Articles in Government
Of the many major concerns I have with a general lack of preparedness in society, two stand out that can be jointly fixed:
Lack of government preparedness – especially in the more major scenarios like the next Carrington Event
Just in time delivery to stores and supermarkets, as well as just in time manufacturing – where very little inventory exists
Providing food for the starving masses is quite achievable if the government stores the items that preppers know are durable and cheap. Tinned beans and rice for example. But you can’t really trust a government that doesn’t really care about preparing to rotate supplies.
What if all the government needed to provide was secure warehouses? No purchases, no transport costs, no quality control, no rotating…
1. Identify the types of products our country would need a lot of in a massive catastrophe2. Create laws that stipulate they are essential supplies
3. Require manufacturers to deliver the …
Hurricane Katrina – many indicators that it would happen one day, local government failed to prepare
Fukushima – An in-house study in 2008 pointed out that there was an immediate need to improve the protection of the power station from flooding by seawater. This study mentioned the possibility of tsunami-waves up to 10.2 meters. Officials of the department at the company’s headquarters insisted that such a risk was unrealistic and did not take the prediction seriously. [Wikipedia]
Pearl Harbor – As the Japanese military pressed its war in China, concern over Japan’s intentions caused the U.S. to begin taking defensive measures. On February 1, 1933, the U.S. Navy staged a mock attack on the base at Pearl Harbor as part of a preparedness exercise. The attack “succeeded” and the defense was deemed a “failure”. [Wikipedia]
9/11 – multiple warnings earlier in 2001 that Al Qaeda were planning aircraft hijackings in the USA [Wikipedia]
The disasters listed …
Preppers throughout the USA played close attention to Hurricane Sandy, and how well people in New York coped with the situation. These minor disasters are a good indicator for how a country can survive when a massive disaster occurs. Apologies to New Yorkers and New Jersey folk for calling it minor, but this level of disaster disrupts life somewhere in the world several times every year. They might be rare at a specific location, but globally it is just nature and humans intersecting as they always have.
Being the richest country in the world, with plenty of natural disasters in it short history, the USA should be able to cope with a supercell storm. They even knew it was coming, and where it would hit. And yet we have sites like SHTFPlan.com detailing how poorly FEMA responded:
Portable toilets and tents aren’t great when more storms are coming and it is almost …
Not a lot happens in the video below. It’s basically just a SWAT team removing two people from their home, and then the home is searched. The reason for their visit is the reason it is interesting. Rather than just a routine police visit because a neighbor thought there was a domestic dispute, the heavily armed SWAT team arrived because the resident was known as a constitutionalist. Yep they were profiled and judged to be potentially a threat.
Again and again the message is this: keep your politics and beliefs to yourself. Don’t let anyone know that you have survivalist ideas. And don’t do anything that might give the authorities a reason to visit your home – including a loud argument with your wife.
(I forgot to post this earlier this year, but it is still relevant… Rob)
STATE OF WYOMING
HOUSE BILL NO. HB0085
AN ACT relating to governmental studies; providing for a
task force to study governmental continuity in case of a
disruption in federal government operations; providing for
a report; providing appropriations; and providing for an effective date.
(i) Potential effects of the rapid decline of
the United States dollar and the ability to quickly provide
an alternative currency;
(ii) Potential effects of a situation in which
the federal government has no effective power or authority
over the people of the United States;
(iii) Potential effects of a constitutional
(iv) Coordination between the governor’s office,
Wyoming national guard and any federal military in Wyoming;
(v) Potential effects of a disruption in food
(vi) Potential effects of a disruption in energy
Full Bill at http://e-lobbyist.com/gaits/text/575637
Good News – a politician has been very pro-active, aiming to have measures in place before a nation-wide or even world-wide disaster leaves Wyoming isolated. …
Apologies if I have covered similar topics previously, but it is worth reiterating…
As a reader of this blog, you most likely fit one of the following categories:
believe your “way of life” is under attack
purchase food in bulk
support Ron Paul
suspicious of centralized federal authority
fly the U.S. flag
reverent of individual liberty
paying cash for purchases
believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty
interested in web privacy
Read more at the Intel Hub – but basically all of the above can categorize you as a potential terrorist according to government funded and publicized reports.
There are many folk out there who fit every one of the listed categories, and are nothing like a terrorist. The only violence they are likely capable of is defending their home and family – surely an admirable trait in any society…
Are you subversive?
Ethno-nationalists labeled terrorists by Feds
Are You Suspicious of ‘Centralized Federal Authority’?
With the ousting of the Mubarak regime last year, so went Zahi Hawass, Minister of Antiquities, and the face of ancient Egypt. An article at the Huffington Post looks into what happened to Hawass since (not much, seems like he is sitting around hoping to be reinstated…), and it provides some other interesting info:
Tourism revenue in Egypt dropped by a third to $8.8 billion in 2011, and industry observers say the damage has been much worse.
Occupancy rates in Luxor have dropped as low as 4%, down from an average 61%, and beach resort Sharm el Sheik’s rate has dropped from 70% to 8%.
The Building and Development Party, which won 13 seats in the 2011 election is the political wing of the El Gama’a El Islamiyya movement. In 1997, it claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack on foreigners in Luxor where 48 tourists died.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s official news site has promised to invest …
More evidence that global governments are incredibly ignorant of the serious asteroid threat. Detection of asteroids is severely under-funded, even though it has the best long-term cost-benefit ratio of almost anything they could pay for. An Australian telescope at the Sliding Spring observatory, the only one searching for asteroids in a particular region of the sky, lost its U.S. funding last year, and unless somebody fronts up with $180K this month, it will be shut down. Leaving us blind to a potential killer asteroid.
Catalina uses a range of northern hemisphere telescopes – and the Sliding Spring Survey. But in October, Catalina cut off cash to the survey due to growing costs, caused partly by changes in the exchange rate between the Australian and US dollars. That decision was “very difficult”, says Steve Larson, who heads Catalina.
Since then, the southern survey has been limping along with temporary funding from the Australian National …
Survivalist and Prepper websites have been reporting that the Department of Homeland Security has been paying them a visit – for example Off Grid Survival:
So of course I went and checked some of my sites, here are the totals since Jan 1, 2011:
2012 Connect 16
2012 Base 21
Survive 2012 237
That makes sense because the last site contains this blog, so there’s lots more new content to look at. I’m both proud and scared that they find my writing interesting. So I checked DOD and the Navy as well:
Click on the images for a closer look, but there were also 427 visits from the Department of Defence, and 716 from the Navy Network Information Center. Interestingly, the average page views and time spent on the site were extremely similar to DHS. And the spikes in visits correlated with spikes in general – they visited more on days the site …
I’ve mentioned previously how survivalists could show up on government radar if store owners decide that buying supplies with cash is suspicious – the purchaser could be a terrorist! As it happens, there are 25 different flyers asking for public informants, covering a wide variety of businesses. Here are the worst for 2012ers:
Bulk Fuel Distributors — New customers not from the area, those using cash for large transactions, nervous, large purchases, having a rental vehicle.
Farm Supply Stores — New customers not from the area, nervous or impatient, suspicious inquiries regarding equipment specifications, failing to state legitimate use for supplies, rental vehicle, cash for large transactions.
Home Improvement and Large Retail Stores — Large quantity of ammunition, firearms and ammunition out of season, combination of unusual items, interest in night vision and camouflage apparel, purchases of pipe fittings and supplies, rental vehicle, refusal to complete firearms paperwork, using cash for large transactions.
The long term trend is obvious to any Sci-Fi fan – one day all transactions will be cashless. We might even have a universal currency known as credits!
There are some indications in Europe that the shift away from cash has begun:
Italy – since 4th December 2011 amounts above € 1000 can no longer be paid in cash. This is to help stop tax avoidance, supposedly.
Belgium – soon the maximum for cash transactions will be € 5,000, down from € 15,000, for the same reason
EU – a directive has been issued regarding how they will enable a cashless society
Now a cashless society means that authorities get to track all transactions. And in the USA they are equating survivalist purchases with terrorism. So Preppers should probably only use trusted suppliers, and only pay cash.
And while cash can be kept safe, digital money can be taken from you with the click of a …
The leader of the free world has enough power to cause TEOTWAWKI via bad policy or religious motivation. And Obama might be out-voted just before the Mayan calendar ends in December. Even for those who are not in the USA (or Americans who don’t care about politics), each of the remaining four candidates are interesting in their own right
First off is the obvious choice for 2012ers (if they leave religion out of politics) – Ron Paul. The gentleman is obviously intelligent, and he cares about the big picture as well as the rights of the marginalized. A law has just been passed that allows US citizens to be held indefinitely without any trial – in the name of stopping terrorism. This single video is evidence enough that he is needed by the American people:
Next up is Newt Gingrich who just won South Carolina despite the polls predicting otherwise (suggesting to …
This time last year there was a lot of talk about mass animal die-offs. These things happen from time to time, but the cluster of events made it newsworthy. Turns out some mass deaths can be attributed to deliberate poisoning by US authorities:
A recent mass die-off event witnessed in Yankton, South Dakota was traced back to the USDA which admitted to carrying out a mass poisoning of the birds.
Read the whole story at Earth-Issues
Congressman Pete Hoekstra was recently heavily involved in US Intelligence:
Mr. Hoekstra, as a former Chairman of the HPSCI one of the best informed men in the world, will share his views on the global threats Americans face, now and in the future. Here is a rare opportunity for our audience to question the man who, until recently, was taskmaster of our nation’s spy agencies.
On Wednesday, noon Eastern time he speaks with EMPact Radio, a weekly broadcast devoted to …
I covered this back in August, but it has taken on a deeper meaning now that US citizens can detained without charge or trial – the law has passed, and Obama didn’t veto it after all… You could theoretically be locked up forever for one of these:
Storing Food. The FBI/DOJ have decided that having more than 7 day’s food on hand is suspicious, even though this is precisely what FEMA recommends (in case of a disaster). There’s a report from a cannery that pimarily has Mormons as customers (their religion compels them to keep one year’s worth of food stored), where federal agents were asking for customer lists – fortunately they didn’t keep one.
Owning Guns and Ammo. You especially don’t want to be a military veteran who has just returned from war. The Dept of Homeland Security have said:
the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities …
It is certainly reassuring when a leading politician mentions the possibility of a catastrophe that most people are unaware of. Newt Gingrich is the subject of an article this week at the NY Times:
In debates and speeches, interviews and a popular book, he is ringing alarm bells over what experts call the electromagnetic pulse, or EMP — a poorly understood phenomenon of the nuclear age.
The idea is that if a nuclear weapon, lofted by a missile, were detonated in outer space high above the American heartland, it would set off a huge and crippling shockwave of electricity. Mr. Gingrich warns that it would fry electrical circuits from coast to coast, knocking out computers, electrical power and cellphones. Everything from cars to hospitals would be knocked out.
In the introduction to the 2009 novel One Second After, Gingrich said millions would die in the first week alone.
The US military believe that the …