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    A Christian's Call to Prepare

    by J.P.

    In 1919, the Spanish flu killed around 75 million people in a single year (Knobler, pp. 60–61). In 1931, the China floods killed over two million people (NOVA). In 1945, America dropped two atomic bombs that killed around 200,000 people (Radiation Effects Research Foundation). In 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 hit Haiti and killed 316,000 people (USGS). In the past century alone, 29 countries have had to deal with hyperinflation, causing severe economic depression, during which millions died from starvation, disease and looting. These events go to show that disaster has always been an unavoidable aspect of life, and will continue to be unavoidable as long as sin is still in this world. However, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Although it is nigh impossible to avoid these events, it is possible to lower the death toll and effect of damage by being properly prepared. Individual households can take responsibility in making their city a better and safer place to live. To learn how to be properly prepared for events like this, we must look back at these terrible catastrophes, and learn.

    One such catastrophe was the Great Depression. Besides being the greatest
    economic crisis this country has ever seen, the Depression starved to death perhaps up to 12 million Americans--10% of the population. ( [JWR Adds: This figure is disputed, primarily based on the difference between the 1930 and 1940 census, which showed a 7.3% population increase, but for comparison between 1920 and and 1930 there was a 13.7% population increase. Even excluding immigration deltas there were significant numbers of starvation deaths.] Two major events that caused the downfall of our economy are the failure of banks, which led up to the stock market crash, and the Dust Bowl, a dust storm that left 500,000 Americans homeless and destroyed most of the farmable land and crops in America (First Measured Century: PBS).

    Compare the events that caused the depression to the conditions of today. For example, in the past twenty years the average number of natural disasters for a twenty-year time span is up by four hundred percent (Natural News). Yes, natural disasters fluctuate throughout history, but the severity of these events is greater than we have ever seen before. Just look at the beginning of this century: it started in 2004 with Hurricane Katrina, which caused $180 billion worth of damage. Even though the final death count of 1,833 does not seem significant, Katrina also left over 12,000 people homeless, and 25 percent of Louisiana jobless (National Climatic Data Center). Furthermore, rioting and looting became rampant because people were desperate for food and resources. However, Katrina is only one of the numerous natural disasters. Out of the ten biggest earthquakes on record, three of them happened in the past ten years. The earthquake that caused the tsunami in Japan in 2011 cost their economy $235 billion, killed 15,850 people, injured 6,011, with 3,287 missing (Damage Situation and Police Countermeasures). Nevertheless, experts speculate that the natural disasters will not subside. Sooner than later Mt. Rainer will erupt, creating a mudslide that will result in the death of thousands, and kill miles of environment (Popular Mechanics). Expert Seismologists estimate that more earthquakes of higher magnitude will hit Mississippi, as well as the Atlantic Ocean, which would cause an enormous tsunami. We live in delicate times, but not only because of these natural disasters.

    Our country is in an enormous economic crisis. According to the United States National Debt Clock, provided by the Federal Reserve, our current national debt at exactly 8 o’clock pm on February 27, 2012 amounts to $15,404,053,723,986, and is increasing at an average of $48,998 per second. If we were to divide this debt between taxpayers in America, each one of them would owe $136,167. In just one month, it has increased over $180 billion, and the average taxpayer would owe another $1,000. This debt is seemingly impossible to get rid of. What is even worse than this debt is the inflation of the dollar bill. Since the beginning of the decade, the dollar has lost 24 percent of its value. Furthermore, many countries have recently dropped the dollar as their reserve currency, such as China, Japan, Switzerland, Kuwait, Libya, Iran, Russia, and Syria. They have done this because they do not trust the dollar and do not want to lose any more money than they already have. In addition to the devaluation of the dollar, more and more banks today keep closing because of the inability of Americans to pay off their own debt. From 2000 to 2009, the Federal Deposit Insurance Company recorded seventeen banks failing and having to close. Between 2010 and 2011, over 150 banks closed. The amount of debt we are in and the devaluation of our money is a very real threat to this country, one that will not end well.

    As well as suffering from a fragile economy, this world is experiencing a major food shortage. According to the World Bank, 44 million people have been pushed into poverty because of rising food prices. The earth is also losing its topsoil due to the new methods of farming we have adopted. In addition, the earth has not been reproducing the natural amount of topsoil that it used to produce (Seattle PI). The World Bank also states that food prices have increased by 36 percent in the past 12 months. Even though we may not feel the effect where we live, neither did those of the 1920’s. Hedonism dominated the 1920’s, as well as the increased movement in liberal thinking. This same attitude is thriving in the times we live in today, and has taken an even greater extreme. Every type of event that led up to the Great Depression we have experienced in this past decade. The extreme natural disasters, food shortages and insane increase in bank failures are the precursors of something that will be much worse.

    Nevertheless, why should we care? These events are frightening, and it is not comfortable to dwell on such things, but there comes a point where we must deal with the inevitable. The magnitude of these events is truly incredible, and is seemingly outside the scope of our influence. Fortunately, this is not the case, and there is a practical way to be prepared for such events as these. Though it is not comfortable to dwell on these events, we cannot stand around and do nothing. In light of these events and this principle of action, there are three points to show how Christians ought to handle these events. First, there is Biblical justification of a Prepper mentality. Second, the Biblical examples of physical preparation give us an example to follow. Third and finally, the practicality of Survivalism is a justifiable use of resources. Therefore, based on Biblical principles and the events of the past century, Christians have a moral and practical obligation to prepare for catastrophes.
    Before dismissing what I am about to say as extremely right-winged, back woods redneck, or an advocate for the zombie apocalypse to come tomorrow, listen to why I am presenting this argument. Many Christians in America have jumped to the wrong side of the topic because liberal America has exaggerated, skewed, and falsified the reality of Survivalism. I am presenting this argument in its true light from two different standpoints: the cost to benefit aspect, and the morality of preparation.

    When a Christian is facing any decision, the first place to look is the Scriptures. Scripture says, “The fear of the Lord is the Beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom, written by the wisest man to ever walk the earth, Solomon. Proverbs 2:1-5 describes how we need to cry out for wisdom, and seek her as silver. Verse 5 declares, “Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” To find the knowledge of God, it is necessary to have wisdom.

    Therefore, when Proverbs 22:3 states, "A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished,” we need to listen and act upon this insight into becoming godly men. Seeing how important it is to align our views with the Lord’s, look at the man who does not listen and take action, but rather continues in his folly. Different versions of the Bible calls the person in this verse different names, such as simple, thoughtless, naïve, gullible, and fool. Throughout Proverbs, we see how much God disdains the fool. In this case, the fool is the one who disregards preparation and continues with his life like there is nothing wrong in this world. Do you want to be in that category of person who ignores wisdom, scorns prudence, and disregards foreseeable danger? On the other hand, will you listen to wisdom, and acknowledge the Biblical standard of living?

    This Biblical standard of living is one of action. The ethic of working and collecting for yourself is spread throughout the Bible. Proverbs 6:6-8 gives an example. “Go to the ant you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers food in the harvest.” The ant creates and stores up food for when she will need it, while the sluggard does not, and will pay the consequences. We are to rely on Christ, but that does not mean we stand around and just wait for Him to come back. Look at the example of Noah. God told him he was going to destroy the world, and then told him to build an ark. God demanded action of Noah, just asHe always expects action from us. James 2:26 tells us that faith without works is dead. Many Christians apply this to their life, but it also needs to apply to the upcoming catastrophes. Christians need to see the danger coming ahead, and take action by preparing for it.

    As well as the Biblical example of reason why to prepare, the practicality of preparing for catastrophes makes it inexcusable to be unprepared. Almost everybody will agree that preparation is necessary for certain events, such as fire drills and lock downs, because people see the cost to benefit ratio as much more practical than a hassle. It is worth the time for the reward. Why do these people not apply this to preparation of emergencies on a much larger scale? To fathers and future fathers, how much is it worth to you to keep your family safe? You buy life, automotive, house, medical, and who else knows what type of insurance, but what are you going to do when an earthquake hits and the grocery store is empty. Alternatively, maybe the bank cannot give you your money because it just does not have it due to others not paying off their debts. Will you have to look into their eyes and tell them you will have to deal with being hungry for a little bit? What if that little bit has been a week, and one of them is getting sick. No good father is going to sit around and let his child die. Citywide anarchy, starvation, and a gigantic increase in crime are to be expected once more people come to the same realization. I realize this seems very far-fetched and there is little chance of this happening. That is what Sarah Luker thought, an average Betty Crocker housewife. Then Hurricane Ike destroyed their house and her family had nothing to live on. Since then, Sarah has embraced the Prepper mindset, canning food and storing resources so that she will be ready for catastrophe the next time it strikes. More and more “normal” people are seeing the benefits of preparing. Costco is now providing survival kits in handy backpacks, with food for two weeks, knives, hatchets, a tent, and other essentials to survival. This is the reasoning of ordinary people who see the danger coming, and the obvious reason to prepare for them. Nevertheless, people question how much of a priority this should take. You apply this same reasoning to insurance. You pay so that when something bad happens, you will be able to fix your care, or get a new house. Apply this mindset to preparing for catastrophe. Is it not identical to buying life insurance? People pay money just in case they die and cannot take care of their family. How about buying resources to sustain your family just in case something goes horribly awry? Christ says to love your neighbor as yourself, but if you are unable to love and take care of your own family in times of trouble, how are you going to be an example of Christ like love for his children?

    Nevertheless, how much is enough? While some will buy a two-week survival kit and call it good, others will pay thousands of dollars to have a nuclear bunker in their backyard. Where is the line drawn that says this is enough? Frankly, there is no such line. However, the principle I am advocating requires one to know what is going on around them. Therefore, when the time we live in is in direct comparison to the time of the Great Depression, one ought to prepare to be ready for an event such as this. It is your responsibility to be well informed on the current events of today that will affect whether or not you are prepared enough. Proverbs declares that the wise man seeks out council; this applies to understanding how much to be prepared! There are hundreds of books and web sites about preparation and today’s current events. There is no excuse to ignorant of the world around you.

    However, many Christians are still weary of embracing this Survivalist mindset, for three overarching reasons. First, that the events that people prepare for are farfetched and blown out of proportion by the stereotypical doomsayer. Another is that the call of dependence, that to depend on God implies dependence in all things, and that we need not worry about tomorrow. Finally, many object to Survivalism because they cannot afford to spend the money, and that it is a waste of resources.

    The first daunting enemy that stands in the way of justification for Survivalism is the stereotype people have given those who are labeled as Survivalist, Doomsayers, Preppers, or even Zombie hunters. Though being a Prepper or Survivalist is what I am advocating, the baggage that society associates with these groups is unjustified. Though there are antisocial groups who would love it if they had the opportunity to blow a couple zombie heads off or maybe start a fire sale, Survivalists or Preppers do not fall into this category. All that Survivalists or Preppers stand for is the mindset of being prepared for the unpredictable events of life; they are not hoping for the end of the world to come tomorrow.

    These same people also claim that the coming events Preppers warn society of are “doomsayer exaggerations.” This comes only from ignorance of the current and past events. Looking at the events of the past century, it would be foolish to disregard them just because it is socially awkward to accept the solution that Preppers are providing. As I explained earlier, these events are in direct comparison to those of the Great Depression. In addition, the numbers and examples I gave came from sources unrelated to the topic of Survivalism, such as PBS, The Federal Insurance Corporation, and the World Bank. The events are not skewed or twisted to try to advocate the end of the world. They are only to show that there are events that have the potential to destroy lives in the future, and it is only wise to prepare for events such as these.

    Finally, the next objection many Christians have is the call of dependence on God, which is based on the Scripture passage in Luke 12:22-29, where Christ gives the Parable of the lilies.
    Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

    Most people look at this verse and automatically jump to the conclusion that we cannot justify Survivalist principles because they imply that we are worrying about tomorrow. The problem with this judgment is that these people misinterpret the principles of preparation as worry. The principles I am justifying are not those of worry, but those of preparation. Again, we come back to Proverbs 22:3, which tells us the wise man foresees danger and hides himself. He takes action. Yes, the Bible tells us to be dependent on God, but this does not absolve us from preparing for catastrophe or storing resources for hard times. Look at the example of Joseph. When God told Joseph there would be seven years of plenty and seven years of famine, did Joseph just sit back and expect God to do the work? On the contrary, he immediately went to work, preparing for this time of hardship by storing food and taking action so he and his country would be ready for these seven years of famine. This is the same action Christians need to take when preparing for foreseeable catastrophes in the nearby future.

    The final objection is that many people do not have the money to prepare for these events. There is no set amount on how much money you should spend: there is no percentage or complex formula to show what is enough or not. The principle I am advocating is a mindset, not a calculated amount. Only the person preparing can know what enough is. The only way a person can be certain they can know this is by doing research, and analyzing one’s budget to match a survival plan. The amount of preparation can only come from a knowledge gained through research and understanding of the world around us. Then will we know how to prepare for the future.

    Nobody wants another Great Depression. Nobody wants another Hurricane Katrina. Nobody wants worldwide pandemic, food shortage, or any other catastrophes. Nevertheless, catastrophes are inevitable, no matter how much we despise them. God has placed these trials in our lives to fulfill His ultimate plan. However, that does not imply that we sit back and watch these events destroy us. There are many Biblical examples of physical preparation that coincide with dependence on God; examples that we need to follow. I pray that you do not just leave this room and keep on living your life as if nothing bad will happen to you, but rather, as Christians, step up to the examples set for us. Therefore, based on Biblical principles and the events of the past century, it is vital that we as Christians prepare for disasters.

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    If Technology Fails, Just How Long Are Your Long Range Plans?

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    The following article has been generously contributed by Tom Chatham, author of the newly released book The American Dream Lost – Economic Survival Strategy for a New Paradigm.

    The Library of Alexandria in Egypt is believed to have housed technology and historical texts dating back thousands of years. It was partially or completely burned on at least five occasions, including once by Julius Caesar circa 48 B.C. and finally by Muslim conquest in 642 A.D. Most of the knowledge it held was lost to mankind forever.

    When the Roman Empire died , the technology and living standard that had spread around Europe slowly died with them. Things such as paved roads, sanitation and aqua ducts to carry fresh water to cities were forgotten over the generations and men reverted to simpler forms of technology. This reversion led to the dark ages.

    After many generations the people relearned some of the forgotten technologies and advanced once again. There was no global cataclysm that brought about this reversion , it just happened because the knowledge of how the technology worked decayed along with the Romans and the average man did not understand the significance of these technologies.

    Eventually , future generations were ignorant of these technologies that once existed.

    Today we are blessed with truly unbelievable technology that holds many benefits for man. Almost everyone has a cell phone or computer , but do any of those people actually know how these things work?

    A lot of people can build a wood stove from scratch but how many can build a microwave oven or know exactly how a gas oven works?

    Our technology is dependent on simple machines that create parts for other more complex machines that create parts for machines that can make a computer chip. With each layer of technology , fewer and fewer people actually know how to recreate it from scratch.

    In our society it may not be necessary to know how to fix your own car or how a phone works because there is always someone else that knows the secrets of these devices. But , what if these people that hold the keys to our knowledge suddenly ceased to exist or if the technology somehow broke and they could not fix it?

    It is not unthinkable that a natural or manmade event could create a situation where our technology is damaged or destroyed beyond our ability to repair or recreate it from scratch. If all of our computer chips were destroyed along with the complex machines that make them, how long would it take us to recreate that technology and under what conditions would we be working?

    How many people in the world have the knowledge to do that?

    Any event that would destroy our technology would create chaos around the world. It’s not unreasonable to think that this chaos would prevent those with the knowledge from reconstituting our technology base in a timely manner.

    The longer it remains off line , the harder it will be to recreate it. This time lag could be months , years or generations. As time passes it is less likely that information will be passed on to the next generation to be reconstructed. This is how a society can devolve into a dark age.

    If information is not passed on it will eventually be lost to the ages.

    On a local level , if all of your conveniences were lost , how long would it take you to recreate them from scratch? Could you even do it? Even if you can make fuel for your vehicle , can you make the lubricants to keep it going or the bearings for the wheels to keep them turning?

    If an event took away most of our machines many would be able to rig up new machines from the parts to use for a while but what happens when these parts wear out? Even if you had a block of copper , and knew how to melt it , do you know how to turn it into a long piece of wire? A simple piece of wire seems pretty simple until you think about it that way.

    When we are thrown back on our own resources , we are dependent on the knowledge we have to solve problems. If you needed to reestablish communications with another town with technology that you had to build, what would you do?

    The simplest form of communication over a distance is light or hand signals but what if you could not see the next town on a direct line of sight?

    The simplest device you could build in electrical terms is a telegraph set.

    Could you build the keys , wire and batteries from scratch? Could you build a wagon from scratch to transport goods? The loss of technology would cause a regression to what we are capable of building ourselves.

    It is a feeling in the prepper community that you are never finished preparing for disaster. The possible collapse of our technology is the reason for this. With the vast amount of knowledge available to us it is almost impossible for any one person to know it all. This is why it is important to have a good reference library that you can refer to in times of need. I have a set of reference books that tell me how to build a charcoal foundry and from there to produce every part of several basic machining tools minus the electric motor.

    If I had to , I have the ability to build a small machine shop , powered by alternate means , to produce parts to build other machines. Even if I never build these things , the knowledge is there to pass down to the next generation so it is not forgotten.

    This could be the difference between living in a new dark age or just having a reduced standard of living for a few generations. I study obsolete technology because it is the basis of all of the technology we have today. It provides me with the basics to start the rebuilding process should it ever be necessary. Many have a plan to survive food disruptions and civil breakdown but how far out do those plans go?

    At some point , things will stabilize and the rebuilding will begin. Anyone that feels the need to prepare must also feel that they have a duty to the future to insure the continuation of our society.

    Any skills you have that can be passed on should be and for those you don’t have you should at least have books to pass on that knowledge. Our society cannot go on without a long range plan to at least provide the basics of human needs. Future generations depend on the information that we hand down to them, and lately we haven’t been doing a very good job of it.

    Tom Chatham is the author of the newly released book The American Dream Lost – Economic Survival Strategy for a New Paradigm.

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    Also by Tom Chatham:

    Prepping for the Financially Challenged: A One Month Survival Plan For Under $300

    Prepping for the Financially Challenged: Basic Survival Strategies For Apartments and Confined Spaces

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    Author and researcher Steve Quayle discussed a variety of issues and situations including the machinations of the New World Order, turmoil in Libya and the Middle East, Japan, the potential New Madrid quake, angelic wars, and biblical prophecy. "We're at a crossroads with so many strange, anomalous, and very dangerous events all taking place at once," he said. The nuclear situation in Japan is much worse than we're being told, and 1/3 of the north island is "probably going to be uninhabitable," he noted, adding that ionizing radiation stores up and is very difficult to get rid of.
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    Riverwalker's Pics - Buckets of Chicken

    Buckets of Chicken

    The little ladies have taken nicely to their coop renovations. The clear winner is bucket #1.

    It seems to be the favorite and is clearly the bucket of choice.

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    Staying above the water line!


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    The Advantages Of Greenhouse Gardening For Survival
    Monday, 09 April 2012 02:06 Brandon Smith

    I receive letters often that contain questions on the limits of growing your own food in colder climates like Montana and the rest of the "Redoubt", and sometimes, even broad accusations that regions like this are "incapable" of sustaining food production. Usually, these claims come from people who have never lived here, never built a sustainable garden, or never put any real thought into how to do so effectively. There are numerous methods for growing vibrant gardens in less than perfect weather, and growing in colder northern areas with longer winters is absolutely possible, given the gardener has some brains. In the video series below produced by The Survival Podcast, they showcase a very straightforward no nonsense experiment which proves that with a little ingenuity (and rudimentary greenhouse methods) you can indeed grow vegetables regardless of the temperature or the region in which you live. Anyone who says otherwise simply doesn't know what he is talking about...

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    Pack A Bug-Out Kit And Conduct A Practice Drill

    April 9, 2012 by Peggy Layton

    Go camping to practice bugging out.

    Every family should practice emergency procedures and conduct regular emergency drills, especially with their children, friends, neighbors and church or group members. Belonging to a like-minded group is very important. Meeting often to plan strategies is important, as is taking into consideration the elderly, young children, neighbors and other community members.

    It is a good idea to conduct two separate practice drills by simulating being cut off from utilities such as heat, electricity, water, food, etc. for a weekend or a 72-hour period of time during which you do not go to the grocery store or purchase gas for the car. The first drill would be one in which you survive in place at your home; the second one would be one in which you leave your home and flee to a safer place (go camping to practice bugging out). Keep a notebook of all the things you wished you had and how difficult it was to stay warm, cook food and produce light. You would need to decide the most likely disasters that your family would face in your community. Some areas are more prone to tornados and hurricanes. Others would be more prone to earthquakes. Still others might be more prone to economic situations such as job layoffs. These practice drills will show you how well you would do if the grid went down.

    What It Takes To Survive A Short-Term Emergency
    Prepare a bug-out or 72-hour kit for the practice drills. Afterward, note of all the problems that you encountered and restock your 72-hour kit accordingly. Each family member should have a personal kit that can be carried with the items specifically organized for that person. Remember any special needs such as medication, baby formula, etc.
    I suggest that you pack all these supplies either in a backpack, duffel bag, plastic tub with handles or a suitcase on rollers. Make sure it is a good suitcase with heavy-duty rollers or wheels because if you need to evacuate and have to roll the suitcase in gravel or on pavement, the rollers might break. With a backpack, your hands will be free to carry other items or even young children.

    Basic Items For A 72-Hour Kit Include

    1. Food for three days that requires no refrigeration or cooking: things such as tuna fish in foil pouches, granola bars, dried fruit and meals ready to eat. I look for food that is lightweight and can be opened and eaten right from the can. Don’t forget the can opener.
    2. If you are using GOFoods premade meals, click here. If you can boil water, you can cook GOFoods meals with a small stove.
    3. Water (a minimum of 3 gallons). Use a 3-gallon container with a handle for water because you can just grab it along with the 72-hour kit and go.
    4. ION water treatment to kill bacteria. Click here.
    5. A lightweight water filtration unit such as the Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter.
    6. One change of clothing for each family member, plus several pairs of underwear and socks, a warm coat, a hat and leather gloves.
    7. A first-aid kit along with a first-aid book with basic instructions.
    8. Medication required for all family members. Extra insulin, aspirin, etc.
    9. Sleeping bags and blankets.
    10. Lightweight shelter such as a tube tent. Nylon rope or cords.
    11. Battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
    12. Flashlight (I prefer a solar powered flashlight click here Home), hand warmers, light sticks, candles, matches and butane lighter.
    13. Copies of all-important paperwork such as passport, driver’s license and credit card information.
    14. Tools such as a pocketknife, small shovel, ax, duct tape and hammer.
    15. Child- and infant-care items.
    16. Sanitary items such as garbage bags, toilet paper, diapers if needed, wet wipes to clean up, hand sanitizer.
    17. Pen and notebook.
    18. Money in small bills and change.

    72-Hour Pack For Young Children And Babies
    If you have young children, pack a bag with items such as;

    1. Disposable diapers and small trash bags to dispose of the diapers.
    2. Wet wipes or towelettes.
    3. Baby lotion and diaper rash ointment.
    4. Baby formula and water for mixing.
    5. Bottles and nipples.
    6. Baby food and utensils.
    7. Any medications.
    8. Warm clothing, hats, gloves shoes and warm socks.
    9. Blankets.
    10. Small toys.

    This list is a basic list of items that will be helpful. You need to add anything else to your kit that you need. Tailor this kit to your family. The goal is to be able to carry these items, so prepare lightly and make sure you are preparing the correct items for your family to have their basic needs met during a time of stress. This is why it is so important to practice the drills with your family so you are prepared.

    Products I Have Been Testing
    I have been testing some items for my 72-hour pack, and I feel like they are worth telling you about:
    Solar powered flashlight:

    • Works in extreme temperatures, hot or cold.
    • Fully charged right out of the box. No need to ever purchase batteries.
    • More than 100,000 hours of use.
    • Powered by the sun, ambient and artificial light, indoor and out.
    • 100 percent waterproof, and it floats.
    • Holds a single charge for three full years without exposing it to light.
    • Lifetime warranty.
    • Mono Silicon Solar Powered with battery backup. Will charge using any light source. Alternative energy saves money.
    • Always ready to use, eco-friendly and can be stored anywhere.
    • Super-bright LED. Provides bright light with spot and wide path.
    • Made of 50 percent polycarbonate and 50 percent plastic. Unmatched in durability.
    • One-piece construction. No chance to split at seams. Withstands strong impact.

    Jetboil Cooker:
    Jetboil’s Group Cooking System (GCS) brings versatility to fast, efficient outdoor cooking. Throw in a can of fuel, snap on the lid, and you have everything you need for backcountry cuisine in one convenient, lightweight package. The pot heats quickly and evenly, so you can enjoy perfect scrambled eggs, rice, GOFoods and pan breads. Foldout rubberized wire handles and an insulating cozy make for safe and easy handling.

    • 1.5 Liter FluxRing® pot with insulating cozy and fold-out handles.
    • Adjustable burner with push-button igniter.
    • Insulating lid and bottom cover.
    • Quick-lock universal pot support.
    • Canister stabilizer.

    Jetboil Hot Water Cup
    The ultra-compact 1-liter unit is ideal for dehydrated meals, coffee or tea on the go, remote worksites and emergency kits. Travel light and prep easy. The Personal Cooking System (PCS) is a complete food and beverage multi-tool you can hold in your hand that weighs about a pound. It lights with the click of a button; within two minutes, you’ve got two cups of boiling water ready for coffee or a quick meal. Pack components, fuel and accessories into the cup for convenient transport.

    • Liter FluxRing® cooking cup with insulating Cargo Cozy.
    • Adjustable burner with push-button igniter.
    • Insulating drink-through lid.
    • Insulating measuring cup bottom.
    • Fuel sold separately.

    Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter

    • The Katadyn Hiker Pro comes with a removable filter protector to extend cartridge life in challenging conditions.
    • Thanks to quick-connect fittings, the installation and removal of input and output hoses are easy.
    • It also connects directly to hydration packs with ¼-inch drink tubes. Includes prefilter, bottle adapter and carry bag.

    ION (Stabilized Oxygen) Water Treatment

    • ION is a stabilized oxygen product that I have found to be very effective in water treatment. Studies show ION will kill giardia, cholera and dysentery within a few minutes.
    • It doesn’t have any of the harmful side effects that are associated with chlorine or Iodine. ION has a high concentration of oxygen. High levels of oxygen will kill harmful bacteria.
    • The name “ION” stands for ions of oxygen with a negative charge. By removing the positive charge from the water, the process creates stabilized nontoxic oxygen.
    • Anaerobic pathogens or infectious microorganisms in the water cannot survive in the presence of oxygen. ION will not harm the normal flora in our bodies.
    • ION can be taken every day (five drops per 8-ounce glass of water). This will kill all harmful bacteria in the body such as the flu bug. It also oxygenates the blood which boosts the immune system so your body will fight infections. To purchase ION, click here. If you purchase 10 bottles at a time, you can get a discount. If you purchase 25 or more bottles, you can buy it wholesale.

    GOFoods Meals Ready To Eat

    • As long as you have a way to boil water, you can cook GOFoods meals.
    • The company lets you try 12 free servings before you buy. Just pay $9.95 shipping and receive three free meals that serve four people per pouch.
    • These non-GMO foods do not contain MSG, trans fats, harmful chemicals or insecticides, and they have a 15-year shelf life.
    • GOFoods are for on-the-go families because they can be eaten today, stored for the future or shared with family, friends or neighbors.
    • It is dehydrated, not freeze-dried, so the prices are very reasonable. Each package of food is ready to go with everything except the water. It takes only 15-20 minutes to cook, and the food is delicious. The packages feed two to four people.
    • The Mylar® packages include breakfast items such as pancake mix, oatmeal, granola and powdered milk.
    • They also include soups for lunch like cheddar broccoli, Italian chicken, vegetable beef, tortilla soup, corn chowder, minestrone, chicken noodle, chili and potato cheddar.
    • Entrées for dinner and other baking items include chicken pasta Alfredo, cheesy chicken rice casserole, beef stroganoff, au gratin potatoes, instant seasoned potatoes, corn muffin mix, cornmeal dumplings, wheat bread mix, buttermilk biscuit mix and more.
    • Click here to check out this great food with a 15-year shelf life.

    To purchase any of the seven books I have written or purchase any of the products I have featured in this article, please check out my website at
    –Peggy Layton

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    Doomsday shelter being built below Kansas prairie where millionaires will sit out Apocalypse in style

    Eddie Wrenn
    Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:14 CDT

    • Four buyers have already invested in condos below the ground
    • Fears range from pandemics, terrorism and solar flares
    • Indoor farm to provide fish and veg for 70 people for as long as necessary

    When you buy a house, you end up feeling like you will be paying it off until the world ends.

    Well, how about one of these luxurious condos, which come with all the mod-cons, as well as a pool, a movie theater and a library - oh, and a guarantee that it will survive Doomsday if and when that fateful day comes.

    For these luxury flats, deep below the Kansas prairie in the shaft of an abandoned missile silo, are meant to withstand everything from economic collapse and solar flares to terrorist attacks and pandemics.

    © Larry Hall

    Safe from solar flares to economic collapse: And yours for a cool $7million

    Naturally, there will be no one around to phone if the guarantee fails - but at that point, the
    insurance will probably be the least of your worries.

    So far, four buyers have thrown down a total of about $7million (£4.4m) for havens to flee to when disaster happens or the end is nigh. And developer Larry Hall has options to retro-fit three more Cold War-era silos when this one fills up.

    Hall said: 'They worry about events ranging from solar flares, to economic collapse, to pandemics to terrorism to food shortages.'

    © Larry Hall

    Inside: The circular designs provide a luxurious and attractive setting to watch the world end

    © Larry Hall
    So far four buyers have thrown down a total of about $7million (£4.4m) for a haven under the prairie

    These 'doomsday preppers', as they are called, want a safe place and he will be there with them because Hall, 55, bought one of the condos for himself. He says his fear is that sun flares could wipe out the power grid and cause chaos.

    He and his wife and son live in Denver and will use their condo mostly as a
    vacation home, he says, but if the grid goes, they will be ready.

    Hall isn't the first person to buy an abandoned nuclear missile silo and transform at least part of it into a shelter.

    Built to withstand an atomic blast, even the most paranoid can find comfort inside concrete walls that are nine feet thick and stretch 174 feet (53 meters) underground.

    © Larry Hall

    All the comforts of home: The condos even have ensuite toilets and double sinks

    © Larry Hall
    The warm living room features a fireplace - all the better to curl up by if the world outside is going down in flames

    © Larry Hall
    The open
    kitchens have all the conveniences of modern life and the ceilings have built-in lights. There is a breakfast bar

    Instead of simply setting up shop in the old living quarters provided for missile operators, Hall is building condos right up the missile shaft.

    Seven of the 14 underground floors will be condo space selling for $2 million a floor or $1 million a half floor. Three and a half units have been sold, two contracts are pending and only two more full units are available, Hall said.

    For now, metal stairs stretch down to connect each floor but an elevator will later replace them. The units are within a steel and concrete core inside the original thick concrete, which makes them better able to withstand earthquakes.

    © AFP/Getty Images
    Prepared for anything: Larry Hall under the blue skies and on top of his survival condos

    If the Apocalypse comes, head this way to safety - if they will let you in
    Hall is also installing an indoor farm to grow enough fish and vegetables to feed 70 people for as long as they need to stay inside and also stockpiling enough dry goods to feed them for five years.

    The top floor and an outside building above it will be for elaborate security.

    Other floors will be for a pool, a movie theater and a library, and when in lockdown mode there will be floors for a medical center and a school.

    Complex life support systems provide energy supplies from sources of conventional power, as well as windmill power and generators.

    Giant underground water tanks will hold water pre-filtered through carbon and sand. And, of course, an elaborate security system and staff will keep marauding hordes out.

    The silos as the were in the early 1960s: Developer Larry Hall is converting four of the 72 Atlas "F" Missile Bases into luxury doomsday shelters

    The condo elevator will only operate if a person's fingerprint matches its system, Hall said. Cameras will monitor a barbed-wire topped fence and give plenty of warning of possible intruders. Responses can range from a warning to lethal force.

    'If they try to climb the fence we can stun them,' he said. 'If they want to break into the system, we can put an end to that.'

    Doomsday fears have flourished throughout history, but what once involved isolated pockets of fear now spreads worldwide through the media and Internet.

    They have also expanded into the popular culture thanks to the success of dystopian fantasies like the Hunger Games and a National Geographic reality show about those preparing for doomsday.

    Just rubble then: But Larry Hall has worked steadily to pump water out of the silos and then convert them into luxury condos

    Not much to look at now: But the silos will have all the mod-cons and, more importantly, will let you see out the Apocalypse in style

    © Alamy
    A tornado blows through a Kansas Wheat Field: If the end of the world does come, these condos may be the last resort

    © Rex Features
    A solar flare in March: Larry Halls says one of his big fears are flares from on-high

    Fear sells even better than sex,' said John Hoopes, a professor in the anthropology department at the University of Kansas who has studied the spread of doomsday culture.

    'Now the entire planet is involved and that's the result of the Internet,' he said.

    'I think it's mostly a strategy for feeling less alone and helpless,' he said. 'People don't like to feel they're the only ones fearing the inevitable, which is each individual's personal death.'

    Those who sign on to prepare for the worst, he said, fall into a salesman's strategy: 'Act now, or you're a loser.'

    Hall says threats from nature and man are increasing and he wants to create a safe communal society where people survive chaos in comfort, with each person doing an assigned job and interacting with others.

    A tombstone-shaped sign declaring 'This Old Missile Base' leads to a locked fence surrounding the construction site northwest of Salina. Hall insists the exact location be kept secret.

    The fence slides open and Hall leads reporters or potential buyers past an opening in the ground to the metal stairs stretching down the silo.

    'You can stand here and literally it's like a deprivation chamber - you can't hear anything,' Hall said pointing out the 10-foot high ceilings and a cave-like quiet.

    Building for our future: These workers never knew they might be building humanity's last holdout

    He is working to finish an 1,800 square-foot (167 square-meter) unit for a wealthy businesswoman with two teen children.

    Electronic screens will serve as windows, offering views of Paris, New York, a beach, a forest or whatever she decides to see.

    The unit itself will have top-end appliances, walk-in closets in the bedrooms, a kitchen and dining area and two living rooms to avoid arguments about what to watch on TV.

    So far he has spent $4 million on the entire silo, including $300,000 he paid for it in 2008, when it was flooded with water and locked by giant steel doors. He expects to have all the seven floors of condos sold by August.

    © Larry Hall
    A 2007 design by Larry Hall for a survival bunker built 200ft below ground

    Interested buyers have included an NFL player, a racing car driver, a movie producer and famous politicians, he said, but he now requires all the money up front.

    Four people who put down $250,000 deposits could not come up with the rest and he returned the deposits, but the economy is getting better and global warming, strange weather and disasters are stoking fears.

    The recent earthquakes in Mexico prompted several calls from potential buyers, he said, predicting more bad things will happen and more silos will be waiting.

    About 70 Atlas-F silos were built and he has options on three more of them, he said.

    'One is an entire silo for one individual, but I won't know that until his check clears the bank,' Hall said

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    Map Of The Dead: How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/11/2012 09:48 -0400
    New York Fed

    On a long enough timeline... the zombies will arise, and exhibit a sudden craving for brain stew. So what is a person who will have survived the great central bank collapse to do? Full interactive map for any specific location in the US can be found at

    US Danger Zones...

    And for our friends at the New York Fed...

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    Fleeing Babylon

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    By Holly Deyo, Contributing Writer
    April 10, 2012

    FEMA camps, increasing earthquakes, government intrusion, warrantless searches, global economic collapse, mandated healthcare, RFID tagging, climate change, solar kill shots, terrorist threats, violent social unrest, court-driven legislation, unprecedented Presidential control, spy cams galore, staggering debt, Congressional circumvention, racial clashes, increased drug-resistant diseases, unbelievable climate extremes, unbridled government coercion, unfair taxation, class disparity, ramped up Earth changes. Whew!

    People cry out for direction… Where can I go? Where should I move? What country is safe? Tell me! TELL ME!

    I should have written this article four years ago, but people would not have listened. Now it is nearly too late.

    Increasingly people feel the answer is to flee our Country, move somewhere else, move ANYWHERE else. Before you embark on this likely one-way journey, let me share with you what it might be like.

    In the last 12 months, I’ve read numerous accounts of people suggesting to those who have the means to move to Central America, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Mexico, ANYWHERE – besides here. Even before that when people had heard we’d lived in Oz many years, inevitably comments poured in, “I’ve always wanted to go to Australia!”

    It’s time for a reality check.

    Living in a foreign country is vastly different than merely visiting it for even 6 months. As a tourist you’ll be treated like royalty as it’s your pocket’s contents they want, not your presence.

    My husband moved to Australia to pursue his advanced propulsion research in 1971. At that time, Australia welcomed him like a chick to its nest.

    Many of his closest friends are still those who live Downunder and three of our children and their families live there. But these are people that it takes years to bond with, to be accepted by.

    Australia is a unique and beautiful country, but not without built-in problems. Let me say at this point, that it is not my intention to offend any Australian or any person living in another country.
    If they moved to America, they might feel the same way I did living elsewhere. To this day, Stan and I have dear friends In Australia with whom we still write and Skype.

    Six months ago Stan lost his oldest Aussie friend Charlie Parker. Chas built the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria from the ground up. He befriended Stan when he first set foot in The Lucky Country helping him beyond measure and they remained friends for over 40 years until his death in November.

    You don’t ever find better friends than he and his wife, Val. They were our Aussie family and there are others too, that we’ll let go unnamed. So I’m not picking on Australians. It’s just the experience I’m compelled to share because people are looking for answers.

    It was 30 years later, nearly to the day, when Stan came home to America. In the intervening time, I had lived in Australia 5-1/2 long years and feel qualified to give an eagle-eye assessment of residing in a foreign country having given it a “fair go”.

    It is nearly impossible for people to adequately explain what it’s like to live abroad without having done so. Yet many pundits pontificate on this subject while sitting cozily in their American bugout quarters.

    When I moved to Perth in 1996, it wasn’t that I wanted to leave America. It was simply easier for me to relocate there than it was for Stan to come here. I was high on the prospect of marrying my beloved and hummed happily while packing boxes and boxes and even more boxes.

    Thinking to be clever, I’d ironed every stick of clothing beforehand and packed it carefully so that chore would be done for about 6 months. There would more time to get used to my new country, my new husband and sightsee.

    When most of it arrived through Customs several months later, every single piece of clothing had been removed from countless boxes and shoved back inside in massive colored wads of tangled, wrinkled fabric. Some of my most treasured items – things that would have meant nothing to anyone else – were magically “lost”.

    Most surprising was to find that the Cuisinart had been used sometime between Denver and Perth and put back into the packing dirty and oily.

    After the first glow of romancing a new country wore off, innumerable changes surfaced. I had to learn to drive on the “wrong” side of the road. It meant a new driver’s license and a new test. Everything was measured in metric from distances to recipes to weight.

    Road differences like irritating roundabouts had to be negotiated, but driving-wise, most frustrating was traveling to a specific destination. In America where even numbers are on one side of the street and odd ones on the other, often there was no logic to addresses.

    It was random chaos. On many occasions, once you crossed an intersection, the street you were driving on vanished and it became a whole other road. Oopsies. Sorry, the change wasn’t on the map! For people new to the area, it was like driving in a time warp.

    I used to be a pretty decent cook, took gourmet classes occasionally in Kansas City and knew my way around the kitchen with fair ease. However, it was like someone had sucked my brain out between leaving Denver and arriving in Perth.

    Shopping was culture shock! Many ingredients that were common in the States were non-existent Downunder and when you could find them, the prices might rival those for your first born. Other problems encountered were equivalent conversions.

    In the States, a “can” might consist of 14 oz., but there it could be 300 grams, which when you convert it, is only 10-1/2 oz. This difference certainly mucks up recipes.

    It’s these seemingly small irritations that are a big part of why female immigrants to Oz generally only last two years. And this time frame is for one of the countries most like America. That two year statistic is according to Australia’s Dept. Immigration and Citizenship, not something scraped off the bottom of my shoe. Now think what that transition would be like to a country where you don’t even speak the language….

    Imagine trading every single thing you know, every piece of history you identify with, every single store you’re used to shopping, every landmark you associate with your culture, every street familiar to you, every joke and bit of humor you “get”, every idiom that’s a part of your language, every holiday that is your tradition, every convenience you take for granted. Weigh all that and more, it carves a big hole out of your heart.

    I remember seeing programs on Aussie TV that originated in America. It was so good when they panned the city and one got to glimpse a slice of home, even if for a few seconds. Though those seconds brought more waves of wretched homesickness, it was wonderful to see America again.

    The most screamingly hilarious, ridiculous stroke of insanity came with the mandatory immigration papers. Because I arrived in Australia unmarried, it was assumed I had moved Downunder to IMPROVE my living standards. IMPROVE MY LIVING CONDITIONS? Are you kidding?

    I N T E R I M S I L E N C E

    Please excuse this interim silence. I had to collect myself from the hysteria that threatened to erupt while contemplating that improbable thought! Imagine moving from the world’s super power to a somewhat backward (in the smaller towns) socialist country to “improve my circumstances”.

    To be fair, Australia gets a lot of Asian, Indian and Indonesia immigrants, and in those cases, yes, most likely they would be moving to better conditions. Second point of fairness, when we lived in Perth, it was closest to living in the States since many U.S. service people are stationed in Fremantle, which is just south of there.

    Generally people in Western Australia “get” Americans and we met some absolutely delightful folks. That said, Perth is a big city and if your purpose is to get out of the line of fire, like here, you don’t want to be in heavily populated areas.

    In the ensuing four years, a stack of paperwork literally 2” thick had to be completed for the Australian government.

    Every 6 months I had to exit the country for 6 weeks at a time to not overstay the visa. That became VERY expensive for the two of us. I also had to prove that my personal funds were sufficient to show that I was an “asset” and would not be a burden on their welfare system.

    Background checks were run on me both in Colorado and in Perth by their police departments to make sure I wasn’t some bolting criminal. Oh yes, I had to pay for these too.

    Next came medical checks. A complete physical was performed especially to make sure I wasn’t carrying any transmissible diseases and most notably, ones of a sexual nature.

    Essays of why I wanted to move to Australia had to be completed and submitted, along with birth certificate, social security number, personal history, and a ton of other data that clogs the memory banks.

    Over the course of the 4 years “approval” time, four recommendations from Australian friends had to be submitted attesting to my good character.

    This is what it’s like when you play by the rules just for residency, never mind citizenship. That said, U.S. citizenship was one thing I would never, not ever, have relinquished. Four long years later, nearly to the day, approval to stay in Australia was granted.

    However, by that time, homesickness for America had reached astronomical, unbearable heights and Stan and I considered moving home. Thank you God. Thank you God. THANK YOU GOD and praise YOU! But it would be another year and a half before it came to pass.

    During these 5-1/2 years, because I retained my U.S. citizenship, we paid dual income tax on the same money, which was very expensive.

    This made Stan extra happy since he had to do paperwork for this exercise every 6 months – one return for America and one for Australia. It was like enduring male PMS every 180 days that lasted two weeks at a crack.

    BACK TO THE 1800′s
    Before moving to Australia for two decades I had run a small, very profitable business. Hired, fired, trained, interviewed prospective personnel, did the payroll, quarterly returns, etc. I was used to handling everything and anything, and making all decisions.

    Imagine the surprise to find that Downunder many women are still viewed as having no minds except for creativeness in the sack, washing laundry and prepping food. Imagine dialing the clock back two centuries… Didn’t the days of man’s knuckle-dragging disappear in the 60′s? Not there. Even Stan was shocked to see the disparity in treatment.

    Without being a snot, I still expected to make decisions beyond what to wear that day. That was a mistake.

    One day, Stan and I were shopping and I whipped out a $100 bill for the clerk and the change was given to Stan. He handed it over to me and we went about our business. This happened time and again, and not just by men. Women, too, thought the fairer sex, meant you were the stupider sex.

    Just as now, Stan and I ran our own publishing business. When I answered the phone, the male Aussie caller would invariably ask for Stan. When screening a call and determining that all he wanted was our P.O. Box address, he still implied the only person capable of imparting that information was my spouse.

    About the 10th time this occurred, the poor bugger at the other end of the line got a full ear-blast. His jaw is probably still dragging the ground, along with his knuckles.

    Another example of basic country differences showed up in the grocery store. You know we Americans can talk the ear off a deaf person. We converse while waiting in line, we talk to strangers, heck, sometimes we even talk to ourselves. We’re naturally a friendly lot.

    While waiting in line at Coles (it’s like Safeway here) I was bored spitless and attempted to engage in conversation with the woman behind me. At first try, she pretty much ignored me. On the second attempt, she looked at me like I had a third ear.

    Finally she gave in and you could see she thought it was pretty nice talking, but breaking the ice required a sledgehammer. Anyway, it made me smile, which remained glued on my face till reaching the checkout clerk. Clearly there was something off here.

    I didn’t know her from a bar of soap, but asked if she were OK. She mumbled something and continued chucking groceries into the bag. This woman couldn’t have been more than 19. She was frail and her hair was bedraggled and dull. Frankly, she looked hammered with tiredness.

    Again I ask if she were OK and she confirmed that she was just exhausted. OK, 19, healthy, why are you so tired? Despite her reticence to talk to a stranger, let alone a Yank, she said that once she finally got off work she had to go home and clean house.

    Then she had to make dinner for her boyfriend and his friend who also lived with them. She barely had time to study before dropping into bed and then having to get up just to do it all over again. When asked what they did all day she replied, “play video games”. I’m sure my mouth must have hung open a full 10 seconds before recovering from shock to ask her, “why do you put up with this?”

    Then it was her turn to be shocked. Apparently it had never crossed her mind to think things could be different. She had been beaten down for so long, “down” seemed to be her only direction. We talked a little longer and by the time the groceries were sacked, you could see the wheels clicking around in her mind. Maybe life could be different…

    Stan and I arrived home in 2000 on a scouting mission for a place to live. Restaurants were alive with conversation and with people laughing. Stan looked around in surprise. It’d been so long since he’d heard just normal conversation while dining out. In Australia it really wasn’t the done thing. People got on with eating and little else.

    Later when we passed through a mall door, a little old lady held it open for him. When we passed through, he turned and asked, “why’d she do that?”

    Huh? “Do what?”

    “Hold the door open for me.” He replied patiently.

    “Because that’s what we do here. It’s just common courtesy.”

    I can’t tell you the number of times when walking through a door in Victoria and the person a hair’s breath away let the door slam right in my face. It just wouldn’t occur to them to do otherwise. What it does do is point out differences once again between Americans and “somewhere else.”

    One way women feel at home in a new environment is through shopping. If we can just find a store we really like, it makes us acclimatize easier. However, shopping for clothes there was nearly impossible. I simply could not find jeans to fit. My body is curvy and long-legged, but most Australian women are either more straight-legged and they gain weight in their middles or they are Asian built with very short, lean legs. Either way I simply couldn’t find Levis to fit and ended up importing them from Colorado. It was beyond frustrating and I didn’t purchase more than two pieces of clothing the whole time in Australia.

    OK, these are bearable grievances IF you have no alternative for where to live. One could suck it up and buck up if necessary. Trouble was, I didn’t have to and it made the longing to go home all the stronger. I just didn’t fit.

    One November really dear friends gave up a surprise Thanksgiving feast. We were touched down to our toes and Carmel had even made a traditional pumpkin pie though Aussies normally eat pumpkin in soup.

    Their entire family had come to dinner from around the country – all 11 kids. One of their sons was an international banker in South America. Mike was refined and sophisticated; he had a quick wit and even quicker tongue.

    Partway through dinner, Mike inquired whether we’d read an editorial the preceding week in The Age, Melbourne’s lead newspaper. No we hadn’t, should we have? Quietly he nodded, “Yes, this bloke wrote a piece about what’s wrong with Americans.”

    He paused, then continued. “They’re over sexed, over paid and over here – still.” Then Mike flashed an engaging grin, but we sensed his underlying animus. Living primarily in South America, he been exposed too long to ill feelings toward Americans and it was impossible for him to disguise his own dislike.

    This sentiment dates back to WWII when many U.S. servicemen took their R&R in The Lucky Country. By all counts, American men had more $$ and their teeth were better. We had better diets, so our men were bigger, healthier and generally better looking. Those are Mike’s word, not mine.

    Australian women fell all over themselves thinking if they put out, the servicemen would marry them and take them back to America.

    Instead it produced a rash of illegitimate babies, literally thousands of them and Americans were blamed for that, pretty much like we are for the rest of the world’s problems. Somehow, it was always conveniently overlooked that if the Australian women hadn’t been so easy, they wouldn’t have ended up pregnant.

    I looked over at Stan; he looked at me. You could have heard a leaf drop two miles away. For a moment, no one said a word. Then Carmel quipped, “Would somebody please pass the peas?” She must have been beyond mortified and we were embarrassed for her for Mike’s brash manners.

    A second clue came to light about the true feelings some Australians share when Stan took our truck to the mechanic. Every time we saw Joe, he was always singing and talking about going to America. His dream was to conquer L.A. and hit it big in the music industry.

    We got to be friendly to the point where Stan shared with him a bad experience of being hugely overcharged by a repairman. Joe started to say something and changed his mind.

    When Stan prompted him, Joe finally conveyed that it was the prevailing attitude that most Americans had money. If they had money, they had “screwed somebody to get it”. (Believe me, that is the ‘cleaned up’ version.) And if Americans had screwed people to get what they had, it made them fair game for the same.

    Hence the overcharging. It was just assumed about Americans and wrongly so. Through the years, Stan learned it was best to live in jeans and drive a beat up car or your wallet would take a waxing.

    Wow! Was that attitude a shock! Stan had started an egg business at age 13 and I had worked every day since age 15. I worked year round and all through high school and university while carrying 19 hours a semester. No one “gave” us anything and both sets of our parents had instilled in the kids a strong work ethic. The Australian “tall poppy” attitude was disappointing.

    So now you have a general picture of what it’s like on the downside of living in a foreign country during good times, a country as much like America as you’ll find with the possible exception of Canada. To be fair, it is much more difficult for women to adjust to living outside the U.S. than it is for men. Additionally the older people are when they move, the more difficult the transition.

    We’ve had half a dozen acquaintances over the past few years move to Australia and New Zealand. They quit their job, sold out, and moved their entire family to a place they’d never been. Thinking to make the best of it, they dug in as had we.

    When I say “dug in”, it took us two full years to make our 10-acre farmlet self-sufficient. It was truly a beautiful property with two wells, two ponds, fully fenced acreage, steers, good neighbors, stored food, a productive garden and everything was debt-free. However, those are just “things” and it can’t replace family, your heritage and your ties.

    Within two years, three tops, those people who had moved to Oceana packed it in and came home to America. Those were expensive lessons – all in a fit to “escape”.

    What if you are abroad when the SHTF? How will you feel when all that you loved disappears? You will, in essence, be a country orphan. It is something neither Stan nor I could contemplate. We would rather go down with the ship so to speak, than to save our buns, but have your heart ripped out. When we finally decided to come home, it was after much prayer – 6 months in fact, of asking for direction.

    Stan has shared this dream/vision in interviews before so I’ll just reference the barest outline. He was shown this exact location, where we live now, looking southwest to the mountains as seen from our basement window.

    Three times on the map was spelled out B E U L A H, which is the small town we see from that perspective. When he lifted his head, an invisible hand pushed his face down again to look carefully at the map. It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

    In 2001 when we came home and for many years before that, Stan knew that America would be taken out of the picture. Then, more than a decade ago, I didn’t have a firm grasp on that concept. Not really. All I could think about was coming home to Colorado. So even though Stan knew this will not end well for our Nation, he obeyed the Lord and moved us where he was shown.

    So chances are when things go south globally, it will be perceived as America’s fault if not in actuality. Right now you might be contemplating moving out of America or perhaps you’ve already done so.

    Maybe the Natives are friendly now, but how will they treat you if you are seen as the cause of their newfound misery? You may not be directly responsible, but you will be the bull’s-eye of their hatred for deep inside you will always be American.

    When America goes down, the world will too, and while the entire world grieves our destruction, poo rolls downhill and attaches to all in its path. Remember Revelation 18:9-20?

    Where will people get the better-made goods and to whom will they sell all their stuff? Aren’t we the great consumers?

    A lot of people have posed the question, just exactly what or who in scripture is Babylon? What is Mystery Babylon? It’s hard to believe that it could only be a literal place because while there are millions of Christians in this country, most would not have the financial means to pick up sticks and move across the world. What country would take in millions and millions of fleeing Americans?

    Consider that it’s no one thing, but a system, a religion, and a place. Entire treatises are devoted to this subject and Mystery Babylon is not the point of this message so please don’t write me on this. This was a rhetorically-posed question only.

    What is hoped by this author is for those thinking of moving abroad that you consider all ramifications rationally and carefully. Do not romanticize such a move.

    There is nothing romantic about it. It is difficult and expensive and one that will leave wounds in your heart you can’t even imagine. Then pray about it. If the Lord shows you unquestionably to leave, then do so and He will take care of you.

    I love our country, but not its government. It has become a corrupt and contemptible machine. While this Nation resembles little of what it used to be even 25 years ago, it is still the best place and I’m glad to be home.

    Regardless, make your preparations as quickly as possible. So many, many people feel – Stan and I included – time is running out on nearly every front. Getting a new place ready and fully quipped, whether within the U.S. or abroad, takes time and considerable money.

    The dilemma is well summed up by the 70′s punk rock band, The Clash in Should I Stay or Should I Go? – “If I go there will be trouble, if I stay, it will be double.” Whatever you decide, Godspeed.
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