Surviving Vehicular Terrorism

by joe alton, md

CNN reports that a man in Berlin used a truck to plow through a group of people at a Christmas market, killing 9 and injuring 50 more. The tractor-trailer appeared to deliberately ram through several stalls at what is estimated to be 40 miles per hour; German authorities are treating the incident, at present, as a terror event.

The attack appears to parallel the cargo truck killing of 86 people and the wounding of 434 others in Nice, France during a fireworks display on a national holiday. On a smaller scale, a Somali student at Ohio State University recently ran down a number of people before leaving his car and stabbing several others with a large knife. A pattern seems to be emerging where a vehicle is used to cause casualties in public spaces.

This pattern is not occurring by accident. The English-language ISIS magazine “Rumiyah” has recently called for vehicle attacks on the West. An article that discussed which vehicles are best to do the most damage was titled “Just Terror Tactics”. Al-Qaeda has made calls for similar attacks, calling pickup trucks “the ultimate mowing machine”.

The article was quoted in the Business Insider: “Though being an essential part of modern life, very few actually comprehend the deadly and destructive capability of the motor vehicle and its capacity of reaping large numbers of casualties if used in a premeditated manner…Vehicles are like knives, as they are extremely easy to acquire…”

Ordinarily, terror attacks are associated with guns, but these items are difficult to come by in most countries. Bombs, another preferred terrorist weapon, require expertise to assemble safely. Owning or renting a vehicle, however, is much more common and requires little skill to operate. Trucks and cars can cause mass casualties if wielded as a weapon; obtaining one elicits no suspicion.

Therefore, would-be terrorists now have a new blueprint for causing mayhem among an unsuspecting public. There are few who pay much attention to traffic unless they’re in a vehicle themselves or crossing the street. The speed at which a vehicle can accelerate and turn into a crowd leaves little time for reaction. Hence, the “success” rate of this type of terror event may surpass even a gunman’s ability to cause deaths and injuries.

The increasing number of terror events around the world underlines the increasing need for situational awareness. Situational awareness is the mindset whereby threats are mentally noted and avoided or abolished. Originally a tool for the military in combat, it is now a strategy for the average citizen in these uncertain times.

The situationally aware person is always at a state of “Yellow Alert” when in crowded public venues. By that, I mean a state of relaxed but vigilant observation of what is happening around him or her. When an action or behavior occurs that doesn’t match the surroundings and situation, it’s an anomaly.

When a vehicle moves erratically or leaves the normal pattern of traffic, it’s an anomaly that requires rapid action. Mentally noting routes of escape whenever you’re in a crowd will give you the best chance of getting out of the way. Just as knowing the location of exits in a mall or theater is good policy, a heightened awareness is now important at any outdoor event or popular public area near roadways.

For vehicular terrorists, the target will be crowds of people near the street. Their objective is mass casualties, and those pedestrians nearest the curb will bear the brunt of the attack. Consider walking on the fringe of a crowd away from the road to give yourself the most options. In the center, the masses, not your own good judgment, will dictate your movement. Take a walk along Times Square and you’ll see what I mean.

Municipalities can protect their citizens by constructing barriers known as “bollards” which would stop vehicles from entering pedestrian areas. These can be seen outside many government buildings and airport terminals. Expanding their use to areas that attract crowds would be an important consideration for the future.

I’ll admit that the likelihood you’ll be in the path of a terrorist using a vehicle, or any other weapon, is very small. Panic isn’t the answer, but these are troubled times; the more situationally aware you are, the safer you’ll be.

What did you do to prep this week?

Well, folks here we are again! Another week of prepping and only six more days until Obama leaves office and Trump takes over. It’s going to be an interesting time, and I’m glad Hillary didn’t get it for sure, but I’m still uneasy and prepping harder… in fact, I’ve been doubling down on my preps…

Something big is going to happen… I can feel it… get off your butt and do something if you’re not already. Time to prep is short, please take advantage of the small amount of extra time that the election of Donald J Trump has provided us with.

Please read my post – Five Predictions For The Trump Presidency That Should Keep You Awake At Night.

Okay, what did I do to prep this week…

As you can see it was a good week for me – doubling down on my preps now because I’m expecting more people to show up – they will bring their own food and weapons but it dosen’t hurt to have extra.

What about you? What did you do to prep this week?

The very second step for starting your prepping adventure -The Threat Matrix

By OhioPrepper

The title may seem a bit odd, since we generally think of the very first thing when we begin to perform any task; but, the first step anyone takes in a prepping adventure, is to come to the realization that the world is and always has been an uncertain place, and that having a base set of knowledge, skills, physical resources and the correct positive attitude, is a necessary thing to do for your own safety and peace of mind as well as  your loved ones.  It is said that you can lead a horse to water; but, you can’t make him drink, and I suspect most of us have had this same type of thoughts when we try to convince others that prepping is smart and even necessary, often to even have the person agree, and promptly ignore us.

In the prepping community, we often see the term, TEOTWAWKI, or The End OF The World As We Know It, with the important part being the last 4 words, As We Know It.  This term to some often conjures up visions of a global nuclear war, or an asteroid impact, creating that Zombie Apocalypse.

The real end of the world as each of us knows it will more likely be a personal event such as an illness or job loss. So how you may ask, do we determine what’s going to happen and how to plan for it?

The simple answer is the Threat Matrix, which we will discuss here.  This matrix is not hard or complex; but, will take some effort and thought as you create it, and once it’s completed, you’ll have a map to start you on your journey, with some sort of organization, and perhaps a little less stress.  You can use paper and pencil, or a spreadsheet or word processor, if you’re comfortable with those tools. Here’s how you construct yours.

Start with a list of threats in prioritized order, with loss of your income, death in the family, or sudden acute illness at the top. Add global nuclear war and life ending asteroid strike at the bottom. Fill in the middle with the threats you and your family could actually face. For instance, here in Ohio we can have blizzards and tornados; but, are not too concerned with earthquakes or hurricanes and generally not much with floods or wildfires at my location, so be honest with yourself for your area.

Next, starting at the most likely (highest priority) event, make a list of the resources required to mitigate that threat. A resource in this case would be Materials, knowledge, and skills. Keep in mind also that sometimes people confuse information, knowledge, and skills; but, there is a simple way to understand the differences, and that is the application of them to your situation. A library with all of its books or the internet with all of its pages, text, videos, etc. contains absolutely no knowledge. It is only information. When you apply that information by reading, listening, or watching it, then you gain knowledge; but, that does not make a skill. You then apply that knowledge to create a skill, and then practice that skill to become proficient.

Once you have listed the stuff, knowledge, and skills for a threat, move on down to the next one on the list. What you will find is that as you move down the list, you start needing fewer resources, since they have already been covered in the higher priority levels. Once the matrix is complete, you have a map on what supplies, knowledge (books and other information), and skills to acquire, and like any journey, it gets only better with a map to the destination.

Also, note that as you prepare your way down this list, other things you missed will pop into your head; but, be assured that this is normal, and as you move on this journey in an organized fashion, you should occasionally stop and smell the roses, looking back for just a minute to see how far you’ve come. Always looking ahead will only tend to confuse, because this journey never has a final destination. I’ve been on the journey in a serious manner for more than 40 years, and still on occasion wonder what I’m missing.  Your journey will be not unlike the stories of Scheherazade, who’s never ending stories kept her alive for 1001 nights by telling stories so intriguing, that her benefactor kept her alive, waiting for her new stories every night.  Your extended story and your journey into preparedness will be constantly changing as you acquire new resources or skills, many of which will then equip you to think of and ask questions that might not have initially come to mind.

Often not knowing what we don’t know is our biggest problem; but, as you move forward, often very obvious things will occur to you, at which point you go back and rework the matrix; but, I promise that it will only get easier and you will eventually have at least a little peace of mind.

Another good resource is just reading this forum, and getting pointers and perspectives you may not have otherwise encountered.

Any threat on the list will require some basic starting items, so let’s get started:

Shelter & Clothing

Assuming that you already have a house, apartment or other abode, look around and determine how sheltering in this location would serve you, or if you plan to bug out to another location, look at the resources already cached there, what you need to take with you, your mode of transport, and the safest, least congested routes.

Energy

This can be anything from mains power with battery banks, generators, small-scale solar, wind, and water, as in low-head hydro.

On the low end, it could be simply AA, AAA, C, D, 18650, and other types of rechargeable cells with some way to keep them charged.  I saw an article long ago in The Mother Earth News showing how someone had rigged a small alternator or generator to a stationary bicycle and used that to charge batteries.  Another showed how they used a small battery and a bicycle like this to power a small TV set, so that in order to watch TV, one of the kids had to keep peddling.  I suspect their kids were not couch potatoes.

Under energy, keeping warm, cooking, and having a supply of hot water would also be something to consider.  It could be as simple as a coal or wood cook stove (assuming you have plenty of coal or wood resources available.

I remember another article where someone constructed their own coal mine.  They dug a huge hole on the property, lined it with tarps or some other materials and bought tons of coal that were dumped into the hole.  They then covered the coal with more tarps and then soil, making an out of sight relatively easy to access energy source.

Food & Water

A great starting place for this is the LDS food storage calculator found here http://providentliving.com/preparedness/food-storage/foodcalc/

Google can no doubt find others.

Add the LDS books:

  • A year’s supply in seven days
  • Deseret recipes
  • Dry-Pack Handouts

Many of these are available for free download at

:http://www.ldspreparedness.com/Files/

And:

http://allaboutfoodstorage.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/CANNERY-COOKBOOK.pdf

Dry-Pack Handouts: http://allaboutfoodstorage.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/CANNERY-COOKBOOK.pdf

Home Storage: Build on the Basics http://www.ldspreparedness.com/Files/dpEnsign.pdf

Update on milk storage: http://savedbyagun.com/Preparation%20Classes/Handouts/102%20-%203%20month%20Supply/milkstor.pdf

I mention and reference the LDS also known as the Mormons primarily because they are one of the best resources for preparedness, since it is part of their doctrine.  This is no different than referencing the NRA on firearms issues or the Red Cross for First Aid and CPR, since these are the organizations that have the expertise.

Security

Security will depend a lot on your own situation.  It can include everything from firearms (with proper training and practice) to cameras, fences, dogs, etc.  This area will need to be assessed as part of filling in the mitigation on the matrix, and will be up to you to determine what works for your location, expertise, and budget,

What we call prepping, the old timers and the Amish just consider living, so with that thought here is an additional resource

http://www.pssurvival.com/PS/Primitive_Skills/The_Old_Timer_Page_2004.pdf

Good luck on your journey, and I hope this makes you a little more organized and perhaps less confused, fearful, and stressed out.

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Fire Update For My Area…

Lot’s of readers have sent emails asking me about the forest fires in Tennessee, with the most common questions being – how close the fires have gotten to me, and if I’m okay. Thank everyone for asking and caring it means a lot to me and shows that we have a great community here.

First off, I’m fine and my home is fine, the fires got to within about a half a mile from my location a few weeks ago but that was successfully brought under control by firefighters and no deaths, injuries, or homes and or buildings were damaged by that fire.

For weeks there were forest fires popping up at random locations and a constant smell and fog of smoke all over the county but thankfully, there has not been any deaths or injuries or homes and or businesses damaged in my area that I’m aware of.

Unfortunately, Gatlinburg Tennessee which is about 85 miles to the south of me got the worst of it with reported loss of life with three people dead and many injuries and also many homes and businesses lost. The area has been devastated and will take several years to recover from the property damage, but the loss of life those families and loved ones will never fully recover from that.

Luckily, we have had rain here for the past two nights, with last night bringing an all night pour down that soaked everything… For the first time in weeks, I went outside this morning and stood on my porch and did not smell or see smoke.

Hopefully, the worst is over. But this is a lesson for preppers, well everyone really, and the lesson is that fire is a big threat to your property, preps and survival when you live in forested rural areas. Prepping for fire outbreak is a must – see this recent article “Preparing For And Protecting You Home And Or Retreat From Forest Fire” for information on how to do that.

If you’re in my area or the surrounding areas let me know how close the fire got to you and about any damages caused and preps that you are planning to make to combat any future fire outbreaks in you area.

Preparing for and Protecting you Home and or Retreat from Forest Fire

by Ron Melchiore

close-callI had another post in mind to submit to you folks but forest fires are a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve recently become aware of the fires burning in various areas particularly in the Southeastern United States. In fact, it finally made the National news tonight. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail many years ago and I can’t imagine the number of fires or amount of territory now burning through those areas.

As some of you know, we’ve had our share of forest fires out here. They’ve literally had us running for our lives. I can’t think of too many things that demand immediate attention more than walking out the door and seeing a billowing curtain of gray/black smoke rising skyward in the nearby forest.

The following paragraph is an excerpt from my book Off Grid and Free : My Path to the Wilderness.

“It was like being in a movie theater, the big screen showing a large-as-life fire burning right in front of us, with black smoke billowing upward and a dense veil of white-gray smoke hugging the ground so thickly that the bright orange flames were visible only when they leapt skyward above the fracas. A slight diminution in the smoke allowed just enough visibility to see an orange-red glow, much like opening the door to a furnace allows a view of the orange-red coals. And, like the furnace hungrily consuming its fuel, the intensity of the forest fire’s heat incinerated everything in its path. “

sprinklers-on-the-roofI have a full chapter devoted to our fire experiences. I am not a fire expert. Rather I’m a guy who has dealt with at least 4 different fires in our 17 years of wilderness living in northern Canada. Two of those fires have gotten to within 90 feet of our homestead. All totaled those fires burned at least ¾ million acres around us.

Here are some general tips anyone can do to prepare well ahead of time. They are not things to contemplate when the fire is ¼ mile away and working towards you. Have an escape plan having multiple paths of egress. If this road is blocked, where to now? Is there a lake to head to as a last resort?Is the vehicle fueled up? Is it pointed in the right direction?

Manifold Setup

Manifold Setup

The last thing you want to be doing is packing in a panic! Consider what items are of greatest importance. Purse/wallet, identification, important documents, medications, backup laptop computer, hard drive or USB with essential financial or other data? What is deemed essential will vary from person to person. In our case, in spring, since we are only one lightning strike away from disaster, we have a survival bag by the door as well as our survival suits. We have smoke masks and goggles. We pack some food and water in the boat and have the water pump and boat fully fueled and ready to roll. Remember, we have the added factor we are alone out here so we plan accordingly.

Rake all combustibles such as leaves and debris far from buildings. Be aware fires will create their own winds so those leaves you raked to the perimeter will be blown around again. If I had a chipper, tiller or some device to reduce and shred and /or bury leaves, I would use it. If you are in an evergreen forest, I would consider removing trees near buildings. At the very least, remove all lower branches in nearby trees which act as ladder fuels. (fuels that allow a ground fire to start climbing the trees)

The above are routine things we do every year to be prepared. Since we live on a lake, we have a sprinkler system set up preemptively. Forget trying to put the fire out. That’s not going to happen. All you can do is try to get combustibles away from any structures and take measures to bounce the fire around your property.

When we moved out here, we bought a water pump, fire hoses, garden sprinklers and garden hoses (which serve as sprinkler supply lines). Higher quality sprinklers and supply hoses are available and if I had to do it over again I would opt for those. Our spring ritual is to set up all our equipment long before the first thunder and lightning appear. By doing so, at the first sign of trouble, we’re ready.

The first step is to set up the fire pump on our beach. By means of a quick coupler, a 2.5 inch PVC suction line is connected to the pump and extends about 12 feet out into the lake. On the end of the pipe that is in the water, I have a foot valve which allows water to flow one way to the pump but prevents water from draining back into the lake. That’s important because you don’t want the water pump to drain of water and thereby lose its prime. The foot valve rests on a rock about 8 inches off the lake bottom so that sand and other debris isn’t sucked into the system.

On the output side of the water pump there is a threaded coupler which ultimately connects to standard 1.5 inch firehose. Several 100 foot sections of hose are connected together to make the run up the hill to the house. Mounted on a porch post is a manifold which takes the high-pressure water from the pump and redirects it out to smaller feed lines, the garden hoses I mentioned earlier. We have 5 outlets on this manifold which we can control via individual valves. We can shut off or engage each sprinkler with the turn of a valve. Sprinklers can be mounted singly or in series, so there are some instances where one valve may control two sprinkler heads.

Our manifold also has an adapter and valve that allows us to continue a run of standard firehose out to our homestead’s perimeter to tackle any smoldering areas and hot spots. We have two nozzles that can be attached to the end of this fire hose. The first is an adjustable spray nozzle capable of spraying water in a short, wide pattern or a jet of water that can shoot out one hundred feet if need be. Our second nozzle has a narrow opening that delivers a high-pressure jet of water capable of pulverizing the ground to reach fire that is smoldering in roots and moss.

Our home and outbuildings are top priority to protect so I head up to the roof of our two-story home and mount a sprinkler on a short pole at each end of the roof. A short hose connects them in series and then the feed line drops from the roof to the nearby manifold. Our house and outbuildings are now protected.

Forgive me for the cuts from the book but time is of the essence and I want to get this information out. The following is another excerpt from my book Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness and has more specific information.

What has saved our home twice?

Sprinklers! Both our own system and those of the provincial fire crews. Part of my spring ritual is to head to the house roof and install two sprinklers, one at each end. I also have full-length trees cut, approximately 20- to 25 feet long, and have a sprinkler head attached to the top of each of those trees. We pick locations around our house site where we can stand these trees back up, like big flag poles, and either wire each one to another smaller tree or attach a set of tripod legs to the pole, so that it can be free-standing. The higher these “flag poles,” the more coverage and the better the protection. The Honda water pump with a 1 1⁄2 ” firehose delivers pressurized water from our lake to the input side of a manifold, and all the sprinkler feed hoses come off the output of the manifold.

Once a fire gets into the crown of the trees, it’s hard to stop. So how do sprinklers prevent property from being incinerated?

The basic premise of sprinklers is to bring up the humidity in the protected area as high as possible, before a fire arrives. The dome of humidity has a tendency to bounce the fire around it, allowing the fire to bypass the protected areas. They most certainly will not extinguish a wildfire!

For anyone living in fire-prone areas, this concept will work for you as long as you have a reliable water source. A swimming pool, pond, stream, or even household tap gives you a chance at saving your home. At a minimum, a couple of sprinklers, proper water lines, and a water pump are all that are needed for some cheap insurance.”

When we first moved out here to build our homestead, we knew we would eventually have to deal with a forest fire. But we had no idea the scope and intensity a conflagration could possess. During construction, we flew in metal siding and roofing for our home’s exterior. It gives a great deal of fire resistance. For anybody doing new construction, especially in fire prone areas, consider metal or masonry exterior. And finally, never underestimate a fire. I have personally seen forest fires run 5 to 10 miles in a day! They will lob embers far in advance of themselves to start new fires. Good luck!

Ron and his wife currently live 100 miles in the Canadian wilderness on a remote lake. As part of the back to the land movement that originated in the 70’s, they have spent their adult years living the homestead dream. You can follow and contact Ron at https://www.facebook.com/offgridandfree.mypathtothewilderness or http://www.inthewilderness.net/

Proverbs 22:3

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

Prepper Practice Drills

by Andrew Skousen – www.worldaffairsbrief.com

In the world of preparedness it is easy to get distracted in one area (like weapons and ammunition), become complacent after buying a large chunk of supplies (like a “year’s supply” of freeze dried food), or get caught up in non-critical aspects of self-sufficiency (like growing “gourmet” vegetable varieties in the garden) and fail to notice the critical holes in the rest of our preparations. To help avoid waking up to harsh realities during hard times I recommend practicing a few basic drills to test your essential preparations and find the weak points.

Turn off your water for a day or two. Water is one of the most critical and easily overlooked parts of preparation. On the advice of our local ecclesiastical leader we recently tried going just one day without municipal water. Although I had enough water stored aside for drinking and cooking, it was pretty stale and I quickly realized how much more water was needed for washing dishes and clothes. Although I could carry water from a nearby stream for flushing toilets, it was a real problem not having pressurized water for showers and filling tubs and washing machines. The critical area of sanitation revolves entirely around water—clean water. Washing hands, dishes and clothing in at least moderately clean water is essential for maintaining health and boiling water is an extremely tedious step (even with electricity still to the stove).

Turn off grid power for a few hours or days. We all love cheap, easy access to electricity. When the grid power goes down it can present significant surprises. With no lights you suddenly realize how many rooms don’t have windows. Batteries are worth their weight in gold, and electronics that don’t run on them are quickly useless. A headlamp is sure nice so your hands are free. The electric stove and oven won’t work. The gas furnace doesn’t come on without the electric fan and thermostat operating. Your electric water heater leaves you cold in the shower (but at least you have pressurized water). When you open the refrigerator and freezer they are dark and you realize all that food is going to spoil unless you get them running again. You can’t sit down and watch a movie, turn on the news or catch up on emails. Look for a land-line phone that works just off the phone line power (as opposed to most phones which require an additional power connection and won’t work when the grid is down).

Of course in a worst-case scenario many or all of the utilities would fail us simultaneously. Some of these municipal resources will come back online in a few months or at worst in a few years. But outages and disruptions will likely be more common throughout hard times, so prepare as much as you can. For now it is enough to use specific drills to realize how much we rely on each basic utility and prepare to live without it for a time. You can see that in the midst of future hard times you would gladly trade half your house and your newest cars for a generator, or a robust solar system, a well, cistern and solar pump assembly. -Not to mention a rooftop solar water heater, and wood cookstove.

Don’t shop at stores for a month. Another test of your preparations (particularly your food storage) is how well you can survive without buying things at the store. This is a very valuable drill to learn what you are missing and what you wish you had more of. Hopefully you are already using and rotating through your hard goods, using your grain grinder for flour and cornmeal, baking from scratch, and cooking with hard beans, lentils and grains. If not, you will have a steep learning curve. You will surely find items you wish you had more of. Commonly overlooked essentials include sourdough starter, yeast, baking soda, salt and oils/fats.

Unless you have a good garden (or year-round garden/greenhouse) you will miss the fresh fruits and vegetables that are so readily available at the store. Cheese, eggs and fresh meat will also become scarce unless you have your own animals that produce these things. In hard times I expect quality foodstuffs will be much more a sign of wealth than designer clothes, watches and consumer electronics that are envied today.

Unless you already live a self-sufficient lifestyle, these drills will require a lot of extra time to make food from scratch, prepare sanitary water, wash items by hand, and so forth, but nothing else will really wake you up to what is needed in these circumstances. Additionally these practice drills will train you in the skills to live life in hard times. It is much less stressful training now when you can learn from your mistakes or lack of preparation than when your life depends on it and it is too late to gather the necessary supplies.

Why We Do What We Do

by Aunt Bea

Last night I had a dream. Homer Simpson and Tommy Lee Jones were both preppers. Each character proceeded in his own way. Homer’s preps were a disorganized mess. It was unclear whether Homer was ever able to gather food and water, let alone learn survival techniques. But, we all know that things will work out well for Homer in the end.

Tommy Lee Jones created stock piles of food and water. He understood how to defend himself and his family. He can direct anything and has always been my imaginary hero! Of course, his preps will pay off and he will be ready for whatever comes!

These two characters really juxtapose my emotions about prepping. Some folks, I imagine, are playing around like Homer, hoping and assuming the best will happen, and in any event they will be ok. Others are working with military precision, as one of Tommy Lee Jones’ characters might, learning how to do everything necessary to exist in a pre-1850 world with the addition of a complete arsenal.

Personally, I am someplace in between. I am learning and growing in many of the arts and skills necessary to live post TEOTWAWKI, but know the task is too great for one person.
I owe this trajectory to the announcement made by Hank Paulson in October 2008 that the US had to give him BILLIONS which he would use to stop a major, worldwide economic crash by forwarding it on to banks.

I watched this jaw-dropping announcement and quickly resolved to learn more about our economy. From research on the economy, I found people like James Rawles, Lew Rockwell, Peter Schiff, Gerald Celente, Mac Slavo, this blog and others who all espouse a similar message….we are in deep mess, the government can’t help and is really part of the problem. Prepare for the worst.

I made the mistake of agreeing with a comment about wishing for SHTF sooner rather than later some time ago. Many others disagreed and chastised those who were weary of waiting. This got me to thinking about why someone would wish for the crash? Do all preppers prepare for the same reasons? I have not seen the psychology of prepping addressed. Perhaps it is assumed. But, from Homer to Tommy Lee we must all have personal reasons.

For me, it begins with an underlying feeling of being out of control, of the world spinning so quickly, changing at such a rapid pace, adding levels of complexity that no one could completely understand it. It is impossible to keep up. I am dependent on so many people and processes that I don’t understand but are required for survival. I like knowing antibiotics are available, that someone else kills the animals I eat.

What makes me uneasy is not being certain the drugs we take or the food we eat is safe and healthy. The United States is in immoral wars, China sends us tainted dog food and children’s toys likely made by other children, the MSM tells me there is no inflation, the TSA gropes passengers on the way to their destinations, Japan is in the middle of a nuclear meltdown which will affect all of us.

Left or right, our leaders lie. I repeatedly hear pundits say that no one cares about these things, there is no outrage. I am outraged, but these social problems are beyond the scope of something I can change. This is a Goliath!

So I prep, sometimes like Homer, sometimes like Tommy Lee. And, sometimes when I hear another lie or see the US bomb another country I wonder how long our unsustainable lifestyle last, when and how it will end. What about you?