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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bitcoin IS the future. But the future is not bright.

Oh. My. Heck!  Are you listening and watching what is going on in the crypto currency world?   I'm going to lump all crypto currencies into one, bitcoin.  I understand that they are not all the same but for the sake of this argument whether I refer to them as cryptos or bitcoin I'm talking about the same thing.  Block chain technology as a currency or store of wealth.


What are your initial feelings when you hear that bitcoin has gone up from about $1,800 to around $4,300 in one month?  Do you feel left out?  Like you are missing out on the chance of a lifetime?  Or do you feel that there is something that's just not right about it?   If you're not catching the fever then maybe you just don't truly understand what they are all about and what they can do for humanity.  I mean seriously!  I listen to lots of people who believe that crypto currencies and the block chain technology are the greatest thing since... I don't know, sliced bread?!  No, sorry, they are much better than that.  They are going to break the stranglehold of the big banks and governments and allow us to be truly free of fiat currency forever!  Really?  I mean really?!

You can already see where I am going with this I'm sure.

I have been trying excessively hard to wrap my head around bitcoin, why it is going parabolic and why there is such a buzz about it.  Professionals in their field that I have been listening to for years are saying the complete opposite things concerning cryptos.  Some are saying that it is the currency of the future while others say the contrary.  I'm not going to lay out the entire case for or against bitcoin but rather what I have learned for myself from my own research, pondering, and experience.

These two sides, who typically have a lot in common when it comes to talking about and advocating for precious metals are quite opposed to each other on this topic.  It truly is quite bizarre to me.

If you follow my blog you know that I'm big on silver, and gold too.  It has been money for thousands of years and is proven to store wealth across centuries.  In modern history it is now also an important metal for technology giving it even greater value.

Bitcoin has been around for about 10 years.  The argument for bitcoin is that it is decentralized, private, limited/rare, and in demand.  Similar traits of precious metals.  The individuals that I listen to regularly that are arguing the case for Bitcoin also say that gold and silver are money and do not deny that they will have a major part in the worlds economic future.  That they compliment each other and will both help to break the current monetary system apart as the value of both go to the moon.

There are speculations that some cryptos will be backed by gold or SDR's.  There's a new wave of cryptos coming into existence soon that represent or be backed by digitized assets such as real estate and tea.

Those that advocate for cryptos are convinced that the move into cryptos is being propelled by loss of confidence in the US dollar and other fiat currencies.  It couldn't possibly be out of greed?  Most people don't jump into an asset until they see that it is moving upwards, not simply because it has value but because they need return or because they are greedy.  Interest rates have been so low for so long that nobody can put their money to work for them, and earn a return, without putting it at great risk.  What could be more risky than a digital "currency" that only exists as a digital file?  You got me.  The increase in 'value' of bitcoin and other crypto currencies is driven solely by speculation if you ask me.    

The US Dollar is already pretty much a digital currency.  Actual printed US currency equals much less than 10% of all of the US dollars in existence.  The rest of them only exist digitally on a computer system.  Yes this system is controlled by the Fed and the bankers.  Various countries are in the process of going cashless and we can see it happening here too.  Thus, are cryptos the next step?  The next evolution of digital money?  Digitize everything.  Monetize everything, including people?

Cryptos are not currency nor are they money.  Currently they could be considered an asset but they are not currency.  Will they become a currency some day?  Possibly.  Probably.  Does this mean that you and I should jump on the bandwagon now?  Count me out.

Nothing but gold and silver are money.  It's as simple as that.  History has proven their value and their use as money and as a store of wealth.  It has been said many times; If you don't hold it you don't own it.  Just because you can store the block chain of a bitcoin on a thumb drive that you can then hold in your hand is not what I am talking about.  If the internet doesn't work then your cryptos won't work either.

Their are many arguments that verify or justify that cryptos have value, act like currency, are a store of wealth and otherwise are the way of the future.  Some of those arguments are valid and many of them are speculation.  There is not enough history with cryptos to know much of anything about what they will do.  Don't be mislead by the picture of the shiny bitcoin above.  It's just a clever marketing ploy.  An attempt to associate it to something as valuable as gold.

I believe that the next monetary system will be a world currency and it will be a digital currency.  Existing only electronically.  It will be used as a means of control over the people.  With the implementation of 5G and the internet of things everything will be monitored and controlled, digitized and manipulated.  Chipping everyone and everything.  The mark of the beast will be widely, easily and blindly accepted.  Even desired.  Eventually no one will be able to buy or sell without it.  Unless perhaps you have gold or silver.

The fact that Goldman Sachs likes cryptos and is now supporting them is a dangerous sign?  JP Morgan Chase has a patent on their own crypto.  The central bank of central banks is working on a crypto that will be backed by the SDR.  So this all means we should definitely start buying them!  My instincts tell me the opposite is true.

This is important people!

Cryptos are rapidly becoming accepted.  Why?  Because they are going up in 'value'.  They are worth more and more in currency.  They can buy more.  But the truth is that they are simply an illusion of wealth.  They are just plain an illusion.  They don't exist unless you are living in the matrix.  Unplug now!

Get out now!  How?  Trade in your counterfeit fiat money for precious metals.  Live off grid and begin to become more self sufficient.  If you don't start now you'll become trapped; a monetized, digitized asset of the elite.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Tomorrow

What now?  What comes next?  What should I prepare for?  This post is not intended to create fear but rather to help you to be aware and to prepare.

What comes next?  The scary answer is that nobody really knows exactly what to expect next.  It would be much easier for me to tell you to prepare for a predetermined event such as an earthquake or a tornado.  If you live in areas prone to those events I assume that you already know and are preparing.  Our country and even the entire world has never been through what we are experiencing now, financially, economically, socially or politically.  Seemingly every system on the planet is on the edge of turmoil and collapse.  We hear one thing from the government and an entirely different story from those who say they are revealing the truth.  It is difficult to know what to believe and what to discount.  There are wars and rumors of wars, government scandals, false flag events, black swans, conspiracy theories and former conspiracy theory now conspiracy fact.  Our country is becoming more and more divided on race, religion, politics, healthcare, sexuality, etc., etc.  Our freedoms are being slowly but surely whittled away as our constitution hangs by a thread.  Those that are awake to these events and occurrences have a glimpse of what the truth is but there is still much confusion.

What I do know is that the possibilities of what could happen next are virtually endless.  World economies are on the brink of disaster, including the US economy and the life of the dollar.  A major financial banking disaster was narrowly averted in April of 2008 that just about crashed the entire world economy.  This scenario is yet again knocking at the doors, but it will be much worse this time.  In truth, everything did crash back then but was propped up and continues being propped up to hide the truth.  Just take a look at corporate earning since that time.  Down, down, down.  Don't use the stock market or the value of your 401k to determine the health of the economy.  It's all fake.

Any of these events could happen tomorrow, in 2, or in 10 years.  Nobody really knows what will happen next or when.  I mention the dollar collapse or the collapse of the worlds financial system(s) because it is potentially the most devastating event ever to occur in the history of the world because we are inseparably connected to and reliant on currency and debt to survive day in and day out.  This collapse is mathematically inevitable but we really have no idea what the central banks and the federal reserve will come up with next.  Most likely something will be done that we have not even considered yet.

There are many other possibilities of what may happen tomorrow including war, pandemic, terrorism and natural disasters.

Those of you who are awake are already aware of these possibilities.  But do you understand what that really means?  Do your everyday actions demonstrate that you at least somewhat comprehend the reality of not only what we have been experiencing and where they will inevitably take us?  I say "take us" because regardless of our level of preparedness we will be going for a ride.  We will be affected to some degree or another.  

To reduce your risk and make this trip a smoother ride minimize your cash holdings in the bank, now.  Keep some cash on hand for your daily expenses but for long term protection of your wealth it is best to have precious metals and other tangible assets rather than a fiat currency.  Consider trading your funny money for real wealth whether precious metals or other hard assets including real property.

Will gold and silver ever break free of manipulation?  Or will the US and global financial collapse come so fast and furious that there will be little or no time for precious metals to reach their true market value?  Your guess, I bet, will be as accurate as mine.  I certainly hope that there will be time to exchange precious metals for real assets.  One thing that I am absolutely certain of; Gold and Silver are money.

The longer this ponzi scheme of printing currency out of thin air continues the worse the crash is going to be.  Those who control the currency and the manipulations will never let go until they are forced to.  Other factors out of their control will be the cause of the end of manipulations which may include war, natural disasters, pandemics, etc.  The price of gold and silver will continue to move higher as the demand increases and supply decreases, but will never reach their true value until the manipulation is completely relinquished.  I do not see this happening until the world is in complete chaos.  At this point will precious metals have any value at all?  Will a bushel of wheat be worth more than a bushel of gold at that time?  I think that there will be, and I certainly hope for, a short window when the price of gold and silver will skyrocket.  This will be the time to get out, sell, trade and barter.  You'll need to do this quickly as the time between when these precious metals have great value and when utter destruction will visit may be short; meaning months or even weeks.

I do not foresee taking our gold and silver and trading them for US dollars but rather trade them directly for goods and services.  When this time comes, which I believe may be hard to determine, get out of your precious metals and purchase tangible assets including food, farmland, pay off your mortgage and other debts, tools and other supplies that will contribute to your self-sufficiency.  Extremely hard times are coming so do all that you can to make them easier for your family.  Do it now.

I have been what I consider to be stricken with the desire to help my family, friends and neighbors when this difficult time comes.  The truth and reality of these feelings of mine is that it is not my responsibility to prepare for you.  Yes, it is my job to warn and otherwise help if I can.  However, if you have not seen or have even been looking for the signs of the times, living in your comfortable bliss of ignorance then, I hate to say it, but, you'll get what you prepared for.  If you choose to ignore the obvious in exchange for warm fuzzy feelings of false security there isn't much else I can do for you.  That is a very hard thing for me to come to terms with.  The fact that I struggle exceedingly just trying to take care of my own family should have clued me into this a long time ago.

According to the new testament and other revelations, the majority of the population of earth, and in particular the US, will die in terrible ways; famine, pestilence, natural disasters, war, etc in the last days of the earth before the second coming of Christ.  We have been commanded to both watch and prepare for these days.  Prepare spiritually to meet our maker?  YES!  Prepare temporally to care for those under our stewardship to endure the difficult times and come out the other side?  ABSOLUTELY!

There will be no "rapture".  The righteous will suffer right alongside of the wicked. If we are prepared BOTH spiritually and temporally as we have been commanded then the blessings and protection of the Lord will be bestowed upon us and our burdens made light.  Just as in the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, our barrel of meal will not waste and our cruse of oil will not fail.  Do not expect that just because you are a righteous person and have prepared yourself spiritually, but not temporally, that you'll be given a free pass to see the coming of the Lord in all his glory.

So, what do we do?  Here are a few of my personal thoughts:

Sell anything and everything of value that you will not be using to prepare yourselves and buy the things that you will need.  I know that ski boat of yours is a lot of fun but it won't be of any assistance in feeding your family when SHTF.  Unless you live by the ocean and plan on bugging out by boat you can fish from the shore.  Get rid of that debt and use that monthly payment for more preps.  That car that you've been meaning to overhaul sitting by the side of your house?  Sell it and add to your preps.  There's no more time for those kinds of dreams.  Sorry.  Go through your home, attic and garage and find anything and everything you can sell in the classifieds to make a few bucks.  When it hits the fan you'll see all of those useless items and wish that you had cash, or rice instead.



When is this all going to happen?  Begin to act as if it were to happen tomorrow!  Work with the urgency that all this may happen tomorrow, because it just may.  The tough part is not to forget to live in the present and enjoy all of the little things, but also be prepared for whatever tomorrow may bring.  

Now you know how I really feel...



Monday, June 26, 2017

The last case for Silver.

Even more than ever I feel very strongly about this topic.  At a time when public sentiment is pretty much the worst it has ever been concerning precious metals I am even more confident in my beliefs, in history and in facts.  Weak hands give way to pressure, emotion, public sentiment, and propaganda.  Strong hands hold tight to prove themselves and eventually profit greatly.    


   
Those of us who are silver stackers feel beat up and torn down over the last several years as we have watched the price of silver go up and down.  Just as it appears that price is about to break free of the manipulation and set new highs they are again and again smashed down below trend lines.  There’s no difference in these conditions even today unfortunately.  It’s not possible that we, and history, are wrong is it?  Have things changed so much that there is no longer a place for real money that is gold and silver?  

Well, one thing that is different is our attitude.  And it’s not for the worse.  We are not just watching and hoping for the price to only go up but rather to stay down a little longer so that we can acquire more at bargain prices.  The case for silver keeps getting stronger even as we watch retail public sales of silver coins and bullion dwindle dramatically, down significantly from previous record high sales of the past few years.  The fundamentals of every market except precious metals have gotten weaker while the case for gold and silver get ever stronger.

So, what’s the problem then?  Why do all of these supposedly intelligent investment managers, advisers, bankers, traders, other financial professionals and even common citizens continue to avoid physical precious metals?  It’s actually quite simple.  The answer to all of the above questions is one word; Debt!

Our “economy” is driven by and based on debt.  It is fueled by debt and functions only as intended and ultimately designed to; through debt.  It grows only as debt increases.  You see, gold and silver are the exact opposite of debt.  They are real money.  They are real wealth.  They are the antidote to debt and thus the kryptonite to debt.  When you hold them in your hands, when you take possession of them they are no one else’s liability.  There is no counter party risk.  There is no risk in owning gold or silver at all.  I take that back.  There is one risk, and one risk only; that they may be physically stolen if not stored correctly.

Let me make this crystal clear.  Along the top of every US currency bill are the words “Federal Reserve Note”.  What is a “Note”?  A “Note” is a loan contract.  It is a document that controls.   It creates indebtedness.  Although it is not secured by anything specific the currency is still owed.  Owed to whom you ask?  Why the lender of course, which is the Federal Reserve.   And get this; it’s owed back with interest due for its use.  So, not only is that paper dollar bill you hold subject to inflation and devaluation but also subject to the cruel master that is interest.

Debt is the problem.  In order to manage the tremendously large levels of debt, public and private, along with its accompanying interest owed by virtually every person, business, city, county, state, country, investor, retailer, wholesaler, speculator, manufacturer, developer, etc., etc. they must all chase profits.  They must make a yield, a return higher than the interest that is owed on the borrowed currency.  This cannot be done with physical gold or silver.  Gold and silver by themselves do not pay dividends and they do not earn interest.  They are not meant to, yet neither does the paper currency in your wallet either.  In order to make a return on any currency or money it must be exposed to some amount of risk.  Taking your cash (US currency) and putting it in a bank, even if just to earn a severely low interest rate in compensation for the bank to use your currency however they see fit, is putting it at risk.  If you didn’t already know, when you deposit your currency in a bank you are no longer considered a depositor but rather an unsecured creditor subject to the risks the bank takes and it’s losses.    
      
The case for silver in particular couldn’t be stronger.  Silver has been used as money longer and in more transactions than gold ever has.  Gold is the money of kings.  Silver is the money of the people.   A man’s wage for a hard day’s labor or a soldier’s payment for a day was for many hundreds of years approximately one tenth of an ounce of silver.  What value would that equate to you for a full twelve hours of your work?  What would that equal in US dollars?  That is a hard question to answer primarily because the US dollar has lost nearly 100% of its buying power since it was created in 1913 with the beginning of the Federal Reserve.  When a dime was made of 90% silver you could buy a gallon of gas with it.  Now, a tenth of an ounce of silver will still buy you a gallon of gas.  That is the power and the value of silver.  In truth it is not subject to inflation, deflation, or devaluation.  It is the purchasing power of the dollar and other fiat currencies that is.

Not only is silver real money, unlike in days long past, it now has almost as many industrial uses, and is as vital to the world economy, as is oil.  This demand, along with increasing investment demand and declining silver production will ensure that the value of silver, as measured in US dollars, has nowhere to go but up in value as related to fiat currencies and wealth preservation.  Now, in our generation because of the excessive debt levels, owning silver will result in extreme wealth creation. 
Because the current levels of debt, which is the opposite of money, are astronomical and continue to rise, the value of silver on the other end of the spectrum will become so valuable as to equal its exact opposite.  Imagine light and darkness; darkness being debt and silver being light.  The value of real money will be equal and opposite to the extreme level that is world debt.  These are a few of the reasons why both gold and silver are so heavily manipulated and controlled.  Those who understand this are buying.  Those who don’t are selling. 

So, who is buying?  China, Russia, India, and many other countries in the East are.  As much as they can get their hands on while these artificially low prices persist and until they can no longer be acquired.   Less than 1% of Americans own any gold or silver other than jewelry.  Now, imagine if this demand were to simply double.  Where will prices go then?  Would you even be able to get any for yourself?  I imagine not.  Do the current turbulent conditions of the world indicate to you that maybe you should get out of the debt trap and acquire some real wealth?  For me they do.

Another reason to buy silver over gold is the gold to silver price ratio.  Gold and silver are mined at a ratio of about nine ounces of silver to every one ounce of gold.  The current gold to silver price ratio is around seventy-five to one.  Even historically for hundreds of years it averaged sixteen to one.  This simple fact alone makes silver much more attractive than gold from an investment or speculation perspective.  When the price of silver returns toward its natural balance the gains will be far greater than if you saved your wealth with gold.  Do yourself a favor; take my advice.  Become your own bank and begin exchanging some of that counterfeit currency in your wallet for some real money.  If you don’t hold it you don’t own it.  Today may be your last chance.  

    

  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The End* is Near! (*of the world as we know it)

What happened to the guy standing on the street corner with the sign that reads "The End is Near!"? Is he not there because virtually everything has gone digital?  I have certainly been hearing different variations of that statement from preachers and evangelists on YouTube.



My next question for you is; Who's job is it to do that? Who has the responsibility to warn our family, friends, and neighbors about what is coming?  I think we all know the answer.  Each of us.  Every man who has been warned should warn his neighbor.  If Homer can do it...  Sorry, bad example. 

So, here is the sign that I am holding up for all to see.  THE END IS NEAR!*

Now, don't be completely pessimistic just yet and also don't go crazy with fear and anxiety.  Do I actually mean what I just said?  Yes, I do.  The end IS near.  With an *.  The * meaning "the end of the world as we know it".  

This kind of event (TEOTWAWKI) has happened more than a few time in our lives.  9/11/2001 was a big obvious one.  The market crash of 2008 was another.  Another question for you to think about; What will be the next thing that changes our world from one day to the next?  The way these things go is that the next event will be exponentially worse than the previous one.  The purpose of this article is not to go into details about these events, but rather to raise a warning voice. 

The end of the world as we know it is very near.  Have you noticed that change is accelerating, even day to day?  And I'm not saying that things are getting better.  All statistics, data, strife, evil, conflict, divide, hate, selfishness, narcissism, along with many biblical events happening all around the entire globe tell me so.  The fact is that the next life changing, world altering event could happen any day.  It could also still be a few years off.  But I don't see how it could possibly be beyond then.  

That's the big problem.  Many economists and other financial 'experts' thought that the dollar was going to collapse years ago.  Others, even decades before that.  Yet the 'powers that be' are able to keep this ponzi scheme of a financial system going far beyond what even they could comprehend.    

I don't believe that anyone can predict anything with any kind of accuracy anymore, if they ever could before, whether financially or otherwise.  Charts, cycles, patterns, mean nothing to me going forward.  We are in uncharted waters.  Looking back won't do any good for predictions either.  Don't let that keep you from looking back though, as it will help you prepare for the coming difficult trials.  

To think that 'it' will never happen to me, here, now, is naive.   It also demonstrates that you do not know history nor believe in the scriptures or prophesy if you do not begin to show your faith and dedication by taking action.  Are the signs not apparent enough for anyone with an eye halfway open to see?  Could tens of millions of people who feel the urgent need, the spiritual promptings, and intense desires to get prepared be wrong?  I really don't think so.  I believe that each of us receives our own call, inspiration from heaven, to participate in the events of these last days before, and to help prepare the way for the second coming of Christ.  Do you want to be left out of the great and terrible events of these last days?  I sure don't!  I feel blessed to live in this time that has been talked and written about for thousands of years!  The culminating event of the creation of the world and all mankind!  Pretty exciting if you ask me.  Horrific too, but that's beside the point.    

To wake people up to our truly awful condition it is going to take more than just a few people like Homer and myself holding up a sign.  Ok, maybe Homer isn't gonna help the cause.  But if there are enough of us out there holding up the sign, then perhaps we all won't look so crazy to those family and friends, who for whatever reason, need but refuse to wake up.

There is no more time to be timid or to hold back.  Time to adequately prepare is short.  How short, I really don't know.  But what I do know is that I would not take a single day from today onward for granted.  Conditions in this nation and the world will not get better.  "This is the last time" are the words that echo through my head.  The last time the lord of the vineyard will nourish his vineyard before he will cause it to be burned with fire.             

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Survival Wisduhm #5 - Shelter

Shelter should be your #1 concern in a survival situation.  Actually, shelter should be your number one concern every single day.  To prove it to you just look at how you dress every day and how that changes each season.  I bet you live in a home, under a roof with walls and drive an enclosed vehicle.
  
Dressing appropriately for the weather has been ingrained in my mind since my youth when my mother would yell at me to put on a jacket before I walked out the door.  Not having the appropriate form of shelter could turn an ordinary occurrence into that situation where your actual physical survival is at risk.  According to the survival rules of 3 not having shelter could result in your death within 3 hours in harsh weather conditions.

What's the best form of shelter that you can and should always have with you?  Do I mean that you should carry around a tent or a tarp?  Should you know how to build a lean-to shelter in less that three hours?

What I am referring to is a quality Gore-Tex (waterproof/windproof) hooded light to medium weight jacket.  You would think that this is common sense.  From my experience it is not.  I guess not everyone's parents were as diligent as mine were.  They ensured that I was properly prepared for the outside temperatures before they sent me out to play with my friends, or to my inevitable death from exposure if I didn't have my jacket.  Or maybe they just wanted me out of the house as long as possible.  Regardless, doesn't being comfortable make outside playtime more fun anyway?  


In harsh weather conditions the number one, two and three rules in the outdoors are; 1. Stay dry.  2. Stay dry.  And 3.  You guessed it, Stay dry!

I prefer a medium weight jacket over lightweight because it is more durable and versatile in all seasons and places.  A lightweight rain jacket may be made of rip-stop nylon but it may not have gore-tex or another layer of fabric that is both waterproof and breathable.  Fabric coatings just don't cut.  Gore-tex is the first, the original, and the best if you ask me.  That's why I stick with it.  Yes there are other excellent fabrics available that do the same thing.  Do your own research and figure our what will work best for you.  A medium weight jacket will have a durable outside fabric and a layer of gore-tex or other breathable/waterproof/windproof layer.

This jacket should have an integrated hood because you're just not gonna stay dry in a rainstorm without it.  Most of our body heat escapes out the top of our heads so it is important to keep our heads covered and dry.  I prefer dark color jackets so that when it is cold outside but the sun is shining I can benefit from the extra warmth of soaking up the heat of the sun.



I also recommend that this jacket is long enough to cover your behind and that it have velcro straps at the wrists.  The hood should be able to cinch down to help keep it in place when it's windy and keep your body heat in.

In addition to a quality jacket it is also a good idea to keep a pair of inexpensive polypropylene, or other synthetic material, gloves and long sleeve shirt/pullover with your jacket.  That thin layer of material will help to wick moisture away from your skin and keep you much more comfortable.  Being comfortable in an emergency situation is essential to a positive state of mind.  This layer is also an important way to help you stay dry from sweat and it will dry quickly if it gets wet.  Layers are important in both preparedness as well as clothing.   Make sure your jacket isn't too tight so as to restrict movement and that it is large enough to allow you to wear even multiple layers under it.  

Another item that I find useful and versatile is a Shemagh.  Essentially it is like a large bandana or scarf which can be worn in many different ways to shelter your head and face from harsh weather.  Wind, sun, heat or cold.


Your vehicle is an excellent shelter.  In an emergency situation you should stay with your rig as long as possible.  My blog post on 72 hour kits describes vehicles as another layer of preparedness.  There's no reason to have an empty trunk.  Keep it full up the stuff you might need in an emergency.

If you find yourself in a city or small town I bet you'll find lots of different kinds of shelter that will allow you to get out of the rain, the snow, the cold, or the heat.

Shelter building is an important and fun skill to learn but how critical it is depends on where you find yourself the majority of the time.  Most of us live and work in urban centers where there are lots of people, buildings and vehicles.  Shelter is not typically going to be an issue as long as you have that one key item I mentioned above.  A quality jacket.

A good jacket can save your life.  Make sure you always have one with you.  A little preparation will go a long way.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 78, 02 15 17 Free and low cost prepping

If only money grew on trees.  Most of us preppers have to make our dollar stretch further than it should.  There are many ways to do this.  Preps don't always have to be expensive.  Stated another way; You don't have to spend lots of money to be adequately prepared.  There are many different ways to prep for very low cost or even free.  Listen in.






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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 82, 03 01 17 What is your inspiration to prep?

Our good friend and show sponsor JR of Survival Medical joined us again to discuss what has inspired each of us to prep.






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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 84, 03 08,17 Doomsday scenarios with Jake Garn

Our friend, local talk show host of "Stand up commentary", and professional photographer Jake "The Snake" Garn agreed to be our guest this week.



We thought it would be fun to discuss a serious topic with a very not so serious guy.  It was lots of fun!  Listen in.





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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 86, 03 15 17 Ham Radio and Emergency Communications

Emergency communications should be at the top of every preppers list of priorities.   Listen in as we talk to Scott Saunders of High Altitude Communications about the different ways to communicate without relying on the grid.






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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 71 KNRS, 01 22 17 Alan Kay and Nicole Apelian...

Alan Kay and Nicole Apelian are our guests for two episodes of Prepper Talk Radio while we spent a few months at our local iHeart radio station KNRS 105.9 FM and 570 AM in SLC, UT., in additional to our show at K-Talk Media on AM 630 and now 1640 AM in SLC, UT.

Alan was the season #1 winner of ALONE staying 57 days alone in the wild.   Nicole placed in the top five of her season surviving 56 days alone. They have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to share.  Listen in to our excellent conversation.

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 88, 03 22 17 Silver is awesome! I hope you ...

There are so, so many uses for silver!  Silver is not only real money but also an essential prepper item is many different ways.

Josh Krogue of Silver Support joins us today to talk all things silver.  In my opinion Silver Support make the best colloidal silver available. Check them out at www.silversupport.com 




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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 80, 02 22 17 The toughest questions of prepping

Do you ask yourself the hard questions?  Do you know the right questions to ask?  Do you know how to answer them?

Well, to start, if you don't ask them you'll never know how to answer them or how to respond when you actually have to.

Josh Wiscomb of Survivalogics, creator of Conflicted the game is our guest today.  If you are not familiar with them check them out at www.conflictedthegame.com






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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 95, 04 11 17 - 72 hour kits suck! with JeffKirkham

Would you trust your life to one of these?  Not me!  Listen in to find out why not and how Mr. PrepperCon and the Prepared Guy approach preparedness.  Hint:  Everyday! 

 Our regular guest Jeff Kirkham of Readyman and RATS Tourniquets discusses this topic with us.







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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

So you want to put together a 72 hour kit?

The purpose and theory behind the 72 hour kit is a sound idea.  Have at least the bare minimum essential gear, food and water necessary to survive for no less than 72 hours per person in a bag that's easy to carry.  They are loosely based around the survival rules of three.  One can survive three hours without shelter in harsh weather, three days without water, and three weeks without food.  In the event of a serious emergency when you are compelled to leave your home quickly, with only minutes to prepare, just grab it, throw it in your vehicle and leave with only a moments notice.    

In theory this sounds great and many people have bought into it.  There are many flaws with this concept and the vast majority of commercially available 72 hour kits.  Especially budget priced kits.  It's an idea that sounds great in theory but doesn't always work in the real world.   

Let me continue by saying; I don't believe in 72 hour kits.  It is likely that if you purchased a 72 hour kit years ago it's nearly completely unusable now.  Most of the "of the shelf " kits are junk.  If you tried to use some of the components in real world conditions they probably wouldn't last a day.  To put your life in the hands of a cheap kit and stuff you've never used is just plain foolish and could possibly cost you more than just the price of the kit.

A kit should be comprised of tools and supplies that you use regularly that are made to hold up to everyday use.  Only with regular use and practice do you actually learn how to use your gear to survive when it becomes critical.  Try this once with a cheap off the shelf 72 hour kit and you won't be able to use it again.  My advice; avoid them.

I mean seriously, the tube tent that came in that cheap 72 hour kit would barely hold up to a light breeze or a trickle of a rainstorm.  Maybe you alone could make due with it but is it good enough for your family?

Secondly, 72 hours isn't nearly enough in most circumstances.  Thirdly (is that at word?), if you pigeonhole your survival into a 72 longer window there are only three things that you really need.  Shelter, clean water and safety.  Remember, you can go for up to 3 weeks without food.  Some longer and some shorter depending upon our body fat composition.  I carry my 72 hour kit around my waist.  Some people could last through an entire winter.  Most 72 hour kits do very poorly at taking care of the need for shelter as well as water, and most do nothing to address your personal or family safety.   They contain items that are meant to provide the average person with at least a little bit of peace of mind.  They do the opposite for me. 

So, if you're only prepared for an event that last only 72 hour, what happens if no one has come to your rescue after then?  What is the status of your supplies and more importantly where is your mindset at that point?  Is it really your strategy to put your life in the hands of strangers?  Or even worse; the government?!

If you're smart about your emergency preparations you'll have different layers of preps.  Take it upon yourself to ensure that you'll not only survive a 72 hour emergency but also have the tools and the knowledge to thrive far beyond that.  This layering can begin with your supplies at your home, then include your car kits, edc kit, bug out bag, inch bag and bug out location supplies or however you choose.  These will be different for most everyone according to their emergency preparedness plans, bug out or shelter in place scenarios and various other factors that each of you will have to determine for yourselves.      

Here's what I do.  Learn from it, apply what you will and adapt according to your own needs and plans.  There is no one-scenario-fits-all plan. 


I have one bag.  This bag is a "72 hour" kit, EDC kit, bug-home bag and even an INCH bag all at the same time.  Call it my tool kit, survival kit, or go bag.  What it is is a supplement to the EDC items I always carry on me, in my work bag and everything else I carry in my vehicle.  My work and everyday situation does not take me far from my rig.  Now, if i'm in the back country many of the supplies I'll carry are oriented to helping me first to get back to my rig.  Then the stuff I have in my rig are to help me get back to my home base where my family is, as well as the majority of my supplies.

When the SHTF what are your plans?  Do you have a bug-out location chosen, staged and prep'd?  If so do you plan to get there on foot or by vehicle.  Does preparing a 50+ lb bug-out or INCH (I'm never coming home) bag make sense to you and your situation? For me, in our current families situation it does not.  Is there a possibility that our family will need to evacuate our home at a moments notice?  Sure, but the likelihood of such an event is minuscule.  I know this because I have researched and evaluated and practiced and planned and made decisions and preparations about where we live and how we prep.  None of these scenarios or plans involve walking a great distance with packs on our back.  It's not realistic or feasible for us in our current familial situation.  If relocating from our home is the only option then a 72 hour kit by itself isn't gonna do us much good.

The rig that I drive, that is pictured below, is a key part of our plan.  It is very capable in both urban and off road environments and can overcome many obstacles of a disaster or SHTF scenario.  It gives us an edge and the best chance of surviving the widest array of potential situations in our area.  We also have a trailer that can be loaded up quickly if we need a fast exit for an extended period of time.  If you're gonna bug out this way you might as well go adequately prepared.  Go heavy.   I always keep the tank full at the end of the day and have additional fuel stored safely.

Realistically, how much weight can you carry on your back and how far and long can you carry it?  How quickly can you move with it and how agile are you?  Can you shoot accurately while moving and taking cover with it on?  In virtually any SHTF of disaster scenario your personal safety and security will need to be a significant consideration.

My first layer is my EDC gear.  Stuff I carry on my body at all times.  This includes a quality pocket knife, 200+ lumen flashlight, handgun and additional magazine, swiss tool, wallet with cash, watch, cell phone, hat/ball cap, pocket survival kit, the specific kinds of clothes I wear and comfortable but tough shoes.  The season dictates what additional layers I wear.  Don't forget the first of the survival rules of three.  Shelter does not have to be a tent.  It can be the vehicle you're driving or a quality jacket and wearing the appropriate clothing. 

My second layer is my business bag.  The bag I carry for my work.  Most of the bag is used to carry more EDC stuff and not just work files.  Call it my man purse if you want. I don't care.  In it I carry a larger folding knife, collapsible baton, tourniquet, first aid kit, meds and essential oils, spare eyeglasses, lighter, signal mirror, spare flashlights and batteries, N95 masks, hand sanitizer wipes, tissues, Mylar blanket and other stuff that comes in handy everyday including snacks and candy.


My third layer is my vehicle.  There is no reason you should have an empty trunk!  The items I always carry include; a large first aid kit, a vehicle tool kit including jumper cables and other supplies, tire repair kit, folding solar panel (for charging small electronics or the vehicle battery) inverter, road flares, air compressor/CO2 tank, wool blankets, extra water, extra gas can, winch, recovery straps and shackles, large water filter, HAM and CB radios, and many other items.  I carry a water bottle with me in my vehicle that is my primary water source each day.  Remember, after shelter, water is the next most important consideration.  

My fourth layer is my go bag.  The one pictured above.  It's an all purpose, multi-purpose bag.  It holds my most essential and most valuable gear for when I am confronted with difficult situations.  It is NOT a 72 hour kit.  It's contents compliment my knowledge and skills and as well as the other EDC items I carry daily.  It is meant to be effective for an extended duration.  When it come to selecting it's contents quality is the name of this game.  It doesn't make sense to go cheap on anything that I depend upon.  This goes for the Toyota 4Runner that I drive, all of the work I've done to it, including the ICON Vehicle Dynamics suspension system, the Warn winch and lightweight Trail Gear synthetic rope, the Rhino Rack and RotoPax tanks mounted on the roof.  Every single piece of gear I use and include in my go bag and all of my EDC gear I have carefully selected over years of trial and error.  

Here is a basic list of what I carry in this bag:
"Sawyer mini" water filter and water pouches.
Tarp - For shelter and water collection
Myler sleeping bag
Emergency blanket
Large fixed blade (5"+) survival knife - "Survival" knife refers to the style and purpose for which it was designed and made. (ESEE 5)
Small fixed blade (3") survival knife - for small more delicate chores (Morakniv)
Razor knife
Folding saw   
Signal mirror (has a lot more uses than just signaling)
Fire starting kit - ferro rod, lighters, matches, tinder, etc.
Compass
Extra handgun ammo (9mm)
Shemagh
Aluminum pot
Food ration bars
Flashlight and extra batteries (Fenix)
Headlamp
Pen and paper (write in the rain)
Work Gloves (Mechanics gloves)
First aid kit/supplies (Survival-Medical.com)
R.A.T.S. Tourniquet
Contractor grade garbage bag
550 Paracord (100')
Diamond knife sharpener
Sharpie
Scriptures
Bandana
Whistle
Gorilla tape
TP
Small tool set
Fishing kit
Ziplock freezer bags
UV Paqlite glow sticks

I go through this kit every week.  I add and I take away.  I replace what has been used.  If I have found a better option or better way of doing something then I make a change.

The most important part about this bag is the bag itself.  Supplies will get used up and worn out and you'll replace some of these components.  But a quality bag is the foundation upon which the kit is built.  That is why I chose the Maxpedition Riftcore for this particular use.

Don't forget, the purpose of this kit is to augment all of my other layers but it also stands well on it's own.

My fifth layer is our home base.  This includes all of our food and water storage and other supplies including the food and supplies in our cupboards we eat and use everyday.  It also includes our small garden out back.  This layer also includes the community around us, our neighbors and other resources in the town we live.

Another kit I consider part of this same layer is our cook kit.  It is a rugged container that is on a shelf in our garage.  It contains a camping stove, fuel, utensils, cooking supplies and enough freeze dried meals for the entire family for a week.  When we go camping this tote usually goes with us.  If we need to jump in the vehicles and leave quickly it is at our fingertips.  The food in this kit is freeze dried meals, like Mountain house meals sealed in foil pouches.  They can be expensive but they taste great and have a shelf life from 3 to 7 years or possibly more.  I make sure to include feel good foods like hot chocolate and freeze dried fruits. 

The sixth and final layer is our bug out location.   For us this layer is not yet fully in place although steps are being taken and plans made.  The reasons to bug-out are many but it is not always the right decision and is almost entirely dependent upon where you currently live.  Regardless, where ever you decide to go you either have to take all of your supplies with you or have more already in place.  If you're taking everything with you then you must consider how you'll get there and when is the right time to leave.  For us, the medium to long term plan is to make this bug-out location our permanent home so that we won't get caught in the chaos of bugging out after a disaster.  Getting out early is the key.

The use and need for an actual 72 hour kit for most people is minimal.  Sorry, it's just not that easy.  Having these different layers in place all the time will give you far more autonomy than 72 hours.  Consider your circumstances and evaluate the possibilities.  IF you truly have a situation that requires a bag that you can grab on your way out the door, that can hold everything you will need for only 72 hours just to survive, then build one yourself.  If you only have yourself to be accountable for then that makes survival much easier.  However, when your entire family counts on you then you had better do it right.  Carefully consider your needs, do your research and then practice.  Have all of your other layers ready and ensure sure they are ready all the time.  This really isn't a huge task.   It's called everyday preparedness and it has become a part of my lifestyle.            

Do you have any other thoughts or comments?  Please feel free to share.       

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 76, 02 08 17 Why we don't prep.

An old friend once told me "Excuses are a sign of a weak mind."  We may all have reasons why we don't take steps to become better prepared but in reality they are just excuses.  What are your excuses and how are you going to move past them?






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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 74, 02 01 17 Real food and natural medicine.

Our sponsor and good friend JR of Survival-Medical.com joined us again this week.  A spontaneous discussion about real food and natural medicine started up.  It wasn't what we had planned to talk about but it was an excellent conversation.
 


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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 72, 01 25 17 Situational Awareness and Self Defence

Our guest this week was Stan Prueitt of Urban Survivors.com.  Stan is a black belt in several disciplines and has a resume much to long to list.  If you're a fan of 4 Wheel Drive Magazine and the Tough Truck Challenge you may recognize him.  



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Monday, February 20, 2017

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 70, 01 18 17 Prepping Mindset and Awareness

It takes a particular mindset to be a prepper, to be self reliant.  That's really what a prepper is first and foremost.  It's a shame that our lives are so far out of being self sufficient that we have to give ourselves a title that crams us into a box and categorizes us out of the norm of the rest of the population.  The truth is to be self-reliant is normal.  To depend on others for your existence is pitiful and degrading.
Regardless of the box some people put us into, even further denigrating and pigeon holing us by adding the word 'doomsday' before it, all of us 'preppers' know that when it hits the fan many of those people will be looking to us and seeing us in a new light.



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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 69, 01 15 17 The Survival Rules of 3 - KNRS

As part of our introductory course for our new listeners at KNRS 105.9 FM and 570 AM in SLC, UT. we needed to talk about the survival rules of three.  These are essential to know when acquiring your prepping supplies and of course if you find yourself in an emergency situation.






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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 68, 01 11 17 Prepping 101; Plan, Prepare and Practice

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We are in our third calendar year and really enjoy doing the show live.  I look forward to it every week!  K-Talk is the only independent talk radio station in Utah.  It is the third oldest talk radio station in the country at over 50 years old.  Other channel have gone away from two-way talk, not K-Talk radio.  We are happy to a part of the family!

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 67 KNRS, 01 08 17 Intro to Prepping

This is our first broadcast on our new station iHeart Radio KNRS 105.9 FM and 570 AM in SLC, Utah.  Keep an eye open for our podcasts on iHeart Radio.
This being our first show with this new audience we decided to talk about prepping 101.  Keeping it simple and introducing the basics.



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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 66, 01 04 17 Prepping 101 - Survival rules of 3


What are the survival rules of three you ask?  Well, if you don't already know then you probably haven't been in a survival situation...yet.

Three minutes without air.

Three hours without shelter.

Three days without water.

Three weeks without food.

We preppers base all of our preps around these basic rules when it comes to priority in acquiring what we need for survival.  We also apply these rules when we find ourselves in an emergency situation.

If we are breathing fine but in harsh weather we need to find shelter.  If we are breathing fine, have adequate shelter we then find a water source.  If we are breathing fine, have adequate shelter and a clean water source we then look for a source of food.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

It's time to go full size!

Which firearm do you carry around everyday?  Do you carry everyday and everywhere you go?  Have you become comfortable carrying it and don't feel self conscious anymore?  Do you train regularly and actually feel awkward when you are not able to carry your handgun at your waist?  Do you carry a spare magazine?   There is a reason for all these questions.  Stick with me.  

Do you carry a small "pocket" gun like an LCP or Diamondback?  Or maybe something a little larger like an LC9, XDS, Shield or Glock 42/43 because they are so much thinner and lighter than a full size? Do you feel like it's time, and that you're ready to take the next step?  I think maybe you should. 

If you ask me, it's time to go full size.  The truth is that a small pocket gun, or anything smaller than a sub-compact, is more difficult to manipulate, reload, and be accurate with than a full size handgun.  Let me throw in the caveat that I realize that there may be an exception or two to this statement.    

Times are changing, social and economic conditions are getting worse and Mr. Trump can't do anything about most of it, at least not right away.  We must take care of ourselves and those who we have stewardship over.  If you have chosen to carry a firearm every day I know that you already realize all of this very well.  I believe that it's time for each of us to step up.  Time to take another measurable step forward to increase our skills and ability to defend ourselves.  For me, it's time to go full size!   

Springfield XD-9 Sub-compact, 3" barrel.

When I say "It's time to go full size." a sub-compact version of a handgun may be your next step as it is the same frame size as the full size version.  Take this XD-9 Sub-Compact for example.  The grip is shorter and the barrel is shorter making it a bit lighter and easier to conceal.  The compact version of this gun (actually an XDM) has the shorter grip but a longer barrel.  There are exceptions such as the Sig Sauer P320 which sub-compact version has a slightly smaller grip size (but same frame) which accommodates smaller hands better.  The compact and sub-compact models of the XD's have an extended magazine with higher capacity and provide a full length grip.  The shorter magazine makes the gun easier to conceal because of the shorter grip.  

Springfield XD-9 Mod 2, Service - 4" barrel.

Those who know me understand that I am very serious about defending myself and more importantly about defending the ones I am responsible for.  The correct choice of firearm for me is nothing smaller than a sub-compact model, which I have been carrying for several years.  This has been an evolution for me.  A process starting with smaller, less capable firearms just like I am recommending to you.  I now feel it's time that I stepped up my game a bit, not just because I am more comfortable with my skills but because times are changing and I feel I need to step it up a notch in order to be adequately prepared.

As to capability, I'm not going to discuss caliber.  Just like the model of handgun you choose must fit your hand like it's meant to be there, as if it's an extension of your hand, the caliber you choose is a personal decision because it more about shot placement than caliber.  This is where your personal choice of handgun, as well as holster, is vitally important.

A full size hand gun adds more benefits including higher round count, longer grip for better control and a longer barrel and sight radius for better accuracy.  The longer barrel also adds some weight which helps to minimize recoil which then allows for quicker follow up shots.  I believe in having the right tool before I need it.  This concept applies perfectly here.   

I already carry a sub-compact so I'm stepping it up to true full size 4" barrel and full length grip as my concealed carry firearm.  Because I already carried a sub-compact I don't really need to make any changes to my clothing or how I carry my firearm.  If you carry an LCP and decide to move up to a full size you'll likely need to make some changes to how and where on your body you carry.  


Smith & Wesson, M&P, 4" barrel, with some nice work done by Salient.

As I already mentioned, selecting, learning about and carrying concealed various different firearms over the years has been an evolutionary process for me.  Now I am making yet another evolutionary step for me in the size of my EDC firearm.

I'm sure you have heard the phrase "Go big or go home."  This couldn't be more true when choosing between a pocket pistol or a full size handgun.  If you carry an NAA Pug in .22 magnum you're only good for a few feet of accuracy whereas if you carry a 4" M&P 9 or Glock 19 your capabilities are far greater.  The more capable handgun will serve you much better in many more situations than a less capable handgun.

That being said I certainly hope that you'll carry something, anything.  Keep in mind that it's not much more difficult to carry a Ruger LCR than an NAA Pug in .22 magnum but the LCR in 38 special, 9mm or even .357 magnum is far more capable.  I hope you see where I'm hoping to lead you.  If you can, go big.  If not, go with as much gun as possible.  


Ruger LCR in .22 WMR, also available in 38 special, 9 mm, .327 and ,357 magnum


NAA Pug in .22 WMR


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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