Monday, December 27, 2010

Scenario: Lights Out!

It is the middle of winter in the north east and things are looking bad economically. You just faced the grocery store scenario (below) and return home to gather your family and find food so they can eat. After a while the electricity just goes out. You try to call the service provider, but the phone lines are also down. Your heating service depends on the electricity to run and you are now faced with the problem of freezing to death. With no one to answer to this problem, you are now in a situation of life and death. What now?

When chaos hits the first thing to go are the municipalities that we depend on in our daily lives. These include electricity, water (city), gas, and telephone (including Cellular). These municipalities are run by a workforce that may strike. The company who provides the service may be forced to shut down because of economic issues. We depend on electricity so much that we never sit back and think about the consequences of not having. Forget the fact that our televisions, computers, and other electronic gadgets become pretty useless. You should be focusing on the more serious consequences such as having no ability to heat your home and keep your food items from spoiling. The overall solution to this problem is to be prepared to live without power for the long term. It can be done with some adjustments to your lifestyle. The electronic gadgets we have come to depend on may become simple bricks, but you can still live life and keep your family safe. Below are the steps to take to be prepared if you lose electricity.

Generator (short term): A generator is an obvious solution for power outages, but only temporary. Generators depend on fuel to run and the availability of fuel is very questionable when chaos hits. You can keep fuel on reserve, but such fuels like gasoline cannot be stored long. I suggest a diesel generator for a lot of reasons. Diesel can be stored for a long period of time. Most diesel generators can also be converted to run bio-diesel and even vegetable oil. Older diesel generators can even burn used motor oil and basically any other kind of oil. Even with a diesel, generators can only last for so long with the fuel available. I suggest only using a generator certain times of the day to run a refrigerator. Running a generator all day so you can operate a television and computer is simply wasteful.

Solar (long term): For less than $10,000 you can get yourself a decent solar panel kit which includes panels, charge controller, and inverter. These units will not power a whole house, but will provide enough juice to run a small refrigerator and other appliances that only need temporary electricity. For more money you can also get batteries to store the electricity so you can use it at night. Batteries do only last so long though. Solar panels themselves are good for at least a decade if taken care of well.

Woodstove (Heat): The problem with oil furnaces/boilers is that they require electricity to operate. They also require fuel, which again the availability of is questionable when chaos hits (see the scenario for that). A woodstove is a very standard and economic form of heat. If you own enough land you can get the wood every year and season it for use during the winter months. You are always guaranteed to have heat with a woodstove, with or without power.

Essential Items: Candles are nice to have around. You can buy candles in bulk. Lanterns are also nice, but most require fuel. Crank flashlights are very nice. You can be creative and get lights that are powered by such things as riding an indoor pedal bike. There are a variety of solar powered items such as radios and small televisions. Laptop computers are much more economical with power and can be used with a decent solar panel kit mentioned above.

Life can go on without electricity just as long as people are prepared for it. We should not take things like electricity for granted at all. It is worth the investing in items that make it easier to live off the grid.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Scenario: No food here!

Imagine yourself being in a future scenario for one moment. Things are looking bad across the country. The stock market has all but crashed, inflation has hit hard, gas prices are $10 a gallon, and food is becoming a hard commodity to get. You decide to visit the local grocery store to try to buy up some emergency essentials, such as water. When you get to the store you find a mob of people surrounded by police officers. As you approach closer you find that the grocery store has no more food left. Whatever food was left was taken by a rush of hungry and desperate people. The police have since squashed the riot, but many angry people are still questioning why the grocery store has no food. This appears to be the case throughout the area as other grocery stores have no food. You ask others around you, what is going on here? There is no clear answer, but it appears that the trucks never delivered the food because of some kind of strike by the drivers. The situation does not look good, especially for you since you have no food or water on hand. You and others start to wonder if there will ever be food delivered with all that is going on. What now?

The obvious solution to this scenario is to be prepared in advanced for any situation that arises like this. We depend so much on grocery stores that if one were to just not have any more food left on the shelf, people would literally riot. When chaos arises, the grocery store is the first place to be hit because it contains the essential item needed by everyone, food. I stress (and have been stressing) to keep stock piling food. Categorize your food into three sections – short term, medium term, and long term. Date all your items and continuously rotate with your standard food stock, especially for the short term foods. Below are some examples of food items in each category:

Short Term (6 months): Meats (frozen), breads (frozen), vegetables & fruits (not canned/sealed), condiments, cereals.

Medium Term (1-2 Years): Canned meats/vegetables/fruits, frozen fruits/vegetables/meats, pastas.

Long Term (2-10 Years): Sealed white rice, sealed flour, sealed sugar, MREs, dried & sealed meats (jerky), dried & sealed fruits/vegetables.

Food is not meant to be stored forever, so as you can see the longer you store it the less options you have. For the short and medium term foods, there are some that assume you have refrigeration (power). If you are in the winter months, then storing foods outside is also possible. Without any form of refrigeration, a lot of the above mentioned foods will spoil fast. The long term foods require a bit of work to store, unless of course you just buy MREs, which can be pricey. Investing in a nice dehumidifier and food sealer is not a bad idea. Learning how to can is also a good idea, especially if you have a garden and produce a lot of fruits and vegetables.

I hope your eyes are open after the above scenario. Having food stored is a real important thing for survival. Keep in mind food only lasts so long and to continue to survive, hunting is also essential. I will post more blogs on food storage and hunting in the future. For the time being, get to the store and start buying extra food. Find a nice dry place and start storing it.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Keep your friends close, but your guns closer

Whenever one speaks of surviving some form of out of the ordinary circumstance, guns are always at the forefront of discussion. Usually the ignorant folks use the fact that most people who prepare for the worst, tend to have guns and lots of ammo, as a primer to show how “crazy” we are. Such comments like “how many guns do you have buried in the back yard?” are always snickered when the topic comes up. There are times when you have to be the better person and weed out the ignorant people. Regardless though, guns are a very vital component of survival, but not necessarily for the reasons that the ignorant believe them to be. In a survivalist state of mind, guns are key in defense and hunting for food. Contrary to some belief, having guns and ammo around is not to fight an organized military or to randomly kill and loot. Those that are preparing for the worst do not live in cities or highly populated areas where those kinds of things are bound to occur. The point is to obtain self sufficiency in the millions of small towns across America. We aren’t preparing to loot and rob our neighbors armed with guns. Below I will break down the essential guns to own along with the associated ammunition. All guns are great to have and there is no such thing as having too many, but not everyone can have an arsenal.

Shotgun [Close range defense + big game gun] – A shotgun is a universal close range weapon that is used a lot for home defense. I recommend a 12 gauge, but 16 or 20 gauge is just fine. Try not to buy anything smaller than 20 gauge. I suggest a pump action that holds at least 5 shots. Break barrel works if you are on a fixed budget, but keep in mind that you can only shoot one bullet at a time. Stay away from semi-automatic shotguns, too many parts are prone to break. You want the shotgun to be simple and effective. Stock up on plenty of slugs, bird shot, and buck shot. Try to get medium sized bird shot (#4-6) and larger sized buck shot (#00-2). Shotgun shells are relatively cheap and can be purchased in bulk. I suggest looking into reloading if you have the patience and money. Shotgun shell reloading is a pretty straightforward and simple task.

Assault Rifle [Pure defense gun] – Assault rifles are usually the guns that come under fire for being overkill. But in situations where defense is a must against one or more other armed intruders, an assault rifle is the only answer. A simple situation is this – if chaos hits and you are locked in with your family and a group of armed people are outside demanding food or else – the assault rifle will be the saving grace. An assault rifle is usually one that holds a high capacity of rounds that can shoot a lot of bullets in a small amount of time (semi-automatic). The two most popular assault rifles are the AK-47 and the AR-15. The AR-15 is usually purchased new and does not come with a 30 round clip. 30 round clips are relatively easy to find and are cheap. Ak-47s are mostly purchased pre-banned, which means a lot of the restrictions such as high capacity magazines, pistol grips, etc, are not enforced. The AR-15 rifles range from $600 - $1200 and come in many different configurations made by many manufacturers. The AK-47 rifles range in price from $400 - $700 and are usually pretty standard. Most look the same with not many U.S manufacturers importing them (the only two currently doing it are Century Arms and Atlantic Firearms). The AR-15 uses the popular 5.56x45mm NATO round while the AK-47 uses the equally popular 7.62x39mm NATO round. Both bullets can be purchased in bulk reasonably cheap. The AK-47 bullet is a little bit bigger than the AR-15 bullet. Both rifles are equally good, but it has always been said that the AR-15 is made for accuracy and the AK-47 is made for reliability, so having both is also acceptable.

Long Range Rifle [Hunting + far targets] – The problem with shotguns and assault rifles is that they are primarily short range guns. Anything over 50 yards and who knows if you will even hit your target. Usually when hunting big game, such as deer and bear, the animal is a decent distance away and requires a long range gun. I will say also, just to keep my point consistent, the same applies to undesirable targets at a long range. Another simple example – a group of people are outside your house, but standing at the edge of the driveway, that for the sake of example is 200ft from your dwelling. They are popping shots at your house and demand food. With a long range rifle – problem solved. There are a large variety of different long range rifles chambered in many different calibers, the most popular being .30 caliber. Whatever caliber gun you get, I suggest it be either bolt action or lever action. Again, I do not recommend semi-automatic for the sake of simplicity. A decent scope is a must for targets over 100 yards. I suggest a scope power no lower than 9x with at least a 40mm lens. You can buy a decent combo in the range of $500 - $800. My favorite caliber in a long range rifle is the .308. Other popular calibers include: .30-30, .30-06, .300 Mag, .270, .338, and 7.62x54R. If you are looking for a cheap long range rifle then I suggest the Mosin-nagat chambered in 7.62x54R. They are old guns, some dating back to World War II, but will never fail. They are priced about $150, but with a decent scope you are looking at $250. Ammunition is not that cheap for long range rifles, mainly because accuracy is key. The more accurate you want the gun, the more the ammunition will be. You can get into reloading, but it is a complicated and pricey task.

Trapping Gun [Small game] – When hunting a small game animal, such as a fox or rabbit, you want to have some meat to eat, so shooting one with a shotgun is out of the question. I suggest a small caliber trapping gun. The two more popular choices are the .22 long and .17 caliber. Both can take down any small game animal and the bullets are extremely cheap. The most popular .22/.17 are lever action and bolt action that hold 20+ bullets in the magazine.

Other guns that are not essential, but useful – A pistol should be on the list as a required gun, especially for the close range ability it offers. The only problem with a pistol is the regulations that are on them. Any of the guns above can be purchased anywhere just as long as you have a clean record. In most states a pistol permit is required and that brings on all kinds of hassle. If you have a pistol permit, then by all means get a pistol. I won’t comment on the preferred pistol as any would world, but you can get pistols chambered in .22 caliber, just like the trapping guns. While they are not as powerful as say a 9mm, they are very practical because the bullets are dirt cheap.

There you have it – a rundown on the most popular guns of choice to get. I can’t say guns are the most important thing to get, as food is also important, but I will say that they should be on the top of your list when preparing for what is to come.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The End of All Things

There should be a day designated for Americans called ‘Question day’. The objective of Question day will be to ask other fellow Americans, as well be asked, questions that pertain to the future of this country. The biggest of all questions would somewhere along the lines of – “Where do you see this country in 5 years?” It is directed to be a question of thought and therefore cannot require an answer immediately, even if the person answering claims they know it. One should sit down and think about the question in-depth using cues from the past and present to form their answer. At the end of the day the answer to the question stems into three classes of answers. Ironically enough the classes almost perfectly fit the philosophical mold of right, center, and left ideologies. I tend to look at it more along the lines of being those answers that are from those that think outside the box, those that tend to think within the bounds of a box, and by those that are very narrow minded. Let us start with the narrow minded answers.

Those on the left believe the government and the programs that come out of said government will be the answer to all of the problems facing this country. They believe the appointment of key political figures will execute programs that will “bail” us out of the economic depression we are in. They also believe that people are better established with a well defined system of law set forth by their system. They believe in 5 years all of the economic problems facing this country will either be taken care of, or on the road to being taken care of. Their socialist mindset truly believes that people are not able to fix the problems facing this country and that the government is the answer. People have caused the mess we are in and therefore people cannot fix it.

Those in the middle represent about 80% of the American population. They tend to be the working “middle” class families. These people are the ones who do not have a clear answer to the question at hand. On one end they believe the government officials they elect should be doing their job and fixing the problem while on the other end they believe that something needs to be done at other levels. The problem with these people (most Americans that is), is that they have become zombies in a technological and materialistic world. They have become way too dependent on technology and the spoils of a consumer culture. This culture has made people lazy and careless. It has made people stop caring about the world around them. It has turned people into a “me generation” where as long as a person is happy from the spoils of consumer culture, they could care less about anything else. They easily buy into the brainwashing experiments set forth by politicians and therefore vote for them. These people do not think outside of the “box”. They answer the question in focus carelessly, with some literally just not caring at all. The typical answer is along the lines of – “I don’t care really there is nothing I can do”. When the majority of people in a country answer a question with an answer like that you begin to realize why we are in the boat we are in. These people need to start thinking outside the box because as long as they think inside of it, the longer the left will pull them into the narrow mindset.

Those on the right, which I will reference in the first person plural as I am one of those people, think outside of the box on the question being asked. We are the ones who have thought about this question before it was even asked because we have a clear understanding of what is going on. We see things getting worse, and if by the 5 year mark we are still a socialized country, it would be a miracle. We are a minority of people who do not have enough pull to do anything. Those on the left call us crazy fascists and those in the center just zone us out when we talk. We are the ones who are preparing for what is to come and we keep it to ourselves and others like us. Our preparation will keep us alive if there were ever any kind of disaster (natural/man-made) or social chaos from the collapse of the government. We are prepared to live and protect our families without the need for electricity, running water, gasoline, heating oil, a paper currency, or grocery stores… to name just a few items. We feel the government is not the answer to the problems we are facing. Instead, the people are the ones who have to fix the problems.

Unfortunately, too many people are not willing to give up the complexities in their life to take any action. While it is not a clear answer to the question, it would go something like this – “In 5 years things will be worse, not better. The government will not fix the problems we are facing, but only make them worse. It is clear social chaos is imminent. The best bet is to prepare for what could happen in 5 years instead of thinking about it”.

Preparing for What is to Come

It has been quite a while since I have posted any kind of blog. As I return to this site I will be changing my theme up a bit. My focus from here on out will be to help people understand the basics of preparing and living through what is to come. I am not here to try to change your mind on your beliefs in the direction this country is going. If you believe that all of the problems facing this country will be fixed by the government, then maybe this blog isn’t for you. This blog is for those that are certain bad things are coming and have been preparing, or for those that are starting to realize it and want to prepare. I am focusing on those that beginning to realize this country is doomed. My goal is to get them to realize what is going on and start preparing for it. For those that are well aware, like myself, I am always open to suggestions as well. Below are a series of questions that you have to ask yourself. After answering these questions, if you are unsure of the answer them maybe you are ready to start thinking outside the box. Once you start doing that, then your next goal is preparation. Stay tuned to this blog as I will be posting different write-ups to help you along the road of being prepared and living life when all else fails.

If the government fails at spending billions of your tax paying dollars in bailing out this country, what do you think will happen next?

If social programs (welfare, food stamps, WIC, SSI, disability, Medicaid) and government run retiree programs (social security, medicare) all fail, what do you think those people will do and how they will live without those programs?

If states and local governments go bankrupt and run out of money to support schools, infrastructure, or to pay their employees, what do you think will happen next?

If China and the rest of the world resort to a different currency of trade (outside of the U.S dollar), what do you think that will mean to the U.S?

If gasoline, diesel, and heating oil prices rise well over $5 a gallon, how do you see that impacting not only you, but businesses?

If chaos erupts in the cities, electricity goes out, gasoline/diesel stops being delivered, food is no longer delivered to stores, and money becomes worthless…then what?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I have never been the type of person that follows the status quo of things. I always like to add my own little twist to what is considered the normal way of doing things. It seems with working out there is this notion that everything has to be based around a fixed number of reps broken up into a fixed number of sets. I have a problem with that logic and decided to add my own little twist.

The average person who gives a damn about their physique walks into the gym with a plan. That plan is surely based around doing some number of reps broken up into sets. For example, a common workout plan for someone attempting to gain strength might be doing high to low rep pyramids. Pyramids usually work by doing 5 sets of each exercise in the following fashion: 15 x 1, 12 x 1, 8 x 1, 6 x 1, 3 x 1. For each set the weight is increased to the point where the desired number of reps can be accomplished. So for the first set a weight is used for 15 reps and then for the next set a weight is used for 12 reps, and so on. Some other popular schemes are 5x12 (5 sets of 12) or 8x5 (8 sets of 5), again a weight is chosen based on the desired number of reps to be completed. Does anyone see a problem with this? I sure do. Arnold Schwarzenegger once said “The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow…” it couldn’t have been said any better. When you are pumping a weight and you get down to the last few reps and you start to struggle, that’s where the muscle is being stimulated. The problem is most people never really get to that point or maybe only feel it on the very last rep, why? People stop on that last rep because they are finished. If you are doing an 8x5 and you are on that 5th rep, you are done and the weight gets dropped. But who is to say that you couldn’t have done 2 more reps, even if it meant struggling to complete them? After all those last 2 extra reps would have fit right into Arnold’s logic and therefore stimulated more muscle growth.

My point is quite simple – stop counting reps. If you are lifting for strength (heavy) then plan out a number of sets (3-6) that you want to do and then find a heavy weight. For each set keep pushing that weight until you absolutely cannot complete another rep or your form goes right down the tubes. For example, with the bench press you have to load that bar and pump it until you cannot get that weight up to lockout. Of course that means you will need either a spotter to rack it for you or use safety pins in a squat rack. The same logic can be used for endurance lifting (light), grab a light weight and keep lifting it until your muscle fatigues and you cannot lift it anymore. The number of reps completed in each set will vary, usually you will complete more in the beginning than in the end. As a matter of fact you may not be able to complete what used to be your max target rep by the last set because the muscle is so stimulated. The weights you choose will most likely fit in a rep range and that is important to keep noted. For example, you will want a weight that fits in a 3-8 rep range when lifting for strength on an 8 set program. This means during any one of the 8 sets you may complete up to 8 reps or may only complete 3 reps, again the number of completed reps usually falls for every set.
If you are tired of the old age set x rep scheme, then spice it up a little. Grab a weight, find out how many total sets you want to accomplish, then lift that weight until it cannot be lifted anymore, and repeat. I still think sets are important because they let you set goals, but they do not have to be set in stone. If you feel 5 sets are not enough, then up it. There will come a point when you may hit a number of sets where you find you cannot lift the weight much anymore. That is where having a rep range comes in. If you find you are not completing the minimum number of reps per set, then that is a sign you have had enough. It may be 5 sets or it may be 10, it all depends on how hard you really work per each set. My bets are if you are lifting heavy and really are hitting failure per each set, then you will complete about 5 total sets and call it a day. Happy lifting.



Arnold never followed the traditional set x rep, and look at him

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Don't Call Me Ma'am

Do you remember the scene? The Senate. Barbara Boxer hearing from a Brigadier General? Silly General! He addresses Barbara as "Ma'am", and she CORRECTS him in front of millions of people, telling him she's "worked SO hard to earn the title, "Senator", so please to use that when speaking to her.

Get a load of this letter!

Read the letter sent to Sen. Barbara Boxer from an Alaskan Airlines pilot below.
Many of us witnessed the arrogance of Barbara Boxer on June 18, 2009 as she admonished Brigadier General Michael Walsh because he addressed her as "ma'am" and not "Senator" before a Senate hearing.

This letter is from a National Guard aviator and Captain for Alaska Airlines named Jim Hill. I wonder what he would have said if he were really angry. Long fly Alaska !!!!!


Babs:
You were so right on when you scolded the general on TV for using the term, "ma'am," instead of "Senator". After all, in the military, "ma'am" is a term of respect when addressing a female of superior rank or position. The general was totally wrong. You are not a person of superior rank or position.. You are a member of one of the world's most corrupt organizations, the U.S. Senate, equaled only by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congress is a cesspool of liars, thieves, inside traders, traitors, drunks (one who killed a staffer, yet is still revered), criminals, and other low level swine who, as individuals (not all, but many), will do anything to enhance their lives, fortunes and power, all at the expense of the People of the United States and its Constitution, in order to be continually re-elected. Many democrats even want American troops killed by releasing photographs. How many of you could honestly say, "We pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor"? None? One? Two?

Your reaction to the general shows several things. First is your abysmal ignorance of all things military. Your treatment of the general shows you to be an elitist of the worst kind.. When the general entered the military (as most of us who served) he wrote the government a blank check, offering his life to protect your derriere, now safely and comfortably ensconced in a 20 thousand dollar leather chair, paid for by the general's taxes. You repaid him for this by humiliating him in front of millions.

Second is your puerile character, lack of sophistication, and arrogance, which borders on the hubristic. This display of brattish behavior shows you to be a virago, termagant, harridan, nag, scold or shrew, unfit for your position, regardless of the support of the unwashed, uneducated masses who have made California into the laughing stock of the nation.

What I am writing, are the same thoughts countless millions of Americans have toward Congress, but who lack the energy, ability or time to convey them. Regardless of their thoughts, most realize that politicians are pretty much the same, and will vote for the one who will bring home the most bacon, even if they do consider how corrupt that person is. Lord Acton (1834 - 1902) so aptly charged, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Unbeknownst to you and your colleagues, "Mr. Power" has had his way with all of you, and we are all the worse for it.

Finally Senator, I, too, have a title. It is "Right Wing Extremist Potential Terrorist Threat.." It is not of my choosing, but was given to me by your Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. And you were offended by "ma'am"?


Have a fine day. Cheers!
Jim Hill
16808 - 103rd Avenue Court East
South Hill , WA 98374

If you care about the way our Country is heading, Please circulate this to remind every voter that the "cesspools" MUST be pumped out when we go to the polls in November, 2010.

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