Mindset, focus, and tunnel vision

One of the things that commonly happens to people is they become inundated with news, viewpoints and other media. They become inundated to the extent that either A: They “overprep” or B: They give up. Folks, when you’re prepping, have a plan. Don’t take too big of a bite, even though you see how much you have to do. Don’t become overwhelmed by everything. Take your time, and do it right. Mindset for preppers is critical, and it’s part of the prep lifestyle. We need to realize how the body and mind react to stress, and how those reactions figure … Continue reading

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Fun financial stuff (yah, that's gallows humor)

Even though it’s not mentioned much in the news any more, bank failures are still happening. As we mentioned in the podcast, the FDIC maintains a bank watch list, to help identify banks that are in danger of failing. Unfortunately, that’s not for public distribution – reason being of course, if you find out that your bank is on a failure watch list, you’ll immediately pull your funds out, and we can’t have that now, can we? (Do you ever get the feeling that the FDIC isn’t really into helping out the customers of the banks, but the banks themselves?) … Continue reading

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Starting Your Preparedness Plan, Part II

Hopefully, everyone has a good start on their preparedness plans, and are now ready to expand on it.  Expanding on it in the areas that we’re going to be talking about will provide more capability to your preparations, which gives you a better chance of surviving. Remember, these are only some of the highlights of what you should have.  See the Preparedness Capability Checklist for more. Alternate energy Have extra batteries for all of the battery operated survival gear. But alkaline batteries eventually die, so you can expand your capability by using rechargeable batteries, like NiMH, and a way to … Continue reading

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Date Your Consumables

When making your preparedness plan, if you don’t know how long something will last, it’s difficult to know how much to store. What I’ve found that works well for me is to take a marker and write the date on the package when I open it. Then, when that item is used up, I can look at the date and know how long it lasted me.  I write these durations in a log and refer to it when I’m trying to plan on how much to store for a certain period of time. Recheck these dates periodically to keep on … Continue reading

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So there's this thing called the Baltic Dry Index…

Yeah, I know, you’re thinking this is going to be pretty dry. In some ways, it is. In other ways it’s quite disturbing, and be ready for a sinking feeling, or that neat feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you know something really bad is coming your way.. So…Baltic Dry Index. BDI. Whattheheck izzat? It’s a number. Issued by a commodities exchange in London, the Baltic Exchange. So what’s the number mean, why is it done, and why is it important? Well sit down right here kids, and let Greg edumacate you on it. A long … Continue reading

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Common Daily Tasks

Update: This list talked about on Episode 123 – Back To Basics – Commonly Overlooked Preparedness Tasks When creating your preparedness plan, it often helps to have a list of the things that you do everyday, so that you can plan to keep doing those same things even if you can’t make it to the store.  Before I created the Preparedness Capability Checklist, I made a bunch of lists that allowed me to get a better handle on what I was trying to accomplish. Even though we now have the checklist, I think it’s still important to look at what it is … Continue reading

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Take four minutes to look at this video….

Spoiler: If you’re like me, graphs and graphics help in making an impression. You want to know, somewhat at least, what’s happened so far, and where the trend is going? Watch…. -Greg

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Don't you just love countdowns?

Well folks, only a few days to go now until the President-Elect becomes the President. As usual there’s plenty of talk about what’s going to happen, and plenty of talk as to what Executive Orders are going to come down the pike when Obama gets seated.  Many of the orders that will be written will be dealing with neutering decisions made by the last president, and some of the orders will have huge and immediate impacts. Environment, energy, personal rights are some that are on the list.  Specifics are very hard to find, so I guess it’ll be a wait … Continue reading

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$25,000,000,000 Loaf of Bread

That’s Twenty-Five BILLION dollars for one loaf of bread. That’s what hyperinflation looks like.  To buy two loaves of bread in Zimbabwe, right now, you would need a $50 Billion Note. Zimbabwe’s central bank will introduce a $50 billion note — enough to buy just two loaves of bread — as a way of fighting cash shortages amid spiraling inflation. When the government issued a $10 billion note just three weeks ago, it bought 20 loaves of bread. That note now can purchase less than half of one loaf. Folks, with the Federal Government printing and spending Trillions of dollars in … Continue reading

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News Stories with Preparedness Aspects

Today, Friday January 9th, 2009, was a fairly busy day in terms of news stories that pertain to preparedness.  Here are some of what I’ve found today: Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months – A new study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm. Damage to power grids and other communications systems could be catastrophic, the scientists conclude, with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation. Amazing solar-powered fridge – the concept isn’t new, but rather an adaptation on something we’ve known for a long time. In any … Continue reading

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