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When Did We Become so Afraid?

As someone who in the last year has moved from prepper acquisition mode of material goods to prepper acquisition mode of knowledge, one universal thought from the preparedness community has become painfully apparent: When did we all become so afraid? I am certainly not speaking of scary movies, a final exam, or a speech in front of colleagues. What I am referring to here are items of necessity to survival that were virtually the only items taken for granted by our long-dead relatives.

Although I spend what often feels like countless, wasteful hours on Facebook preparedness pages in search of information that will assist in keeping my family alive, I typically “stalk” said pages rather than participate. Why? Of course you would ask because after all, I am a self described harbinger of preparedness prep. The answer is a simple one. So many people have become afraid that they are paralyzed and therefore plunged into helplessness, or so ego-riffic in their fear (“THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN MY LIFETIME”) that they are just as paralyzed into non-learning as the helpless.

What often frustrates me the most is fear of pressure canning. Sure, there will be the occasional failure. Yet so many have become completely terrified of a relatively simple process that has been around since 1810. Yes, 1810! Our technology today compared to that of 19th century is that the guess factor has been removed from the equation from tried and true scientific recipes provided by such sources as Ball (canning jar maker extraordinaire,) and NCHFP (National Center for Home Food Preservation.) We are constantly inundated with such information as botulism reigns supreme in any household kitchen. Botulism (spores that can produce a deadly food borne toxin,) can live on soil and in water. However, the truth is that the nearly all of botulism cases in any given year are related to improperly stored baby food and the consumption of whale blubber, not home canned foods, which is so often blamed for botulism contamination. Follow the directions. Store. Heat. Eat. Live.

“I’m afraid to try canning” (food.) “I am afraid of lye” (soap making.) “I am afraid to own chickens” (or rabbits, or goats.) “I’m afraid to tell my family or spouse that I’m prepping.” “I am afraid to start a garden.” “I am afraid to spend money on extra food.” “I’m afraid of guns.” “I am afraid to start prepping and then nothing will happen.” “I’m afraid if I prep, then something will happen.”

These are just a sampling of my favorites. I am sure that you would have heard many of these useless one-liners as well. What is so disturbing about this sense of complacency is really the indicator of dependency. This dependency on some entity or organization is terrifying. Individuals and families are actively, not passively making a choice to leave their fate in the hands of someone else. And this is simply due to some unwarranted fear. Assuming this complacency really means that you believe without doubt that every other entity that exists to be your savior is completely infallible and omnipotent. What I really want to say here is that if your lights go off and stay off, then the lights are going to be off at that imaginary location that is providing the individuals that are supposed to come and save you from your lack of preparedness. You will continue to be dependent on those that show mercy, that is, IF they show mercy. We are all just humans, after all. Savior organization or not.

Considering that our long dead relatives often set out on the open frontier to find adventure, how do we look in the mirror every day and continue to accept dependence? Our great-great grandparents did not have gas stations and interstates to follow and GPS on which to rely. They didn’t have air conditioning and Motel 6. They didn’t have cell phones to call for help and bottled water to drink. They weren’t dependent, they weren’t complacent, and even if they had moments of being afraid of some known or unknown threat such as thieves, war, famine, disease, or wild animals, they weren’t plunged into learned helplessness. Where we as a society take for granted material goods, our Iphone, our laptop or Blackberry, our distant relatives only took for granted their knowledge and their perseverance. They relied on their technology of the day, such as trapping or hunting and preserving their food, sewing, knitting, water purification and the like.

We should take a lesson from our forefather’s rule book of survival: hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Families relied on tried and true knowledge passed down from previous generations and embraced new ideas, rather than expounding on the foolishness of old techniques and letting fear be their un-motivator. In those days, complacency and dependency all too often would lead to death.

For those who are currently looking down the road to find ways to protect their families, I would offer my own simple thought: instead of letting fear conquer you, use it as your motivator. Use your fear as a motivation to learn. Let fear be your guide. For example, from your preparedness list, select the one concept that creates within you the most fear, and make it your prep challenge for the week or month. If you perform, or often have opportunity to be in front of a lot of people, look at this as the best kind of stage fright. Consider this time, right now, your dress rehearsal. And boy, you better have your lines memorized. The worst time to acquire new knowledge is during a SHTF scenario. It is time to give your best performance ever. Not giving this your best effort NOW may eventually result in death, whether it is your death, or the death of your loved ones.

As a mother, I certainly don’t want to look back and think that I could have, or I should have tried harder to protect my family and that my fear kept me from doing so. The stakes are just too high.

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

Prepper Planning

Many times, as preppers, we tend to focus on long-term food storage, bug out bags and survival equipment, and all the stuff associated with prepping- which is important- but we don’t always spend as much time and consideration into planning and creating multiple contingency plans for whatever situation may occur. All the canned food and stockpiled ammo in the world will do very little good without a plan on what to do when they become essential to survival.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

This may seem elementary in the extreme (of course we’re preparing for the worst, we’re preppers, right?) but it isn’t quite as obvious as it seems. For instance, if your plan is to bug-in, and hunker down to weather out whatever troubles go on from the safety of your fortified home, what would you do if you were forced to leave? At what point would you make the decision to leave? Would you go before the roads became impassable and the streets filled with roaming gangs of thugs or government troops forcing you to evacuate, or would you wait it out until there was no option but to leave, forcing you to fight your way out? When you do leave, where will you go, and how will you get there?

If you are planning on bugging-out, do you have multiple routes planned out to get there in case one, or several roads or highways are cut off or impassable? Do you have enough fuel to get to your destination if there is no gas available to purchase? Are you prepared to walk out, and how long would it take you to reach your BOL by foot?

Know your Surroundings

An important component of your Plan should be to get to know your surroundings as well as possible, and assessing them for both threats and opportunities. In a grid-down situation, a nearby prison could become a leaking sieve of escaping prisoners taking advantage of the resulting chaos to escape and prey on nearby residents for resources for food, equipment, and weapons. Likewise, local stores, warehouses, orchards, or junkyards provide excellent places for foraging for food and supplies- but be aware – there is a very thin line between “foraging” in a survival situation and looting, and usually law enforcement and local vigilantes make no distinction between the two.

Every prepper should know their local area like the back of their hand, able to get from point A to point B by any number of back roads or side streets. In a SHTF situation, it will be imperative to stay off the main roads while martial law is imposed, as well as avoiding getting caught in roadblocks and ambushes. Knowledge of local rivers and having the ability to navigate by boat would also be extremely useful – any means of travel that circumvents the major traffic areas and population centers.

A good way to start doing this is to simply take a weekend drive around town and the surrounding areas, going down the little roads you normally pass by on your way to the store, and see where they lead. You can also usually obtain local and county maps from the chamber of commerce or visitors’ center for free, as well as state road maps from your local state government or department of transportation via their website. Often there are hunting maps and state and federal park land maps freely available too, which give topographical information. These maps could be invaluable tools in a survival situation, and should be included in your bug-out bag.

Have multiple plans ready

Asses the threats specific to your region – natural disasters, locations of nuclear power plants or weapons depots, potential terrorist targets, high density population centers, etc. – and make plans with contingencies specific to each possibility. For instance, in a region like Southern California, a prepper should have plans in place for earthquakes, fires, water scarcity, and anything else which may be specific to their location, as well as general threats like civil unrest and terrorist attacks. You should plan multiple routes of escape, and know where there are safe places to shelter, both at home and also if something happens when you are at work or shopping at the store.

Include your family in the planning process

Make sure every member of your family knows what to do in an emergency situation, and have a communication system in place to be able to reach each of them when a situation develops. Time how long it takes for you to pick up the kids from school and get home, or get from your job to your house. Set up a secondary rally point in a central location if for any reason a family member is not able to make it home, or if communication is cut off. Set up a safe word or phrase which can be used to alert family members that it is not safe to come home if you are being held hostage but can communicate. Most importantly, know each other’s schedules and routes and be sure to communicate any changes in your daily routine quickly to every person in your family. In a SHTF situation, survival will depend on your family working together, functioning and communicating as a unit, rather than being separate and disjointed.

Be flexible

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” No plan can completely predict every contingency and take into account every variable. Be prepared to think on your feet and change your plans if the one you’re following does not work out. Sometimes bugging out might be far more dangerous than sheltering in place. Be prepared to be flexible, and exercise situational awareness to best determine your course of action. Historically, the species that have survived are the ones which have learned to adapt to their environment, and have evolved to changing circumstances. We must be ready to do the same if we are to survive as individuals, and as a species.

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About The Author: The Blue Collar Prepper is a project to help working families prepare for a post-collapse world in ways they can afford, preparing and adapting sustainably now and in an uncertain future. Check us out at http://bluecollarprepper.com

The Future of Prepping, The Pantry Is Full, BOB’s Are Ready…What Next?

For most of us our call to prepping came suddenly. A weakness was exposed and we were shocked to find just how vulnerable our families had been, like the left hook you don’t see coming. The early stages are very much a selfish endeavor. Food storage, water collection, stocking supplies, stacking silver and the various other procurements involved in creating your new guard against disaster. Before long and this is subjective to the person, you begin to realize that in order for this effort to be successful it has to happen on a larger scale.

To build and strengthen a community in preparation for whatever may come down the road is the key. Communities are the cornerstone of all civilizations. The fact is we have forgotten to nurture our own. Instead of dealing with social issues, food and shelter we have pawned our responsibilities off on the government. Don’t fool yourself we are all very much responsible for the state of the nation today. So the question is: how do you get a neighborhood to buy into preparing and the work that comes with it?

I Am Liberty is a Podcast about just how to take these steps. There are 6 specific avenues within our community that build a solid base; Mentoring, Community Agriculture, Co Op Business, Bartering and Timebanking and finally secure tangible wealth i.e precious metals. I think it goes without saying that communication, sourcing food, bolstering the local economy and exchanging services and products with those around you are all key elements to building strength within a community.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many out there that are doing any of these things. This is no innovation. We have simply forgotten about nurturing the community. It’s not a new idea we are frankenstiening an old way of life. We call it ReRooting America. It is the next step not only in prepping but in preserving the nation and maybe the world.

I believe this next step in preparedness, this community level preparing is going to wire together other important causes. These very basic functionalities in the community are going to resound with people from all types of beliefs and backgrounds. As the processes evolve each one will require communication within the community. The success of each will build confidence and ownership of not just individual property but of the community as a whole.

Dealing with things like the shooting in Sandy Hook should help you to understand the importance of mentoring. Homes are broken in America. They are creating broken children, children that have to medicate in order to get along in this world and appease their selfish parents. Strong mentors create relationships and outlets for children of broken homes. We all understand the benefits of venting the day’s troubles. Mentoring also broadens the horizons of an otherwise trapped mind.

The world puts tremendous strain on the farming industry, the earth and its resources to produce food far away from the home and deliver it, cheap, to the supermarkets. The government spends billions a year to keep food prices down, then we yell at them for spending too much of our money. We have to begin take responsibility for producing our own food. Community gardens are a great opportunity to meet the people in your neighborhood as well as teach the next generation about food production.

The final pieces of the puzzle all have to do with developing a strong independent local economy. Co Op business is the crux of putting opportunity back into the local economy. Through these varied types of businesses you can create local jobs, local cash flow, and even entrepreneurial opportunities. For instance, if your community garden flourishes, imaging your own community store owned by the people in your community and the funds go back to next year’s crop or to fix ailing infrastructure or even help a family who has fallen on a rough patch.

I chose these ideas because each one releases us a bit from government dependence. Whether you know it or not, we look to the government to solve so many problems for us. Food prices, gas prices, disasters, troubled youth, infrastructure, are just some of the problems we look to the government to solve. We have surrendered our power to deal with these issues now. To survive, we have to take the responsibility back.

Prepping is about being able to self-sustain through whatever the future may bring. Hard times are coming and we have brought some of it on ourselves. It is time to look outside of the bunker and into the future. We must take our efforts to the next level and begin to incorporate our communities into our plans. I believe that if our communities prosper and become self-sustaining, then we can build our future to look and act 7

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About The Author: James Walton is the host of I Am Liberty Check out I Am Liberty live on http://www.prepperbroadcasting.com every Friday at 7ET and on http://www.prepperpodcast.com on Thursdays at 9pm ET http://www.iamliberty.wordpress.com iamlibertyshow@gmail.com

Does Geo-Engineering Threaten Our Very Existence?

By HorseofPaulRevere | From YouTube.com | On August 19th, 2012

People around the world are noticing that our planet’s weather is dramatically changing. They are also beginning to notice the long lingering trails left behind airplanes that have lead millions to accept the reality of chemtrail/geoengineering programs. Could there be a connection between the trails and our severe weather? While there are many agendas associated with these damaging programs, evidence is now abundant which proves that geo-engineering can be used to control weather. In this documentary you will learn how the aerosols being sprayed into our sky are used in conjunction with other technologies to control our weather. While geoengineers maintain that their models are only for the mitigation of global warming, it is now clear that they can be used as a way to consolidate an enormous amount of both monetary and political power into the hands of a few by the leverage that weather control gives certain corporations over the Earth’s natural systems. This of course, is being done at the expense of every living thing on the planet. -Michael J. Murphy

This video was originally posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9VcWkFrXWY&feature=player_embedded

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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.

Top 9 Mistakes Of Prepping Newbs

By M.D. Creekmore (a.k.a Mr. Prepper) | From TheSurvivalistBlog.net| On May 20, 2010

1. Following the wrong advice: Many new survivalist become fixated upon the advice given by others.  They read the latest preparedness book or blog post and automatically assume the advice given is best them, without considering their individual needs, skill level or location. In order to be self-reliant you need to learn to think for yourself.

2. Not eating what they store: Many new survivalist fill their pantry with unfamiliar foods, thinking they will adapt their diet “when the time comes” this is nonsense. You need to learn how to prepare and use these foods now, so they become a familiar staple.

3.  Relying only on their food storage: Many new survivalist think once they have their one year supply of survival foods, that’s the end.  Don’t get me wrong, having a deep larder is important, just don’t overlook the possibility of needing to replenish your supplies, and obtaining the skills and resources needed to do that.

4. Not storing enough salt:  Many new survivalist fail to store this staple in the quantities needed. Don’t discount the importance of salt. I suggest at least ten pounds of iodized salt per person as a minimum. For baiting game (illegal in most areas), I’ve put away several salt blocks. These can be found at any agricultural feed store and are sold for cattle.

5. Building an arsenal: I see this all the time. Many new survivalist spend thousands on weapons and related gear, yet have only a two-week supply food and no water filter. This is stupid. I love guns and gear as much as the next person – but I know food and water are more important to my survival. Sure; we need weapons to protect what we’ve put away, just don’t neglect the other stuff.

6. Relying on bugging out: I’m not a fan of the “grab a bug out bag and head for the hills survival strategy”. In most cases you’re better off staying where you are. Having a bug out bag is a good idea, just don’t make bugging out your only plan or first priority.

7. Too much stuff not enough skill: Many new survivalist believe they can be saved though buying. This fantasy has been promoted by self-serving survival gurus for years to fill their pockets with cash. Sure supplies are useful and some are needed – just don’t become dependent on stuff instead develop your skills.

8. Storing only one type of food: More than a few new survivalist have made this mistake. I can’t remember exactly where I read it, I think it was on another survival blog – but the author suggested his readers store hundreds of pounds of wheat and nothing else. While wheat is the backbone of my food storage, storing only one type of food, no matter how versatile is foolish.

9. Not taking care of pet needs: Many new survivalist fail to consider the needs of their pets. If you have pets you must plan for their needs by laying back the necessary supplies to keep them fed and healthy.

What was the biggest mistake you made when you were a newb?

This article was originally posted at http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/top-9-mistakes-prepping-newbs/

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.

Flags Of Our Forefathers: Naval Jack of the United States

Naval Jack of the United States

The First Navy Jack is the current U.S. jack authorized by the United States Navy. The design is traditionally regarded as that of first U.S. naval jack flown in the earliest years of the republic.

In late 1775, as the first ships of the Continental Navy readied in the Delaware River, Commodore Esek Hopkins issued, in a set of fleet signals, an instruction directing his vessels to fly a “striped” jack and ensign. The exact design of these flags is unknown. The ensign was likely to have been the Grand Union Flag, and the jack a simplified version of the ensign: a field of 13 horizontal red and white stripes. However, the jack has traditionally been depicted as consisting of thirteen red and white stripes charged with an uncoiled rattlesnake and the motto “Dont Tread on Me”; this tradition dates at least back to 1880, when this design appeared in a color plate in Admiral George Henry Preble’s influential History of the Flag of the United States. Recent scholarship, however, has demonstrated that this inferred design never actually existed but “was a 19th-century mistake based on an erroneous 1776 engraving”.

In 1778, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sicily, thanking him for allowing entry of American ships into Sicilian ports. The letter describes the American flag according to the 1777 Flag Resolution, but also describes a flag of “South Carolina, a rattlesnake, in the middle of the thirteen stripes.”

The rattlesnake had long been a symbol of resistance to the British in Colonial America. The phrase “Don’t tread on me” was coined during the American Revolutionary War, a variant perhaps of the snake severed in segments labelled with the names of the colonies and the legend “Join, or Die” which had appeared first in Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, as a political cartoon reflecting on the Albany Congress.

The rattlesnake (specifically, the Timber Rattlesnake) is especially significant and symbolic to the American Revolution. The rattle has thirteen layers, signifying the original Thirteen Colonies. And, the snake does not strike until provoked, a quality echoed by the phrase “Don’t tread on me.” For more on the origin of the rattlesnake emblem, see the Gadsden flag.

Like other snake flags, the Navy Jack has been used as a sign of protest. Opponents to a smoking ban in Franklin, Indiana fly Navy Jacks outside their homes and businesses.

Source: Wikipedia.com

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.

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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.

Flags Of Our Forefathers: The Culpeper Minutemen

The Culpeper Minutemen Flag

The Culpeper Minutemen Flag

The Culpeper Minutemen was a militia group formed in 1775 in the district around Culpeper, Virginia. Like minutemen in other British colonies, the men drilled in military tactics and trained to respond to emergencies “at a minute’s notice.”

The Culpeper Minutemen were organized on 17 July 1775 in the district created by the Third Virginia Convention consisting of the counties of Orange, Fauquier and Culpeper. Recruitment began in September 1775 with four companies of 50 men from Fauquier and Culpeper counties each and two companies of 50 men from Orange county. The District Committee of Safety determined that the militia was to meet under a large oak tree in “Clayton’s old field” on the Catalpa estate near today’s Yowell Meadow Park in Culpeper, Virginia.

The Culpeper minutemen fought for the patriot side in the first year of the American Revolution, and are remembered for their company flag: a white banner featuring a rattlesnake, sporting the phrases “Liberty or Death” and “Don’t Tread on Me”. At the time, Culpeper was considered frontier territory, In October 1775, the minutemen were sent to Hampton in response to British ships attempting to land. The riflemen were able to effectively shoot the men manning the ships cannons, and the fleet eventually sailed away.

In 1860, the Culpeper Minutemen were formed under the same oak tree where the 1775 Minutemen had organized. They also carried the same rattlesnake flag. The unit was mustered into the Company B, 13th Infantry Confederate and fought in several battles.

According to the Museum of Culpeper History, the Minutemen were again organized for the Spanish-American War, but were never activated for duty. The Culpeper Minutemen were again organized for World War I, and joined the 116th Infantry.

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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.

Is Evacuation of Japan Imminent?

Photo credit: citypictures.org

Photo credit: citypictures.org

March 11, 2011: A massive earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan. Thousands die in the chaos that ensues after the quake and resultant 33 foot high tsunami that follows.  The reactors located at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sustain significant damage and has been hailed as the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

March 13, 2011: The NRC states that they do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the US:  http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1107/ML110720002.pdf

March 15, 2011: MSNBC.com- “Scientists and nuclear experts say they can’t stress enough that no contamination is expected to reach the U.S. and precautions such as stockpiling potassium iodide are not necessary.” According to this article and many others like it, it isn’t necessary for US and North American residents to acquire the radiation tablets. However, one should take note how the US government has handled past precautionary measures.  A significant amount of radiation pills were purchased for US troops in 2001 and again for US postal workers in 2002 to prepare for the possibility of dirty bombs being set off in the US or attacks on North American nuclear power plants.

March 16, 2011: Regarding skyrocketing sales of radiation pills…from The Huffington Post the California EMA and the California Department of Public health issue a statement:

We urge Californians to not take potassium iodide as a precautionary measure. It is not necessary given the current circumstances in Japan, it can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems, and taken inappropriately it can have serious side effects including abnormal heart rhythms, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte abnormalities and bleeding.

This same article from HuffPo states that “There’s been no indication so far that measurable amounts will reach the U.S. Pacific coast. More than 5,000 miles of open ocean separate Tokyo and Los Angeles, and scientists say there is little current risk of increased radiation even in Japan, outside of a narrow swath of land within a few miles of the damaged plant.”

March 21, 2011: Bloomberg News reported  that some radiation monitors in California, Oregon, and Washington State may not be working properly, as abnormal readings are being reported from some of the units. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-21/some-radiation-tracking-air-monitors-may-not-be-working-properly-epa-says.html

April, 1, 2011: From NPR.org: Japanese officials forced to admit radiation levels from the damaged nuclear reactors reported were misstated.

On April 28, 2011: here at Radical Survivalism, we reported on food shortages from popular suppliers of long term, freeze dried food as consumers stocked up in case of nuclear disaster in Japan.  http://radicalsurvivalism.com/web/2011/04/28/delays-announced-for-emergency-food-supplier/

December 2011: Radiation.org reports increased mortality in the US, citing correlations to the disaster in Japan in March of that year. http://www.radiation.org/reading/pubs/HS42_1F.pdf What is notable regarding this investigation is that this report appeared on MarketWatch.com, but the report seems to have been scrubbed from the Market Watch web site.

January 25, 2012: Popular blog EXSKF  relays the chilling comments from city assemblyman Yoshiyuki  Motoyama “…share the pain of Tohoku.”  Motoyama was apparently displaying his displeasure at parents who wished to have their children dropped from the school lunch program so as to bring food from home. Parents were concerned that food provided in the school lunches may have been exposed to radiation. http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/01/city-assemblyman-in-tokyo-to-school.html

February 3, 2012: Japanese government employees take part in an evacuation drill in Tokyo.  According to Military.com, “The exercise gave the U.S. military’s ships a chance to plan for an evacuation under various circumstances, including a situation where mooring at the otherwise intact pier might prove unwise.” http://www.military.com/news/article/army-navy-ships-take-part-in-tokyo-evacuation-drill.html

March 28, 2012: Real Economics-Fukushima is still a big problem.

Question: Is the nuclear power plant safe now?
Yukitero Naka, Nuclear Engineer: Well, that’s what TEPCO and the government says, but the people in there don’t believe it. There is still a great danger. My personal concern is the fourth reactor block.

March 30, 2012: The Guardian reports the 12 mile evacuation perimeter around Fukushima “largely intact” while some towns are being reclassified: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/30/japan-fukushima-evacuation-zone

In the wake of supply of potassium iodide in the US being depleted by a huge uptick in purchases by consumers after the earthquake in Japan, this next report illustrates our government’s ability to commandeer a huge supply of product at any given time. http://www.wnd.com/2011/04/285721/ Shortly after the disaster at Fukushima, vendors posted on their websites that Rad Stickers were not available for purchase, as all supply had been purchased by the US government to be sent to Japan. A Rad Sticker is small sticker (produced in the US) that can detect radiation exposure and were given to first responders, civilians as well as reporters that were sent to Japan to cover the tragedy.

The story that 40 million are to be evacuated from Japan (according to the EUTimes.com) appears to originate from Sorcha Faal. Is important to note that Sorcha Faal (whatdoesitmean.com) is reported to be an alias of David Booth, a noted conspiracy theorist. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Sorcha_Faal

In spite of the dubious origins of this report, it may be of great interest to you, the reader, that there are reports that 9,000 of the 19,000 US troops are to be removed from Okinawa. Japan has pledged 3.1 billion dollars to subsidize a portion of the 8.6 billion cost of the relocation. Some of these troops will be sent to Hawaii, to Guam, or to start a new rotational process in of all places, Australia.

A deal forged by the US in 2006 to move Futenma Air Force Base to date has never been implemented. The failed contract resulted in political suicide on the part of Yukio Hatoyama of Japan in 2009. Hatoyama was unable to fulfill his campaign promises of putting the deal into action and was forced to resign.

From the MarineCorpstimes.com April 27, 2012:

Citing an “increasingly uncertain security environment” in the Asia-Pacific region, they said their agreement was intended to maintain a robust U.S. military presence to ensure the defense of Japan.

Which raises the question, defense from what?

Whispers on the internet suggest that some Japanese could be evacuated to the “Ghost Cities” of China, while other articles suggest that Japan needs to be protected from China’s rise. This conflict of reporting may incite some conspiracists to claim that the quiet movement of troops off of Okinawa is being implemented without fanfare as to avoid global panic.

From Akio Matsumura, regarding the situation at Fukushima…we are told that “The current Japanese government has not yet mentioned the looming disaster, ostensibly to not incite panic in the public. Nevertheless, action must be taken quickly.”

On April 2, 2012, Takao Yamada of The Mainichi writes:

The worse-case scenario drawn up by the government includes not only the collapse of the No. 4 reactor pool, but the disintegration of spent fuel rods from all the plant’s other reactors. If this were to happen, residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would be forced to evacuate.

April 9, 2012. The L.A. Times informs us that radiation from Japan has been detected in kelp beds off the coast of California.  Kelp is present in many food and pharmaceuticals and is commonly referred to as carageenan in ingredients. Giant kelp beds are also home to thousands of species of fish and sea life.

The Japan Times online reveals in an interview September 19, 2011 with the former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan that the president of TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) wanted to evacuate their staff from the Fukushima facility on March 15, 2011. Prime Minister Kan’s response was he was “outraged.” Kan resigned earlier in the month of September, 2011.

As early as March 15, 2011, following the crisis in Japan, the invitation had been extended from Russia to Japan to receive Japanese nationals. http://www.eutimes.net/2011/03/russias-zhirinovsky-calls-on-japanese-to-move-to-russia/

This week the “Chair of the Japanese Democratic Party’s Political Council Seiji Maehara is set to visit Moscow from April 29 to May 4 to discuss a range of territorial issues with Russia’s Foreign Ministry and the Federal Assembly.  Coming ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as President, this visit can initiate a new round of talks on the disputed sovereignty of the Kuril Islands.” http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_04_13/71656029/

Since the end of World War II, discussions have gone on between Russia and Japan over the Kuril Islands without making any forward progress. Currently, it would appear that the two countries may be attempting to come to an agreement on settling the old grievances generated when Russia seized the islands from Japan during the war. Could the Kuril Islands potentially be a safety net for millions of displaced Japanese citizens?

Meanwhile, back in the States…Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan visits with President Obama at the White House 4/29/12 and is to be treated to a gala dinner and Samurai exhibition by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The two following articles are of great interest to those in the online preparedness community. From RT April 4, 2012:  DHS Won’t Explain its Order of 450 million Hollow Point Bullets. http://rt.com/usa/news/dhs-million-point-government-179/ And from Fed Biz Opps: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=19f566deeffa645babd1e3731b7326c6&tab=core&_cview=1 Behind the scenes, once again the US government is purchasing great quantities of radiation pills.

April 16, 2012: Reuters. US Senator Ron Wyden (OR) “…the damage was much worse than he expected.”  Senator Wyden, who is a senior senator on the Senate Energy committee, toured the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant on April 6 this month.

April 30, 2012: ENE News-In an anonymous interview April 29, 2012 with a PhD student from Tokyo, we are told that Medical doctors working in Fukushima say lots of people are dying — “Bleeding, losing hair, and having a bad health condition.” http://enenews.com/interview-medical-doctors-working-fukushima-lots-people-dying-bleeding-losing-hair-having-bad-health-condition-video

Today, as of this writing, an “urgent” request has been sent to the UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon regarding the seriousness of the situation at Fukushima.  Green Action Japan states:

We Japanese civil organizations express our deepest concern that our government does not inform its citizens about the extent of risk of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool. Given the fact that collapse of this pool could potentially lead to catastrophic consequences with worldwide implications, what the Japanese government should be doing as a responsible member of the international community is to avoid any further disaster by mobilizing all the wisdom and the means available in order to stabilize this spent nuclear fuel. It is clearly evident that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool is no longer a Japanese issue but an international issue with potentially serious consequences. Therefore, it is imperative for the Japanese government and the international community to work together on this crisis before it becomes too late. We are appealing to the United Nations to help Japan and the planet in order to prevent the irreversible consequences of a catastrophe that could affect generations to come.

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

Community Now and After

As we travel farther down the road of technology, we move farther apart as a society. I became painfully aware of this the day I first witnessed minivans on the interstate with small televisions embedded on the back of every headrest. Each miniature screen displayed a different movie or program. The family was sharing space with one another, but yet were all plugged into separate types of technology instead of sharing that time to interact with each other.

As a child, my family travels (and there were many) all involved family time and togetherness. Technology, as miniscule as it were at the time, was left at home. No television, no video games, no phones. At the risk of being called a nerd, (and I have been) I will reveal that during travel times, we sang songs, played “I-spy,” verbally wrote one act plays, practiced joke telling, and simply conversed. At our destination, we played Frisbee, went hiking, swam together, and sat around a campfire. This may sound idyllic at best, but this was the foundation for my learning the meaning of community.

Community rules and expectations are typically fairly easy to comprehend, and are often implied. There are certain by-laws that a community member is expected to adhere to, or some type of punishment could be meted out. As a child, I was expected to clean my room and clean my plate. As I grew older, my responsibilities increased.

Just like in public life, the same will hold true for certain types of online communities. A group (or group leader) sets down the rules and expectations, and participants are expected to abide by them. Some issues that have set requirements or rules in an online forum may be due to a legal aspect, such as stalking or ethical reasons such as violating confidentiality.

As groups or communities are not static, often the rules fluctuate to suit the needs of the group. It is imperative that participants follow the rules or expectations, or negative consequences may and often do occur. Probably the most important part of this aspect is that participants in online communities have the option to no longer participate if the group rules no longer suit their own set of expectations.

Currently, in public, we all adhere to certain rules and expectations such as not yelling “fire” in a movie theater, reporting to our job on time, not speeding, or we can usually expect some type of negative consequence. In online communities, a negative consequence may be more difficult to enforce, but yet one risks the ire of the other group participants. Rejection of a personal nature may occur such as requesting other members to not have interaction with the one who chooses not to follow the rules.

In a world-without-services scenario, communities will most likely form at some point. Rules and expectations will be abound; playing the game of life will suddenly become much more important. In newly formed communities, the rules and expectations will often change to suit the needs of the group. As more people are added to a community, or the group dwindles, laws could vary immensely. Participants will have expectations placed on them, or will most likely face a negative consequence.

It will be virtually impossible to expect that any group will accept, without question, any person or persons to enter the community and be allowed to change all of the rules and expectations without any sort of negative reaction. In other words, people won’t be allowed to show up and just change or bend the rules to suit themselves.

Rules of the group in a grid-down situation may or may not follow that of current state and federal laws. The group will adopt laws and/or rules that will benefit and protect those within the group. This may be distasteful to some, yet welcomed by others. The expectation here is that regardless of newcomers’ desires, they will assimilate to protect the greater good of all.

The darker side to all of this is the simple observation. As technology continually drives us humans farther away from each other, it is apparent that the art of communication and assimilation is waning, even as we supposedly progress. The more time we spend looking at technology, the less time we spend looking at another human face. How can we expect to come together in a community when we have spent hours, weeks, and months or longer engaged in an artificial way of life interaction?

Online communities make it easy to hide our true selves from the outside world. Consequently, the responsibility of maintaining friendly relationships becomes secondary. We can answer that email, text, or DM when it becomes convenient, rather than placing our friends that may really need us on a higher priority. We are programming the human to dismiss and to treat others as less than human; we are turning our relationships into an artificial intelligence. These interactions are causing us to devalue the humanity of others. If we lose our ability to communicate and assimilate before … how are we going to be able to have relationships, communicate, and live with others after?

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