Sunday, November 30, 2014

Non-traditional construction methods

There are many ways to build a home and all kinds of different materials to build it with.  Just because most everyone builds homes using the traditional method of stick framing do not feel that you have to do it the same way.  The benefits to building with traditional lumber are the cost, availability, ease, and convenience.  But there are many negatives to building with sticks including fire danger, durability, maintenance, longevity and security.  I won't expound on these topics but just keep in mind that there are better ways to build a home that are low maintenance, durable, inexpensive, strong, secure and resistant to fire, rot and insects.

Here is a system that I have used in the past to build homes.   It is cost effective and has been used in areas all over the world where tropical storms are a big concern because structures built using this system will survive high winds, floods and other natural disasters.  Typically a home built using this system will qualify for traditional financing whereas homes built using the monolithic dome construction method usually do not.   Both use gunnite/shotcrete and become monolith structures with incredible strength and high R-factor (insulation).  

Another great way that is relatively easy, fast and provides a secure and inexpensive way to build a place to live, whether you call or consider it your home, cabin, shelter, shed, shack, get-away, etc. is to build it using an international shipping container.  Where and how you live will dictate exactly how you build it.  It can be done very cheap or very expensive.  The main benefit of using a shipping container is; once it is dropped off at your location you instantly have a virtually indestructible shelter already in place.

Shipping containers are stacked up to 8 high when traveling across the ocean and can be loaded with as much as 80,000 lbs each.  For this reason they are built to be so incredibly durable.  You will need some somewhat specific tools and skills in order to cut, weld and otherwise modify a metal shipping container to make window and door openings.  There are many ways to finish the inside of a shipping container to make it more comfortable and livable.  The climate you live in will determine what the best way is to go about this.  You could use a single 20' or 40' container to construct what I refer to as a 'shelter' home or tiny home or combine multiples of either to build your own custom creation.  There are many resources online for you to educate and instruct yourself including my own site that I continue to update.   In the near future I will be building one of my own and will show you my step-by-step process.  

At this time I am not yet aware of any traditional financing available for homes built using shipping containers although I have been told that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are currently working on fixing this.  In the mean time you may have to get creative with your financing methods.  

There are many other excellent ways to build that I think are great including using logs, SIP's (structural insulated panels) and ICF's  (insulated concrete forms) that would qualify for conventional financing.  Before you build your new home, guest house or off-grid cabin it is my recommendation that you take a look at some of these alternative construction methods before giving in to the traditional and inferior stick framed home.

I am sure that you have all seen what happens to a stick framed home when it is subjected to a natural disaster whether it be a hurricane or tornado, flood, earthquake or fire.  It doesn't usually make it.  Choosing a superior non-traditional construction method for your new home could ensure the survival of your home as well as your family.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

First slowly, then suddenly.

The 'snowflake/avalanche' theory is when a single snowflake will eventually cause an avalanche to break free.  You may never see the offending snowflake and thus never know the actual cause of the avalanche.

If you are watching the events in our world unfold you see the snow, and thus the danger, piling up.  You can see things happening which are slowing building up and ultimately working against our liberties, toward the financial system collapse and world war.  This process is viewed from our day to day perspective as a slow process but then all of a sudden something breaks free and a large event occurs.  

Looking back over the past decade it is quite obvious to me that this process is happening.  The truth is that this avalanche could happen today or it could happen three years from now.  My point is that you need to be ready NOW.   It is better to be 7 years too early than 1 day too late.  

An avalanche is a unique event in that its speed moving down the mountainside is greater than terminal velocity, than an object falling out of the sky.  This is because the snow is subject to both downward and outward forces.  I believe that this also applies to our current situation.  Things may seem to be happening slowly but the frequency of occurrences and severity have been and will continue to increase to such a speed that it will astound us and overtake those that aren't already prepared.

The process of change starts slowly but momentum increases almost imperceptibly over time.  There will then be an event, or series of events, that will take place as if it were an avalanche traveling so fast that we can not get out of the way of it.  However, if you are watchful and prepared you can and will see it coming.    

As we move slowly, but at an accelerating pace, toward social chaos we may become accustomed and insensitive to events that would have disturbed us a decade earlier.  "Progress" and "Political Correctness" are very dangerous paths which degrade moral standards, quality of life and freedom of choice.  Let the world do what it will but keep your eye on the goal of self-sufficiency and liberty.  No one else can take away your right to choose.  NO ONE, and especially not governments!  This is a gift from God.  Trust your instincts and follow what you feel is right for you and your family as to the choices and steps you should take to prepare.

The US and the worlds financial systems are a ponzi scheme.  The only thing that can be done to maintain them as they currently are is the continual printing of currency.  Even so, there will be a point when this strategy no longer works.  All ponzi schemes collapse.  They do not go away quietly but rather they fail suddenly and violently.  This will be the eventual fate of the US dollar as well as that of all other fiat currencies.

This progression has been transpiring slowly for many years and decades, for longer than most of us can perceive, is accelerating and will shortly and suddenly conclude.  

WARNING!!!  If you don't want to know what I really think then you should stop reading here.  As with many of my other blog posts these are my own beliefs and opinions.  You should take the time and put in the effort to learn and study to come to your own conclusions while relying on inspiration and common sense to make proper decisions.   

There is one very important consideration that I believe many people either do not realize or simply do not accept.  I hear many statements about how we can turn this county around and get back to our roots; about how we can elect the right leaders and once again be the country we once were.  I don't mean to be Mr. doom n' gloom but it ain't gonna happen.  I am not advocating that we stop voting or stop standing up for what is right.  If we don't continue to stand up for morality, rights and freedoms what reasons do we have to continue on?  We have every reason to continue on doing good and to continue to be a polite society looking out for each other and doing what is right before God.  These are the people who will make it through the trials and tribulations and come out on the other side, through the refiners fire as it were, ready for Christ's 2nd coming.  

All of the events we are seeing and experiencing right now, that may be hard to distinguish and interpret, are leading up to the literal events that are described in the New Testament in the book of Revelations; and then the end comes.  We are seeing the signs every day.  Theses events are inevitable, they are prophesied and will not be changed.  The time is coming soon and we'll be out of time.  The preps we already have in place will be all we have, with very little possibility of adding to them.  "The end" will not be one set moment in time but rather will occur over an extended period; a very difficult time for those of us who make it through the trials, and then the Savior will come once again.  Even then it won't be over, but Christ will reign on earth.

We are almost out of time to prepare for our temporal needs as well as to prepare spiritually.  (I'll give you my POV on spiritual preparation in a future blog post.)  If you are not currently preparing then I suggest you repent and get started.  Do not delay any longer.  Make every effort you can and do it now.  Sell those expensive toys and unnecessary luxuries, get out of debt and buy food storage.  Cash in your 401k or IRA and get rid of your stocks and bonds at whatever loss and get into real, hard assets.  Work like your life depends on it, because it does.  And remember; If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.  As for me and my house I choose to 'live unto the Lord' and so am preparing accordingly.     

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Back Doors, Rabbit Trails and Losing Tails

There are small things that you can do every day, wherever you go, to help ensure your safety.  I am especially cognizant when my family or others under my stewardship are with me.  Simply by being aware and keeping your eyes open, instead of glued to your smart device, you can minimize potential dangers all around you.

Ask any of my kids what I mean by a 'back door' and they'll tell you.  We don't always take the obvious and most accessible route wherever we go.  Say, for example, we are going to get groceries.  There is usually a back way to get where we are going other than by the main entrance where most of the traffic is.  This mostly applies when driving but can also include, for example, using the lawn and garden or automotive shop entrance at the Wal-Mart.  Staying away from large groups of people can reduce your exposure to dangerous possibilities.  Having alternate escape routes can also give you the advantage if you need to exit quickly should anything happen.  The route may take longer but we generally encounter less traffic and fewer people which makes the trip more pleasing or at least less aggravating.

When in public areas you can be an unsuspecting target whether you're at a farmers market, the mall or a sporting event.  As a fiercely protective father of my teenage daughters I suspect everyone of having bad intentions. Laying down a rabbit trail can help to identify those who could be a danger to us.  This is really just about being alert and observant.  I am a very efficient shopper.  Being efficient with my time and travel takes me directly from the produce to the dairy to the bread isle and then exactly where I need to go next to get only what is on my list without doubling back for something missed.  Being this focused can make it easy to be targeted.  To employ a rabbit trail is completely the opposite of being efficient.  It is more like being the casual shopper doing lots of window shopping.  If you suspect that someone is following you take time to 'window shop'  while casually surveying your surroundings.  This will give you the ability to observe others without making it obvious to whomever may by targeting you.  Repeat this several times, jumping around to different spots while noticing the people around you.  Thus, we call it a rabbit trail.  This may make someone stand out to you who could be more interested in what's in your or your wife's purse than 25% off ground beef.

I do my best to be a hard target.  To be the gray man.  Standing out by wearing 'loud' clothing is just the opposite.  Wearing the color gray, and other muted colors, is an effective way not to attract attention.  It is necessary to have the training and tools to protect yourself but it is better to stay unnoticed and un-targeted.  The guaranteed way to survive a gun fight is avoid one altogether.  I'm not saying that there will never be a time or a need to stand up and fight.  You should train and be prepared for as many possibilities as you are able but you're going to be better off by avoiding trouble.

Here is a link to a short article about what to do if you are being followed.  Good, simple and effective techniques.  Guys, make sure the women in your life read this too!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Economic Understanding

Over the past few years I have been doing my best to educate myself and to understand where we are right now as to the economy and why.  There are a lot of great videos out there but I recently found these two very easy to understand and enlightening.

My advise to you is to take some time to review more of Mike Maloney's videos.

I am not, nor have I every been, very interested or involved in the stock market or the financial world for that matter.  Several years ago I opened an E-trade account and gave it a go because I saw plenty of people making plenty of money at it, but I had no passion for it.  There was always something that held me back and I remained skeptical.  Back then I was very much in the dark about... well, most everything economical and political.  Now, because of what I have learned, I see that everything is being manipulated; stocks, bonds, gold, silver, politics, banking, lending, etc, etc.  I had been brainwashed as to how to live my life; in debt and in the dark.  Without debt the wheel that is the US economy does not turn.  Without the light of knowledge we get stuck in the debt paradigm.    

There are many that would tell you that it is a good time to be in the stock market; that there is a lot of money to be made.  They are probably right but there are no more free markets, only manipulations.  

If you take the time to learn about what is really happening in the financial world you will better understand my position.  I didn't truly understand my stance on avoiding the stock market until my eyes were opened as to the truly awful state our nation is in.  Now I get it.  Now I understand that my intuition was right.  Maybe there is money to be made but at what cost?  Will you compromise your integrity for the chance to make a quick buck in an immoral and corrupt system?

If you don't hold it you don't own it!  Even if you hold a stock certificate it is only paper.  Real money is only gold and silver.  Real wealth only exists in physical assets.

Although I have learned a wealth of knowledge concerning the US economy and how the US and world financial systems work over the last few years I do not pretend to be an expert so I will end my advice here.  There are plenty of other resources for you to consult for this kind of information.   Mike Maloney is a great place to start.  If you feel, like I did, that there was and is something just not right with the financial world, I am here to tell you and confirm to you that your feelings are correct.

Work hard, stay out of debt, save a 10th and give away a 10th and you will become financially successful.  You don't have to gamble with your money by putting it in risky investments.  Look for low risk investments that pay a fair return and let your savings work for you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Here are some things I have with me every day.  Only some of these things I carry on my person and others items I have in the bag I carry for my work.  Other bags stay in my vehicle.  I say that these things are my EDC (Every Day Carry) items because there are always close enough to me that I have access to them at any moment I may need them.  For me EDC does not necessarily mean only what I can carry in my pockets and on my belt.

First, the 'traditional' or basic EDC items that you may also carry with you all day every day.  XD-9 sub-compact handgun, additional magazine, small swiss tool, spiderco Manix knife, Fenix PD-20 (single CR123) flashlight, paracord bracelet, wallet with some cash, smart phone, watch.

From there my EDC expands to my 'briefcase' which holds a swiss card, light stick, pens, sharpie, Fenix E-11 (single AA) LED flashlight, a little more cash, one ounce silver coin, power bars or other energy bars, small fixed blade knife (Tops FDX), Essential oils, Excedrin Migraine, duct tape, AA batteries, notepad.

A 'get-home' bag stays in the back of my vehicle and has additional supplies and tools I may need in case I have to abandon my vehicle including: water filter and pouch, purification tablets, emergency blanket, 100' paracord, small first-aid kit, 50rds of 9mm ammo, fire starting supplies including tinder and fuel tablets, signal mirror, work gloves, heavy duty garbage bag, light sticks, power bars, large swiss tool, small socket set, additional flashlight and batteries, pen and notebook, cash.

A fully equipped medical 'jump kit' also stays in my vehicle along with 2.5 gallons of water, 8000 lb winch (on the front of my vehicle), CO2 tank (for airing up tires, etc.), extraction gear including snatch block, shackles and straps, hatchet, folding shovel, jumper cables, small socket set and other basic tools as well as a tire repair kit for patching holes made by screws or nails.  Other gear also includes a 400 watt inverter, fire extinguisher, wool blanket, tarp, hand saw, gloves, empty stow-able bag, 1 gallon gas can, complete maps of the areas I travel, phone charging cords and tire pressure gauge, A good gore-tex jacket is also an essential item any time of the year.

I have been doing this a long time.  Everything I carry has a purpose and is not more or less than I need to be prepared for myself alone or to assist others. For my work I do plenty of driving by myself.  When as a family we go on any kind of extended driving trip this list of items grows significantly mainly because of the needs of my 4 daughters and wife.  :-)  When fall and winter hit an additional bag of cold weather gear gets added to my rig that includes winter gloves, socks, baklava, glove liners, winter hat and additional warm layers.  I may also even throw in my snow boots, snowshoes and gaiters depending upon where I am going.  When my kids go on a trip without me I always tell them to be prepared to walk home if they have to.  

Additional gear that I take with me on extended excursions includes:  additional loaded magazines, AR-15 or shotgun & ammo, weather appropriate gear, additional batteries and solar battery charger,          

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Choose to Be Prepared.

With the anniversary of 9/11 very near the propaganda concerning a possible terrorist attack in the USA is obvious and blatant from the mainstream media.  While the possibility of another major terrorist attack similar to or larger than that of 9/11 is real and most definitely possible those who are prepared do not need to fear.  Here are my recommendations as to what you should do to prepare for this possibility as well as any other incident.

1.  Have some cash on hand and out of the bank.  I recommend that you have at least a few weeks worth of cash on hand for necessities.  Events like the 9/11 attacks can interrupt banking and make it difficult or impossible to make basic purchases.

2.  Keep your gas tanks full on all your vehicles. At the very least don't let them get below a half tank.  Have a few 5 gallon gas cans filled and stored in a safe place.  Rotate this fuel regularly or use a stabilizer so that it does not become stale.

3.  Get your grocery shopping done early.  Stock up on your daily supplies so that you can hunker down at home if you really need to.  Staying out of public places decreases your exposure and vulnerability.

4..  Stay close to home.  If you are a business professional and find yourself traveling a lot I recommend that you don't schedule meetings requiring you to travel.  Plan on working at the office or even take a few days off before and after the 11th.  Take this time to enjoy being with your family at home.  Stay out of public places; especially high profile locations or other events with large crowds such as sporting events.

5.  Keep your eyes open.  Keep the radio on to your favorite news channel and be observant.
6.  Make sure your vehicle is stocked up on essential items.  Take a look at my EDC (Every day carry) blog post and adjust it for your needs and area you live.

7.  Be prepared to help others.  Since you are reading this i'm pretty sure that you can take care of yourself and do not depend on others for your safety and well being.  The opportunity for you to help others will be greatest in an emergency.  There is little more fulfilling in life then helping others who can not help themselves.  We find ourselves at our best and learn the most about our life, our earthly existence and about ourselves when we are in the service of others!  Be ready!  To some this advice may sound selfish, to help others for our own benefit, but I assure you that it is not.  Service to others can help heal wounds caused by traumatic events.

I don't feel that any of these recommendations are extreme precautions but rather common sense solutions to everyday situations that may arise with a few extra steps for extenuating circumstances.  I'm sure that many would say to carry on with life as normal; to not let the threat of danger effect our lifestyle, and that if we don't continue on as normal then the terrorists have achieved their purposes.  This may all be true.  However, it does not hurt anything to be prepared nor does it give power to our enemies but rather takes it away.

If you choose to go to an event, be prepared to know how to get you and your family out quickly and safely.
If you choose to travel a long way from home, be prepared to get yourself back.
If you choose to live with your tank and cupboards near empty be prepared to deal with the effects.

The beauty of this life is that you get to choose for yourself what you will do.  My advice to you: choose to be prepared.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Warning shot

Today I watched the morning post by Suspicious0bservers on YouTube as I usually do.  You can find the link below.  There was a massive solar eruption on the back side of the sun yesterday.  Even though this solar flare was not aimed toward earth it was so large that it weakened our magnetosphere and bombarded us with protons.  I am taking this was a warning sign; a shot across the bow.  Be prepared and watchful.  

The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about what I have learned, my experience, and what my motivations are as a prepared guy. I have always felt driven to be ready for any situation by something powerful deep inside me. Being prepared has always served me well. I feel compelled to help others do the same.
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