Friday, January 22, 2021

Next Time You Attend an Insurgency, Can You Be a Bit Less Obvious?

I had to shake my head at the idiocy displayed during the capitol riots a few weeks ago.  I am especially disappointed in the military members who were there.  Were they taught nothing about covert operations?  If you plan to commit a felony/treason/sedition/insurgency, consider how these fools were storming the capital one day then sitting in jail the next.  To keep your next mission on the downlow and avoid being caught, consider these tips...


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Onward!

The inauguration went probably better than many people expected.  Now that stability seems to have taken up residence where instability was on display only a couple weeks ago, it's time to move forward both politically and individually.

Now that we have seen what can happen (I mean, who expected to see a riot inside the capitol building?), it should inspire people to prepare even more diligently than we have in the past.  When literally anything can happen, it makes sense to be prepared for everything.  Moving forward with our preps, we need to concentrate on all facets of preparedness including...

  • Financial (can you survive a year of financial disaster in your own life?  Many people are still dealing with this very situation)
  • Privacy (the vast, and often unknown, ways technology can be used against us was exactly how protestors at the capitol have been rounded up by law enforcement in the past weeks)
  • Physical fitness and health (there's covid, a severely lacking healthcare system, a severely lacking health insurance system for many, obesity rates that are off the charts...people's health and fitness needs to be rebuilt from the ground up and it's one of the most basic preps anyone can do)
  • Knowledge (when people are freaking out over not having toilet paper and having no idea what they can use instead, it points to an extreme lack of knowledge at the most basic level.  A deep and vast level of knowledge of all topics should be a daily preparedness activity)
  • Self sufficiency (if there is one thing the pandemic has taught us, it is that we can't wholly rely on our usual supply chains to bring us everything we need to our local retailer.  We need to work on this)
Now our country and ourselves will move onward and upward.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Inauguration Day Preps

Hopefully tomorrow's presidential inauguration goes peacefully but with everything that has happened over the past weeks--and years for that matter--it's anyone's guess how things will turn out tomorrow.  

Some preps to consider...

  • Top off your vehicle's gas tank
  • Download all of your financial documents from your financial institutions
  • Download movies and books you would want to have available should the power/internet shut down
  • Back up all of you computer files
  • Have cash on hand in case ATMs go down
  • Consider staying home tomorrow until you see how things shake out
  • If you must be out and about, take adequate precautions
  • Know your rights
  • Top off your food and supplies if needed (particularly produce and other perishables)
  • Be aware of what is happening via the media/social media but don't take everything you learn from these sources as gospel (there will probably be a lot of misinformation spread around this event)
  • Review your bug out bag and ensure it is ready to go if necessary
  • Be prepared to defend yourself if trouble comes to you (obviously don't go looking for trouble)
  • Make any last-minute preps for those in your care (babies and children, the elderly, the ill or infirm, pets, etc)
  • Make a plan if family members will be in different places tomorrow (communications, evacuation, etc)
  • Make a quick review of your home security systems (cameras, putting valuables away in a hidden safe, etc)
  • Go grey man--don't dress flashy, don't stand out in the crowd, don't partake in seditious or violent activities, don't argue with people over politics or other high-tension topics (you won't change their mind and it is a waste of your energy to do so), etc.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

When Disaster Strikes

If you are in the US check your local PBS station for a new series called 'When Disaster Strikes'.  The show gives an interesting overview of how the international response is managed when a major disaster strikes a region.  Some things I learned from the first episode: the UN uses disaster response 'clusters' to divide up the responsibilities of major disasters, Team Rubicon is one of the major response organizations from the US, and there are several recipes online for the energy biscuits they were using to keep people from starving right after the disaster.  Check it out!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

And the Fallout Continues...

It's been quite a week in American history.  Some sort of half-assed take over of the nation's capital followed by a knee-jerk reaction by social media platforms...is this what we have to look forward to in the future?  Some thoughts...

For now I will continue to watch the fallout from this situation, focus my preps for now on privacy concerns, and try to ignore the media/social media as much as possible because they are just as complicit in all of this mess as anyone else.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

20 YouTube Channels to Check Out

Now that things in DC have chilled out a bit, we will move along to other prepping topics.  Here are 20 YouTube channels that preppers should check out:

  1. Kit Badger (all things guns)
  2. Cheap RV Living (alternative living options)
  3. Warrior Poet Society (preparedness, guns, military)
  4. Bushradical (rural living skills)
  5. Canadian Prepper (preparedness)
  6. Provident Prepper (preparedness)
  7. Vigilance Elite (preparedness, guns, military)
  8. HoboTech (off-grid tech)
  9. The Urban Prepper (preparedness)
  10. Fieldcraft Survival (preparedness)
  11. Sensible Prepper (preparedness)
  12. Fy Nyth (off-grid living)
  13. Nomad Capitalist (expat stuff)
  14. Scottie's Tech Info (technology)
  15. Modern Rogue (survival, preparedness)
  16. Prep Medic (tactical medicine)
  17. MedWild (wilderness medicine)
  18. Darwin on the Trail (backpacking)
  19. Homemade Wanderlust (backpacking)
  20. Survival Dispatch (survival, preparedness)