Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist.
President John Adams
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.
Today’s discussion is on backwards planning and while the term ‘backwards planning’ may not be familiar to you… you are likely familiar with this common sense technique for ‘time on target’ or time sequence planning. Backwards planning is the Army’s term for this technique and like many aspects of common sense the Army has a formal method for teaching this technique to leaders and future leaders. Backwards planning is an important skill for anyone to know but is especially important for the prepper.
I was fortunate to be raised by a father that introduced me early to the twin wonders of duct tape and WD-40. I remember him telling me the story of WD-40‘s creation and thinking it was too fantastic to be true…turns out he took very little editorial license. The WD stands for ‘water displacing’ (hydrophobic properties) and WD-40 was the first mass marketed hydrophobic coating but it also cleans, lubricates, penetrates, and protects. There are a number of superhydrophobic coatings entering the market currently but I can’t imagine that any of these magic formulations will be as multi-talented as WD-40. There are well over 2,000 documented uses of WD-40 according to the manufacturer but here are Prepography’s Top 10 Preparedness uses of WD-40. Continue reading
From my earliest childhood I have been toiling & wearing my heart out for other people, who took all I could do & suffer for them as no more than their just dues.
Senator John Randolph
Our pleasures were simple – they included survival.
President & General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower
The president’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was continuing to hold sessions [with a recess appointment], and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab… We will demonstrate to the Court how the president’s unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell via GOP senators urge Supreme Court to rein in Obama on recess appointments | Fox News
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.
Today we introduce the first of a periodic series looking at current and recent events in the U.S. that shouldn’t have happened…but did. This isn’t some third world country with a dictator leading through a cult of personality, intimidation and force…this is the United States of America…but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that it can’t happen here (it being all those things that aren’t supposed to happen in the Home of the Free) because thinking that it can’t happen here will lull you into a false sense of security that will mean that it does happen here…and occasionally does.
Unfortunately, many of our fellow citizens are more interested in what the Kardashians are up to than in government corruption, our potential slide into socialism… the erosion of our rights and their replacement with obligations that masquerade as rights.
As soon as by one’s own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one’s own right is laid.
I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t break any laws so I plead the 5th Amendment because if I tell you what I did I might incriminate myself…
IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner… paraphrased while testifying on the IRS’ targeting of the Administration’s political opponents leading up to the election.