How to Disappear: 20 Tips

Posted on March 26, 2024

Note that completely disappearing can range from possible (the people looking for you have limited resources and limited skills) to virtually impossible (ie: the government wants you). Depending on your threat model, here are some tips if you want to leave and never be found…

  1. Start planning a year or so in advance. This gives you plenty of time to work through your plan and get your ducks in a row before you head out.
  2. Determine if you need to get away or completely disappear. As an adult you don’t need to answer to anyone, you are free to go where you want (unless, of course, you are hiding from the judicial system) and can avoid contacting anyone from your previous life if you want to. On the other hand, if you are in a particularly sticky situation (domestic violence, mob informant, etc) there are agencies that can help you disappear (see also WitSec).
  3. Stack cash starting immediately. And don’t make it obvious. You don’t want to withdraw your entire paycheck every two weeks because that will draw attention so take smaller amounts of money out of the bank, sell stuff for cash on OfferUp or FB marketplace, etc. and squirrel your money away bit by bit. Also, use cash to buy prepaid visa cards occasionally. Obviously, you want to store this cash and cards in a super secure location until you need it.
  4. Don’t leave a trail of your “how to disappear/where to disappear to” research on your computer/tablet/phone. Some ideas for safer surfing here.
  5. Buy a Pixel phone, with cash, along with an anonymous prepaid mobile sim/plan, then let these items sit for several months before turning the phone on (not while on your home network!), installing the Graphene OS to the phone, then activating the pre paid sim when you are about ready to disappear. Also, keep this phone turned off and in a faraday bag when not in use.
  6. Ditto a laptop. Same stuff as above but install the Linux OS, never do this when on your home/work network, and keep the device off when not in use. An important note, once you are gone, you never, ever access any of you online/banking/etc accounts ever again; if you do this you will be easily found.
  7. Slowly remove yourself from social media and people in general. If you are the most social person on social media and/or in person then you suddenly disappear, your absence will be noted (and probably start a nationwide search!). If people don’t really know your schedule or expect you to be around, they are less likely to know you are missing.
  8. Be consistently inconsistent, all the time. Again, if you are always at the same place at the same time doing the same thing and suddenly you aren’t, that will cause people to worry. If you are usually travelling, working odd hours, and not really attached to any place or activity, your disappearance will be more likely to go unnoticed. You will also want to quit your normal 9-5 and start doing a variety of cash/temp jobs so your co-workers/employer don’t report you missing.
  9. When you do leave, you leave behind everything–credit cards, vehicle, home, etc. Take only what can fit in a non-descript backpack and leave via untraceable public transportation.
  10. When you do relocate, move (a few times) to a city where you can blend in (small towns are notoriously gossipy and your every move will draw the attention of the neighbors).
  11. Come up with a new name, new back story, new hobbies, new habits, new look, and possibly new ID (the legalities of this vary from very illegal to legal if facilitated by certain government agencies).
  12. Consider how you will earn money. Working for cash in a way unrelated to previous ways you have earned an income is probably your only option if you wish to remain untraceable as opening any kind of financial account leaves a trail directly tied to your name/social security number.
  13. Depending on how desperate someone is to find you, you may have to move often.
  14. You will need to master the art of omission and deception. Your backstory has to be rock solid in your mind, you need to answer immediately to your new name, and when people are talking about travel or their childhood or any other topic you know like the back of your hand, your two cents needs to be made up, generic, and not provide any information that can be used to identify the real you (this is harder to do than it seems).
  15. You will need to live a very unstable life. Unstable housing (renting a room for cash as opposed to renting in your name or owning property), unstable work (cash only), unstable travel (no foreign travel as using your passport will give you away), unstable transportation (walk, bike, moped, bus as opposed to renting or owning a car).
  16. Some things to never do once you leave: never access your email or online accounts ever again, never use a bank ever again, never contact any of your former friends or relatives ever again, never own property that can be linked to you ever again.
  17. You will need to remain “grey man” for the rest of your days. Anything that is unique to you–your face, your gait, your particular hobbies or skills, your accent, your personality, your habits like smoking, the clothes you usually wear–can make you memorable and thus easier findable so you will need to change all of these.
  18. You will need to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Again, depending on how determined someone is to find you and how persistent they are, you will always be looking over your shoulder and will always need to be able to grab your stuff and go with little to no notice. Can you do this?
  19. A bunch of pitfalls…if you own property (like a house or car) and don’t sell it before you leave, this may causes several issues. If you disappear and someone like a spouse gets you declared dead so they can cash in your life insurance, this can be construed as fraud. You can’t take your kids or pets with you (pets who are microchipped can identify you, kids can be reported as kidnapped if others report them missing). If you were a high-earning expert in any field, that life (and income, and prominence) is now gone. You want to pay off any bills/child support/legal fines/etc. so your disappearance doesn’t become a legal case.
  20. And some other things…once you are disappeared, you want to stay far away from the legal system (something like getting pulled over by the cops can get you arrested/identified/and into an easily searchable database). You want to avoid ANYONE taking photos (your face showing up on the front page of the local newspaper or randomly on Facebook can lead people directly to you). You want to have a lot of cash at your disposal but carrying a lot of cash can make you a prime target for robbery (or even civil asset forfeiture in some cases!). Any relationships you develop will be based on lies.

5 Free Prepper Tasks

Posted on February 4, 2024

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…

  1. 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.
  2. Study a myriad of survival skills (free ebooks online from the library, YouTube videos, etc) all for free.
  3. Talk to people and make new friends. Social skills are a very underrated survival skill.
  4. 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.
  5. Become a maker. What can you create out of used clothing, old electronic items, broken furniture, etc?

Things “They” Aren’t Telling You

Posted on January 27, 2024

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…

The WEF Says You Need a Digital Identity

Posted on January 16, 2024

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.

10 Things to Be Aware Of

Posted on January 12, 2024January 14, 2024

In no particular order…

  1. If Dr Campbell is worried, we should all be worried. **You should be even more worried that YouTube took the video down less than 24 hours after it was posted. Apparently discussing verifiable facts now goes against the official narrative.
  2. If the WEF tells you something, it’s for their best interest, not yours.
  3. Things that are “done for your own good.”
  4. Civil unrest…everywhere (examples here, here, and here).
  5. Border security, or the lack thereof.
  6. Criminal prosecution, or the lack thereof (unless you are rich and connected).
  7. Then there is media manipulation; in China this is bad, in the US this is good.
  8. And extreme media bias (paragraph 4) vs (this entire document).
  9. Remember when these books were considered fiction? 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World
  10. The natives are NOT happy.

Stock. Up. Now.

Posted on January 4, 2024

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
  • Vitamins
  • Supplies for babies, the elderly, the infirm, pets
  • Condoms
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Tools
  • Seeds and gardening supplies
  • Matches/lighters/ferro rods
  • Rechargeable flashlights, radios, batteries, etc
  • Books, board games, quiz books and other non-electric entertainment items
  • Bleach
  • 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
  • Candles
  • 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: 10 Things to Be Prepared For

Posted on December 21, 2023

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…

  1. 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?
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Prepare accordingly.

The Case For Diversification

Posted on November 13, 2023

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.

10 Disguises from the Goodwill

Posted on November 6, 2023

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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…).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

10 (Preparedness) Rules to Live By

Posted on October 24, 2023
  1. The most important part of your preparedness plan should be your health and fitness. The healthiest and most fit people will fare better, overall, in a disaster situation than the average “fat, sick, and nearly dead” American.
  2. Be debt free and stack cash. As society slowly crumbles, having zero debt and lots of cash (and cash alternatives) will give you much more freedom and options than that of the average broke, over-leveraged American.
  3. Everything you do on/in/near/with your digital devices (laptop/cell phone/smart watch/tablet/vehicle/etc) can be trapped, traced, recorded…and used against you in a court of law.
  4. Living on the “down low” is a prime survival skill. Being flashy (flashy clothing, flashy vehicles, flashing cash, etc), showing off your preps (opening the garage door to show the entire neighborhood all of your gun safes and stored food), and bragging about your money/guns/stored foods/your “whole home” solar back up system/etc. is a good way to get robbed/kidnapped/”suicided” when TSHTF.
  5. Stack knowledge. You can lose everything but the clothes on your back but your knowledge and skills will always be something you can rely on.
  6. Surround yourself with skilled, knowledgeable, trustworthy people. But remember that you can never trust anyone 100% of the time. Everyone has their price (or their limit on being tortured).
  7. Stay as far away from law enforcement/the legal system/three-letter agencies as possible. Nothing good comes from being mixed up with the legal/”justice” system.
  8. Be consistently inconsistent. Perfectly reliable is great for clocks, not so much for the average person in our current surveillance society.
  9. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions. The media, the experts, the government, et al, can not be trusted. Misinformation, disinformation, flat out lies…the information being fed to you through the media, social media, etc. is meant to distract and confuse, not inform. To what end? Who really knows, but it is certainly not in your best interest.
  10. Enjoy your life as much as possible. YOLO, or so they say, so you might as well enjoy yourself as we watch society burn.