Some years are better than others and this year, in spite of many changes, is one of the better years. As we approach year end, I find myself in an upbeat mood as I look forward to even more change. Going into 2017, I feel less worried and infinitely more prepared. That is the beauty of prepping and living a prepper-centric lifestyle: with each passing year, you are steps closer to meeting your goals and feeling secure in your knowledge that you can take care of yourself and your family during dire circumstances.
It is with this frame of mind that I offer you a message of “Thanks” and Thanksgiving. Thank you for being a part of Backdoor Survival.
Today I speculate that recent events are part of a larger master plan for government control of its citizens. True or not, it is something to consider. Don’t let the issue of gun control distract you from the truth about our government’s actions and the push toward tyranny.
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 on 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. It was a declaration of universal rights for all and further, it defined the government as the gate-keeper for insuring that those rights are protected. Yes, the government was defined as the gate-keeper and protector with its rights being granted by the people and for the people.
But now, instead of being gate-keeper and protector, our government, in my opinion, has become the warden and the jailer, intent on keeping our citizens under control, without choice, without guardianship and certainly without representation when it comes to taxes.
The rank and file citizens of the United States of America are being herded down the path to a Police State. Or, better put, will soon be running from the rising tsunami of the police state. . . . a special Backdoor Survival view of the National Defense Resources Preparedness Order.
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. And today, with many popular sites undergoing a “blackout” in protest of the proposed Stop Online Piracy (SOPA) legislation, I thought I would offer my own thoughts on the matter.
First of all, it is a given that freedom of speech is the right of citizens of the United States. This means that our government can not and should not be making an attempt to restrict of penalize speech because of its content or viewpoint. So when there is talk of restricting internet content, my eyebrows go up quizzically, wondering just what limits would be placed on those restrictions. And moreover, as electronic media becomes the norm rather than the exception, how does reading something on the internet differ from reading a book, magazine, or printed newspaper?
don’t usually post news alerts, but thanks to MD Creekmore at The Survivalist Blog, I have learned that the reported raid on the LDS Cannery in Tennessee is a fabricated report.
The news that Federal agents allegedly visited a Mormon cannery in Tennessee and asked for a list of people who bought bulk food storage circulated the alternate media a few days ago after is was reported at Oathkeepers.org.
The following video posted by SouthernBellePrepper debunks the story.
Thanksgiving is an American celebration – a national holiday honoring the early settlers and their bountiful harvest. And equally important, it is a celebration of the friendship between these same settlers and the Native Americans.
A lot has happened between then and now. The history of these early Americans and the Native Americans was not always rosy. And, in many ways, it was not only tragic but a disgrace to the humanity for which we are so proud. As you will learn, the Native Americans were run off their land, had their possessions confiscated and were forced to abandon life as they knew it.
Sound familiar? I will say it again: forced to abandon life as they knew it. Are we on the brink of seeing the same thing happen again only this time to middle class American Joe’s and Jane’s?
As we approach this fourth Thursday of November, as families join together for a feast and a day of abundance, I would like to briefly step though history and suggest that the Americans of today are precariously poised for defeat in the same manner as our Native Americans so many years ago.
As much as I wish it were not true, I do believe that within my lifetime, our society will reach a SHTF situation. The nature and shape of this event is unknown to me but on some level, I dread the thought of the societal chaos that will occur, for better or for worse.
Now it may seem odd to include the words “for better” when referring to a SHTF situation but in looking back at history, it seems that advances in civilization have frequently risen from the ashes of chaos. So even though I may have to live through the disorganized and destructive forces of a global breakdown, the optimist in me is hopeful that the results will be beneficial to future generations – even if the generations may be hundred’s of years from now.
This leads me to the topic today: What will you do when SHTF? Will you be a Giver to those that have failed to prepare?
The news of the day in the modern world is filled with stories of civil unrest. This is happening in the streets of Seattle, the ghettos of New York, and the back roads of middle America. Where ever you look, the little guys are turning out in droves in an attempt to show their disgust and contempt with the power elites and sneaky elected officials.
Now don’t get me wrong. I abhor violence and I oppose the destruction of public property. I also disagree with the mass disruption of public transportation and other systems and services that we, as taxpayers, have paid for with annual IRS tithe. But regardless of these personal feelings, a tiny piece of me is rooting for those that are brave enough and courageous enough to get our there and fight for the rights of the rest of us.
So all of this got me thinking. What is it that we really want? And why is a fight so necessary? I think it all boils down to this: Liberty.
We want to take back our liberty and to restore democracy within our government. And thus comes the confusion. But first let us start with some definitions. According to Merriam-Webster:
Liberty is the quality of state of being free including:
The power to do as one pleases Freedom from physical restraint Freedom from arbitrary or despotic control The positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges The power of choice
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, our nation and much of the free world remembers and mourns the horrific events of that day. Along with commemorating the victims and the many people that suffered on that tragic day, many of us are sorting through our thoughts, however mixed. It is now ten years later and we have the perspective that comes with time and with the awareness of the changes in our daily lives that were the outcome of this tragedy.
Regardless of how we feel about our nation, let us make today one of reflection and remembrance. And although our world seems no safer now than it was then, on September 11 we need to put our political and bureaucratic angst aside and quietly honor those that have died or suffered as a result of September 11, 2001.
Times are tough today and the future is uncertain. But our nation is still free and tolerance is still the rule of the land.
Welcome to Labor Day 2011. On this, the first Monday of September, we are supposed to be celebrating both the value and dignity of work and the workers themselves. You remember the workers, don’t you? There are the hard working men and women who show up for work, day in and day out, and with loyalty and dedication, work to achieve the goals of their employers, be it in manufacturing, retail, the trades, agriculture or the service industry.
Some would say that the workers have come a long way. After all, the first Labor Day was really a rally for the adoption of eight hour work days, five hour work weeks, decent wages and relief from both harsh and dangerous working conditions.
But something has happened along the way.
Big business has bulldozed their way across the land with their dollars and with the influence purchased by those dollars. They have lined the pocketbooks and the coffers of our politicians and government officials and left small business behind. The end result? Hard working men and women no longer have jobs. Or, if they do, they are putting in long hours without extra compensation or fewer hours with a reduced paycheck. They live in fear of job loss and this translates into a stress so horrendous that it tears in to the fabric of family life.
Fear. We all experience it at some time or another. It is that feeling of anxiety we get when the outcome of something threatens our well-being and safety.
In today’s 21st century world, there is a lot of fear. It comes in many guises and is almost palpable:
Fear of a natural disaster Fear of the collapse of our monetary system and the economy Fear of anarchy and civil unrest Fear of nuclear or chemical contamination Fear of unemployment Fear of getting old and death Fear of a terrorist attack Fear of the end of the world or TEOTWAWKI Yes, these are uncertain times and coping with just one of these fears can be challenging if not debilitating. So how does one cope? How does one put up a wholesome front faced with such uncertainties and concern for the personal welfare of one’s self and one’s family?
I am not a mental health professional so what I have to offer is not professional advice. Instead, I offer my own 10 commandments for staying sane in a world where there are more questions than answers.
SurvivalWoman’s Ten Commandments for Conquering Fear
Electromagnetic Disturbance and Solar Storms – What You Need to Know
If you still think that nuclear power is cheap, clean and safe, think again. Australia’s CBS exposed the unconscionable realities of the Japanese catastrophe a recent version of its 60 Minutes broadcast. The call to action? Begin cutting down on your energy usage now and just say no to any nuclear expansion proposed in your home state.
This video is alarming from a global sense and will break your heart from a personal sense.
Electromagnetic Disturbance and Solar Storms – What You Need to Know
Arsenius the Hermit from A Journal of Self Sufficiency pointed me toward these DVDs. I found them online, available for streaming. If you are concerned about the upcoming Coronal Mass Ejection and electromagnetic disturbance, these are a must see.
Electronic Armageddon: Nat Geo Explorer investigates the science behind the dangers of a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse, or HEMP. It deals with both nuclear and and natural EMP.
Solar Storm: This 2008 special from The Discovery Channel is a docudrama dealing with a coronal mass ejection with the necessary polarization to do a lot of damage. Very timely as we prepare for the grand daddy of all solar storms in 2012.
Three weeks ago if someone mentioned a CME was on its way I would have looked at them with a raised brow and a questioning look, not even pretending to understand. For the uninformed – as I was until a week ago – CME stands for Coronal Mass Ejection. In simplistic terms, this refers to large plasma ball full of charged geomagnetic particles that is emitted by the sun.
So why should we care?
Well for one, by the time you read this or shortly thereafter, a large strike will hit earth with the potential to disrupt our daily lives in an unpredictable manner. You see, from what I have discovered, scientists are now anticipating if not predicting a high-consequence, low-frequency event. Or, what, in layman’s terms, we call a 100 year storm.
NASA astronomers report that the sun is entering the most violent period of its normal 11-year cycle. This interval of high activity, called the solar maximum, is expected to peak in 2013. Will 2013 be the 100 year event? Who knows. What we do know is that in the meantime, we are starting to experience the precursor to the big event now and that scientists expect this latest solar burst to trigger one of the most violent geomagnetic storms ever recorded.
The future is uncertain. That’s for sure. Of course, the future has always been uncertain. The difference is that right now, at this moment in time, the changes we see on the horizon could possibly affect the viability of life as we know it on global, all encompassing basis.
Climates are changing, resources are being depleted, economies are collapsing and, most frightening of all, weapons of mass destruction that could destroy humanity are being stockpiled by militant groups worldwide.
Anyone with a modicum of sense should be preparing themselves and their families for this uncertain future. The smart ones are storing food and water and they are bolstering their self-defense systems. They are also putting together “get out of dodge” plans just in case they need to do just that.
But what about the others? And most especially, what about our young people who have not yet been spoiled by the realities of life?
I came across this article by David Krieger who is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. It was posted at Common Ground, a Canadian publication dedicated to health, wellness, ecology and personal growth. Although it is addressed to recent graduates, I found the questions thought provoking and timely for everyone, including those of us that graduated in the 70’s and even earlier.
The Boomer Generation. If you were born between during the demographic birth boom between 1946 and 1964 you are part of it. So how are you feeling these days? Feeling a bit squeezed?
On the one hand, if you talk to your parents they will readily admit that during their working years, the contributed about $2,000 to the social security system. Now, in their golden years, they get a nice little Social Security check from the government and low cost health care through the Medicare program. Most retired somewhere between the age of 60 and 65 and, if they were lucky, also have a nice pension check coming in.
We – the Boomer Generation – did well by our elders. The contributions we made to Social Security and Medicare during our working years has provided for a decent life for many of the older folks in our country. No, they are not rolling in riches and for many, their government check barely covers expenses, but still, the entitlements are their and in one form or another, they have been able to count on them. We should fell good about this.
But what about us? Most boomers I know are still working and see no retirement on the horizon. Ever. Let me say that again: No Retirement Ever.
Last week I read about the woes of the 99 week unemployed, referred to by some as the 99-ers. For many in this group, savings accounts have run dry, benefits have run out, and, by the looks of things, social services such as food assistance and low cost medical care are being cut to the bone if not eliminated by our State and Federal governments. (And no, this is not a political statement about one political party or another. As far as I am concerned, most political types are egotistical do-nothings that serve their own interests and not those of the rank and file populace.)
Having long term unemployed workers is bad for everyone. With no money coming in, these folks have no money going out. And you wonder why consumer spending is at an all time low? Even an economics knucklehead such as myself can figure this one out. In addition, many of these people have lost their homes and have moved in with friends or relatives. Their dignity has suffered as has the privacy most of us expect within the domain of the four walls we call home.
And sadly, many of these unemployed are middle aged or older and are facing the last half of their life with nothing to look forward to than the handouts of others and more of the same, day in, day out. Yes, this is very sad.
I have used this term on a number of occasions recently only to receive a blank stare of confusion from the person with who I am conversing. And Survival Husband thought I made a typo in a recent post. Let me define this term for you.
Sheeple (from “sheep” and “people”) is a term of disparagement, in which people are likened to sheep.
The term is often used to denote persons who voluntarily acquiesce to a perceived authority figure’s suggestion without critical analysis or sufficient research to understand the ramifications of that decision. By doing so, Sheeple undermine their own individuality and may willingly give up their rights. The implication of the term is that people fallaciously appeal to authority and believe or do what they are told by perceived authority figures who they view as trustworthy. The term is generally used in a political, social, and sometimes spiritual sense.
Preppers (and readers of this blog) are not Sheeple, that’s a certainty. But sadly, there is a still a large contingent of our population that will continue to follow the heard until they waddle over the side of the mountain and tumble in to the abyss. They will never know what happened to them. Sad when you think about it.
Front yard garden woes
Did you catch the story about the woman who was charged with up to 93 days in jail for growing veggies in her front yard? Boy oh boy.
Here I was planning on a nifty little post that included a movie review along with a muse on the plight of the long term unemployed. Then news of the Reduce America’s Debt Now Act of 2011 hit the air. In case you have not heard, some members of Congress have introduced H. R. 2411 which proposes that taxpayers elect to have wages withheld and applied to the pay down of the national debt.
Here is a section of text from that bill which was introduced on July 6, 2011:
SEC. 2. VOLUNTARY WITHHOLDING FROM PAYROLL FOR REDUCTION OF THE PUBLIC DEBT.
(a) In General- An employee may elect for an employer to deduct and withhold upon the payment of wages by such employer amounts to be used to reduce the public debt.
Now I don’t know about you, but what type of idiot is being paid to represent the people and proposing garbage like this? To add insult to injury, if the Sheeple in this country decide to go along with this, their donations are not even tax deductible.
For years I have been addicted to the 11:00 PM news broadcast from a prominent Seattle station. Yet, just a couple of nights ago, I mentioned to SurvivalHusband that the news was no longer news. What I meant was that other than reports of local robberies, automobile crashes, and the occasional court decision relative to an alleged criminal, there was no substance to the nightly broadcast. More to the point, it is a waste of time. Gone are the days of investigative reporting into real issues that we care about. Instead, we have to endure 30 second sound bites before moving on to the next topic, usually the weather or a latest sport scores. With no disrespect to my readers who are avid fans or organized sports, who the heck cares about such drivel? I want to see what is happening with the Arizona wildfires or the Nebraska nuclear plant that is underwater, or, for heaven sakes, an analysis of the European debt crisis as it relates to the American financial system. Cripes, anything is better than Weiner-gate, Palin-mania, and incessant political whining that seems to dominate our daily news.
And it is only May. So many tragedies and so much disruption of daily life. I don’t know why but most certainly I do not believe that the inhabitants of earth are being punished for some reason. I simply do not know.
There are those that claim that the multitude of natural disasters have been predicated by global warming. Others claim that our planet is simply undergoing a 1000 year geological cycle. I am not 100% convinced one way or another and boy, I wish I understood the science a little bit better.
The American Dream website (see link below) has just posted an interesting article on the topic. So far in 2011, we have seen a record number of tornadoes, unprecedented flooding, rampant earthquakes, disturbing volcanic eruptions and a tsunami in Japan that none of us will ever forget. So why are there so many natural disasters in 2011? Our top scientists seem to be at a complete loss to explain what is happening. It just seems like there is one disaster or emergency after another. Many Americans are getting “disaster fatigue” as the requests to donate money to various relief efforts never seem to end. There has never been a time in recent history when we have seen so many natural disasters compressed into such a short period of time. So exactly what is going on here? Is something causing all of this or is this all one big coincidence?
Last week I read an article written by Robert Reich, the author of Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future. (Which, by the way, is now available in paperback).
The gist of the article was that the super rich (which I refer to as the rich elite) no longer pay taxes. Instead, they are now part of the bigwig machine that is actually lending money to the government. They do this by purchasing treasuries and other other government backed issues – which, as you know, are basically loans to the government.
Cripes. I had never thought about it but this takes double dipping to a new level: not only do the rich elite make no tax payments but they also get an income derived from tax payments made on the backs of the working stiffs. He says:
The great irony is if America’s super rich financed the U.S. government the way they used to – by paying taxes rather than lending the government money – that long-term budget deficit would be far lower.