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  • Martin Armstrong Warns Civil Unrest Is Rising Everywhere: "This Won't End Pretty"

    06/28/2014 7:46:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 123 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 6/28/14 | Tyler Durden
    People simply do not comprehend why and how the economic policies of the post-war era are imploding. This whole agenda of socialism has sold a Utopian idea that the State is there for the people yet it is run by lawyers following their own self-interest. The pensions created for those in government drive the cost of government up exponentially with time. The political forces blame the rich and this merely creates a class warfare with no resolution for the future. Even confiscating all the wealth of the so-called rich will not sustain the system. Consequently, we just have to crash...
  • 'Drastic action is needed' now to stop Ebola epidemic

    06/27/2014 11:27:38 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/27/14 | Danielle Dellorto, Miriam Falco, and Jen Christensen
    Officials believe the wide footprint of this outbreak is partly because of the proximity between the jungle where the virus was first identified and cities such as Conakry. The capital in Guinea has a population of 2 million and an international airport. People are traveling without realizing they're carrying the deadly virus. It can take between two and 21 days after exposure for someone to feel sick.
  • Prepare Without Looking Prepared

    06/25/2014 8:38:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 110 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 6/25/14 | Farm Operator
    “Have you watched Doomsday Preppers? Man, those people are crazy!” “We’ve got this neighbor down the street who’s prepping for the end of the world. What a weirdo!” We’ve all heard these comments (or similar ones). As for the wife and me, when friends, delivery men, in-laws, out-laws, offspring, or third cousins (who only show when they need something) come by the house, we don’t want them thinking we’re crazier than we are. Most importantly, we don’t want them knowing we’re prepping. For obvious security reasons, we don’t want those cousins to be the first at our doorstep when SHTF....
  • 30 Signs That You’re One of Those “Crazy Preppers”

    06/24/2014 6:42:03 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 52 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6/24/14 | Daisy Luther
    Here are the top 30 signs, should you ever be the subject of a nationwide manhunt, that you too will be considered a “Crazy Prepper on the Loose“: 1. Pantries are so mainstream…you have food stashed in strange places in every room of the house. 2. You have enough toilet paper to get through a year of uncomfortable digestive upsets…occurring with 6 people simultaneously Speaking of which, you possess at least 3 different ways to use the bathroom, only one of which is an actual bathroom. 3.Your kids know what OPSEC means…at the age of 4. 4. You have topographical...
  • Survival Among Humans

    06/16/2014 3:20:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 114 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 6/16/14 | Selco
    People do not want to watch or think about bad things, people want to forget that, and yes, at the end there comes again that famous „it cannot happen to us“ idea. Do you really think that when (not if) SHTF events would be much different in your part of the world? Do you think that when collapse happens, you and people around you in your town will be somehow able to organize food distribution, security and safety for residents, and all those criminals and sick bastards will somehow disappear, and there is going to be new better society? Are...
  • Pentagon studying protesters to prep for ‘mass civil breakdown’

    06/14/2014 2:37:49 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/13/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Department of Defense has disbursed some funds to universities so that scientists might study the dynamics of civil unrest — and how the U.S. military might best respond. It’s called the “Minerva Research Initiative,” and it’s a program that was kicked off in 2008 to “improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S.,” The Guardian reported.
  • Bugging out: Why I missed best time to bug out

    06/04/2014 7:09:33 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 6/2/14 | Selco
    Best way to survive is not being close to any problems. Like I describe in my survival course about my experience in Balkan war I missed my chance to bug out in time. I ended up surrounded by enemy army and trapped in city for a year without power and regular resources. Everyone fighting for the little what was left and being shot at by snipers and artillery from enemies did not make experience any better. There are many reasons why people fail to bug out. Last week Jay (guy I run this website with) left Bangkok because of military...
  • Blending In and Survivalist Hate

    05/23/2014 8:30:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 91 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 5/23/14 | Selco
    It is OK if you think that government is corrupt and incompetent, I think that too. It is OK to have weapon in your home, and will and knowledge to use it, and it is very good if you think that TV is full of crap. I think too that S. is gonna hit the fan, and that it makes sense to have bug out location and bug out bag, and lots of cans and ammo. So we are clear that we agree that all of the above (and lots more) make perfect sense. But one thing does not make...
  • Free Kindle Ebook: Survival Pantry

    05/22/2014 8:21:39 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    Dealnews ^ | May 22, 2014 | Dealnews
    Amazon offers downloads of Charlie Morgan's Survival Pantry: The Prepper's Guide to Survival Food Storage for Kindle eBook for free. That's $1 off and the lowest price we could find. A Kindle or Kindle-enabled device is required to download and read this eBook.
  • 16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket

    05/21/2014 9:25:31 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/21/14 | M.D. Creekmore
    1.Free Trade with Communist China 2.A break down of the traditional family 3.A break down of morality 4.A declining belief in God, the Bible and Christian values 5.Declining freedom and turning away from a constitutional government 6.A militarization of the police forces nationwide 7.A one party political system 8.Corruption of the political system 9.School system used to indoctrinate children 10.A government controlled main-stream media via newspapers, magazines, radio, movies and TV 11.Taking control of the internet… 12.Political Correctness is out of control 13.An entailment mentality 14.Foreign companies taking over big business and buying up property in the U.S. 15.Declaring anyone...
  • Silently among us: Scientists worry about milder cases of MERS

    05/18/2014 12:11:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 5/16/14 | Julie Steenhuysen
    Scientists leading the fight against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome say the next critical front will be understanding how the virus behaves in people with milder infections, who may be spreading the illness without being aware they have it. Establishing that may be critical to stopping the spread of MERS, which emerged in the Middle East in 2012 and has so far infected more than 500 patients in Saudi Arabia alone. It kills about 30 percent of those who are infected. It is becoming increasingly clear that people can be infected with MERS without developing severe respiratory disease, said Dr David...
  • How an Average Person can Prepare for a Pandemic

    05/18/2014 11:38:44 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 65 replies
    The Apartment Prepper ^ | 4/24/14 | aptprepper
    What is a pandemic? According to, a pandemic is defined as a global outbreak of disease. It’s not determined by the number of deaths, but by how quickly it spreads. Do they happen? Pandemics do happen, as in three outbreaks of flu pandemic in the 20th century: Spanish flu killed $40-50 million in 1918 Asian flu in 1957 killed 2 million people 1 million deaths from Hong Kong flu in 1968 What are the chances? I don’t have a crystal ball, and there is really no way to predict when and how a pandemic can happen. Certain “tells” would...
  • Report: Food Prices Skyrocket: “We’re Going to Have a Major Problem Coming Into the Fall”

    05/14/2014 4:32:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 188 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/14/14 | Mac Slavo
    The Producer Price Index made available by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics this morning has now confirmed those fears. Consumers are seeing an immediate impact to their wallets in the form of food price inflation and in all likelihood the trend will continue going forward. These latest numbers are serious. So much so that according to Zero Hedge, “the last time food prices spiked by this much in one month, the resulting Arab Spring wave of revolutions tumbled governments across north Africa and the middle east.”
  • Why Most Of The Western Half Of The U.S. Is Completely Unsuitable For Strategic Relocatio

    05/14/2014 4:29:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 68 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/13/14 | Michael Snyder
    If there is one thing that you cannot live without, it is fresh water. Just try it some time. Seriously – try to live for 24 hours without using a single drop of fresh water. You will quickly learn how indispensable it is. Unfortunately, a lot of people that are “strategically relocating” to another part of the United States are not taking the availability of fresh water seriously when making the decision about where to move. If you live in an area that receives very little precipitation and that is not close to a consistent source of fresh water, what...
  • Loyalty in your survival group

    05/13/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 5/13/14 | Selco
    Loyalty is one thing that you need to “grow”, and it needs time to grow, that is why it makes sense to have prepared your group before SHTF, it may be slow process, and you need to be sure what kind of people you have there. My SHTF experience was very bad from the perspective of what I saw when it comes to loyalty. When you have big number of unprepared folks thrown in really hard situation like war, you can see all kind of examples, mostly bad one. Yes, I saw people betraying their friends, or even families. Sometimes...
  • 41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

    05/13/2014 4:27:06 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Peggy Wang | June 5, 2013
    I was sent this article into this article and I agreed that it would be of interest to many of the preppers in the group. A few are pretty ingenious ideas here that could use. Hat tip to The Working Man for the heads up!
  • Stopping Power Myths & What Really Matters to Stop Attackers

    04/28/2014 5:20:07 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 4/25/14 | Selco
    Will to kill When I wrote those 3 points about what the guy with TT gun did and why he did not shoot the other man, there needs probably (but I never know for sure) to be number 4 and that is “he did not want to kill the man”. Yes, even in life threatening situations lots of people simply would choose not to kill, even if that means death for them. I believe it is something that some people simply can not do. They are not capable of that, to take some other mans life. Maybe it looks that...
  • If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?

    04/14/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 209 replies
    The Week ^ | April 14, 2014
    Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists' improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of...
  • Survival Mom Radio Show: Prepper Myths with Fernando Aguirre (FerFAL)

    04/09/2014 4:41:21 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    The Survival Mom ^ | 4/9/14 | Lisa Bedford(ChocChipCookie)
    Hey folks, here's the link to the interview with Lisa Bedford, author of the book "Survival Mom".
  • 16 Signs That Most Americans Are NOT PREPARED For The Coming Economic Collapse

    04/09/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/9/14 | Michael Snyder.
    #8-16 The following are nine more statistics that come from a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation. As you can see, a significant portion of the population is not even prepared for a basic emergency that would last for just a few days… 44 percent don’t have first-aid kits 48 percent lack emergency supplies 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during...
  • Overwhelmed by crime, Argentina declares emergency in Buenos Aires

    04/08/2014 6:32:42 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    The situation has become a major political issue with magistrates and the Church calling for restrain. “This is a fight to defend the most sacred, life” governor of Buenos Aires province Daniel Scioli said and called on “all political forces” to coordinate efforts in the battle against crime. Escorted by all of his cabinet ministers, Scioli held a press conference in the City of La Plata to declare a 12-month security emergency in the province which represents over 35 per cent of the electorate registry. “The emergency is the legal instrument we have to speed up the investments we need...

    04/07/2014 4:56:39 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 4/6/14 | Selco
    I kept looking at him suspiciously, because I remembered our neighbour who stated (OK he was completely drunk) that he had brilliant plan to end this siege. When we asked him how, he explained that he will shoot at the airplanes, and when they respond to that they will bomb whole area and everything will end. One of most stupid things that I ever heard. It was like shooting the man who brings you sandwich when you are hungry but desperate folks will talk lot of nonsense. “I am just thinking how funny and how far away we are to...
  • Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries:

    04/02/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/2/14 | Daisy Luther
    What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries? And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited? That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now. The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be issued to families. These will have to be presented before foodstuffs can be purchased.
  • Nearly Half Of Us Couldn't Live A Month On Our Savings

    04/01/2014 9:01:03 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies
    BI ^ | 4-1-2014 | Trae Bodge
    Nearly Half Of Us Couldn't Live A Month On Our Savings Trae Bodge , RetailMeNot's The Real Deal Apr. 1, 2014, 5:56 PM April is Financial Literacy Month (and dreaded tax time), so let’s talk about your financial know-how. Are you financially prepared if you need to stop working for a few months due to a layoff or illness? Do you know how much money you have lying around? What about your kids? Are you setting them on a path to financial health? RetailMeNot recently polled more than 1,000 Americans and found that overall consumers are doing pretty well on...
  • TSHTF Inflation: “What YOU Will Pay for What You Need to Survive”

    04/01/2014 4:22:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    SSHTF Plan ^ | April 1st, 2014 | John Galt
    To begin with, this article is neither to demean the starting prepper nor launch into my fellow bloggers and authors about their version of what being prepared for the worst case scenario might well be; even though the criticism is valid and should remind everyone of the old adage that NO ONE is totally prepared for a societal collapse. The theory that many of the Pollyanna view of the end of modern convenience then in the end civilization is that indeed, mankind would seek his brother out and be at his best working together to rebuild and save humanity and...
  • Canned Food Gone Bad

    03/31/2014 4:34:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 77 replies
    Now that’s theory and it does apply but as we know sometimes things just don’t work out as well. Today my wife was opening a can of chopped tomatoes and as soon as the can was pierced the contents burst out in all directions. While there was no swelling, pressure had clearly built up inside, a clear sign of decomposition. The food inside didn’t smell awfully bad, but it didn’t smell good either.
  • Preparing for Economic Instability: Six Ways to Ready Yourself For the Inevitable

    03/28/2014 3:54:06 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/28/14 | Tess Pennington
    It’s Not If, But When We’ve all heard the reports and seen the tell-tale signs of the storm brewing on the horizon. As a whole, we cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the ever-growing issue of our economic instability. Start taking steps to lead a more self-reliant lifestyle and invest into your future wellbeing. The tips provided above can help you gain a greater edge in readying yourself for the uncertain future.
  • Get Training for Le Tour de TEOTWAWKI

    03/26/2014 4:36:06 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 29 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | MK
    Bicycles offer us a quick way to move around, and if you know what you're doing and where you are going, they can be very stealthy. They give us options for carrying gear on racks and saddle bags, or even in trailers. A good bike will carry you over a variety of terrain, whether paved or not. They are easy to maintain, can be stored in a number of locations, and can be hidden fairly easily, when need be. Most importantly, with a little skill, their maneuverability will help you dodge even the stickiest of situations. Let's suppose I have...
  • Report: Poland Calls Up Army Reserves: “The World Stands On the Brink of Conflict”

    03/26/2014 4:28:05 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/26/14 | Mac Slavo
    At least 7,000 reservists have been recalled to the colours for immediate exercises lasting between 10 and 30 days. They’re told by the Polish authorities that the call-ups are “routine”: but the men say they haven’t been asked before and they’re well aware of the growing alarm in Warsaw at President Putin’s aggression. Three weeks ago, their Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, called a press conference to warn that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen… Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation.”
  • Food hoarding illegal during WW I

    03/21/2014 9:51:40 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    Survialist Boards ^ | 3/18/14 | txprep
    "It was alleged that the food hoarded was sufficient to maintain the family for more than a year and hence far in excess of the requirements for 30 days, the period recognized by hoover as a "reasonable one" for residents of cities."
  • Barter Goods

    03/20/2014 7:03:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | C.Y.
    This article is about identifying, stocking, and using the post collapse equivalent of a pocket full of dollar bills. It should be enough that if someone is trading eggs or socks you can buy a pair without having to run back to the house, but not so much that if someone robs you at gunpoint, you've lost a major part of your savings. That's barter. I define trading being qualitatively different, because it involves much higher-value items. Trading involves some psychology on both sides, similar to buying a car or a house, as opposed to daily shopping. Also, it is...
  • Take These Steps Today To Survive An International Crisis

    03/20/2014 5:45:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/20/14 | Brandon Smith
    Buy Three Months Of Food Stock Buy A Water Filter Buy A Small Solar Kit Store A Fuel Source Find Alternative Shelter Buy One Semi-Automatic Rifle Buy 1,000 Rounds Of Ammunition Approach One Friend Or Neighbor Learn One Barter Skill Grow A Garden Prepare Your Mind For Calamity
  • Prepping and the Mind

    03/18/2014 4:16:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | D.R.
    When people talk about "The End Of The World As We Know It” (TEOTWAWKI), it is almost always in ways of how we might prepare for the end, what equipment to have, how much food to store, and what skills we must learn. These are all valid points. Most people can agree on common standards in these areas, but what if the act of preparing for the end can cause danger to yourself and your family? I'm not mocking prepping; I'm a prepper myself. I'm simply stating that a prepper must be in the correct mindset to make choices they...
  • Report: U.S. Electric Grid ‘Inherently Vulnerable’ to Sabotage

    03/11/2014 7:18:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies ^ | 3/11/14 | Adam Kredo
    Electric grid compounds across the country have faced an uptick in unauthorized intrusions by unknown individuals, causing concern that the U.S. grid is “inherently vulnerable” to widespread sabotage, according to a recent oversight report issued by New Jersey’s Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC), which monitors the threat level. Following at least eight “reports of intrusions at electrical grid facilities in New Jersey” from October 2013 until January 2014, the ROIC’s Intelligence & Analysis Threat Unit issued a report warning that the U.S. electrical grid is “inherently vulnerable” to attacks that could wipe out power across large swaths of the country.
  • The Ice Hits the Fan in South Carolina

    03/11/2014 5:20:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | Gadget
    This is the story of my family's experience during the ice storm that hit the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) of South Carolina and Georgia. My family and a network of friends, who live in the area, are reasonably prepared for any problems that may come our way with food and water storage, shelter, generators, et cetera. When the "ice hit the fan" in our area, we had a very real test of our preps that lasted five days, and some families were still without power seven days later.
  • U.S., Citing ‘Urgent’ Need, Calls On Hospitals to Improve Disaster Plans

    03/11/2014 10:56:28 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/11/14 | SHERI FINK
    The regulations would require hospitals, nursing facilities and group homes to have plans to maintain emergency lighting, fire safety systems, and sewage and waste disposal during power losses, and to keep temperatures at a safe level for patients. Those inpatient facilities would also be expected to track displaced patients, provide care at alternate sites and handle volunteers. Transplant centers would need to identify alternate hospitals for patients awaiting organs — a challenge because centers maintain different transplant criteria. Home health care agencies would be required to help patients create personalized disaster plans. Hospices and others caring for frail, homebound patients...
  • Homeland Security Pre-Staging A Domestic Military Force

    03/10/2014 7:07:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 55 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/10/14 | Ken Jorgustin
    During the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the U.S. Army built 28,000 MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Trucks). Now the U.S. Army has announced that it is giving 13,000 of them away, for free. Who’s receiving the trucks? Homeland Security and U.S. Law Enforcement. Instead of mothballing these MRAPs, Homeland Security is evidently pre-staging a domestic army of militarized agencies, police and law enforcement. While Police and agencies say that all this military equipment from DHS grants will only be used against crime, the trust in many American alphabet agencies has been broken – now that we know some of the extent at...
  • Guest Article: Staying Mobile in a Collapse Situation, by M.C.

    03/09/2014 4:51:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 29 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | M.C.
    I have seen countless disaster movies set 30+ years after the collapse of society where, somehow, people still have gasoline and diesel fuel to run their vehicles. I am a professional diesel mechanic, operating two vehicles retrofitted from their original gasoline engines to run on older mechanical diesel engines. I feel I could stay mobile longer because I would not be dependent on service stations to provide me fuel, and I could make my own
  • Why many preppers will die

    03/07/2014 3:15:41 PM PST · by Kartographer · 122 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 3/7/14 | Selco
    His story is not so unique, but I know much more stories about how folks got killed because they refused to leave their home (and run) when under attack by several people armed with firearms, while they were unarmed, or armed with pistol or knife, clearly outnumbered. I read every day on web sentences like “having this gun will save you when SHTF” or “with this BOB you can not lose when SHTF”. Of course this is marketing crap from people who want to sell you something. Please do not get yourself killed, or allow your family to die when...
  • Economist Warns of Collapse Risk: “Will Not Allow Life to Continue As We Know It”

    03/07/2014 2:58:12 PM PST · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/7/14 | Mac Slavo
    What you have to keep in mind is that back in 2008 we had one of the greatest financial crises the United States ever faced. The system was on the brink of collapse at that point in time. What the Fed and the federal government did was spend every penny they could, anything they could create or anything they could guarantee. They did everything they could possibly do to keep the system from crashing. They guaranteed all bank accounts. So, they saved the system, but now what they did has not borne fruit. We have not seen an economic recovery....
  • Understanding The Stress Response: It Can Buy You Valuable Seconds

    03/04/2014 3:49:19 PM PST · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/4/14 | Lizzie Bennet
    Highly trained individuals are much more able to overcome the flight part of the response and stand their ground and fight. Equally, in a hopeless situation they’re training allows them to make the decision to retreat faster than the average person would. This should never be construed as cowardice, it is simply a tactical withdrawal that leaves them alive to fight another day. Sadly some of those we may call ‘The Golden Horde’ may also possess the ability to make decisions faster than the average person. Those used to living on their wits will cope better in flight or fight...
  • Real-World Preparedness: Learning from the Ukraine Crisis

    03/02/2014 2:01:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    Surviving Argentina ^ | 3/1/14 | Ferfal
    Ferfal viedo of his analyst of the Ukrain. Some good stuff.
  • Cry for Me, Argentina

    02/27/2014 5:49:54 PM PST · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/27/14 | Roger Cohen
    A bon mot doing the rounds in post-commodities-boom South America is that Brazil is in the process of becoming Argentina, and Argentina is in the process of becoming Venezuela, and Venezuela is in the process of becoming Zimbabwe. That is a little harsh on Brazil and Venezuela.
  • Food Rationing: It Will Break You Down Mentally

    02/27/2014 5:43:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 106 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/27/14 | Tess Pennington
    There are certain factors you should consider when living through an extended emergency. It is common for your physical, mental and emotional state to be affected following a disaster. On top of that, you are hungry due to rationing food portions and still have to continue daily activities, physical labor, parenting, etc. If you haven’t put thought into the right types of food and the amounts needed to see you through the ordeal, then you could be setting yourself up for deficiencies in your diet. Repeatedly, I have told readers interested in leading a self reliant lifestyle to simulate a...
  • Hunger Ravaged Starving Hordes Gather In Syria: “The Devastation is Unbelievable”

    02/26/2014 4:09:08 PM PST · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/26/14 | Mac Slavo
    For most Americans the crisis is over. For the people of Syria, war rages on and the fight for survival continues. According to The Daily Mail, over 120,000 people are without food, water, medicine and essential services in Syria’s capital city of Damascus. Many are starving to death. Humanitarian aid has been slow to come amid complications with Syrian leadership, continued fighting in the country and the sheer size of the population requiring assistance. This is what it looks like when a country’s entire infrastructure is completely destroyed and its safety nets fall apart. People searching for resources as far...
  • True Nature of Survival

    02/21/2014 7:14:27 PM PST · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 2/21/14 | Selco
    In that short period before s. hit the fan with full force, people usually lost their lives because they did not recognize situation. People were out rioting, stealing, fighting. But all that was still like “moderate”. At that moment people still were “inside” the system, so we all were trying to hide more or less when looting was going on in neighborhood. Police were still arresting people and trying to control things. People were shooting each other yes, but it was not yet like full scale shooting and violence, mostly people were scaring each other with shootings. One of my...
  • Half-Prepping Equals NO Prepping: Lessons From The Icepocalypse

    02/17/2014 4:32:15 PM PST · by Kartographer · 47 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/17/14 | Brandon Turbeville
    These individuals were able to weather the storm in conditions ranging from basic temporary self-reliance to minor discomfort and inconvenience. They had a source of food, water, and heat. They had a means to defend themselves if necessary. They did not require supplies after the fact. They were also a distinct minority. Others still believed they were prepared . . . until the storm hit. They had generators but no gas. They had extra food but no way to cook it. They had a well but no way to pump the water. Some had fireplaces with no logs or firewood...
  • It Doesn’t Take Much For People To Start Behaving Like Crazed Lunatics

    02/13/2014 9:37:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | February 12, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    If an ice storm can cause this much panic in our major cities, what will a real crisis look like? The biggest news story in the United States right now is the "historic ice storm" that is hammering the South. Travel will be a nightmare, schools and businesses will be closed, and hundreds of thousands of people will lose power. In fact, it is being projected that some people could be without power for up to a week. But at the end of the day, the truth is that this ice storm is just an inconvenience. Yes, the lives of...
  • Prepper Primer for Your Non-prepper Loved Ones

    02/13/2014 7:37:22 PM PST · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 2/14 | T.S.
    Purpose: To quote my spouse, “I didn't know when I married you that you were a bucket of crazy.” So essentially, this article is intended to help the spouse whom you love but whom is not a prepper. There are many hundred-plus page books written on this subject, but this primer can be read in less than an hour and is tailored to my personal situation. It is the hope of the author that others will create their own such document for family and friends using this as a starting point. Whether I am dead, geographically separated from her, injured,...
  • Important Car Winter Preps Often Overlooked

    02/13/2014 7:27:27 PM PST · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Ferfal Blog Spot ^ | 2/12/14 | Ferfal
    A man in Kansas lost all his feet toes after walking for an hour in the snow wearing only dress shoes. As I read the article (link), I wondered how many people could have easily been caught in the same situation. Some people do keep an emergency kit of some sort in their cars. Usually this is some kind of basic car breakdown kit or of bug out bag.