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:
We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear—fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a terrorist sympathizer.
Writer & Cold War Airman First Class Hunter S. Thompson
I recently had a conversation with a Prepography reader about the concept of intentional living. The concept was new to that particular reader and he encouraged me to introduce it to my other readers with a short article. I’m certainly not an expert on intentional living and it’s still more a goal than a habit but every month I get a little better at living with intention. Here’s that brief introduction:
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill
Prepography reader Deanna wrote in to ask a question about purchasing a Mark I Antidote Kit for protection from nerve agents:
Deanna’s question was:
Is it possible to purchase a Mark I antidote kit containing both atropine and PAM and if so where would someone find such a thing? After watching the news this morning and hearing about the arrest of 5 men who planned to fly remote control planes over America and dispense sarin and other nerve agents, I think it’s time to look into antidotes.
If you are a warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be “on” 24/7 for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself… “Baa.”
Floods are currently hitting parts of central Europe that haven’t been flooded in living memory…and then some. In fact, the water levels in Passau, Germany have topped the highest recorded flood levels ever recorded there…and that was in 1501. Just another reminder that you must plan for the unexpected and not put all your eggs in one basket…or preps all in one place.
Now I’m not saying that we’re all going to suffer a flood, but your preps may be vulnerable to fire, earthquake, theft, tornado or any manner of other trouble…just don’t let your trouble become a tragedy by relying on one location, stockpile or cache… spread your preps among several locations, enter into a prepper compact with a like minded family that’s lives a distance from you…or both. Of course if you read the Bible, the Torah or the Qur’an…everybody lives on a floodplain.
The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but a few calculations beforehand. Thus many calculations lead to victory and few calculations to defeat. It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.
In Part One of this two article series we introduced Physical Security and Protection by discussing Physical Security Challenges, the similarities and differences between threats and hazards and the five Forms of Protection (Prevention, Deterrence, Passive Defense, Active Security and Mitigation). This topic has been adapted from the U.S. Army’s doctrine on Physical Security for application by the prepper, prepper family or preparedness group. Today we’ll expand our discussion to include the Principals of Protection.
As we discussed in Part One our goal in this series is to help you develop a cognitive model for assessing your own Physical Security in a continuum of security environments from today’s Rule of Law (ROL) environment (at least here in the U.S.) through increasingly degraded security environments, short term WROL situations and all the way to a full, long term, WROL environment.
Army doctrine teaches that successful protection is characterized by the integration of the five principles of protection and these principles can be used to counter a myriad of physical security challenges. Although these principals of protection are applied differently depending on your resources and environment they do provide the prepper, along with the Forms of Protection from Part One…a way to approach protection and improve your Physical Security situation no matter the security environment. Remember that your plan should be tailored not only to the hazards and threats you face, but also to the legal and political environment you face…and might face. It’s a sad testament to our society that a man or woman isn’t judged just by their actions but are also, often judged by how their actions are perceived through racial, gender, political affiliation or economic (class) charged lenses.
The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.
Terrorism strikes home again! Although early reports from traumatic and violent events are often incorrect the location, timing and fact that there were two explosions targeting the finish line of the 117 year old Boston Marathon seem to confirm that it was a terror attack and not a gas explosion or other type of accident. Having experienced the horror of improvised explosive devices (IED’s) and rocket attacks my heart goes out to those who were victimized by or had loved ones victimized by this cowardly attack. Please keep the victims and the victim’s families in your thoughts and prayers as well.
Yesterday’s attack was a sad reminder that terror can strike here as it has so many times before. Consider this partial list of attacks on U.S. soil from InfoPlease:
Frequent Prepography contributor Roger Reality wrote in to ask that I remind our readers that the 27 year old Leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un just scrapped the 1953 Armistice that ended…really just hit the ‘pause button’ on the Korean War. His declaration technically returns us to state of open warfare with the Stalinist state.
This puts us in a state of war with another nuclear armed nation…the first time this has ever happened. I should also mention that this nuclear armed nation has also successfully launched a satellite into orbit demonstrating what is essentially an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability. Put together ICBM and nuclear capabilities and we’ve got a whole new kind of threat to worry about…and it likely isn’t the one you’re thinking about right now. Continue reading
Every workplace, club, school, group and even families have their own version of ‘that guy.’ ‘That guy’ is the one who ducks out when it’s time to work, shoots down every idea without offering alternative solutions, makes the obscene gesture whenever a picture is snapped and generally makes a nuisance of him or herself. Because obnoxious is equal opportunity…that guy can even be a girl. In today’s article we examine the Top 10 That Prepper Guys you don’t want to be.
1. Doom & Gloom Prepper Guy: This is the guy that goes around telling everyone everything bad that’s going on and how everything good is about to end. ‘The end is near’ is his mantra and it may well be…but then again maybe not…this guy needs to learn to balance his/her preparedness efforts within a rewarding life…and not live for the ‘end.’
2. Overly Focused Prepper Guy: This guy geeks on just one of the ten preparedness foundations of Full Spectrum Preparedness (or a subset of one foundation. He’s a wealth of knowledge on his topic of choice but will become an annoyance when he/she needs your help because there are holes in his/her preps that you could drive a deuce and a half through.
3. No Focus Prepper Guy: Long before I developed the Full Spectrum Preparedness doctrine this was me. I had all the water I needed but no hygiene items or a hundred toothbrushes without any toothpaste because I got a good deal. I’m not opposed to good deals but without a balanced approach to prepping this guy will become annoying when he needs your help because he didn’t balance his preps…at least he’ll have toothbrushes to trade!
4. Lazy Prepper Guy: If you’ve ever been in any kind of group then you know who that (lazy) guy is. Now picture having that guy in your preparedness group after life becomes more difficult, people are more stressed and the work product means the difference between survival or not. Beware Lazy Prepper Guy.
5. Scary Prepper Guy: Continue reading
How aware are you about your surroundings? I’ll bet that everyone that reads this will claim that they are very aware of what goes on around them. Really? By my very nature (Andrew’s Note: check out Infidel’s biography) I put everyone on the defense. Why? Because I’m very good at getting inside your OODA Loop (observe, orient, decide, and act). This keeps me on the offensive…keeps me a step ahead of the opposition. Now… do I do this all the time? No, because sometimes the body has to mentally relax to recharge the batteries. You need to know when it’s time to relax and when to maintain heightened situational awareness.
The four levels of awareness that are taught by most personal defense instructors now are the famous ones that originated with LT COL Jeff Cooper, the originator of Gunsite Training Academy. Cooper’s levels are White, Yellow, Orange and Red. The goal is to pick the appropriate safety awareness level for your surroundings and situation. This situational awareness continuum helps you to react accordingly to threats and potential threats to your safety. A full discussion of this situational awareness model will be discussed at a later time but I mention it here as a brief introduction.
Now, back to our discussion of surroundings…how many of you have observed someone breaking into a car, shoplifting, or actually making a drug deal?
Andrew’s Note: I’ve been watching with interest the developments in Argentina where the Socialist government has imposed price controls in a futile attempt to control inflation created by social (or should I say Socialist) engineering masquerading as economic policy…President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration has now gone so far as to ban advertising. The arrogance of a government expecting private businesses and individuals (and farmers) to continue to produce when their goods cost more to produce than they are allowed to sell them for defies belief…but it wasn’t so long ago that we tried such schemes as well. During the Nixon administration we exercised price controls on a national level and some cities still cling to anachronistic rent control schemes. Luckily we no longer impose price controls on a national level…now we just legislate how much profit private industries can make…Lord save us from misguided but well intended politicians and Socialists…so what’s the more general outlook for Central and South America look like…let’s return to the JOE.
The JOE is our crystal ball…or at least the closest thing that the Department of Defense (DOD) has to it…namely the Joint Operating Environment (JOE) 2010. The JOE is the DOD’s keystone document used to project the world in which it will operate up to 25 years into the future. As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s a sobering read for the prepper and likely to turn the non-prepper into one. Read on to learn what the Department of Defense thinks about the outlook for Central and South America:
Listed below are four new online resources that have been added to our Online Preparedness Tools & Resources Page. If you see something, say something…no I’m not talking about the Department of Homeland Security’s anti-terror campaign…I’m talking about if you see a great online preparedness tool…say something to me though my Contact Page so I can include it in the Online Preparedness Tools & Resources Page.