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Urban Drift :  A Worrying Trend

Urban Drift : A Worrying Trend

The chances are you live in a city.  Indeed, the chances are 4:1 or more that you live in or close to a city/urban center. This wasn’t always the case.  If we go back a couple of hundred years, in 1800, it is thought that only about 3% of the world’s population lived in urban areas. Skip forward to 1900, and the number had risen to 14%, although most cities were small rather than big.  […]

Liquid Fuels - Which Ones to Store, How to Maximize their Storage Life

Liquid Fuels – Which Ones to Store, How to Maximize their Storage Life

Some preppers have truly impressive fuel dumps, with literally thousands of gallons of gasoline stored at their retreat, representing a multi-year supply, assuming they are using it regularly. Ooops – that may be an incorrect assumption to make.  If they’re not living in their retreat full-time, their stored fuel is probably just sitting there from one month and year to the next. What’s more, if they do occasionally take some fuel out for general consumption, […]

Why You Should Get a Ham Radio Operator License

Why You Should Get a Ham Radio Operator License

(Note – this article is a mix of ‘easy to understand’ material and some material which requires some knowledge of radio technologies.  You can read and learn from it either as a currently non-expert or as a more knowledgeable person, and so other than this comment, we make no apologies for some of the more complex content herein.) A key part of any disaster scenario will be keeping in touch with other prepped people. It […]

Legal Issues In An Emergency Part 1

Legal Issues In An Emergency Part 1

(This is an enormous – and essential – topic, we’ll come back to it repeatedly in future articles.) None of us really know what to expect after TEOTWAWKI.  It is prudent to imagine a range of ‘worst case’ scenarios and to prepare for them to varying degrees. The whole concept of TEOTWAWKI involves vague perceptions of lawlessness, of the break-down of government and law and order; with post-apocalyptic images of roving bands of marauders looting […]

Shelf Life Issues, and Temperature in Particular

Shelf Life Issues, and Temperature in Particular

Nothing lasts forever – least of all, alas, ourselves.  But, if we can ignore that most relevant of all issues (at least for now), let’s instead look at how long any food item will last, and how can we give it maximum longevity. In a very simplified form, the life of any food item varies depending on a number of different factors.  Some types of food are more sensitive to some storage issues, others are […]

TEOTWAWKI - By Solar Storm?

TEOTWAWKI – By Solar Storm?

Here’s an interesting story from the LA Times about increased activity on/from the sun and the dangers such things pose to our comfortable life as we currently know and enjoy it. Stated simply – solar storms can disrupt and/or destroy electrical power distribution systems, power lines, transformers, and the devices connected to them.  In today’s electricity-dependent world, none of this is good. One point we’d disagree with – the story says : Much of the […]

Many Believe The End of the World is Approaching - Implications for Preppers

Many Believe The End of the World is Approaching – Implications for Preppers

An international survey just released suggests that 15% of people world-wide believe the world will end during their lifetime. The least pessimistic countries were France (6% expect the world to end), Belgium (7%) and Britain (8%).  Here in the US people are the most pessimistic, with 22% of people expecting the world to end in their lifetime, the same percentage as in Turkey.  People see the world ending for a variety of reasons, including biblical […]

More Economic Uncertainty and Risk

More Economic Uncertainty and Risk

There’s a reason economics is called ‘the dismal science’. Much of economics is not at all scientific.  It is imprecise, unrepeatable, and based on each economist’s personal value system – they say that if you get ‘n’ economists in a room, you’ll end up with ‘n + 1’ opinions about the economy and what to do about it.  We’d never have recessions, depressions, slow-downs, crises, or everything else bad if economics was an exact science. […]

Flash Mobs and Social Media - a 21st Century Threat

Flash Mobs and Social Media – a 21st Century Threat

There’s nothing new about rioting and civil/social disruption. Indeed, it is currently the 20th anniversary of what are known as the ‘Rodney King Riots’ in Los Angeles – a five-day period of mayhem that erupted with no notice, and which saw looting, destruction, arson and murder across substantial parts of South Central Los Angeles. It is helpful to quickly review lessons from this before moving on to a look at future vulnerabilities. The Rodney King/South […]

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