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Let me preface this by giving the usual legal bullshit disclaimer. I am not a doctor, I don’t even play one on T.V.. This IS NOT medical advice and shouldn’t be taken as such. Talk to your doctor before doing anything. There, that should cover my ass.

Psychopathic Poison Pill Popping Pissed off Preppers, it’s probably my scariest SHTF scenario. Nothing scares me more than a prepper on antidepressants. Why? Simple. When the shit hits the fan and they run out of their pills you’ll wish for brain eating zombies. I know I’m going to be stepping on some toes here. Dammit, pull your feet in when I walk by! I have friends that are taking antidepressants. I’ve been on one. That doesn’t change my opinion on them. Let me set this scenario up for you.

Preppers are known to be well armed, not only with guns but knives and knowledge. Hell, I am one, I should know. Not only are they well armed with these but they usually practice regularly (or at least they should) and are quite proficient with them. Enter the SSRI….

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The top 10 side effects WHILE ON SSRIs include Suicidal Thoughts, Depression & Anxiety and the effects are acute, meaning they come on hard and fast. I thought these pills were suppose to prevent these things???  But what’s really scary is what happens when you get off of them cold turkey.

It’s been said 1 in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication; among women in their 40s and 50s, the figure is one in four.. That’s fucking scary. And here’s why…

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At the request of a fellow prepper I decided to put this post and video together.

Some things I forgot to mention in the following video…

  • EchoLink – This is a program where Ham repeaters are wired into the internet. This is obviously only going to work if the grid and the internet are working but if you mask your IP, use proxies, VPNs, TOR, etc… you’re location will be fairly secure. This program only works with a valid call sign issued by the FCC. You can also use this on a laptop and (illegal activity warning) jack into the outside phone technician box on a random house to get your access, hell, everyone has high speed internet now a days… OR, use someones free WiFi like the public library or McDonald’s. The options are literally limitless if the grid is still up. They also have smartphone apps but as I said in the video, USE A BURNER PHONE and DO NOT link up any accounts on that phone or BINGO you’re busted!
  • FLDIGI – I mention it in the video but here is the link DOWNLOAD ME HERE.
  • National prepper frequenciesDON’T USE THEM!!! You can bet your ass these frequencies will, as well as already are, being monitored by the bad guys. OPSEC, OPSEC, OPSEC!!! These plague frequencies are as follows:
    80 Meters – 3.818 MHz LSB
    (TAPRN Net: Sundays at 9 PM ET)
    40 Meters – 7.242 MHz LSB
    40 Meters Morse Code / Digital – 7.073 MHz USB
    20 Meters – 14.242 MHz USB
    20 Meters Morse Code / Digital – 14.073 MHz USB
    2 Meters – 146.420 MHz FM
    440 (70 cm) – 446.420 MHz FM
    FRS/GMRS – Channel 4 (462.6375 MHz)
    CB – Channel 4 (27.005 MHz)
    MURS – Channel 4 (154.570 MHz)
    Stay the hell away from and avoid these like you would the plague.
  • Receive Only. If all you want to do is gather as much information as you can then just get receivers. A good, digital police scanner and a good, side-band capable shortwave receiver with continuous frequency coverage are all you will need.

This video was 100% off the cuff so I’m sure I said something inaccurate. If you have any questions or comments don’t be afraid to ask.

Always, always, always do your own research. I can’t stress that enough. I AM NOT A RADIO GOD!!! I am just another average extra class ham radio operator that happens to also be a prepper wanting to share my knowledge with the community. There are so many things you need to know, this is just a primer. For instance, proper grounding of equipment, antennas, etc… is not only critical to keep your expensive equipment safe from lightning but also diminishes noise in the signal and allows for clearer communications. It’s a whole other world to learn about.

I’ve included some pictures of my setup for reference. You can click them to zoom.

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It’s long been known by dictators and tyrants that if you want to control a people you need only starve them out. If you can control the food supply, you have near total control of the nation. I believe whole heartedly that the government and corporations alike are working overtime to tighten their grip on our food supply. Not a week goes by when you don’t hear about crop failures and food shortages. Some of this is legitimate, some is not and I’d dare say most is manufactured. Let me just list a few of the ways I believe they are doing this.

Codex Alimentarius. This is the UN’s plan to basically destroy all organic food and nutritional supplements. It’s too detailed to get into in this short little post so I challenge you to learn about it. Here’s a link to a quick info sheet. What do they want? Money, Power and GMOs.

GMOs. These are not only killing people they are taking over and converting non-GMO crops to GMO crops. Monsanto, the same people who developed Agent Orange, engineer your food. What’s worse is its getting to the point you have to use their seeds because of…

Chemtrails. Geoengineering through chemtrails is proven and admitted. Dropping aluminum, barium and strontium into the atmosphere to reflect the sun and cool the planet to combat glo-bull warming is the purported goal but some of us realize the true agenda. Problem is non-hybrid heirloom seeds won’t grow when inundated with aluminum, barium and strontium but GMO seeds that are tolerant to these are gladly sold by Monsanto.

Ethanol. Just imagine how much more food there would be if we’d stop using out farmland to grow a totally useless gasoline additive. There would be NO food shortages.

Haarp….and others like it are 100% capable of pushing the jet-stream around and heating up the ionosphere creating a whole slew of strange weather events, even earthquakes in diverse places. I’m sure this is why the entire country’s weather is totally screwed up this year.

Propaganda. Just telling us there is a shortage when there isn’t to raise prices, cause a run on the supermarkets and create an artificial scarcity is probably the most used and most successful tactic employed today. Never, Never, Never trust the government or their propaganda arm the main stream media. Never believe the official story.

Solutions. So as a prepper the solutions should be common sense. You can’t save the world but you can save your family and perhaps your neighborhood depending on it’s size and if you can influence them beforehand. Below is a short list of how you can avoid the government controlling you by controlling and growing and stockpiling your own food supply. Now, I’m going budget minded here because, well, 99% of Americans like yourself can’t just go out and dump 10 grand on long term food storage…

Copy canning. This is so simple. When shopping if you normally buy 1 can of beans then buy 2 and put the second in storage. Thus concept can be used for all nonperishable items, even TP. Just watch the mice with stockpiling TP.

Long term food storage. Not many people can dump a few grand on a 1 year+ food supply. However, most can buy an MRE a week or a Mountain House packet a week, etc… Eventually you’ll have that 1 year supply.

5+ gallons of rice and beans. This is a quick and cheep way to build up a good sized supply of storable food. 5 gallon Home Depot bucket (which just happens to be food grade) + Mylar bags off eBay + oxygen absorbers from the same + WHITE rice or beans from the store. All in all its very cheap and will last for a long time. I say white rice because brown rice spoils quicker. I know, sounds racist doesn’t it… Oh well.

Gardening. Even if you live in an apartment you can do some gardening. Containers in Windows. Sprouting. Edible potted plants, etc… However it’d be best to have a real garden. Learn complementary gardening techniques to save space and if you have tons of space plant a food forest. Also plant fruit and nut trees if you can. Replace ornamental bushes, shrubs, flowers, etc with ornamentals that are edible and remember to NOT chemically treat your lawn because those dandelions and clovers are also edible among other things.

Livestock. The people who can do this one will vary. Where I live I’m not allowed any form of livestock. A couple things to consider though. In lots of places if you name your animals they are now considered pets and you can keep them. Also animals like rabbits can be “indoor livestock” that nobody needs to know about if you keep your mouth shut. Also quail can be raised in a garage very covertly.

Hunting & Fishing. Without a reliable food supply you’re going to want to hunt. Anything from squirrels to moose and everything in between. Then there’s fishing. Usually this nets (pun intended) more success but in smaller quantities. A good mixture of both would be preferred. Depending on your climate hunting in the winter and fishing in the spring to fall is primarily the best way to go. In a SHTF scenario ain’t nobody going to care if you have a license.

Canning. If you have a garden you’re going to have a hard time keeping it all from spoiling if you don’t have unlimited refrigerator space. Plus if the grid is down and it’s summer good luck there. Canning is an awesome way to preserve your veggies or even the meat from game you’ve bagged.

Dehydrating. Also a very good method of preservation. I prefer this method for making jerky out of game meat but it can be used for so much more. You don’t need electricity for this either. A dehydrator can be made very simply without the use of the grid.

Foraging. This is a skill all preppers should know and regularly practice. Know what grows in your area and what and how you can consume it. However don’t just get the knowledge, develop the wisdom and practice preparing and eating it. I’ll use acorns as an example. Acorns are everywhere up here. My first attempt at eating them a few years back went OK but not stellar. I had researched how to prepare them so I knew you had to boil off the tannin. However I didn’t do enough water changes. I then roasted them and ended up throwing a days worth of work away because they were just too damn bitter to eat. Do this now while hospitals are still readily available just in case you misidentify something. Word of advice, stay away from the Nightlock Katniss.

Notice I never brought up freezing or refrigeration for preservation. I did this because first of all space is very limited and second because electricity will be very unreliable to nonexistent when the Shummer hits the fan.

Take some advice from Hank and be a survivor who can’t be starved out.

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My new carry pistol! That’s how much I think of this firearm. BTW pictures are NOT of my pistol. You don’t need my serial number lol.

I recently acquired a brand new Springfield Armory XDM 4.5″ 9mm Pistol, and let me tell you, this is one nice firearm!

There are two types of pistol owners out there. The Glock snobs and everyone else. To the Glock snobs there is nothing better than a Glock. To the rest of us, we know better. I’m of the latter group. Personally I don’t like Glocks. They don’t fit well in my hand. They don’t present well when raised, at least for me and they are just plain ugly as sin. Do they work? Of course, and they work well, nobody can deny that but there are other pistols that are just as good and even better for the same price, and even cheaper. The XDM line of pistols fit that category to a T. To a Glock snob that statement is heresy.

First of all you get everything you need in one place. All except for ammunition that is. The package includes the pistol (obviously), 3 magazines (19 round capacity), kydex holsters for the pistol AND the mags, a speed loader, three different sized back straps, and a really nice case for it all along with all the other accouterments every other brand new firearm comes with. Something that you get that’s not typical is a bore brush on a wire rod. This is a very nice touch. The speed loader has a weaver rail mount on it so you can mount it on your weapons rail OR the mag holster, which has 2 weaver rails on either side also. Here you can mount a laser or light when not on the gun (when holstered for instance). Even the carrying case has weaver rails!

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Many preppers, especially those with the means invest in previous metals. Gold for the well off, Silver for the average and Copper for the less fortunate (that’s most of us nowadays). These, undoubtedly are a good hedge against inflation and copper shows all the signs of becoming the new silver with its scarcity and multitude of industrial uses. Depending on the scenario these may be a good investment when the dollar tanks (which is inevitable) and a new world currency is issued but I urge extreme caution for many reasons, a few of which I will briefly discuss and offer my solution at the end.

1. Storage and security. Precious metals need to be stored somewhere safe, strong and very very private. You and your spouse if you have one should be the ONLY ones that know where they are. In previous collapses around the world people have had their ring fingers cut off by looters for the gold.

2. You make yourself a big target. If you start bartering with silver or gold you WILL get noticed and you WILL attract a lot of attention. Basically you put a huge target on your back. You will be followed, stalked and looted if you aren’t prepared, perhaps even if you are. As I said in the last point, fingers have been cut off for rings, what do you think they’ll do for an ounce of more?

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They’re called BURNERS. Google it! Watch my video but here are the basics:

  1. Always Pay Cash. Never use a credit card and Never give out your information.
  2. Buy the simplest phone you can find. Preferably a flip phone with no internet or camera. I realize these are really hard to find.
  3. Leave battery out when not in use & charge battery only in vehicle in a non-critical location.
  4. When in use make sure you are not at a critical location.
  5. Never use names or other personal information over phone or text messages.
  6. Never give out the burners number to anybody except critical team members… eg. family or key people in your prepper group.
  7. The person on the other end MUST also have a burner phone.
  8. Never slip up, NOT EVEN ONCE. If you do you need to chuck the burner and get another one.

Following these steps should ensure 95% or more privacy but keep in mind if you’re a target of the NSAs they have voiceprint software that can identify you with just a few words and then you’ll be linked to that burner. So text messaging is the better choice.

Also keep in mind this only works if the system is up. If the grid goes down your S.O.O.L.

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I’m quite embarrassed to say I never thought of this. Excellent read!
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In an EMP attack, or a major power grid failure, GPS systems would be out of service along with cell phones and other electronic communication systems.  So all you rely on today for getting from one place to another will be rendered useless and all you’ll have left is your knowledge and your skills.

That is if you have them, because not a lot of us have ever been put in a situation where they had to get from A to B using the underground sewage system. Or even a map or a road atlas.

That’s why it would be to your advantage to know how to navigate using these older, tried and true methods. It’s never to late to start learning and practicing your skills, so I won’t drag this on anymore and get to the point.

Read the whole article here: http://www.survivopedia.com/underground-city-navigation/

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For a while now I’ve had a post brewing in my head that I’m going to title “Preppers in the Bible” but until I write that here is an excellent post on how prepping is 100% biblical. So for now show this to your fellow Christian friends when they mock you for prepping, or worse yet, call you a wicked sinner for thinking Christ won’t protect you (even though that’s not what your think)…

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This is one question that drives me absolutely crazy. Decent, well meaning people who I believe are truly devout Christians think being prepared is strange. Some of these folks actually believe prepping to be a sin. REALLY!?!?!?!!! 

Even if you are not a person of faith, hang in there for this post. We will be discussing common excuses Christians use for not being prepared, their rational behind these excuses and yes, what the Bible teaches us about preparedness. 

Reasons Christians Don’t Prepare

Christians have all of the usual excuses to not be prepared, no time, no need, no money, and no space are very common. In addition to all of the excuses that you could hear everyone give, Christians have a few excuses that they believe are religious based. In fact some of these reasons are even looked at as being holy.

God will protect me.
God will provide for me.
I am sure the church has a disaster plan.
Being a prepper means you are living in fear.
Being a prepper means you don’t trust in God.
God won’t let things get too bad.

We as Christians tend to grab one scripture and build our lives around it. There are churches and even denominations that  are founded on a small section of the Scripture. All Christians have been guilty of this at least a time or two. We are going to look at each of these excuses. I am going to list the scripture that the belief in based on and will also provide the counter point.

Read the whole detailed article here: http://theruraleconomist.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-christian-prepper.html?m=1

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Ok guys, I’m not here to say I have a perfect marriage because I’d be lying through my teeth. What I’m here to say is that your marriage is part of preparedness also. What good is being able to survive the apocalypse if your fighting with or don’t get along with your spouce?

A memorable quote from the movie Fireproof “But Caleb, man, I’ve seen you run into a burning building to save people you don’t even know. But you’re gonna let your own marriage just burn to the ground.” – Let that sink in.

This podcast and blog are a great place to start. These two (Tony and Alisa) are about as brutally honest and open and uncencored as they get. Check them out. Subscribe. Listen, etc…

Check the blog here: http://www.oneextraordinarymarriage.com/category/blog

And, Listen Now to the ONE Extraordinary Marriage Show. The #1 Marriage Podcast on iTunes.

Source: Podcast Archives – ONE Extraordinary Marriage

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It seems that with each passing day more and more signs arise that put things into a disturbing perspective: modern society is getting closer and closer to the edge and is soon to fall to its demise. The cause and nature of the imminent disaster make very little difference. The important aspect is to overcome it, to be able to fight the adversity with everything we have and make it out alive. So whether you’re fighting invaders, natural disasters or even zombies, you’ll need to be prepared. The first order of business in this case is to prep yourself up with the kind of food and nutriments that will and can last you for as long as possible. So start stacking your shelves with the right sort of food; the sort that provide enough energy and nutriments to keep you safe and healthy, but at the same time is easy to store and will last next to forever (without special refrigeration methods). Let’s have a look at what your best options are for a SHTF, end-of-days type of scenario.

Ready to eat meals (over 5 years of shelf-life)

Read the rest here: 7 Nutritious Foods That Can Last Forever | Self-Sufficiency

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