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Fed Energy Reg Commission Chairman Says 'Easy to Trigger an Enduring Electricity Blackout Across Several States'

Fed Energy Reg Commission Chairman Says ‘Easy to Trigger an Enduring Electricity Blackout Across Several States’

In April 2013 an unknown group of people disabled 17 transformers at a PG&E substation in California by shooting holes in them from a safe distance away.  This almost caused a regional multi-state blackout, and only the low rate of power consumption at the time enabled the utilities to reroute power and keep the grid up. An investigation has revealed this was not a casual random act of vandalism, but a carefully planned and executed [...]

Banks in Britain Reluctant to Give Depositors Their Money

Banks in Britain Reluctant to Give Depositors Their Money

Here’s an interesting story, and don’t automatically say ‘That could never happen here’.  But first, the story. A BBC report tells how customers of the HSBC bank in Britain (HSBC operates in the US and elsewhere in the world too) have had difficulties making cash withdrawals from their accounts.  The customers have had the money in their accounts, so that wasn’t the problem, and in most cases, have been good customers of the bank and [...]

The World As We Know It Almost Ended in September 1983

The World As We Know It Almost Ended in September 1983

Chances are you can come up with a long list of things that might go wrong so as to cause TEOTWAWKI.  But do you have ‘computer mistake’ on your list of things to worry about?  If you don’t, you should. This article concerns the little known events on 26 September 1983, when Russia’s (well, back then, it was the Soviet Union) early warning system reported multiple missiles, launched from the US, and headed towards its [...]

Was This Just Vandalism?

Was This Just Vandalism?

Back in August, a person or persons unknown attempted to bring down one of the two 500kV main transmission lines feeding electricity into Arkansas and surrounding states. The loss of one of the two transmission lines would have overloaded the other line, causing it to also fail, and plunging a not disclosed region (but potentially several states) into darkness for an uncertain amount of time, and at one of the hottest times of year when [...]

The Government - More Ready to Help Us than Ever Before

The Government – More Ready to Help Us than Ever Before

We all know about the dreadful ammo shortage that has plagued the country for the last nine months.  Less well-known is the reason for this – sure, a lot of people bought extra ammo after last December’s school shooting in CT, fearing new government restrictions, but the biggest reason for the continuing ammo shortage seems to be massive buying by the federal government. You may have read about the billions of rounds of ammo being [...]

Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 4 - Managing the Bug-Out

Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 4 – Managing the Bug-Out

This is the fourth part of a series on coordinating a bug-out action among a group of people who hope to all travel together to a retreat location. If you arrived here direct from another link or search engine, you might wish to start reading at the first article (‘The Group Dynamic‘) and then work your way in sequence through the rest of the series. As we’ve commented before in this series, the more people [...]

Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 3 - Communicating the Bug-Out Decision

Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 3 – Communicating the Bug-Out Decision

This is the third part of a series on coordinating a bug-out action among a group of people who hope to all travel together to a retreat location. If you arrived here direct from another link or search engine, you might wish to start reading at the first article (‘The Group Dynamic‘) and then work your way in sequence through the rest of the series. A key part of making a bug-out decision and then [...]

Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 2 - Initiating a Bug-Out

Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 2 – Initiating a Bug-Out

This is the second part of a series on coordinating a bug-out action among a group of people who hope to all travel together to a retreat location. If you arrived here direct from another link or search engine, you might wish to start reading at the first article (‘The Group Dynamic‘) and then work your way in sequence through the rest of the series. Making a Bug-Out Decision Clearly, the first part of any [...]

Factoring Alcohol Policies Into Your Retreat Location Choice

Factoring Alcohol Policies Into Your Retreat Location Choice

Maybe you enjoy the occasional drink, and maybe you’re a teetotaler.  Either way, you might agree that a state’s policies towards drinking provides another insight into its general moral and interventionist approach to how the state feels it should regulate the lives of its citizens. Perhaps the point that we are most sensitive to is whether the state feels it should reach into a person’s private house, family customs and religious practices and forbid any [...]

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