwest, you become accustomed to the occasional earthquake.  I still remember the earthquake of 1964 as well as the big Nisqually quake of 2001. I especially remember that there was a lot of destruction during the 2001 quake, and that our neighbor’s house slid off its foundation.

There is no way to anticipate these sudden, unexpected events.  But we can do our best to prepare for them not only as individuals and as families, but as communities as well.

Here in my own small community, we experienced our own unexpected event on Wednesday morning when an 85’ yacht at our marina burst into flames.  For those of you not familiar with boats and marinas, let me explain the danger.

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Americans Under Siege – Has Tomorrow Become a Reality?

Just a little over a year ago, President Obama signed an Executive Order titled National Defense Resources Preparedness.  This act stirred up a hornets nest of controversy – both for and against. At one end of the spectrum were those that thought this was an overt act signalizing unilateral militarization of our country.  Others felt this was a ho-hum restatement of existing presidential controls.

Whatever your feelings at the time, it is now a year later and events of the past couple of weeks bring more questions than answers to those that seek the truth.  Sadly, it is my opinion that Americans are under siege by our own government and by the mysterious and secretive powers that control our elected officials. 

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Coming to Terms with Government Control

Is the Government out to get us?  What do you think?

For the past three months, I have sat back and made a noble attempt to absorb the events of the day. Being a seeker of truth and finding clear cut answers lacking, for a while I felt a personal spiraling down as I was unable to connect the dots.

Here are a few key events that formed the basis for this dissonance and this inability to understand what I am being told and what I feel in my heart of hearts:

October 29, 2012: Hurricane Sandy makes hits landfall in the United States causing billions of dollars of destruction to mostly unprepared citizens.

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The True Meaning of Christmas

Today is Christmas Day and for those of you that celebrate, a very Merry Christmas to you.  But even if you do not celebrate per se, I hope you are spending the day with family and friends and sharing the spirit of the season with loved ones.

I thought it would useful today touch upon the true meaning of Christmas.  For some, Christmas is a religious event tied to the nativity while for others, it is a time for simply sharing our fondness for each other by exchanging gifts.  And yet for others – myself included – it is a time for reflection on the year that is waning with a forward look to our goals and aspirations for the new year.

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Wake Up to Our Bill of Rights

Today is Bill of Rights Day.

Named as such in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill of Rights Day is a call for all American citizens to reflect, review and celebrate the historical significance of this anniversary and to ponder how the amendments affect our daily lives and ensure our most sacred basic rights and civil liberties – rights and civil liberties that in the past we have taken for granted.

It is somewhat coincidental that this year this day follows a massive shooting at a Connecticut elementary school and a renewed call to action among elected political leaders to take care of the firearms problem in the United States. 

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A Thanksgiving Message of Miracles and Survival

Albert Einstein said: There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

For some, this may seem like an odd way to start a Thanksgiving Day message but to my way of thinking it is perfect.  Why you might say?  Well think about it.  We wake up each morning with the capacity to think and to feel and to share and to love.  We have air to breath and endless skies to enjoy.  We have friendships to embrace and food to eat.  And most important, we continue to survive in spite of the chaos and corruption around us.

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FEMA Faceoff: Truth as an Urban Legend

The article you are about to read is something that I have been working on for a number of months.  Before we begin, I would like thank my long term friend, George Ure, for his assistance and collaboration on this piece.  Together our goal was to uncover the truth and debunk what we thought were the internet myth’s about FEMA.

Now we are not so sure.

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In recent months we have all read and seen videos of the large scale movement of military gear, including equipment which could be used to control an unruly US civilian population.

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Food Safety When the Grid Goes Down

Recently, 600 million people in India were without power for two days.  According to news sources, the suspected cause was one of simple supply and demand:  more people wanted power than the Indian  infrastructure was able to deliver.  It was not only lights out – but lights out for half of the population.  Even I have a problem wrapping my brain around a black out of that magnitude.

It is important to note that in India, for many, electrical power is a luxury, where according to a recent census, one third of the households do not have enough to power even light a single light bulb. 

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A Preppers Nod to Independence Day and the Revolution of Thought

A year ago I wrote about Independence Day in America.  You know – the day that we commonly call the 4th of July.

Sadly, when it comes to liberty, freedom, and the elimination of tyranny, not much has changed in the twelve months since I wrote that article.  If anything, we have seen a continuance of the insidious assault on our rights and on our ability to embrace the tenants of free choice and free speech.

As I go back and read the Declaration of Independence, it strikes me that this statement, this edict of the people, was truly a revolution of thought. 

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The Rising Tsunami of the Police State

Saturday night, March 17.  Dateline 8 PM PDT.  I received an email from a reader alerting me to the Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness signed by President Obama on March 16.  To tell the truth, I thought it was a hoax.  Other than The Examiner, I could find no reference to the EO anywhere but on the official White House Press release site.

So what to do?  I had already completed the Sunday Buzz but wait, I just had to include this bit of breaking news.  And so, for the next twenty four hours, like many of you, I sought to make sense of the fact that there has been no main stream coverage of this event.

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Flood Preparedness: Coping with the Rising Waters

When the snow in the mountains starts to melt, the rivers swell and there is flooding in the low lands.  And while that is not a desirable situation, it is quite common and therefore – in some areas – expected.  But what about the snow melt following a large storm or unseasonal torrential rains?  Floods can occur then too, and unless you live on a hill or away from streams and lakes, you need to be prepared.

Those of us that live in the Pacific Northwest have just experienced one of the biggest snow storms since the mid-eighties.  Back then, I lived in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue at an elevation of 1000 feet. 

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Freedom of Speech, Internet Censorship and SOPA

The First Amendment to the Constitution states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Whoa boy.  I don’t want to imply that there has been the wholesale disregard on the part of our current government when it comes to upholding hold this amendment but, at least when it comes to part about “freedom of speech”, things are beginning to look a bit murky. 

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Happy New Year from Backdoor Survival

Where has the time gone?

2012 is here and with it comes a renewal of all that is important to us:  family, friends, and a wholesome and sustainable lifestyle.  I would like to personally wish you the very best for this coming year and to thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit Backdoor Survival.

I am grateful for your loyalty and your honest and sincere emails and comments.  Let us go forward in 2012 with renewed spirit and optimism for making the best of challenges as we face in the year ahead.

And, for a special treat, jump on over to Strategic Living where George and I have come up with Nine Resolutions That Matter in 2012.

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What is an Activist? One Woman’s View.

Today I would like to talk about activism and how being an activist relates to the Prepper Movement.  And yes, let’s call the emerging national pastime of prepping a “movement” for at no time in my lifetime can I recall such a groundswell of peaceful unrest and positive action among a such a large and varied demographic.

What is an Activist?

According to Wikipedia, Activism consists of intentional efforts to bring about social, political, economic, or environmental change.

What is missing from this definition, however, is the personal aspect of activism.  By that I mean the conscientious and intentional effort to bring about change at the individual or family level in addition to (or instead of) the global level. 

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The 2012 Prophecies: Have They Begun?

I am a big fan of the author Brad Meltzer and read his novels as soon as they are released.  He also has a program on the History channel called “Decoded”.  If you have never heard of this program, I suggest you check it out.

In this series, Brad researches and investigates historical enigmas, unproven rumors, and stories that seem puzzling if not downright conflicting in fact.  The latest episode has to do with 2012.  Have the prophecies begun?  For sure this is a time worn topic but with 2012 coming up in just a few weeks, it is good to be reminded of the predictions that were made not only by ancient civilizations but by the bible itself.

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