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Vote -1 Vote +1GS
January 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

David:

Thank you for this analysis, very insightful. Proves out what those of us paying attention already realize. Anything can happen anywhere, anytime. You cannot prepare for every and all eventualities. What you CAN DO is prepare yourself, family, and friends (if they’ll pay attention) for “disruptions to normality”.

So the common basics, extra foodstuffs put aside, same for potable water, a “B.O.B.” in your vehicle(s), and keeping vehicle fuel tanks topped up, and having plans in place for bad things happening in your particular area of residence.

This all aids in smoothing a “rough patch” out, for a bit. If things really go “south”, then you are still better prepared to ride them out for a longer term. Of course, this all presupposes no major calamity directly befalls you or yours. If, say, something more along the lines of an “extinction event” (Yellowstone mega-eruption, asteroid strike, etc.) then it’s just down to whether or not you are in the wrong place at the wrong time …………..and will survive in any shape at all.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
January 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

David,
Good article. As for living in today; I’m 71 years old and sometimes wonder how I managed to “get here so Fast.”

I have three things for your readers to ponder.
1. In our universe there is only one constant; change.
2. The only exact science is mathematics; 2+2 will always be 4.
3. Yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow a dream; the only reality is the current moment.

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1jack hammer
January 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

2+2 = ?? Your obviously NOT a Politician. I am 86 and KNOW how we got here. We GAVE this country to those who NEVER WOKED, gave them FREE HOUSING, EDUCATION and FOOD, then ELECTED one (a socialist) to RUN this country.
They will HELP themselves like a MILLSTONE around our necks HELPS US !!..

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
January 29, 2011 at 11:55 am

Jim,
I’m 71 also. Your comments were “spot on”.
Stay safe,
Jim

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1M
January 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Jims,

I’m sorry–you’re not “spot on.” “Spotty” is more like it. In this case I think you’d be wiser to listen to the words of your elder (Jack).

Although you are both 71, you seem to echo the comments of so many 17-year-olds that I have read: Helpless in the face of change, and dreaming.

I will give you that you know your math, which can’t necessarily be said of many 17-year-olds (especially considering the percentage of drop-outs).

At any age, we’re not too young or too old to start developing a plan and a map for survival.

Change is constant, yes. But it comes with a direction, and it is incumbent upon those of us who are not ready to lay down and give up our lives to constantly try to discern where that direction is taking us–and to fight it or take our own direction when we see disaster ahead.

Tomorrow is not a dream. It is someone’s plan, and we all need to wake up to it, and work to change that plan when our sensibilities tell us to.

For God’s sake.

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Vote -1 Vote +1andrea francis
February 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm

M, You sound so angry! People will be more willing to listen to your wisdom if you are not like chalk grating on a blackboard. You said some good things, but I don’t even remember them now because you were gritting your teeth. your friend, Andrea

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Vote -1 Vote +1RAS
January 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Good article Dave,
In response to Jim, there is only one constant: GOD, Almighty! He does not ever change.

We need to prepare as suggested by David. i will go beyond this, buy easy to grow seeds for vegetables and learn to enjoy vegan foods. We may not even have access to animal protein foods.

The total destruction of our societies as we know it will some day be destroy by some evil groups, whose aim is to destroy the world the way we have known and create the one world currency, one government and their goal is to create one world religion and some of us know who this group is. They are the ones creating this chaos and they will not stop at anything until they get what they want.

BUT, GOD ALMIGHTY, is far more powerful than their evil plans and GOD will win when he crashes the hear of this evil snake!

In the mean time, prepare for what is coming so when there is not enough money or our money is worthless or there is a state of anarchy from desperate people, we can have something to survive on. Remember the evil forces that control the governments of the world: They have one thing is mind, and that is to destroy society, bring us down to our knees so they can create their one world currency, their one world government and ultimately, their one world religion- an evil one.

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Vote -1 Vote +1robert baker
January 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

That was GREAT…I will forward it to all I know!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Maria BAiley
January 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

This is the best one yet. Thank you for the clarity of this newsletter. I have shared it and will continue to do so. Keep up the good work!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
January 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thank you sir,
I saw on the news about this Russian incident that “an official” blamed the violence on “lax security”. I guess security could have been tighter, but they didn’t bring the bomb to the party. That’s the same mentality that blames the magazine capacity, or the firearm, instead of the criminal. Don’t you just love it when the press describes a firearm as “automatic” when you know it was a “semi-auto”? I’ve stopped wondering if they’re misleading, or just plain wrong.

I’ve got a question for you and your readers. I’ll ask, and then describe what I’ve chosen as my own coping strategy(s) might be… I’m a student, and although I believe in the right of personal protection,armed or otherwise, I’m also sort of hung up on complying with the law (for the most part). So my question is this; if an ununiformed individual (bad guy) opens fire, say on a campus, and another ununiformed individual (good guy, armed civilian) shoots him, well, I guess what I’m asking is, how do you know who the good guy is? If it’s illegal to carry in that area, than in the eyes of the law, aren’t they both bad guys?. Let’s say, for the sake of disscussion that there were several armed civilians at this recent incident in Arizona. Loony start’s shooting, good guy shoots loony, good guy shoots other good guy… do you see where I’m going with this? I guess what I’m saying is, how does a good guy identify himself as a good guy, out of uniform, during combat? Is it strictly combatant or non-combatant? Armed or unarmed? Uniformed vs ununiformed?

OK, so this is how I’ve chosen to cope with this what-if in my own personal life. If someone else has a better idea, I’d be more than happy to hear it. At this point I’ve been training, in a few various systems (TFT, Krav Maga, a bunch of OTS stuff, Jim Wagner’s Reality Based, Glen Boodry, Close Quarters Combatives, Greg Fraser’s Jing Shen Kuoshu, ect…). It would seem to me that the crowd would be a lot safer if everyone knew say, Target Focus Training, than if everyone who could carry, did carry.

So again I ask, how does a civilian identify himself during action? If i’ve managed to strip a weapon from an assailant, do I have the law on my side? Am I allowed to engage his accomplice(s)? If I’m not professional security am I legally protected in any way?

I’d appreciate any legitimate comments,

Thanks,
Dan

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Vote -1 Vote +1Ed S.
January 28, 2011 at 11:02 am

Dan,

When law enforcement arrives at the scene of any violent civil disturbance or action, anyone in possession of a firearm – or weapon of any type – will be ordered to drop it, handcuffed and taken into custody. If they don’t comply, they will very likely be shot. This is because the first order of business for law enforcement is to secure the area, and they have no way of distinguishing between good guys holding weapons and bad guys holding weapons. That gets sorted out after the fact. And with the recent spate of police officers being shot, I’m guessing that the time interval between being ordered to, “drop your weapon!” and being shot for non-compliance may have become shortened. I truly hope that you never get to experience a situation where you find out first handedly. But if you ever do, take heed of what I’ve described. And as far as legal ramifications are concerned, I’ll leave that to the lawyers with expertise in such matters.

Ed

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
January 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Thanks Boss

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Vote -1 Vote +1Twistytreeranch
January 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

Dan,
My Concealed Carry training covered how to tell the good guy from the bad in that if you shoot a bad guy, you then holster your weapon and lay prone until Cops arrive.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
January 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thanks

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I can’t tell you what to do on this, but I can share my personal experiences and SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) with you.

I’ve done extensive training and role playing on this very scenario, having gone so far as to run scenarios where I get amped up, dial 911, practice combat breathing to calm myself down, answer questions from the 911 operator and then have real police officers driving up to the scene in their patrol cars with lights and siren going.

There are a LOT of places where you can make mistakes and I’d suggest finding a police officer/firearms trainer who is responding to calls on a daily basis to run through scenarios with you and at least one other person.

During the Trolly Square shootings in Salt Lake City a few years ago, there was an off duty Ogden Police officer who exchanged shots with the shooter before uniformed police arrived. As soon as he started shooting and had lost his element of suprise, he began shouting “OPD!” (Ogden Police Department) whenever he saw anyone so that he wouldn’t be mistaken for being a bad guy.

I regularly practice engaging a target and then pulling out my wallet, holding it up, and yelling “SECURITY!” The wallet doesn’t have anything visible on the outside indicating that I have a security license, and the main reason for holding it up is to cause anyone else with a firearm to pause one or two additional seconds to think before firing at me.

Likewise, you could hold up your wallet and yell “Concealed Carry!” or “Citizens Arrest!” to hopefully buy yourself that extra second or two for another concealed carry holder or peace officer to decide not to shoot you. It should go without saying that this may not work and you could get shot. If you have any questions, please contact a competent attorney who specializes in firearms law to make sure that you’re saying something that complies with the law.

These are decisions that everyone will have to flush out on their own, but if I engaged an active shooter with my firearm, I would not immediately set my firearm on the ground and lay down. If the shooter had one or two partners in crime, I would have just made myself an unarmed, helpless target.

In addition, someone has to take charge of the scene. At this point, I would quickly scan the crowd looking for additional threats. If I didn’t find any, I’d remove the shooter’s weapon(s) from his reach. Then I’d point my finger at someone close, ask them if they’re alright, and tell them to call 911 and have them hand me the phone after their initial exchange with the operator (if it’s safe to do so) so that I could describe myself for police.

I would also point from person to person (starting with employees, if appropriate) asking them if they were alright and asking them if they knew the address where we were. If anyone was injured, I’d ask if anyone had medical skills who could help and direct them to help the injured person.

During this entire time, I’d scan the crowd, and looking for threats and trying to remember descriptions of people. Knowing that tunnel vision would be an issue, I’d move to a corner or a wall, if possible, to limit the number of angles that additional threats

As police rolled up on the scene, I’d holster my firearm, tell everyone to lay on the ground, stomach down, with their arms straight out to the side, and stand with my arms straight up in the air. I would not depend on the 911 operator relaying my description to the officer and I would tell the officer that I spoke to the 911 operator, but I wouldn’t say anything like, “I have a gun!” or “I’m the one who shot the guy!.” From this point on, I’d do exactly what the officer(s) tell me to do.

In the scenarios that we ran with law enforcement, one of the biggest mistakes happened when the officer first rolled up on the scene and the concealed carry permit holder had his firearm out, waved it around, and used it to point at things. As much as you know that you’re the good guy, the officer does not and their main concern is going home in one piece at the end of their shift. The officer is going to be amped up, they’re going to be trying to take in the entire situation, and if you’ve got your firearm in your hand, there’s a good chance you’ll get shot.

Is this plan perfect? Absolutely not. Does it account for every variable? Absolutely not…that’s what mental rehearsal and role playing are for. Does this insure that I would live to the end of the day? Absolutely not. It is simply one of the sets of actions that I decided on, with law enforcement, during role playing to increase my chances of surviving a lethal force encounter where I used my firearm in self defense. I could still go to jail, could still be found guilty of a crime, and could still be found guilty in civilian court.

In addition, you want to practice yelling, “Drop your weapon!” rather than “Drop your gun”.

You need to decide whether or not you would yell anything if you were confronting an active shooter. If you are carrying a compact pistol and the active shooter has already shot people with a rifle, do you want to make yourself a target by announcing your presence?

The shooter will have already crossed the line of being willing to take a life with a firearm and won’t have a reactionary gap when they get their sights lined up on you. You, on the other hand, being a non psychopathic person who respects life, may hesitate. Not announcing your presence and giving the shooter a chance to drop their weapon may make you a criminal and/or a murderer…especially if you are behind the shooter and have the opportunity to escape.

Again, these are not decisions that I or anyone else can make for you. You need to make them with the guidance of a competent firearms attorney.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
January 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thank you Sir,
Again you’ve given your readers & I gourmet cuisine for the mind. That’s an interesting question, take the shot or not? If I was under-gunned I probably wouldn’t announce my location reguardless of my choice. Was that a rhetorical question? If my answer was in the affirmative, would that constitute pre-meditation?
OK, so as in most grey areas, the answers are both yes, and no. I understand that we are all responsible for our actions, and that it’s better to be tried by 12 than to be carried by 6.
Thanks again,
Dan

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Vote -1 Vote +1George
January 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

To help you in your continuing study of what you might do under different circumstances, there is an organization USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association http://www.usconcealedcarry.com that explores these and other issues. There are many LEOs that are members along with many civilians with CCW permits. They are an excellent resource and continue to stress training. Of course, for additional training there are IDPA shooting courses for enjoyable Saturdays. In addition there is a group called Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network, LLC that (after being accepted as a member) will provide you with instruction on the general legal problems and the better ways of dealing with the police and prosecutors. Keep in mind that you may well spend that night and maybe several more (or years more) whether you did it Tim Larkin’s way (TFT) or used a firearm or knife.

What happens to you depends upon what you did, that fact that you called 911 FIRST to be the “good” guy, how your reacted with the arriving police, how good your attorney is in actual self defense shootings, and what the reactions and motives of the local sheriff/chief of police and the chief prosecutor.

Good luck and may you never be in that situation.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Thanks, George. Tim Schmidt (head of the USCCA) is a very good friend of mine who’s as close as a brother. The USCCA is a great organization. Here’s a link where you can sign up for their free newsletter and get a free book as a bonus: http://checkout.usccastore.com/aff/4FCD09A245760D0129B2A43D0C051600/index.html

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Vote -1 Vote +1Hank Williams
January 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

Wow — you’ve spent WAY too much time thinking about this. Do you have a girlfriend?

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Hello, “Mr. Williams” It’s ironic that you picked Hank as your pen name since he would understand perfectly what I was talking about :)

Also, I’m married to my “girlfriend” and we have 2 sons.

In any case, once you decide that your life is worth protecting and that the lives of the ones you love are worth protecting, one of the steps of the growth process is realizing that knowing how to defend yourself from a lethal force attack with your body, knives, guns, or other weapons is only the beginning. In my case, I realized that if I protected my family from a lethal force attack, I not only had to survive the attack, but I also had to survive my subsequent interactions with law enforcement, the district prosecutor, and possibly both criminal and civil court juries.

It wouldn’t gain me much to survive a lethal force attack from a bad guy only to be killed by a policeman because I was stupid. It also wouldn’t gain me much to survive a lethal force attack and end up in the state pen.

It’s perfectly fine if you think that the time that I spent on this was excessive…especially if you have decided that you’re not willing to use lethal force to protect yourself or someone you love.

But if you have decided that your life or the ones that you love ARE worth protecting, then these are vital issues that you need to work through.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Grady Cole III
January 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Once we decide to risk our lives to save others, nothing else matters at that point (getting shot, breaking laws, etc.). A life that was lost because of hesitation or doubt cannot be retrieved. If we ponder all the ramifications with taking action to save another, the logical answer would be: Don’t get involved. The very worth of our own life may one day be measured by the lives we saved.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David H
January 29, 2011 at 12:38 am

A few week ago I watched an interview with a lady who was involved in a lone-gunman shooting. She had a handgun in her purse, illegally, so she choose not to use it. She watched as both her mother and father were killed. Her closing comment was that she would rather spend her life in prison by shooting the gunman if it meant her parents and the other victims would still be alive.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Simon
January 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

Dan, The younger of the two men who restrained the Tucson shooter was carrying a legal handgun concealed and did not use it as he assessed that he did not have a clear shot to disable or disarm the shooter. After the split second assessment, he moved into action and tackled the shooter and was joined by the retired military officer in restraining the shooter. The bottom line is to get the best training you can afford so you have the “skills of arms” and the mental training of how, when, why and when not to use a firearm.

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Vote -1 Vote +1George
January 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm

That is also why I study Target Focus Training (TFT). The real weapon is the mind! The firearm, knife, stick, or body parts are extensions of the real weapon. Each one has its appropriate use. With a firearm you must always be aware of what is around and behind your target. You certainly do not want to inflict injury to innocent bystanders if you miss or the bullet goes through the target.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
January 31, 2011 at 9:33 am

George…Well stated!! One reason when newcomers ask the question, ‘what is the best weapon’ that you have to get them to understand each and every scenario is different. Each situation requires the right tools for the job and it may very well be just your hands in an extremely crowded area, but always requires forethought. As for Dan’s comments above, bravo for taking the time to think everything through. Unfortunately, the Founder’s concept of “The right to keep and bear arms” vs. the current politician’s view is quite different. One of the problems is the progressive legislation helping eliminate morality from our youth and advancing the notion of lack of personal responsibility.

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-1 Vote -1 Vote +1K.Pinkerton
January 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

“This leads me to think that if 66% of the deaths happening in the Egyptian riots are being caused by people getting hit by rocks in the head, then if we learned anything from the insane shootings in Tuscon, there is only one rational course of action. Egypt must move immediately to outlaw all devices that are capable of carrying a high capacity of rocks. Duffel bags, satchels, backpacks, and wheelbarrows must all be outlawed.”

This made me LOL but on a serious note your spot on the money. The person that uses the tool regardless if rock or gun is RESPONSIBLE.Our society has been dumbed down into blaming everything but itself for its problems. We need to educate and show others rational and reasonable thinking…

-Besides a fully automatic hicapacity rock throwing device is heavy…-

chance favors the prepared..
-K.Pinkerton

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Vote -1 Vote +1B. Ford
January 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Actually, society isn’t responsible, the individual is. It is ALWAYS the individual’s choice whether or not to abide by the law or to break it. I am responsible only for my actions, no one elses; and no one is responsible for my actions, but me.
Dr. B. Ford

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Thanks, Kim. Your “chance favors the prepared” comment makes me think you’ll like this one too, “If you work smart enough, hard enough, and long enough, there’s a good chance you’ll get ‘lucky’…or at least other people will call it luck” :)

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Vote -1 Vote +1Joyce Graham
January 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

Really good article and information. I am not a “urban survivalist”, as we live on a two hundred acre farm in the middle of no where. We can live off the land, have our own stocked pond, plus a lake through our property, plenty of deep woods and a natural spring for water. We have food stocked away, grow a garden, medicinal plants, etc. Our biggest concern is if the world as we know it comes to a screeching halt, how will we protect what we have from those who will leave the cities. We are armed, no doubt, but I am sure they will be as well, and there will be many of them. Our whole family lives on this farm, and there are not many neighbors. Your news letters always add some wonderful information, and I learn something new every time I read it.
Thanks so much and please keep up the great work.

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Vote -1 Vote +1JAN CARL
January 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

We live in a gated subdivision with older familes. We have no means for a garden, we do have pool in the back yard. Should we move out on more acreage, or stay in the secure subdivsion.?

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Vote -1 Vote +1Rich
January 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Joyce, we live on a 100 acre farm not quite as well setup as yours, but not too far off either. Our plans entail members of our church coming out to the property and taking up residence with us if things really come unglued. Try and be compassionate and understanding with confrontations with the people getting out of the cities – maybe some of those individuals could add to your situation by their efforts, or maybe a meal and a place to lay their head would be enough so they can continue their journey in the morning might do the trick.

You should maintain an armed guard on your perimeter, and everyone on the farm should carry a weapon in plain view at all times. This will most likely keep most people in check. Simply the site of armed individuals will deter most actions. If confrontational people come through you try and deflect them by challenging them and letting them know they should move along – they most likely will go find easier pickings. In some cases you may have to use force to defend yourselves – and you need to be prepared to do so if it comes down to that. But in most situations I think it can be avoided. If you are out on 200 acres its most likely that a lot of the worst elements will be back where there’s plenty of looting to be done – not working hard to distance themselves from population centers.

And to Jan – if you are considering relocating to a more remote area (which we did last year), make sure you are prepared & able to do the type of work that will be required to make yourself self-sufficient – or at least team with someone who is, and contribute as you are able. Don’t just move out into the country and hope the resources will be there! :-) We are in the process of building up the farm to be a sustainable effort, regardless of the condition of the supply system and what not. It is possible, but requires a lot of work and dedication… it can lead to a better, healthier life, even if things don’t take the turn I think they are going to…

Peace be with you.

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Vote -1 Vote +1jim
January 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Rich,
You absolutely right. I was going to enumerate the chores that need to be attended to and then thought better of it. So here it goes painted with a broad brush. Caring for your stock, chickens, pigs, cows, and maybe horses. Planting and harvesting your garden, Planting and harvesting feed crops, hay, wheat, oats, and corn. Keeping up the farm equipment and fences. Repairing the barn and outbuildings and anything else that breaks or wears out. Milking the herd (remember by hand) and cleaning the barn; shoveling manure, they ain’t potty trained and again by hand. Butchering and putting up the meat.

I’m no longer a farmer, but I was born and raised on a farm in Northern Michigan. We had a small milk herd, a bull, pigs, chickens and a work horse. There is nothing on a farm that you can “do later.” If you don’t feed your animals they die, if you don’t milk your herd they dry up, if you don’t cultivate your crops the weeds take over. It’s a fulfilling life, but it is NOT Green Acres.

If you haven’t done that kind of work, take your two week vacation and volunteer to work for a small plot farmer. He’ll be happy for the help and you will learn whether this is something you can do.
Jim

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Vote -1 Vote +1Arthur
January 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

Thanks for the info. Keeping a cool head in these kind of times, does have it’s advantages as you said !! That way your gut responses, to immediately take in and make the best plain of action for the importance of the situation at hand !! And the importance of practicing situational awareness and listening to your gut at all times !! In short, better safe then sorry and better prepared for what ever comes our way !! My Grand dad aways said “aways expect the unexpected and you will aways be able to handle what ever comes along in life” !!

Being repared, and always thinking of a way out of your situation !! Is what you teach in your ” Urban Survival Course ” I got, the whole course and it is the best money I have ever spent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next to the 10% that I give to God that is !!! Thanks for all that you do, for all of us David; in keeping us up to date and ready !!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jim Matthews
January 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

One of the best, most common sense articles I have seen posted on todays American society and thinking. We could learn a lot from other countries but I fear the majority of Americans will not.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Alan Burch
January 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

David, I appreciate what you said about all these situations above. I grew up on a farm and we were poor, always had to “make do’ so i feel like I’m a bit ahead of the game. I’ve been a “survivalist” all my life. Of course my wife thinks i’m crazy for preparing for “worst case” scenarios, but like I tell her, I’d rather have the stuff and ability and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
Currently, if things get bad, I don’t have the luxery of “bugging out.” My wife’s folks are living with us, both in bad shape physically. Her older brother is a lazy bum that COULD work but always finds an excuse not to. He hangs around a lot to eat, watch TV and play on the computer. Of course he tells my wife he needs to come out to “Visit the folks.” Anyway, I have grab-n-go packs fixed, but may have to make some hard choices along the way if things “go south.” so i could use your prayers about that situation. Anyway, as far as preparing for the worst, I’m pretty much alone in that, as i imagime a lot of your readers are. The best weapon a person has is their brain. Most of us will have to survive day-by-day.

Thanks,
Alan

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Robert
January 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

You need to start inviting your relative who is unwilling to work to join you in splitting firewood, clearing land for gardening, or other hard work while the meal is being prepared. If he refuses then the Biblical quote about those who will not work [but are able] ought not to eat would apply and just serve him a couple of crackers and a thin slice of cheese while the others eat well if he even sticks around for the meal. If you do not do this then things will really get bad when food prices really start to soar. He and maybe his friends can eat you out of house and home. Either that or go drop him off at the local rescue mission at mealtime! LOL You might also impliment house rules about playing with the computer that can help maintain order.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Tina Almario
January 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I work w/lots of homeless people and can tell you they are on the streets because they used their families DRY! Please put your foot down now he will be the better for it and so will the rest of your family! Talk it over w/your wife 1st and DO NOT let her win because he is her brother. (I am a women so I can say that)

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jeff W
January 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

David
I am always waiting to see your next news letter. Because I am always seeing someing new I did not think about . a comment on the nut in arizona, there is no way to create laws that will protect you from crazy people , because there is no way to know what is in there heads and when it is going to go off and hurt some one. keep up the great work
Jeff

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Vote -1 Vote +1Ernst
January 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

Having had the pleasure of traveling to Sousse Tunisia and Sfax Tunisia, I can say that I always was hyper aware in these locations. I spent more time in Greece than I care to remember and never felt at ease there. The only place in the Mediterranean I felt at ease was Ibiza before the discos and the discovery. I remember the sleepy laid back island in 1976 it was a true paradise. Ibiza was very much like being in a time machine back to 1950s in the United States. Tunisia was never a comfortable place it was like mixing the Bronze Age with the space age. Even when we hired a tour guide he seemed to have a hidden agenda. He escorted us through the old markets and helped us to negotiate fair prices for our goods. He found us clean safe lodging with good food at a reasonable price. The tour guide/taxi driver was on time and good at taking to the destinations we wanted to see but always asked disturbing questions. We always felt that we were minutes form being kidnapped.
In Greece we made friends with some people but others openly hated us just for being American. I had the feeling that with so much hatred and raw emotion in the people something was going to happen soon. You could never really relax. Sure enough if the American ship stayed any length of time communist protesters form Athens would always show up and cause a riot. We actually had to repel boarders with fire hoses one night.

While on the beach over seas I carried a wallet with a few ones a five and a ten in it with some official looking crap expired insurance cards and the like. The plan was if it came to a real tight spot I would give up the wallet with $20 in it and the crap paperwork to avoid having to get into a serious altercation. I would keep any money I intended to spend in my left front pocket folded into denominations of fifty, or hundreds of dollars depending on what I was shopping for. This strategy would allow me to only expose as much money as was called for and to use the sorry I only have this much money as a bargaining tool. If I thought that I might need to carry a lot of reserve cash it went in my sock at the bottom of my foot so that it would not fall out and even if I got robbed they would just about have to undress me to get to the big cash.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Glenn
January 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

David, thanks for a very good summary and analysis of the current situation. Your thoughts on belief in a higher power are important too. A crusty old teacher once told me that what we choose to believe or choose not to believe is up to us; but just make sure you have a good reason for doing either one.

Choose to live, choose to love; Honor God, Country, and Family.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tina Almario
January 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Amen!

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Brian James
January 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Well said.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Arthur
January 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

And Amen again !

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Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
January 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Absolutely fantastic summary of current events, comparisons and the necessity of having a preparedness mindset. We grew up in urban rural midwest but now feel “trapped” in the Los Angeles megacity monstropolis. Your Secrets of Urban Survival are right on, and we are somewhat prepared, thanks to your good research. Keep the good, useful, vital for survival stuff coming! This gets forwarded to our families and friends, too.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
January 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

You wisely mention keeping cash in $1, $5, $10, and $20. This is wise for any emergency, as the price for items will equal the bills in your pocket, or your gold ring.
Though, when silver prices drop to a sane level, I plan to buy silver ingots which pretty much reflect market price per ounce but will be worth far more if the money devalues or the government becomes unstable.
As I understand it, you can even cheaply have the 1 oz ingots stamped into coin type items personally identifiable (pennies per ingot). These tend to be pennies more per ingot then market spot price.
They are available in oblong or round coin types.
The worse things get, the more valuable silver and bullets become.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

You might want to consider junk silver US currency (pre-1965 silver coins) rather than ingots. They are small enough to be practical for day-to-day transactions, have ridged edges to help prevent shaving and counterfeiting, and are simply too small for a counterfeitter to worry about so they’re readily accepted. In addition, they trade at a price that is based on their face value and the spot price of silver. For example, today, spot silver is $27.85 and I can buy junk silver coins for $20.40Xface. So, a dime is $2.04 and a quarter is $5.10. In a long term economic breakdown, you’d probably see signs saying that merchants were selling stuff for 20xface, 50xface, or something like $.35 junk.

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Vote -1 Vote +1StrictlyStock
January 29, 2011 at 3:44 am

Bullets can be made. Powder can’t. Primers are the worst to be without.

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Vote -1 Vote +1jim
January 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Well said brother.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
January 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm

The more complex a society is in the making……..the greater it’s vulnerability….as is it’s fraility. Most of the past civilizations which came before us…….became what we are today………complex and sophisticated. Elitist are people with this dream fo a perfect Utopia. Time proves man wrong……time and time again……by tearing down his precious world. Most empires last for a relatively short span of time…..between 300 and 500 years(at most). Today’s modern man can barely discern reality from fantasy……and couldn’t make it on his own……considering the lack of training for any conceivable emergency. Many here are preparing for the worst…….I hope that this isn’t true, however, I believe as many here do…..that our time is growing short. Our faith in many of Man-made systems is slowly diminishing…….let’s hope that out faith in the Supreme Being….doesn’t. I wish many of you here the best regardless of what happens tomarrow.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jeff F
January 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

One of Your Best. Many good working points that deal in Common Sense applications. Mixing all these events with Your advice is done very Well, Thanks. Keep up Your Good Work(s)

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Vote -1 Vote +1Rev. J.M. Chance
January 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Great Article David. I have learned many things from your “Urban Survival Guide” as well as your deck of cards. I especially like that you encourage practicing the skills to make it reflexive rather than reactionary. Practice, practice, practice. This weekend I will be learning to make home-made flour tortillas outside over an open fire that will be started with a magnesium fire starting block.
Thank You!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Tina Almario
January 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Yummy sounds good.

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Vote -1 Vote +1StrictlyStock
January 29, 2011 at 3:50 am

Flour doesn’t keep very long. Wheat does. But you need a way to render flour from it. Hand mills will wear you out. But electricity may not be available and a generator will just tip off your location. Food for thought.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Rick B
January 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

So much good stuff here. . . . . between articles and comments, its a win-win!!!!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Daryl
January 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

David,
Once again, I’m truly impressed with your common sense knowledge. Your info on how to comport yourself after a shooting is absolutely right on the money. As a student of Front Sight shooting school, and other firearms training, I’d say you have even added some vital info to the mix.They spend quite a bit of time on this subject, but I must say, you’ve expanded it to a higher level and I certainly feel it is critical info most of us with CCW Permits have not considered. I am so glad to have taken your Survive in place Course. Your readers are top-filght, and I learn from them all. God Bless you all.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Tina Almario
January 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Dave,
Can you give us your opinion on Christians NOT storing food and money due to FAITH IN GOD. My family believes that storing food away means you don’t have faith that God will provide for you all of your needs. This is the way I was raised and I struggle with it and talk to Him about it. The story of Joshua comes to mind when God had him store 7 yrs. worth of food and it saved a nation! Please give advice.

ALSO:

My husband has no clue of the food storage and gold and silver I have put away, he doesn’t believe for 1 second that it can happen here.

This is super stressful for me as I do not have help from my husband, neighbors or other family. My family lives several miles away in all directions and they just don’t see it.

I believe with the recent rush on police murders that it has already begun here so, I am again meeting with my family tomorrow for one last try to show them the writing on the wall.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm

This is a VERY important topic that I’ll either address this weekend, Monday, or devote next week’s newsletter to the topic. It’s involved and I want to give it the time and attention that it deserves.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Tina Almario
January 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Can’t wait, thanks.

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Vote -1 Vote +1StrictlyStock
January 29, 2011 at 4:03 am

Joseph was the one who laid up food in the good years. Joshua (and Caleb) were the ones many generations later who led the Israelites into the Promised Land. Unless you have reason to believe God will deliver manna every evening, you’d be wise to follow His admonition that one’s livlihood will come by the sweat of one’s brow.
Your perceived dilemma about lackadaisical family will eventually be solved much as the Parable of the Virgins and their need to be always prepared with oil for their lamps. You’d be better believing the fate of your kin is in God’s hands than to project concerns in quarters inhospitable to such.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Nathan Cary
January 29, 2011 at 8:37 am

Tina, I can relate to your scenario, and David Morris will probably do a better job than I can, in his reply.
About 10 years ago I invested in a sizable amount of gold. My wife wasn’t pleased. I think she can see that value better now. I have also made other precious metal purchases since that time.
We retired to a remote rural location. It was virgin desert in the SW. I see that as God’s providence. This land was purchased in the early 70s and held. It is not popular to live here. The quiet is wonderful! Going to town is a major task, so we try to be well stocked for supplies.
Because of our remoteness, the police are seldom near. “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away”, so we take it as our own responsibility to protect what we think is ours.
When we are in town for church, we consider picking up needed supplies, to avoid coming back into town at another time.
We have been blessed with a well of very good water.
So while we have THINGS, our hope is really in the God Who provided them. We believe in the return of Jesus. Are we foolish to have this “stash” of stuff? We don’t know when Jesus will return. We are told the world will see tribulation. By God’s grace, He has enabled us to live here and stock up. In the event of bad times, we can host others as well as make a fair attempt at protecting ourselves. I see no merit in ever becoming a part of the problem when God has enable us to be a part of the solution. Look at any effective ministry and you’ll see that they have reserve. If you don’t have, you can’t share.
In the event of the return of Jesus, we won’t need this stuff anyway.
Regarding the opinions of family, I may be looked upon as some kind of kook too. That’s OK. They don’t have to know what I’ve been stashing. If the time comes when they will need my help, it’s here to give.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Arthur
January 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

Food for thought ! If you were in a fire, would you look for a way out ! Or wood you pray for god to get you out ? I wood pray, while looking for a way out ! Kind of like saying, no work no eat ! I belive, god expects you pray for help, and also help your self out as much as possible !! That’s the way I look at it ! David said, he will get into it later ! He, I’m sure can explain it better !!!

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1ken
January 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Hi Tina, I am a christian and I have had this discussion with other christians. I too belive in the provision of God, but I don’t always know how He will do it. What if His plan for me, my family and my neighbor is for me to store some extra now while I have the ability, so when the lean time comes His will is done. To think the only method God can use to provide for me and my family is to drop manna on my head is kinda restricting God. God commends the ants who work hard and store for the lean times.

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Vote -1 Vote +1jim
January 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Tina,

“God helps those who help themselves.”

God gave us a brain and the ability to think and plan. He has given us everything we need, but we have to gather it ourselves.

Jim

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Gene
January 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

David, to reiterate other comments…great article. Civil unrest and riots are interesting events. I spent my adult life in law enforcement and later in the fire service in Los Angeles. As a rookie cop I worked the 1965 Watts Riots and years later as a fire captain (Los Angeles County Fire) during the 1992 riots. People who would not normally act in a violent manner got caught up in the mob mentality and stole and destroyed property and injured others. It is this experience that has caused me to prepare for the worse financially along with an adequate cache of paper money, barter items, copper, silver, gold, ammo and weapons. Having done all of that I am still stuck in LA LA Socialist land. Too old to relocate so I’ll just have hunker down as best as I can. God bless you and your readers. Airborne!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Mihelich
January 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm

David, once again compliments on a well written article, informative, interesting and humorous (the rock throwing thing) I was an Private Investigator for 25 years and have been in a few firefights and I found your advice to be spot on. Mypractice has been to holster my weapon , raise my hands to shoulder level with fingers spread and let the responders come to me, never a problem. Did you notice an absence of violence on the part of the protestors untill “The Muslim Brotherhood” joined the cause, Just saying…. I did research this group and I am not sure why they are not on our terrorist lists.
Clinging to my God and my Guns
Mike Mihelich
Porter Ranch
The Left Coast
Californisa

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Vote -1 Vote +1B. Ford
January 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm

David:
Great article, as usual. Your analysis is right on and your presentation is succienct and logical.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of people will never “get it”. “Wizard’s First Rule: People are stupid.” This is what’s responsible for the black swan event effect. People have all these ideas, mostly wrong, which are put there by various sources and which they do not critically examine, just accept. Then something happens and they act on feelings or for a “cause” rather than for facts or truth. They don’t CARE about fact or truth – it is easier and more satisfying to act on emotion and “causes”.

The few of us that read your column are some of the ones that are willing to actually think and examine the pablum being fed to the masses and be prepared to act. The rest are doomed to be led around by the nose. They will inevitably fall for fallicies like the magazine bans and, if firearms are banned eventually, they will ultimately fall for banning rocks and sticks too.

Dr. B. Ford

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Vote -1 Vote +1David H
January 29, 2011 at 12:21 am

In your article you mention eating from your food storage for a week. This website, http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/7day/ has offered 7-day challenges in 2009 and again in 2010 where each day for a week they present an emergency scenario and challenge you to try it out. They have offered situations such as floods, extreme weather, contaminated water, EMPs, and earthquakes as possible situations people can find themselves in. It presents a great opportunity to see how well our preparations are.

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Vote -1 Vote +1George
January 29, 2011 at 1:32 am

When the people arise…..best to not be in the way.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill Black
January 29, 2011 at 6:42 am

David, great artticle.

I also found it strangely familiar and ironic when the now Centrist Obama criticized the Egyptian President for suppressing and ignoring the will of his people, condemning their demonstration, shutting down selective media sources there, and the internet as well.
I hate to think that this is only happening to Moderate Muslim states in the Middle East, though. Maybe there have been similar actions occuring here in the Western Hemisphere by some misguided dictator of a Banana Republic, perhaps?

I also loved the way that Obama and the mainstream media pointed out all the foreign aid we give to Egypt, giving us the right, of course, to criticize them and make demands regarding the treatment of the Egyptian people.

I guess we’re just fortunate that we aren’t beholding to some superpower nation that will use that leverage against us! Thank God!
By the way, have you seen the new Chinese cars we’ll soon see on the road here? Oh well, at least China treats their citizens and workers fairly! UGH! :(

At least we can begin to see what made the Presidential Seal fall off his podium!!

BILL

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Vote -1 Vote +1Daniel Beegan
January 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

David,

Great article and the comments were fantastic. I am a reasonably open-minded Christian priest and certified chaplain, so I would appreciate your views on God, the End Times, etc

Just fyi, it’s my personal opinion the trouble in Egypt could spill over to other, more oil-rich Middle Eastern countries and cause a spike in crude oil prices, a potential problem for those of us in the Northeast who heat with No. 2 heating oil or kerosene. Memo to me. If I stay here, get backup wood heat for next winter. It’s too cold and snowy to do it this winter.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Joe Whitney
January 29, 2011 at 7:54 am

Right on point,useful info. As in the past there are people with an agenda who look for every chance to push that agenda.Re shotting in Tuscon, as a NRA member, and the owner of a security business I do question the need for high cap. mags I would like it much better if the bad guys could not carry more rounds than myself or law enforcement. As for the rest of your post maybe the riots were and are necessary. Goverment needs to learn that they are there at the pleasure of the people they represent, they work for us. If they dont follow our wishes we fire them. In some places the lose an election, in others they get run out of town As for the Russian incident those people out there who will blow themselves up for a cause are the wild cards. Not much we can do aboul them..

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Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
January 31, 2011 at 9:50 am

Joe…I would respectfully disagree with a small portion of your post. While I have no need for the super high capacity mags personally, I also do not believe it would have changed most of the shootings that have occurred to date one iota. The lack of morality and personal responsibility is the root cause. Gun control, or limitations, would not have changed them. Overwhelmingly, most crimes are committed by illegal weapons to begin with. Additionally, the act in itself is illegal. The criminal doesn’t care and would access whatever then needed to commit the crime if they chose to. Reference the bank heists in California a decade +/- ago that the criminals used fully auto weapons and body armor to commit the crime. Legal owners, such as yourself, should not be limited to what you can carry to help protect the populace and I applaud you for the same. Hopefully, the silent majority is awakening to the political ramifications of poor politicians, due in part to sites such as these which help educate the people.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Judy Hanson
January 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

Thanks for the excellent summary. I will definitely share it with my family!

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Vote -1 Vote +1James
January 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

Our government is also protecting us against ourselves…….Obama has warned us that Martial Law eventually be applied to the US….and we do have “Retention Camps” for American Citizens.
Good Luck America

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Vote -1 Vote +1George
January 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Great Job. Mr. Morris, using the Tunisia and Egypt revolutions in our survival training!

The CPI number has been so “modified” to suit political aims by both parties that it is no longer useful. Not too long ago they removed food and fuel costs from it as “not having an impact on the cost of living”. It was simply removed so that the federal government would not have to make Social Security adjustments for the large raises in those prices this past year. Don’t get me wrong, something has to be done about Social Security the demographics are forcing a reduction whether we want one or not. BTW I am a Social Security recipient, however, I recognize that it must be reduced soon or it will be stopped forever.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Bret
January 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm

My daughter taught English in Egypt last year. She made many friends over there and is worried sick about them. When this all started she said that Mubarak is old and needs to step down, and as soon as he does everything will go back to normal. I told her I thought things would get a lot worse and she lectured me that I hadn’t ever been there like she had, I didn’t understand the people there, blah, blah, blah. Well, tonight she got in touch for a short time with a friend. They have had two “incidents” where he and his father had to defend their property from mobs of looters by using Molotov Cocktails. Nobody there thought it would come to this and so they were completely unprepared.

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Vote -1 Vote +1William Buirton
January 30, 2011 at 8:11 am

Please accept my thanks for publishing such a coherent and well thought out article. We all need to reflect on this stuff daily. Keep up the good work.

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Vote -1 Vote +1randy crawford
January 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

All items are good advice, as usual. Keep up the good work!!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Les Ismore
January 31, 2011 at 2:14 am

The events in Tunisia are not a coup. It is a revolution. The same is currently true in Egypt, but their revolution could easily be hijacked and turned into a coup.
Your analysis of the deaths in the Egyptian protests from rocks as an argument against gun control in America is just silly. How many people do you think would have died in the Egyptian protests if there were 100,000 guns in the crowd?

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Vote -1 Vote +1david l
January 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

david i enjoy all your news letters,i wish i could afford your survival lessons all i can do now is save all the newletters i get in my emails.keep up the good freedom works of america.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dan-Tudor Ionescu
February 1, 2011 at 4:24 am

It is indeed a fine article, even a very good one, I think!
Congratulations!
Tudor.

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Vote -1 Vote +1think4yourself
February 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Well, all I can add at this point is it’s a REAL pleasure learning from so many who so generously share their wisdom and experiences. Thanks again for your excellent observations and comments to all. Hopefully our skills won’t be needed but the Boy Scout Logo “be prepared” is a great one to keep in the heart. Who knows (other than “the big guy upstairs”) what the future will bring but if the defecation should contact the rotary oscillator, it will probably be up to you everyday heroes to try and pull order out of chaos. God bless and protect you all.

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