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Plunging prices could force a third of U.S. oil firms into bankruptcy

(MarketWatch.com) “…The current downturn is now deeper and longer than each of the five oil price crashes since 1970, said Martijn Rats, an analyst at the bank (Morgan Stanley)…”

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Another Great Recession threatens world financial markets

(MarketWatch.com) “…Mr. Global Economy has spent much of the past seven years in an induced coma, with only a modest recovery from the Great Recession. The root causes of the life-threatening 2008-09 financial crisis remain unaddressed. Debt levels are higher now, and imbalances remain…”

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OPEC considering emergency action on oil prices

(Money.CNN.com) “…After watching the price of crude oil collapse by more than 65% to a 12-year low, there are signs that OPEC may have had enough…”

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Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul

(Reuters.com) “…A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul’s historic heart on Tuesday, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State…”

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FDA approves OxyContin for kids 11 to 16

(USA Today) “…Among adolescents who are prescribed OxyContin, a small but significant number are going to become addicted…”

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Preview: Expatriates by James Wesley, Rawles

Front cover

Front cover

Coming October, 1st, 2013!

“In the latest survivalist thriller from founder of survivalblog.com and New York Times bestselling author James Wesley, Rawles, two expat families struggle for their very survival in the midst of a global economic collapse.”

“When the United States suffers a major socioeconomic collapse, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly radicalized Islamic government rises to power in Indonesia, invades the Philippines, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and finally northern Australia. No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel an invasion alone.

In the thick of these political maneuvers, an American family of missionaries living in the Philippines and a Texan petroleum engineer in Australia must face the fear of being strangers in a world in flux. Are their relatives back home healthy and safe? Will they ever see them again?

In its depiction of the authentic survivalist skills and techniques needed to survive a global socioeconomic meltdown, Expatriates is as informative as it is suspense-filled.”

About the Author:

JAMES WESLEY, RAWLES is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and survivalist, and a well-known survival lecturer and author. Rawles is the editor of SurvivalBlog.com—the nation’s most popular blog on family preparedness. He lives in an undisclosed location west of the Rockies and is the author of the bestselling Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse, Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse, Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, and a nonfiction survival guide, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It.

Book Details:

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953906
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches

Special thanks to Dutton Publishing for supplying us with a preview/review sample!

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

How To Use Sandbags To Stop Water Or Bullets

By P. Henry | From ThePrepperJournal.com | On Saturday, April 6th, 2013

How to use Sandbags To Stop Water or Bullets

Sandbags have been used for a long time to keep us safe in dangerous situations. Safe from rising flood-waters and from incoming rounds in combat. I started thinking about sandbags in terms of home security and the dual purpose they fill struck me. In some places, the threats of floods from winter’s ice thawing is a real and present threat to everything someone may own. Knowing how to build a proper sandbag wall would be important if you are faced with rising water.

Additionally, sandbags could be used in a complete and total collapse of society to augment our poor security defenses in most homes. Don’t have an underground retreat stocked with food and water? Perhaps you can build defensive positions on your property with a lot of hard work and several hundred sandbags. They can stop small arms rounds pretty effectively and are a simple plan (not easy) as a last resort.

How to Use Sandbags

It's like LegosIt’s like Legos

The use of sandbags is a simple, but effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage or build defensive walls. Properly filled and placed sandbags can act as a barrier to divert moving water around, instead of through, buildings. Sandbag construction does not guarantee a water-tight seal, but is satisfactory for use in most situations. Sandbags are also used successfully to prevent over-topping of streams with levees, and for training current flows to specific areas.  Untied sandbags are recommended for most situations. Tied sandbags should be used only for special situations when pre-filling and stockpiling may be required, or for specific purposes such as filling holes, holding objects in position, or to form barriers backed by supportive planks. Tied sandbags are generally easier to handle and stockpile. However, sandbag filling operations can generally be best accomplished at or near the placement site, and tying of the bags would be a waste of valuable time and effort. If the bags are to be pre-filled at a distant location, due consideration must be given to transportation vehicles and placement site access.

The most commonly used bags are untreated burlap sacks available at feed or hardware stores. Empty bags can be stockpiled for emergency use, and will be serviceable for several years, if properly stored. Filled bags of earth material will deteriorate quickly.

Sandbag buddies
Sandbag buddies

Commercial plastic sandbags, made from polypropylene, are also available from most bag suppliers. These will store for a long time with minimum care, but are not biodegradable. Thus, they have to be disposed of, or will remain around for a long time. Do not use garbage bags, as they are too slick to stack. Do not use feed sacks, as they are too large to handle. Use bags about 14-18″ wide, and 30-36″ deep.

A heavy bodied or sandy soil is most desirable for filling sandbags, but any usable material at or near the site has definite advantages. Coarse sand could leak out through the weave in the bag. To prevent this, double bag the material. Gravelly or rocky soils are generally poor choices because of their permeability.

Sandbag barriers can easily be constructed by two people, as most individuals have the physical capability to carry or drag a sandbag weighing approximately 30 pounds. Using the methods described below you can construct fighting positions or create barriers around windows and doors for your home.

How to fill a sandbag

Filling sandbags is a two-person operation. Both people should be wearing gloves to protect their hands. One member of the team should place the empty bag between or slightly in front of widespread feet with arms extended. The throat of the bag is folded to form a collar, and held with the hands in a position that will enable the other team member to empty a rounded shovel full of material into the open end. The person holding the sack should be standing with knees slightly flexed, and head and face as far away from the shovel as possible.

Filling Sandbags is at least a two person job.
Filling Sandbags is at least a two person job.

The shoveler should carefully release the rounded shovel full of soil into the throat of the bag. Haste in this operation can result in undue spillage and added work. The use of safety goggles and gloves is desirable, and sometimes necessary.

Bags should be filled between one-third (1/3) to one-half (1/2) of their capacity. This keeps the bag from getting too heavy, and permits the bags to be stacked with a good seal. For large scale operations, filling sandbags can be expedited by using bag-holding racks, metal funnels, and power loading equipment. However, the special equipment required is not always available during an emergency. Remove any debris from the area where the bags are to be placed. Fold the open end of the unfilled portion of the bag to form a triangle. If tied bags are used, flatten or flare the tied end. Place the partially filled bags lengthwise and parallel to the direction of flow, with the open end facing against the water flow. Tuck the flaps under, keeping the unfilled portion under the weight of the sack.Place succeeding bags on top, offsetting by one-half (1/2) filled length of the previous bag, and stamp into place to eliminate voids, and form a tight seal. Stagger the joint connections when multiple layers are necessary. For unsupported layers over three (3) courses high, use the pyramid placement method.

Pyramid Placement Method

The pyramid placement is used to increase the height of sandbag protection. Place the sandbags to form a pyramid by alternating header courses (bags placed crosswise) and stretcher courses (bags placed lengthwise).

Stamp each bag in place, overlap sacks, maintain staggered joint placement, and tuck in any loose ends. Use the following table to estimate the number of bags required:Height above levee Bags/100 feet

  • 1 foot 800
  • 2 feet 2000
  • 3 feet 3400

Ringing boils

Sandbags are the weapon of choice for rising waters
Sandbags are the weapon of choice for rising waters

A boil is a condition where water is flowing through or under an earth structure (such as a levee) that is retaining water. Free flowing water wants to move to lower elevations. If a levee is stopping flood-waters, the water may be able to find weak points to enter. This action is called “piping”. If the water finds a large enough path, the flow will become visible, and is a serious threat to the integrity of the levee. Most boils occur in sand, silt, or some combination.

A boil is found on the landward side of the levee, or in the ground past the levee toe (the exact distance varies with local conditions). Possible boil sites can be identified by free standing or flowing water (other than culverts, pumps, etc). A boil can be found only by close inspection. A prime indicator is water bubbling (or “boiling”), much like a natural spring. Another is obvious water movement in what appears to be standing water.
Carefully examine the water for movement. Boils will have an obvious exit (such as a rodent hole), but the water may be cloudy from siltation, or the hole very small. If there is any movement in the water, carefully approach the site, disturbing the water as little as possible. Let the water settle, and look at the suspected site. If you see the hole, examine it carefully. If the water flow is clear, there are no problems as yet. If there is no distinct hole, the water flow is not a threat. Monitor the site regularly for changes, and take no other actions.

Flood Fighting: How To Use Sandbags

A dirty water flow indicates that the soil is being eroded by the water, and that could mean failure of the levee. A boil ring is the best solution. The idea is to reduce the water flow until the water is flowing clear, but not to stop the water flow. This acts as a relief valve for the water pressure; the water continues to flow, but is not eroding the material. If the water flow is stopped, the pressure will remain, and another boil will form.
Ring the boil with sandbags, with the first bags back 1-2 feet from the boil. More, if the soil is unstable. Build the first layer in a circle, 2-4 bags across, and then build up, bringing each layer in. If possible, keep the interior face straight. Build the ring wall with the means for water to flow out, leaving a gap in the wall, or using pipes. Adjust the flows until the water slows, and becomes clear. Monitor the ring wall constantly. Raise or lower the height of the wall as necessary, maintaining a slow, clear flow. The height should be only enough to create enough head to slow flow so that no more material is displaced, and the water runs clear.

Editors Note: A large portion of the text for this article came directly from a document called “Flood Fighting: How To Use Sandbags” put out by the US Army Corps of Engineers in Washington. I have also made a PDF of this document available on our Resources page for you to download if you like.

Source: http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2013/04/06/how-to-use-sandbags-to-stop-water-or-bullets/

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Howe IN: LaGrange 500 Gun Show

LaGrange 500 Gun Show

LaGrange 500 Gun Show

MOTH and I will be manning the Radical Survivalism Webzine table this weekend, January 11 and 12, 2013, at the LaGrange 500 Gun Show in Howe, Indiana!

Door times: Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ticket prices:

Adults $5

Kids under 12 are free!

Adult 2 day passes $9

Seniors 60 and up: $1 off

Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

LEO’s in uniform are free.

Parking is free for this event.

New to this event will be a women’s personal defense class for $20 at noon on Saturday by The BodyGuard Academy.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

PG
About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Online Gun Retailer ‘Cheaper Than Dirt’ Suspends Firearm Sales

By Erica Ritz | From TheBlaze.com | On December 18th, 2012

UPDATE 6:54 p.m. EST: Cheaper Than Dirt posted the following statement to its Facebook page at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday:

“Cheaper Than Dirt! has temporarily suspended online sales of firearms.

As a long time supporter of the Second Amendment, Cheaper Than Dirt! will continue to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms by law abiding customers. During this temporary suspension, we will review our policies and promotions.

No further information was provided.

Online gun retailer Cheaper Than Dirt announced Tuesday that it will be suspending certain firearm sales “effective immediately” pending an internal policy review.  ​What exactly they are reviewing remains unclear, but the announcement has prompted swift reaction on the site’s Facebook page.Their Facebook message reads:

“Cheaper Than Dirt! is suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately. We are reviewing our policy internally, and will continue to be the leader in the outdoor industry with our full line of gear and accessories.”

In less than 45 minutes, the message already had thousands of comments.

There are now over 8,000 comments in the two hours since the message was first put up.  And because the post comes amid the fierce gun control battle after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday– where 20 students and 6 adults were fatally shot– many are accusing the retailer of “selling out” to the gun control crowd.

It should be noted, though, that the company’s language does not specifically reference Sandy Hook or the current gun control controversy.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, however, has made it clear that it is taking action specifically because of the shooting.  The retail giant announced Tuesday that it would be suspending the sale of modern rifles nationwide in light of the tragedy, declining to say exactly how long the suspension would last, or which guns would be pulled.

TheBlaze reached out to Cheaper Than Dirt for comment, but did not receive one.

This article was originally posted at: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/online-gun-retailer-cheaper-than-dirt-suspends-firearm-sales/

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

North Korea Defies Warnings in Satellite Launch Success

From BBC.co.uk | On December 11th, 2012

North Korea has successfully launched a long-range rocket, defying international warnings.

The Unha-3 rocket, launched at 09:49 local time (00:49 GMT), appears to have followed its planned trajectory, with stages falling in expected areas.

North Korea says a satellite has been placed in orbit; the US confirmed an object had been put into space.

South Korea, the US and Japan have condemned the launch as a disguised test of long-range missile technology.

A UN resolution passed in June 2009 after North Korea’s second nuclear test banned Pyongyang from ballistic missile tests.

The US called it a “highly provocative act that threatens regional security”, while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was a “clear violation” of the UN resolution.

Japan has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Reports suggested this could take place later on Wednesday.

The launch comes a week ahead of the South Korean presidential election and roughly a year after the death of leader Kim Jong-il, on 17 December 2011.

‘Extremely Regrettable’

The three-stage rocket was launched from a site on North Korea’s west coast.

“The launch of the second version of our Kwangmyongsong-3 [Unha-3] satellite from the Sohae Space Centre… on December 12 was successful,” state news agency KCNA said. “The satellite has entered the orbit as planned.”

The rocket had been scheduled to pass between the Korean peninsula and China, with a second stage coming down off the Philippines.

“The missile was tracked on a southerly azimuth [angle]. Initial indications are that the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea,” a North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) statement said.

“The second stage was assessed to fall into the Philippine Sea. Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit.”

The Japanese government, which put its armed forces on alert ahead of the launch, said the rocket had passed over parts of Okinawa prefecture, south of the Japanese mainland.

“The missile that North Korea calls a satellite passed over Okinawa around 10:01. We launched no interception,” a government statement quoted by AFP news agency said.

Japan had threatened to shoot down any debris which infringed on its territory, deploying naval vessels and land-based missile interceptors.

Its top government spokesman called the launch “extremely regrettable” and something that Japan “cannot tolerate”.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, meanwhile, called an emergency meeting of his top advisers. His foreign minister said the government strongly condemned the launch.

The US called the launch another “example of North Korea’s pattern of irresponsible behaviour”.

A Japanese soldier runs toward a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor on southern Japanese island of Ishigaki on 12 December 2012 Japan said the rocket passed over its territory, but it did not shoot it down

In China – which is North Korea’s closest ally – Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei expressed “regret” at the launch. A commentary from state-run Xinhua news agency called on all parties to remain “cool headed” and engage in “trust-building measures”.

Analysis

North Korea’s “satellite launch” has come as a surprise on two counts. The first is that it came unannounced, just two days after Pyongyang extended its launch window, citing a “technical deficiency” in the first stage of its rocket.

The second is that it seems to have been a success. Both North Korea and US analysts seems to agree that the launch was indeed successful and that the rocket placed the satellite into orbit.

That is a vast improvement on North Korea’s previous launch attempt in April, when the rocket fell apart into the sea moments after take-off.

Crucially, too, this is the first time that North Korea’s claims of success have been backed by key international observers. But the technical success of the launch is about the only thing that Pyongyang and Washington agree on.

The US and its allies allege that North Korea’s satellite launches are in fact cover for a long-range missile programme, designed to develop weapons that could strike the US.

This article was originally posted at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20690338

Ladies and gentlemen: What if the satellite that was launched yesterday and put into orbit was actually an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) device? -Ed.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Marc Faber – Before The Collapse U.S. Will Go To War

From November 23rd, 2012

Source: http://www.dailymotion.com/ETnow

More information about Marc Faber here: http://hedgejournals.com/marc-faber/

Marc Faber talks about the rise of China, the decline of the U.S., and the coming disaster with a collapse of our capitalistic system.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Rehn: EU Weighing Direct European Bank Bailouts

From MarketWatch.com | On June 4th, 2012

Olli Rehn

FRANKFURT (MarketWatch) — The European Commission has considered the possibility of directly recapitalizing euro-zone banks via the region’s permanent bailout fund, but such a maneuver would require a treaty change, Olli Rehn, commissioner for monetary and economic affairs, said Monday, according to news reports. “We have been considering this as a serious possibility, of breaking the link between the sovereigns and the banks,” Rehn said at a briefing in Brussels, according to Reuters. Such moves aren’t allowed under the treaty, “but we see that it is important to consider this alternative of direct bank recapitalization as we are now moving on in the discussion on the possible ways and means to create a banking union,” Rehn said, according to the report.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

What I Learned While Learning to Can

Posted by MOTH

Earlier this year, a friend of mine told me about a $ off coupon available from Ball for their Canning Discovery Kit. As I had been curious about canning for some time, but not really motivated to actually do it, I thought this would be a simple and low cost way to give canning a shot. The kit comes with everything you need (minus the food) to do a small batch of one of the  interesting recipes in the instruction booklet. You only need a reasonably large size stock pot. As I purchased this kit at a low price, if the kit ended up in the cupboard, gifted, or donated to a charity, it wouldn’t result in guilt from investing in a hobby I had little interest in.

My veggies sat in the fridge for a couple of days until I guilted myself into not letting the food going to waste. The veggies were unfortunately store bought as I am currently staring down the barrel at the high stress eat-o-rama called Thanksgiving, and the locals, the road side farmers markets, have all closed up shop for the year.

Generally, I enjoy my time in the kitchen, cutting, chopping, stirring, and preparing some interesting new delicious dish for my family. But, and there is a “but!” I have never peeled a tomato in my life. Also, store bought tomatoes have been altered (euww, I know) to withstand bruising and to have longer shelf life. So there is less available flesh for consuming. I believe the entire process of scalding the tomatoes to loosen the skin, the coring, and the chopping took an hour. I was never so sick of doing anything for sixty minutes as I was at that moment. (Disclaimer: for all of you experienced canners out there, yes, I have already been told-”wait until you do 96 quarts!”)

Carefully following the directions, because I never really consider failure as an option, I safely had my three jars boiling on the stove.  Twenty five minutes later, I was amazed that so much work could result in what appeared to be such a simple result. Where I come from, lots of work typically results in a bigger results. To see the recipe I used click here.

Honestly, this is my first attempt. I have never been involved in or assisted someone with canning before. I have never heard the sound of lids ‘safely’ popping into place that I have heard so many other experienced canners speak of. Since we are a family who loves the nutrition as well as the convenience of freeze dried foods, canning food was more of an afterthought, something I thought I might try on a whim, rather than something that would provide greater meaning.

I took a moment’s pause, staring at those three finished jars. As a person who lives, breathes, and eats preparedness, I realized something I had never expected: that by attempting to learn a simple skill passed down from earlier generations, I was on the path to attaining another level of sustainability.

To become more self reliant is a typical, if not often stated goal of those who engage in the spirit of preparedness. By way of self schooling in survival of varied types, we all begin to define ourselves as those who not passively, but  actively participate in a journey of personal readiness. Personal journeys need not last a lifetime. Sometimes, personal journeys are savored in 2 hour stay-cations in front of the stove, cutting and chopping piles of food like you are the head sushi chef at the local hibachi grill.

When looking forward, as we so often do, we should remind ourselves of this one tiny thought: to quell apprehensions of a future unknown, we only need to look back. Back to generations past and the simplicity of every day activities that were tightly interwoven with delicate threads of survival.

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About The Author: MOTH (Mother Of The House) is the Co-founder and Editor-In-Chief of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Living the American Nightmare?

By: MOTH

I awoke this morning thinking how much my priorities have changed in regards to self preservation-actual definition would be that of “family preservation.” A lesser example would be putting off buying that relatively inexpensive blu-ray player, mainly for the use of streaming movies. A major example would be considering trading in the sports car for a 4 wheel drive. My idea of the American dream has turned into “how do I survive the American Nightmare?” My life has definitely become one of preparedness; I was never one for instant self-gratification, but looking to the future has taken on new meaning. Dreams and goals have been replaced by thoughts of what will be most useful, most beneficial to survival, rather than what would be nice to just hang on the wall, be it big screen or wallpaper.

My involvement in politics has not changed, but my self awareness (or should I say, family awareness) has increased tenfold. My constant searching for news has made my mental and emotional burden heavier, but I will not choose to be blindly uniformed, as so many citizens do, mainly because of the way the political landscape has shifted so dramatically.

A comment from this blog that references a Reuters article demanded further introspection:

Submitted by DWCAP on July 14, 2009 – 3:02pm.

I think some little part of MY American dream died when I read that. Maybe it was just cardiac arrest and could be rescued, but I kinda doubt it.

I take liberty here to assuming the ‘cardiac’ arrest’ was caused by the reference to the “jobless borrower” being subsidized by the government. The definition of “subsidized by the government” in this case is strictly in reference to We The People, in other words, Us The Job-Working Taxpayer.

The government stops short of debt forgiveness, (although this is a concept being pushed by some left-wing blogs) instead, planning to assume the role of future slum-lord of the United States. How wonderful the concept of a unionized public worker plumber (insert required butt crack here) coming to unstop your toilet. Which begs the question-how long would the wait list be? Two weeks? Two months? Two years, maybe, or longer, while waiting for Congress to pass a budget?

To digress into a little brief history, I bought my first home (part of my personal American dream) when the housing bubble was beginning to burst. I was offered a loan of more than twice what I assumed.  Why didn’t I jump onto that big credit/big house band wagon? Because I did my homework. I asked myself: if others seemingly smarter than I, richer than I, were going belly up, what made me so smart? What made me think I wouldn’t end up parting ways with my American dream? Because what I found was simple math: (and also a lesson taught very young by the parentals,) NEVER BORROW MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD. I took the responsibility upon myself to know what I could handle and what I couldn’t BEFORE I signed on the dotted line. I took responsibility for my actions, so that if I failed, I had no one to blame but myself.

Even three and a half years ago, I looked to the future. I perceived this home I own now as an investment, and a legacy, not some garbage-strewn hole in the ground that will end up being bulldozed and subsidized to some oppressed person by the government. It may be my subconscious thoughts then will save me and my family some day. This home has equity and farmable property. Not a survivalist when I purchased it, but this place has acquired the meaning of self (and family) preservation on levels I cannot begin to describe. [It is probably important to note here that I had to work for it, it wasn’t just subsidized to me because I was OPPRESSED in some fashion.]

In recent years, the concept of “live and let live” has morphed into “shoving-it-down-your-throat-ism” under the guise of political correctness and tolerance for the lesser of us occupying space in society. Who fits the role of “lesser” are those who are currently being OPPRESSED.  It appears from this Reuters report, that the administration believes those without their wallpaper of choice are oppressed. If you check with the Reverend Al Sharpton, those without big screens are being oppressed as well.

The thought of tolerance and/or oppression reminds me of a current debate of the rainbow pride flag being flown with the American flag in Richmond, Virginia in front of the Federal Reserve Bank . Having witnessed Che Guevara t-shirts on fashion models in this country makes me wonder what comes next. This is a slippery slope of so called acceptance that means others will be clamoring for attention, and SOON. (A new buzz-line is forming in my brain: “Tolerance rears its ugly head!”) With the rise of the new Nazi party in Egypt, with the foundation of political correctness, I have to wonder if seeing a swastika below the Red, White, and Blue will be on the near horizon. Would that be the point that the American Dream then becomes the American Nightmare? (That may be the American Dream for some, depending upon whom you ask.) Seems hard to swallow?  Who would have guessed that someone in our government would have stated “Al-Jazeera is real news…”

I firmly believe that Americans cannot currently be propagandized at this time. But political correctness is assaulting our ability to have independent thought and manipulating our discussion. Political correctness, the gateway for tolerance, which is the substance of lifting the oppressed, is paving the way for future propagandizing.

Of course, I consider myself a fiscal and constitutional conservative. But if the truth be told, I am libertarian. With no current nor future plans of divorcing myself from that stance. (I had the good fortune of my parents ‘forcing’ me into being raised in an ethnically mixed neighborhood and high school. Even though I am constantly being perceived in the main-stream-media as an “evil capitalist” or a “bitter clinger,” I fly my libertarianism flag high.

So what flag do you see outside my humble American Dream home-owning accomplishment? The Stars and Stripes, of course.

And, the flag below it: “Don’t Tread on Me.”

PG
About The Author: MOTH (Mother Of The House) is the Co-founder and Editor-In-Chief of Radical Survivalism Webzine.