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Thursday, 22 September

01:20

Kratom, Natural Pain Reliever, Lost to FDA Actions Doom and Bloom (TM)

One of the questions we’re often asked is what to do about chronic pain and drug addiction if some disaster occurs that knocks you off the grid, maybe for good. Certainly, pharmaceuticals would cease to be manufactured and whatever pain med you use or opiate drug you may be addicted to will become, very likely, unavailable, leaving you or members of your group high and dry. In these circumstances, you have to look toward natural sources of compounds that could help;

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00:49

THE SKILLS THAT WILL REALLY MATTER AFTER SHTF Bio Prepper

A big economic crash, government failure, or other widespread society melt down is definitely coming. In the middle of this catastrophe, money in the bank, gold in your home, or collector’s antiques aren’t going to matter too much.

THE SKILLS THAT WILL REALLY MATTER AFTER SHTF

What is going to matter are skills. What goods or services can you provide that will be useful for others? During and after an economic meltdown, survival will be the challenge. The basics of food, shelter and clothing are obvious. Other skills will be extremely useful to travel, commerce, and aggressive defense.

The concept of private barter and alternative economies has been so far removed from our daily existence here in America that the very idea of participating in commerce without the use of dollars seems almost outlandish to many people. People sometimes forget that the smallest and most convenient storage space is in their own heads. If you find yourself in the midst of a disaster and you need to either build or fix something, having the necessary knowledge and skills in your mind instead of in a book will hugely benefit your ability to survive.

There’s no way of telling quite how different life after a major disaster or serious collapse of society could be, but humans are remarkably resilient, so life would certainly go on.

One thing is certain, though: in the aftermath of a widespread disaster or the collapse of civil society as we know it, you’ll want to have useful skills and items that you can barter or trade with. Once society collapses, bartering will become a business, a black market business if you will, likely run by criminal elements. Individuals will have items they can barter with, but in most cases, a person would not be able to afford to part with the items they do have. Anyone not prepared will have nothing to barter with, so looters will be active as well as desperate.

Looters and other criminals will steal so they can then use the stolen items, or just to barter with for other goods. Real trading will be based On ‘long term’ items. Seeds, not food. Arrows, not ammo. Tools, not filters. See, once the ‘short duration expendables’ are consumed, you won’t be re-supplying, you’ll be making your own or doing without. From turning your own arrow shafts, to cutting arrowheads from old license plates; from building filtration weirs to filter water, to needing copper tubing to make ‘wood-fired-water-heaters’. Knowledge and durable supplies (axes, hammers, spoke shaves, saw blades, etc.) will be the real money.

He who has stocked dozens of saw blades will be king. He who sits on a case of toilet paper will be sad he didn’t learn how to replace it with what they used 200 years ago, instead (FYI, toilet paper is only about a 100-year old concept – ask yourself, what did they use before that, and get a real clue – because THAT is VERY valuable in the long term!)

So, forget stocking for that 2-week event, it’s not that difficult. The hard part is stocking for the total paradigm shift, that few remember how to do much of. You won’t be making your own saw blades anytime soon. Now, ask yourself, what else will you NOT be making, that you need to learn how to make, or replace with older technology, before you need it (or need to trade it).

THE SKILLS THAT WILL REALLY MATTER AFTER SHTF

Organic Gardening and Seed Saving:

Skills involving food production will be the...

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Wednesday, 21 September

23:59

10 Must Have Barter Skills For a Collapsed Economy: “Increase Your Ability To Survive” Bio Prepper

This article was written by Anna Hunt and originally published at Offgrid Outpost.com.

Barter Skills

Editor’s Comment: Sometimes it is astounding to think how vulnerable and prone to collapse society has become. In many ways, there is every chance that civilization could have become vibrant and largely self-sustaining. But that isn’t the direction that the larger system took at all. Instead, it chose a disposable economy, with planned obsolescence and extreme dependence.

Individuals, however, can still make that choice. It is possible to enjoy the fruits of modern life, while preparing your family for survival conditions that could strip society down to the bare basics. If you invest in your own pipeline to food, water, fuel, knowledge of nature, DIY skills and the like, you can become highly immune to unstable market conditions and the collapse of civilization.

10 Must Have Barter Skills to Survive in a Collapsed Economy

by Anna Hunt

Most people living in the United States and many other industrialized countries consider bartering as an antiquated method for exchanging goods and services. We have all become very accustomed to fiat currency, credits cards and digital transactions, so bartering just seems strange. But it wasn’t so long ago that bartering was commonly used and worked very effectively.

If a major disaster or economic collapse immobilizes the existing banking system, ATMs will run out of cash very quickly, and your credit cards may stop working. Communities will definitely go on, but the way society functions may be quite different. People who have useful skills and items with which they can barter or trade are likely to benefit, perhaps even thrive.

Below are some ideas of which valuable skills to develop to increase your ability to survive and have something to trade if you find yourself in a barter-friendly world. Being able to share your skills and knowledge with other people also carries a high barter value.

1. Growing Food

Knowing how to grow your own food is essential for survival. In case of a short-term disaster, a few buckets of emergency storable food may be sufficient, but if you find yourself in a situation where food is limited over a longer term, knowing how to garden is a must.

The best way to start gardening is to begin with small projects, like an indoor herb garden, a few containers or a couple raised beds. You may be surprised just how many low-cost resources are available to help you along the way. Some of my favorites have been Easy Container Gardening and...

23:35

A Cashless Society and the Implication for Preppers TheSurvivalistBlog.net RSS Feed

by Joe I. (aka village idiot)

For the past few years, the US Government has been trying, through fits and starts, to implement a policy whereby all its payments are made electronically into bank accounts or onto electronic debit cards. The Government recently announced that Social Security payments would all be either electronic entries in bank accounts or EBTcards by sometime in 2013. Payments to retirees are already electronic entries for the most part, and VA checks and other governmental payments will follow suit.

All these actions have supposedly taken place in an effort to save...

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23:34

Who Are The “Deplorables” And Why Do They Refused To Be Trampled Upon? SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Right to Left - Tyranny and Liberty

This article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at his Alt-Market.com site.

Editor’s Comment: More than anything, it seems that the system would love for the malcontents to either disappear altogether, or latch onto one of the existing platforms for ‘hope and change,’ even though the system is attempting to control all the inputs and outputs, and dictate the future.

The so-called deplorables are typically nothing more than freedom-loving individuals who refuse to submit to their own enslavement, and are not even remotely satisfied by the typical offering in the way of candidates and policies of control.

The “Deplorables” – Who We Are And What We Want

by Brandon Smith

In numerous articles over the past several years I have made observations on a rule of life that I strictly adhere to: that all social conflicts can be boiled down to the reality of two opposing groups — those people who want to control the lives of others, and those people who simply want to be left alone.  You can read more about my philosophy on this in an article I published in 2014 titled ‘Why Is Independence So Frightening To Some People?’

The mainstream media and establishment institutions focused on propaganda will tell you that there are hundreds or thousands of dangerous cultural enclaves and ideologies out there that you should fear.  They will tell tales of rage and suspicion between the rich and the poor, haves and have-nots, whites and blacks, gays and straights, academics and working class, believers and atheists, Muslims and Christians, Republicans and Democrats, Eastern nations and Western nations, etc.  The establishment relies on these divisions as a rationale for the homogenization of cultures — they argue that if we erase borders, religion and sovereignty while enforcing multiculturalism and wealth redistribution, then these groups will have no reason to fight anymore and a Utopian fever orgy will be our inevitable reward.  Yes, it sounds quite magical.

That said, I don’t hold any claims against any of these groups per se, as long as they respect my inherent and individual freedoms.  If they are determined to impose their ideology on me through force, that is another matter entirely.

This is the only paradigm that actually matters in the end.  All other paradigms are a means for the powers that be to pit the masses against each other.  When you look at the world in this way, it is easier to let go of all the “sacred cows” and learned biases that blind us to the truth.

I don’t affiliate with Republicans, but I am happy to support a Republican that proves he or she has no interest in dictating my principles or my future.  Same with a Democrat. Same with any black or white or brown person. Same with any gay or straight person.  I really don’t care; stay out of my way and I’ll stay out of yours. Get in my way, however, and I will step on you.  If you’re bigger than me, I’ll dislocate your kneecaps and then step on you.  There is no despot so big that they are immune to the heel of a strategically placed boot.

This, I would say, is a defining principle behind those of us who make up the so-called “alt-right;” the people Hillary Clinton recently referred to as “the deplorables.” When describing this subculture of “miscreants” I often use the title of the “liberty movement.” We are defined and unified by our desire for a society based on the integral lo...

23:30

SURVIVAL – How To Survive Modern Survival Blog

To survive under difficult or threatening circumstances requires good instincts and the right knowledge and actions working together for success. Here are some survival tips to consider:   The following tips come from the US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76 (October 1970)   Size Up the Situation Size Up the Situation, Surroundings, your Physical Condition, […]

23:26

September 21, 2016 Miscellany News Brief TheSurvivalistBlog.net RSS Feed

1.) You Have 3-4 Weeks-to-Prepare- No Food, Gold, Guns, Water? You Will Not Survive: If Clinton cannot win, the globalists will crash the economy. For all intents and purposes, the economy has already crashed, only the crumbs are falling to earth.

2.) Sharia In Sheep’s Clothing – Public being indoctrinated into accepting Islamic culture: The masses are slowly being indoctrinated to accept the tyranny of Islam even when it doesn’t align with their own politically correct brainwashing.

3.) China facing full-blown banking crisis, world’s top financial watchdog warns: China has...

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18:55

Are New Parenting Trends Enabling Children and Keeping them Dependent? Ready Nutrition

I grew up in the late 80s and I was obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club books. My best friend and I started a booming neighborhood business based on this popular young adult series. We each took care of different kids after school, on weekends, and even late nights while neighborhood parents went out to dinner or a movie. We got great reviews from everyone, and we made a lot of money, too.  The most “unusual” part? We were 11 years old.

Nobody batted an eye back in 1990 when my friend and I started our business. Besides taking care of other people’s kids, I used to stay home from the age of 9 when my parents worked out at a local health club. I also remember sitting in the car while my mom ran errands from about the age of 6. I used to spend long summer days wandering my suburban neighborhood with the directive to “be home before dinner.” I was a responsible and confident kid—I had common sense and wasn’t afraid to ask for directions or to talk to adults. I felt like I was a part of my community and my parents trusted me to make smart decisions. But in the last decade or so, the concept of “no child left alone” (check out this book by the same title) has become not only the social norm, but a legal one in the United States. There are many reasons for this, but a recent study is shedding light on why these attitudes have changed in recent years.

An alarmist media may be one likely cause.

While a child abduction by a stranger occurs just .00007 per cent of the time (or one in a 1.4 million chance annually) news coverage of these highly improbable and unlikely situations is shown on a massive loop and given a disproportionate amount of air time, amping up parents’ and children’s fears alike. Even if you are not influenced by media coverage, the completely sound choice to leave your 11, 12, or 13-year old child alone at a local park or even in a well-ventilated car on a mild day, can still get you arrested. In fact, the fears the media purports spreads to judges, police officers, and juries as well. I absolutely do not feel comfortable letting my kids play alone outside in a public place, even for short periods of time. This has nothing to do with a fear of abduction or with the fact that I don’t trust them to make sound decisions—it has everything to do with a fear of legal ramifications.

There are major repercussions for never letting our children out of our sight.

Childhood obesity rates are soaring because kids must remain indoors unless they are closely supervised by adults. Screentime has replaced sending your kids out to play and an overall “failure to launch” can be seen in college students (see the book How to Raise an Adult for shocking examples of college freshmen behaving like babies). Meanwhile, the number of young adults living at home beyond age 30 is growing every year.

One simple way to remedy this is to start raising your children to be more self-reliant. Simply allowing them to figure out issues for themselves and not intervening is a great way to put them on the road to being more reliant on themselve...

16:09

Notes for Wednesday – September 21, 2016 SurvivalBlog.com

On this day in 1780, during the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold met with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was … Continue reading

16:09

Making Your Home a Castle Hidden in Plain Sight, by B.T. SurvivalBlog.com

Many people do not seek professional advice about home security, because there are many do-it-yourself resources available. This, coupled with a handful of common sense, can get you a long way in home fortification. Let’s talk about how to get these upgrades to work together in a synergistic manner that … Continue reading

16:08

Three Letters Re: Paper Maps SurvivalBlog.com

Hugh / Jim, In reference to the short article on road maps, I offer two things: Folding paper maps are still available at AAA, free to members or to customers through their travel agency. (Ask a friend or family member to pick a few up for you.) Regarding the Gazetteers, … Continue reading

16:07

Economics and Investing: SurvivalBlog.com

Janet Yellen’s “Footnote 8” – The Negative Rate ‘Smoking Gun’ That Everyone Missed – B.B. o o o US federal debt expanding at fastest rate since the crisis o o o How Big An Impact Will A Rate Hike Have On Oil Prices? Oil prices could be facing a significant … Continue reading

16:06

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week: SurvivalBlog.com

Books Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today’s Global Depression by Addison Wiggin and Bill Bonner The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James H. Kunstler Movies Zero Dark Thirty Gravity Instructional Video: ‪Patriots – Surviving the Coming Collapse … Continue reading

16:05

Odds ‘n Sods: SurvivalBlog.com

Life During Wartime – P.S. (Note: Requires a login or subscription, but is well worth the read.) o o o California’s Air Resources Board wants to regulate animal methane emissions, even though it admits there is no known method for achieving the type of reduction sought by SB 1383. D.W. … Continue reading

16:05

Hugh’s Quote of the Day: SurvivalBlog.com

“I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution.” – Harry Browne

13:40

The spread of superbugs that are resistant to all known drug treatments. Australian Survival and Preppers..


Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise, and in the future, many infectious diseases will once again be untreatable, forcing more people into poverty and costing nations dearly, a World Bank-led study warned.

12:43

Blades & Gun Update. A Woodsrunner's Diary

A subscriber to my video channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMSZJETfj3GnoyONuvCQ?view_as=public) said they would like a closer look at my knife, so I decided it was easier for me to post images of the blades & guns I carry here on my blog so it is there for future reference.



My .62 caliber/20 gauge flintlock fusil. 42 inch smoothbore barrel with a steel ramrod.

My .70 caliber smoothbore flintlock pistol.

My axe/tomahawk.

Hunting knife.

Legging knife.

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09:31

“Premature Obituary”: HuffPo Explains Why Hillary Lost… 48 Days Before Election SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

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This article was written by Tyler Durden and originally published at Zero Hedge.

Editor’s Comment: The list is very clever. Just the way they will shrug it off and cast blame and everyone for not loving Hillary. In reality, we are in the midst of a constitutional crisis, where the power of money, elite power, the corporate media spin meisters have combined to allow a dynastic candidate to nearly just “assume” the White House as if it were a title handed down.

This is going on despite the fact that the country clearly does not like, approve, support or endorse. Though the little people have held their nose to vote for dozens of “lesser evils” over the past half century, this the end of the line. America has been undermined, and for once, everyone can sense it without the need for an official proclamation. The American people no longer have a taste for the ‘tastes like chicken’ candidates from the Bush and Clinton stalls, not to mention from the two party regulars in general.

This election is a repudiation. Jeb! suffered embarrassment in the primaries as Donald Trump tossed him around like a rag doll and exposed his weak underbelly. But Bush III’s defeat won’t be half as embarrassing as Hillary’s. Any way you slice it, her people miss calculated. Likely she insisted, not caring about appearances. Hillary is trying to gain the presidency despite an obvious trail of corruption. Now, even power-hungry Hillary has to be looking for a graceful way to exit.

“Why Hillary Lost” – HuffPo Publishes Stunning “Premature Obit” For Hillary Campaign

by Tyler Durden

If Hillary ends up losing in November, The Huffington Post admits that “journalists” in the mainstream media will not be able to bear the thought that it was in any way her fault.  The years of endless scandals from Whitewater, through Travelgate, “sniper fire” in Bosnia, Benghazi, deleted emails, pay-for-play at the Clinton Foundation, etc. couldn’t possibly be to blame.  And certainly, Hillary’s “medical episode couldn’t be the reason that voters turned on her, right?  Lets just ignore this pesky little tracking poll from the LA Times.

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So, for the fearful mainstream media that is losing sleep over how they’re going to explain a Hillary loss, despite their best efforts to protect her, the Huffington Post offers up the following 9 scapegoats:

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08:26

Impact? Asteroid With Destructive “Power of 3 Billion Nukes” Narrowly Misses Earth SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

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This is the power, hurtling from space, that could wipe us out like the dinosaurs. Or so they say.

It could be a close call, with the potential to collide with Earth. Still, it’s an incredibly minute chance.

Asteroids and meteors regularly pass by the planet, and not infrequently there are episodic peltings from space rock that hit random areas across the globe. Sometimes people are killed, and buildings are destroyed.

But the next one headed this way will be brushing by pretty closely, and could bring with it the power of billions of atomic bombs, enough reign down destruction across the planet.

via AOL News:

Experts are saying a huge meteor is rocketing close to Earth with the power of THREE BILLION ATOMIC BOMBS, AHHHHHH.

China’s Purple Mountain Laboratory discovered the massive asteroid using Asia’s largest telescope, determining the meteor was passing our planet with a range of 18.8 times the distance between the Earth and the moon — aka, WAY too close for comfort.

[…]

But scientists are keeping a close eye on 2009ES as just a minor change in its flight path could have catastrophic consequences for the human race, due to its sheer mass.

But what about the chances of a truly ‘deep impact’ that could destroy all life on earth?

Well, of course, the chances are very, very slim. But how many times can we dodge a bullet simply due to improbability?

These things could happen. Let us hope they do not.

Both the Pentagon and Russia’s defense have been working on asteroid and meteor destruction system, including plans to shoot down incoming space rocks, as well as a plan to capture asteroids in a giant orbiting catch basket. That, and whatever else they cooked up from late night viewings of Hollywood disaster films.

But scientists are actually not just hoping to avert disaster; they have set a goal to capture one, and actually find the devastating prospect of an asteroid headed for earth somewhat attractive.

Researchers are strategizing about how to ‘capture’ an asteroid or meteor and force it into orbit – in order to study, explore and exploit it. Naturally, they could then take advantage of any resources it could offer (including near-Earth living space for some future colony project).

Via Wikipedia:

NASA has proposed the Asteroid Redirect Mission (or Asteroid Initiative), an unmanned robotic mission, to “retriev...

07:11

Hydref fest gives visitors glimpse of 18th century life A Woodsrunner's Diary

Hydref fest gives visitors glimpse of 18th century life

Andy and Bob Karnavas, blacksmiths, at the Hydref festival in 2015 at the Depreciation Lands Museum in Hampton.





06:28

Lessons That Could Save Your Life in a Terror Event Doom and Bloom (TM)

I’ve written quite a bit lately about shooting and terror events, but recent events highlight the fact that gun violence isn’t the only way that a terrorist can fulfill their mission of making casualties out of decent citizens. Clearly, bombings, stabbings, or shootings can occur literally anytime and anywhere in the U.S.: at churches, clubs, holiday parties, schools, the mall, at 2 in the morning or in the middle of the day. They’re part of what I call the “New

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03:45

Inbred Two Party System Unites To Hold Onto Power: Elder Bush “Endorses Daughter-in-Law Hillary” SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Hillary Clinton and George H.W. Bush

This article was written by Melissa Dykes and originally published at The Daily Sheeple.

Editor’s Comment: If ever the two party system reared its ugly headed, and allowed itself to be seen in full view, this is it. Donald Trump is the man so reviled, that Republican presidents are voting for legacy insider Democrats.

Of course, it is no surprise, as the Bushes have long regarded Bill Clinton as a surrogate son, and Hillary as an in-law and partner in crime. American politics is inbred like that, and the power spoils. Here we are at the crossroads of a quarter century of decline at the hands of these two families, and they are now teaming up openly in desperate plea for the nation to keep them on as the ruling dynasty.

Will 2016 symbolize their fading grasp on power, or will it merely be masked in new ways?

Keeping It All in the Family: George H. W. Bush Just Endorsed “Daughter-in-Law” Hillary Clinton

by Melissa Dykes

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In case you hadn’t heard, George H. W. Bush just announced he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, supposedly in an “unprecedented” snub of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

However, that’s just a BS excuse. Considering how close knit the Bushes and Clintons are (they’ve been ruling us for over 30 years now as America’s unofficial dynasty families after all), this really shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Bill loves H. W.; he has also referred to George W. as his “brother from another mother”.

For many, the fact that Hillary is being officially endorsed by George H. W. Bush is not a surprise, but it is yet another reason they will be voting for Donald Trump.

02:30

Your Move: Putin’s Party Just Won Re-Election, And Now He’s “Reviving the KGB” SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

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Putin’s official photo from his KGB days.

OK, we all know the KGB never really “went away.”

But now it is coming back out of the closet in style.

Russia just held its national elections, and the results are solid for Putin and his Russia United party.

His mandate has been reaffirmed. There are two years or so remaining, officially, in his third term, and a fourth is possible.

The notorious agency in which Vladimir Putin started his path to power is now in the process of being revived under his presidency, at a time when warfare is reaching new threshold of sophistication and specificity. Media and communications, as well as electronic warfare now plays a pivotal role, and modern Russia has spent a fortune to be on the cutting edge. The cyber and information war that the Pentagon has initiated formally in the age of Obama, was pioneered by Putin and his comrades in the Cold War spying days in East Germany.

Today, Putin sits as the ranking senior figure among intelligence community-statesmen, and is planning a major overhaul of his national security structure that will restore KGB powers to the fullest level. One never leaves the KGB, after all.

According to the London Telegraph:

Russia plans effectively to revive the KGB under a massive shake-up of its security forces, a respected business daily has reported.

A State Security Ministry, or MGB, would be created from the current Federal Security Service (FSB) , and would incorporate the foreign intelligence service (SVR) and the state guard service (FSO), under the plans. It would be handed all-encompassing powers once possessed by the KGB, the Kommersant newspaper said, citing security service sources.

Like the much-feared KGB, it would also oversee the prosecutions of Kremlin critics, a task currently undertaken by the Investigative Committee, headed by Alexander Bastrykin, a former university classmate of President Putin. The Kremlin has not commented.

The MGB is expected to be in operation before the 2018 presidential elections, which could see Mr Putin secure a fourth term of office that would keep him in power until 2024.

Mr Putin served as a KGB officer in Soviet-era East Germany, and is also thought to have been responsible for keeping tabs on dissidents in his hometown of Leningrad, now St Petersburg. He headed the FSB from July 1998 to August 1999, before becoming prime minister,

On the global front, Putin has been pushed to the brink by NATO & co and repeatedly antagonized.

The provocations keep on coming, and Russia has responded in kind, with a massive build up in Ukraine, and new rules to the game in Syria where the U.S. and Russia are nominally allies but clearly at odds. Things are coming to a head.

There is no way of knowing when we will reach the point of no turning back, but the question of “if” seems all but settled.

What is certain is that Putin has become a very serious leader. And he is bringing about some very serious developments in world affairs.

In response, the U.S. leadership has been anything but serious – yet completely...

Tuesday, 20 September

23:34

“Full Blown Banking Crisis”: World’s Most Powerful Bank Signals Imminent Meltdown in China SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Bank of International Settlements, Image source: Wikipedia

Bank of International Settlements, Image source: Wikipedia

This article was written by Michael Snyder and originally published at his Economic Collapse blog.

Editor’s Comment: The long and short of it is that an unprecedented and historic line of credit was issued in order to stabilize and fuel recovery; but now the price on all that debt is coming due, but coming short. As the musical chairs play out, many people are left out in the rain, and huge sums of money are totaling over the edge into the abyss.

What is happening in China will not be contained. If the footprint of global investment isn’t wrecked by exposure by Western markets, then the pattern will soon draw us into the black hole. Tick, tick, tick. Are you ready for what comes after?

The Bank For International Settlements Warns That A Major Debt Meltdown In China Is Imminent

by Michael Snyder

The pinnacle of the global financial system is warning that conditions are right for a “full-blown banking crisis” in China.  Since the last financial crisis, there has been a credit boom in China that is really unprecedented in world history.  At this point the total value of all outstanding loans in China has hit a grand total of more than 28 trillion dollars.  That is essentially equivalent to the commercial banking systems of the United States and Japan combined.  While it is true that government debt is under control in China, corporate debt is now 171 percent of GDP, and it is only a matter of time before that debt bubble horribly bursts.  The situation in China has already grown so dire that the Bank for International Settlements is sounding the alarm

A key gauge of credit vulnerability is now three times over the danger threshold and has continued to deteriorate, despite pledges by Chinese premier Li Keqiang to wean the economy off debt-driven growth before it is too late.

The Bank for International Settlements warned in its quarterly report that China’s “credit to GDP gap” has reached 30.1, the highest to date and in a different league altogether from any other major country tracked by the institution. It is also significantly higher than the scores in East Asia’s speculative boom on 1997 or in the US subprime bubble before the Lehman crisis.

Studies of earlier banking crises around the world over the last sixty years suggest that any score above ten requires careful monitoring.

If you are not familiar with the Bank for International Settlements, just think of it as the capstone of the worldwide financial pyramid.  It wields enormous global power, and yet it is accountable to nobody.  The following is a summary of how the Bank for International Settlements works that comes from one of my previous articles entitled “...

22:50

5 Steps To Buy Boots That Fit Modern Survival Blog

Ever wonder how to buy boots with a good fit? Whether you’re buying boots for hiking, on the job, or working around the home, it is important to know how to find the best fit. Here are five simple ways to know that your boots fit right…   A proper fit is when the boot […]

19:24

Protect Your Vehicle From an EMP with this Simple Strategy Ready Nutrition

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ReadyNutrition Readers, there have been a tremendous number of world happenings that has placed all of us in a precarious situation.  The past several months have seen successive tests of missiles, with a nuclear test as well (Friday 9/9/16) by North Korea.  Iran and North Korea have been exchanging missile technology, supplemented by the Russians with technical advisors and materials.  China, too, has been developing their SLBM (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile) weaponry at a breakneck pace.

The military doctrine of both North Korea and Iran call for a first-strike against the continental United States using an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) generating warhead.  I wish to pen the caveat that I have been stating in my articles repeatedly for quite some time, now, hoping they will be taken into consideration:

A war would be kicked off with an EMP weapon detonated over the Continental United States, then a nuclear exchange, resulting in a World War.

That being said, there are numerous sites available for study of EMP effects as well as the nuclear threat capabilities of the countries previously mentioned.  Read the briefings of Dr. Peter V. Pry who heads the committee to assess the threat of EMP against the United States.  His writings and testimony before sessions of Congress between 2006 to 2009 are readily available and downloadable from the internet.  He also expounds on the fact that he is certain that North Korea has the capabilities of miniaturizing a warhead to deliver an EMP, and they have already done so.

I recently submitted a piece to SHTFplan.com that details the effects of an EMP on vehicles, as well as some sites to research.  In the interim, what can we do to reduce those effects?  One of the things is a grounding wire, a simple term that we can “complicate” further by expounding on measures (shoebox, field-expedient measures) that you can do…and that I have already done for myself…to give your vehicle a better chance against an EMP.

Micro Circuitry and Computer Chips in Vehicles Will be Problematic in an EMP

Firstly, the majority of the testing done by the government and private companies conclude that most vehicles will be unaffected by the EMP.  I wrote “most,” and the thing that it doesn’t take into consideration is the amount of complex micro circuitry and computer chips that exist in most cars after 1990.  The engine of the vehicle may remain intact; however, computer ignition systems and sensitive microcircuits that control a great deal of a vehicle’s internal functions could be fried instantaneously.  If the engine is fine, but it won’t start because the chip in the ignition is fried, well, the result would answer the question.

One of the possible solutions would be the grounding wire.  For decades all the way up to the present day, 18-wheelers have all utilized grounding wires attached to their frames both to protect from lightning strike and from static electrical discharge when they are delivering flammable cargoes such as fuel to filling stations or heating oil to homes.  It is this principle that you too can follow after, along with a grounding chain, to help protect your vehicle from the EMP.

How to Attach Grounding Wire to Your Vehicle

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Hits and Misses: Lessons Learned After Six Years of Prepping

Lessons Learned After 6 Years of Prepping | Backdoor Survival

As someone who has been prepping for six years, I have learned a lot along the way. During these six years, my survival skills, food and water storage, and general knowledge have grown exponentially to the point where I have grown comfortable, if not complacent, with my preps.

Alas, the world has changed a lot since 2010. Things I prepared for on day one are now far less important in the big scheme of things than the things I prepare for today.  Things I prepare for today are more far-reaching than issues associated with geographic isolation, the next big earthquake, or a regional food shortage.  What I now prepare for is a Venezuela-type economic melt-down, or a Cyprus-like seizure of bank assets and depositor bail-in.  I also prepare for an extended power outage lasting a year or longer.

Lessons Learned After 6 Years of Prepping | Backdoor Survival

There is something else. I am older and I am tired.  I do not have the energy I did when I first started to prep, and I want to enjoy life more. I also have had a couple of health related issues to gave me pause for concern.  Finally, for six years, much of my free time has been spent learning skills and searching out tools that will come in handy if forced into survival mode.  It has been a rewarding, but exhausting and oft-times expensive experience.

So what happens next?

It makes no matter whether you have been prepping for a year or for six years.  Everyone who...

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Notes for Tuesday – September 20, 2016 SurvivalBlog.com

Today, we present another entry for Round 66 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded … Continue reading

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Continuity Plan, by E.M. SurvivalBlog.com

I guess I have always been a survivalist. As a small child during the Cuban Missile Crisis, I remember bugging out from our house near a SAC bomber base in Florida to a piece of land my dad owned about 70 miles away. I was awakened in the middle of … Continue reading

16:06

Three Letters Re: Road Maps SurvivalBlog.com

Dear Jim, As a very long time ebayer, I know the site quite well. In response to where to purchase old U.S. road maps (and indeed other countries), currently there are almost 3000 maps on ebay. Some are so old that some of the newer big interstates are not on … Continue reading

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News From The American Redoubt: SurvivalBlog.com

Refuge Manager Changes Testimony On Witness Stand o o o Wyoming radio personality killed in Montana motorcycle crash o o o (Idaho) Mail Mishap: Caldwell couple mailed hundreds of letters by clerical error o o o Bear attacks bow hunter in Teton County

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Economics and Investing: SurvivalBlog.com

Stormy Seas Ahead For Shippers Following Hanjin’s Bankruptcy – J.S. o o o Debt meltdown in China o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive Video David Stockman interview: “Fast Money” Interview On CNBC——A New Sheriff In Washington Could Mean A Panic … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods: SurvivalBlog.com

By way of LewRockwell.com, Reader H.L. sent in this link to an excellent video detailing why a neurological disease like Parkinson’s is most likely what is wrong with Hillary and why she shouldn’t be running for President. o o o The U. S. Constitution: The Ultimate Endangered Species – B.B. … Continue reading

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day: SurvivalBlog.com

“It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law … that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts.” – H. L. Mencken

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Pipeline Leak Plunges Deep South Into Emergency: Long Lines and “Panic Gasoline Buying” SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

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This article was written by Tyler Durden and originally published at Zero Hedge.

Editor’s Comment: This is how quickly things can unravel. The Colonial Pipeline leak has barely made the news, and yet much of the entire Deep South is facing shortages at the pump, long lines, price gouging and limited amounts through rationing. Although officials expect things to return to normal within a few days, the population is already facing pressure as a result of this issue.

Just imagine if the problem had been bigger or more widespread. Society carries on each day with the illusion of permanence and stability, but the true is that it is so vulnerable, that all it takes is one flash crisis, and things devolve within a matter of hours. Worse, there is no way of predicting what kind of crisis will/could hit your area. All we can do is be as prepared as possible for all major contingencies, and made do on that basis for anything else that may fall outside of that range.

“Panic Gasoline Buying” In Southeast Leads To “Massive Lines”, Gas Shortages, Price Gouging

by Tyler Durden

As reported over the weekend, the Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to New York, began leaking on September 9, spilling 250,000 gallons of gasoline, or 6,000 barrels. The pipeline was built in 1962, and the current leak in Helena, Alabama, is the largest one Colonial Pipeline has experienced in 20 years.

As a result, various states in the Southeast, including Alabama, Tennessee, & Georgia declared states of emergency ahead of what could be substantial gas shortages, with North Carolina and Virginia joining earlier today.

For the Nashville area, however, this escalation achieved the opposite effect of the intended outcome: as the Tennessian reports, in the “panic-driven” rush to Nashville area gas stations to load up in advance of what would be higher prices if not outright shortages, motorists scrambled to load up, leading some stations to run out of gas while others reported long lines.

Ironically, the leaking Colonial Pipeline doesn’t even regularly supply Tennessee, said Emily Leroy, executive director of the Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association. However, that did not matter to local residents  And, Leroy adds, “Panic buying is the worst thing that can happen under any circumstance.”

According to the paper, Nashville experienced similar panic in September 2008 after Hurricane Ike hit Texas. Officials estimated then that abo...

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As Terror Attacks Hit Home, U.S. Caught “Bombing Syria to Aid ISIS” SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

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Terrorism has again gripped the homeland, and there is circular causality in all of it.

Are we so distracted by what happens with the right hand, that we cannot see what the left hand is doing?

The nation is in a state of shock after one of the largest terror attacks ever conducted on American soil.

The bombing in Chelsea, and another bomb that was found but didn’t go off, once again brings terrorism to the fore in America, and just ahead of the elections.

Officers in New Jersey have now apprehended that man they claim carried out the bombing attacks. Ahmad Khan Rahami was reportedly sighted sleeping on the steps of the bar, prompting officers to wake him identify him as the wanted man with a beard. But a shootout and chase ensued from that point.

According to the NY Times:

The man believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was taken into custody on Monday after he was wounded in a gunfight with the police, according to law enforcement officials.

The dramatic episode on a rain-soaked street in Linden, N.J., came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents in the area telling them to be on the lookout for Mr. Rahami, 28, who was described as “armed and dangerous.”

All sides are preparing the political and security response to these seemingly random and unpredictable attacks. There may be no end in sight. America is forced to live under a cloud of terror.

But overseas, it is a different story.

There, U.S. action has been blamed for supporting terrorism.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

In the larger Syrian conflict, the United States has been accused of firing on Syrian forces in Deir al-Zour to support the advance of the al Nusra front.

The U.S. admits the bombing took place, but claims it was a mistake. However, it is adding further strain between the Americans and Russians.

As Brandon Turbeville wrote:

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05:20

10 Must Have Skills For a Collapsed Economy: “Increase Your Ability To Survive” SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

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This article was written by Anna Hunt and originally published at Offgrid Outpost.com.

Editor’s Comment: Sometimes it is astounding to think how vulnerable and prone to collapse society has become. In many ways, there is every chance that civilization could have become vibrant and largely self-sustaining. But that isn’t the direction that the larger system took at all. Instead, it chose a disposable economy, with planned obsolescence and extreme dependence.

Individuals, however, can still make that choice. It is possible to enjoy the fruits of modern life, while preparing your family for survival conditions that could strip society down to the bare basics. If you invest in your own pipeline to food, water, fuel, knowledge of nature, DIY skills and the like, you can become highly immune to unstable market conditions and the collapse of civilization.

10 Must Have Barter Skills to Survive in a Collapsed Economy

by Anna Hunt

Most people living in the United States and many other industrialized countries consider bartering as an antiquated method for exchanging goods and services. We have all become very accustomed to fiat currency, credits cards and digital transactions, so bartering just seems strange. But it wasn’t so long ago that bartering was commonly used and worked very effectively.

If a major disaster or economic collapse immobilizes the existing banking system, ATMs will run out of cash very quickly, and your credit cards may stop working. Communities will definitely go on, but the way society functions may be quite different. People who have useful skills and items with which they can barter or trade are likely to benefit, perhaps even thrive.

Below are some ideas of which valuable skills to develop to increase your ability to survive and have something to trade if you find yourself in a barter-friendly world. Being able to share your skills and knowledge with other people also carries a high barter value.

1. Growing Food

Knowing how to grow your own food is essential for survival. In case of a short-term disaster, a few buckets of emergency storable food may be sufficient, but if you find yourself in a situation where food is limited over a longer term, knowing how to garden is a must.

The best way to start gardening is to begin with small projects, like an indoor herb garden, a few containers or a couple raised beds. You may be surprised just how many low-cost resources are available to help you along the way. Some of my favorites have been Easy Container Gardening and Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide.

Just get your feet wet and start learning. Over time, your garden will expand as does your skill-set, and you may become interested in learning other gardening skills, such as building a low-cost greenhouse or permaculture design, which will make your knowledge even more trade worthy.

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This Is Hilarious: Man Shouts “Hillary For Prison” And Clinton Responds With “Let’s Make It Happen!” SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

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You’d think we’re making up the follow incident involving Hillary Clinton, but luckily, just like her recent medical emergency, it was all caught on video.

Paul Joseph Watson explains:

Hillary Clinton was caught in an embarrassing moment when someone at her rally yelled “Hillary for prison!”, to which the presidential candidate responded, “Let’s make it happen!”

The cringeworthy moment was captured on film.

Given her now notorious propensity for being constantly “confused,” Hillary probably thought the man was saying “Hillary for president!,” but nothing could be further from the truth.

And the video:

Via Youtube:

Yes, America, let’s make it happen!

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