Labor Day and The Great Recession

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: July 4, 2019
Labor Day and The Great Recession

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When I first started Backdoor Survival, we were in the middle of what is now referred to as “The Great Recession”.  At the time, unemployment was putting pressure on families of all ages, jobs for young people completing their educations were scarce, and many workers over the age of 55 were simply giving up the job search.

Four years later, and almost 900 articles later, I have become a cynic of the highest order.  Like many of you, I carry the burden of truth and knowledge mostly in silence while trying to live an abundant and strategic life.

Labor Day Great Recession

From where I sit, the Great Recession continues to put pressure on not only the unemployed but also on those who are working.  Many are underemployed and underpaid, working far below their capacity to contribute in a meaningful way.

Today, on Labor Day, as we celebrate the end of summer with picnics, backyard barbecues, fun, and games, I once again ask you to take a moment to say a silent prayer for the unemployed whose loss of income and dignity may take decades to recover.

The Final Word

I recently wrote about the Myth of Retirement.  Today I am saddened because many will never know true retirement.  More frightening, many will be forcibly retired because there is no room for them in the job market.  What happens when savings run out and homes are lost?  Will the government step in and create refugee camps for these poor souls?  Will that truly is the beginning of the end of life as we know it?

I don’t have any answers, just my cynical speculation.  For myself, I keep prepping and keep on doing my best to forge relationships with others that can help me learn those things I will need to know if the worse should happen.  Most of all, I try to be optimistic that things we are better for future generations.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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A few days ago I quietly changed the price of the eBook version of Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage to 99 cents.

Facebook fans know that I share a lot of free eBooks on the Backdoor Survival Facebook page.  By free, I mean books where the authors have temporarily lowered the price to nothing.

Each morning, over coffee, I attempt to find a worthwhile book for you.  Alas, there is a ton of garbage out there.  By that, I mean books that are a copy and paste from Wikipedia or worse.  Many appear to be written by off-shore sweatshops and are fluff pieces with little or no information of value covering two or three dozen pages.

It is my feeling that responsible authors need to move to the forefront, even if that means sacrificing some royalties along the way.  Bringing the price down to 99 cents is my way of ensuring that everyone can afford a copy of a book on food storage that is credible and grounded in first hand, practical experience.

One other thing.  I have set things up so that purchasers of the print book get the eBook for free.



Bargain Bin: Here are some items to consider as additions to your preps. Off course the rule of thumb is always this: first purchase what you need to get by and later, as budget allows, add the extra items that will enhance and add dimension and depth to your existing survival gear.

Chemical Light Sticks: Pick your size (length) and pick your color. Just be aware that if the color does not matter, some colors are cheaper than others. Be sure to read Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness pantry.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item for your first aid kit. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.


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23 Responses to “Labor Day and The Great Recession”

  1. Oh, and, Happy Union Goon Day:

    “According to the Web site of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, “Labor Day” became a national holiday in 1894 in order to celebrate “the union movement.” Not workers, or the work that they have done, or the wealth and prosperity they helped American capitalists to create. By “the movement” is meant, specifically, union bosses, the political impetus behind the creation of labor day in the first place. They sought and got a national holiday to celebrate themselves. So, in the spirit of American unionism, go ahead out and celebrate by setting off a “nail bomb” in the parking lot of a non-union construction site; sabotage the non-union oil refinery in the area; vandalize all the cars of the “scab” workers at the local non-union grocery store; threaten to rape the wives and girlfriends of the hated “scabs”; or maybe just go out with your union brothers and beat the living daylights out of a random non-union “rat” or “scab.”

    And don’t worry about the cops. According to the 1973 US. Supreme Court case, U.S. versus Enmons, violence, property damage, and extortion are allowable if they are done in pursuit of “legitimate union objectives.””… – Part of a Thomas DiLorenzo blog post.

  2. For retirement for many, I envision crude shacks out in the countryside complete with wide wooden shelves to serve as bunk-beds. And that’s upscale living!

    Anyway, I saw this bit about toilet paper and noticed it featured an expiration date of five years. I wonder what happens after five years, or seven? Disintegration?

    Japan rolls out campaign to stockpile toilet paper
    Associated Press
    Sep 1, 3:51 AM EDT

    “As part of the campaign, makers are offering a tightly rolled, 150-meter- (490-foot-) long, single-layer toilet paper that lasts more than twice as long as a regular roll.

    A family of four should be able to survive for a month on a six-roll pack, priced at 460 yen ($4.40) and with a five-year expiration date, said Satoshi Kurosaki, chairman of the Japan Household Paper Industry Association.” …

    • i’ve read on some prepper blogs about people who stored t.p. in a hot garage for a year or two and it turned to dust. don’t know what would happen in more moderate temps.

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