With financial stress at an all-time high, it’s good to know that there are plenty of ways to prepare that cost zero dollars. For example…
- Take care of your health. Both exercise (walking, calisthenics, etc) and the food you eat (buy a bag of lentils or bean instead of a steak, fruit and vegies instead of processed crap) are free-ish ways to improve your health.
- Study a myriad of survival skills (free ebooks online from the library, YouTube videos, etc) all for free.
- Talk to people and make new friends. Social skills are a very underrated survival skill.
- Observe. Observe people in public, observe things around your neighborhood, observe the seasonal changes in your area, observe possible wild food and water sources, etc.
- Become a maker. What can you create out of used clothing, old electronic items, broken furniture, etc?
And by they I mean the bought and paid for media that wants to stifle actual news in favor of the broad disinformation campaign that they have been a party to for years. Here are some things to know…
I saw this infographic on reddit, then found the original source here. I mean, does no one see that they are saying the quiet part out loud? The WEF (a bunch of unelected elitists) want to require every human on the planet have a digital identity so that:
- You can access healthcare and treatments and so “they” can monitor your health devices and wearables.
- You can open a bank account and conduct financial transactions.
- The food you want to eat can be monitored and tracked.
- You can book vacations and transit country and region (?) borders.
- You can access services during a humanitarian response.
- You can shop or conduct business.
- So that “they” can monitor your social interactions on social platforms and you can access third party services that require a log on.
- You can access government services, vote, get government benefits, file taxes, etc.
- You can own and use communication devices and so that service providers can monitor your devices and data on their networks.
- “They” can monitor devices and usage of energy, traffic, etc.
WTF did I just read? My every breath will be tracked? My every purchase will be tracked and scrutinized? I can’t get healthcare, buy food, drive a car, or vote without someone else being able to monitor these things (and shut down my ability to do such things if “they” determine I am not following the party line). Remember when the Canadian government shut down people’s bank accounts if they supported the trucker’s strike?
At this point, I would rather follow in the steps of Titus, Rob, Ariel, and Aaron than participate in this dystopian nightmare.
Just a reminder that you should be stocked up on literally everything you would need to survive for an extended period of time. I stopped by the grocery store today and was shocked at how little produce they had out, there were several bare spaces in the aisles where canned goods should have been, and when I asked the lady in the bakery where their French bread was, since it was missing from it’s usual spot, she said the truck didn’t come in so there was none. And this was on a typical day. Imagine what the store would look like if there was a sudden disaster (actually you don’t really need to imagine it, just Google for photos of empty store shelves when a hurricane is expected).
Since 2024 promises to become (currently is?) an absolute dumpster fire, be sure you have plenty of the following on hand:
- Cash (in a fire-proof/waterproof safe)
- Medical supplies
- Winter survival supplies (sleeping bags, hand warmers, etc)
- Water (rotated often, of course)
- Food (ditto)
- Prescription medicine
- Toiletry items
- Toilet paper (or better yet, buy a bidet for all of your toilets)
- Alternate ways to cook (wood stove, propane stove, backpacking stove, etc)
- Alternate heat sources (propane heater, wood stove, etc)
- Fuel (for your vehicles, propane for stoves/heaters, firewood, etc)
- Clothing for all seasons
- A way to hand wash clothing (soap, buckets, clothes line, clothes pins, etc)
- Solar panels and battery storage battery system
- Filters (for your furnace, vehicles, water filtration systems, etc)
- Guns and ammo
- Barterable goods (cigarettes, whiskey, coffee, etc)
- Rags, buckets, cleaning supplies, trash bags, etc
- Water and fuel containers
- Mortar and pestle
- Supplies for babies, the elderly, the infirm, pets
- Feminine hygiene supplies
- Seeds and gardening supplies
- Matches/lighters/ferro rods
- Rechargeable flashlights, radios, batteries, etc
- Books, board games, quiz books and other non-electric entertainment items
- Edged tools (knives, ax, hatchet, etc)/sharpener
- Sewing supplies (needles, thread, fabric, etc)
- Repair supplies (duct tape, wire, rope, plumbing parts, electrical parts, etc)
- Fishing and hunting supplies
- Items to can and preserve food
- Bicycles/repair parts
- Battery banks/extension cords
- A library of survival/bushcraft/medical/repair books
- Anything else that is important to you but may not be replaceable in the future
Then when you think you have everything you need, live without tap water/electricity/gas/the sewer system/garbage service and other modern day comforts for an entire weekend/entire week and make a list of anything else you would need during a disaster then stock up on these items as well.
2024 promises to be a shit show of epic proportions. Things really aren’t looking good, so in the interest of all of our well-being, it just makes sense to be prepared for the following scenarios…
- A massive cyber attack. Cyber attacks have been a threat since the dawn of the internet, however now that our entire lives rely on the web, these types of attacks take on more critical importance. How does your life currently rely on cyber infrastructure and how can you prepare for the possibility of the whole thing collapsing?
- The 2024 presidential election. I reiterate the shit show nature of this upcoming event. I’m not a fan of Trump, and am even less of a fan of Biden, but the maneuvering which has already started is indeed terrifying (example here and here. And this is only the beginning).
- A financial meltdown. This could happen in so many ways–from a stock market collapse to massive bank collapses to a housing collapse to, on an individual level, the loss of a person’s job (which can lead to hunger, homelessness, etc). Get your money issues sorted immediately.
- Weather-related disasters. While the media has been pushing the perils of climate change for years, the fact is, weather disasters have been with us for millennia. Hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, snow and ice storms…if there is the possibility of a weather disaster in your area, it just makes sense to be prepared for it ahead of time.
- Power grid collapse. The power grid can, and has, collapsed in a variety of ways, for a variety of reasons, over the years (examples here, here, and here) so again, it just makes sense to be prepared ahead of time.
- The government banning this, that, and the other thing. Currently our government looks like it would be more than happy to ban guns, cash, and in some cases, private property ownership. It will only get worse from here. And if you think that sort of thing can’t happen here, it can (examples here, here, and here).
- The media (mainstream media, social media, alternative media, et al) being used to manipulate, distort, and out-right fabricate news, information, and events in order to control the masses (more info here, here, and here).
- AI. Artificial intelligence can be…frightening, to say the least. If it can be used to make the Queen dance, imagine what else it can do.
- The collapse of the general fabric of society. There are many things we just assume will always be there but as the past few years have shown us, this may not always be the case. Teachers are fleeing the education system in droves, the medical system is collapsing as I type this, and citizens’ trust in societal institutions is at an all-time low.
- Americans are, in general, “fat, sick, and nearly dead” to quote the title of an interesting documentary movie. 30% of Americans are overweight or obese, 66% of Americans take prescription medications, suicide rates have hit an all-time high, and 77% of young people can’t qualify for military service.
You need to diversify, well, everything these days, and have multiple fall-back plans, just in case. Two things happened today to remind me of this. First, I was listening to a YouTuber who was discussing his back-ups to YouTube, namely Odyssey and Rumble, when he pointed out that Odyssey will probably fold in the next week or so. Since the bulk of his revenue comes from YouTube, this won’t be a major hit but what about people who only post on Odyssey? There have been many people deplatformed by YouTube, which can happen to anyone at any time, so obviously these people should have a backup plan. Unfortunately nothing equals the reach of YouTube, and therefore the income of YouTube, but hanging all of your income generating efforts on one platform can be quite risky.
Then I went to check my financial accounts which I do monthly and saw that one of my credit card accounts had been closed. It was odd as I received no notice of this closure (but probably not unexpected since my last transaction on this account was in 2018) but what if I had been counting on using this card? Apparently, debanking people is becoming a thing now.
The point here is that anything you rely on–one supplier, one major customer, one job, one grocery store–anything that provides critical services or supplies that you rely on, needs to be diversified. Multiple banks, multiple sources of income, multiple sources of specific gear or supplies, and at this point, multiple sources of prescriptions medications/multiple options for specific medications, is pretty much a requirement. With messed up supply chains, shortages, changing rules and regulations, indifferent customer service, businesses going bankrupt, market manipulation…there is no end to the ways your everyday life can be made exponentially more difficult because things that you could always count on, can now not be counted on. Diversify.
The Goodwill, or other thrift-type store, is a great place to get your pre/post SHTF disguises from. Depending on your purpose, looking like a road worker, a homeless person, or a business person may be just the ticket to achieving your goal, whatever that might be. If you are doing something that looks out of the ordinary because of what you look like and how you are dressed, consider getting your disguises ready…just in case. And if you need some inspiration, check out this guy’s videos.
- A business-type look can be had by gathering the pieces of a suit (slacks, jacket, shirt, tie, socks, and appropriate shoes) from your local thrift store then having it tailored to fit you.
- A “construction worker” look generally requires a reflective vest and hard hat along with appropriate clothes (jeans, t shirt). Remember to wear shoes consistent with your disguise. In this case, boots not loafers.
- A “homeless person” look is easy enough to put together with raggedy, oversized clothes. Make sure your hair and skin reflect the look you are going for.
- The “average Joe” look can be had from a thrift store, just remember to find out what is “average” for the area you are in…college students/dock workers/factory workers/preppy upscale area, etc.
- A tactical look has its uses. Of course you don’t want to look like Rambo in a place where this would draw an undue amount of attention but in certain areas, this look can be perfectly acceptable. Thrift stores near military bases usually have oodles of this type of gear.
- Check out your local Goodwill and see what kind of “uniforms” are available. At my local Goodwill store I’ve seen everything from Dominos Pizza uniforms to UPS uniforms to showgirl costumes (this in Vegas after all…).
- Need to get into a medical facility? Scrubs and even stethoscopes are generally available at most Goodwills. You can also find lab coats there; pick a longer lab coat, not the shorter ones.
- Your average Goodwill will also have a nice supply of actual costumes which can range from wedding attire and ballgowns to vampire costumes and police officer costumes. Choose according to your possible missions.
- Clothing and accoutrements to change your gender can also be useful, depending on the situation. While cross-dressing is not as uncommon as it used to be, if you can pull off a good switcheroo when it comes to changing your gender via clothing, hair, and makeup, go for it.
- Don’t forget to pick up things that can instantly change your look–eyeglasses, sunglasses, reversible jackets, a selection of hats, neck gaiters, make up, etc.
I’m not going to pontificate on the atrocities of war or the conspiracies that are floating around the internet in regards to the recent attacks in Israel and Gaza (there’s enough of that in the news, on YouTube, etc). So far, there are several lessons that can be learned from the events of the last several days…
- If you live in a historical war zones–they have been battling in that area for centuries–move elsewhere. There is nothing an individual can do to safeguard themselves and their family in such an area but leave.
- Have a bug out bag at the ready At. All. Times. When the bombs unexpectedly start flying, there is no time to figure out what you should take with you; everything should be packed and ready to grab and go on a moment’s notice.
- Have multiple evacuation plans. You need multiple ways to leave (direction-wise), multiple ways to leave (transportation-wise), multiple places to go (in your city, away from your city, the next country over, etc). And leave IMMEDIATELY, the longer you wait, the more people will be trying to leave on the same roads at the same time.
- Have several forms of currency, safely hidden, when you evacuate. Local currency, foreign currency, some silver, some gold, some jewelry, etc. Money makes things happen more quickly and more effectively during a disaster.
- Beware misinformation/disinformation when seeking information on an emergent situation (examples here, here, and here). Also be aware that since only a handful of companies own nearly all mainstream media sources, biased news towards the favored party is alive and well in medialand.
- For people who remain in a war zone, often the first things to go are food, fuel, and in the case of isolated Palestine/Gaza, water, medicine, medical care, et al. Plan accordingly if you could find yourself in such a situation.
- If you must remain in a war zone, research “how to survive in a war zone” (there are numerous articles on the topic online).
- And if you must remain in a war zone (or any other area of conflict, or any major American city for that matter) always be prepared to defend yourself. With a firearm. If you can’t flee and you can’t hide, fighting might be your only option and the only way to fight someone coming for you with a firearm is with a firearm.
- Train, practice, learn…then learn some more. The more skills you have, the better your odds of survival in any situation. Medical skills, fighting skills, covert operation skills, outdoor skills, navigation skills…the list is endless but if you put aside time each day to learn and practice useful skills you will be miles ahead of the average person.
- Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.