Time to Prepare

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Take the time to prepare for the coming financial woes.

by Gwen Caldwell

The financial stability of our country is in peril. Unemployment continues to rise. The housing market continues to fall. Banks are failing at an unprecedented rate. The stock markets are unstable, as is our dollar. Folks, the new regime in Washington is not going to fix this problem! No matter how many bailouts they want us to pay for, we are only applying a band-aid to a gaping wound in the financial jugular vein of this country! It will not stop the bleeding.

We have got to start facing the facts and preparing for the total collapse of our financial system as we know it. Start downsizing now! Get your pantries stocked with food, water, essential vitamins and medicines. Making these preparations now may not only save your life, but will ensure that your quality of life is not reduced in the face of economic disaster.

I encourage all of you to look around your homes at the things that you could liquidate right now to create storage space for food and that can create extra financial resources for stocking up on food. Quit eating out, avoid fast food and junk food. Eat popcorn, fruits and vegetables for snacks to keep your immune system built up and save money.

Think about those things that will disappear in a crisis and make sure you have them. Oil lamps and oils, batteries, diapers, camp stoves and fuel, guns and ammo, toilet paper are things that come to mind. Think about those things that might be good barter items in your area…get them.

I urge you to go online and purchase heritage garden seeds, so that you can grow your own food. Even if you live in a small apartment you can plant food in containers to help you supplement what is in your pantry. Buy sprouting seeds and a sprouter. Buy canning jars, so that you have a means of preserving your food.

There are many excellent videos at on sustainability, survival skills, long term food storage, growing urban gardens and so forth. Take the time to educate yourselves on these skills.

I believe that our time to prepare is short and would encourage all of you to do what you can now. I have already noticed that the shelves at the stores where I live have less selection and fewer items. It is not inconceivable that one day the shelves will be empty.

We will not be getting a bail out, be assured. Our bail out is how we prepare now and how well we do it.



Survival Gardening: Growing Food During A Second Great Depression

My point for you non-farmers out there, is that you are not going to feed yourself with a Mantis tiller and 1,000 square feet of sandy dirt that requires you to pump endless ground water irrigation just to keep your crops alive. If you committed enough to surviving that you purchase over 20 firearms and 20,000 rounds of ammo (a good start) I am suggesting that you need to consider a similar commitment to growing food.

more – Daily Survival


Food Security

Our high-tech civilization depends on a precarious balance. Our beautiful cities, the urban hives where millions of lives are stacked up and laid out, are like black holes sucking in tons of food every day. Each depends on the produce of acre on acre of industrial factory-farming to feed its teeming masses. To modern humans in developed nations, food comes not from the land but from the supermarket. We are affluent to the point where obesity has become epidemic – how ludicrous, that one of the great plagues of our lifestyle is that we have too much to eat! Well, friends, this is all going to change. Losing immediate access to food is one thing that is going to catch the majority of our population very much by surprise.

Start growing your own food, this spring if at all possible.

Another thing to keep firmly in mind is that having a ready supply of food is going to make you a target. I’m going to talk about self defense in another post. For now suffice it to say, start thinking about how you’re going to protect your home and your garden.
Long term food security is going to be a bit harder to achieve. If I sound alarmist, it’s because the state of the world has me alarmed; and I happen to live in a province devoted primarily to agriculture. I can only imagine what things could be like for people who live in less rural areas. If the optimists are right, and the collapse decides to give us some breathing room, now would be a very good time to start planting our survival plots, thinking about turning every green space we can find into community gardens, and convincing some of the masses who are being laid off at this very moment to take up urban farming full time. I’m convinced that with some work and technological advance, we can get to the point where cities can provide their own food sustainably without relying on the factory farm infrastructure; but I very much fear that a year, or even two, is just more time that people will spend not thinking very hard about where their next meal is coming from. The habit of depending on people hundreds of miles away to serve us our meals is too ingrained. It may well take a sharp shock to the stomach to remind us that when you can’t feed yourself, nothing else matters.

more – After the Crash


Growing Edible Sprouts All the info you need here, or here.


As an example, Mr. Obama should have the staff gardener put in an organic garden this spring and report on it via his web site.

Growing Food on the White House Lawn


My list of easy to grow, in a fairly small space, nutritious vegetables for a moderate climate, in no particular order.

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage
Sweet Potatoes
Lettuce varieties
Peppers, hot and sweet
Turnip greens, Kale
Early peas


My wish list for survival and healthy living includes hemp foods.

There is one thing that we all have in common: this tiny planet we share. Today the world is throwing around terms like “sustainability” and “green living” but what does that really mean? Hemp is one of the most diverse plants on the planet, and could literally supply most of humankinds needs for fuel, food, clothing, building products, and medicine. Despite its usefulness, hemp is illegal to grow in the United States.

This site is intended to be an avenue for the community to empower themselves with information. There is a truth that must be heard!

Why should farmers grow hemp?
Because hemp is the ultimate cash crop, producing more fiber, food and oil than any other plant on the planet.

According to the Notre Dame University publication, The Midlands Naturalist, from a 1975 article called, “Feral Hemp in Southern Illinois,” about the wild hemp fields that annual efforts from law enforcement eradication teams cannot wipe out, an acre of hemp produces:

1. 8,000 pounds of hemp seed per acre.

  • When cold-pressed, the 8,000 pounds of hemp seed yield over 300 gallons of hemp seed oil and a byproduct of
    6,000 pounds of high protein hemp flour.

These seed oils are both a food and a biodiesel fuel. Currently, the most productive seed oil crops are soybeans, sunflower seeds and rape seed or canola. Each of these three seed oil crops produce between 100 to 120 gallons of oil per acre. Hemp seed produces three times more oil per acre than the next most productive seed oil crops, or over 300 gallons per acre, with a byproduct of 3 tons of food per acre. Hemp seed oil is also far more nutritious and beneficial for our health than any other seed oil crop.

In addition to the food and oil produced, there are several other byproducts and benefits to the cultivation of hemp.

2. Six to ten tons per acre of hemp bast fiber. Bast fiber makes canvas, rope, lace, linen, and ultra-thin specialty papers like cigarette and bible papers.

3. Twenty-five tons of hemp hurd fiber. Hemp hurd fiber makes all grades of paper, composite building materials, animal bedding and a material for the absorption of liquids and oils.

4. The deep tap root draws up sub-soil nutrients and then, when the leaves fall from the plant to the ground, they return these nutrients to the top soil for the next crop rotation.

5. The residual flowers, after the seeds are extracted, produce valuable medicines.

Our farmers need this valuable crop to be returned as an option for commercial agriculture.

While marijuana is prohibited, industrial hemp will be economically prohibitive due to the artificial regulatory burdens imposed by the prohibition of marijuana. When marijuana and cannabis are legally regulated, industrial hemp will return to its rightful place in our agricultural economy.

Hemp may be the plant that started humans down the road toward civilization with the invention of agriculture itself. All archaeologists agree that cannabis was among the first crops purposely cultivated by human beings at least over 6,000 years ago, and perhaps more than 12,000 years ago.

Restoring industrial hemp to its rightful place in agriculture today will return much control to our farmers, and away from the multinational corporations that dominate our political process and destroy our environment. These capital-intensive, non-sustainable, and environmentally destructive industries have usurped our economic resources and clear-cut huge tracts of the world’s forests, given us massive oil spills, wars, toxic waste, massive worldwide pollution, global warming and the destruction of entire ecosystems.

Prohibiting the cultivation of this ancient plant, the most productive source of fiber, oil and protein on our planet, is evil. In its place we have industries that give us processes and products that have led to unprecedented ecological crisis and worldwide destruction of the biological heritage that we should bequeath to our children, grandchildren and future generations.

Restore hemp!

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Tuesday, 29 July 2008 graph line of the global population explosion now goes upward almost vertically. The graph line of reserves of resources that fund that explosion falls precipitously. The point at which population crosses the food production line is the point of the beginning of the coming mass die-off of human population.

Since Babylon, the type of human culture that we live in has featured an emperor or surrogate who is surrounded by a handful of wealthy militarist/financiers. These people own and rule the realm. This class has historically gained their power and wealth by feeding off the people and by growth/conquest. This class has always urged growth as the means to increase their power and wealth. There were always new fertile lands to conquer and peoples to enslave. The configuration of the culture of empire which we call civilization, has not changed in six thousand years. Today in the U.S.A. less than one per cent of the population has more than three quarters of the wealth. Certainly they have enough wealth to buy and run the government and have a land ownership pattern that rivals the land barons of Guatamala.

This culture has increased its population by running a net deficit of the fertility of the earth. The soils, forests, fish stocks, pure water and over-grazed and desertified landscapes have been sacrificed to the god of growth. Now there are no more fertile lands to conquer and exploit, but the population continues to grow and the fossil fuel production reaches peak and begins to decline. The culture that has no vision of the future and no purpose other than material consumption hits the wall.

In the past few centuries the elites have gained a new method of growth/conquest. The lever of Science/technology has been used to further their power. Through the creation of industrialism, we now live in a manufactured environment. We civilized people have created machines and been conditioned by the machine world until we begin to act in a machine-like manner. Powerless, we are thoroughly dependent upon the machine for our food and shelter survival. Alienated and atomized, we move around trying to fit into a niche in order to obtain survival. The pressure to move to a job breaks nuclear families apart and certainly precludes the existence of extended families. We have become interchangeable ciphers in the industrial machine. We have been culturally conditioned from birth to have great regard for non-living manufactured items and have been alienated from living things. We have more regard for the dead wood of a church than for a living forest.

Today, when we look at the numbers and look back at those millions of acres of exhausted and eroded soils, common sense tells us that this is the end. The Patriarchs of empire have committed us to a fundamental biological error. Any organism that wantonly kills that which feeds it will not endure very long. The culture of empire does not have a political problem; it has a biological problem. It lives in a bubble of self-created definitions and has a dysfunctional relationship with the life of the earth. One might say that if the humans can’t keep the planet alive, they certainly can’t live here.

For several million years our successful ancestors maintained adaptation to the ecological energy flows of the earth. Now, humans have become so biologically maladapted that we are in the third mass species die-off, the last one being the dinosaurs.

It’s just common sense that we throw out the whole of the culture of civilization. If even a small part of the human species is to endure, we must return to foundational principles.

The millenniums-old project of the imperial elites to control every thing in front of them and indeed, wishfully, the universe, has failed.


The human species is seriously out of balance with the natural world. The obvious answer to this is for the species to regain balance with the natural world. Simple common sense morality would say that first we need a society that agrees that each of us is alive and not a bio-robot and that each of our lives have intrinsic value. We shift from a war/competition – death focus to a principle that all life has value. Life is the growth system. Consuming living ecologies in order to amass piles of baubles is ultimately not a growth system.

Common sense morality would say that we humans should aid the living earth and that the simple morality would be that we humans aid in the complete ecological restoration of the earth back to its climax condition. This is the least that we could do given the grievous damage that has occurred. Of course this is also the pathway toward our survival.

A modern human normally enters the world in an austere hospital, possibly experiencing birth trauma. The child is baby-sat by a TV and then later turned over to a mass education institution for further conditioning. After graduating they get to work in a cubicle until they retire and die.

In a culture in which the growth of life is the paramount focus, the pregnant mother would become a center of community energy. Recent scholarship has shown us how important it is for both mother and baby to receive soothing and comforting energies. Great community energy would also be focused on the children. Just like all the other species around us, the “growing” of children would be a central activity. In a Life culture we would assume that the society would be formed in such a way as to encourage every possible talent of each individual. As we symbolically move out of the patriarchal/intellectual to the feminine/feeling mode the social dialog changes. The successful growing of life of all kinds requires a feeling for it and some application of the intellect. We would begin to follow perceptions and conclusions brought to us by our feelings rather than conclusions derived solely from intellection.


It’s just common sense. If humans want to live on this planet they will have to restore the life of the earth. This seems like a tall order but the imminent death of billions is also a large event.

Answers have come bubbling up out of our mass intuition. For decades skills have been building in the practice of Permaculture so that seed communities can restore ecosystems, build soil fertility and produce more food per acre than the industrial system. Hand-made houses with solar advantages built from local materials are scattered around the planet. There are examples of hand-made houses with solar advantages that can heat and cool themselves without outside energy. The world-wide move to ecovillages is well under way with Russia alone having now over eight hundred.

Bill Mollison, one of the co-originators of Permaculture says that, “Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.” The intuitively forming ideal is extended families occupying their own private permaculture design with a number of these families occupying a watershed. A number of watersheds constitute a bioregion. This is a natural social/political framework in which the needs of the earth are re-presented in human society because the humans are advocating for the life and gaining survival from that life. We might call this biological democracy.

Human/earth centered, rather than object centered, this new movement promises to become the next human culture. Human social institutions tend to form around food survival systems and be resonant with the morals and purpose of those different activities to gain food; we would expect the new culture to do the same. When some or all of the seed communities make it through the apocalypse, they will be the ancestors.

Many flail about trying to save the dying beast of empire by recycling their tin cans or inventing free energy machines but it is just common sense that if we want to aid the life of our great, great grandchildren we will ignore the dying beast and put our living energies into the new way of life.

By Wm. H. Kőtke, author of the underground classic book: THE FINAL EMPIRE: The Collapse of Civilization and the Seed of the Future which can be viewed at: and Garden Planet: The Present Phase Change of the Human Species. seen at: . Telephone orders at 1-888-280-7715 or at bookstores everywhere.


THE FOUR G’s by Joe American

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Joe American
January 23, 2008

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.

……corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow,
And the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”Abraham Lincoln, November 21, 1864

President Lincoln understood the nature of corruption in high places. He faced domestic enemies exactly like the ones we face again today. Not all the domestic enemies of his day wore Confederate Gray. The worst of them wore Union Blue. They used their victory in First American Civil War to destroy the original Republic fought and bled for by our Founders ninety years earlier.

The Civil War was not fought over slavery, it was fought over State Rights, as defined in the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The war was fought over power. Political power. Yes, slavery was a major controversial issue of that period and no one can condone that obscene practice in any way, but the fact remains, slavery was the “spin” put on the war after the fact.

Power is a strong elixir to those who crave it. When those who crave political power finally attain it, there is nothing they won’t do to keep and expand it. Our Founders understood that human failing and took measures to establish a governing system that had strong safeguards of checks-and-balances when they adopted the Constitution that established our original Republic. Individual State Rights, as reserved to those States in the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution, served as the cornerstone of those safeguards. It took 72 years (1789-1861) for those original safeguards to be completely and deliberately broken down.

This war was fought because eleven Sovereign, Southern States believed what the original Constitution said. They believed they were equals in a “voluntary” Union of States until they realized the Northern States were interpreting the Constitution and using that interpretation to the long term economic disadvantage of the South.

The flash point in 1861 between the North and the South was the unequal distribution of Federal tax and tariff receipts being funneled into the Northern States to facilitate the construction of the northern railroad system that served to promote and expand the blossoming industrialization of the North, causing in turn, a population shift into the north. A larger population provided the Northern States with expanded control of the House of Representatives in Congress. The centralization of heavy industry also gave the North effective economic control of the Union.

The leadership of the Southern States was astute enough to see what was happening and objected. When their complaints fell on deaf ears in Washington, D.C., they exercised their Sovereign option and seceded from the Union of States and formed their own nation. When the Confederacy seceded from the Union of States, the First American Republic died.

The North refused to acknowledge that succession and began to prepare to move against the South militarily.

With the Confederate defeat came the forced assimilation of the former Confederate States back into the “Union.” The voluntary Union of States established by the original Constitution in 1789 was no longer voluntary.

The most important safeguard of the Constitutions Tenth Amendment was the clear reservation of Sovereignty to the individual States and the equally clear strict limits it set on (f)ederal power (small ‘f‘ intentional).

The First American Civil War reversed those roles. No longer did the federal government serve the individual States. Now, all of the states, not just the Southern ones, served the Federal government. Washington, D.C. became an Imperial Capitol, ruling over newly subservient Federalized (s)tates (small ‘s’ intentional). Does anyone seriously believe Washington, D.C. is not the Overlord to the fifty states today?

Today, even the watered down checks-and-balances of the Federal (pseudo) second republic (1865-2007) are gone. They have been stripped away one-by-one, without any objections from the states or the people. The descendents of the same people who destroyed the original Constitutional Republic (by deliberately causing the Civil War) have now managed to consolidate their political and economic power to the point that they no longer even try to hide what they are doing.

We have reached the point today where the fears of Abraham Lincoln, as expressed on November 21, 1864, have been reached:

“…the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”

That is why these Joe American Articles have been written. Some of your fellow countrymen see what is happening and we are trying to warn as many people as possible, while we still can.

For those of you who have not read my other Articles, I’m talking about is the Death of Freedom in the collapsing pseudo-republic (created in 1865) we all call the United States of America, circa 2007. The increasingly totalitarian measures being approved by a compromised and corrupt Congress, which are now being implemented by the Executive Branch, are real and they will affect all of us in the very near future. Read my past Articles for details. The stakes are so high, for all of us, it is imperative that you pay attention! There is very little time left to prepare for what is coming.

Look around you! Do you not have eyes that can see? This nation is in desperate trouble.

Here is what is happening, whether you know about it or not:


  1. As already noted, our check-and-balance system of government is gone.

  2. Our national sense of right and wrong is gone.

  3. The industrial base of this nation is nearly gone, sold to overseas interests.

  4. The Federal government is broke. It borrows and spends without caring for the future generations it saddles with debt obligations they can never repay.

  5. Our great middle-class is being deliberately “phased-out” by the Federal government because that government knows it cannot deliver on its future entitlement promises.

  6. Those future expenses for Medicare, Social Security and various other entitlement payment promises now total some fifty Trillion of dollars in Federal obligations. Who is going to pay for it all? Your kids? If you believe that, you still must believe in slavery.

  7. Those who expect retirement checks and healthcare benefits from these empty Federal promises have absolutely no hope of receiving them after 2012.

  8. These empty benefit promises have been made to people who will be too old to do anything about it when those checks and benefits fail to materialize.

  9. In addition, after 95 years of economic manipulations (by the privately held, foreign agent owned, Federal Reserve system), the value of the “dollar” is falling rapidly.

  10. All of which means the U.S. economy is on the verge of collapse.

  11. At the same time, the borders of the United States are effectively gone.

  12. The reason? The Executive Branch refuses to defend those borders.

  13. This refusal to secure our borders is proof that the “war on terror” is a fraud, which has been expertly packaged for your denial.

  14. The “war on terror” is really a “war on your freedom.”

  15. Which has been used to give the President new dictatorial powers that can be implemented by the stroke of his pen, once enough people realize what has happened.

Making all of the above matters even worse….Internationally…..

  1. Russia, China and Iran have entered into a military alliance.

  2. Russia and China have just finished conducting their second set of joint, offensive war games within the last two years. They are preparing for a major war against someone.

  3. The U.S., in threatening military action against Iran, is flirting with a new World War.

The American people have been betrayed by their own government. And most of you do not even have the slightest idea of what I’m talking about. How sad and how frightening.

The harsh reality of the cumulative effects from all of these coalescing problems can not be ignored forever. If you continue to ignore them, you do so at your own peril.

Things can change and they can change very quickly.

Yet, the typical American today has an absurdly naive and false sense of security. You live in a glass house, surrounded by foreign and domestic enemies, just waiting for the right moment to strike. But there you sit, watching your HD-TV, drinking your beer or sipping your wine, and doing absolutely nothing to save the future of your own children.

A devastating, economic day of reckoning is coming soon, because of irresponsible Federal borrowing and spending and Federal Reserve currency and credit manipulations. The resulting collapse in the value of the U.S. Dollar will cause everything from food and fuel to ammunition and firearms to become increasingly scarce and very expensive.

The majority of people will be unprepared for what is coming and they will become very frightened by what they see happening. Frightened people are prone to panic. Panic causes violence. Violence will be the excuse used to declare Martial Law. Martial Law equals dictatorship. Dictatorship will be the Death of Freedom.

It has been planned this way, just as Abraham Lincoln feared it would be. The economic collapse has already started. Two years ago, oil was $50 per barrel. Today, it is over $90 per barrel. Two years ago, gold was $350 per ounce. Today, it is over $800 per ounce. Two years ago, milk was $2.50 per gallon. Today it is almost $4.00. And real inflation (the consequences of the “dollars” loss of value) hasn’t even started yet. Nor have there been real shortages of essential items. But there will be. What will you do then?

Let me make it real simple:

  • You can’t live more than a week without a secure source of water.

  • You can’t live more that a few weeks without a secure source of food.

  • You can’t keep what you have (in a trouble time) if you can not protect yourself.

  • You can’t acquire what you forgot to prepare for without some type of valuable commodity to trade for it from those who did prepare.

  • Alone, you are not likely to keep anything you have of real value for long.

  • If you are not in reasonable physical health, your chances of survival are dramatically reduced.

Here is a short list of things you will need to do as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance for surviving this coming chaos:

  • Start paying close attention to what is happening around you.

  • Take nothing for granted.

  • Make a list of the people you would trust with your life.

  • Talk with them about what you see is happening.

  • Cross off any name who doesn’t believe there is anything is wrong.

  • Those who “understand” should become your new “family” of trusted friends.

  • Work with them to develop basic self-sufficiency skills, such as gardening, animal husbandry, hunting, shooting, etc.

  • Determine and/or acquire a common location all of you can go to where you can grow food and raise livestock and mutually support each other.

  • Have enough food and water stored at that location to live on for an extended period of time (180 days or longer).

  • Learn how to live without electricity.

  • Get healthy. Exercise everyday. Start walking instead of driving whenever you can.

  • Learn how to defend yourself, with and without firearms.

It doesn’t matter where you live, city or farm, you will have to adapt to your environment as it changes. Your chances are better if you live in a rural area, but that is no guarantee.

You will need to become familiar, as fast as you can, with the Four “G’s” referenced in the title to this Article. Those “G’s” refer to God, Gold, Guns and Guts. In reverse order:

Guts. Otherwise known as courage. You can’t buy or steal this. You either have when you need it or you die. This is the very first thing you need find inside your soul. You will be going through some of the most difficult times any American has ever faced.

Once enough folks realize they have been swindled by Washington, D.C., they will begin to rebel against the ramifications of their folly. Many will lash out against authority or businesses. Others will decide the best grocery store available is your kitchen cupboard. A few will decide to settle old scores against real or perceived wrongs.

All of these things mean that you will be surrounded by unchecked violence. Some of it will come directly from government in an auto-response to other violence. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, no one will ask if you are a ‘good guy’ or a ’bad guy’. You must have the foresight to stay out of the way of the worst if it, but you will also have to be ready to defend yourself from any source of violence that catches up with you.

To survive the general physical and psychological shocks of this situation, you must begin to toughen up you body and your mind. Begin the most stringent exercise program that you can. Take care of your body.

Your mind is more difficult to toughen. You must be prepared to reassess everything you thought was true and real. The best way is to begin trusting your instincts, like the little hairs that stand-up on the back of your neck when you are about to make a bad decision. Listen to that instinct. Watch the people and the world around you. Read. Learn practical skills. Then think and reflect. You will find resolve from there.

Guns. A firearm is a tool. Like any tool, it serves no real purpose until you need it. You will need this tool above all others, because when you need it, no other tool can replace it.

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Like any tool, a firearm will not serve its’ user effectively unless that person knows how to use it. If you don’t shoot now, learn. Start tomorrow. I mean it.

The best way to purchase a firearm is from someone you know and trust, who really knows about guns. If you don’t such a person, go to a gun show or a gun store and ask the gun store owner for advice or ask around at the gun show.

Buy the best weapons to you can afford. There purchases will create a paper trail, but don’t let that stop you. Any government coordinated gun control effort that causes you to voluntarily surrender your guns means you really didn’t need them anyway.

Buy American made guns if possible, European if you must. Stay away from cheap stuff, including Chinese guns. This has nothing to do with patriotism. It has everything to do with continuing to breath. When your life depends on it, don’t go cheap on yourself.

Each capable person in your family group should have one semi-automatic pistol, with three high capacity clips. Standardize you purchases so that every pistol fires the same ammunition. If you are arming women and/or mature kids, I advise 9MM for everyone, including the men. Otherwise, go with .40cal or .45ACP.

Each adult will also need a semi-automatic, clip-fed rifle with a minimum of six, twenty round clips each. Again, standardize your ammunition. I advise .223cal. If you want a larger caliber, go with .308cal. The simple reason for these calibers is the military and police use, which means they get the job done. It also means that type of ammunition has the best chance of being available, after the fertilizer hit’s the oscillating device.

Your group (even a group of one) should also have a .357mag/cal., stainless steel revolver and a 12ga., pump-action shotgun. No bird shot for the shotgun, except for practice. For self-defense, use “00” buckshot and slugs. Also, if you can afford it, buy at least one 22cal. pistol and rifle. They are very practical for a wide range of uses, including teaching new shooters the fundamentals of shooting. The ammunition is cheap.

Now that you know what to buy, go buy it. Then practice, practice, practice, practice. Then practice some more. Buy lots of ammunition for each weapon type and store it in a cool location, inside a dry, water-tight container. When I say lots, I mean LOTS. If you don’t know if you have enough, you don’t.

Gold. You will need the Gold to preserve wealth and purchasing power. Federal Reserve Notes (paper “dollars”) will continue to sharply decline in value. Over the past two years, the “dollar” has dropped nearly 50% in value against the “Euro”. But the real decline of the “dollar” hasn’t even started. Once it starts, your “dollar” denominated savings and investments will drop in value so fast, you won’t believe it is real until it is too late to save your wealth. You won’t be able to spend your “dollar bills” fast enough. The banks providing credit for your credit cards will likely refuse all new purchases with those cards.

If you say it can’t happen, you’re wrong. It has happened many times over the past one-hundred years. The worst was in Germany during the early 1920’s. The collapse of the German “paper Mark” happened so fast, people demanded to be paid daily so they could run to the store to buy something of value before their earnings became worthless. In 1921, a loaf of bread cost one Mark. By 1923, that same loaf of bread cost three million Marks. That is not an exaggeration.

Gold is used for large purchases and it will help keep your options open. It will buy things when nothing else will. But eventually, if things get bad enough, even gold won’t buy you a loaf of bread if there is a food shortage. The same thing applies for medicines and other vital consumables.

I recommend a minimum of 10 ounces of gold coins per person. Buy only actual U.S. Gold coins minted during the 1930’s or before or those minted from the 1980’s onward. Consider a mix of one ounce, half-ounce and quarter-ounce coins instead of all one ounce coins. Stay away from foreign or privately minted bullion and medallion type coins.

Silver is used for small purchases. Buy only U.S. silver coins (dimes, quarters and half-dollars) minted in 1964 or before. A “bag” has $1000 in face value coins inside. If you can afford it, buy one bag per person, but in no case less than one-half bag per person. If you have to short yourself, buy one or two fewer gold coins to make sure you have the minimum silver coins.

If you can not afford the recommended minimum amounts of gold and silver coins listed above, decide what you can afford to spend and use 50% to buy gold coins and use the other 50% to buy silver coins.

God. Telling you that you need God on your list is a no “brainer” for most of you. But in a quite literal sense, you need to have a solid set of values and guiding principles that serve as your moral rudder as you go through this difficult and troubling time. You will be tempted to do things you can’t even imagine now. The worst thing that could happen to you is that you become the very thing you started out to protect yourself from. If that happens, it won’t matter anymore, to you at least.

Grace. Hopefully, with a solid and grounded faith, you will be given a fifth “G,” Grace. Ideally, this will provide you with the skill and courage to utilize your preparations and new found understanding in a Noble manner that respects the vital tenets of our original Republic: Respect for yourself, for your neighbor for the ideals of individual freedom and self-reliance that formed and built that Republic. Be prepared to do what ever you must, in line with your faith, to defend those tenets of freedom, from any enemy of freedom.

Do the things I’ve told you to do and the other things you will need to understand will fall into place and become clear to you. Always listen to and follow your intuition.

Help and teach others as you learn. That is “The Effort” you have been invited to “Join.” When the time comes, act as you feel you must. The more Freedom loving Americans who survive the coming ordeal will make recovery and hopefully, restoration of the Constitutional Republic, that much faster and assured. Working together, as a free people, the odds are in our favor.

Remember these two points:

1) Never underestimate the determination or ruthlessness of the domestic enemies who oppose this “Effort.”
2) You no longer live in a free country.

With the above points in mind, learn to think in new ways to protect yourself. Until you come up with alternatives, use the following code system to discern if someone you don’t know is a friend or foe. In a non-committal manner, use the words, “Noblesse oblige” in a simple question. If the person you are speaking with includes the words “Veritas vos liberabit” in their response, they are likely to be a fellow traveler in this “Effort.” Make sure you are prepared to respond as well, if offered the opportunity. (“Noblesse oblige” means “Noble obligation.” “Veritas vos liberabit” means the “Truth is liberating.”)

will continue to write other Articles, as time permits, but it is time for me to make sure I practice what I preach. God’s speed to us all. We’ll need it. Now get to work.

“Long live the Republic!”

Noblesse oblige; Veritas vos liberabit. 3637

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