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Creating Myth when the SHTF

mythAs a public school administrator, one of my job responsibilities is to sit in special education IEP meetings and represent the district. Most of these meetings only last one hour. However, one year, I had more than a few IEP meetings that required an Asian translator. Now, I don’t know if you have ever noticed, but anything that is said in English, takes twice as long in ____ (I’m not sure exactly which Asian dialect I was hearing). One day, in an effort to not fall asleep, I’m responsible remember, I started focusing on the words and sounds the translator was saying. I started saying them in my head like I knew what I was saying. Later that week, on the way home from my son’s Taekwondo class, I started “talking” in Chinese (that’s what I called it). My son wasn’t listening to some advice I was giving, so it was like I was talking a foreign language to him….don’t most parents feel that way? Anyway, the “Chinese” caught on.

I continued “talking Chinese” from time to time until the Summer when we went on a family cruise out of Galveston. I don’t know why I started, but I started “talking Chinese” and everybody thought it was funny. So I kept it up. I did it EVERYWHERE! It was starting to be a second language!

One day we all headed to the pool area on the cruise ship when I realized I forgot my sunglasses in the cabin. I told everyone that I would meet them there and went back to get my shades. On the way up to the pool, I joined an Asian family in the elevator. They smiled at me as I stepped on and then continued to talk to their kids in their native language. Now, you have to remember, I had been “talking Chinese” all week like it was real. When I heard them talking in their native language, I joined in. It was automatic. I wasn’t thinking! After my fake “Chinese” left my mouth I realized what I had done.

What happened next totally amazed me. The two parents looked at each other, looked at me and then both of them bowed towards me. I was stunned! But I bowed back and smiled. I arrived at my deck before they did, so I smiled as I got off the elevator. When I met up with my family, I told them what happened, but they didn’t believe me. I kid a lot and they just believed it was another one of my jokes.

The next day, we were all eating in the casual dining room. As we sat there enjoying all the food, the Asian family from the elevator was walking passed us. As they approached and noticed me, they stopped and bowed again. I didn’t get up, but I bowed my head as I sat. As they continued on, I noticed that my family was sitting there with their mouths open! “I told you it really happened,” I said.

The story you just read is fake. But I have told it to many people, convincingly enough that they believe me. I guess I’m a good liar. Now, not all of it is fake, only the part of the cruise. But that’s probably what makes it seem true.

Being able to tell a convincing “story” might be useful in a SHTF scenario. If things break down like we read about in our favorite fictional stories or even if things just break down where crime is rampant and you and your community are your own security force, having another “layer” to get someone to think twice about walking in to your neighborhood might be a useful deterrent.

Signs, Signs and more Signs

In a SHTF scenario, there is probably not going to be a lot of medical care around. People are going to think twice about getting themselves into a situation where they could be infected with a disease that they could potentially die from. Putting up signs leading up to the entrance of a neighborhood, or even a few miles before, saying that the neighborhood/town has been infected with…let’s say, small pox, might be enough to keep some away.

Other warning signs might be useful too. How about a warning sign that says, “Warning! Stay off the main roads! Cannibals!” Or what about, “Warning, Nuclear accident ahead – Wear Safety Equipment!” Any sign could be made to meet the needs of your area. It might even be useful to have some signs pre-made.

Give Hope

Let’s say a group comes along and asks for food, water or supplies. If you prepared, they could take one look at you and know that you have what they need. They might not have the force to take what you have, but they could become a nuisance to where you would have to worry about them coming back around and maybe even stealing when you or your group weren’t looking. In this situation, you could give them enough food or water to get them away from you, at least a day or two and then feed them information that a town or sanctuary has been setup down the road. It might look something like this…

Them: Mister, we’ve been walking for days. We are hungry and thirsty and need something or we are going to die.
You: I can only spare a days worth of food and water for you.
Them: Mister, anything would be great. We are going to die if we don’t get anything.
You: Wait here and I’ll get you some food and water.
You return
You: Here you go. If you head up this road and turn right on C.R.145, you will get to the town of Lorel. I heard that they have government assistance there helping them with food, water and shelter.

Little did they know that Lorel is two days away. By the time they get there and don’t find anything, they won’t have the energy to want to turn back and bother you. It’s mean and heartless. To be honest, it would be hard for me to do. But I haven’t ever been in that situation and I don’t know exactly how I would respond.

Create Fear

The best example of this that I can think of is the movie, The Village. In it, a group lives in a big open field surrounded by deep woods. No one ever goes into the woods because monsters live there. These monsters are attracted to the color red and from time to time, they venture into the field/village. I’ll leave it there in case you haven’t seen the movie. I don’t want to spoil it.  Watch the video below.  Even after watching the movie, this video still gives me some chills. ;-)

 

Something like a “monster” roaming the woods would need to have some truth to it. There would need to be a costume made and this “monster” would really have to do some bad things, like kill livestock to a point, to make the myth believable. The myth would also have to travel beyond your borders so that people would “talk” about a monster that roams the woods or area of that community .

Practice Now

Practice telling little white lies right now. I’m not talking about telling lies that would hurt someone or cheat someone out of something. I’m just talking about telling stories that are convincing, like the one I started with. See if people believe you. If not, ask at what point they didn’t believe you. Was it because the little white lie was out of your character? Or was it because the lie was unbelievable?

Conclusion

To “sell” a myth or a lie, people have to believe it. This isn’t something that can be done tongue and cheek. Those that share the myth have to be convincing. But, if your life and the life of your loved ones depended on it, could you do it?
What other ways could you think of to create “myth” when the SHTF?

 

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Invest in Rain Barrels - A SMART Financial Move!

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At this point in our economy, I feel that it is a SMART move to put your money where you are going to see some good returns. I’m not necessarily talking about getting a better interest rate, playing the stock market or any type of financial returns. I’m talking about returns that add to your quality of life and help you in your preparedness. I recently wrote about one of the best investments that I made in 2014 over at Your Preparedness Story. It was a short article, but showed that I put some money down on increasing my garden space, 30 feet of garden beds and 4 yards of dirt!

Another investment or SMART move that I feel preppers can make right now is investing in some rain barrels. They are not hard to install and provide water for your garden. This is an investment that will pay off big for a long time.

Below are pics and some commentary of my rain barrel install. I chose to purchase a diverter from Amazon and it has worked well.

 

This is the spot where I chose to place my rain barrels.  It needed some cleaning up!

This is the spot where I chose to place my rain barrels. It needed some cleaning up!

You probably won’t have too many choices on where to place your barrels. You want them pretty close to your gutter down spout.

Balancing the cinder blocks before I set the barrels in place.

Balancing the cinder blocks before I set the barrels in place.

You’ll see that I have two barrels. The first barrel from the down spout is on a set of 4 cinder blocks. The second barrel is just on two.

Cutting out a portion of the down spout for the rain diverter.

Cutting out a portion of the down spout for the rain diverter.

I chose to use the Fiskar Rain Barrel DiverterPro. I purchased mine from Amazon. The DiverterPro comes with instructions on how much of the down spout you need to cut. You can checkout the video at the end of the post in regards to this specific rain diverter.

My son getting in on the action.

My son getting in on the action.

Why do something by yourself when you can do it with someone else? ;-) My son helped with the install.

The Fiskar Rain Barrel DiverterPro connected to the barrel.

The Fiskar Rain Barrel DiverterPro connected to the barrel.

 

My rain barrel setup!

My rain barrel setup!

Here is the final setup. I purchased the first barrel off of a guy on Craigslist. I realized that I wanted more capacity, so I purchased a second one from Amazon. I paid full price, which I wasn’t happy with, but I did it because we have a pool and we often have people over in the backyard. I wanted barrels that matched!

Lessons Learned During the Install

1. The Fiskar DiverterPro needed a little silicon inside the diverter where it attaches to down spout.  Before I did that, water was going down the outside of the down spout.

2. I was pretty upset after the install because it didn’t seem like the diverter was working.  I used a water hose to send water down the gutter to see if rain would go into the barrel.  All my attempts on the install day failed.   The diverter screen is plastic and needed to mold correctly to the inside of the diverter.  After a few days of the install, we had a decent rain and both barrels filled very quickly.  I believe a little time in the sun helped to mold the screen inside the diverter to sit and seal properly.

3.  I would like more barrels!  I know that a lot of rain goes down the down spout and out to the street.  I believe that everyone should have a good number of barrels to catch as much rain water as possible!

 

Peace,

Todd

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3 Questions to Ask School Administrators As the New School Year Starts. You Might Not Like All the Answers!

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Kids spend a lot of time in school. As a prepared parent, you should take time to make sure that your child is safe and prepared at school like you have prepared at home. Sometimes this isn’t always easy to do because you are dealing with others who might not have the same ideas that you have about preparedness. So, as school gears up all across the nation, preparedness minded parents should have some questions for their school administrators. But just beware! Not all schools and administrators are the same. You might not like the answers you hear!

Parent: What does the school do to help maintain a healthy environment free of germs that can sicken my child?

Of course, germs are everywhere. In a place where you are going to have a bunch of students, who have different ideas of cleanliness, spreading germs can be an issue. Students should always be encouraged to wash their hands every chance they get. We also encourage teachers and students to keep a bottle of germicide close by. One of the things that is also helpful is if students don’t share pencils, crayons and other supplies with their peers. Yes, I know students are taught to share, but if a parent requests that their student doesn’t share for this specific reason, it should be understood. I also advocate for having extra supplies in a student’s EDC.

I know the nurse at my campus does an excellent job of monitoring and checking students. If students have had lice, they go to her for a head check before being allowed back into the classroom. If a student was running fever, they are not allowed to come back for 24 hours and then get checked before they go back to the classroom. This isn’t foolproof though, some kids sneak through. It is amazing how many parents give their child medicine and send them to school because they don’t want to take off work or find someone to watch their child while they are sick at home.

Parent: Does the school have a plan for an active shooter incident?

Yes! Many things have changed over the years. Past procedures would call for a “lock-down” where the teacher would lock the door, turn off the lights, gather the students in a corner or get under desks.” In many districts and schools, this is not the current procedure. In fact, on my campus, teachers have been given the freedom to do what they feel is best to keep their students safe.

If an incident occurs, teachers are told to RUN-HIDE-FIGHT. For instance, if a teacher hears shots fired in another part of the school, they have the freedom to choose to “RUN,” to get their students out of the building and to a safe place in the neighborhood or down the street.
If RUN is not an option, for instance, the shooter is right down the hall, HIDE in a room with a locked door would be the next best option. There are also ways to help secure a door that doesn’t lock, click here and here.

necessaryIf RUN and HIDE are not the best option, then FIGHT is the procedure that MUST be followed to save lives! By FIGHT, I mean by any means necessary, pick up some teacher scissors, throw a chair, throw anything! In Sandy Hook, the students that survived the one classroom where all the students were murdered, were the students that ran passed the shooter and to safety. A moving target is a lot harder to hit!
Unfortunately, we have a long way to go to have totally secure campuses. The balance is to have a campus that is inviting for students, but at the same time doesn’t look like a prison. Other things that school districts and campuses can do are:

  • Provide administrators with radios that have a direct channel to reach district police or security. This will save precious time as administrators wouldn’t have to get to a phone to call for help.
  • Allow a few people on campus to carry concealed. I don’t know why most districts are opposed to this. But having three to four people on campus, maybe all the administrators, trained to carry would be a help to maybe neutralize or at least distract the threat for police to get to the campus.
  • Drill. I don’t advocate for doing drills with live blanks and pretend bad guys. But taking time to get teachers and students to think about why they are drilling and how to react will help the mind overcome the anxiety of an actual event.

Parent: In the case of a serious incident, can I come and pick up my child? Who is going to stop me????

I have read articles, posts on Facebook and listened to podcasts where people have said that if there was an incident at their child’s campus, that nothing would stop them from getting to their child. I totally understand that! Really!!! However, you might be causing more harm than good if you try to force your way into a school. Let me explain.

A situation has occurred at your child’s school. Somehow you have heard about it and you rush up to the school to make sure your child is safe. You pull into the parking lot, run to the front door and try to go in. The doors are locked so you start pounding on the doors and demanding to be let in. You are scared, angry and maybe yelling.

The police arrive on the scene and see you at the door yelling, screaming and angry. If they have been told that there is an active shooter “in the building,” they might ask you to stand down and move away. If you don’t, they would probably arrest you for interfering. If they haven’t been told what the emergency is, they might think that you are the issue. And you know that they will shoot first and ask questions later.
If I was in that situation and I saw the police rolling up to the school, knowing what I know, I would stay back in the parking lot or even on the street. If students were coming out of the school somewhere, I would try and help teachers get students away and safe. The last thing you want is to become a problem and possibly be separated from your child “permanently.” But, we live in a free country and you can do whatever you want. This is my opinion knowing how the police will respond to a campus situation.

In closing, one of the best things you can do as a parent is to get involved at your child’s school. You might not be able to volunteer during the day, but you can try to be up there for every function and event as possible. The more time you spend on campus, the more you will see the quality of the education, safety precautions and the ability and caring of the staff.

Some of the stuff above might scare the HELL out of you! I know it always causes me concern when I start thinking this way. Some of you might think that the start of the school year is not the best time to bring this up, as you are buying new school supplies and clothes for your child. But you need to be aware and ask the difficult questions. Some of you might want to home school or you home school now as a result of these issues. I totally understand that and although I am a public school administrator, I am also an advocate for home school. However, if you choose to home school, please take the education of your child seriously. Get involved with a home school co-op and do your research. I have worked with many parents who pulled their child out of public school to home school for various reasons. Their education consisted of an online computer program. I believe online computer programs are a great resource and help, but it should not be the ONLY source of homeschooling. There is so much great information out there on home school that providing an effective, personalized program is very doable.

Lastly, please remember that every district and campus is totally different. Many provide a better education than others. Many are more responsible than others. Many plan out emergency situations more than others. And, there are many that are more rational than others.

What other concerns do you have in regards to public school? What do you think would help turn the current overall “image” of public school around? I would love to know your thoughts.

 

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The Propaganda Machine Never Sleeps

Todd’s Note: This article is inspired by The Liberty Seed presentation and the book Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer.

PropMachine“It reminded us that propaganda in some form or other lurks in every book, that every work of art has a meaning and a purpose — a political, social and religious purpose — that our aesthetic judgments are always coloured by our prejudices and beliefs”George Orwell

We are constantly inundated with messages. Purposed concoctions, visually and/or audibly appealing, these messages promote an agenda. An agenda that someone else wants to impart to us. An agenda that wants us to think that our feelings, ideas or calls to action was something we came up with ourselves. For those of us who consider ourselves aware and enlightened, we take pride that we might be above the weak minded who are easily swayed. But are we? We easily point out the propaganda that comes from the other side, but embrace and accept as gospel the propaganda views that comes from our side. How do we manage the message, even when we see it woven into the fabric of the founding of our great nation?

Pre-American Revolution

When the colonist refused excessive taxes, known by the British as the Townsend Act, but known by the colonist as the Intolerable Act, England did what every other country does, enforced their rule by the barrel of a gun. On September 30, 1768, the British arrived in Boston’s Harbor. Citizens watched in anger as each vessel prepared for military action and aimed their cannon’s on the town.

“Paul Revere watched with mounting anger as two regiments of Regulars landed on Long Wharf with weapons loaded, and marched into the heart of his community. Afterward he went back to his shop, got out a sheet of copper, and made an engraving of that ‘insolent parade,’ as he called it.” …

…”It represents the landing of the Regulars with loaded weapons, while ships of the Royal Navy trained their guns on the town. He wished to portray a tyrannical government in the act making war upon its own people. The town of Boston, with its many exaggerated steeples and wharves is meant to appear pious, industrious and entirely innocent.”

To view the “Insolent Parade” click here!

The landing of the Regulars didn’t help to quell the colonist, in fact, things got worse! Aggression and tempers flared on both sides. But one winter evening, March 5, 1770, British Regulars fired on their tormentors. The result left five citizens dead. Paul Revere once again engraved a drawing by Henry Pelham. The drawing was called “Fruits of Arbitrary Power” or “The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street.” According to Hackett, “The print helped to create an image of British tyranny and American innocence that still shapes our memory of the event.”

To view the print of “The Bloody Massacre” click here.

After the Boston Massacre, Revere re-released the engraving of the insolent parade once again. These images, not as abundant as in our time, helped to keep the unfavorable views of excessive taxes and a tyrannical government in the front of the citizenry of Boston and New England.
Another incident that was memorialized in pictures was surrounded around an incident involving a boy named Christopher Seider. To enforce the taxes of the Townsend Act/Intolerable Acts, British ministers used custom officers. These modern day tax collectors were not liked by Bostonians to the point that at times, The Sons of Liberty would come out in disguise to intimidate them. One night in 1770, a frightened custom’s officer fired into a mob gathered in front of his house killing the boy.

The town turned the boy into a martyr and one year later, on the anniversary of his death, gathered in a silent demonstration at the home of Paul Revere. Hackett writes, “Every window in his house showed a brightly lighted scene – on one side the Boston Massacre; on the other, the ghost of the murdered boy; in the center an allegorical female figure of America with a liberty cap on her head, grinding a British grenadier beneath her heal.”

Many modern day Patriots will dismiss the current political system while holding to the sacredness of the founding of our nation. But even our founders used propaganda to their advantage. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they did. I’m glad I’m not a citizen of the Royal Crown. But the point is that everyone uses propaganda to their advantage.

I know I might be speaking sacrilege here. But part of being aware is remaining critical AND open to all information that comes our way. We should let “the message” run through a fine tooth comb and sift through each piece, digging deeper than what the surface message might seem to be. Are we to be a little paranoid? At this point of our history, does anything surprise you?

So should you go off-grid, run for the hills and free yourself of all information? Should you relegate yourself to only listening, watching a few “trusted” media outlets? Should you become a news junkie and take in every piece of information from every outlet everywhere? Don’t expect me to tell you. You’re free to do whatever you want!

In conclusion, I offer some propaganda, I mean pieces of advice:

Know what you believe and why - Modern society doesn’t usually value lives of reflection and introspection. Just realize that every thought and idea you have is a result of your past. Your upbringing, the circles you run in, your religion, the books and media you partake of, all play a role in what you believe, how you respond and what is important. When it is time to make important decisions for yourself and your family, you don’t want to be the pawn of someone’s agenda. You want your views and your decisions to be your own. Live your life from a place of confidence in your beliefs!

Question everything – A small child who continually asks you “why” can be very annoying. The reason it can be annoying is because you have to come up with answers. You have to rationalize and explain the “why.” This childhood annoyance is really very helpful when we choose not to be mindless robots in the war for our mind. Asking why forces you to answer questions and not just sweep what you are seeing and hearing under the rug. The propagandist doesn’t want you to ask why. They just want you to accept what they are saying blindly. When someone is not giving real answers, it’s time to take a step back.

“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”Adolf Hitler

Dig Deeper – There is always a true reason behind an issue. But many times we only see what others want us to see. The propagandist hopes that they are only dealing with sheeple who have more important things to fill their minds with, like American Idol or what someone they once knew in biology class had for dinner last night. This requires more questions, but you should ask, what does this person have to gain from promoting their view or idea? Where is this person coming from? What has this person been involved with or in the past?

I recently was contacted by a CNBC reporter for a quick phone interview. He wanted to ask questions in regards to a now defunct prepper community. When the mainstream media comes knocking, I immediately put up my defenses. Not wanting to miss out on the exposure (my agenda), I looked up the reporter and some of his past news pieces. I was surprised to read an article on how gun manufactures were dealing with the boost in sales and where the newest consumers were coming from. It wasn’t a “hit piece” or a “gun grab” article. I felt a little bit more secure that this reporter was going to just report the facts, and he did.

Have Faith – The road that we travel can feel lonely sometimes. Not wanting to be branded a conspiracy nut job or unpatriotic, we at times keep to ourselves. You have to know that there are others who feel the way you do and seek the truth. There are many online forums and communities, each with their own niche, where you will feel welcomed. You just have to find the right one for you.

“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”Abraham Lincoln

 

 

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The Economy is Going to Implode - Ann Barnhardt

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“The middle class is teetering on the brink of collapse just as surely as AIG was in the fall of 2009 – only this time, it’s not just one giant insurance company (and its banking counterparties) facing disaster, it’s tens of millions of hardworking Americans who played by the rules.” – Arianna Huffington

I don’t agree with A. Huffington. I believe the whole world is teetering on collapse. In fact, many believe it has already collapsed, we just haven’t realized it. What do you believe?

If you are reading this, you know something isn’t right. If you are not hiding in a bunker somewhere, you know that our economy isn’t in good shape. We hear about bail-ins, bail-outs, cycles, defaults, etc… In fact, the first article I ever linked to on Prepper Website was an economic collapse article. Nothing has changed! We are balancing on the knife’s edge. But do you know why?

What if you could understand our current economic climate in layman’s terms? Would you take the time to learn? Does it matter enough to be properly informed? Or are you happy with getting tidbits here and there? I would say that you have a responsibility to know! You have a responsibility to understand what is going on, who is doing what and how it is going to affect you, your children and your grandchildren. This isn’t a fictional novel that you can close at the end of the book or a drama on TV that you can turn off if it gets too upsetting.

I recently posted an article on a talk that Ann Barnhardt delivered in Dec. 2012. I’m impressed with her forthrightness and the way she tells it like it is. She doesn’t have any problems speaking the truth. In her video, she alluded to another video that she made discussing the economy.

Her video, The Economy Is Going to Implode, is just shy of 3 hours. It is definitely longer than most people can handle, since we have been reduced to quick 30 second videos and sound bites. But if you are wanting a first class seat at the “understanding the economy table,” then you need to watch her 8 part video. Don’t wimp out. Take some time and INVEST in your knowledge and understanding!!!

I have linked to the first video here. It should automatically play through to the second. But if it doesn’t, here is a direct link to her videos on Youtube.

This is a “must watch” video.

 

 

 

What do you think?

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