Today’s Infographic, Venomous Snakes of North America comes to us from www.prepforshtf.com. It’s a great overview of North America’s Venomous Snakes but I’d add…it’s best to leave snakes alone whether you can identify them or not.
Venomous Snakes of North America Infographic Courtesy of: preparing For SHTF
I’ve said often enough that my close friends are starting to quote me that ‘I refuse to be a refugee.’ That’s easy for me to say as I live far from hurricane and wildfire country, nowhere near a nuclear plant and in a part of the country with a relatively low population density (by coastal standards) but as I read James Wesley Rawles‘ book, The Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse a few months ago I began thinking again about prepping for political risk.
In the novel, the fifth book in Rawles’ post-crunch, ‘Patriots‘ world the characters find themselves living in territory that was both formerly part of both the U.S. and Canada but the respective national governments have since fallen. Each character must make their own decision about how to react to the advance of foreign armies and the creation of a new nation…one with radically different values than many of the residents hold.
While I refuse to be a refugee during tough times, an economic downturn or following a natural disaster…what about political change? If I find myself living in a secessionist State promoting morally repugnant policies do I flee to parts unknown? This is the very situation a number of our ancestors found themselves in a century and a half ago as the secessionist movement tore our country apart. What if the policies and values of the good old U.S.A. become unrecognizable and morally repugnant to you…how does one prepare for that?
I have friends that think our nation is on the road to ruin and have become expatriates and if recent polls are to be believed the majority of our country agrees that we’re on the wrong track so prepping for political risk isn’t just a good idea it’s potentially a matter of life and death?
Ten Ways To Prepare For Political Risk
The U.S. is still a freedom loving country…even with recent shifts in the political climate but we must maintain our vigilance, promote liberty and bring up future generations to view/fight tyranny as our forefathers and mothers did as part of our own prepping for political risk.
A more proper title for this article would have been “The Dangers of Perceived Illegitimacy” as often it’s the perception that matters even more than the reality of legitimacy. An illegitimate government that is perceived as legitimate will wield power as peacefully if not as effectively as a government that is truly legitimate and perceived as such. Conversely a legitimate government that is perceived as illegitimate will create an atmosphere of civil discord and strife.
Today in much of the U.S. we find ourselves in a position where there is a camp that increasingly believes our federal government is exercising unconstitutional powers through a variety of mechanisms including executive orders, legislative shenanigans (like the White House failing to submit the Iran Nuclear
capitulation ‘Deal’ to the Senate for approval as the Constitution requires for treaties), an activist judiciary, kill lists that include the names of U.S. citizens…likely bad people yet still U.S. Citizens who are assassinated without ‘due process.’ There’s even a subset of this camp that believes that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States and is therefore not eligible to lead the nation. As to that latter allegation that same camp never alleges that the President’s mother wasn’t a U.S. Citizen which would make him eligible in any case. Not hearing the same outcry against Senator Ted Cruse who was born in Canada to U.S. Citizens either.
As if the perception of federal illegitimacy wasn’t bad enough there’s a different, sizable camp that believes that their state and local governments are illegitimate due to racism, the legacy of slavery or because minority interests are merely protected and not promoted at the expense of other minorities and the majority populace. In fact as George Will so eloquently puts it there are so many things to be offended by, and so little time to agonize about each. The dangers of illegitimacy were put brutally on display recently when a uniformed official of the high school football variety was brazenly attacked on the field by two high school students who perceived him as racist.
The dangers of illegitimacy, perceived or correct do have the power to destroy our nation. I’d argue that the various perceptions of illegitimacy have already greatly weakened us. When a first lady of the United States says that ‘for the first time in my adult life I’m proud of my country‘ because it elected her husband she was expressing her perception of our entire nation being illegitimate. When a leading presidential candidate states that our country was founded on ‘racist principals‘ instead of properly stating that our great nation was founded on the concept that all men are created equal in spite of the human failings of some of our founders he’s questioning our legitimacy. When the race baiters and extremists highlights our differences instead of our commonalities then we enter dangerous territory where those with communications platforms or even just a social media account begin calling for the execution of police officers for the ‘crime’ of keeping the peace or for outright class war or ‘race war‘ When our unelected two party officials craft debate participation rules so as to assure their desired range of outcomes they add to this perception of illegitimacy. When congress passes tax laws so Byzantine and clearly targeted at the producers and entrepreneurs that the IRS becomes a symbol of oppression and illegitimacy we are in danger of inciting a tax revolt.
To make matters worse our federal government now regularly sues our State and local governments to force the States to stop enforcing the very laws that the federal government itself is sworn to uphold while our States regularly, in turn sue our federal government for abridging the rights of the States and her citizens.
Only by once again embracing the principals of transparency, fair play and rule of law can we hope to recapture the perception of legitimacy at the State and federal level. Those willing to commit government overreach on the left and the right would do well to remember both the words of President Jefferson and the legend of Robin Hood that so many generations were raised on. Even if we do everything right…perceptions are fickle things and people will believe what they want in spite of the facts but if we don’t try then the dangers of illegitimacy may prove fatal to our Republic and many of our fellow citizens.
Do something… Hiding, or sitting back, is not going to accomplish anything. And the gunman would’ve been successful if my friend Spencer had not gotten up. So I just want that lesson to be learned going forward, in times of, like, terror like that, please do something. Don’t just stand by and watch.
Spencer Stone, U.S. Airman and recipient of France’s Legion d’honneur for taking down a rifle wielding Jihadi on one of France’s high speed trains
For his warrior spirit and frankly for ignoring DOD policies that tell service members to hide and barricade themselves during an active shooter situation, Airman Stone along with National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their longtime friend Anthony Sadler and British businessman Chris Norman are the latest inductees into Prepography‘s Wall of Honor.
Secretary of State John Kerry says that there is less violence than usual in the world right now. Meanwhile the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, says the opposite, that terrorism is more violent and dangerous than ever. Since Clapper is Director of National Intelligence, maybe Kerry should have the title Director of National Stupidity.
So, on this Feast of Stephen, spare a thought not only for the leftovers in the fridge, but for the driven, kidnapped, enslaved, raped, tortured and murdered Christians our sloth and scorn have left to a hell on earth.
If you only read one article this week… read Colonel Peter’s piece on the state of Christianity in the Middle East. If you aren’t familiar with Peters he’s an enlisted soldier turned Military Intelligence officer who left the Army in order be able to write candidly about it. I was introduced to Peters as a young Captain by one of my military mentors.
As the mainstream media positively salivates over the anticipated civil unrest and rioting that’s expected following the release of the dual Grand Jury investigation and Department of Justice investigations that are expected to exonerate Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a teenager of African decent we thought it might be a good idea to review tips on prepping for riots and civil unrest. According to a knowledgeable multi-juristictional law enforcement analyst the law enforcement community is more concerned about the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting information release than any event since 9/11.
A riot or period of riots/civil unrest is best avoided and the Prepping for Riots and Civil Unrest tips below should help you avoid or if necessary safely escape a dangerous situation.
I hope you never find yourself in a riot but if you do…I hope Prepping For Riots & Civil Unrest helps get you out safely.
Cogitation is concerted thought, reflection, meditation, or contemplation. “Cogitation” highlights cognitive ideas that cross our paths. These ideas and thoughts don’t really warrant full articles. They are important enough to be shared as food for thought before forgotten.
The death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the foreign national who recently passed away in Dallas, becoming the first US ebola death, is raising alarms. What I find even more alarming is the CDC’s, and US administration’s public response to his death and the subsequent infection of not one, but two of his nurses as well as the general threat that Ebola poses to our nation and the world. At every turn the CDC and administration’s statements have turned out to be untrue, or patently false. The most glaring examples of this are the following:
At every turn officials have had to back pedal, or “clarify” what they previous meant to say. In at least one case Canadian officials actually edited info out of a web page. This was an apparent attempt to make the info fit the meme, as well as to nip any panic in the bud.
Do I think this is all some sinister plot, or cover up? No, I do not. I do think is that it is a shining example of hubris, demonstrated by people who feel they are smarter, more informed, and simply better at doing things than every one else. The way they see the world is the ‘way it is.’ The way they say things should be run is the ‘best way;’ without exception. In their eyes, their systems and plans are infallible, as if believing that will make it so. In the best of circumstances, this is just irratating; maddingly so at times. In dire times and emergencies, say like when facing a potential epidemic/pandemic with a 50%+ death rate, that type of hubris will kill you.
Don’t think that this is soley an indictment of current adminstrations and beauracracies. My comment translates to the individual, as well. More so, in fact. On a personal level, if you are closed minded and believe that your systems and procedures are infallible, then you are setting yourself up for failure. Do that in the wrong situation and you or others may very well die!
[The 2014 Ebola outbreak is] the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times…
Also see the World Health Organization’s Ebola Virus Disease Page
When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out—or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation?
Hillary Rodham Clinton writing to Saul Alinsky in July 1971 via Read Hillary Clinton’s Letters to Saul Alinsky
Andrew’s Note: If you’re not familiar with the book Secretary Clinton is describing as ‘Revelation’ it’s a Marxist dirty tricks manifesto which Alinsky dedicated to Lucifer himself.