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Are Fellow Preppers Your Friends?  Or Foes?

Are Fellow Preppers Your Friends? Or Foes?

Conventional wisdom maintains that preppers need to group together so as to have better odds of surviving in a future challenging situation.  We don’t disagree, indeed, quite the opposite – we strongly urge you to do exactly that. At the same time, we also anticipate that should the rule of law and society in general, break down at a future time, then some of the quickly starving and deservedly panicked vast majority of the country […]

More Thoughts on Retreat Vulnerability

More Thoughts on Retreat Vulnerability

We have written before about the problems we have protecting our retreats – see for example ‘How Many Acres Do You Need for Your Retreat – Defense Considerations‘ and our broader category of Retreat Defense in general. A new development, announced at the Consumer Electronic Show in January this year, adds a new factor and concern to the mix. Until now, it has been realistic to assume that in most cases, a ‘reasonable distance’ kept […]

The (Not Very) United States

The (Not Very) United States

One of the fictions foisted on us in the name of greater federal government is that the US is a collection of 50 similar states, and that national/federal laws of a ‘one size fits all’ are both appropriate and necessary. The reality is very different.  Indeed, there are massive social discontinuities within single states, let alone across all 48 lower states, plus Alaska and Hawaii (which still seems to half regret having joined the rest […]

ISIS Attack on Power Grid Could Kill 90% of Americans

ISIS Attack on Power Grid Could Kill 90% of Americans

The new Islamic terror group, ISIS or ISIL, is only slowly appearing on the radar screens of the mainstream media, and indeed is so fresh to the public eye that there isn’t even yet agreement on what to call it.  But if you cast around, you’ll see plenty of ‘buried’ news stories quoting senior military and political leaders who describe ISIS as now the most dangerous threat to the US and the West in general […]

Japanese Govt Urges Citizens to Stockpile One Month Toilet Paper Supply

Japanese Govt Urges Citizens to Stockpile One Month Toilet Paper Supply

A little known side effect of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant problems in Japan was a shortage of toilet paper that affected the entire country. Japan has had toilet paper shortages before, back in the oil crisis of 1973 (you never thought that expensive and scarce oil would create a toilet paper shortage, did you!) and so the nation has become particularly sensitized to the potential of future shortages.  As a […]

eBooks or Dead Trees?  Maintaining a Prepper Library

eBooks or Dead Trees? Maintaining a Prepper Library

Are you building up a library of prepper resource materials?  You definitely should be. If you’re like us, you probably already have somewhere between hundreds of thousands and literally millions of pages of resource material, spanning tens or even hundreds of gigabytes of data on your hard drives.  It is very easy to download and save material from many different sites and sources. If you’re like us, you’ve maybe also bought some CDs or DVDs […]

How Many Acres Do You Need for Your Retreat - Defense Considerations

How Many Acres Do You Need for Your Retreat – Defense Considerations

So you’re about to buy yourself a rural retreat?  Congratulations.  We hope you’ll never need it, but how wonderful it is to know it is there and available if things should go severely wrong. In among all the other things you need to consider when choosing a retreat is its lot size.  There are a number of different factors affecting how large a lot you need, including the soil type, what sorts of crops you […]

Water Wells and Planning for Problems

Water Wells and Planning for Problems

Many of us rely on wells for our water supply, and in such cases, we have an electric pump that lifts the water up and into a supply tank. These pumps are usually long-lived and reliable, and draw little power (at least by present day standards where we have access to virtually unlimited electrical power at comparatively low cost). But what happens in a future adverse scenario where first our power fails and then secondly […]

Worrying Interpretation of a Rasmussen Survey

Worrying Interpretation of a Rasmussen Survey

One of the biggest unknowns that we as preppers face is what will happen if/when some sort of event occurs that disrupts our modern society and its smooth functioning. To put it in more specific terms, what will happen if something means the supermarkets run out of food, water no longer comes out of the taps, the toilets no longer flush, and our power is out?  How will people respond – positively and constructively?  Or […]

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