ReadyNutrition Readers, this piece is to provide some food for thought for livestock and animals you may have, and therefore would need to protect in the event of a nuclear war. Forget about the “Troll Army” that will undoubtedly say that “the article is pointless,” or “we’re all doomed,” or “nuclear war isn’t real.”
Everyone who has succeeded first heard a hundred who said they could not.
This piece is designed to give possible solutions to problems you may face with your livestock that may not have been considered.
Naysayers are just an addition to the problem, instead of being part of the solution.
That being said, let’s start out with an excerpt from the government regarding livestock and poultry, just to show the mindset you must contend with. The source is PubMed, and here’s the link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3895719
Farm livestock show no measurable effects from being exposed to ionizing radiation unless the level is greatly in excess of the natural background radiation. Possible sources of ionizing radiation which might affect livestock or contribute to radioactivity in the food chain to humans are reactor accidents, fuel reprocessing plant accidents and thermonuclear explosions. Most data on ionizing radiation effects on livestock are from whole body gamma doses near the LD 50/60 level. However, grazing livestock would be subjected to added beta exposure from ingested and skin retained radioactive particles. Results of attempts to simulate exposure of the Hereford cattle at Alamogordo, NM show that cattle are more sensitive to ingested fallout radiation than other species. Poultry LD 50/60 for gamma exposure is about twice the level for mammals, and swine appear to have the most efficient repair system being able to withstand the most chronic gamma exposure. Productivity of most livestock surviving an LD 50/60 exposure is temporarily reduced and long-term effects are small. Livestock are good screeners against undesirables in our diet and with the exception of radioisotopes of iodine in milk, very little fission product radioactivity would be expected to be transferred through the food chain in livestock products for humans. Feeding of stored feed or moving livestock to uncontaminated pastures would be the best protective action to follow.
There you have it! The livestock and poultry are “all safe,” unless radiation is higher than levels in nature! They just “casually” mention that some things can cause it to be much higher, such as…oh, a “thermonuclear explosion!”
Yeah, that just might cause radiation levels to go up! Brilliant! Still, even with stultifying information such as this, you can pick out useful information. Let’s go with some basics that reach beyond their wisdom:
Obviously, if you don’t have your livestock or poultry in a safe location prior to the conflict, or a residence outside of the radius of a large city, you’re in trouble there. You’re also not going to be able to transport them all to another location. This stuff needs to be in place before any hostilities start.
Livestock faces the same challenges that we do…except they’re animals and not capable of detecting radiation. Here is what needs to be done:
Suitable shelter needs to be prepared for them with some type of air-filtration system and enclosed with heat
All food and water need to be pre-stored for them and protected from the radiation, as well. This is a true challenge because a correct estimate of consumption needs to be prepared. They need at least one year’s supply of food and water and must remain indoors under protective shelter for at least one month until most of the radiation decays.
Decontamination: supplies need to be pre-positioned, and there is also manure/offal to be disposed of regularly…perhaps in a location that is also secured if you’re to turn it into compost.
Existing structures need to be modified: Most barns will (depending on the roof type) at the minimum protect from Alpha particles. The windows need to be closed off and sealed, and the challenge will be to provide air that is filtered and circulating in their living quarters. Henhouses and chicken houses need to be assessed for the ability to keep fallout from reaching the poultry.
Minimum subsistence and breeding stock: Your biggest challenge will be to support the minimum amount of a population of livestock to be used for breeding to replenish the herds and flocks. Your hens will still lay eggs that can be used for food, and unexposed/safe cattle for milk (watching out for U-238 and Strontium-90 that can go into milk). This is a long-term goal of protection for you to undertake for them.
Mines, caves, and other possible shelters: You could use these if nothing else, should you not have the type of protection available on your property. Just a suggestion, but the last resort.
“The Earth Still Turns,” meaning: you still have to take into consideration the seasons and all of the related problems with them, such as frozen drinking water and extreme cold with (grid down following EMP or war) no electric heat.
Geiger Counters and Dosimeters: to be used to monitor radiation for them.
If you haven’t already done so, I strongly recommend getting a copy of Cresson Kearney’s “Nuclear War Survival Skills.” Even though this piece discusses livestock, the principles of a nuclear war and the scientific breakdown of shelter construction and radiation hazards still applies to them. Most of the country still has some time before winter sets in to obtain extra supplies for the livestock and take extra measures to protect them. It is better to do something than just sit around behind a keyboard and skeptically inform others of how nothing can be done. It can be done: you are the ones who can do it if you resolve yourselves to take action. JJ out!
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The prosperity we once knew as a nation was made possible because of cheap oil. When the EROI, Energy Returned On Invested, was at 30/1 we had unprecedented prosperity. The EROI is now falling below 10/1 and is taking prosperity with it. The EROI is the amount of energy we expend to get energy, in this case oil, out of the ground. We are getting 10 units of energy for every unit we expend to get it. Shale oil production results in 5 units of energy for every unit we expend.
This matters because everything we use depends on cheap energy to maintain the status quo. An EROI of 10/1 is necessary to maintain our current standard of living. The Hills Group project oil will drop to $11.76 by 2020. This may sound good on the surface but cheap oil will not mean much if you have no job and no money to buy it. As the next depression sets in many more people will lose their job and as a result prices will collapse. They project by 2020 we will have 75% fewer gas stations as a result of collapsing oil.
Today most of our population lives in the city. When jobs see their final collapse those people will have no way to survive. Living in the city requires stuff being brought in from other places. Those living in the city must pay for this stuff with the pay they earn. No jobs mean no pay and no goods.
During the last great depression many city dwellers had family in the country to move back in with to stay fed but most city dwellers today are several generations removed from the country life and no longer have living family members in the country to move in with.
Many of the farms that were left to city dwelling children after the parents died were sold and the money either spent or put into paper assets for retirement. When those paper assets evaporate those people will have nothing to fall back on.
I have said before that when this next depression hits it will devastate everyone and the only way people will be able to get by is if they produce most of their basic goods themselves. This will require a small farm and a family to help run it.
The U.S labor department has reported that productivity has declined for the third straight quarter. The real hourly wage increase reported in the first quarter at 4.2% has been revised to a decrease of .4%. GDP growth annualized for the first two quarters is 1%. S&P 500 companies are reporting declining earnings for the fifth quarter in a row. Economic growth is at its weakest rate since 1949. Gold is up 25% this year so far. All of these metrics are indicative of a stagnant or declining economy at a time when we are told everything is doing great.
The massive amount of money being printed is the only thing holding the economy in place right now but we are now moving beyond the point where that is even effective. From here on out more money will only cause more damage and it will compound the effects when the economy finally fails in earnest. Those that do not see this train wreck coming will still be sitting calmly as everything falls apart around them. They will be lucky to survive the impact and will be totally helpless in the days following. Those that see the danger will have gotten off a long way back and will be in a better position to help themselves and their family.
It is good to help others but you can only do so after you have taken steps to help yourself. The carnage we are about to see in world markets will affect everyone in some way. The best way to help is to understand what is coming and be prepared to deal with the realities that will follow. Global markets will revert back to local markets and those prepared for these changes will survive the initial collapse and thrive in the aftermath.
If everything goes well, you won’t ever need these skills, but even if you don’t venture into the woods on camping trips, the chance of a disaster in your city or being stranded on a road trip is always a possibility. With the above survival techniques you can get yourself safely out of any number of situations.
As one of the most ubiquitous crops in the world, the potato is poised to feed the entire world. Along the way, scientists discovered that the popular staple of many people’s diets may also have potential to help power it as well.
A couple years ago, researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem released their finding that a potato boiled for eight minutes can make for a battery that produces ten times the power of a raw one. Using small units comprised of a quarter-slice of potato sandwiched between a copper cathode and a zinc anode that’s connected by a wire, agricultural science professor Haim Rabinowitch and his team wanted to prove that a system that can be used to provide rooms with LED-powered lighting for as long as 40 days. At around one-tenth the cost of a typical AA battery, a potato could supply power for cell phone and other personal electronics in poor, underdeveloped and remote regions without access to a power grid.
To be clear, the potato is not, in and of itself, an energy source. What the potato does is simply help conduct electricity by acting as what’s called a salt-bridge between the the two metals, allowing the electron current to move freely across the wire to create electricity. Numerous fruits rich in electrolytes like bananas and strawberries can also form this chemical reaction. They’re basically nature’s version of battery acid.
“Potatoes were chosen because of their availability all over including the tropics and sub-tropics,” Rabinowitch told theScience and Development Network. They are the world’s fourth most abundant food crop.”
But besides being rich in phosphoric acid, spuds are ideal in that they’re composed of sturdy starch tissue, can be stored for months and won’t attract insects the way, say strawberries, would. Additionally, boiling the potato breaks down the resistance inherent in the dense flesh so that electrons can flow more freely, which significantly bumps up the overall electrical output. Cutting the potato up into four or five pieces, they researchers found, made it even more efficient.
The potato battery kit, which includes two metal electrodes and alligator clips, is easy to assemble and, some parts, such as the zinc cathode, can be inexpensively replaced. The finished device Rabinowitch came up with is designed so that a new boiled potato slice can be inserted in between the electrodes after the potato runs out of juice. Alligator clips that transport the current carrying wires are attached to the electrodes and the negative and positive input points of the light bulb. Compared to kerosene lamps used in many developing parts of the world, the system can provide equivalent lighting at one-sixth the cost; it’s estimated to be somewhere around $9 per kilowatt hour and a D cell battery, for another point of comparison, can run as much as $84 per kilowatt hour.
Despite the advantages, a recent BBC report that followed up on the group’s initial discovery found that the group has since been beset with a number of extenuating circumstances that have hindered their efforts to scale up their idea to places like villages in off-the-grid parts in Africa and India. Economically speaking, food-based energy systems can only be viable as long as they don’t eat into the needed food supply and that such enterprises don’t compete with farmers who grow them for market. The technology is also having a difficult time establishing a niche among more fashionable forms of alternative energy like solar and wind power, where infrastructure and investment seems to be headed mostly. Thus far, no commercial investors or non-profit organization has stepped up to help expand or distribute any of the prototypes Rabinowitch has developed.
To really make an impact, perhaps the potato needs to stop being so humble.
There is still time for you to prepare, but you have to start learning how to make your own survival foods as soon as humanly possible. The best way to do it is to get the inside scoop on how to do it right. Fortunately, there is a way to get twenty years worth of The Lost Ways. This new food storage system is called The Lost Ways. You do not need a lot of expensive equipment to store foods for a crisis using the methods taught here. Even better, The Lost Ways pays for itself quickly as you begin to put away garden produce or even meats that you buy on sale. For most folks it’s simply the biggest bargain of their lives. You can finally become self-sufficient and any extra money saved in food expense goes right back to your pocket. Frankly, at the end of the day, The Lost Ways actually makes you money! What’s more, the videos take you by the hand, step by step, through the entire process of “putting away” almost any food you can think of. It’s very much like having a food storage professional right there with you every step of the way.
This article is not for the faint of heart, but there is an important point to it that needs to be the central focus. The focus is simple: We are a nation founded by citizen-soldiers who did not win freedom or liberty playing Yahtzee. They won it by fighting. When the time comes, the citizens of this country will need to fight again. If you don’t believe that, then you don’t believe that there is nothing new under the sun…and you don’t believe that what happened before will happen again.
I have written many articles on a wide variety of subjects from woodcutting to weightlifting, from herbal remedies to first aid. Many times, I wished to go into greater detail regarding subjects of a military nature or pertinent to combat, but I am limited by the amount I can write: books can be written on the subjects, and we’re trying to introduce readers to concepts. These will get you started…if you do something with them after reading them.
It is what you do with these concepts and articles that will determine how successful they will be in your employ.
That being said, there will be a time to fight. I want to emphasize a concept known in the Army as “Violence of Action.” This covers precise, measured action…not a berserk, uncontrolled frenzy…but a purposed delivering of the most hurtful response you can muster in a home defense.
Your culture…our culture…is based on authoritarian rules of conformity that (at times) instigate complacency during an emergency. “Wait on the authorities,” or “call the police,” or that ambiguous “someone will take care of it.” No. That “someone,” when the SHTF, will be you. Successful actions depend on a good follow-through.
All of the articles I have written on physical conditioning, weight training and basics on combat both with a weapon and unarmed…. all of these are your “basics” to build off. I have suggested different works to read to learn about the warrior mentality and ethos. Why? Why all of this preparation and development of the warrior mentality?
Because it is the warrior mentality that you will need to make it through, and protect you and yours.
Let’s cover a few concepts that can further your preparations…thoughts to consider.
You are going to be faced with a deliberate decision: to act or not to act when it hits the fan. This may take several forms: escape from a large city or suburb and fleeing to somewhere out of a target zone…with dangers along the way.
In a SHTF situation, the resultant frenzy that begins 24-48 hours later (or even sooner) may force you to fight…and “Marquis of Queensbury Rules” will not be honored by those storming your house and front lawn.
Fight or Flight: you must weigh the threats and see which are viable…that you will have to confront immediately, or that it is best to withdraw from. Discretion is the better part of valor.
Are you “finger-drilling it,” or is it for real? Are you ready…really prepared physically, mentally, and yes, spiritually…to act? On behalf of you and your family? There: it’s the next door neighbor trying to jimmy your back door open with a crowbar, and his two sons with rifles behind him. Are you ready for them? Or are you going to “offer some of them your canned jellies, preserves, and fruity treats” from your larder?
“Finger Drilling” is a term we had in the Special Forces Medical Course. One of the instructors was a skinny black guy who had served in Vietnam named Mr. R.V. Johnson. He was a stickler for taking real pulses and really assessing the patient in a primary survey…not just playing the scenario with taking a “fake” pulse or seeing clear breathing when the patient was told to simulate sonorous breath sounds. “Finger Drilling” was just going through the motions.
Are you going through the motions, or are you really preparing for what you’ll have to do…fight to protect your home and family?
Take action on your training program…of marksmanship, of hand-to-hand combat, of physical conditioning. Take the action now. Train with the heavy bag, train with family members. Resolve yourself to carry out the defense of your family…in a controlled, purposed manner…with the violence of action and follow-through. No finger drilling. Resolve yourself to prepare.
Resolve yourself to fight, and when you do? Resolve yourself to win. Mentally preparing yourself to face the challenge is just as big a part of it as the actual engagement is. Review all of your materials, find a good instructor or training partner and get to work. We’re getting “long in the tooth,” and winter is getting ready to arrive in a short time. Utilize every task of physical labor to prepare you physically and mentally. We have a fight coming in the United States. It won’t be in a foreign land on CNN. It will be in our backyards and at our front doors. Now is the time to prepare…so that you can fight that good fight well…and win.
“Winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing.” – Vince Lombardi
The list of items below is my conviction of what the administration wants to achieve once martial law is announced. This list is substantial and to achieve all of it, will require exquisite timing and the use of extreme force. Of course, all of the items listed below won’t immediately happen when martial law arrives, but this represents the ultimate “wish list” of the globalist New World Order politicians (including the President) as well as the super rich elitist bankers who are pulling the strings of power behind the curtain.
Because this agenda represents such an extreme transformation of America, you know that they will try to keep what they’re doing a secret from the masses—until they reach critical mass and rebellion becomes fruitless. Martial law in America, once begun, will never end (unless the government is overthrown) because the goal is to radically change everything.
1. Controlling the Population. The first purpose of martial law is to place the entire population under strict control. If we can be cowed into obeying and don’t rebel, they will rapidly continue with their more extreme measures.
A. All critical resources will be confiscated and/or controlled. Taking full control over the distribution of the food supply, water, gasoline and electricity will force most people to comply. Dependence upon the government will be encouraged. Being self reliant by hoarding or growing food will be illegal, subject to confiscation. Fresh water will be drugged (even more than it is now) and it will also be tightely rationed.
B. A national ID (or surgically implanted bio-metric ID chip) will likely be mandatory.By tracking the population, it will become more difficult to rebel or escape.
C. All forms of money will be tightly regulated and controlled. Bank accounts and retirement funds will be stolen. Gold will be confiscated (even as it was under President Franklin Roosevelt). Bartering will become illegal. Only state approved and recorded financial transactions will be allowed. Anything done under the table will be harshly punishable with strict penalties.
D. Propaganda will be continually fed to the population about the reason for the national control. The government will attempt to present itself as the country’s savior from whatever manufactured crisis they have authored. Believe almost nothing that they tell you. Virtually everything they say will be a calculated lie designed to keep you hoping and subservient until resistance is no longer possible.
2. Ruthless Elimination of Resisters. The government’s approval ratings are already at rock bottom. So a ruthless takeover will either polarize resistance further or force people to keep their mouths closed in the mistaken belief that things will get better. They will NOT get better.
A. Radical control over all communication. Radio, television, the Internet and the press will all come under intense censorship or will be shut down altogether. Only government-friendly propaganda media will be allowed. Cellphones will be regulated and cut off if used against the state. An uninformed public that cannot effectively communicate will have great difficulty mounting a revolt.
B. Control over all transportation. Every form of transportation will be taken over by and controlled by the state. Cars will be impounded if rebellion is suspected. Freedom of movement will be dramatically curtailed.
C. Roving TSA and FEMA checkpoints. Everyone will be subject to random roving checkpoints for search and seizure. There will be no citizen rights to be violated. Unlimited detention is the threat that will keep most people compliant.
D. Establishment of a curfew. Restricting times and places of movement will make resistance and escape much more difficult and control much easier for the government.
E. Harsh penalties will be enacted on the spot. Local officials will be authorized to inflict punitive judgments, arrests and even summary executions without charges or evidence based upon the slightest suspicion.
F. Terrorist events will be set off to induce fear. The government will try to make themselves look like our savior as they supposedly stop these horrific false flag events that they themselves have created. Fear through drones overhead, neighborhood spies, electronic surveillance, and the presence of military police everywhere will make the world unnerving for citizens who haven’t seen all of this coming.
3. Disarming the Population. This is probably the biggest hurdle they face in subduing the US population. Because there are more guns in America than people, any attempt to disarm the population will likely result in tremendous bloodbath and maybe even a civil war.
A. Systematic confiscation of all weapons. This is likely to be rolled out slowly in different areas with swat team raids targeting registered gun owners who haven’t turned them in.
B. Gun owners, even those who turn them in, will likely be relocated.The government will no doubt see all gun owners as potential resisters even if they turn in their weapons. So its likely they will be targeted quickly.
4. Relocation of the population. This will probably happen slowly due to the considerable logistics issues involved. But all of this is part of Agenda 21 and it is a common method that Communist despots have used many times in the past 100 years. Uprooted peoples cannot rebel as effectively.
A. Citizens relocated to larger cities where they can be controlled and put to work. This is all part of Agenda 21 so this is all on record. Those in the country and the suburbs will be removed to the city in stages (maybe first going through detention camps to weed out the problem people).
B. Citizens relocated to forced labor camps. Those who are considered “dead weight” will be taken to FEMA work camps. These will probably include welfare recipients, healthy senior citizens (especially social security recipients) and anyone who has any labor left that they can benefit the state.
C. Citizens relocated to re-education camps. UN Agenda 21 can’t be fulfilled without a dramatic reduction in the US population. Therefore, it seems that few will actually be re-educated. With so many freedom loving people in the US, it will probably be far easier for them to just send everyone with negative traits to the death camps.
D. The death camps. Resisters, those unable or unwilling to work, the sick, the diseased, the inferior races, anyone who isn’t worth redeeming to the political views of those in power will be easier dealt with dead than alive. All that is necessary to reach a death camp is to arouse suspicion of your disloyalty. There will be no trials. Countless millions are likely to receive this one-way trip. Of course, to avoid riots, the true nature of these camps will be kept secret until the last possible moment.
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5. Private property will be confiscated. Most of the land in the US has already been designated for “no people zones.” These maps have already been drawn up at the United Nations for this purpose. Their goal is to have a much smaller population in the US.
A. Property of any kind will belong to the state (except for the elitist rich rulers). No independence will be allowed; people will need to be completely dependent upon the government.
B. There will be no need to own housing. Housing will be at the government’s discretion. Private ownership will simply be terminated.
C. The globalist rich classes (sitting in governmental or corporate offices) will own property and houses. They alone will have freedom of choice and of movement. They will be endlessly entertained (think: The Hunger Games).
D. Independent businesses will be fazed out. Almost all businesses will be nationalized or run by giant multi-national corporations. Almost all food will be created in large efficient factories (similar to what it is now) using genetically modified crops, hormone injected animals, all filled with slow acting poisons and behavior controlling drugs. This type of food production takes less space and is much more efficient, but is deadly to consumers.
E. Crowded multi family dwelling structures in the central cities will house the majority of workers. In small spaces, tightly monitored, they will be much easier to work and control.
6. All lifestyles will be dramatically altered. Transportation, communication and choices will all be greatly reduced. All workers will be vaccinated, fed GMOs, and drugged into compliance without any choices. Life expectancy will be low.
7. Society will have no freedom. The Bill of Rights will become a foggy memory.
8. Children will become the property of the state. Taken at a young age, they will be raised and indoctrinated in state school factories. They will be groomed for different stations depending upon the eugenics standards set by the state.
Now I’m sure that some reading this may be thinking: “He’s guessing. How can we know that martial law will involve all of this and that it is coming to America anytime soon?”
I would love to be wrong with what this article predicts. But some future events seem pretty obvious when you assemble all the supporting evidence. Viewed together, the odds that this will happen—and soon—become overwhelming. Here are some of the major pieces of evidence I’ve found which convinces me that this is coming soon:
First of all, check out the UN Agenda 21 so that you can better understand where this martial law agenda comes from and how it isn’t going away anytime soon.
Arms build up within the government. I’ve read and seen article after article on this and the buildup of arms within the US government has definitely accelerated at breakneck speed. You have to ask yourself why all of these governmental agencies are arming themselves. What are they afraid of or planning to do with those armaments?
The DHS has purchased 2.2 billion rounds of ammo, acquired 2700 armored personnel carriers, has 100,000+ armed enforcement agents and has acquired thousands of military vehicles. Almost every department of the government from the US Postal Service to the Social Security Admin to the national weather service, all have purchased weapons, immense amounts of ammo and they all have their own swat teams. Why do they need this unless they expect to have a war on their hands?
2. Indefinite detention is now legal. The National Defense Authorization Act was passed by Congress allowing the arrest and imprisonment of an American citizen on US soil without habeas corpus. And we can now be held indefinitely without due process. This one act is usually the first thing that’s taken away with martial law—and it’s already gone.
3. Americans can now be murdered “legally” by this President.Drones have been used on the President’s approval to kill Americans that were not convicted of a crime or act of terrorism, and who were not even involved in such an act. These killings include a 14-year-old American youth who was merely riding in a car. The memo that was used to justify these murders overseas has come out and it is blatantly unconstitutional.
4. The DHS mission has now changed to one of domestic terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security recently sponsored a study which proclaims their mission is no longer foreign inspired terrorism. They’re now focusing on domestic terrorism by Americans against the US. In other words, they are now targeting law abiding Americans who are worried about their own government. The government views those of us who feel this way as the “new terrorists” to be dealt with.
The government also sees armed forces veterans as potential resisters as 90 percent of the armed services are not in alignment with the agenda of our socialized government. So the armed forces and the vets must be neutralized.
5. Local police forces are being federalized (in violation of the 10th Amendment). All sorts of used military equipment is now being transferred to these city departments. Through this process the DHS will end up acquiring a national police force to enhance its already considerable national manpower to enforce martial law.
6. Police forces are now engaging in consistent swat attacks for minor offenses.Last year alone it is estimated that 80,000 unannounced swat team invasions of homes occurred in the US. These involved breaking down doors, concussion grenades and the deaths of many pets and innocent occupants including many children who have also been injured or seriously traumatized.
7. Limited-edition martial law lockdowns are happening throughout the US on a regular basis. The lockdown declared in Watertown area after the Boston bombing was a sort of “beta test” of the martial law process. During this attack innocent occupants of homes were forced onto the street with no opportunity to grab clothes, flashlights, cellphones or turn anything off inside their houses. They were forcefully made to place their hands behind their heads as they were crowded together.
Simulated “terrorist war games” are now being held in many big cities as local police, DHS, and National Guard units all swarm in with helicopters and overwhelming firepower designed to make average citizens yield in fear the state.
8. The President is already acting like a dictator. He now routinely disobeys and refuses to enforce laws he doesn’t like. He rewrites laws on his own that have been passed by Congress. He instructs the government to increase hardship on the American people for political reasons. He uses the IRS and other agencies to target and punish his enemies. He flaunts and simply ignores all the investigations into his law breaking.
He has opened the borders telling our agents to stand down. Thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens (especially children) have been wooed in the Central American by the CIA, and escorted to our borders by paid guides (paid by the CIA) who have been told they won’t be asked to leave if they can get here. Aliens who have all sorts of diseases which is creating a humanitarian crisis. He has also invited the UN in to deal with this crisis (which is another act of giving away our sovereignty.
And of course he has now written his own laws saying that these illegals have more rights than US citizens. They can get driver’s licenses, travel freely within the country, get society security cards and aid if they have no money. He’s also rewriting US foreign policy towards countries like Cuba and Iran with virtually no oversight allowed of Congress. Even though his policies were soundly defeated in the most recent election, he continues to rule on his own agenda no matter what anyone says or thinks.
9. Many martial law orders are already in place. This is an extremely compelling argument that we are on the edge of this declaration. It has already been planned and it will be totally “legal” when it happens. Multitudes of redundant executive actions can quickly be enforced and they will thoroughly lock down the country and put virtually everything under the President’s control. And I mean everything.
All the readers at ReadyNutrition know how much emphasis and importance I have placed on physical conditioning and training as part of your preps. You need to take care of your body and mind. Exercise and nutrition are critical for you. I believe that I have emphasized this repeatedly and that they both go together. So, what’s this? What is new about this article? I’m going to mention some areas of the body, and present some technical terms to stimulate your further research. Let’s go in order.
Exercise helps to increase the circulation in the brain by 30%. That’s an impressive figure. This helps with the way the brain synthesizes glucose and utilizes oxygen. A strong, healthy brain is very important for your mental and physical functions. The brain has many chemicals that are important. Some it produces on its own, and others it synthesizes from nutrients taken in.
Endorphins: a natural pain-killer produced by the brain, especially in times of stress or physical exertion. Laughter also releases endorphins. This substance is more powerful than morphine.
Serotonin: has effects that change the mood. Lower levels can lead to depression.
Cholecystokinin: is a hormone that governs appetite. Deficiency in this hormone can lead to insatiable feelings and overeating.
A well-balanced diet with plenty of iron and B vitamins are key to maintaining good brain health.
You need to look at yourself as an athlete in training. What are you training for? You are training to survive…in a “marathon” of when the grid goes down and the SHTF. When it happens, don’t kid yourself…the society as you know it is not coming back anytime soon, if even within your lifetime. Now is the time to prepare your body. Let’s review some substances we have talked about before that are crucial to your athletic and physical performance.
Glycogen: is a form of glucose (your body’s fuel) that is stored in both the muscles and the liver. It is released in the form of glucose in times of high energy activity and when your body needs it. Exercise is one of those times. Glycogen is especially used at times when the energy exerted is short to medium term needing high amounts of strength.
Oxidative Systems: this is for long-term and endurance challenges. This is where oxygen works upon the protein, glucose, and fatty acid chains in a process known as oxidation. These substances then generate energy. Oxygen intake is the key factor in this phase.
Amino Acids: the “building blocks” for all your protein and tissue repair. We covered these extensively in previous articles. Protein intake of high-quality meats, poultry, seafood, and protein powder is a must for success in this department.
Protein consumption needs to be high in either of the two phases of exercise (short-term, or long-term/endurance activities). What is needed is a balanced nutritional intake of protein and carbohydrates, as lean as possible to enable efficient recovery and tissue repair without gaining unnecessary weight from the fat.
This is where your planning comes into play, depending on what type of discipline you follow. I lift weights and follow power training in all of my endeavors. Many of you are distance runners. You must gear your meals and intake to correspond with these accordingly. Do not forget what I mentioned in other articles about anabolism and catabolism. These two phases are muscle growth and muscle breakdown, respectively.
In order to effectively prevent “cannibalism,” that is the conversion by your depleted body of muscle protein into glycogen…you must consume protein and carbohydrates within 20 to 30 minutes after your workout.
I also told you that (barring introduction of supplements with protein and carbs at mid-workout) you should keep your workouts between 45 minutes to 1-hour maximum.
Do not forget winter chores “count” as workout time if they involve strenuous physical activity! That wood-chopping and snow-shoveling are just as good as a workout…and in some instances more difficult and/or better! The reason I’m writing these articles now is a good one:
The winter hasn’t begun: you need to be into a routine to avoid the complacency normally striking during the winter, and the added “distraction” of the holidays, a “crippler” for the midsection.
I receive dozens of e-mails in the spring, asking “JJ, what kind of program should I start with to get rid of all my excess weight?” I do feel for these people; however, the best type of medicine is the medicine taken preventatively….to keep that condition from occurring.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – Ben Franklin
He was right. You can prevent what would normally occur by staying on top of things and getting into your exercise program. There are a ton of articles for you to start with that I’ve written…to get you started. Get into a routine now and stick with it. Learn about the body and how it functions. It is your tool/temple/first line of defense. You may need to rely on your strength and endurance at a critical moment and if you fail, it may mean dire consequences for your family. Win the battle before it starts. This is part of preparing. In the long run, you’ll be the winner, and you may be what wins the battle for your family, as well. JJ out!
The following message was e-mailed out to Gunbroker users outlining these thoughts:
Dear Gunbroker User,
As the public face of internet gun sales, GunBroker.com works closely with the NRA, NSSF, and other industry organizations on matters of public policy. Initial reaction from the industry was that support of bump stocks was PR disaster. However, the industry and NRA have softened their stance and asked regulators and Congress to make a decision as to whether or not these items are legal. As a result we have changed our position to allow the items to be sold as long as they are sold in full compliance with state and local laws.
As a seller you should be aware that bump stocks / slide stocks are not firearms and are almost certainly not protected by the Protection in Lawful Commerce of Arms Act (PLCAA). This means that if you choose to sell these items and get sued over their use or misuse, you will not have the PLCAA to protect you.
Be aware that bump stocks / slide stocks may not be legal in every state and we have not been able to fully assess what jurisdictions in which they may be outlawed. It would be wise to research the local in state laws into which you intend to ship these items to avoid entering into an illegal transaction.
It is interesting to see Gunbroker allude to the Protection in Lawful Commerce of Arms Act in their e-mail sent out to users. It is also a bit ominous that they state sellers will not be protected by the PLCAA.
With the NRA, NSSF and high profile websites like Gunbroker leaving the decision of SlideFire and BumpFire stocks up to our legislators as to whether they will be legal or not, it leaves consumers in a tight spot. This, once again, directly ties into the speculation that Corey highlighted 2 days ago.
Time will tell the fate of SlideFire and BumpFire stocks. So the only true question that remains is… How bad do you want one?… If, at all?….
Yes, ReadyNutrition Readers, I am advocating the possibility of finding yourself a nice cave to shelter within when the SHTF. This primarily as a backup location, but as a primary location if your house is either in a target area for a disaster or if it is not constructed sturdily enough. Uncle Caveman would surely shed a tear in his eye just thinking of the exodus…back to the caves. Let’s discuss some of the advantages to being able to find a suitable cave…right after we define what is suitable.
For starters, the ideal cave would be formed from rock, such as granite or a similarly “hard” stone. This is mentioned because many “caves” are in fact just deep fissures and are made out of ice or comprised partially of ice. This poses a problem of both cave-ins and also floods. Many “caves” on the slopes of mountains are just fissures with ice surrounding the walls…and not a true cave with a floor, ceiling, and walls that will not dissolve with higher temperatures.
First suggestion: find your state’s BLM (Bureau of Land Management) to learn of resources that will locate and map the known caves in your area/vicinity of your home. I stressed the word “known” because for every cave that has been mapped there are at least 10 that have not been. The ones made of rock/stone are usually more stable. Chances are there is nothing being done in the caves that are on federal or state property. Perhaps there will even be “no trespassing” signs, or they’ll try to keep you from going in the cave.
Your job is to find them and learn about them as much as possible, even if you can’t enter into them. After the SHTF, I seriously doubt the “friendly” park ranger will be concerned with keeping you out of the government-owned cave. The advantages to a cave (besides the obvious of keeping the elements off of you) are worth considering. Caves stay cooler in the summertime, and if you manage to occupy one in the winter, can maintain an even temperature that may be less than what is outside by a substantial degree.
Caves can be readily defensible depending on their layout. Many caves have a large, anterior chamber with smaller chambers to the rear or sides. These smaller chambers can be used as storage rooms, and also for a retreat or a hide if for some reason it becomes necessary to vacate the larger chamber. The disadvantage is that few caves have an exit, so if it becomes necessary to defend yourselves, you do not have a recourse but to win.
You also need to find out what “roommates” may be in the cave, such as bats or bears, the latter of which tend to be very defensive of the territory. Also, if you live in grizzly country, the fall months are the time the bears feed before bedding down at the end of the year. You don’t want them coming in while they’re still awake, or moving into the cave when they’re in there asleep.
Keep your plans to yourself. Plenty of others will have the same idea. Ensure there is a water supply nearby the cave, as well as adequate game and also wood for fires. Most of all, learn as much as possible about the cave(s) you are considering, not just geographically but from a geological perspective. A cave may be something to use as a fallback retreat that may provide you and your family just what you need from either a temporary or a permanent perspective after the SHTF.
We are living in times where governments and corporations are spying on internet users, and some countries are banning or threatening to weaken privacy enhancing technologies such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and encryption, and calling for more surveillance and data retention.
Now more than ever internet users need technology which preserves their digital privacy rights. Currently there are only a couple of good choices available to help users anonymously and securely communicate online, but a new project is in development which could add another good anonymization service for internet users. Loopix is an anonymization network like Tor and I2P. The new anonymity network is being developed by researchers from the University College London’s Information Security Research Group. Like other anonymization services such as Tor and I2P, Loopix uses a low latency mixing network to route data through a chain of proxies. However, unlike Tor and I2P, Loopix is focused on providing an anonymization system for communications, rather than for browsing websites or torrenting.
The researchers recently gave a presentation on Loopix at the 26th USENIX Security Symposium. They also released a research paper on the Loopix Anonymity System. Loopix uses cover traffic and Poisson mixing to provide anonymity. According to the paper that the researchers from the University College London released, “Loopix leverages cover traffic and Poisson mixing—brief independent message delays—to provide anonymity and to achieve traffic analysis resistance against, including but not limited to, a global network adversary.”
In the paper, the researchers continue to expand on how their anonymization service resists attacks against users, saying that, “Mixes and clients, self-monitor and protect against active attacks via self-injected loops of traffic. The traffic loops also serve as cover traffic to provide stronger anonymity and a measure of sender and receiver unobservability. Loopix is instantiated as a network of Poisson mix nodes in a stratified topology with a low number of links, which serve to further concentrate cover traffic. Service providers mediate access in and out of the network to facilitate accounting and off-line message reception.”
While Tor’s onion routing, and I2P’s garlic routing, may currently be the more popular anonymizing mix networks, Loopix hopes to bring back mix networks which focus on communicating messages, but over a low latency network. Loopix protects the sender and recipient of a communication from being observed by third parties, even if there are malicious mixers and providers. When using Loopix, it is not possible for an attacker to observe when the sender of a communication is online. Loopix’s anonymity features are designed to be resistant to attacks from hackers and state adversaries such as the NSA and the CIA. In their paper, the researchers refer to these state actors as global passive adversaries, or GPAs. GPAs have the ability to monitor the entire network, including traffic from users, providers, and mix servers.
For people who are curious to look at the source code and to test the Loopix mix system, the researchers have uploaded their Loopix mix network software onto an online public code repository on GitHub. The Loopix software is written in Python. Loopix uses the Sphinx secure encrypted message format that is used to relay the messages over the mix network. Based on a look at the code on GitHub, it appears Loopix supports or integrates the Tox protocol. Tox allows users to send and receive messages, as well as make voice and video calls, all of which are end-to-end encrypted. During testing of Loopix, the researchers found that they were able to send up to 300 messages “at a small delay overhead of less than 1.5 ms on top of the delays introduced into messages to provide security,” BleepingComputer reports.