FAQ – Table of Contents by Topic

OK, so a few days a go I posted a table of contents for FAQs that was organized by date with each question for that date.

This table of contents is now arranged by topic. That may help you lookup something you want more information on. Just click on the “FAQ – date” at the end of the question to go to that page.

Enjoy!

 

AH Trimble

  • Why do you say “don’t believe me”, “don’t trust what I say”? FAQ – 2/28/2019 (#2)
  • On another website you have gotten flamed pretty badly by a couple of people. What’s up with that? FAQ – 2/11/2019
  • Does it bother you when people really criticize you? FAQ – 2/9/2019
  • You seem so pessimistic, is EVERYTHING going on now bad? FAQ – 2/7/2019
  • Why have there been so few articles posted on the website in the last few months…a year or more? FAQ – 5/29/2017
  • Are you the best prepper “expert” on the Internet? FAQ – 4/16/2016
  • How can you stand working for the very government you criticize so much? FAQ – 4/16/2016
  • Have you traveled much to know what you are talking about? FAQ – 4/7/2016
  • How many “incidents” have you participated in over the length of your career? FAQ – 3/29/2016
  • What makes you think you are a prepper expert and people should listen to you? FAQ – 3/29/2016
  • Why are you so into prepping? FAQ – 3/7/2016

Ammunition (see also Guns)

Baofeng

  • Do you think the Baofeng UV-5RA radio is the best handheld radio out there? FAQ – 4/16/2016

Barter

Body Armor

Budgeting

Bugout

  • Whatever happened to your Bug Out Location – Retirement Home? FAQ – 2/11/2019
  • You talk about “bugging out” but I’ve never seen you talk about walking somewhere to get there. Do you think you will always have a vehicle to drive? FAQ – 3/29/2016
  • Which is better, bug-out or shelter in place? FAQ – 3/17/2016

Country (USA)

  • What are the top three problems the USA faces today? FAQ – 2/9/2019
  • What is your take on Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech? FAQ – 2/8/2019
  • Does everything fall apart in 2020 because of the election? FAQ – 2/7/2019
  • Do you trust anything the government tells us? FAQ – 5/11/2016
  • Is the NSA a dangerous organization? FAQ – 5/11/2016
  • Is there any chance that America can survive a collapse? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • Does the government have the ability and do they track individual citizens? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • You speak of the ruling and political class seeking after power and money, which is the cause of all the problems in the world. How is that possible? FAQ – 4/7/2016
  • Sometimes the stuff you write paints a desperate and depressing view of the world, why? FAQ – 3/29/2016
  • What do you think is the number one worse thing that ever happened in the United States? FAQ – 3/17/2016

Democrats

  • What about the Democrats “new green deal”…is there anything to it? FAQ – 2/28/2019 (#2)
  • You speak of the ruling and political class seeking after power and money, which is the cause of all the problems in the world. How is that possible? FAQ – 4/7/2016

Economy

  • I hear almost everyone but you talking about how well the economy is doing. Why? FAQ – 7/5/2019
  • Is the economy terrible or is there anything good about it? FAQ – 2/9/2019
  • Would you buy precious metals right now? FAQ – 2/9/2019
  • Does everything fall apart in 2020 because of the election? FAQ – 2/7/2019
  • Given the extreme instability of the economy, (” I am serious when I say we could wake up on any given morning and find ourselves at war externally or internally. Either event will immediately tank the stock markets and therefore the economy.”), what do you recommend we do with our savings, investments and retirement accounts? FAQ – 5/29/2017
  • How much would you budget each payday for preparedness? FAQ – 5/11/2016
  • Is there any chance that America can survive a collapse? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • You don’t talk much about the Federal Reserve, why? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • Sometimes the stuff you write paints a desperate and depressing view of the world, why? FAQ – 3/29/2016
  • Do you think the US economy will crash? FAQ – 3/7/2016

Emails

FBI

  • What about the FBI? You seem to have a real case against them but I don’t get it. Do you have any recent proof that they are corrupt? FAQ – 5/29/2017

Federal Reserve 

Food Storage

Garden

  • What do you think is the number one food to grow when the grid is down? FAQ – 3/7/2016

Government

  • Do you trust anything the government tells us? FAQ – 5/11/2016
  • Is the NSA a dangerous organization? FAQ – 5/11/2016
  • Is there any chance that America can survive a collapse? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • Does the government have the ability and do they track individual citizens? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • You speak of the ruling and political class seeking after power and money, which is the cause of all the problems in the world. How is that possible? FAQ – 4/7/2016
  • Sometimes the stuff you write paints a desperate and depressing view of the world, why? FAQ – 3/29/2016

Grid-Down

  • When do you think the gird will come down? FAQ – 4/16/2016
  • You always seem to talk about living “grid-down” in a group, why? FAQ – 4/7/2016
  • Sometimes the stuff you write paints a desperate and depressing view of the world, why? FAQ – 3/29/2016

Guns

Herding Dogs

  • You wrote an article about herding dogs vs. sheep dogs. What is the difference again? FAQ – 5/11/2016

Investments

  • Given the extreme instability of the economy, (” I am serious when I say we could wake up on any given morning and find ourselves at war externally or internally. Either event will immediately tank the stock markets and therefore the economy.”), what do you recommend we do with our savings, investments and retirement accounts? FAQ – 5/29/2017

Islam

Knives

New Green Deal

NSA

Personalities

  • You wrote a series of articles about “personalities” before and after SHTF, will you resurrect them? FAQ – 2/28/2019
  • What is the “cool kid club” in prepper circles? FAQ – 2/28/2019 (#2)
  • You wrote an article about herding dogs vs. sheep dogs. What is the difference again? FAQ – 5/11/2016

Precious Metals

  • Would you buy precious metals right now? FAQ – 2/9/2019
  • Given the extreme instability of the economy, (” I am serious when I say we could wake up on any given morning and find ourselves at war externally or internally. Either event will immediately tank the stock markets and therefore the economy.”), what do you recommend we do with our savings, investments and retirement accounts? FAQ – 5/29/2017

Problems

  • What are the top three problems the USA faces today? FAQ – 2/9/2019
  • Does everything fall apart in 2020 because of the election? FAQ – 2/7/2019
  • What about the FBI? You seem to have a real case against them but I don’t get it. Do you have any recent proof that they are corrupt? FAQ – 5/29/2017
  • Do you trust anything the government tells us? FAQ – 5/11/2016
  • Is there any chance that America can survive a collapse? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • Does the government have the ability and do they track individual citizens? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • You speak of the ruling and political class seeking after power and money, which is the cause of all the problems in the world. How is that possible? FAQ – 4/7/2016
  • Sometimes the stuff you write paints a desperate and depressing view of the world, why? FAQ – 3/29/2016

Radios

  • Do you think the Baofeng UV-5RA radio is the best handheld radio out there? FAQ – 4/16/2016

Religion

  • Over the last couple of years it sounds as if you’ve lost your edge and are more religious and less, let’s say prone to violence, when it comes to prepping. Why? FAQ – 7/10/2019
  • You mentioned CBB in your last SitRep but I didn’t understand the point you were trying to make. Can you help me? FAQ – 7/10/2019
  • OK, touchy question…do some people confuse emotional with spiritual? Meaning, do some people think they are having a spiritual experience when they are actually having an emotional experience? FAQ – 2/11/2019
  • How do you justify your so-called religious beliefs with your emphasis on protecting your family from the threat of violence and the potential of killing someone? FAQ – 4/7/2016
  • Do you really think the religion of Islam is all that bad? FAQ – 4/7/2016

RHBOL (Retirement Home – BugOut Location)

Ruling Class

  • You speak of the ruling and political class seeking after power and money, which is the cause of all the problems in the world. How is that possible? FAQ – 4/7/2016

Sheepdogs

  • You wrote an article about herding dogs vs. sheep dogs. What is the difference again? FAQ – 5/11/2016
  • How do you justify your so-called religious beliefs with your emphasis on protecting your family from the threat of violence and the potential of killing someone? FAQ – 4/7/2016

Shelter In-Place

Threats

  • Who is the #1 threat to preppers before and after SHTF? FAQ – 2/28/2019
  • What is the #1 threat to preppers before and after SHTF? FAQ – 2/28/2019
  • You wrote a series of articles about “personalities” before and after SHTF, will you resurrect them? FAQ – 2/28/2019
  • Does everything fall apart in 2020 because of the election? FAQ – 2/7/2019
  • Is there any chance that America can survive a collapse? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • Does the government have the ability and do they track individual citizens? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • Sometimes the stuff you write paints a desperate and depressing view of the world, why? FAQ – 3/29/2016
  • What is the #1 threat to people after an incident has occurred? FAQ – 3/7/2016

Trump

USA

  • What are the top three problems the USA faces today? FAQ – 2/9/2019
  • What is your take on Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech? FAQ – 2/8/2019
  • Does everything fall apart in 2020 because of the election? FAQ – 2/7/2019
  • What about the FBI? You seem to have a real case against them but I don’t get it. Do you have any recent proof that they are corrupt? FAQ – 5/29/2017
  • Do you trust anything the government tells us? FAQ – 5/11/2016
  • Is the NSA a dangerous organization? FAQ – 5/11/2016
  • Is there any chance that America can survive a collapse? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • You don’t talk much about the Federal Reserve, why? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • Does the government have the ability and do they track individual citizens? FAQ – 4/24/2016
  • Sometimes the stuff you write paints a desperate and depressing view of the world, why? FAQ – 3/29/2016
  • What do you think is the number one worse thing that ever happened in the United States? FAQ – 3/17/2016

Violence

  • How do you justify your so-called religious beliefs with your emphasis on protecting your family from the threat of violence and the potential of killing someone? FAQ – 4/7/2016
  • How important are guns for preppers? FAQ – 3/17/2016

FAQ – Table of Contents by Date

OK, OK…I hear you!

This post is purely an organizational piece. It is to help in using the FAQ posts on the website. I’ve listed each question for each FAQ post. This might help you to scan through which FAQ post really has any of your interest…and which do not.

If you find an FAQ post that interests you simply click on the “FAQ – date” link and it will open that FAQ page for you in a new tab.

  • FAQ – 7/10/2019
    • Over the last couple of years it sounds as if you’ve lost your edge and are more religious and less, let’s say prone to violence, when it comes to prepping. Why?
    • You mentioned CBB in your last SitRep but I didn’t understand the point you were trying to make. Can you help me?
  • FAQ – 7/5/2019
    • I hear almost everyone but you talking about how well the economy is doing. Why?
  • FAQ – 2/28/2019
    • Who is the #1 threat to preppers before and after SHTF?
    • What is the #1 threat to preppers before and after SHTF?
    • You wrote a series of articles about “personalities” before and after SHTF, will you resurrect them?
  • FAQ – 2/28/2019 (#2)
    • What about the Democrats “new green deal”…is there anything to it?
    • What is the “cool kid club” in prepper circles?
    • Why do you say “don’t believe me”, “don’t trust what I say”?
    • Can you recommend good quality 20-year prepared meal food storage?
  • FAQ – 2/11/2019
    • Whatever happened to your Bug Out Location – Retirement Home?
    • On another website you have gotten flamed pretty badly by a couple of people. What’s up with that?
    • OK, touchy question…do some people confuse emotional with spiritual? Meaning, do some people think they are having a spiritual experience when they are actually having an emotional experience?
  • FAQ – 2/9/2019
    • Is the economy terrible or is there anything good about it?
    • Would you buy precious metals right now?
    • Does it bother you when people really criticize you?
    • What are the top three problems the USA faces today?
  • FAQ – 2/8/2019
    • What is your take on Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech?
  • FAQ – 2/7/2019
    • Why are you such a Trump Hater?
    • Why am I getting so many emails from you and your website?
    • You seem so pessimistic, is EVERYTHING going on now bad?
    • Does everything fall apart in 2020 because of the election?
  • FAQ – 5/29/2017
    • Given the extreme instability of the economy, (” I am serious when I say we could wake up on any given morning and find ourselves at war externally or internally. Either event will immediately tank the stock markets and therefore the economy.”), what do you recommend we do with our savings, investments and retirement accounts?
    • What about the FBI? You seem to have a real case against them but I don’t get it. Do you have any recent proof that they are corrupt?
    • Do you think Trump is doing a good job as President?
    • Sounds as if you don’t like Trump?
    • Are we better off with Trump as President?
    • Why have there been so few articles posted on the website in the last few months…a year or more?
  • FAQ – 5/11/2016
    • Do you trust anything the government tells us?
    • How much would you budget each payday for preparedness?
    • You wrote an article about herding dogs vs. sheep dogs. What is the difference again?
    • Is the NSA a dangerous organization?
  • FAQ – 4/24/2016
    • What will be the number one barter item when the grid goes down?
    • Is there any chance that America can survive a collapse?
    • You don’t talk much about the Federal Reserve, why?
    • If you could only have one gun, what would it be?
    • Does the government have the ability and do they track individual citizens?
    • What about body armor?
  • FAQ – 4/16/2016
    • What is your favorite gun parts manufacturer?
    • Do you think the Baofeng UV-5RA radio is the best handheld radio out there?
    • Are you the best prepper “expert” on the Internet?
    • When do you think the gird will come down?
    • How can you stand working for the very government you criticize so much?
  • FAQ – 4/7/2016
    • You always seem to talk about living “grid-down” in a group, why?
    • How do you justify your so-called religious beliefs with your emphasis on protecting your family from the threat of violence and the potential of killing someone?
    • Do you really think the religion of Islam is all that bad?
    • You speak of the ruling and political class seeking after power and money, which is the cause of all the problems in the world. How is that possible?
    • Have you traveled much to know what you are talking about?
  • FAQ – 3/29/2016
    • How many “incidents” have you participated in over the length of your career?
    • What makes you think you are a prepper expert and people should listen to you?
    • Sometimes the stuff you write paints a desperate and depressing view of the world, why?
    • You talk about “bugging out” but I’ve never seen you talk about walking somewhere to get there. Do you think you will always have a vehicle to drive?
  • FAQ – 3/17/2016
    • Which is better, bug-out or shelter in place?
    • How important are guns for preppers?
    • What do you think is the number one worse thing that ever happened in the United States?
    • How much ammunition should you have on hand as a prepper?
    • What is your favorite knife?
  • FAQ – 3/7/2016
    • Why are you so into prepping?
    • What is the #1 threat to people after an incident has occurred?
    • Do you think the US economy will crash?
    • How much food do you have stored?
    • What do you think is the number one food to grow when the grid is down?

 

FAQ – 7/10/2019

  • Over the last couple of years it sounds as if you’ve lost your edge and are more religious and less, let’s say prone to violence, when it comes to prepping. Why?

It’s kinda of hard to answer that in a way. In another way it is real easy. So here goes…

First off violence is the answer…to some situations such as defending your family from violence. Violence is not the answer…to all situations.

And yes, I am working to improve my relationship with Jesus Christ. I think it is important for me to do personally. I think a lot of future events will require a good dose of correct decisions. And for that to happen a person must be grounded in sounds ethics and morals. For me, I have not always had those two. And that it what is motivating me to get more of both, and for me that means religion. In my opinion basic Christian doctrine has a foundation in ethics and morals that are universal to any situation. I am not talking about the kind of Christianity starting in about 400AD. I am talking about New Testament stuff before the Christian church fell into apostasy.

The key/trick is to balance the religion side of things with the violence side of things…and when to use each. They both have their place…but using either incorrectly can lead to very dire mistakes.

  • You mentioned CBB in your last SitRep but I didn’t understand the point you were trying to make. Can you help me?

Let me use a couple of examples…

1) Francisco Vazquez de Coronado: yeah, the famous 16th century explorer. He was a “devout” Christian who would ride into an Indian village, read a Latin declaration to them, and kill anyone who didn’t comply.  Ah, Indians didn’t understand Latin in case you didn’t know. The declaration stated the Indians had to convert to Christianity. For the most part, those that didn’t comply were killed. Yup, lots of death in the name of Christ.

2) The Taliban: yeah, that Taliban in Afghanistan. They have their own version of their religion. If someone is found not complying…well, for the most part they are dead meat. But, they show mercy occasionally and just whip women or cut off their noses.

So, CBB’s (Christians Behaving Badly) are those so-called Christians who don’t act Christ-like when dealing with other Christians. If a CBB finds another Christian who doesn’t believe as they do…well, time for stoning. While it may be only verbal stones…it is intimidation and bullying all the same. Sometimes you will find CBB’s get downright vicious with others…making it very personal and very harsh. Not cool, and certainly not Christ-like.

Now, to make it worse you find the worst of the CBB’s doing this in a public setting, especially the Internet (i.e. social media). Many of those CBB’s feel like “warriors of Christ” or “defenders of the faith” or the “guardians of scripture” etc., etc. OK…ah, find me a verse in the New Testament where Christ asks anyone to be a warrior, etc.  OK…now look up in the New Testament what Christ says about how to treat other people. Any difference there?

Summary: A CBB isn’t treating other Christians as Christ asks us to. Hence, are CBB’s really Christians at all based on their actions?

 

 

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FAQ – 7/5/2019

  • I hear almost everyone but you talking about how well the economy is doing. Why?

Because I have a different opinion of the economy than most other people.

First off, I don’t look at it with a pre-determined political agenda. Next, I look at “macro” indicators. Those are the really big picture indicators that will show what is happening to the economy overall…not just a single slice (i.e. “micro” indicators). US national debt is one macro indicator to keep an eye on.

National Debt as % of GDP

  • Year 2000 (last year of Clinton’s Presidency) % of GDP        55%
  • Year 2008 (last year of Bush’s Presidency) % of GDP           68%
  • Year 2016 (last year of Obama’s Presidency) % of GDP     104%
  • Year 2018 (second year of Trump’s Presidency) % of GDP 105%

Gross $’s of National Debt

  • Year 2000 (last year of Clinton’s Presidency)       $ 5,600,000,000,000
  • Year 2008 (last year of Bush’s Presidency)         $10,025,000,000,000
  • Year 2016 (last year of Obama’s Presidency)     $19,573,000,000,000
  • Year 2018 (second year of Trump’s Presidency) $22,776,000,000,000

As you can see our national debt is 100% out of control and will never be brought back to reality…and it will destroy America. And it doesn’t matter who is the President (2 Republicans, 2 Democrats)…they are all spending us into destruction!

Average Annual Increase in National Debt During Presidency

  • Clinton     $  157,000,000,000 average annual increase in national debt during Presidency
  • Bush        $  550,000,000,000 average annual increase in national debt during Presidency
  • Obama   $1,193,500,000,000 average annual increase in national debt during Presidency
  • Trump    $1,601,500,000,000 average annual increase in national debt during Presidency

At the current rate, if Trump is in for 8 years, he will add far, far more to the national debt than Obama at his current spending rate. You can clearly see it is getting worse with each president…and exponentially so with the current President. Based on?

Well, compare another key macro indicator,  gross US Government Tax Revenue…

US Government Tax Revenue

  • 2000 Clinton  $ 2,030,000,000,000
  • 2008 Bush     $ 2,520,000,000,000
  • 2016 Obama $ 3,270,000,000,000
  • 2018 Trump  $ 3,330,000,000,000

Why is the $ amount of US tax revenue important? Because that shows how much money is being sucked out of the hands of US citizens and US corporations by the US federal government. That means money being forcibly taken from families and companies and placed in the hands of politicians to squander as they want to.

Now, compare the Gross $ National Debt, $ Annual Debt Increase, with the gross US Government Tax Revenue…

Note: Trump has the highest taxes in the history of the country and also the largest annual increases in the national debt. The US government, under Trump, is sucking $60,000,000,000 more tax money annually out of Americans than Obama…and adding 34% more to the national debt than Obama. Not that Trump is a bad guy…he is just another horrible fiscally responsible President in a long line of horrible Presidents.

Now you get a truly terrifying view of what is happening to our federal government spending…we are going down the sewer pipe. And yes, the chart clearly shows that Trump is the absolute worst of the Presidents when it comes to placing our country further into debt. But, the real point is this…regardless of the President, regardless of the party in the Whitehouse, regardless of what any politician says…ALL the politicians (Democrats or Republicans, Congress or Presidents) are destroying the US economy…period. That is an undeniable fact!

It is only a matter of time before the world says…”Ah, no more trust in the US dollar.” At that point the US economy crashes…a hard, hard, crash.

If you weren’t already sick…try this to make it even worse…

The current US government unfunded liabilities is estimated to be at least $105,000,000,000,000! Yeah, that is 105 trillion dollars. Five times what the National Debt is.

And if you aren’t fully aware of what an “unfunded liability” is…

An unfunded liability is a liability that does not have current or projected assets to cover a legal liability; therefore it is said to be unfunded. 

Yeah, you getting the picture now? The US Government has legal obligations in the future of $105+trillion with no money or assets set aside to pay them. How do you think that is going to work out for us?

So…GUILTY as charged…I have a very, very pessimistic picture of the US financial condition…the facts and figure show it.

And another couple of real indicators that very few folks pay attention to is the % of wealth among middle class and the % of middle income population compared to low and high income populations.

Why is that important you ask. You hear that the employment rate is at historic lows. You hear repeatedly ad nasuem that we have full employment and times are great for American workers. OK, the employment rate is a “micro” indicator. There are far more important macro indicators.

The middle class as defined by income is disappearing, upper income is growing, lower income is shrinking.

The middle class as defined by % of population is drastically shrinking, high and low income populations are growing rapidly.

Now…combine those two facts that are displayed in the charts and you get a DISAPPEARING middle class!!!  And you are also seeing a rapid and substantial increase in the rich getting richer. And a large increase in the poor getting poorer.

So let me ask you this…

“If the rich are getting richer, the middle class is getting poorer and disappearing, and the poor are getting poorer, what does that mean to you…in common sense terms?”

I sure hope you are planning to deal with what is coming! What do you think happens when the rich get richer, the middle class disappears, and poor get poorer? If you don’t know that answer to that question…research the Roman Empire. Or any other empire that has ever existed. Then go throw up. Once you rinsed that out of your mouth…start preparing for the inevitable.

 

 

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Where have I been?

Great question 🙂

Beginning in late February I headed to our RHBOL (retirement home, bug out location) and started building our house there. Starting with a history setting blizzard and ending with getting the roof on…it was a very busy time.

I set the website up to get some articles posted while I was gone and to finish up my online book Escape from Tucson. Remember those automatic postings were written and schedule well in advance…gives the impression I am still around and working on the website. Hope it worked 🙂

But, I am headed out for another month after a very brief visit home to shower and recover a little bit. So, when I get back I will edit a few old articles write a couple new ones, and continue Escape from Home. Yup, you heard it right! I’ve been working on the sequel to Escape from Tucson….Escape from Home. I think you will like developing story-line, the thrills, the twists, the information…along with some real heartache. Look for it in late June.

In the mean time…there are people that need us right now. Answer the call, do your best, prepare for what is coming, and know that we can not just survive….but thrive!

AH Trimble

FAQ – 2/28/2019 (#2)

  • What about the Democrats “new green deal”…is there anything to it?

Well, my take on it is at the 60,000’ level. First off, the details of the proposal are insanity…at best. Seriously, they are totally unrealistic. But here is the important part…it is pure Communism. Yes, this is something right out of the old Soviet Union. A program like this would only ever be proposed by a Communist regime. And here is the main point…Democrats have signed on to it in droves, especially Democrat Presidential candidates.

Now, true that there are Dems that have referred to it as not being practical. But, many of those same people call it “aspirational” or a worthy goal. And there is a subtlety of it all. Those people still embrace the whole idea of the Communist plan, they just know they can’t get it implemented…yet. So they believe in the Communist concepts of the proposal!!!

What does all of that mean? The Democrat Party, and its members, are showing that they have become the party of Communist ideas and ideals. And that should shock you!

  • What is the “cool kid club” in prepper circles?

Ah, had to chuckle at that one. But honestly, it really isn’t anything funny; it is all too plain…and damaging. What? Why?

Well, on the less problematic side of it…go back to your high school years. Weren’t there different groups of kids? Some call them clicks. When I went to school there were the jocks, stoners, rednecks, hoodlums, etc. They tended to hang out with each other and usually didn’t do much crossover socializing. And from time to time there was tension or outright aggression, occasionally violence. Strangely enough the violence almost always originated from the jocks in our school.

In addition to those groups, there were also the “cool kids.” They were usually the pretty people, the athletic people, the cheerleaders, etc. The did the cool things, wore the cool clothes, center of attention at dances, prom King & Queen, etc. A lot of kids wanted to be part of the “cool kids” but those that were “cool kids” usually didn’t accept new members…unless they were cool enough. Yeah for the most part they suffered, egotism, self-centeredness, delusions of grandeur, etc. But, they were still cool…at least in their own eyes.

So, how does that apply to preppers? There is the equivalent in the prepper community of the “cool kids.” Have you seen preppers that have a cult-like following? The hardcore tactical guy? The guy who people have questions of, send emails to, etc., but they seldom, if ever, respond? How about the guy who tries to sound like the final authority on subjects and others praise him for all his wisdom? Look around at the next prepper gathering you attend…who seems to be the center of attention?

So now you have an idea of my opinion of prepper “cool kid club” and it is not a good opinion. Why? Because they tend to hold themselves above others…and a lot of others encourage that.

Why is that a bad thing? Well, in and of itself, it is not. The problem comes in when it actually starts creating different “class” distinctions of preppers. For those of us that are LDS we read in the Book of Mormon over and over again how society suffers greatly when people create class distinctions and elevate some people over others. In the New Testament shows how the Sadducees and Pharisees behaved…they were very pompous and felt they were better than others…and acted that way towards others.

I think the perfect example of how we should treat each other is the example Christ set. He mingled with, ate with, talked with, walked with anyone and everyone. He was a true man of the people. He didn’t elevate himself over anyone. Heck, he even washed folks’ feet for them!

Bottom line…don’t become a member of the prepper “cool kid club”…it isn’t worth it. And, don’t worry about the prepper “cool kid club”…they mostly just seek for the veneration of others…and ego feeding frenzy. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated…leave the ego behind.

Disclaimer: Yes, I got carried away from time to time with who I thought I was. I haven’t always treated people as well as I should have. But, I never, ever thought I was a member of the prepper “cool kid club.” So, if I have ever come off that way, given you that impression that I was a member of the prepper “cool kid club”…I sincerely apologize.

  • Why do you say “don’t believe me”, “don’t trust what I say”?

Well, simple…I want you to do what is right for you. I do a lot of research, I practice what I prepper preach. I believe in what I tell you. But, I don’t want you to believe me. I want you to prove me right or prove me wrong. Why? Because I feel prepping is that important.

And now…I also want you to treat other prepper “experts” the same way. Don’t believe what experts say…challenge what they say. Figure out if what we are saying is true or not. Do not trust the fate of you and your family in others.

There are many folks out there that give some terrible, sometimes horrible, prepper advice. And honestly, it doesn’t matter if they/we are well-intentioned or not. What matters is how it affects/impacts you and your family.

Sorry, I get a little passionate when I talk about this subject. Why? Because I read so many things that I feel is so wrong for prepping. Yes, that is an “opinion” on my part. Look, I’ve been on thousands of incidents, hundreds of large-scale emergencies and disasters, and I see what works and what doesn’t. I see some folks give advice that I know is wrong, other times something just feels wrong. And I have a hard time being quiet about it. Why? Because I don’t want your family to be hurt by bad advice…whomever it comes from. Only you know what is right for you and your family. So you have to take the responsibility to know what to do…or not.

Bottom line…I want you to figure out what is right. So I tell you to knot believe me in the hopes that you will figure out what “right” is for you and your family.

  • Can you recommend good quality 20-year prepared meal food storage?

Here is the central page for all things “food”…avoiding starvation <read more>

Here is the page specifically for long-term food storage <read more>

For specific brands I like Mountain House and Thrive. If you can find a Thrive dealer in your area you can get some pretty good deals…especially if you are willing to host a “party” or coordinate a large group order.

 

 

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FAQ – 2/18/2019

  • Who is the #1 threat to preppers before and after SHTF?

Dang…tough question. I think that basically the primary answer is “ourselves” in both cases. Yeah, I know…lame answer. It would be easy to say things like; politicians, LEOs, Democrats, etc. While they may be threats/risks to some degree I don’t think they are anywhere near the top of the list let alone #1. But, there may be a little more depth to the answer than a simple ourselves.

Pre-SHTF: This I think is fully and completely ourselves…for a number of reasons. I think we may suffer from complacency, Normalcy Bias, Competency Bias, poor Situational Awareness, etc. This will cloud our ability to properly see, understand, and act in a timely manner to what is happening. But, I still think that is not the #1. I think the #1 “who” threat are people who masquerade as experts in emergency preparedness. The ones who claim (or intimate) a level of expertise and then give out bad information to preppers who are simply trying to learn. I tend to call them “posers” overall. Some are well-intentioned to be sure. Others are after the attention, admiration, and cult-like worship that preppers heap upon them. By-in-large they are manipulators seeking to satisfy their own goals/needs. Example: Someone who talks about Situational Awareness and has little experience in high-stress emergency situations where good SA is essential to completing an actual task/mission. These folks are unproven, untried, and posing as experts…they are dangerous…some of their poor advice is bound to get folks killed…or mislead into following the wrong leaders.

Post-SHTF: Strange, I think there are two completely different categories to this one; 1) application to me personally, 2) application to most everyone else.

For me personally I think I am the #1 threat to myself as a prepper post-SHTF. I think my ego and pride will make me try to act like a “know-it-all” and either run over people who don’t agree with me, or I will alienate them ruining any chance of cooperation/coordination. So I believe I will antagonize a lot of people I shouldn’t. Heck, I do that now 🙂

As for most everyone else…I think the “who” will be “herding dogs.” There is a lot of discussion about people being “sheepdogs.” That’s all well and good…but do people really understand the difference between a sheepdog and a herding dog. A sheepdog is a protector but treats the sheep even better than themselves. A herding dog is just short of a predator…well trained, but a predator all the same. A herding dog is trained to control the herd/flock and force them to do its will. They nip at, growl at, and generally show aggression towards the flock/herd to make them obey. There is a HUGE difference between a sheepdog and a herding dog. I think many sheepdogs are actually herding dogs. And some sheepdogs may be wolves in sheepdog clothing. The key is to know the difference.

Also…just a thought…If a herding dog (or pack of them) comes along, a couple questions for you:

  • How much “herding” are you willing to tolerate? And if you won’t tolerate it, what are willing to do about it?
  • How will you know the difference between a sheepdog and a herding dog?
  • How do you explain to someone else that you recognize a person as a herding dog?
  • Can you identify herding dogs in today’s society?

There is a close #2 threat/risk…posers. These are the “pretty boys” of preppers. Those folks who talk pretty, look pretty, have pretty gear, have pretty ideas…but are there only to manipulate people, they like the attention that they get from their followers. Unfortunately, their followers are not their equals…at least according to the way posers view their followers.Politicians are a sub-group of “pretty boys” if you haven’t already guessed that.

  • What is the #1 threat to preppers before and after SHTF?

Again, it would be easy to make real blanket statements and hold them up to be the ultimate answer. But, I think a true answer will depend on each person’s (or group’s) specific situation. A group dealing with the imposition of martial law by the local/county/state LEOs will have a far different view than a group that is out of food and/or water. But, let me take a stab at it and make an overall blanket statement…you take it into consideration for your situation.

Pre-SHTF: I think the “what” here is not a tangible. What I mean by that is it is not something like lack of food storage, not enough ammo, or no bug out location. I believe it to be an intangible. Why? Because I am a student of history. When you look at countries and states that have experienced large scale disasters or grid-down events there is an underlying message…after the fact. And that tends to be something along the lines of “I should have left sooner”, “I should have tried to buy gas before…”, “I should have…” You look at the last world-wide event in history…WWII. Listen to the stories of Jews that got trapped in areas conquered by and then occupied by the Germans. Those that were in fact trapped had wished they had left for safety sooner. Look at hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and other states. The folks there all talk about not having prepared, or left, sooner. Some say they should have bought more food, water, fuel, ice, generators, etc. way sooner before the storm actually hit. And the primary reasons they didn’t act sooner are complacency and Normalcy Bias.Those are the two biggest “what” threats.

Post-SHTF: This one is the easiest…Violence! Yes, unequivocally the #1 threat/risk to all folks after the SHTF will be violence. Why? Because it can be fatal and fast. All your preps in the world can’t protect you if you are not prepared to deal with violence first. Ten years of food storage, the biggest 100 gal a day water purification system, the perfect bug out location, the most awesome Jeep mean absolutely nothing if someone puts a bullet between your eyes…they just take your cool stuff. And no, all the guns and ammo in your gun safe mean nothing if you are not properly trained to use them. And all the best training in the world means nothing if you are not willing to defend yourself and your family. And all the willingness in the world means absolutely nothing if your Situational Awareness sucks. Yup, the risk/threat of violence will be #1 !

  • You wrote a series of articles about “personalities” before and after SHTF, will you resurrect them?

Yes, I will be resurrecting them. I already have a long list of posts/articles that are on the calendar for resurrection. If I am remembering right I am thinking the calendar is already full into April. But, I will get on it and get those articles found and brought back to life. I am actually glad you brought them up. Lately I am seeing an uncomfortable trend developing. I am seeing some folks getting…well, kind of weird. And they are showing signs of being people that you would not want to associate with post-SHTF…or maybe not even during an emergency or disaster. I also mentioned sheepdogs vs. herding dogs in another question. I want to make sure I touch on that as well. I am noticing that a couple of men that I thought were sheepdogs are actually showing signs of being herding dogs. And that makes them very dangerous.

 

 

 

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