Andrew’s Note: I don’t remember how to tie all the knots my father tried to teach me over the years…but I remember how to tie the Trucker’s Hitch and use it regularly. Thanks Dad! Today’s Infographic comes to us by way of ScoutMasterCG.org. Check out their website for lots of preparedness related information…their motto is “be prepared” afterall…
A journalist for The Atlantic named Elizabeth Stoker and her colleague Matt Bruenig are trying to create a monster even more destructive than Stoker’s namesake Bram created..but this one is known as the Universal Basic Income.
In the United States, we are generally told that poverty is a deeply complicated problem whose solution requires dozens of reforms on issues as diverse as public schooling, job training, and marriage.
But it’s not true. High rates of poverty can, as a policy matter, be solved with trivial ease. How? By simply giving the poor money.
The economically undereducated due go on to point out how simple the process would be and all the great benefits like:
Our nuclear deterrent and those of our closest allies appear to be under attack by our own Executive Branch of Government again…but this time we’re flirting with unilateral nuclear disarmament…
First it was accusations in 2011 that President Obama had sold out our British cousins’ nuclear secrets to the Russians…I’m not sure of the truth of these allegations but the British sure seem convinced.
Then in early 2012 the President was caught on camera and microphone privately promising Continue reading
Just a quick note of thanks to the Prepography readers who have dropped me notes to check on me the past few weeks. I hate it when my favorite writers apologize when their day jobs reduce the frequency of their online contributions…the day jobs pay the bills and sometimes consume more than the day…so no apologies…
That said, I’m looking forward to being able to get back to my avocation with new articles, several new writers and I have a desk full of products to review in the next week or so.
What have I been doing with my time…
Well in addition to convergence of family obligations (all joyful thank heavens) I’ve taken steps to improve my family’s financial self reliance by purchasing a recession proof, depression resistant (one hopes) business and spent uncountable hours helping my clients comply with ever increasing government mandates. I’m not sure what’s worse, the increasing percentage of our work product we submit in taxes or the soul-crushing cost of compliance in time lost from more productive activities.
Hang in there…Prepography will be back to its regular publication schedule soon.
I love analogies. Analogies are a great way to explain complex relationships in just a sentence or two. A few days ago I solicited your help with completing the analogy below:
Expecting government spending to drive the economy is like…
We’ve had a number of submissions and different readers took very different approaches but I was looking for that one best analogy to drop into my verbal repertoire for those times when I’m visiting with those who call for more government intervention to fix the economy. It’s amazing how many otherwise intelligent people have failed to learn the lesson that the more centralized an economy is the less efficient it is.
I sometimes wonder where our penchant for big government solutions to each and every challenge comes from…is it that most of us were educated by government (or at least public) employees? I received my education almost exclusively in public schools and university but I was taught how to think, not merely what to think. I remember numerous with agenda pushing indoctrinators posing as ’teachers’ but they were counterbalanced by those fine educators who mentored us in how to properly analyze data, construct an argument and present our findings whether they agreed with us or not.
When faced those with an inadequate grasp of history, economics or both I now have a new tool in my repertoire, an analogy that cuts right to the chase and should be easily understandable by the vast majority of those I meet in my day to day life and it is: Continue reading
This [government takeover of retail chain and selling off inventory for government set prices not based on actual costs] is for the good of the nation… Leave nothing on the shelves, nothing in the warehouses … Let nothing remain in stock!”
Andrew’s Note: There go 500 Venezuelan jobs and what little confidence any remaining private enterprise in Venezuela had that it could escape being looted and have its inventory sold for pennies on the dollar. The action was taken by the Venezuelan government because the retail chain had the audacity to sell goods for market rates rather than the government set rates which would have assured the company nothing but bankruptcy.
I’m so glad that we no longer have government bureaucrats insulated from the reality of market forces setting prices for private businesses like we did as recently as the Nixon administration or of course the Obama administrations… price fixing in the 1.6 Trillion Dollar Health Care Industry or the interest rates in the banking and housing industries. The problem with agreeing to government price cups, caps, floors and fixing is that as soon as you allow any government to think it can repeal the laws of supply and demand then all you are left with is arguing about degrees of enterprise crushing intervention. For example: when I was in Iraq in 2007 the Iraqi government wanted to assure the populace of the oil rich country that gas would be inexpensive so they set price controls (I don’t remember but it seems like it was about a half dollar U.S per liter). What happened is that corrupt officials, insurgent groups/organized crime bought all the cheap gas so there wasn’t any for consumers. All the gas was either getting trucked to neighboring countries to be sold at a profit or sold on black market stands to consumers at [black] market prices. The gas stations were closed and empty but there was a guy halfway down the street with jerrycans of fuel for sale on the side of the street.
Andrew’s Note: Today’s article on Veterans Day Etiquette was first published on Prepography for Veterans Day last year and proved very popular so we have reprinted it.
For the first sixteen years of my military career there was little need for a primer on Veterans Day etiquette as there was little public recognition of the day other than a few restaurants that thanked our Nation’s Veterans with a free meal and a Federal holiday. All that changed in September 2001… since that time there’s been a renewed gratefulness from the U.S. population towards its current and former military service members. That gratitude has played out in many ways and one of those ways is by a renewed interest in Veterans Day.
Before we explain Veterans Day etiquette, let’s look at the history of Veterans Day
Unlike Memorial Day which honors our war dead, Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor our living veterans. The timing of Veterans Day grew out of Armistice Day from World War I. Although the peace treaty wasn’t signed until June 28th 1919 the armistice went into effect the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (1918). This armistice was the end of the over-optimistically named ‘war to end all wars.’ President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” in 1954 at the urging of Congress to officially expand the observance of Armistice Day into Veterans Day. You can read more about the history of Veterans Day at History of Veterans Day – Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Here’s one old soldier’s guide to Veteran’s Day etiquette based primarily on my family’s traditions, as well as my own feelings and experiences. Continue reading
Ever been at a loss for an analogy? I am… so I thought I’d ask my readers for help. Please help me finish this sentence and send your responses in comments:
Expecting government spending to drive the economy is like…
Thanks in advance for your ideas,
Andrew J. Jackson
No building can stand without a strong foundation and your body’s foundation is your feet. As a a former light infantryman (the light infantryman often relies on his feet and not on mechanized transportation during operations) I was well schooled in proper preventative foot care for military operations. Many of the same preventative foot care techniques are applicable to hiking, bugging out or even a long day if you work in one of the many occupations that has you on your feet all day.
Todd describes The Preparedness Review as “A FREE eReview of articles from some of the best preparedness authors on the web”.
The latest issue features 17 articles from some of my favorite preparedness writers.
Two issues of The Preparedness Review are published each year, in the Fall and Spring and it represents another free preparedness resource to aid you in your own preparedness journey.
This posting represents the crossing of a milestone for Prepography. There’s not much in this note to help you become more self reliant or better prepared but there’s a lot in the previous 999 articles, notes, infographics and quotes.
That’s right, this is our 1,000th posting!
It’s interesting to see which articles are of the most interest to our readers…it’s not always what I expect. Some of the articles that take the the most time and effort researching and writing fall flat on their face with only a few hundred views, others which are written in just a few minutes on a topic that crossed my or one of our other writer’s mind or that I wrote for personal gratification only go viral.
To give you a feeling for how truly varied the most popular articles are, here are the Top 100 articles we’ve published in order from most popular to least…if our posts were graded on the curve, these are the top 10%, the ‘A’ work:
That’s the list…the top 10%. I can’t wait to see what the top 100 are from our next 1,000 posts!
Today’s one of those days where no one looks too askance at you if you dress up like a zombie, an ax murderer or a Somali pirate. Why not take advantage of the allowance for weirdness by trying this Prepper Halloween Challenge…
Ask the first five friends and acquaintances you meet what their ‘zombie apocalypse’ plan is. I’ll bet you get at least four answers that are at least somewhat well (or considering we’re talking fictional monsters…ill) considered. Enjoy the subsequent conversations as you ask your buddies to expand and elaborate on their plans. Once the conversation begins to lull try this segue:
A few years ago my wife dragged me to the movie Shakespeare In Love. I don’t remember much about the movie but I do remember one thing the filmmakers showed that was very interesting. They showed the Elizabethan version of a toothbrush which is basically a stick with one of the ends roughed up. Recently I came across a description of how to make that primitive toothbrush in FM 21-75, Combat Skills Of The Soldier. In good old state-the-obvious Army style the description goes point out that “twigs can also be used for toothpicks.” Here’s hoping you don’t have to resort to makeshift oral hygiene…
Source: This Means of Tactical Communications Infographic is from FM 21-75 Combat Skills of the Soldier August 1984, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Andrew’s Note: These means of communications are timeless and even hold true to a world a little more basic than one that includes e-mail, fax, text, phone, and high definition television.
Source: This Personal Camouflage Infographic is from FM 21-75 Combat Skills of the Soldier August 1984, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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I think a lot of people will look back at this point in American political history and wonder how things got so d*mn screwed up.