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    Guest Post: The Realities Of Choosing Your Survival Retreat Location


    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/01/2012 14:14 -0400

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    The Realities Of Choosing Your Survival Retreat Location



    Unfortunately, having a ‘Plan B’ just isn’t the modern American way. The great and diabolical misfortune of having two to three solid generations of assumed prosperity in one’s culture is the side-effect it has of lulling the populace into comfortable apathy. “Prepping” becomes a kind of novelty; a lifestyle that people joke about while planning out their next vacation or their next suburban home purchase. It’s something that others consider in that fleeting moment in front of the television while witnessing the news of a catastrophe on the other side of the world, only to be forgotten minutes after changing the channel.

    Such things do not happen here. Not in the United States…

    I am a child of an age laden with illusory wealth, and have benefitted (for a short time at least) from the financial fakery of our economic system, as have many Americans. Most of us have not had to suffer through the unmitigated poverty, hopelessness, and relentless fear that are pervasive in harsher days. All our problems could be cured with money, especially government money, and as long as the greenbacks were flowing, we didn’t care where they came from. Ultimately, though, the ease of our well-to-do welfare kingdom has set us up for a cultural failure of epic proportions. Anytime a society allows itself to be conditioned with dependency, its fate is sealed.

    We do not know what crisis really is. Many Americans barely have an inkling of what it entails. We imagine it, in films, in books, and in our own minds, but the fantasy is almost numbing. We lose sight of the tangible grating salty rawness of the worst of things, while imagining ourselves to be “aware”. Most people today are like newborns playing merrily in a pit of wolves.

    Preppers, on the other hand, are those who seek to understand what the rest of the public goes out of its way to ignore. They embrace the reality and inevitability of disaster, and suddenly, like magic, they are able to see its oncoming potential where others cannot (or will not). The price they pay for this extended vision, however, is high…
    I see the prepper generation as a generation of sacrifice; men and women who must endure the collapse of the façade for the sake of an honorable future society they may not live to experience. Modern day Cassandras? Hopefully not. But, certainly a group of people who have lost much in the path to knowledge. We lose our blissful naivety. That which once easily entertained us becomes banal and meaningless. We set aside many of our dreams to make room for the private and public battle we must wage for the truth. And, in the early days of our awakening, we tend to lose sleep.

    The primary advantage of this otherwise complex life is actually simple: we have a ‘Plan B’.

    Independence, self sustainability, true community, and redundancy in systems; it’s all in a day’s work for the prepper. But, one thing tends to sit upon our minds above all else, and that subject is ‘home’. Not necessarily the home where we are, but the home where we will shelter during darker days. Call it a retreat, call it a bunker, call it whatever you like, but every prepper has to have that place set aside that gives him the utmost advantage while facing off against calamities that normally annihilate average people.

    Choosing a retreat can be easy, or so difficult it explodes your brain depending on how you approach it. The problem I see most often with those seeking a back-up location for a collapse scenario is that they engage the process as if they are still living in 2006, hunting for their McMansion with a view on the sunny hillsides of Colorado or California, instead of thinking in practical terms. So, to help clarify a more fundamental approach to choosing a survival retreat, here is a list of priorities that cannot be overlooked:

    Property Placement

    You may be searching for a homestead property or a more discreet retreat area for only the most violent disasters. In either case, property placement should be your number one concern. Where is your subject property located? What are the strengths and weaknesses, economically, socially, and legally, in the state you are considering. What is the disposition of the government and law enforcement in the county your retreat resides in? What kind of environment are you surrounding yourself with? These are all very important issues to consider.

    Even more important, though, are the dynamics of the land you are choosing. Are you looking for a typical flat piece of developed farmland with easy access to roads and town amenities? Then you are going about this all wrong. Are you purchasing a cabin in the woods where you and your family will be isolated and alone? Again, not very bright.
    The ideal retreat location is a combination of rugged terrain and varied topography that is just accessible enough, and set in proximity to like minded neighbors who will aid each other in the advent of a social implosion.

    It may feel strange to consider it at first, but try to think in terms of an aggressive party: a looter, a criminal, or just a hungry refugee. Now, take a second look at your retreat selection. Is it easy to wander into? Can a person stroll right up to the front door, or do they really have to spend a lot of time and energy to reach you? Is it within sight of a major highway? Is it in the middle of a funnel or valley which people would naturally take to get to a tempting destination? Is it flat with little cover and concealment, or is it nestled in the midst of hills and crevices which can be used strategically? How many routes in and out of the region are there?

    Crops can be grown in any area with any climate if the correct methods are used. Energy can be produced with a multitude of technologies and tools. Structures can be built to adapt to the materials that are most abundant in the region. However, once you commit to a particular environment and terrain type, you are stuck with it for good. Choose wisely.

    Community Network

    As mentioned in the section above, isolation should NOT be the goal here. The concept of the loan wolf survivalist waiting out the implosion with his family in a secret fortification is not realistic, or likely to work at all. In the most volatile of collapses, such retreats only offer a tempting target for unsavory characters, from Bosnia to Argentina and beyond. If you don’t have a community of preppers around you, you have nothing.

    Ideally, choosing a retreat location, especially for a homestead in which you will be living on a day to day basis, should be done with multiple families involved. The more preppers involved, the larger the perimeter of warning and defense, and the safer everyone will be. It is not enough to have a friend or two on the other side of town, or to have a couple neighbors who are open to the subject of collapse but have made no efforts to prep. A return to a true community foundation is the surest way to secure your retreat. There WILL be people who will wish to take what you have in a crisis situation. Your best bet is to surround yourself with people who already have what they need…

    In Montana, I have used the idea of “Land Co-Op Groups”, expanding on the barter networking concept to include helping people of like-mind to meet and find property within proximity of each other, or to choose mutual retreat areas where there will be safety in numbers. Explore real estate markets near family members who are on the same wavelength. Talk with existing prepper communities and see if you might work well together. Form your own group of land seekers and make purchases together, saving money for everyone. Know who you will be weathering the storm with!

    Defensibility

    This has been mentioned in previous sections, but let’s establish what defensibility truly involves. Do the natural features shelter you, or hinder you? How many lanes of sight are near your retreat and will they work to your advantage, or someone else’s? Is your homestead on the top of a wide open hill and visible for miles around? Will attackers exhaust themselves attempting to reach you? How much warning will you have if someone is approaching your location?

    Make sure your surroundings work for you. Folds in the land topography not only off greater surface area for your money, but also cover and concealment. Forget about beautiful views, perfect soil, and room for a gazebo. Is the retreat actually protecting you or not? If this single issue is not considered and resolved, nothing else matters.
    This is why I recommend starting from scratch with raw land if possible. Many people dislike the notion of building their retreat or homestead from the ground up, claiming that there is not enough time, or that the project will be too costly. This is not necessarily true, especially for those who plan the construction of their retreat around off-grid living strategies. Raw land purchases, depending on the region, can be highly affordable. Building using present materials, like native timber, reduces costs drastically. And, as long as your house plans remain simple, construction can be started and finished within a matter of months.

    When building from scratch on raw land you have chosen using the guidelines already discussed, you can place your living quarters in the most advantageous position for defense, while being able to reinforce the home itself as you go. For those using an existing structure, the job becomes a bit more difficult. Additional fortifications will have to be planned carefully to adapt to the framework of the building. Weak areas of the property will have to be strengthened using fences, walls, or strategically placed vegetation that frustrates approach. High points in the terrain should be used to establish observation posts. At every moment of the day or night, someone must be awake to keep an eye on the surroundings. Respect the realities of a collapse, instead of disregarding them, and your chances of success increase a hundred fold.

    Water Availability

    Many would place water resources at the very top of this list, and having an ample supply is certainly vital. Digging a well is a must. Building in proximity to a stream, river, or lake is even better. That said, rainwater collection is a viable supplement to weaker indigenous water supply, along with water storage done in advance of any event. The average adult human being needs approximately 2.5 liters of water per day to survive comfortably. The common vegetable garden needs around 2” of watering overall per week. Bathing and general hygiene requires several gallons per week depending on how conservative you are. It is important to gauge the water production and storage capacity available at your retreat. If the math does not add up, and if rain collection is not enough to fill the gap, then move on. Find an area that will sustain you with water, but do not neglect the rest of the items on this list just to be near a roaring river…

    Food Production

    This is an area with far more flexibility than most people seem to realize. With the right methods, a garden can be grown in almost any climate, and at any time of the year, even winter. Every retreat should be fitted with a greenhouse, and this does not require much expense, or even energy to build. Makeshift materials often work wonders and the cheapest greenhouses tend to supply as much produce throughout the year as expensive and professionally built models.

    Raised bed gardening is efficient, requiring less water, and producing more food than typical gardens. Small orchards are possible depending on the climate and elevation of the property. Wild edibles in the area should be cataloged. Find out where they grow in abundance, how to cook and prepare them, and which edibles you actually enjoy eating.

    Animals require at least some acreage. Two acres being the minimum if you plan to raise several species. Goats, chickens, and rabbits are much easier to squeeze into a smaller parcel than cattle or horses, and draw much less attention to your retreat. A single milk producing cow and a bull, however, have the ability to keep your family healthy and fed for a lifetime. The trade-off is up to the individual prepper. The bottom line is, the number of animals you plan to raise determines the amount of open field you will need to clear on your property to provide the grasses and feeding area they will require.

    Proximity To National Forest

    Another aspect to consider is how close your property is to national forest areas or unclaimed and unpurchased acreage. Perhaps you are only buying 5 acres of land in a well placed area which borders thousands of acres of forest service. Not only have you purchased the use of 5 acres, but the potential use of thousands of acres through attrition, while guaranteeing that no unpleasant or unaware neighbors will move in too snug next door. Abundant resources will be at your fingertips in a post collapse scenario, including timber, wild game, possible minerals, caching sites, secondary retreat locations, etc. The advantages are numerous…

    Secondary Retreat Locations

    Never put all your eggs in one basket. We hear that warning all our lives but few take it to heart the way they should. I have dealt with many a prepper who has become indignant at the idea of having to leave his home to escape danger, claiming that they would “rather die” than have to beat feet to a secondary location. I personally don’t get it. Fighting back is admirable, but fighting smart is better. There is nothing wrong with living to die another day, and this is where the multiple retreats strategy comes into play.

    Some survivalists live in the city, and have set up a retreat in an area distant but reachable. Others have taken the plunge and uprooted to start a new life on the grounds of their new refuge, leaving behind the metropolis and sometimes even their high paying jobs. In either case, they have done far more for their futures than the average American has even vaguely considered. However, it is not quite enough…

    Back-up retreat locations should be chosen in remote areas near your primary retreat, and very few if any people (even friends and associates) should be told about these places. Keep in mind, these are last ditch survival spots. They are not ideal for long term living arrangements. Little if any infrastructure will be built in these places, and all shelter materials should be heavily concealed. Caching sites should be set up well in advance and placed on at least two separate routes to the same location. You should have no worries over whether you will be able to feed, clothe, and protect yourself on the way to the emergency site. Hidden approaches to the area should be scouted ahead of time. A viable water source should be present nearby.

    Thinking Ahead: It’s Pure Sanity

    There are all kinds of excuses for not doing what needs to be done. Americans have an ingenious knack for rationalizing their own laziness and inaction. If you want to know how to get ahead in the world of prepping, or just the world in general, all you have to do is become a man or woman who makes a plan, and then follows through on it! Welcome to the top ten percent!

    One excuse that I do in some instances take seriously is the problem of the conflicting family. We all know a prepper or two whose spouse or children are not on board, ridiculing or even obstructing their efforts. When expenditures of cash (or large expenditures of cash in the case of a property purchase) are in debate, the tensions can be crippling. In every disaster there are oblivious masses which make things hard on those who are aware. From the Great Depression and Weimar Germany, to New Orleans after Katrina, it is not uncommon for people on the verge of starvation and death to still assume that government help is right around the corner and all will be right as rain.

    All I can recommend to those struggling with the survival-impaired is that you educate friends and loved ones on the nature of recent events like Katrina, or the economic collapse in Greece and Spain, or the tsunami and subsequent reactor meltdown in Japan. Show them that this is real life, not a cartoon. Make them understand that they are not immune to the tides of catastrophe, and that preparation is not only practical, but essential.

    Survivalism is not a product of insanity; it is merely a product of our precarious times. A disaster is only a disaster for people who are not prepared for it. The only madness I see before me in our country today is the madness of those who believe themselves immune to the fall of the curtain. The true “insanity” rests in the minds of men who presume tomorrow will be exactly like today, and that the comfort of their existence is law, a foregone conclusion, set in stone, forever…

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    Vitamin D and Cancer – Vitamin D Outperforms Pharmaceuticals at Treating Cancer

    Mike Barrett
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    June 1, 2012


    Everyone is deathly afraid of coming down with cancer, yet the very lifestyle that promotes cancer is the most popular. Cancer has been one of the leading causes of death in the United States, UK, and many other nations for years. Something is terribly wrong, as the war on cancer is failing miserably. The use of pharmaceutical drugs is not the answer, and the idea of prevention is seldom voiced. Luckily, making some dietary changes can reduce your cancer risk significantly. One example is showcased with research showing that a relationship between vitamin D and cancer exists; raising vitamin D levels can be more effective and much safer than dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and treatments. It costs a whole lot less as well.

    Vitamin D and Cancer

    Angus Dalgleish, a consultant medical oncologist residing in a city known as Tooting in south-west London, tests all of his patients for vitamin D levels and prescribes supplements for when the levels are low. Dalgleish noticed that patients at his clinic at St Georges suffering from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, almost all were vitamin D deficient. Not only does the medical oncologist prescribe vitamin D for his melanoma patients, but he also prescribes the vitamin for other patients who are stricken with other types of cancer.


    “If we supplement people who are low they may do better than expected. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if vitamin D turns out to be more useful in improving outcomes in cases of early relapse than drugs costing £10,000 a year,” said Professor Dalgleish. “I spent a decade studying interferon for which the NHS paid £10,000 annually per patient for years for very little benefit. Vitamin D is much more likely to give a benefit in my view.”

    Other research from the University of Leeds showed similar connections between vitamin D and cancer, specifically melanoma. Patients with the lowest vitamin D levels had the gloomiest outlook and were also 30 percent more likely to suffer from the disease in the future than those with higher vitamin D levels.


    At Creighton University in Nebraska, Joan Lappe, a professor of medicine, also noticed a strong link between vitamin D and cancer. He took note of the vitamin d and cancer relationship when cancer patients who received vitamin d and calcium supplementation increased their survival rates significantly. Although the trial was originally meant to evaluate the effects of supplements on osteoporosis, this accidental finding led Lappe to examine the effects of supplements on cancer.

    You May Not Be Getting the Vitamin D You Think You Are

    Of course, none of this matters if you aren’t giving your body the necessary amount of vitamin D to work with. Foods fortified with vitamin d contain a synthetic, potentially harmful type of vitamin D called vitamin D2. Vitamin D2 is both inferior and could be harmful, so you may not want to search for fortified foods like milk and cereal just yet. Instead of chomping down on fortified foods, consume foods that naturally possess vitamin D such as cod liver oil, eggs, and seafood such as salmon, oysters, catfish, sardines, or shrimp. However, be careful when consuming fish, as most fish is toxic due to contaminates and chemicals residing in the water.

    The best source of vitamin D is the sun, but the amount of vitamin D produced from sun exposure can vary greatly. Getting sun exposure in the summer when the rays are very strong can produce a lot of vitamin D – as much as 10,000 IU’s in just 20-30 minutes (a bit longer for dark skin). But soaking up the rays in winter months will not produce the same amount as the sun is less powerful.

    One last thing to remember is to avoid using sunscreen if possible. Not only does research show that sunscreen causes cancer, but lathering on sunscreen also compromises your body’s ability to produce vitamin D from UV rays.

    Additional sources:

    Creighton University

    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

    Vitamin D Association



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    Living a Disease Free Life: Solutions to Daily Health Risks that Lead to Disease

    Andre Evans
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    June 1, 2012

    The modern lifestyle is oftentimes a magnet for disease and major health conditions. Our diet along with many so-called “health” products, industrial materials, lack of exercise, stress, and other factors contribute to disease. While it may seem overwhelming, a few simple changes can help you live disease free.

    There are numerous sources of disease, manifesting themselves through dietary choices as well as lifestyle choices. Below is a list of problematic areas when it comes to hampering your health, and ways to remedy the issues.

    A Disease Free Life: Solutions to Daily Health Hazards

    Ingredients Label Surprises


    • Problem: One of the most basic of ways to live disease free is to check food before you buy it. A large number of food products today contain deadly additives which are instrumental in offsetting the processes of the body. Most commercial foods typically contain harmful additives such as high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, genetically modified ingredients, and other dietary abominations. All of these have been shown to cause considerable harm to the body.


    • Solution: Buy products free of additives by ensuring that they are 100% organic, and that are free of genetically modified ingredients, aspartame, MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, and other harmful ingredients.


    Not So Natural



    • Problem: Multi-national farming corporations are drenching produce in harmful chemicals. Fruit and vegetables have been routinely found to contain toxic levels of pesticides due to unethical farming practices. Pesticides have been linked to ADHD in children, and multiple other conditions. Millions of Americans are consuming this infected produce, which assaults the body with toxic compounds.


    • Solution: Buy fruit and vegetables that are grown locally and organically. Ensure that the labels begin with the number 9, showing that they are truly organic.


    Related Read: 10 Steps to Optimum Health


    Animal Products


    • Problem: If you don’t want to be disease free, eat meat in America. Certain hormones are used to produce larger and meatier animals; the addition of growth hormones makes for more meat, less feed for the animal, and a host of health concerns. These hormones can offset your body’s natural balance and make you much more susceptible to disease. Hormones that have been in use include estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, zeranol, trenbolone acetate, and melengestrol acetate. Some researchers have linked these hormones with premature puberty in girls, resulting in an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition, about 29 million pounds of antibiotics, which equates to nearly 80 percent of the nation’s antibiotics total use — are added to animal feed every year in the U.S.


    • Solution: Buy 100% grass-fed beef. Try and find local markets that are selling organically raised meats, and ask all of the appropriate questions. Were they grass-fed for the entire duration of their life? Some companies only grass-feed their cattle near the end of their life.


    Beauty and Consumer Products



    • Problem: It is unfortunate in our modern society, but you can’t live a disease free life and use mainstream consumer products. Beauty products often contain over 515 chemicals. These are potentially dangerous substances that are readily absorbed by the body upon application or even inhalation. Skin whitening cream products have also been found to contain toxic mercury. Most antibacterial soaps contain toxic triclosan. Triclosan is a known carcinogen, and even reacts with chlorinated tap water to become chloroform (a chlorinated aromatic). This substance is very similar in dioxin makeup to compound Agent Orange, the defoliant used in Vietnam that led to 400,000 deaths and disabilities.


    • Solution: Buy natural beauty care products that are derivatives of healthy sources. Look for brands that flaunt a close to 100% natural label, and that never contain ingredients such as triclosan or sodium lauryl sulfate.


    Toxins in Plastic Bottles



    • Problem: The plastic used in many mainline products has been found to be carcinogenic, and to produce synthetic hormones that offset your body’s natural hormones significantly. Bisphenol A is present in a large number of water bottles, and is known as a gender-bender chemical. It is an artificial hormone that can act similarly in estrogen in the bodies of men, disrupting their hormonal balance and creating problems. There are actually only a few plastic types that contain Bisphenol A (BPA), but these are the types that are widely used by mainstream manufacturers.


    • Solution: Buy a water filter. Tap water is thoroughly contaminated and also contains gender-bending chemicals. Purchase a high quality water filtration device and bottle your water in glass bottles.



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    10 Things That We Can Learn About The Economic Collapse In Greece


    The Economic Collapse
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    © The Economic Collapse

    When the economy of a nation collapses, almost everything changes. Unfortunately, most people have never been through anything like that, so it can be difficult to know how to prepare. For those that are busy preparing for the coming global financial collapse, there is a lot to be learned from the economic depression that is happening right now in Greece.

    Essentially, what Greece is experiencing is a low level economic collapse. Unemployment is absolutely rampant and poverty is rapidly spreading, but the good news for Greece is that the global financial system is still operating somewhat normally and they are getting some financial assistance from the outside.

    Things in Greece could be a whole lot worse, and they will probably get a whole lot worse before it is all said and done. But already things have gotten bad enough in Greece that it gives us an idea of what a full-blown economic collapse in the 21st century may look like. There are reports of food and medicine shortages in Greece, crime and suicides are on the rise and people have been rapidly pulling their money out of the banks.

    Hopefully this article will give you some ideas that you can use as you prepare for the economic chaos that will soon be unfolding all over the globe.

    The following are 10 things that we can learn about shortages and preparation from the economic collapse in Greece....

    #1 Food Shortages Can Actually Happen

    Most people assume that they will always be able to run out to their local supermarket or to Wal-Mart and get all of the supplies they need.

    Unfortunately, that is a false assumption. The truth is that our food distribution system is extremely vulnerable.

    In Greece, many people are starting to totally run out of food. Even some government institutions (such as prisons) are now reporting food shortages. The following was originally from a Greek news source....
    The financing for many prisons has decreased to a minimum for some months now, resulting in hundreds of detainees being malnourished and surviving on the charity of local communities.

    The latest example is the prison in Corinth where after the supply stoppage from the nearby military camp, the prisoners are at the mercy of God because, as reported by prison staff, not even one grain of rice has been left in their warehouses. When a few days earlier the commander of the camp announced to the prison management the transportation stoppage, citing lack of food supplies even for the soldiers, he shut down the last source of supply for 84 prisoners. The response of some Corinth citizens was immediate as they took it upon themselves to support the prisoners, since all protests to the Justice ministry were fruitless.

    #2 Medicine Is One Of The First Things That Becomes Scarce During An Economic Collapse


    If you are dependent on medicine in order to survive, you might want to figure out how you are going to get by if your supply of medicine is totally cut off someday.

    In Greece, medicine shortages have become a massive problem. The following is from a recent Bloomberg article....
    Mina Mavrou, who runs a pharmacy in a middle-class Athens suburb, spends hours each day pleading with drugmakers, wholesalers and colleagues to hunt down medicines for clients. Life-saving drugs such as Sanofi (SAN)'s blood-thinner Clexane and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK)'s asthma inhaler Flixotide often appear as lines of crimson data on pharmacists' computer screens, meaning the products aren't in stock or that pharmacists can't order as many units as they need.

    "When we see red, we want to cry," Mavrou said. "The situation is worsening day by day."

    The 12,000 pharmacies that dot almost every street corner in Greek cities are the damaged capillaries of a complex system for getting treatment to patients. The Panhellenic Association of Pharmacists reports shortages of almost half the country's 500 most-used medicines. Even when drugs are available, pharmacists often must foot the bill up front, or patients simply do without.

    #3 When An Economy Collapses, So Might The Power Grid


    Try this some time - turn off all power to your home for 24 hours and try to live normally.

    Sadly, most people simply do not understand just how dependent we are on the power grid. Without power, all of our lives would change dramatically.

    In Greece, authorities are warning of an impending "collapse" of the power grid. If it goes down for an extended period of time in Greece, the consequences would be catastrophic....

    Greece's power regulator RAE told Reuters on Friday it was calling an emergency meeting next week to avert a collapse of the debt-stricken country's electricity and natural gas system.

    "RAE is taking crisis initiatives throughout next week to avert the collapse of the natural gas and electricity system," the regulator's chief Nikos Vasilakos told Reuters.

    RAE took the decision after receiving a letter from Greece's natural gas company DEPA, which threatened to cut supplies to electricity producers if they failed to settle their arrears with the company.
    #4 During An Economic Collapse You Cannot Even Take Water For Granted

    If the power grid goes down, you will soon no longer have clean water coming out of your faucets. That is one of the reasons why it is absolutely imperative that the power grid stay operable in Greece.

    Sadly, most people don't understand just how vulnerable our water system is. In a previous article, I quoted from a report that discussed how rapidly our water supply would be in jeopardy in the event of a major transportation disruption....

    According to the American Water Works Association, Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. For safety and security reasons, most water supply plants maintain a larger inventory of supplies than the typical business. However, the amount of chemical storage varies significantly and is site specific. According to the Chlorine Institute, most water treatment facilities receive chlorine in cylinders (150 pounds and one ton cylinders) that are delivered by motor carriers.

    On average, trucks deliver purification chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days. Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days. Once the water supply is drained, water will be deemed safe for drinking only when boiled. Lack of clean drinking water will lead to increased gastrointestinal and other illnesses, further taxing an already weakened healthcare system.
    What will you do when clean water stops coming out of your faucets?

    You might want to start thinking about that.

    #5 During An Economic Crisis Your Credit Cards And Debit Cards May Stop Working

    Most people have become very accustomed to using either debit cards or credit cards for almost everything.

    But what would happen if the financial system locked up for a period of time and you were not able to use them?

    This is something that the citizens of Greece are potentially facing in the coming months, and this is something that all of us need to start thinking about.

    #6 Crime, Rioting And Looting Become Commonplace During An Economic Collapse

    Big corporations are already making extensive plans for how to protect their stores in the event that Greece switches from the euro to the drachma.

    The following is from a recent Reuters article....
    British electrical retailer Dixons has spent the last few weeks stockpiling security shutters to protect its nearly 100 stores across Greece in case of riot.

    The planning, says Dixons chief Sebastian James, may look alarmist but it's good to be prepared.

    Company bosses around Europe agree. As the financial crisis in Greece worsens, companies are getting ready for everything from social unrest to a complete meltdown of the financial system.
    #7 During A Financial Meltdown Many Average Citizens Will Start Bartering

    During this economic depression, alternative currencies have already been popping up in Greece.

    When things fall apart on a global scale, will you have things to barter for the things that you need?

    #8 Suicides Spike During An Economic Collapse

    When you think of the Great Depression of the 1930s, what do you think of?

    Many people think of images of people jumping out of buildings.

    Well, something similar has been happening in Greece. Suicide statistics in Greece have been absolutely soaring during the last couple of years.

    Once prosperity disappears, many people feel as though life is not worth living anymore.

    #9 Your Currency May Rapidly Lose Value During An Economic Crisis

    Just remember what happened in Germany during the Weimar Republic and what has happened recently in places like Zimbabwe.

    The truth is that it can happen anywhere.

    Right now, Greeks are pulling their money out of the banks because they are worried that their euros will be turned into drachmas which would rapidly lose value.

    If I was living in Greece I would definitely be concerned about that. The return of the drachma seems to get closer with each passing day. Just check out these screenshots.

    #10 When Things Hit The Fan The Government Will Not Save You

    Has the government of Greece come to the rescue of all of those that are deeply suffering right now?

    Of course not. The truth is that the Greek government can barely take care of itself at the moment.

    History has shown us that governments simply cannot be counted on when things hit the fan.

    Just remember what happened during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    In the end, the only one that can be counted on to take care of you and your family is you.

    So you better start preparing.

    Unfortunately, as I wrote about the other day, time is rapidly running out for the global financial system.

    Even some of the top economic officials in the world are warning that another major crisis could be on the way.

    Just check out what World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the other day....

    "Events in Greece could trigger financial fright in Spain, Italy and across the eurozone. The summer of 2012 offers an eerie echo of 2008."
    He also compared a potential exit of Greece from the eurozone to the collapse of Lehman Brothers back during the last financial crisis....
    "If Greece leaves the eurozone, the contagion is impossible to predict, just as Lehman had unexpected consequences."
    So what are some things that the average person can do to get prepared?

    Well, a recent article on SHTFplan.com entitled "The List: A to Z Survival for the Abysmal Times Ahead" contains hundreds of ideas for preparing for the chaotic economic environment that we are heading into.

    Preparation is going to look different for every family. No two situations are exactly the same.

    But there are some practical steps that nearly all of us can take to better position ourselves for what is coming. Now is the time to get educated and now is the time to take action.

    Or you could be like all of those that laughed at Noah while he was building that big boat.

    In the end, things did not work out too well for those folks.

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    Man in zombie costume nearly shot while pranking Miami residents


    By David Edwards
    Monday, June 4, 2012 10:25 EDT



    A Russian man is now warning people not to dress up as zombies and chase Miami residents after he was nearly shot while attempting it as part of an ill-conceived viral video project.


    Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who says he came to the United States in 2004 to become an actor, posted a video of himself over the weekend in a zombie costume chasing various younger people in streets, parking lots and parks in Miami.


    At about the 2 minute mark in the video, one young man fleeing the zombie attack can be seen pointing a gun at the prankster.


    “Very Dangerous Prank!” Zdorovetskiy wrote on his YouTube page. “Almost Got Shot at 2:00! DO NOT TRY IT!”


    Residents in the city are mostly likely on high alert for zombie attacks after another Miami man recently was shot to death by police because he allegedly ate the face of a homeless man while on drugs.


    Considering Florida’s Stand Your Ground law — which allows the legal use deadly force without a duty to retreat — Zdorovetskiy may have picked one of the most dangerous locations in the country for his stunt.


    Watch this video from Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, uploaded June 2, 2012.




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