FAQ – 9/18/2020 (deception warning)

  • Where do you find trusted sources?

I don’t. I read a lot of news articles, some opinion pieces, and listen/watch news casts. While doing so I look for two things; 1) quoted facts that stand out, 2) trends.

When I find a fact that stands out I look into that “fact” from as many sources as possible. I verify that it is, or is not, a fact; and then, if it is a fact, I see if it fits into a thing that has my attention. I call those the “dots” that I try to connect. If I see news, opinion, and such that appear to be a trend I look into the background of the basis of which they are speaking. And if it appears to be a valid trend, then I try to extrapolate where it ends up. And once that is done I see if it is of concern or not.

Maybe to get to the crux of your question…I don’t have a single trusted source. I do place a lot of confidence in “facts” that Glenn Beck exposes. His staff’s research is beyond good! When he says it is a fact…he has the documentation to back it up. Even then…I trust but verify.

  • With the peace and economic deals recently, I am just curious what your thoughts are.

It is all fluff. When in the last 120 years has a “peace deal” resulted in a lasting peace? If you are speaking to the recent Muslim/Jewish peace deal…seriously, do you think there will ever be peace between those two groups? If you are talking about recent economic deal…when has any economic deal positively affected you personally? Or when has any one of those deals made a positive difference in any of the sliding economic trend curves?

To be clear…all of these “deals” are photo ops, opportunities for opposing parties to regroup, fluff, static, nonsense, of no lasting value. How’s that?

 

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FAQ – 3/14/2020 (EMP & Radios)

  • How do you “test” your EMP protection for effectiveness? I have seen other people place a cell phone inside their faraday cage and try calling the phone. With the cellular signal disrupted they claim this as evidence that it would also stop an EMP. While I’m not an expert, I don’t feel the power coming from a cell tower is anywhere close to the kind of electromagnetic signal that would be produced from even a small man-made source or from a solar flare. Do you or the person you consulted regarding this project have any other method?
    What thoughts do you have (if any) regarding steel mesh/screen? I have seen military installations (Co Springs) that line the inside of some rooms. I have also seen products like laptop cases and rucksacks with a copper or steel mesh inner lining impregnated inside a synthetic material so objects couldn’t accidentally touch the metal.

As stated in the article I test it with an FM radio. My test suggestion appears in Part #1. Testing with a cell phone is an option. But, cell phones operate on a far different frequency than an FM radio. It is all about “frequency”…so try it with a cell phone and an FM radio.

  • Thanks for the instruction but my question is – I use the radio at least once or twice a week so I can’t wrap it up and put it away, just in case. And it’s unlikely that we’ll get an announcement in time enough to wrap the radio and other gadgets, so what do I do?

Don’t worry about your “daily radio”…buy a couple extra small handhelds, maybe a used mobile, and prepare those units for an EMP. The Baofeng radios are very inexpensive and used mobile radios can he had cheap as well. Look at it as “insurance”…like food storage. Another thought…I have storage cases for my radios, I will also use them for any serious move I make. They are SKB i-series cases; similar to Pelican cases. You could store them in those cases which are easy to access. Then store those boxes in a Job Box (or something similar) that you feel has a really good contact seal to it.

  • Is there a “mil spec” that covers some of this?

Yes, (mil-std-1310h (navy)) SHIPBOARD BONDING, GROUNDING, AND OTHER TECHNIQUES FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY, ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE (EMP) MITIGATION, AND SAFETY. You can download the PDF by <clicking here MIL-STD-1310H>

 

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FAQ – 4/17/2020 (COVID-19)

  • In your last SitRep you mentioned potential for violence and protests, are they really that widespread and how likely is the violence?

 

 

Protests have taken place within the last week:

      • Lansing, Michigan
      • Frankfort, Kentucky
      • Raleigh, North Carolina
      • Columbus, Ohio
      • Albany, New York
      • Bremerton, Washington

Protests are planned this week for:

      • California
      • Idaho
      • Oregon
      • Texas

And those are only the ones I know about. And that is a lot of protesting in the last week…with more planned. With each protest there is an increase in frustration and stress. Eventually that will end up in violence. Either some wingnut will use a protest to go violent to stir the next revolution, a cop will lose it and beat on a protestor, or some fringe element will infiltrate the protest and spark violence simply because that is what they believe in. But, you don’t get that many people in that many areas all protesting the same issue -overreach of government authority- without it almost certainly getting violent.

  • In your SitRep – 4/6/2020you talked about rising unemployment, are people going back to work now or is unemployment getting worse?

In the last 4 weeks 22,000,000 people filed for unemployment. In Michigan…over 1/4 of the state’s workforce is recently unemployed…and their unemployment benefit system broke down. In AZ they raised unemployment benefit by $200 per week. Many people can now make more money unemployed than employed. You do the math on that one.

  • You’ve done Hoax Alerts and written about COVID-19 death rates being fake, what is going on now, better data or worse fakes?

An article came out just this morning, it states:

  1. “Epidemiologists have estimated there are 5 to 10 people with undetected infections for every confirmed case.” That means mortality rates are 1/5th to 1/10th as bad as current published numbers. In other word…today’s reported numbers are 671,000 cases and 33,000 deaths. That would indicate a 4.9% mortality rate. However, most epidemiologists are saying that 5 – 10 people actually have COVID-19 for every reported/confirmed case. So that would mean that the number of cases is actually 3.4million – 6.7million. Using the same death rate would put the mortality rate at .9 %(point 9%) – .5% (point 5%). That would be substantially lower than the mortality rate being promoted now by those who are ignorant.
  2. “We know how many people are dying, but we don’t know how many people are infected.” That means there is not enough testing to confirm who actually has COVID-19 or not. A lot of the testing is postmortem not actually people reporting symptoms. Many people have COVID-19 and show no symptoms. And there are health officials simply stating a person has COVID-19 when they have not been tested.
  3. “New York City increased its death count by more than 3,700 on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.” That means exactly what it says…NYC is just one example…that death certificates are now showing COVID-19 as cause of death even if they were never tested for COVID-19. If someone simply thinks the victim had COVID-19 that is now listed as the cause of death.

So we know for a fact that the numbers -ALL numbers- associated with COVID-19 are fake, false, hoaxes…whatever you want to call it…they are NOT accurate. And that is stone cold FACT!

And honestly I don’t think we will ever know the actual truth when it comes to accurate numbers. All the numbers will be estimates or based on models.

 

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FAQ – 4/13/2020

  • Why do you keep reprinting articles from 3 – 5 years ago?

Well, it is more like I am republishing those articles. And the reason is, because you are a new website user, is the crash that rook place a while back. All my articles were deleted from the website. For over a year now I have been resurrecting articles from a variety of sources. I review them for accuracy, content, grammer, etc. I then republish them in the correct “category”. So I am rebuilding the website over time…while I have been building my retirement house.

  • Why don’t you publish new content articles? And why is your contents page so out of date?

First off…the Table of Contents is only about 2 weeks out of date. I only update it so often because it is time consuming and I would rather bring back old content that was crashed or create new content. So, every few weeks I go back and update the TOC. But don’t fret!!!!  You can always use the menu on the left side of each screen to narrow down the articles to categories.

New content…come on…give me a break! I have been producing new content…check the “COVID-19” category on the left. and yes, there has been other new content as well such as FAQs and more is coming…just please be patient. I still have to make my wife happy with finishing the new house I am building. Yes, I am building it myself…not having it built. And that my friend, takes some time. I will get back after it within a few weeks. And yes, that includes more of my latest book 🙂

  • Do you do book tours anymore? Or speak to groups and what does it cost?

No. I started feeling kind of sleazy do the book tour thing so I stopped. Yes, I still speak to groups as requested, as time permits. It doesn’t cost anything for me to come speak. I do ask that the group cover my travel expenses.

  • A buddy of mine said you did some prepper consulting work for him. Do you still do that and what is your rate?

Yes, I do a fair amount of consulting as time permits. Some over the phone, some via email, some in-person. I don’t “charge” anything, so I have no “rate”. What I do ask folks…if they have the means to pay for it, and feel there is value in my consulting then pay me whatever they feel is fair, or what the value of my advice is to them. If they don’t pay…oh well. If they pay me a $1…oh well. If they pay me $1,000…well, my wife smiles a whole lot 🙂

Seriously, if you want my opinion, advice, or consulting services then just ask for it. If you can pay me something that would be nice. If you can’t afford it…well, ask me anyways…I am grateful for the opportunity to help any way I can.

  • When are you going to publish another book?

I am no longer in the book publishing business. I still write as time permits but the books are, and will be free. I post the books online and you can read them as you wish. I am still converting my first two books to that format so please be patient.

  • Are you going to write about building your retirement home – BugOut retreat?

Yes. But, that is still probably not going to happen before summer. And yes, I believe there will be a summer 🙂

 

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FAQ – 4/13/2020 (COVID-19)

  • How long do you think the COVID-19 crisis panic will last? In other words, how long till we get back to normal as a country?

That is a tough question…and a really good one. First off I don’t know for sure. Outbreaks like this, and for sure the worst ones, tend to run in cycles. They break out in season #1, mutate a few times, then go away, or recede, during the summer months when the sun’s UV light kills the virus on many surfaces. Then it comes back starting early in the following season, normally September or October. In the case of the Spanish Flu of 1918…it was the real killer when it came back the following season.

Granted, there is little comparison of 2020 medical and technology expertise of that in 1918, but we have the disadvantage of easy and fast travel capability. Meaning it could spread extremely quickly if it comes back. There is no consensus among medical/health experts if it will come back or not.

What I find particularly telling is Neel Kashkari, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis stated yesterday that we should be prepared for America to be financially and economically locked down for the next 18 months. Should that be the case based on how it is trending now…America is done.

I think President Trump will do everything in his power to get our economy running again as soon as practical. If he can’t, won’t or is thwarted…we are in big trouble…and sooner rather than later.

  • You talked about “buying the dip” a while back, do you still recommend that?

I don’t “recommend” anything, I am not a professional advisor, etc. I have in the past spoken about what I am doing, or have done. Right now I am in a holding pattern waiting on a trend to appear. Since February I made 4 purchases with my “buy the dip” concept. My average mutual fund share price is down 2% on those buys. But the trend line is nicely upward right now. My lowest share purchase price is up over 10%…so I am satisfied with what I did. Ask me again in a year…that will be the best measure.

  • At the beginning of all this COVID-19 thing you seemed to be downplaying the seriousness. How do you feel now?

I didn’t see it as bad as a normal flu season, I was more worried about the hysteria, hype, and fear being promoted by unscrupulous people. I still hold that same position. And here is why:

  1. The number of COVID-19 deaths is extremely skewed. As the government representative stated last week, anyone who dies and has any indication of the presence of COVID-19 is counted as cause of death = COVID-19…whether they died from COVID-19 or not. So a person can die from Stage 4 Cancer of the liver and if they tested positive even postmortem) they are listed under the COVID-19 death numbers. That isn’t just unscientific, it’s blatantly dishonest.
  2. Some people who express symptoms of COVID-19 and die are classified as COVID-19 deaths…many of which are never actually tested. And non-hospitalized COVID-19 symptoms are nearly identical to the regular flu.
  3. Current estimates indicate that 90% of all COVID-19 deaths show clearly that there are serious underlying health conditions. No consistent or credible nationwide effort is being made to determine if the underlying condition killed the patient or COVID-19 did.
  4. The mortality rate is WAY off!!!  Mortality rate is calculated based on number of deaths per total cases. At the current numbers we are showing about a 4% mortality rate. Somewhere about 10 times what the normal flu would be. Why? Because virtually all the normally healthy people (no underlying health conditions) who contract COVID-19 rarely even show symptoms, let alone get tested. So the number of people who actually contracted COVID-19 could easily be 10 – 20 times what the published numbers suggest. So we could be looking at a true mortality rate of  .2 – .4% mortality rate, possibly lower. That would be consistent with a normal flu season.

I could go on but you either understand me now or not. And that depends on whether you believed me at the onset or not. Do your own research on this…it is enlightening to say the least.

 

 

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FAQ – 3/28/2020 (COVID-19)

  • On another website I frequent I noticed a thread that talked about people who were virus deniers. They all but mentioned you by name. And they referred to virus deniers as suffering from Normalcy Bias. Was that you they were talking about and do you suffer from Normalcy Bias?

Well, well…I see three issues here:

  1. Am I the person they are talking about?
  2. Am I a “virus denier” and suffer from “Normalcy Bias”?
  3. Are you just trying to stir up trouble/contention?

So, last question first…I don’t think you are doing so intentionally, probably not at all. I hope I am right about that because I don’t want to be involved in any contention…we have enough of that right now.

Am I the person they are talking about…No idea whatsoever!  I am trying to focus my attention on my website and creating original content that will help folks deal with the COVID-19 panic and virus.

Am I a “virus denier” and suffer from “Normalcy Bias”…the first part is easy…no. I’ve written about the virus extensively, provided lots of facts and stats, and even wrote what I am personally doing to boost my immune system.  Now…about the “Normalcy Bias” thing…a little more complicated and much more perspective is needed to understand the bigger picture.

Newton’s third law of physics is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. 

A common person like myself understands that this law of physics applies more simply to everyday life…there is opposition in all things. There is good and evil, hot and cold, love and hate, intelligence and stupidity, etc.

I believe I know the website you are talking about…and I am not real popular with the leadership, the owner, many of the more vocal members of that website. And honestly…I understand why. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think they are right. I am surprised in their close mindedness, and disappointed in how they treated me, and others, who wouldn’t fall in line and toe the party line…meaning join their mob mentality and spread hoaxes and adding to the hysteria, hype, fear, and panic that they enjoy so much.

But, let’s go back to the Third Law. Normalcy Bias means refusal of your brain to accept that something has happened, will happen, or to what extent something has happened. It doesn’t mean a person is stupid or ignorant, or unable to think logically. It simply means your brain blocks out information that is out of the norm. It is a protection device your brain uses to prevent a you from freaking out or freezing…or going crazy. Unfortunately, it can also block out information that is significantly important to help you make an informed decision…as in to save your life. So, Normalcy Bias is a bad thing for a prepper…and for most people in general.

Now, applying the Third Law, what would be the opposite to Normalcy Bias?

Competency Bias is simply thinking you are better at something than you really are; or, you think you are better at something than others.

Competency Bias is basically thinking you are better or smarter than you really are. When held up next to Normalcy Bias…they are opposites. The Third Law of physics it true! Normalcy Bias is the absence of information in your brain because your brain blocked it and Competency Bias is the absence of accurate or real information in your brain because your brain blocked it or refused to accept it. See, opposites!

Now, how does this apply to me suffering from Normalcy Bias? Well, to me it is obvious…to others maybe not so much. Let me explain…

I have repeatedly written about COVID-19 and associated provable facts.

I have repeatedly written about the hype, panic, fear, and hysteria associated with COVID-19 and how it is generated by a long series of hoaxes and inaccurate information.

The mere fact I wrote about how I am boosting my immune system to deal with COVID-19 shows I know that there is a serious aspect to it.

So no, I am not suffering from Normalcy Bias because I see its actual, fact-based seriousness. But, to infer that I suffer from Normalcy Bias because I am not accepting and regurgitating the crap/fake information that is going around is pure stupidity.

Now…about the people who you say think I am suffering from Normalcy Bias…what do they embrace? Do they believe that COVID-19 is more deadly than the regular flu season…or host of other hoaxes? Or more simply put…do they think they are smarter than I am…and many others? Sounds like it. And if they are falling for all the hoaxes floating around I would suggest that they are suffering from Competency Bias. They think they are smarter than experienced, knowledgeable, trained experts. They think that facts and evidence don’t apply to them or this situation. Hence, Competency Bias.

The best test of a person suffering from Competency Bias is simple…do they think COVID-19 is more deadly than the regular flu?  For that conclusive and factual answer (click here)

I hope I answered your question…and I hope you weren’t trying to stir the pot.


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FAQ – 3/24/2020 (COVID-19)

  • I go to several websites throughout the day to see what is happening with the virus. One of the sites is fantastic and has dozens and dozens of articles each day about what is happening. Why don’t you do that with your website?

Because it is damaging. Yup, damaging and destructive. How so? 1) It is information overload. Too much information can be worse than too little information. It’s called “paralysis by analysis”. It is far more efficient to take in only that amount of information you need to make a high-quality decision. 2) How much of that information you are ingesting is fraudulent, false, or misleading? Could you even spot that stuff? 3) How much time do you spend each day doing that? Would your time be better spent actually doing something else…like seeing if people needed your help? 4) How is your attitude affected by taking in all that panic promoting, hype hustling, hysteria pushing?

 

  • What is the #1 &#2 things you are worried about right now with the virus?

#1 – I am concerned about people and their reactions. Too many people are being stupid and acting as if they are lost and confused. They are panicking and making stupid decisions. But, most of all…they are following people with questionable, or outright nefarious, agendas.

#2 – I am concerned with what the state governments, but especially, the federal government is going to do in regards to their virus actions. I see all kinds of rights, liberties, and freedoms being encroached on. And worst of all (referring to #1) I see people all too willing to accept it…even beg for it.

 

  • Why are you so worried about “hoaxes”?

Because people need quality information that has been vetted for accuracy. Many websites, including prepper sites, are publishing articles and promoting rumors that are far more damaging than the virus itself. That is irresponsible of them.

 

  • Do you see a bigger problem behind all of this or a hidden agenda?

ABSOLUTELY !  I have been working on that since the outbreak and I will be producing a SitRep concerning it in the next couple of days. Look for it!!!! It will be worth it.

 

 

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FAQ – 3/19/2020 (COVID-19)

  • Have you personally verified the broader economic problems locally?

Yes. Over the last few days I’ve contacted a number of small business owners who are friends and my wife has been monitoring a number of Facebook groups that are related to small businesses. It started on Monday with a small business talking about how their business has nosedived. They were discussing the fact they didn’t think they would be able to stay in business. Their overhead (i.e. utilities, mortgage, etc.) was no longer being met with sales. They stated they expected they would go out of business…and soon. Interesting comment they made, their customers, even long-term faithful customers, weren’t even calling in to cancel appointments. The other day we went to a great local café for lunch. I noticed that their business was about half of what it normally is. But, that is purely antidotal information. So, I asked the co-owner if he had seen a drop off in business. Yes, but how much he couldn’t say. What he made a point of was the large number of phone calls starting the day before asking if they would be open. He said it started right after all the states talking about restaurants being closed and all of the Facebook posting of the closures. The owners were mounting a Facebook campaign letting people know they were open.

The Walmart parking lot has been consistently no more full than normal. But, as I have posted before…bare, or almost bare, food shelves and shopping carts more full than normal. Lowe’s is for sure being hit, far fewer customers. In the last 2 weeks I have noticed a steadily diminishing number of people shopping in Lowe’s. Safeway grocery store not adversely impacted. Not doing the business that Walmart does, but then again, they never did.

This morning my wife read me a Facebook post from a fantastic little local café and bakery that serves pastries that are out of this world good. They announced that they were going out of business because the virus panic has reduced their customers walking in or ordering for parties, etc. to the point where they saw no other option. They said, based on what they are seeing, they could not recover from the economic crisis being caused by the virus panic.

So there you have it…the virus panic is destroying a number of small businesses that we know personally. I am sure their stories are not unique and not limited to the two particular geographic areas involved in our informal research. I am just as sure that if you look around you would find the same thing occurring in your area.

What to watch for when all of this panic has passed…How many small businesses went out of business vs how many huge corporations gained market share?  There will me a message in that answer.

 

  • A couple of your posts have mentioned people being insane, is that true?

“Insane” indicates a diagnosed mental condition where people are in a state of mind which prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction…or they are seriously mentally ill. It can also mean shocking and/or outrageous behavior or activity taking place.

But, the legal definition starts out this way, ”Mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.”

So yes, depending on the definition of insanity you are referring to, people are becoming insane…or at least their actions and behavior clearly shows that.

  • Example: The video of two women in a physical fight over toilet paper…” uncontrollable impulsive behavior”. That is insane.
  • Another Example: The behavior that I have mentioned the other day concerning a person defending his dishonest actions by aggressively attacking the accuser…” prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction”.
  • Another Example: People who embrace false information when faced with factual information…” person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality”.

Remember, I am no mental health professional and I am only expressing my own views/opinions. But, you can judge what is happening with people quite easily. Ask yourself a simple question, “Is a person thinking and/or acting rationally?”

Let me give you a great example, the answer is factual and statistically accurate so there is no subjectivity involved. Question: “Is COVID-19 as deadly as the regular flu?” The answer is factual and easy to prove…no. The regular flu season kills over 30,000 people each year in the US on average. The COVID-19 virus has killed less than 200 people in the US so far, the regular flu has killed about 20,000 so far. So the logical, factual answer is simple…COVID-19 is far less deadly…and I mean WAY less deadly than the regular flu. I am talking COVID-19 being 1% of the deaths of the regular flu. And that is FACT!  If a person tries to say the COVID-19 is more deadly…well, they are simply not dealing in facts, not dealing with reality…and the insane definition applies.

But me personally, I would not call those deniers insane, they are simply caught up in hysteria, and accepting fantasy in place of reality. So their “action” (i.e. belief in non-factual information) is insane not their entire mental health condition.

Note: COVID-19 is showing some signs of potentiaall being more contagious than the regular flu. But, that too is not a fact yet due to non-testing of people with symptoms. In the US we don’t have factual numbers on total number of cases so we have no way to properly and accurately estimate any down-chain numbers (i.e. mortality rate, etc.). When more accurate numbers are available I am sure the % of cases, hospitalizations, deaths, etc. will all become more accurate. Regardless, we have to deal in facts and reality…not numbers based on fantasy (i.e. unqualified opinions).

 

  • Tell me what you are doing for immune boosting.

OK, this is what I am now doing personally. I am not saying to do this for yourself. I am not a medically trained person authorized to advise anyone on what to do. I think you should consult your doctor before making any changes to your own regimen.

Right after my breakfast in the morning I take:

  • 500mg of Vitamin C
  • Super Vitamin B-Complex that contains –
    • 150mg Vitamin C
    • 100mg Thiamine
    • 20mg Riboflavin
    • 25mg Niacin
    • 2mg Vitamin B6
    • 680mcg DFE
    • 15mcg Vitamin B12
    • 30mcg Biotin
    • 5.5mg Pantothenic Acid
  • 125mg Magnesium Citrate
  • 99mg Potassium
  • 50mg Zinc Gluconate

(Note: all of the above is followed by 2 snack size Hershey’s chocolate bars)

At night right before bed I take the following:

  • 1 Centrum Silver Men 50+ multivitamin
  • 1000mg Omega-3 (from fish oil)
  • 1200mg Red Yeast Rice
  • 1000mg Garlic

(Note: no Hershey’s chocolate bars)

 

  • You have written “Hoax Alerts”, do you feel they [the hoaxes] are intentional?

Some no, most are absolutely intentional hoaxes.

Some folks are just ignorant and are producing information that is false but with no ill-intention.

But, I feel that most people producing hoaxes (i.e. false information) are doing so intentionally, knowing full well they are promoting false, misleading, inaccurate, and deceptive information.

And now the question, “Why are they doing that?”

It goes back to the same old reasons for all criminal, evil, and inappropriate behavior…power and money. The people promoting these hoaxes are seeking to gain power over people (i.e. influence) and get money from people (i.e. the sales of books, paid memberships, food programs, precious metals, etc.)

While those who are only seeking money are pathetic enough, the real danger are those perpetrating false information to gain power. Those power-hungry folks are the truly dangerous individuals and groups…and I dare say “evil” in some cases.

Regardless of intentional or not, those who are promoting the panic and fear are doing three things; 1) assisting TPTB in gaining more power and wealth over US citizens, 2) themselves selfishly attempting to gain power over people and money from people, 3) well, I don’t want to talk about that right now, maybe later. One thing for certain…there are a lot of people and websites promoting the fear and panic…and doing so intentionally…whether they will ever admit to it or not is another thing.

 

  • Would you really invest in the stock market right now?

I am not a market professional, nor do I give advice. I can only tell you what I am doing. Since the stock markets have taken a dive a month ago I have made 4 modest purchases of a high-quality, well performing, growth based mutual fund for our IRA.

Historical FACT shows that every time the stock market takes a hit, large or small, it comes back…and performs very well over the long run. And I believe it will continue to do so…till it doesn’t. And when the “final crash” occurs…well, it won’t matter what your money is invested in…stocks, bonds, cash, banks, etc…it will all be gone. But, we have no idea when that “final crash” will occur. So I hedge my prepper activities with a conventional IRA invested in quality stock-based growth mutual fund. And it has paid off well so far.

 

  • Do you really think that TPTB are behind COVID-19?

Well, there are two parts of COVID-19…the virus and the panic.

1) The virus: There is no conclusive evidence that the COVID-19 is a bio-weapon. There is no conclusive evidence that COVID-19 was man-made. There is no fact-based evidence that COVID-19 is as deadly as the regular flu occurring each flu season. So no, I don’t believe there is any TPTB behind the virus, no nefarious origination of the virus. I base that view/opinion on facts and evidence…NOT on conspiracy theories, not on unqualified “experts”, and not on hoax material.

2) The panic: There is clear and factual evidence that TPTB are behind the panic. That includes the media, the governments, certain health organizations (i.e. WHO, etc.). But, it goes further than that…there are personal and political agendas being played out by unscrupulous individuals and groups as well. Even those organizations (private/commercial, non-profit, etc.) who are promoting the panic under the guise of trying to be informative have their own selfish agendas. And they are fueling the panic to promote their agendas. And virtually all of their agendas are predatory in nature…preying on the general public or sub-groups such as preppers.

 

  • You mentioned that COVID-19 has muted, how many times has it mutated and is it more deadly now than the original strain?

From what I can gather, and remember I am no expert, it appears that COVID-19 (novel coronavirus hCoV-19) has mutated into three major/distinct strains. It looks as if, in general, one major strain is concentrated in Asia, the other in Europe and surrounding areas. The third, more minor, is concentrated in the US, specifically Washington state. The latest mutation, about a week ago, occurred in the third strain and was identified by researchers in Utah.

So overall, a whole lot of mutations…mostly very, very minor. But, at this time it looks as if three relatively major mutations into different strains.

As for “more deadly”…there are two aspects of that; 1) COVID-19 mortality rate as expressed in % of deaths per positive test for acquisition of the virus (i.e. confirmed case), and 2) COVIID-19 deaths as compared to other similar health issues. As for the mortality rate…it is totally unreliable to estimate at this point. Why? We don’t an accurate number of actual confirmed cases of COVID-19 or even credible (valid and reliable) estimates. There are some estimates that place it at a 15% mortality rate all the way down to some estimates at about 1/2 of 1% mortality rate. Neither are valid and reliable because we have no credible, fact-based, numbers of actual confirmed cases of COVID-19. That lack of credible numbers combined with a far more accurate way to define “deadly” is actual fact-based numbers…is actual number of deaths. Comparing the number of COVID-19 deaths in the US (100 – 200) versus the number of death from the regular flu season in the US (approximately 30,000)…the COVID-19 is nowhere near as deadly as the regular flu season. And that is based on FACT. Now, if people believe facts or not is another issue…covered in the “insane” question response above.

I read where a person said they never knew anyone who died from the regular flu, so they think the number of deaths from the regular flu season is a lie. What do you think?

I think the person is delusional. Most people who die during the regular flu season die from causes associated with, complications from, the flu. Such as pneumonia, heart failure, respiratory failure, etc. And because the deaths associated with the regular flu season are common, expected, and occur with historical regularity…they is no big deal made out of them…no panic manufactured for the regular flu season.

Further, the numbers come from the federal government…and NO credible institution (i.e. AMA, AHA, universities, etc.) have every stated that the numbers are false or misleading. You can’t hide numbers from credible sources.

So I think the person is probably caught up in some kind of GroupThink, mob mentality, ignorance, Confirmation Bias, etc. I would imagine you read what they wrote on some website that is promoting similar ideas and fueling the panic and fear, yes? If so, that is a perfect breeding ground for mob mentality…and you will never convince them of facts…they’ve made up their minds with their fantasy…that is at the center of, and the foundation for mob mentality.

 

  • I want to end with this FAQ article with something that was sent to me through the last FAQ. It touched me and I thought you might appreciate their message.

“Mr Trimble, I know that is only your pen name, but, considering your extensive background in emergency preparedness can you pontificate on why this current Coronavirus epidemic is being handled so aggressively in comparison to previous virus outbreaks such as ebola, SARS and other fairly recent health problems.
I have been reading your posts for many years now. I am 70 and have been a believer in preparedness for over 40 years. My wife and I became EMT’s in 1976, and we started gardening, canning, dehydrating and foraging soon after we married in 1972. Professionally, I became a licensed general contractor in 1973. I served on our all-volunteer ambulance service in Colorado after becoming and EMT and I did advanced training to allow me to start IV’s and such. I also trained and became an outdoor survival instructor in 1978 with the Wilderness Institute of Survival Education in Denver Colorado. Although my profession has always been construction, my ‘Hobby’ has been to try to become as self-sufficient as possible… never fully succeeded at that! One thing my life experience has taught me, there is real value in developing associations with others who are better skilled and knowledgeable in areas where I am weak. I am the preparedness specialist for my LDS Ward, in American Fork Utah. It amazes me that so many good LDS families are so vastly unprepared, in spite of years of warning from our church leaders. If nothing else, this coronavirus scare is waking a lot apathetic members.
My best to you, and thank you for your excellent writing, teaching and encouragement to others. Sorry we are so far removed, I imagine a genuine friendship would develop if we lived near one another. Say safe, stay healthy and keep on keeping on!”

Aggressive response: This is a simple answer…not much pontificating needed…the aggressive response comes from TPTB and other agendas. Read my response above to intentional “Hoax Alerts” and “TPTB are behind COVID-19”. But, to answer your question directly…the government is being aggressive for two reasons; 1) the pressure, domestically and internationally, is forcing them to respond aggressively (i.e. President Trump being forced or coerced into action), 2) the old government tactic of “never let a good crisis go to waste”. This is a deepstate and politicians’ wildest dream come true, a perfect opportunity to further their agenda of acquiring more power from citizens.

But, don’t forget who else is fueling this panic…individuals and commercial enterprises who have agendas of their own. The commercial aspect is easy…they want money from people. And the panic/fear gives them that opportunity. Individuals also have agendas and it is mostly in the arena of gaining power over people, mostly through influence.

Also, don’t forget some of the domestic influence is the influence (i.e. political, social, etc.) of the “snowflake” folks. We are seeing an increased receptivity to fear and panic in them. Hence, people are demanding the government be the answer…and the government is all too happy to oblige. And you know why that is.

And now a personal note: Thank  you for your kind words and compliments. I have been trying to educate and train people through the Internet for over a decade in professional level emergency preparedness. In some small way I hope I have done so. Your message gave me hope that I am reaching people who care about what they learn and what they do. Thank you so much for your message…I needed it, it was timely, and it means a lot to me.

 

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FAQ – 3/16/2020 (COVID-19)

  • I heard an expert say this virus [COVID-19] will be worse than the Spanish Flu outbreak on 1918. What should I do to prepare for that?

Three issues; 1) “expert”, 2) reality, 3) preparation.

Expert: Who is the so-called expert and what qualifies him to be called that? Is he a regular doctor? Are they a virologist or epidemiologist or infectious disease physician? Remember 50% of all doctors, and specialty physicians, graduated in the bottom half of their classes. OK, a little humor injected into the discussion but I hope you get that point. And just because they are some world-renowned physician doesn’t mean they are experts on emergency incident management, including virus outbreaks. They understand a very narrowly focused area of expertise. And when they talk/report they usually do so in what could happen (i.e. worse case scenarios).  So I would like you to consider what makes them an expert.  FYI in all my years of emergency management I never met a single doctor who was on an Incident Management Team as a member of the Command and General Staff. If present at all, doctors are usually buried down the chain of command in the Medical Unit…never in a command position.

Reality: Let’s remember that the Spanish Flu was over a 100 years ago. It also infected about 500 million people and killed approximately 30 – 50 million. That is a mortality rate of approximately 6 – 10%. In the United States, we lost almost 700,000 to death from the Spanish Flu. However, there were two strains of the Spanish Flu. The first outbreak was in the Spring, was a relatively mild form and almost everyone recovered from it. It died down in the Summer but mutated along the way and in the Fall when it broke out again it took on the more deadly, highly contagious form.

Here are some of the differences between now and 1918 as it relates to this “panic”:

  • In 1918 the primary form of travel was horse drawn. Cars were still pretty much a novelty, they had been invented only three decades earlier. It would be another decade for cars to become common.
  • In 1918 airplanes were almost non-existent. Fifteen years earlier the first flight took place…lasted 12 seconds and only flew 120 feet. The vast majority of people had never seen an airplane by 1918.
  • In 1918 vaccines wouldn’t be generally available to the public till the next decade. The first vaccines from western medicine appear in the late 1700’s but it wasn’t until the late 1880’s that vaccines took their first big step. In 1918 the first flu vaccine was still 20 years away.
  • By 1918 modern Aspirin was only 18 years old. It was patented by a German pharmaceutical company and not readily available to everyone in the world or the United States. In 1918 aspirin was considered a miracle drug.
  • Penicillin was the first modern antibiotic…and was still ten years away.
  • Phones were available…but the first coast-to-coast telephone call had taken place in the US only 3 years earlier.
  • The standard treatment for a gunshot wound to an arm or leg in WWI (1918) was amputation.

So you get my point. There is a HUGE difference between our medical capabilities of 1918 and medical technologies of today. So there is NO realistic or relative comparison between the Spanish Flu of 1918 and COVID-19…its treatment, prevention or any other aspect…PERIOD!

Just to touch on an old sore spot of mine…the loudest voices right crying about COVID-19 are the radical left (Democrats/Liberals/Progressives), some ignorant folks on the right, and a portion of the medical community. And that crying is over less than 6,000 deaths worldwide, less than 200 here in the US. But there is an epidemic in the US that kills well over a million each year. Yup…OVER A MILLION DEATHS EACH YEAR!!!  The loudest voices that I mentioned above are promoting that epidemic. It’s called abortion. We kill over a million babies each year and that is perfectly fine with those despicable Democrats/Liberals/Progressives, most in the medical field, and many Republicans, even some so-called conservatives. Actually, they encourage it, promote it, brag about it, and fund it! But we get 200 deaths and it is a National Emergency?????   Wow…do we have our priorities screwed up or what!?!?

Preparation: Now to the crux of your question…prepare to not contract COVID-19 virus just like you would any other flu or cold virus. Prepare to deal with the hysterical panic of the COVID-19 like I have been writing about for quite a while now…just go read the articles.

 

  • Why don’t we put a doctor in charge of the virus battle?

I already answered that in detail in a previous question toady. However, just to be clear…doctors (we’re talking MD’s) are Subject Matter Experts (SME), they tend to not be very good leaders in emergencies because they have a narrowly focused area of expertise…and that breeds tunnel vision. So no, you don’t want a doctor in charge of any virus battle…you want a trained/qualified/experienced/competent Incident Commander in charge with a high-quality Command and General Staff for support. Doctors make great advisors to an Incident Management Team. They also make good leaders of the Medical Unit under the Logistics Section or Medical Response Team leadership in the Operations Section. But that’s it.

 

  • Why aren’t you telling us exactly how to prepare for this? You’re supposed to be a preparedness “expert”, right?

Well first off, you have to decide if I am expert or not. I’ve outlined my credentials before but it is your decision on viewing me as an expert or not. And I am not going to take the time to repeat the good advice out there for preventing contraction of the virus or getting over it. I outlined clearly what we are doing here in my family and me personally. What I am providing details on is the spinoff of the virus…dealing with the panic and hysteria.

 

  • You aren’t worried because you are all prepared and insulated from all of this virus crap. What about the rest of us?

Let me make this real clear…I am in the perfect demographic to catch the virus in many aspects. Most susceptible demographic over 50, existing lung condition, and have contracted bronchitis and pneumonia before. I am in my mid-60’s, my lungs took a beating as a firefighter and I have some limited lung damage, and I have had lung problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia in the past. So forget some special immunity you think I might have. But yes, I have done everything prudent to prepare myself to avoid getting it…or getting over it…without dying. Now, as for the “rest of us”… Why in the hell do you think I have this website in the first place? I have been providing emergency, disaster, and grid-down advice for over a decade. And doing so for FREE!  You don’t pay a thing to visit my site and read nearly a thousand preparedness articles. There isn’t even an ad that shows up like virtually all the other prepper websites. And I am not selling a preparedness book of secrets to survive an apocalypse. I care about each and every person that visits my site and have provided a huge amount of information to help you through this…or any other emergency, disaster, and grid-down event. You just got to read!

OK, sorry about the rant, no offense intended at all…I am just getting a little frustrated with this panic virus thing. If you have a specific question please ask it through the form below, I will happy to answer any and all.

 

  • Where’s the CVOID-19 virus outbreak article you mentioned that you would post?

I decided there won’t be one. Through my SitReps (3/12/2020 and 3/15/2020), my Immediate Action Warning, now a couple of FAQs (3/14/2020) I am getting the information there that I wanted to. Maybe even in a better format this way than a single article. If something changes I might reconsider writing that article but for now I am saying what I wanted/needed to convey to you.

 

  • When you were panic buying at Walmart did you really give that Walmart guy $20 to get you some milk from the back cooler?

No, that was for dramatic flair and to hopefully make you smile. In other words…it was strictly literary license for entertainment purposes. As you become more familiar with my writing style you will see that I weave some humor (or attempts at it) into my writing from time to time. Now, whether people actually snicker or laugh…or even smirk at my attempts are another whole story.

 

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