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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dark Clouds on the Horizon

You know we post and talk all the time about some kind of collapse in our society. When you're sitting in church, some people talk about the good Lord coming back and how things are going to change. If you're reading
financial pages, there is always some doom and gloom fellow saying that you need to buy precious metals, because the markets are going to collapse. Well, you flip to another channel in your brain, and there are the folks proclaiming that the grid is going to go down. If you flip around in your head to another channel, you hear people talking about revolution, it's time for a revolution. Any one of these above scenarios, and many others, could happen at any time. There is a collapse often in this country on a local basis. It could be caused by a tornado, hurricane, grass fires, your local plant shutting down and you lose your job, and the list goes on. 

So, why is it that so few people actually prepare for some type of down time? FEMA, The Red Cross, many church organizations and civic groups all recommend that people be prepared for some type of collapse. Remember, most of these are local. And if your house just blew away,
for whatever reason, then you are in a local collapse situation. But, I ask again. Why is it so difficult, when there are so many possibilities of some type of local or national collapse, why is it that so many people refuse to prepare? Well, there is always the classic reason, "It's not going to happen to me!" Or, let me see, "I'll go stay with my mommy." And I love this one, "I will befriend a farmer." Or the guy that tells you, "I'll just go take what I need from people." But, I guess my favorite one of all is, "I'll just go walk into the woods and survive." There are many other excuses why people don't prepare, "I don't have the money." "It takes too much time." "What will my friends think?"

I live in southeastern Oklahoma. We have the national weather service, just like almost every place in the United States of America. We have local
radio and TV stations that are always telling us what they think the weather is going to do. But people will still go fishing on a lake when there is a chance of thunder and lightening. And there will always be fans sitting in the stands at a little league baseball game watching their kids play ball in a thunder storm. Every year, in this part of the country, at least one kids gets killed by lightening on a baseball field. Can you see the clouds coming? Are you one of those that's standing out on the baseball field looking off to the west watching the sky get dark? Anybody with any sense knows to get off of that baseball field. 

Anybody with any sense can look at the economic condition our country is in. If you can read at all, then you know how vulnerable our aging electrical grid system is. I'm not going to touch on the religious aspects, but I will touch on morality. Look at all the filth and trash that is on television everyday. The vast majority of people do not believe that it influences their
children. Look at the way parents dress their kids. Look at the way the parents dress. If you don't think television influences adults and children, then please go back, turn on the TV, and watch a football game, where cheerleaders are jumping up and down and everybody has been conditioned to pretend that they are admiring their athletic talent. That's where we are folks. Our moral decay is eroding the foundation of our society. No, it's not eroding it, it HAS eroded it. And if you don't think that killing an unborn baby is wrong, then you are a product of that erosion. Government sanctioned murder. If you don't think that's not decay and erosion, then I don't know how to convince you.

Our financial system is holding on by a thread. I don't know where to start. Banks are openly stealing people's money. The Federal Reserve Bank is printing money in a figurative sense by the billions daily. That's right, daily. And our government tells us that we only have minimum inflation. Have you paid attention to the cost of food and gasoline lately? Or the reason you don't pay attention to it, is that you're in too big a hurry to get home and watch pornography on your computer with your ten year old child sitting beside you? Maybe that's why you didn't notice the cost of food and gasoline escalating. 

And our aging electrical grids. It has been written about time and time again how the aging electrical system cannot continue. And it can't. It was built primarily to serve half the number of people it is serving. It is unsustainable, it can't continue, the electrical grid will go down. I read
articles in respected newspapers on a regular basis that imply that foreign governments could hack into our electrical grids and shut them down at any time. Do you know what that means? That means you will not be able to buy gasoline, your computer won't work and your TV will be off. And if you have the fantasy belief that all cell phone towers have back up systems, then you have been watching way too much television. Without power in this country everything will come to a stop immediately. No banks, big box stores shut down, everything shuts down. I know, I know, I'll just pick up my leatherman tool, grab my tent, and go live in the forest. Good luck.

There is a distinct feeling among many people that our government is in the process of gathering data and information so that they can control the people. Is that the possible reason that the department of agriculture is now buying 40 caliber submachine guns? That's right, the department
of agriculture. Do you know why local police departments are now using military style vehicles? Why is NSA gathering and recording data on every person in this country? Why back a short while ago, on New Year's Eve night was the NDAA signed into law? If you know what that means, congratulations, because most people don't have a clue. For you clueless ones, it's the National Defense Authorization Act, which means that you have no Constitutional rights. You don't read this type of stuff on the sports pages. You can be arrested at any time, with no jury, no trial, no charges, no search warrant, and you don't have a clue. 

So, the question still stands. Why is the department of agriculture buying 40 caliber submachine guns? Along with the IRS, NOAA you know, the
weather people, the postal service, and the list goes on. Okay. Let's see. Our moral systems have collapsed. The economy is a huge, huge bubble. Our electricity could go down at any time. Our beloved government is stocking up on guns and ammunition. Now they have NDAA. So, can you see those clouds coming? Are you going to stick your head in the sand and continue to pretend that it is not going to rain on you? I hate to tell you this, buddy, cause when it rains on you, it rains on everyone. Did you ever figure out why your remote control doesn't work?


This weekend Patrice Lewis at Rural Revolution wrote a very interesting piece for World Net Daily, which she does weekly. It was very thought provoking and provocative. I'd recommend that you read it. A while back I wrote a little piece, and I would appreciate it if you would take a gander at it also. Folks, we have dark clouds on the horizon.

We'll talk more later. Frank

14 comments:

  1. Homestead delusions.....great little post there Frank!
    Before I moved here with Ralph, I lived in an old Log cabin [built by my father in 1929.] I had a wood stove for heat and cooking. If the power went out I could hike down the coulee and get fresh drinkable water from the spring. I had the Blacksmith shop with the tools my father used and I was lucky enough to have him teach me a bit about forging. I learned more when I took a Farrier course and learned how to make horse shoes. I can tan hides and I know how to kill and clean and cut up an animal into useful meat. BUT all this has taught me is I do not want to go back to that totally primitive state... I worry so many people really have no idea how hard it would be if we loose power! Have you read "Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank? It is a wonderful book and was written in 1959. It isn't as gory or graphic as new apocalyptic novels are but it gives one hope and makes one think. I have never hear mention of anything to do with Mothers who have given up breast feeding for formula...no transportation.....no formula! Ok I will stop my rant. I really cannot thank you both for the time you take to keep this blog! Great work!

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    1. Fiona, thank you for the thoughtful comment. No, I have not read Alas Babylon, but I will look into it. I always admired folks that have forging skills. I've read stories about people that took old axle leaf springs, and made swords, knives, things of this nature. I don't think that we will be seeing cherry red any time soon. Thank you for reading, and please keep the comments coming. Experience is always appreciated.

      Frank

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  2. Keep on ranting, Frank. I love it. We just had a minor disaster here, our greenhouse and garden mysteriously got a herbicide in it, as evidenced by dying grapevines, tomatoes, dahlias, beans. We sort of mourned for a day (husband went fishing, I just sat and thought about it)...today I took a look at my pantry and told my husband "we can fix this, there is no hurry, we are fine for a year". What a relief. It will be a big job, for sure, and will cost a few dollars, as we had to bring in all the soil for the garden in the first place, but I am so glad that I am a prepper with a resilient nature and tons of faith.

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    1. Sorry for your loss, it must be heart breaking. But, I'm sure you were comforted having prepared ahead of time. My grandmother never called in prepping, and she didn't call it survivalism, I think she called it common sense. Because if she didn't can and put food away, they didn't eat through the winter or early spring. Times change quickly, don't they? I remember her going to the store to buy flour, and the bag that it came in, she used to make dresses out of. Some of you will know what I'm talking about.

      Like I said, times have changed, but it's very admirable that you have enough food to last for a year. Outside of your immediate circle, how many people do you know that could do the same thing? Some older folks I know now days have the skill to do it, but they don't. Big families are gone, grocery stores are full, times change. Thank you for your comment.

      Frank

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  3. Oklahoma PrepperMay 25, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Frank it needed said but more importantly it needs to be read! Sheeple don't won't to read or hear this! Please share this article folks! Try and try again to get your loved ones to listen, to plan, to get their heads out of the sand!

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    1. Thank you, OP. It's nice to hear from you early in the morning. I wish there was some way to share this type of message on a much larger scale. I wish that people could hear what's being said, but I guess only time will tell. The stores are full, and there's lots of plenty, but as the masses scurry, this message will not fall on many. Thanks again, Bud.

      Frank

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  4. be prepared-- that's us. several years ago there was a major forest fire and a lady on t.v. was crying she had lost everything however her and hubby had watch this fire coming toward their home for FIVE days and did nothing to prepare. My truck and car would be packed the first day!

    Rue

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    1. Rue, thank you for reading and thank you for the comment. This reminds me of when Katrina hit New Orleans. There was a lady sitting on a curb and a TV crew asked her what she was doing. Her response was, "Waiting for the government to bring me some water." Some things are just hard to believe, aren't they?

      I'm like you. I told Fern this morning when I read this, I'd be hiring four big strong teenagers to load everything into a U-Haul truck. There is a huge population out there that believes the government is going to solve all of their problems. That is one huge piece of our national problem. What happened to the spirit, "I'll take care of myself."?

      Frank

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  5. As I was reading Rural Revolution, you and WND today I found the following article interesting. I posted only a small portion of it. The rest can be found at WND.

    State warns on EMP: 'There's no help coming' 'God puts a watchman on the tower for times like these' Published: 04/28/2014 at 10:41 AM by F. Michael Maloof
    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/no-help-coming-state-prepping-citizens-for-emp-attack/#ZBtYrcWqIc4Ly6Ge.99

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation to require the state’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to prepare materials outlining what citizens need to know to deal with either a natural or man-made electromagnetic pulse event that could knock out the vulnerable electrical grid system over a wide geographical region.

    The legislation, SB 1476, was introduced by Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa. It includes the type and quantity of food, water and medical supplies that each person should stockpile in case an EMP occurs over the U.S.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/no-help-coming-state-prepping-citizens-for-emp-attack/#ZBtYrcWqIc4Ly6Ge.99

    I really wanted SB 1476 to require all residents of the State of Arizona to follow the guidelines set forth by Senator Farnsworth. As long as AZ lets the entire State know about the information and that there is an expectation of the residents to follow said guideline I have hope that at least 1% of the people will do so.

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    1. I will take a look at the links you have provided. There is something to an EMP, but I think there is a greater chance of a CME, coronal mass ejection. But either way, everything gets fried. People need to study the Carrington event. This happened at a time when electronics didn't exist. Electricity and the railroad teletype were in their beginning stages. If a replica of this event were to occur today, our whole planet would be, for all practical purposes, dead in the water.

      Do you realize that if 1% of the population would begin to prepare, tomorrow let's say, that it would appear like a massive run on the stores? Do the math. What is 1% of the population where you live? How many people is that? Now, that's not everyday purchases, it's just 1% extra. Heaven forbid, Wal-Mart would be out of beer and Cheetos. A little humor there, but it's still sad. 1% is a huge number.

      I'll look into your links and thank you for taking the time to share them.

      Frank

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  6. I'm behind you on the homesteading curve, having been directed (when He speaks, I listen!) to it just 18 months ago and it took me 6 months to find the place. Have always been a gardener, canner & cook from scratch person but I'm in a new state with a new learning curve. Always had food storage. Never had food animals before. These past 10 days I've killed and cleaned 2 nasty roosters given to me with 3 hens by someone 'getting out of the lifestyle'. In spite of all the youtube vids, it took this newb just over 2 hrs to clean EACH one (different methods). Folks who think they'll just move to a farm to survive have a serious shock coming.... Keep on preaching and thanks for all you share! Jan in NWGA

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    1. Northwest Georgia is such pretty country. I always admired that area.

      I don't know if you cleaned the roosters for necessity or experience. But I can tell you that it it much easier to skin a younger bird than an older one. We don't pluck our chickens, we skin them. Not for health reasons, it's just easier. Most of our chicken butchering is done right around 12 weeks of age. Over the years we've tried some older birds, and they are extremely difficult to skin and just plain old tough. But, if I were in a tight situation, I would love to have an old bird to eat.

      If you're interested, I have done some posts about hatching baby chickens. If you would like, look on the right hand side of the blog under Frank's Chicken Stories. I will be updating that series here in a few days, as it's time to butcher roosters again. I have never found any pleasure in killing an animal. It's one of the hardest chores I have to do. I guess that's why they call it a chore.

      I hope the rest of your learning curve goes smoothly. But chickens are my favorite livestock. They provide meat, eggs, sometimes they can help with snakes, scorpions, mice, not to mention bugs. They will also tear a garden up very quickly. So, be careful with chickens around your garden.

      We raise goats for the same basic reason. They're a smaller animal, much easier to handle than a 1000 pound cow. They provide us with meat, milk, and other milk products. And they're prettier than a cow.

      Good luck on your future. It always helps to listen to that voice.

      Frank

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