Don’t Let Osama Distract You

by David Morris on May 6, 2011

I was not only excited to get the news about Osama being killed on Sunday night, but as I said earlier this week, it was a great time to be at the Pentagon. The trip went well, but it was only a launching point and I’ve got a LOT more work ahead.

Back to Osama…I have been absolutely shocked about how much of a distraction the whole event has been from several immediate concerns that we need to be aware of. That is one of the reasons why I haven’t even responded to the posts on the blog about whether or not Osama was really killed this week. Other than being fodder for conspiracy debate, it doesn’t help people get prepared for what’s coming or help people who are currently in survival mode. Here’s what I mean:

– People in the South are just starting to recover from the massive tornadoes and the loss of life and property that they caused. I just got an email from a guy today who told me he had a big tornado headed towards the office where he works, it split before it got there, and came back together on the other side. It gave me chills and brought up a question as old as time: Why were they spared and others not? Their building and business is still in one piece, but their lives are in turmoil because of all of the damage and destruction that happened around them.

– The Mexican central bank bought 100 TONS of gold. In another vote of “no confidence” in US monetary policy, the Mexican government has converted approximately $4.5 billion of dollars and pesos into gold.

– Speculation continues that China may invest $1 trillion more in gold. Interestingly enough, they will probably get $15-$20 billion out of their own mining operations in China this year and more from mining operations that they’ve been buying with their excess US dollars. The big thing here is that it’s another vote of “no confidence” in the dollar.

– Silver margin requirements went up by 50% in roughly a week and silver prices dropped over 20%. COMEX (commodities exchange) raised margin rates 9.2% on Wednesday, April 27th, 13.2% on Friday the 29th, and 11.6% on Tuesday, May 3rd. Here’s what that means:

Let’s say that a silver miner has a mine where it costs $30 per ounce to get the silver out of the ground and turn it into silver rounds (coins). If the price of silver is under $30 per ounce, it doesn’t make sense for them to mine any silver, since they’d be losing money on every ounce they dug up.

Even when silver gets over $30 per ounce, the company may not decide to start mining because the price of silver might drop below $30 per ounce in the weeks or months that it takes them to get the operation up to speed.

Enter futures contracts. Futures contracts allow silver companies to lock in the price of silver at a fixed future date so that they won’t get hurt if the price of silver goes below their cost to extract it and bring it to market. The people who are on the other end of these contracts think that the price will be higher than the price of the contract.

This tool (futures contracts) has been used for decades to help protect farmers, ranchers, miners, petroleum producers and other commodity producers from drops in the market that might happen between when they commit resources to generating the commodity and when it’s ready for market.

Enter the speculators. In order to make it more attractive for people to buy futures contracts, the exchanges allow investors to control the contract with only a fraction of the money that would be required if they actually have to buy the contract. Back to the silver miner example, if a miner entered into a futures contract in May to sell silver at $30 per ounce in December and the price was only $25 in December, then the investor who bought the contract would still have to pay the miner $30 per ounce, even though the price was lower.

The amount of money that investors have to pony up to buy a silver contract is relatively small. As of April 26th, you could control 5000 ounces of silver worth $235,000 with only a $11,745 investment. This is about 5%, or 20:1 leverage and a move of just over $2 per ounce would wipe an investor out or double their money. As a result, many speculators bought contracts hoping to make quick, easy money as silver went up.

COMEX is responsible for fulfilling the contracts if the investor defaults, so they normally have 6-8% margin requirements for silver to protect themselves and they prudently decided to raise margin requirements to flush out some of the underfunded speculators buying silver contracts. So, if you’re upset about the drop in silver prices, don’t get upset at COMEX, get upset about underfunded speculators who were exercising their right to play with the big boys running the price up and not being able to pony up when amateur hour was over.

Before you think I’m being too hard on the speculators, I’ve been one of those underfunded speculators in the past, and I realize how stupid I was to try to play with the big boys without proper funding. If you are one of the people who got caught in the ripsaw this last week, lick your wounds *quickly*, consider it the cost of education and move on wiser.

As a result of the increased margin requirements, underfunded speculators had to quickly come up with the money or quickly sell their contracts. The increase in the number of sellers and increased requirements for buyers caused a drop in the price of silver. As COMEX gradually tightened the belt a little more, trying to get the margin requirements back up to the 6%-8% range, more speculators either got wiped out by the price drop or had to sell their contracts because they couldn’t come up with the additional margin requirements. Many had to sell contracts that they had in other commodities to cover their silver contracts, which pulled other commodities down as well.

On Thursday, May 5th, 9 days after the first drop, margin requirements are $16,200 per contract, up from $11,745 and the price of silver is $36 per ounce, down from $47 per ounce. Silver dropped over 23% and the margin rate is up to 9%.

Nothing with precious metals happens in a bubble, and at the same time the margin requirements were going up, George Soros ANNOUNCED that his fund had sold silver and gold because we have less of a chance of deflation than he previously thought.

There are a couple of nuggets here: First, the announcement came out in the middle of the margin increases. Time will tell, but my guess is that the actual selling happened before the margin requirements went up. Second, it’s my guess that Soros knew that margin requirements were going to go up, that it would cause a drop in the price of silver, and he made a smart move to sell. I don’t think he believes we have any less risk of deflation and wouldn’t be surprised if he buys back in within the next couple of weeks.

With as quickly as the dollar is dropping and the expectation of another round of quantitative easing, I wouldn’t be surprised if COMEX will continue to raise margin rates even higher…with price drops happening every time they do. There is speculation that they’ll institute 100% margin requirements, but that would drop their trading volume and severely hurt their income and I doubt that will happen unless the Fed completely takes over the exchanges.

In any case, this is something to watch if you have money in precious metals. If you’re a newbie, you may be shocked. If you’ve been around awhile, you’re used to the crazy swings by now.

– Mississippi flooding: This is already very bad with thousands of people having to evacuate and it’s looking like it could reach epic proportions and strategic relocation is going to be a VERY real consideration for many who are in low-lying areas who may be subject to flooding from spring runoff and/or from more levees being strategically blown-up.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you…and it’s silly to think that any of us are immune from natural and man-made disasters like the recent tornadoes and the coming floods. These events are both reminders of how import it is to have contingency plans.

Make sure that your company has remote data backup plans in place. If there’s an EMP, it won’t matter, but there are dozens of smaller disasters that could quickly wipe out your data and kill your business/employer if you don’t take prudent precautions.

Also, make sure that your company has backups in place for your vendors. If your credit card processor or biggest supplier is in Southern Louisiana and you know they’re likely to be affected by flooding, protect yourself by getting a backup in place BEFORE you need it.

If you’ve got Commissary privileges, it’s case-lot time and I encourage you to stock up. I went with a friend this week to help him stock up and there are some decent deals to be had on food you probably already eat. With food inflation accelerating and the dollar dropping, I think it’s prudent. Here’s a link to the schedule: http://www.commissaries.com/stores/html/store.cfm?dodaac=N&page=case_lot_dates

And, again, I can’t emphasize enough how vital it is to make sure that you’re making daily progress in your preparations. Spiritual, physical, water, food, shelter, & skills. And, if the process is overwhelming, if you need a simple and proven way to get friends/loved ones up to speed quickly, or if you just want to make the most progress in the shortest amount of time, I want to encourage you to check out the SurviveInPlace.com Survival Course.

Over 10,000 people have gone through it with rave reviews. From Special Operations personnel, law enforcement, and paramedics to retirees, couples with kids, and students. If you haven’t gone through it yet, I encourage you to at least take a couple of minutes and go to SurviveInPlace.com and read the course description right now.

What are your thoughts on the dollar and precious metals? How about the tornadoes and floods/coming floods? Any Texans out there who are getting a little frustrated with the bad treatment Texas is getting from the Federal government in terms of funding, disaster relief, EPA restrictions on drilling, and not getting a space shuttle? (Obama is making it clear that he doesn’t like states who believe in states’ rights.)

One more thing… If you are considering buying gold, you must do this FIRST.

Before you buy a single ounce of gold or any gold stock, please take a minute to check out the information posted recently by a U.S. geologist.  In short, he says there may be a unique way for you to potentially boost your gains in the gold market by a significant amount over the next few years.

You’ll find his full presentation, here…

http://www.surviveinplace.com/gold/

Until next week, God bless and stay safe.

David Morris.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen
May 6, 2011 at 9:47 am

Hey David,

Glad to hear your trip to D.C. went well. I totally agree with you regarding gold & silver. I have spoken to many about this very issue and it appears most do not want to accept the reality of the depreciating dollar and the lack of confidence by foreign banks. I’m happy to see individuals like yourself taking the time to put this info out there.

We’re back in KY working our sustainable organic farm and expanding it greatly preparing for what is happening to our country’s food, water & power sources.

Best Regards,
Stephen

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

Awesome Stephen! Still waiting on a review copy of your course 🙂

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-5 Vote -1 Vote +1DR
May 6, 2011 at 9:47 am

All this info may be well & good but doesn’t do any more good than a mouth full of spit to fight a raging forest fire. The only people to benefit by this are those with the BIG $$$$. We “pea-
sants” (seniors on S/S, & other LOW income wage earners etc ) are merely grist for the mill.
So what’s so new about all of this?? Same O, same O. The BIG $$$$ come at the expense of the peasants/serfs,etc. the GREAT AMERICAN WAY. Pay the little guy only enough to barely
survive on but NOT enough to really get ahead, etc. Example??? Credit Card/Bank charges.
Look at BIG OIL!!!!! More WINDFALL PROFITS at expense of those who can least afford it.
Artificial, pumped up real estate mortgages, etc. Need I say more?????

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+7 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

I appreciate the sentiment and frustration, but it doesn’t really help and is, in fact, toxic to your mind to carry that much frustration around.

I’m not saying you should sit in a circle chanting with your friends and singing kumbaya and pretending everything’s fine…what I’m saying is to figure out what things frustrate you that you have control over. Out of those things, decide which you can take action over immediately. Take action and let the rest go.

On credit card and bank charges…while they’re bad, they are as bad as they are as a result of the most recent “consumer protection” laws passed by congress. You can choose to use them or not.

And on oil companies…they’re not making that much money for what they’re doing, their profit is less than the federal tax on gas, it would be MUCH cheaper if it wouldn’t be for the fact that refineries have to make 57 varieties of gas to make every “green” city council in the country happy and the fact that they’re switching operations over to summer blends. AND…I’d guess you’d be fine if oil companies made 100% profits if gas was only 99 cents per gallon. What you’re really upset at is price. You can thank Obama’s failed monitary policy for that. Since oil prices are tied to the dollar, oil prices will go up as long as global confidence in US monitary policy continues to go down.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
May 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm

BRAVO, David! You hit the nail right on the head! Blaming oil companies instead of the REAL villains in government is just what the Messiah wants–Marxist class warfare.

If you want to understand how the world works — how genuine businessmen like Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart CREATE, and how crooks like James Taggart and Orren Boyle PLUNDER by using their pals in government to crush their competition, read Ayn Rand’s classic “Atlas Shrugged.”

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Vote -1 Vote +1dave b
May 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

i don’t think you have to be left out. all it takes is a little planning. coin shops around the country sell junk silver ( pre 1965 coins that are 90% silver) which everyone is familiar with. you can acquire it in almost any quantity to fit your budget. i think if there was a crisis, silver currency would be the most recognized and accepted method of payment and might be worth having around.

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Vote -1 Vote +1William Rundell
May 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

What a helpful explanation on the Silver market price.
Other countries are giving up on the dollar and placing their money in silver and gold.
Soros sold his silver and dropped the price to $35/ oz.
This made it a great time for me to by silver low and hold on to it for the long haul.

Are the feds trying to prevent a dollar failure or prepare for one??????????????????

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

My cynical view is that the Fed is trying to protect the Fed. Period.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Ann Duncan
May 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I agree fully! And would call it realistic, not cynical.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
May 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

The Obama and the compliant media is very good at distracting the population from the terrible things going on behind closed doors. I am really pissed the President wants to claim all the glory of Bin Laden’s death and give lip service to the Seal Team who did the work. Four days worth of media coverage meanwhile unemployment has climbed back to 9 percent. Maybe that’s because Bin Laden’s film crew is looking for work now. Anyway, none of it distracts our family from doing what needs doing to survive. We are working on building our chicken coop every day and planted our garden yesterday.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

Obama’s not only taking the glory away from the SEAL team, he has also refused to issue a statement of support for the CIA agents who used advanced interrogation techniques who are being prosecuted by Attorney General Holder.

How ironic that the very people responsible for getting the intel that helped Obama get credit for killing Bin Laden might get sentenced to life in prison by his administration.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
May 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

The only consolation is that once the economy collapses Obama’s wealth will do him no good and I’m sure he is not preparing for survival. Once his puppet master has no further use for him, he will be standing in the same lines as a lot of people begging for handouts from the government he helped create.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen
May 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This does not apply only to Obama. Wall Street, Monsanto, Big Pharma, Banks, Oil and politicians think they’re above the “survivalist” mentality. It is their atitude which makes us stronger now and stronger for the future due to our foresight and the ability to survive; then, we will be in control.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn M
May 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

If he wasn’t a hypocrite, he should have refused to utilize the information because of the way it was gathered, or come out in support of the interrogation techniques as being very successful!!

Unfortunately, most of the sheeple won’t see it, and the banksters behind the scenes will make sure those questions are never brought up to Obama!!

Shawn

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Nathan
May 6, 2011 at 10:52 am

@DR This sounds like a typical liberal point of view. “Everything is screwed up and the rich guys are getting richer, poor me.” My response is that if you spend as much time working on a solution to your financial woes, as you do complaining about them, things will turn around for you. Case in point, I was a General Contractor in 2008. Nuff said! I am now back as a commodity broker and things are much better for me now versus the ‘damn near banko’ situation I got myself in 3 years ago. As my old man told me, when you get knocked down, GET UP!

@David Morris, That is a great explanation of the futures markets. As a commodity trader and broker I will agree with almost all of what you said. However, the small specs that trade daily do add much needed liquidity to the market. If the only ones in the market were the commercials and the funds, the markets would not be as fluid as they are. Having said that, I tell people all the time, if you play with the market when it is on fire, you’re liable to get burned!! I got my clients out of silver when it was at $42-44, before it hit $49.82, I have not been in it for more than 2 weeks. I did, however, have a few clients that wouldn’t listen and have less money than they did Sunday! I tell all potential clients that commodity futures is a risky game in a volatile market. If you are the type of investor who is able to learn from your mistakes, the futures markets can be a good tool, in the right context! Thanks, David for your insights, I read this a few times a week.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Hey Nathan,

Great job reinventing yourself! Your “get up” statement made me think of the favorite meaning I know of the phrase, “Cowboy Up!” (there are several) In the one that I like the most, picture a bull rider getting thrown by a bull at a rodeo. Sometimes the bull will saunter out of the arena without a care in the world. Other times, he’ll keep rearing, bucking, and spinning, just looking for the cowboy to gore, throw, or stomp.

The cowboy may have fallen 5-10 feet, depending on how he was thrown. He may be dazed, have a concussion, have the wind knocked out of him, have new/old sprains, or broken bones. But you know what? None of that really matters. Because if that cowboy doesn’t get it together, get up, and get out of the arena in a hurry, he’s likely going to leave in an ambulance or a body bag.

My first “real life” experience with the phrase was helping break a wild mustang…after I’d been thrown, had the wind partially knocked out of me and was dazed, laying on the ground looking into the eyes of a mad horse with flaring nostrils. 20 years later, the horse is much larger, and there’s smoke coming out of his nostrils, but I can still hear my buddy yelling, “Cowboy up! Get up you dummy!” So I got it together enough to get out of the pen we were in and then licked my wounds, had a drink, and got back on the horse.

That, to me, is what “cowboy up” means. What just happened doesn’t really matter. Dwelling on it doesn’t really matter. What matters is picking yourself up and taking positive productive action before something else happens. There will be time for licking wounds and analysis later, but the first order of business is to get back up.

On small speculators (specs) and liquidity…I’m still one of them from time to time and I agree with you completely on how much they help keep the market efficient and spreads narrow. I make a big differentiation, though, between funded speculators who have money on the side to back up their positions and underfunded speculators who have no more money available than what they used to open their contracts.

I can tell you from personal experience from when I had less life under my belt, it’s a horrible feeling to have a 4:1 position go south on you when you’re playing with borrowed money. It’s still a horrible feeling when you’ve got the money to back up the position, but it’s not the same “end-of-the-world” feeling as when you go all-in with borrowed money AND leverage. I feel for the people who were maxed at 20:1 and didn’t have the money to cover their margin call…and even more for those who did have the money to cover their call and then saw it get wiped out over the next few hours/days.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Gwendy
May 6, 2011 at 11:34 am

Tornados wipe out whole towns…OK it keeps happening and there is nothing we can do to stop it. BUT..we can learn from them. The Insurance companies, FEMA, Federal and State agencies will do all they can to help but…the premiums will go up and homes just rebuilt can be destroyed again.
Possible answer: Check out the web sites at the end.
Houses with corners and overhanging roof lines are just sitting ducks.
The obvious answer is ROUND houses. Some of these are guaranteed to withstand super tornadoes. Projections over doors and windows are or can be breakaway in case of strong wind.
Another idea is use all the old tires in land fills. Fill them with concrete and build your house. Since all these homes must be replaced anyway….how about we redo our idea of homes. OK, the government probably would not change the local building codes, but why not?? They are doing all sorts of other things to “protect” us?
Another advantage, besides cost, is that they are totally energy efficient.
deltechomes.com
pinktentacle.com/2008/08/styrofoam_dome-homes
monolithic-home of the monolithic dome
airdomes.com

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn M
May 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Hi David!

I’ve thought about an idea that would help everybody, by letting us all help each other. I know we all live to far away to be able to physically help each other, but one thing I’ve discovered is, there is a lot of information out there, but very little mention of the resources.

The idea is, if you wanted to expand your blog, would be to have an open forum or a weekly, or even just a monthly newsletter where everyone could either ask where to find an item, or to post an item, where it was found and for how much.

The ONLY stipulation I’d put on it would be, it can NOT be something you yourself is selling!! They can post those items on ebay, or whereever. I wouldn’t want to see it become a “classifieds” website.

An example, a CD radiation detector. I bought one of the kits online for around $90 with shipping. Then looking into where I could get it calibrated, found a site that sells the identical kit for around $65.

I know I can’t be the only one that is online looking for different items, but as I feel time is getting short, I DO know that I’m duplicating everybody elses efforts looking for the same items.

It could also have a secondary link that if someone is looking for an item. Maybe someone else has already gotten it, and can tell them where they got it, how much, and if it was worth it, once they got it!!

I’ve gotten some of the pre-assembled, emergency kits, specified as having “top of the line items” included!! What I got was some items that look like they came out of a dime store bubble gum machine!!

Anyway, its just a thought, and something I feel would fall right in line with your “Urban Survival” website.

Thanks!
Shawn M.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Linda
May 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm

David,
I am new to the forum but a long time reader and almost all the information is good. I also always read the comments to get even more ideas as to what to do.
After reading DR. comments today I had to respond not to say something derogative to him but to let him know that its not the Big Oil Companies that make all the money but the oil future traders that are making the prices at the pumps sky-rocket. Them and OPEC.
Having been in the industry for over 40 years I know what I speak of. Sure when a barrel of oil is selling for over $100.00 per barrel it looks like Big Oil is making mega bucks but that just isn’t so. Thank OPEC ( and the United States is not an OPEC member, that is reserved for the ragheads. Opps I am being politically incorrect) for the price’s, they are the ones that make the price go up. WE (The United States) import over 65% of our oil now. Thank You BIG Brother. Because of federal restrictions, not oil companies nor lack of oil right here in the USA. I live in West Texas right smack dab in the middle of oil country.
How would you like to live in the desert no trees, not much water, very few people and not a whole lot to do and be told that the EPA is going to shut down your only industry due to a damn stupid sand lizard. Let them shut down the Permain Basin fields and watch the price your now paying at the pump sky rocket. In my area alone we produce close to 40% of what is used inside the US.
We were informed by the EPA that they had done a study on this lizard (one study and it was an incomplete study) and we will have to shut down all drilling, ranching, production of all oil for a minimum of 5 years so as not to disturb their habit. We will know for sure May 9 if our Governor has been successful in stopping this and putting almost 250,000 people out of work. Plus FEMA has just turned Texas down for help with our wild fires which have already burned 2 + million acres this year alone. FEMA said that fire season stopped the end of March and would not start again until Sept. (which by the way was the last time my part of Texas had any moisture). We are now in the worst drought this state has had on record. 11 years with very little rain.
So, DR I am sorry that you are having a rough time and yes I know things are very expensive but even if you can store up water or plant a very small garden it will help. Myself I am learning how to can the food I am growing in containers.
God Bless You and remember that you are never alone.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Mary
May 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

DR, I live on social security only now and have been running into the red every month. What you might want to do is check out the food banks and senior commodities. They can help you free up your money to pay bills. I do both and always put aside some food for my “pantry.” My neighbor across the street and I have become partners in preparation. Having a partner really helps. I look forward to the day that I don’t have to do this, but in the meantime this 70+ yr old woman does what she has to do in order to survive. I have a half basement and will fix it up as a safe room. I am not able to do a garden myself, but have enough land so am looking for someone who doesn’t have land and wants to garden. I would allow use of my land for some of the produce. Sure gas prices affect me, but I just cut back on driving and make sure that when I do go into town that it’s for more than one thing. There are many ways to deal with this situation. If you can’t now, what will you do when things get worse?

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Great info, Mary. I think that the “sharecropping” arrangement that you’re talking about doing is going to become more and more popular…to the point where landowners are going to have to start competing for the best gardeners.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen
May 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

This is truly the way we will overcome and survive. We have set up an organic crop share at our KY location and we’re in the process of developing a complete organic food share program which includes organic poultry, pork, game & eggs. We have developed a substantial line of Organic Whole Food Nourishment products (when fresh food might not be available) and organic body care products. This has been in development for many years and some of my R & D dates back more than 3 decades. By teaming together and having trusted people in your circle plays a critical roll in surving any economic and natural disaster. Included in the list of essentials, I provide courses in survival fitness. This has been received with great acceptance. Proper food, planning and developing physical skills & capabilities are all part of a successful survival program. This not only brings income, but, it also provides a bartering system which provides ‘real’ food at a considerably lower price for many people who otherwise could not afford organic eating.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Catherine
May 7, 2011 at 1:04 am

Stephen, it sounds like you have some good things going on with the food share program and your survival fitness courses. I would be interested in some details to see how I might get a food sharing program going on where I live. As for the fitness part, do you have any written information? Thanks.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen
May 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hello Catherine,
Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been out in the wild training the last few days.
I do have a great deal of info regarding your interests. We’ve been living this lifestyle for many years. You can contact me at ***. From there we can move forward easier. My wife and I enjoy sharing and helping where we can. Where do you live? We’re currently in KY. Thanx much for your interest, Stephen

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Vote -1 Vote +1Pete
May 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Do you fish?

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Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen
May 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Hey Pete, If this question is directed to me, yes I fish. However, I fish for more than just fish. I have eaten just about every type of critter that lives in clean, non polluted waters.
There are a tremendous amount of food sources out there which are protein rich. You just gotta be willing when the time comes. Best Regards, Stephen

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jayne
May 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Shawn, brilliant idea to work together to help all of us move forward on preparing. Hope you have sone way to move this idea to the next stage. I’m sure there are lots of us out there experiencing the same thing. Good vendors offering quality at good prices should be encouraged, and word of mouth will help everyone. Thanks!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Mustang
May 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

The one sure fire way to prepare for survival besides the gardens and what not is the absolute did-approval of any and all Democrats that come up for re-election on the next go around as well as the republicans that are “Considered RINO’s and vote in those that want this country to regain the leadership in the World. If the new comers don’t produce Ameerican results in the first six months of office they too should be replaced ASAP

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Vote -1 Vote +1danette
May 7, 2011 at 7:02 am

Hi David,, I am new to becoming a prepper and enjoy all the info you provide. Re:commisary food sources- is that just for the military families?
thanks

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Vote -1 Vote +1SSG John H. Baker (Retired)
May 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm

SEAL Team 6 was created by Richard Marcinko, the “Rogue Warrior”. His books are a good commentary on the world terror picture. I’m proud of these guys on the front lines against our enemies.

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Vote -1 Vote +1jbaker
May 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

i appreciate your efforts very much
jb

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Vote -1 Vote +1lreeder
May 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm

major banks who are short sellers in the silver futures market are also voting members of the exchange that raised the margins, so they could buy silver cheap!!! see how long it takes for silver to rise back to the same level. market manipulation!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Brian
May 11, 2011 at 6:11 am

Great article. I’ve been collecting junk silver for years. My grandmother got me started on junk silver years ago. She survived and prospered during the depression moving off of the family farm and became a nurse. Thanks also for the tip on the case lot sale at the commissary. I’m retired and the commissary doesn’t send sale flyers off post.
My wife and I were on vacation in North Carolina during the recent spat of tornados. Thanks to your training we had a plan when we heard about the tornado warning for our area. Wife is now “sold” on the lessons!

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