Tighten Things Up

During the Great Depression President Herbert Hoover declared, “Nobody is actually starving.”

It’s true sometimes people ate only turnips, others had only blackberries to eat, or apples, so they made pie, but people of the Great Depression did not starve as in underdeveloped countries. Generally, food was bountiful and people starved only for PRIDE or LACK OF CREATIVITY.

As survivalists, we must learn these important lessons. By ignoring the lessons from the past, we not only rob ourselves of the knowledge, we also dishonor those who fought so hard to survive it.

Even though food was ample, many people went hungry and as a result, began conserving and stockpiling food and money for times of uncertainty in the years following the Great Depression. Preppers today take comfort in stockpiling food, the way the people did just after the Great Depression, taking lessons from the past. Naturally, preppers create a deep larder of food.

This aspect of preparing for financial crisis is no different from other preparedness plans. The more food you have stored away today, the less dependent you will be during financial crisis when a loaf of bread could cost $100.  Not sure where to start? Develop your “magic grocery list” of the basics.

People of the Great Depression grew their own food. The exception being the dust bowl states (Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and parts of Texas) where growing was impossible. During this time, there was approximately 100,000,000 acres of land barren, which forced farm families to flee, (they were mostly from Oklahoma).

While today big farms and machines work the fields, back in the day a farmer fed an average of eight families with his crops. People got by also got by with food grown in their own gardens and they canned foods for the Winter. While the economy collapsed, the food on the farms were for the most part unaffected. People supported themselves by growing root vegetables, such as onions, garlic, and potatoes.

Many people of the Great Depression kept chickens or rabbits to supplement food from their gardens. A lucky few had cows or goats. Desperate people of the Great Depression got more creative with animal proteins, even to the point of eating pigeons.

In many rural areas, hunting was a way to put meat on the table during the Great Depression. An important lesson; however, is that each shell from a man’s rifle had to account for game (or a family might go hungry)! Coming up with shells was indeed a problem. Proximity was another factor to consider as gas and cars were not affordable for the masses.

Always Safe, Always Prepared

Credit: Frank M.

MEN HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD (Part 2)

…Continued from previous.

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN (LINK)

The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century.

The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century. The first of these was World War I, and much of our present predicament can be traced back to it. It was a war (the memory of which seems to be fading) when Europe, bursting with health and abundance, fell into a rage of self-mutilation which could not but sap its strength for a century or more, and perhaps forever.

The only possible explanation for this war is a mental eclipse among the leaders of Europe due to their lost awareness of a Supreme Power above them. Only a godless embitterment could have moved ostensibly Christian states to employ poison gas, a weapon so obviously beyond the limits of humanity.

The same kind of defect, the flaw of a consciousness lacking all divine dimension, was manifested after World War II when the West yielded to the satanic temptation of the “nuclear umbrella.” It was equivalent to saying: Let’s cast off worries, let’s free the younger generation from their duties and obligations, let’s make no effort to defend ourselves, to say nothing of defending others-let’s stop our ears to the groans emanating from the East, and let us live instead in the pursuit of happiness.

If danger should threaten us, we shall be protected by the nuclear bomb; if not, then let the world burn in Hell for all we care. The pitifully helpless state to which the contemporary West has sunk is in large measure due to this fatal error: the belief that the defense of peace depends not on stout hearts and steadfast men, but solely on the nuclear bomb…

Today’ s world has reached a stage which, if it had been described to preceding centuries, would have called forth the cry: “This is the Apocalypse!”

Yet we have grown used to this kind of world; we even feel at home in it.

Dostoevsky warned that “great events could come upon us and catch us intellectually unprepared.” This is precisely what has happened. And he predicted that “the world will be saved only after it has been possessed by the demon of evil.” Whether it really will be saved we shall have to wait and see: this will depend on our conscience, on our spiritual lucidity, on our individual and combined efforts in the face of catastrophic circumstances. But it has already come to pass that the demon of evil, like a whirlwind, triumphantly circles all five continents of the earth…

By the time of the Revolution, faith had virtually disappeared in Russian educated circles; and amongst the uneducated, its health was threatened.

In its past, Russia did know a time when the social ideal was not fame, or riches, or material success, but a pious way of life. Russia was then steeped in an Orthodox Christianity which remained true to the Church of the first centuries. The Orthodoxy of that time knew how to safeguard its people under the yoke of a foreign occupation that lasted more than two centuries, while at the same time fending off iniquitous blows from the swords of Western crusaders.

During those centuries the Orthodox faith in our country became part of the very pattern of thought and the personality of our people, the forms of daily life, the work calendar, the priorities in every undertaking, the organization of the week and of the year. Faith was the shaping and unifying force of the nation.

But in the 17th century Russian Orthodoxy was gravely weakened by an internal schism. In the 18th, the country was shaken by Peter’s forcibly imposed transformations, which favored the economy, the state, and the military at the expense of the religious spirit and national life.

And along with this lopsided Petrine enlightenment, Russia felt the first whiff of secularism; its subtle poisons permeated the educated classes in the course of the 19th century and opened the path to Marxism. By the time of the Revolution, faith had virtually disappeared in Russian educated circles; and amongst the uneducated, its health was threatened…………….’

*More from Alexander later

 

MEN HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD (Part 1)

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN (LINK)

There comes a time in life….NOW, that you wonder if anyone out there ever had any morals. Recent days and particularly the night before last inspired me to post this now. I believe people have forgotten God; you’d think that they would feel , well, a little lost, maybe misguided and just maybe, a little repentant at the things, people, ideas that they’ve supported- being disgustingly sinful and perverse.

It turns my stomach to hear about people who encourage and support alternative lifestyles that God disproves of. However, when we read Roman chpt. 1 we can see that it’s the Lord’s work, judgment upon these “alternative” people. Nothing really you can do about these reprobates except stand in righteousness and supporting right living, and encouraging those around us to always remember God and the morals He instills in us. I hope these next several post will do just that.” –Moraldiplomat

‘As a survivor of the Communist Holocaust I am horrified to witness how my beloved America, my adopted country, is gradually being transformed into a secularist and atheistic utopia, where communist ideals are glorified and promoted, while Judeo-Christian values and morality are ridiculed and increasingly eradicated from the public and social consciousness of our nation.

Under the decades-long assault and militant radicalism of many so-called “liberal” and “progressive” elites, God has been progressively erased from our public and educational institutions, to be replaced with all manner of delusion, perversion, corruption, violence, decadence, and insanity.

It is no coincidence that as Marxist ideologies and secularist principles engulf the culture and pervert mainstream thinking, individual freedoms and liberties are rapidly disappearing. As a consequence, Americans feel increasingly more powerless and subjugated by some of the most radical and hypocritical, least democratic, and characterless individuals our society has ever produced.

Those of us who have experienced and witnesses first-hand the atrocities and terror of communism understand fully why such evil takes root, how it grows and deceives, and the kind of hell it will ultimately unleash on the innocent and the faithful. Godlessness is always the first step towards tyranny and oppression!

Nobel laureate, Orthodox Christian author, and Russian dissident, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in his “Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag” address, given when he received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983, explained how the Russian revolution and the communist takeover were facilitated by an atheistic mentality an a long process of secularization which alienated the people from God and traditional Christian morality and beliefs. He rightly concluded: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.” ‘

The text of his Templeton Address is provided below. The parallels with the current state of the world and moral decay in American society are striking and frightening. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear!

The Templeton Address
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

‘More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

What is more, the events of the Russian Revolution can only be understood now, at the end of the century, against the background of what has since occurred in the rest of the world. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.“——————

When we aspire to quote others worthy of being quoted, we often treat them as such, like any other well spoken, “making sense” kind of person. But no others stand out in the quote arena more than people who are believers in God, lovers of people, defenders of morality and heartfelt desires of freedom.

People like that are willing to endure all, sacrifice much, entertain ridicule and name calling (haters) even to the point of losing one’s own life for it….That person above many deserve to be heard in spite of their silence from grave. It’s for this man’s integrity and his sincere dignity that I present ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN a well known writer and man of God- if you’re new to his name and work; may you find a newfound friend in this ghosts of patriots and freedom fighters past, yours.

I believe his story and words are worth hearing/reading because his story is our story, now more than ever.

More from Alexander later!” –Moraldiplomat

Dear Fellow Americans

When you hear and see the reports coming from Venezuela, it’s absolutely heartbreaking.

What was once a prosperous, thriving and secure nation more than a decade ago, has now turned into a socialist, 3rd-world nightmare. All because of big-government, left-wing policies that included higher social spending, taxes, and money printing.

This has led to professionals such as doctors leaving the country in droves… widespread starvation, violence and civil unrest…. as well as shortages of food and necessities, such as food and toilet paper.

Just like almost every other socialist government, it promised a workers’ paradise on earth… but instead, delivered the earthly version of hell.

Here in the US, we’re seeing eerily similar events to Venezuela: Protests and rallies where left-wing groups such as Antifa attack peaceful, conservative folks who exercise their First Amendment right to free speech.

Inflation is rampant in real estate, higher education and health care… putting a big financial squeeze on the American middle class.

The obama administration nearly doubled our national debt, now set to break $20 trillion this year, and over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Simple math tells you there’s no way these debts will be paid off.

History shows us – just like it is in Venezuela – that governments try and debase the currency to pay off the debt with cheaper dollars. But it destroys wealth and purchasing power of average citizens, and leaves a trail of financial tears in its wake.

Unfortunately, the US is no different, although President Trump seems to be trying to reverse the damage that obama did from eight years in office. But given the size of these debts, it may already be too late despite his best efforts.

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Sadly, the United States is playing a similar tune to other nations throughout history. The smartest thing to do is hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

Will this happen one day soon in the USA??

Watch video below and you decide…could it happen similar?

Warning! Graphic and violent material/content; child guidance is suggested.

Also in the news!!!!

Breaking News: China Attacks India-The Implications Are Staggering (link)

HEY FOLKS, TIME IS SHORT….MIGHT BE SHORTER THAN WE THINK. ARE YOU PHYSICALLY READY? ARE YOU SPIRITUALLY READY? IF NOT, GET READY….IT JUST GETS WORSE FROM HERE!

Losing Our Way

Survival tidbit

*Ya know, we always think things will be ok, that we will never see hard times, or lack…there’s always a Wally World near you, they will eventually stock it back up, and all our stuff is made in China, we have agreements and deals; they won’t stop shipping their good to us???? Really….? Time will tell.

‘Preparing to survive after a major disaster is so much more than stockpiling supplies. If we ever face an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenario, we’re going to need much more than supplies if we want to rebuild society. We’re going to need skills.

Farming, blacksmithing, woodworking… These types of skills were fairly commonplace in the 1800’s. But today only a tiny percentage of people know how to do these things. It’s those people who will lead the way after society collapses.

If you want to be a true survivalist, then you need to be the type of person who could go back in time to the pioneer days and get along just fine.

Butchering is something you will have to learn one way or another. You need to know how to properly cut and hang an animal so you don’t contaminate the meat. There is an art to the process of butchering an animal you have taken from the wild.

Herbal medicine will help you take care of yourself and your family members in a world without drug stores. That’s why you should learn how to identify medicinal plants that are found in the wild and how to use them to cure your ailments.

Blacksmithing is a trade that is extremely outdated, but it will come back when large manufacturing companies are no longer around. Iron and steel will need to be forged the old-fashioned way. And because it involves extreme heat, you will need to know what you are doing.

Horse care could become a necessary skill if horses come back into fashion due to a lack of fuel for vehicles. Few people know how to ride horses, which was the main method of transportation up until 100 years ago. Learning how to ride a horse and care for one will be critical to your survival.

Hunting is extremely regulated today, but when it’s the only way to put food on the table, you better know how to do it. It requires some skill and knowledge of animal tracking and how they move. You also need to know the best times to go hunting and where to shoot an animal to kill it with one shot without contaminating the meat.

Shoe making isn’t something anybody thinks about anymore, but when their shoes are worn out and they can’t buy new ones, they’ll be thinking about it a lot. You’ll want to learn how to cut soles and use leather to cover your feet. Shoes will be an absolute necessity to protect your feet when you’re outside.

Woodworking used to be a common hobby up until 50 or 60 years ago. Unfortunately, technology has pushed out skills that were more hands on. Woodworking will be vital for making beds, dressers, cabinets, and anything else made of wood. It isn’t technically one of the most necessary skills, but it will be a valuable trade once things settle down a bit.

Of course, these are just a few of the skills our ancestors had.

For example, many pioneers also knew how to make beer, cheese, knives, and even large structures like grain mills, root cellars, and smoke houses.

Can you think of any other survival skills our ancestors had that our society has forgotten?’

Remember, we’re all in this together, let’s get some knowledge and help each other- it’s going to be rough in years/months ahead.

Credit: Derek P.

Thanks Derek!!!

2 Tim 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

Magic Bracelet

*”When I first started to read this, I thought oh no, not another self-help guru-type write-up. Subsequently, I would not post anything like this, but….well, I like this idea so much, I’m actually going to do it. Join me! Gota get fitted for my rubber band; my magic braceletLOL!” –Moraldiplomat

 

‘A simple strategy for personal growth and success!

‘We live in a world of abundance.’ This short sentence is the opening statement of a lesson in the first SMI (Success Motivation International.) program I ever did. The words clearly state that there is so much of everything out there just waiting for you to realize that everyone can have more than you currently have, without taking anything away from anyone else.

In fact the more that you get the more you are able to share with the people that are important to you, as I have often said in my Success workshops. ‘I defy you to become more successful, without positively affecting the lives of others around you.’

What is it that stops you from achieving the success and recognition that you all truly deserve? Well experience tells us that your conditioning to date is what holds you back; conditioning is so powerful and so ingrained that it controls all the things you do.

How then can you overcome the negative conditioning that is holding you back? The simple answer is of course to set a GOAL for what you want, in order to change what you don’t want.

Whilst this is true, many of you need more help to make the necessary changes in your defeating habits, that have been formed by the way you talk to yourself.

You need a Magic Bracelet!

It’s easy to get and it’s easy to use and it works. Simply get an elastic band and begin wearing it on your wrist, no one else needs to see it. Wear it constantly 24 hours a day, for as long as it takes, usually around 90 days, although you may see significant changes well before the 90 days is up, it’s got a lot of work to do, so persevere.

If it breaks simply replace it.

Here’s how it works.

Every time you catch yourself saying or thinking a non-useful thought, or every time you notice a habit that doesn’t help you, snap the elastic band. Yes I know it hurts, that’s the idea it’s supposed to hurt. The pain sends a message to your subconscious mind that you are keen to change this negative idea for something much more positive. So simply say the positive opposite of what made you ‘SNAP’ the band and the new positive thought message will gradually get lodged into your mind thus creating more positive results.

This simple inexpensive magic bracelet will gradually change what you don’t want for what you do want, you will begin to enjoy more of the abundance that is here to share, and your life will improve as a direct result of your wonderful mind and your magic bracelet.’

Credit: Brian L.

Thanks Brian

 

Xanax And Ice Cream (Poem)

I have to give credit where credit is due. I woke up one recent morning thinking about something my sister Jami said. She mentioned Xanax and ice cream in the same sentence. I’d never heard the two used in conjunction with each other. Thought about it all day. Later, going to bed, I woke up around three A.M. with that thought of Xanax and ice cream in my head; in the dark I grabbed my flashlight, a notebook and pen and started to write. The following is what came out.

Yeah, it’s mystical, cryptic…I’m not even sure what it means to me, but as poems often do, they mean something different to different people. Yeah, the poem has a meaning to be implied, but probably only to me. However, I hope you can find another meaningful meaning behind the veil of this epigram.” –Moraldiplomat

Xanax And Ice Cream

‘My poet today, a shroud over the journey;
the answer behind a veil……this is my tale.

An unusual event exists, while I eat my Xanax and ice cream.

A daughter’s wish, a father’s kiss.
Where there’s madness there’s sadness.
I’m waiting intently munching on Xanax and ice cream.

Altered looks, awkward styles;
I’m killing my flesh, just for a while…….
must be the Xanax and ice cream.

A burley man in the sand, taken by charm;
but goes to work doing no harm.
I’m in a vase, sound the alarm- I’m the team!
I didn’t bring my Xanax and ice cream.

Mother goose is on the loose, happy she is as well.
We stood watching, took a dip in hell;
the water is fine with my Xanax and ice cream.

Pinocchio’s on her strings, I’m made but with no wings.
Halloween in the 4th, I need to be normal;
one day I can fly, if I could just have what seems, that tasty semblance of Xanax and ice cream.

Borrowed memories from the past, no they don’t last;
but they will with Xanax and ice cream.

Dismal days fill the gaps, stress no more.
My time has come; as for the rest of us, it’s Xanax and ice cream.

Up ahead in the distance I see the finish line, I can almost scream! I know what awaits….it’s my Xanax and ice cream.’

Moraldiplomat