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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Should you use your gun to defend a stranger?

Here is an article by one of the few instructors that I follow.   If you decide or have already decided to conceal carry you need to consider this topic and train for it.

http://www.personaldefensenetwork.com/should-you-use-your-gun-to-defend-a-stranger/


I agree with every aspect of this article.  You need to spend some time contemplating what your actions will be in various possible situations that may arise while you are out with your family or by yourself.  Have an understanding of what your spouse and kids will do if it is necessary for you to step into an event to defend another person.  When you see a news story on TV think about what you would have done in that situation.  Sometimes that answer should be to call 911 and not get involved otherwise.  Don't assume that you always need to take action but also don't assume that someone else will help so you don't 'have to'.  Those decision should already have been made before you decided to carry.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Letter to Chris Duane

For those of you who don't know Chris Duane please take time to visit his sites at:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TruthNeverTold
and
https://silvershieldxchange.com/




Dear Chris,

First, I want to say Thank You for your efforts to wake people up and teach the truth about many aspects of what is and has been going on in our world.  For me personally I have learned a great deal from you and appreciate all your hard work and your willingness to share.

I have never had confidence in nor the desire to invest in paper assets.  I have worked in Real Estate and construction most of my professional career.  All my life I have tended toward developing skills working with my hands and my God given talents.  I always have felt that I should have the tool before I needed it.  I have always tried to be the good friend even when others have not reciprocated.  Your mantra of "Real friends, Real skills and Real wealth" rings especially true with me.

In the last few years I have truly woken up, fully awake.  Not that I was ever really asleep but was more like in limbo.  Not involved in politics and not much of a 'prepper', just kind doing my own thing, trying to figure out myself.  Previously I was working a corporate job that, along with my family took most of my time.  I enjoyed the work, not the corporate 'life, but didn't have the time to pursue my personal dreams and aspirations.  Many things that I wanted to do, that I felt I needed to do, I just couldn't make happen on that path.  I walked away from that job and got back on the right course for me.  I admire that you pursue your passions and am doing the same myself.

I am writing you in particular concerning your Silver Shield podcast #1 and more specifically your closing thoughts of the podcast.  Overall I agree with most everything you said during this podcast and also your closing thoughts.  I always enjoy listening to you and appreciate your point of view.  I do have to disagree with you on a few points however. They may appear to be minor but they are very important to me and essential to all of us.

I understand your view on collectives.  Losing yourself for the benefit of others has its problems to say the least, I agree, but it can be a most excellent way to find yourself too.  Service does that.  Forgetting yourself and giving completely selfless service in a 'righteous' cause has it's place and time.  If you are serving the wrong cause or blindly following then I completely agree with you.  As communities pull together everyone is strengthened.  Inevitably some will benefit more than others and some will work harder than others.  The effort you give is what you get out of it.  Unlike Socialism the right kind of, what you could call a collective, or at least a collective effort, is completely voluntary and then you truly reap what you sow. Go ahead and call them 'blessings'.      Collectives as directed by governments are disastrous.  They must be directed by a 'higher power'.  Many people try, some succeed and others fail miserably but in many or even most cases, when not under the umbrella of government, the intent is good.  When not directed by God and inspiration they won't always work out.  That is why I surmise that the word 'collective' is a ugly word for you.  So, I do agree with you, but with one caveat.  Scrap the collectivism, unless truth and God is at the helm.  Yes, that is where I am going with this letter.  Perhaps I did not completely understand your comments about collectives but I don't think that you will disagree with me much about what I have said so far. Enough about this topic.

I do, however, think you may disagree with me on this next point.  Hopefully I can open your eyes at least a little, even as you have opened mine in many cases, and teach you another element of truth that can make an eternal difference.

Your comment that concerned me the most in your first podcast is when you said, at about 1:17 "...you don't have to look to God or look to some guru. The only thing you need is to look within yourself and believe in yourself."  While there is truth in this statement it is not entirely true.  You are, Chris, in many cases teaching actual eternal truths that you have learned for yourself.  I think this is outstanding!  I believe that you do have to look within yourself and not to the world or what the world is 'preaching'; but it is not the only thing.  Just as you have said, and as I have written on my white board  "Listen to all, follow none, walk your own path the best you can!"  It is significant enough for me to keep it up on my white board but I adapt it internally according to my knowledge.  I am sure that is exactly what you would expect everyone to do with whatever it is you say.

Truth is eternal.  If you follow truth it will never lead you astray.  Ever!  You are an inspired man!  I can tell that you are striving to know and follow truth.  I believe God inspires you.  This is why you have such an incredible following.  You say to look inside yourself to find the truth.  The truths that you have found and that you share with us are inspiration which is only meant for you.  Since you have chosen to share them it is now my turn to find out if what you say is true.  This is also received by each individual through inspiration, or call it revelation.  This inspiration, confirmation of truth, comes only from God.  This is exactly what he wants all of us to do.  We need to make the effort ourselves and then God will confirm truth.  It makes it a whole lot easier if we look to God.  Then, when you get that confirmation of truth, you can not deny it.

God wants to inspire us but he also wants us to ask for inspiration.  God is our Heavenly Father and he wants the best for us.  God is the creator of our spirits and worlds without end.  He wants us to figure out this crazy thing called life and wants to help us, but we have to ask.  This is how we progress.  He will give us truth if we want it bad enough and if we try hard enough.

Give it a try.  Test it out.  When you look within yourself to find truth ask God if he will reveal it to you.  If you have a sincere heart and real desire he will confirm truth.  If it is not true you will not get that confirmation but will have a stupor of thought.  You can feel it.  God sends his messenger The Holy Ghost to communicate with our spirits and our minds and he will let us know the truth of all things.  It takes some practice and you have to be sensitive to it as it will not usually be anything spectacular, but sometimes it just might.

Think about this, on an even more immense scale.  You know that black hole at the center of our universe?  Wanna know what it really is?!  Do you want to know that truth?  Follow God's plan and you will find out!

You're a good man Chris!  I look forward to your future work.  Let God into your life.  What you do has got to be incredibly hard without him!

Thanks for everything!


@thepreparedguy


The podcast that I am referring to can be found here:  https://silvershieldxchange.com/content/silver-shield-xchange-1/

Friday, January 16, 2015

Real Estate market in 2015

My full time profession is as a Realtor and property manager.    Below is a link to the National Board of Realtors 2015 housing market forecast.

As a real estate professional I hope for the the best but as a prepared guy expect the worst. Just as I suspected this report is full of misinformation.  I am sure that Mr. Yun is only using the data that is provided to him by the 'authorities', by US government reporting.  We know for a fact that most if not all statistics reported by our wonderful US government are manipulated or at the very least 'massaged'.  Those of us who get our news from other channels outside of the mainstream media hear much the opposite of what the government is telling us.

Before you watch this video you need to have an understanding of the following:

1.  GDP growth has been adjusted and re-adjusted to suit the needs of those adjusting it.  The rules have been changed in order to make this number appear favorable when, if they were following the old rules of collecting and reporting this data. the truth is that GDP growth is not positive.

2.  The US government has continued to report that the unemployment  rate in the USA is dropping.  This is FALSE.  Again, the rules have been changed in order to manipulate this number.  Groups like 'Shadow Stats' who do their own calculations according to decades old practices tell us that real unemployment is closer to 24%.  

3.  Mr. Yun states that many people believe that money printing and low interest rates typically weaken the dollar but that is not what is currently happening and thus is not true.  The dollar has been strengthening despite the quantitative easing and low interest rates but not for the right reasons.  The fact is that the US dollar appears to be strong right now because most every other currency in the world is falling dramatically.  This does not mean that the dollar is strong.  It means that the world financial system is royally screwed up.

4.  Mr. Yun states that inflation is subdued.  Of course this statement is based upon the governments made up stats.  This is untrue.  Again, Shadow Stats and other reputable watchdog businesses figure that real inflation is more like 9%,  I am sure that you all can feel the inflation in your budgets as well.  Right now gas prices are the exception.  This is due to deflation.  The understanding of when deflation and inflation occurs is complex.  Many experts disagree on what is happening.  I attribute this again to the extreme mess not only the US financial system is in but the condition of the entire worlds financial status.

5.  Confidence is up.  Ok.  This may be true, but only for those who have good jobs and can't miss an episode of the Kardashians. (I don't know if I spelled that right but frankly I don't care.)   92 Million Americans are out of the workforce and are not being counted by the US govt as unemployed.  That's a lot of less than confident people!   Confidence is manipulated by propaganda.  Our government is spewing out propaganda through false information which increases confidence and effects reports and forecasts like this one.  Don't be fooled.  Do your own research and evaluate your own personal situation.          

6.  Mr. Yun states that relaxing underwriting standards, or getting them back to 'normal' will help the market.  What he is referring to are the lending standards before the housing crash that were so loose they crashed the housing market.  These are not normal standards.  Normal standards are when you actually had to have a considerable down payment (like 10% to 20%) to be able to buy a home thus weeding out people who really couldn't afford to own a home. Stated income loans were not normal and neither are adjustable rate mortgages.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9g76qQ6VsU


The real estate market conditions vary greatly throughout the country.  It is doing very poorly in some areas and outstanding in others.  Where you live will depend upon what your plan should be. Despite the real world conditions my conclusion is this; there is never a better time to buy or sell then right now. If you need to move closer to your work... don't hesitate any longer.  If you need to downsize or upgrade, don't hesitate.  If you need to stop renting and get into your own home, now is the time.  Interests rates will never be any better.  Lending terms may loosen up some but if you can't get qualified now you probably shouldn't be a homeowner.  

Consider getting a 15 year loan instead of a 30 year loan.  If you can't afford the home with a payment amortized over 15 years you probably shouldn't buy it.  Just like automobile loans that use to be only 2 years in length they have been stretched out to 6 years so that manufacturers can sell more cars and make more money.  If you can't afford a car payment amortized over 2 years you probably can't really afford the car.  Lending has not loosened to help us average people out,  It is only to help the banks and manufacturers make more money.

Now why would a real estate professional be telling you all of these things?  You say it will probably hurt my real estate business?  You are probably right but my business is not to make money.  My business is to be of service to my fellowmen.  I would not encourage you to buy a home if you truly can't afford it even if you may qualify for a loan.  If you are in the market to buy or sell property I'd love to help.  You can learn more about me at www.patriotrealtor.blogspot.com 







Friday, January 9, 2015

Preppercon

April 24-25 at the South Town Expo Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Sure to be the coolest prepper event in the country!  Don't miss it!  I'll be there!




Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Predictions

I've never done this before but I'll try to go by my instinct and best interpret my feelings as to what I expect in 2015.

I do not proclaim to be an 'expert' on any of these topics or have any inside information.  I try to learn as much as I can, understand as many opinions as possible then formulate my own, relying on instinct and inspiration to articulate my vision.

The theme is "More of the same".  Not just the same world and economic events that we are seeing now repeating themselves but more numerous, more frequently and more intense.

1.  More money printing.  Although the Fed has said that their 'quantitative easing' program has ended I believe that it will start up again in some form.  Similar to Japans QE program this newest version will most likely be double or triple the amount it was said to be previously.  We might even see another stimulus program where the government sends out to all of the citizens, and probably the illegal aliens too, another big fat check.  The last one we got was $850.  I predict that the next check will be double or triple this amount.  The effect of this stimulus will be pitiful, even barely noticeable. 

2.  More job losses.  Despite all of the money printing more jobs will be lost as money printing primarily benefits the elite.  Low oil prices will continue through 2015 thus oil related businesses and services will be cutting costs.  This will have a ripple effect on the economy causing there to be less consumer spending.    

3.  More riots and civil unrest.  The most recent riots are said to have been racially motivated.  More events like this will continue to occur but we will also see other rioting motivated by rising food prices and government controls. 

4.  More wars and conflicts.  Now that the US has officially left Afghanistan and declared that the war is "over", the instability in this region will flare back up just like it did when the war was declared over in Iraq.    

The govt. will escalate the war in Iraq and Syria being more bold in their attacks and propaganda.  It appears to me that they are becoming impatient.  I believe that they will make a move so bold that will shake the American people and cause even the most liberal leftists to begin to question their government.  They will do this without Congressional approval and will attempt to blame it on someone else but it will be difficult to get away with it.  This will cause widespread uprising against the US government from within as well as from most of the world.  This event may involve Iran but will also have Russia and China very mad at Washington.

Once this event happens the US will come under consistent attack by terrorists organizations. This will cause the economy to collapse further as people will stay home and it will become too dangerous to be out unnecessarily.  Gangs will take advantage of the chaos and crime will increase dramatically. Martial law will be implemented in various cities at times throughout the country.

5.  Gun rights and other constitutional rights will be attacked and diminished.   The UN firearms treaty will become law in 2015 however unconstitutional it most definitely is.  The government considers the US Constitution to be outdated anyway.  False flag gun violence will continue until this is accomplished.  Bans, registration and voluntary confiscations will begin.

6.  An Ebola epidemic will begin in the US.  The media would have you believe that Ebola is on its way out.  This is far from the truth.  It continues to spread worldwide and there are cases in the US that no one is talking about.

7.  More large banks will again fail.  This will further consolidate banking power into just a few of the most powerful 'too big to fail' banks.  Expect more than one banking holiday if not even a full week or two of banks being closed to 're-structure'.    

8.  The US dollar on the verge of total collapse.  All but just a few countries will have stopped trading  with us and accepting payments in US dollars.  Dollars will primarily be used only in the USA.  US bonds will continue to be cashed in by our creditors and dollars will flood back into the US causing hyperinflation.  

9.  Gold becomes the new currency standard worldwide.  The value of gold and silver will spike dramatically once the US dollar no longer stands as the world reserve currency.  Those who hold gold or silver become wealthy overnight.

10.  The stock market will not only continue it's volatility but will see more extreme daily highs and lows.  Before a major market adjustment happens the DOW will reach upward of 22,000.  The rise will come quickly with the fall even more so, adjusting downward below 6,500 and will then continue to fall slowly from there.  

Ok, I admit, this may not all happen in 2015 but the reality is that they could.  We should consider that these events are probable and prepare accordingly.    

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Are you intense?!

Unless you are fully comfortable in your preparations it is time to get serious!  It is time to get intense!

What do I mean by intense?  Let me give you a few examples:

If you aren't already doing so... save 10% of your income or more if you can.  Keep cash on hand.  Make your money work for you.  Invest it in physical assets; in essential items.  Save it in precious metals.  Put it into income producing real property like residential rental property.  Start a business and put it into your inventory. a hard asset that is an essential everyday need.  

Keep your cash out of the bank!  How much interest do they pay you anyway .125% to maybe .25%?!  It's not worth the risk.  Get it out of the bank!  Keep only the cash you need to pay bills in the bank.  Pay cash for everything else. 

Complete your 1 year supply of food storage asap!  3 months of everyday supplies to keep in your pantry, 6 to 9 months of bulk grains, oats, rice, beans, etc. and 3 to 6 months of freeze dried/dehydrated meals for easy preparation and as much water storage as you can (at least 2 - 4 weeks) with a plan on how you are going to get more.   

Don't forget the other supplies you need such as medications and medical supplies, sanitary supplies, flashlights, batteries, etc., etc. etc.  Many of these items do not expire so you can build up a years supply over time but have at least 3 months worth.  Possibly even stock up on some of these items in excess of what you will need so as to use them for bartering. 

Have at least one firearm and know how to use it competently and safely.  Train your family as well.  Keep at least 500 rounds of ammo for each weapon.  Practice often, keep your ammo supply up and add to it as you can.  Learn how to clean and fix your weapon and have spare parts for it.  As the saying goes; " Beware of the man who only has one gun.  He probably knows how to use it."  

Get some silver!  It's dirt cheap right now and its true value is immensely higher!  In a crisis it may be extremely valuable or it may be worth nothing as you can't eat silver.  So, have at least 12 - 24 oz. of silver just in case.  If silver reaches it's true value you'll be extremely glad you did.  If it does not, then you won't feel too bad and you'll have something that you can pass down to your kids in hopes that someday it will reach it's true value for them.  Regardless, it is highly likely that it will increase in value significantly.   

Stop eating out as often!  Think of it this way: that burger, fries and a drink you just paid $8 for could have bought you nearly 1/2 oz. of silver!  That's pay for about five full days of hard labor at the true value of silver!  Was it worth it?  The more often you compare the real value of silver to the current price of goods and services today the more you will realize how expensive everything is.    

Get out and stay out of debt!  I know this is hard, especially while attempting to build up your supplies and savings.  Although a trip to Disneyland would be a great time to create memories with the family DO NOT put that trip on a credit card!  Pay cash or don't go.  Cut up your cards and don't ever use them!  Period! Make due or do without. 

Be observant. Realize that our current economic system could quite literally crash at any moment. There are also numerous other events that can occur without any indication or advanced warning.  This means that you need to be ready now and wherever you go.  Keep a 'get-home' bag in your vehicle and other supplies you may need.

Turn off the TV!  There is a lot of good programming on TV but there is even more junk, propaganda and brainwashing/programming being done that is harmful for you and your children.  Sometimes this can be hard to distinguish.  From Disney channel to the major news networks don't believe everything or maybe even anything that you hear or accept what they are attempting to 'teach' you.  Scrutinize and criticize everything, including alternative media sources.  Come up with your own conclusions and make your own decisions.  Don't let the media unduly influence what you really feel is true and right.

Become physically fit.  Being overweight, unhealthy and 'out of shape' could but most likely would be a detriment to your survival in a difficult situation.  A survival or stressful situation will be physically demanding.  If you are healthy and fit your comfort level will rise and your stress level will drop and you will be able to benefit you family and community greatly.  If you are not overweight or unhealthy but not 'fit' you could potentially injure yourself in an emergency or at a minimum be less effective.  Get fit and you'll thrive when others are struggling.

Make tough decisions now.  Do you know where you'll go if you have to get out of town and how you'll get your family and supplies there?  Have you already decided when you'd leave?  Are you aware of any unique potential 'dangers' where you live?

Secure your home.  Have more than just deadbolts on your exterior doors.  Install locking window well covers on your basements windows and security films on your main floor windows and glass doors.  Don't delay performing repairs to your home.  If it's time to get a new roof, get it done now, while you can.  Save some money and do this work yourself.  Build some working shutters to add an additional layer of protection to your windows.

Don't be shy.  Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, friendly cashiers, taxi driver, accountant, hairdresser, and whomever you get the chance to speak with.  Yes you risk looking like a 'nut' but if you really believe that hard times are coming you need to warn everybody about it.  Just plant the seed.  If it takes root within them and it grows they will then begin to wake up to the awful condition of our world and start to do something about it.  This will not happen with everyone.  I am confident that many of you have already experienced this.  Some catch on immediately, others get it but will take a while before they take action but only a small percentage will think you're crazy.  As I speak to people daily it seem to me that they know there are strange things happening but really don't know what to think of it.  A short conversation could get them on their way.

Use your time wisely!  Every minute of every day is precious to me.  The days, weeks and years fly by!  My kids keep getting older, someday they'll move out and I won't see them everyday.  If I hesitate even for a moment that moment is gone and will never come back.  Take time now to do what is most important.  Being prepared is not for me, it's for them.  My greatest satisfaction is knowing that I am doing my best to take care of and prepare my family.  That's what i'm in this for.  Don't waste a minute! Whether it's gathering knowledge, working hard at your job or grocery shopping.  Get intense!    

Are you spiritually prepared?  I'm a religious guy.  We are raising our family with a belief in Christ, living by his teachings, and are preparing for his 2nd coming.  We are in the last few seconds of the last minute before his coming by the way.  The physical preparations are important, at least if you want to be around to actually see Christ return is his glory.  I know that I do!  This is the purpose of our physical preparations.  I anticipate that this will be difficult.  I'm sure that it will be far more difficult than I can imagine.  However, if we die, we die unto the Lord but if we live we also live unto the Lord.  I choose for me and my family to live unto the Lord.  Those who are spiritually prepared will be protected and blessed, especially in these last day.  Being spiritually prepared means a lot of things which I will expound upon in a future blog post.  But specifically it means that we will be Christlike.  If and when we need to share our preparations, even though it may be to our detriment, we will take care of others.      

Don't give up!  Be consistent with your savings and your preps. Continue on the course of becoming self-sufficient.  It's not too late to start and it's better to be 7 years too early than 1 day too late.       

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.   http://www.tridipanel.com/   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.  http://www.monolithic.org/   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.  http://www.utahcontainerhomes.com/   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.

  

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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