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 […]

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 […]

Good and Bad States to Relocate and/or Retreat To

Good and Bad States to Relocate and/or Retreat To

Where should your retreat be based? There are lots of issues to consider in answering that question, and depending on the respective importance people give to the different factors to be considered, you will see a group of people, all given the same raw facts, come to completely different decisions with no two people reaching […]

A Better Way to Get to Your Remote Retreat in an Emergency

A Better Way to Get to Your Remote Retreat in an Emergency

One of the big challenges we must consider and confront is how we would manage to get from our normal residences to our retreats if/when a major disaster is about to occur (or has already occurred). The ideal choice is, of course, to simply hop into the family car and drive there normally.  But doing […]

More on Preppers and Guns

More on Preppers and Guns

We received an interesting response from a reader on the subject of how many guns a prepper should own, and when does it become excessive. Here it is, slightly edited for form. Thanks for your article on why preppers usually include firearms in their preparations. I guess I’m a prepper of sorts myself (is there […]

The Difference Between Preppers and Criminal Extremists

The Difference Between Preppers and Criminal Extremists

There was a time when preppers used to call themselves survivalists. But the main stream media took over this term and used it so overwhelmingly negatively, that to call oneself a survivalist immediately branded one as an anti-social, Aryan-nation, racist, government hating, tax-evading, fundamentalist, dangerous extremist who was plotting to overthrow our country’s government by […]

Why Do Preppers Have Guns?  Why Do They Have So Many?

Why Do Preppers Have Guns? Why Do They Have So Many?

Being a prepper often attracts unfair negative media attention. Perhaps one of the reasons that the concept of preparing for disasters attracts so much automatic negativity is because non-preppers feel a semi-conscious mix of guilt and envy at seeing other people prudently preparing for emergencies. But rather than admit this truth, non-preppers seek ways to […]

Two Major Potential Threats to the US in One Week

Two Major Potential Threats to the US in One Week

Neither threat is new, but both have been uttered again this week, and with more vehemence than before. Threat 1 :  Iran Our good friends the Iranians (not!) are reputed to be preparing an army to launch against the US, waging war against the country’s infrastructure such as our power grid, water supplies, and other […]

Fire in Obscure Small German Company Threatens World Auto Production

Fire in Obscure Small German Company Threatens World Auto Production

There was a fire in a factory in the tiny German town of Marl, in a factory belonging to Evonik Industries, on 31 March 2012. This is hardly earth shattering news – on the same day, there were probably fires in your own home town too, and countless others elsewhere in the world. But, as […]