Check Points

*Survival tidbit

At least 1.5 million people in eastern Ukraine have fled their homes due to the armed conflict between Ukrainian government forces and separatist groups in the eastern Donbas regions.

Recent months have shown an alarming escalation of hostilities in the regions by pro-separatist rebels—who identify with their Russian roots and seek independence from the Ukraine—and Ukrainian forces fighting to keep the regions under government control.

The elderly and people around retirement age are particularly vulnerable in this conflict as they find themselves without a home, a pension and their families.

How are these survivors making it? What can we learn from their experience living in a war zone?

In times of civil war, guns can save you, but they can also get you killed.

Are you fighting along with one of the factions involved? If not, then make sure you’re not confused with one. If you just want to be left alone, then don’t openly carry a gun. Openly carrying a weapon means you are a fighter on either side of the conflict. If you’re not with either one, BOTH will consider you an armed enemy.

(As for a check point, maybe you can get your weapon across ahead of you to be reclaimed at a later time.)

At the end of the day a gun can save your life, but in a world of no easy black and white answers a gun can also cost you your life. Keep any weapons concealed, and be ready to ditch them, sell them or cache them depending on the situation you are involved in. Just going gun-ho is not the one and only answer to all problems.

I sure would like to be armed if I was in Argentina today. If there’s trouble, 1000 bucks will most likely buy any cop’s silence. At the same time, in the 70’s during the military Junta and state terrorism, going around armed in Argentina wasn’t a good idea if you wanted to avoid trouble. If you were caught and found to be armed, the security forces would immediately assume you were a leftist terrorist, and you would be tortured, executed or go “missing”. During these torture sessions, people who were not involved would often mention the names of innocent people, just to stop the tortures. Just being in the wrong phone list of a coworker or fellow student was enough for the security forces to pay you a visit.

Get a Glock 9mm and a rifle with a folding stock. As explained earlier, you want to be able to conceal your weapons (worry about legalities later). Eventually, you may have to leave behind you rifle and even your handgun. You sure won’t be boarding an evacuation plane or train with one.

Also note, NEVER get on board a suspected emergency plane, train or boat if you suspect it to be gov’t controlled. There are still missing people to this day from disasters around the plane-et; most were presumed dead due to the disaster, but cannot be proven. However, many planes that evacuated people to safety (i.e. Hurricane Katrina) were also never reported as being seen again so be aware of this- it’s not a theory!

What about going through check points? Is it worth getting killed or arrested? Or are you better off selling you gun to someone who is staying behind, grab a few extra hundred bucks just as you board a bus or train leaving the conflict area? You want a gun that is ubiquitous, that fires a common round and has a well-known reputation. Basically, you want a great weapon that works well for you, but you also want a weapon that is eventually easy to sell as well. Conflict or not, Glocks ,AKs and Ar-15’s are great staples.

You don’t know how many times I’ve seen reported rapes, robberies and muggings on the news and the, thank God surviving victims could have turned the outcome had they been armed. It’s a nasty evil world out there- not everyone likes the world, plants, or even your life. I believe in God to protect me, I do. But when I go out into the rain, I still get wet.

Don’t get me wrong, keep your guns if you can. It’s like rain aforementioned, an umbrella or shelter is great protection from the elements. That’s how I look at guns and knives. I’d rather have one and not need it, than need one and not have it. Be sure to read up on gun safety. So many people have been injured or dead because they don’t know how to use or keep a gun.

The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth,

Credit: Jonathan C.

Thanks Jonathan once again. Have a great weekend!!! To all !!!!!!!!!!!!!

BONUS INFO/VIDEO

Simple Trapping Sets – Basic Snaring

Snares of today are simply made with a length of cable and a one-way slide. To set a snare, first determine an animal’s routine path of travel. Once you’ve located the path, find a good location from which to hang your snare. Care must be taken to build your loop to accommodate the animal you want to catch, as well as placing the loop off the ground for the same purpose

 

 

What if the Lights Go Out?

*Survival tips

We must always look forward, but we must understand history so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past. I have seen too many instances where people continue to pursue wrong courses of action because they do not take the time to think critically about what has happened in the past.

The Dark Age is one of those moments in history we’re ashamed of. Still, there are valuable lessons to be learned from the Dark Ages which apply to survival and preparedness. The biggest one is defending your home.

With Rome in ruins, people in western and central Europe were constantly raided by peoples such as the Vikings in the north or Muslim Saracens in today’s Spain and southern Italy. They didn’t have anyone to defend them so they had to do it themselves (unless they were fortunate enough to live in castles, of course).

Probably the biggest lesson from the dark ages is that if your town or region is in ruins, it’s very unlikely that anyone will come to your rescue. Prepping is just that, taking matters into your own hands and not waiting for the Government or FEMA or local authorities to come help you.

During the Middle Ages, people under siege would bug out into the mountains where they were hard to spot and fight. They would burn down the crops because the enemy relied on finding food there and poison all the wells for the same reason.

These defensive strategies worked very well to weaken the enemy, even though peoples’ homes were left completely vulnerable. There’s an amazing lesson to be learned. When you see you’re unable to defend your home, it’s best to bug out than to die inside it. Mountain areas have always provided good cover not just from natural disasters but also from other people. I’m sure you can find a nice bug out location in the mountains, too.

What about bugging in? Was this ever an option in the Middle Ages? Only if you lived inside or near a castle, unfortunately. They were specifically made to withstand any kind of invasion and siege and allowed the entire population to live inside off the stockpiled food for months on end.

The structure of these castles was complex but they were well designed for defensive purposes. Some of the most interesting element was the keep, the best defended part of the castle where one could make a last stand (much like the safe room inside your house), as well as strategically placed towers which had arrow slits. Let’s not forget as well, the moat, which was a pit around the outside of the castle, filled with water, to make it more difficult for the attackers to climb the outer walls

Speaking of castles, life in court was also full of valuable lessons, the most important one being that you couldn’t trust anyone. Much like life post-collapse, OPSEC and COMSEC were highly important. The better you were at keeping your mouth shut, the more privileges awaited you, including money and land.

This will be similar with the WROL (without the rule of law) situations we might encounter should a total societal collapse happen. With no authorities or bad one in power, people will divide into factions. You’ll have to deal with both gangs of thugs, possibly foreign military, conservatives, democrats, republicans, and anyone else with a vision of what’s right or wrong- many just won’t have a mind for truth or what’s right and will be fighting for influence over certain areas, as well as with conflicts within your own survival group is possible.

Don’t think it can happen in your life time or your country? Stand by…………it’s coming!

Credit: Frank M.

*Thanks Frank!!!

ALSO GOOD READING:

5 Unexpected Survival Threats That May Totally Blindside You If SHTF (LINK)

 

Rocky Road Ice Cream

Rocky Road Ice Cream (Wiki-Link)

Think what you call your “good life” won’t end???

The Great Depression caused an economic collapse; however, many people did not starve during the Great Depression.

Perhaps a family chose to have a new pair of socks or shoes for their child in lieu of eating a big meal. Perhaps having a second portion was not necessary. Perhaps they were too proud to ask for help. Or perhaps they were a bit creative about their meal choices (eating only turnips instead of asking for help).

While times were tough, most people just made do with lesser quality foods, including selection of lower quality meats. Soups and stews made up most of the meals, because it could stretch the food budget. Casseroles stretched the budget, too. During the Great Depression, people changed their eating habits to help their budget.

Food production changed too; Cri-co was a less expensive option to butter. O-car M-yer Wieners replaced more costly sausages. Ma-well House S-nka coffee was an option to whole bean coffees. He-nz Ketchup was used as the base for a simple tomato soup. Underw-od Deviled Ham substituted fresh lunch meat. C-rnation evaporated milk replaced fresh milk. Ground acorns became a substitute for coffee; or people added chicory to extend the coffee supplies. Honey, molasses and corn sweeteners replaced sugar as sugar was at a premium, and later rationed by World War II.

Meals during the great depression included; Grandmas Great Depression Cake (no eggs, no butter, no milk), creamed chipped beef on toast or waffles, creamed chicken on biscuits, as a variation of chipped beef, hash (potatoes and corned beef or sliced hot dogs), and Depression soup: this was simply 1/3 cup ketchup 2/3 cup boiling water, molasses and cornbread.

Foods that debuted during Great Depression include; B-squick, Good H-mor ice cream bars, Kr-ft macaroni and cheese, Krispy Kr-me doughnuts, K-ol-Aid, Toll Ho-se chocolate chips, R-tz Crackers and Sp-m.

Did you know Rocky Road ice cream was “invented” during the Great Depression?

It was indeed a “Rocky Road” ahead when the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929 and started the Great Depression. Poverty hit the masses for a decade, but hit its peak in 1933 when around 40% of the nation’s farms were on the auction block. Since that time, people have been preparing for the next Great Depression.

Always Safe, Always Prepared
Are you prepared?

Frank M.

Awesome info Frank; Thanks!

Setting Up Camp With Just 5 Dollar Store Survival Items

http://urbansurvivalsite.com/setting-up-camp-with-just-5-dollar-store-survival-items/  (LINK)

Fix It!

*More Survival Ideas

For most people, purchasing enough food, water and supplies to get through a major disaster can be very difficult financially. The average person doesn’t have a lot of extra cash to put toward such a big investment. If you’re like most people, paying the bills and keeping a roof over your head is hard enough as it is.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to help save a little money to put toward your prepping needs and we’ll discuss some of those things here. Every dollar you can save on household utilities, the grocery bill and so on can be put into your prepping.

Be a MacGyver and become a fix-it guru. Before sending that broken appliance to the garbage heap and replacing it with something new, try to fix it yourself. There are many web sites (www.fixya.com, http://www.instructables.com) that offer lots of how-to’s for fixing everything from your laser printer to your espresso machine. In addition, you can find service manuals for many products on line at the manufacturer’s web site.

Another thing you can do is call the manufacturer’s customer service number. Often the company will guide you through troubleshooting steps or even send you free parts. I have found that this works especially well with plumbing issues.

Move fashion to the bottom of your priorities list. Choose function over fashion. This is difficult, I know. But think about the item you intend to purchase and how it is going to be used. A fancy, Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer may look great on your counter, but if you only cook the basics and bake only simple items, a $15 hand mixer may be all that you need. This same concept applies to lots of things: clothing, TVs, jewelry, you name it. Yes, this even applies to cars.

Do it yourself. Mow your own lawn, clean your own house, give yourself a manicure, wash your own dog. Now if you truly hate to do something, don’t do it if you can afford to hire it out. Or better yet, trade a chore you detest with a chore that someone else dislikes. You both get the job done without spending a dime.

Take advantage of freebies. Use public beaches, parks and trail systems for recreational activities. Use your public library. Go online and download geographically specific recreational guides and even preparedness manuals from your state and county web sites. None of these are technically free because your taxes have paid for them, but they are free in the sense you have no additional out of pocket costs.

Speaking of libraries, have you checked yours out lately? Most libraries now have a robust collection of eBooks, audio books, audio book players, music CDs, DVDs and more. If you don’t have a library with downloadable materials, there are many that will let you purchase an annual non-resident library card. You can do a web search or start here to find a library with a large collection of downloadable materials.

Get out of debt. This is obvious. Sure, you may have a mortgage payment and possibly a car payment. But credit card debt? I hope not, but, if you are saddled with credit card debt, come up with a one or two- year plan to pay them off then toss them in a drawer, never to see daylight again unless there is a dire emergency. The old mantra “use your credit card . . .it is the same as cash” simply does not work anymore. It never did.

Always Safe, Always Prepared

Credit: Frank M.

*Thanks Frank!