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Aug 262014
 
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 […]

Aug 182014
 
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 […]

Aug 162014
 
More and Updated Lessons from the St Louis Rioting

We wrote an article, ‘Five Prepper Lessons from the St Louis Rioting and Looting‘ on Tuesday of this week, after the first two nights of unrest following the police killing of a youth in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis. The first night of looting was relatively uncontained, while the second night saw a massive police presence that largely kept order throughout the area. We thought/hoped that would be the end of the uncontrolled senseless […]

Aug 132014
 
Little Things We Take For Granted (1)

This is the first of a series of short articles about things in our lives we take for granted but which we need to consider in our preparing. Today’s topic is the telephone.  Not that fancy smart phone you have in your pocket, and not the multi-station cordless system you have at home, either. We’re talking about really simple and basic hard-wired phones.  You know, landline phones that are powered from the phone line itself […]

Aug 132014
 
The Eye in the Sky is Watching You, Ever More Closely

Today marked a watershed moment in our privacy.  A new commercial satellite was launched with four times better than before imaging capabilities, further reducing our privacy. There was a time when getting privacy in our retreat was an easy and simple concept.  Choose a location away from the main roads, and you knew that as long as the parts of your retreat that you wished to keep private were not visible from any other property […]

Aug 122014
 
Five Prepper Lessons from the St Louis Rioting and Looting

A white police officer in Ferguson, MO (a suburb of St Louis) shot a black youth on Saturday 9 August.  On Sunday, during the day, there were some protests by members of the local community and a vigil. What happened next was unfortunate, but also educational to us as preppers, and it behooves us to learn the lessons inherent in the events that followed. (Note :  The riots initially filled Sunday night, Monday night was […]

Aug 102014
 
This Free Web Service Scooped the World on Ebola by 9 Days

As realistic preppers, we know that we don’t always get unfiltered ‘real’ news and sometimes there are ‘policy issues’ that intrude on how news is shaped and reported. This is particularly true of enormous potentially world-changing events.  While your local newspaper can be relied upon to be first to break the story if a local cat gets stuck up a tree, and also to give prominence to news that furthers their own ideological agenda, other […]

Jul 062014
 
Gallup Releases its 2013 State of the States Survey Results

The latest set of results from Gallup’s annual survey of the states are  now available on their website.  Almost 30 different factors are reported on, ranging from political persuasion to religious belief, from employment to medical insurance, from general wellbeing to optimism about your city’s future. As is common with all such surveys that only look at data on a state level rather than on a county or zip code level, the information is very […]

Jun 172014
 
Selecting a Region in Your Preferred State With Likeminded People

Most of us have a preconceived view that some states are ‘better’ than others and more suitable for people wishing to experience a prepared lifestyle.  The American Redoubt region in particular seems to be considered by many as an ideal region, but that contains a handful of states and many counties and regions. Here’s a rather simplistic webpage that allows you to answer seven questions with yes/no/not applicable as answers, and to select a possible […]

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