Welcome to this week’s edition of the
Urban Survival Newsletter
The Election and Preparedness
The upcoming elections are VERY exciting and it’s looking like there will be some big changes in Washington. My readers come from all across the political spectrum, so I won’t dwell on this, but my political stance is that I don’t need a nanny to tell me how to live my life and I just want to be left alone. I believe we’re taxed enough already and that most social problems can be handled with a better outcome and more efficiently locally than at the federal level.
I want national defense, and I want a fair, stable, predictable framework of laws in place. That being said, my definition of fair includes allowing people to fail and not passing laws to protect people from their own stupidity.
That doesn’t really translate directly to a particular political party, but the frontrunners in most of the races are closer to what I like than the current batch that’s in Washington, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.
So, let’s back away from the political aspects of the election and take a look at what it will mean from a preparedness and survival perspective.
The election is important for several reasons, and I’ll be happy if there is a move to elected officials who appreciate limited government and individual liberty, but most of the threats to our way of life will STILL be present, no matter how the election goes. Here are 7 specific examples:
1. EMPs caused by coronal mass ejections and nuclear weapons will still be a threat. In fact, another solar storm is predicted for early next week. And, last I checked, fanatical terrorists tend to hate us regardless of who’s in power.
2. Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and other natural disasters will always be a threat.
3. Our excess inventory of 1-4 million houses and the instability in the real estate market won’t disappear overnight, regardless of what happens in Washington. Many of the large banks holding the mortgages on these houses are the same banks that have HUGE unbooked liabilities for credit default swaps.
4. Stable, pro-business legislation and predictable, reasonable taxes will create more jobs, but it will take time and the underlying economy is still fragile.
5. China will still be our biggest debt holder and will be able to hold us over a barrel to get favorable trade agreements and treaties, and will have the option to tank the dollar every time we hold a treasury auction.
6. The Middle East is still an escalating powder keg that shows no signs of cooling down.
7. Our utility infrastructure will still be aging, increasingly interconnected, and increasingly vulnerable.
(I wrote about more of these vulnerabilities in May here: http://secretsofurbansurvival.com/124 )
I don’t say this to cause anyone to panic or to crank up fear levels…it’s just that any one of these threats or vulnerabilities could quickly cause serious short or long term disruptions in our way of life. More specifically, many of these vulnerabilities are inter-related and a problem in one area could affect one or more other vulnerable areas.
If you’re excited about the elections, don’t let this dampen the mood. Get out and vote for whoever you think will be the best leaders and participate in the process. In other words, TAKE ACTION!
And, regardless of how things turn out with the election keep making forward progress with your preparations. Learn new skills, PRACTICE THEM, stock up on core consumables, and work on your operational security and people skills.
Overwhelmed by the whole process? Don’t know which threats to address first? Don’t know what to do next? Trouble getting your friends and family on board? You’re not alone.
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What are your thoughts on the election? How about the most urgent trigger that you think will put people into short or long term survival mode?
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Until next week, God Bless & keep making forward progress!
P.S. What about Facebook? I got an email this week that went like this, “I have Deactivated my Facebook account. After reading the news story tonight about their sharing information about their users, I felt like I needed to make that move. Read the articles yourself, and see what you think about their security and privacy. We still have email.”
The simple fact is that this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Any time you post something online, it is cataloged. Cataloged by Google, the NSA, and other organizations from numerous governments.
So, use Facebook and the internet smartly. If you’ve got private information, don’t post it online if you want it to stay private.
Is Facebook dangerous? Yes…if you treat it any differently than any other website. People somehow think it’s “safe” to post private information on Facebook and then are surprised when bad things happen because of it..