The United States of America is a Foreign Corporation Controlled From Abroad


This article could shake the foundation of the Western legal system, because it contains proof that the United States is a CRIMINAL corporation controlled by foreign powers. Furthermore, it exposes the fraud of the court system and teaches you how to free humanity.

Please help restore the Republic for the United States of America and freedom throughout the world by reposting this article on the Internet or sharing it to as many people as possible. ~ PL

One of the greatest tricks that the New World Order (NWO) did to enslave the people of the world was to secretly create a corporate version of counties, cities, states, and countries.

By doing this, the leaders of the NWO and their minions were able to trick us to unknowingly agree to be “agents” or “employees” of these corporations through the use of fraudulent contracts (i.e., birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license).

The information in this article is more focused on the USA, because I am more familiar with the so called laws in the USA and the U.S. legal system.

If you do not live in the USA, you should still read this article for the reason that the same legal system that has enslaved Americans is the same legal system that has enslaved most people of the world.

The “laws” in the USA are not really laws; instead, they are acts and statutes of the United States, Incorporated. In other words, they are rules of a corporation.

Like any corporation (i.e., Walmart, Target), you are NOT bound to the rules (acts and statutes) of the United States, Inc. unless you agree to be a citizen (“employee”) of this corporation. The only laws you (the natural living, breathing person) are bound to are the Laws of Nature.

Did You Know the United States is a FOREIGN Corporation?

Before I reveal the three different types of citizenship (citizen-ship or citizen of a ship) of the “United States”, I need to explain to you what the United States is, so that you know it is NOT a country.
When the U.S. government refers to the United States, 99 percent of the time it is referring to the corporation known as the United States, Inc.

Some people claimed that the United States, Inc. was sold in 2013 and is now known as THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC. I have not found evidence to back up this claim, so I do not know if it is true. Be aware that the name of this corporation is written in ALL CAPS.

If you know how the legal system works, you should know that when a name is written in all caps, it can change the meaning of that name.

For example, in legal terms “the United States of America” is not the same as “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”.

The purpose of this is to trick you to think that they are the same thing. This process also applies to your legal name. The content in block quotation below will explain this process further. It is extracted from my fourth seminar titled Word Magic and the Power of Words.

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“In commerce, when you see a name written in all capital letters, it is a corporate name or a legal name, which is a corporation. The legal name plays a significant role in your life, because it is used by the government to identify the corporate you. Whenever you receive a government document issued to you, 99 percent of the time your legal name on the document is written in all caps. This is why your legal name on your driver’s license, social security card, and birth certificate is written in all caps.

“The process that allows the government to legally claim you as a corporation involves the creation of a fictional you, which is the name written in all CAPITAL LETTERS, and then tricking you to agree to be that artificial person or legal name. This legal name was created shortly after you were born and was recorded on a bond. This bond that represents the date of your birth is known as your birth certificate.

“The birth certificate is actually a certificate of debt slavery which is why it is recorded on a bond. defines bond as, “a contract by specialty to pay a certain sum of money; being a deed or instrument under seal, by which the maker or obligor promises, and thereto binds himself, his heirs, executors, and administrators, to pay a designated sum of money to another.”

“Your legal name, which is used to identify you (the body of water or liquid), is written in all capital letters because it is a piece of liquidated capital or “cap-it-all.” In other words, it has been securitized and turned into a financial instrument. Hence, the term “liquidated capital.”

“To liquidate something is to sell it off entirely, or sell it to pay off a debt. It is called liquidated capital because you, the person who has been securitized, were born in the womb of your mother, which was mostly made of water (liquid). You are also mostly made of water. Because you are mostly made of liquid and have been securitized, you are considered liquidated capital.

“The purpose of liquidating you is to turn you into “capital money.” The word capital comes from the Latin word capitalis, which means “of the head,” hence “capital, chief, first.” It also comes from another Latin word caput, which translates to English as “head.”

“When you really think about this process, you should know that the process of turning you into capital money or liquidated capital is their way of saying that you have a “bounty on your head.” Your birth certificate is the bond with your all caps legal name written on it, and therefore it is the financial document that has the value of the bounty on your head. This is why your birth certificate is traded on the stock market.”

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By now you should know that the United States is a corporation. If you want proof of this, look at subsections 15 and 15(A) in Title 28 U.S. Code § 3002 and you should see this sentence, ““United States” means— (A) a Federal corporation”.

What most people do not know about the United States, Inc. is that it is a FOREIGN corporation. Anyone who works for this foreign corporation is a foreign agent and is unknowingly or knowingly committing fraud against the American people.

It is no different than what the agents of the British Empire did to the American people back in the 1700s.

To be more specific, the politicians working in Washington D.C. and nearly every politician, judge, attorney, police officer, and government agent working throughout the USA are FOREIGN agents.

Because these government employees are foreign agents, DO NOT VOTE for any of them to represent you in office, including the president. If you do vote for them, you are committing TREASON against the Republic for the United States of America (the 50 union states).

Whether these foreign agents realize it or not, they are conspiring or helping the NWO and the Vatican to enslave the American people.

As Americans, we have lost control of our government over a century ago. This is what happens to a nation when its people become ignorant, take freedom for granted, ignore the actions of politicians, and do not study their history.

The Three Different Forms of the “United States” and the Three Different Types of U.S. Citizenship

According to the book titled You Know Something Is Wrong When….. “An American Affidavit of Probable Cause,” the three different forms of the United States are the Continental United States, the Federal United States, and the Corporate United States.

1. The Continental United States

In the book titled You Know Something Is Wrong When….. “An American Affidavit of Probable Cause,” it says that the Continental United States is “composed of now 50 geographically defined states and their living inhabitants.

Each such state is a sovereign nation with jurisdiction of the air, land, and sea associated with it. Those born within the borders of these states are American State Citizens by birthright, having all the guarantees of The Constitution, and all their Natural Rights intact.” They are also known as American Nationals.

In Title 8 U.S. Code § 1101 subsection (b)(iii)(M)(38), it says “The term “United States”, except as otherwise specifically herein provided, when used in a geographical sense, means the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”

Be aware that the information in Title 8 U.S. Code § 1101 subsection (b)(iii)(M)(38), uses the lowercase “c” in the term “continental United States”.

In the book titled You Know Something Is Wrong When….. “An American Affidavit of Probable Cause,” it uses the uppercase “C” in the term “Continental United States”. When it comes to the legal system, a word spelled with a lowercase or an uppercase letter at the beginning of it can significantly change the meaning of that word. For this reason, both of the sources may be referring to two different “United States”.

In Title 8 CFR 215.1 subsection (f), it says “The term continental United States means the District of Columbia and the several States, except Alaska and Hawaii.” This sentence has the lowercase “c” in the term “continental United States”, so it is referring to the District of Columbia, also known as Washington D.C.

What you need to know about Washington D.C. is that it is a foreign city-state run by the Congress as an oligarchy. Washington D.C. was founded by a powerful masonic secret society called the Colombians. Hence the term “District of Columbia“.

2. The Federal United States

The Federal United States is made up of 50 “Federal States” plus seven physical states, which are often thought of as federal territories, making a total of 57 Federal States. The 50 Federal States are fictitious entities because they exist only in our minds and on paper.

The 57 Federal States are inhabited by United States Citizens and all the people born in Guam, Puerto Rico, and other Insular States, plus military employees, federal civilian, African Americans, political asylum seekers, and welfare recipients.

The Federal United States is a Democracy operating under the international Jurisdiction of the Sea (Admiralty Law). Be aware that the Democracy (the Federal United States) is not the same as the original USA, which is known as the Republic for the United States of America.

United States Citizens are statutory citizens and therefore they are artificial persons (corporations) that have no rights, only privileges. Because of these things, United States Citizens are bound to the international Jurisdiction of the Sea.

3. The Corporate United States

The Corporate United States (UNITED STATES, INC.) is composed of 185,000 corporations and roughly 390 million corporate U.S. CITIZENS. It is composed of “legal fiction entities”, including but not limited to C corps, S corps, LLC’s, non-profits, foundations, and trusts.

The Corporate United States operates similar to any corporation and is one of the largest corporations in the world. It is bigger than Walmart, Target, and McDonald’s combined!

One important thing you need to know about the term “legal fiction entities” is that it means artificial persons. An artificial person is also a corporation, as stated in Black’s Law Dictionary 6th edition.

In other words, U.S. CITIZENS are artificial persons or fictitious entities that only exist on paper. All these corporations (i.e., STATES, U.S. CITIZENS) are under the Jurisdiction of the Sea, which is based on Admiralty Law.

Proof that the USA is Controlled by Corporations

The United States is a foreign corporation pretending to represent the country known as the Continental United States or The United States of America (Major), which is a republic and not a democracy. To make matters worse, every county, city, and state has a corporate version of itself. For example, the STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA is not the same as West Virginia State.

The PDF file below shows evidence that the STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA is a corporation. Be aware that this is not only limited to West Virginia. All the 50 states have a corporate version of themselves. This also applies to the cities and counties.

To find evidence that your U.S. state is a corporation, visit this website and do a search using these words “state of [your state here]”. If you want more specific information, you may need to order a company credit report from a credit report site, such as

If you are having trouble viewing the PDF file below, visit this link.

The video below shows more evidence that the USA is controlled by corporations. I recommend watching the whole video. If you do not have time to watch the whole video, scroll to the 42 minute mark of the video and watch it to the 52 minute mark.

Do you realize now that the USA is controlled by corporations? Have you ever wondered why the United States has a president and a vice president? Under corporate law, every corporation is required to have a president and a vice president.

The current president (Obama) of the United States is not the president of a country, but is the president of a corporation (United States, Inc.). As a result, he does not need to be born in the USA to be eligible to be president. All the U.S. presidents since George Washington were also presidents of the corporate “United States.”

Proof that Nearly All United States Politicians are Traitors to the American People

The content in block quotation is an excerpt from my second seminar on Natural Law. It contains information that gives us some clue as to why nearly all United States politicians are traitors.

Nearly all politicians in the USA are TREASONISTS, because they swore an oath to a privately owned foreign corporation known as the UNITED STATES INCORPORATED. Washington D.C. or the District of Columbia is also a privately owned foreign corporation. Washington D.C. is NOT part of the USA, just like Vatican City is not part of Italy.

To find the evidence that nearly all politicians in the USA are treasonists, you need to be aware of Title 8 U.S. Code § 1481.

Under Title 8 U.S. Code § 1481:

“(a) A person who is a national of the United States whether by birth or naturalization, shall lose his nationality by voluntarily performing any of the following acts with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality—

(2) taking an oath or making an affirmation or other formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after having attained the age of eighteen years;

(4)(A) accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after attaining the age of eighteen years if he has or acquires the nationality of such foreign state;”

In simple terms, once an oath of office is taken by an American citizen, his citizenship is relinquished and thus he becomes a foreign agent. This happens because he swore an oath to the foreign UNITED STATES INCORPORATED and the foreign organization that controls it.

The Four Largest CRIMINAL Corporations in the World

1. The Vatican

The Vatican is the religious center for the New World Order (NWO). Every church in the USA is directly or indirectly controlled by the Vatican, especially Roman Catholic Churches. All churches in the USA are incorporated and therefore they belong to the U.S. federal government. The idea that there is a separation of church and state is a big fat lie!

The Vatican also controls the Crown of England, the Crown Temple, and the court system in the USA. This is why when you go to court, there is always an agent that represents the Crown and a judge wearing a black robe. The black robe uniform is the symbol representing a Jesuit priest.

Nearly every church in the USA and the world has been infiltrated by the Jesuits and the Knights Templar, which is why churches have crosses on their walls and roofs.

The cross is the main symbol of the Knights Templar and it has been used by certain secret societies long before the existence of Christianity. In other words, the cross is not really a symbol of Christianity. For strong evidence of these claims, download or view my third seminar and study the information in it.

These secret criminal organizations are the same organizations that the American people in the 1700s fought against to win their independence.

The Vatican is in the middle of all this corruption, which is why all roads tend to lead to Rome, home of the Vatican. This criminal corporation is committing crime against humanity in the name of “religion.”


2. The United Nations

The United Nations is a very powerful organization of the NWO and has more authority than the United States. This corporation provides trade, treaty, and negotiation services for its members, and has its own private army.

The main hidden agenda of the United Nations is to unite all nations under a fascist one-world government controlled by the banking elites of Europe and Israel.

The name Israel or Is-Ra-El represents the ancient gods Isis, Ra, and El. The United Nations is committing crimes against humanity through unlawful wars in the name of “peacekeeping”.

3. The United States

The United States is a corporation located in Washington D.C., also known as the District of Columbia. Washington D.C. is the military center for the NWO. The United States, Inc. has thousands of franchisees and contractors. One of its major contractors is the military industrial complex.

The United States, Inc. is committing crime against humanity by unlawfully going to war with other countries in the name of “freedom” and “democracy.” What it is actually doing is spreading its franchise throughout the world, similar to Walmart and McDonald’s.

4. The Inner City of London (Westminster)

The inner City of London is the financial center for the NWO. This city-state operates legal and banking services. The banks in the City of London is headed by the Bank of England, which is controlled by the House of Rothschild, an elite Illuminati banking family.

Most money collected from the American taxpayers is sent to the banks in the City of London and then is distributed to other banks affiliated with the NWO.

The inner City of London is committing crime against humanity by engineering economic crises and wars, and funding terrorist groups (i.e., ISIS, Al-Qaeda) throughout the world.

It is important to know that many of the people working for these four criminal corporations are good people. The problem is that most of them have no idea that these corporations are fronts for the New World Order, a secret organization composed of certain secret societies.

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What Can You Do to Free Humanity?

One of the first steps to free humanity is to educate people about the New World Order and the legal system. When people are educated with the right knowledge, it increases their awareness and expands their consciousness.

These things are very important for achieving freedom. A simple way to educate people about the NWO and the legal system is to share this article to as many people as possible.

Take actions to support the brave souls who are exposing the NWO and the legal system. The Team of Hudok, Stalnaker, and Deegan is a great place to start. Dean CliffordKurt Kallenbach, and Santos Bonacci are three other brave souls who are doing an excellent job of exposing the NWO and the legal system.

Download or view my second seminar and study the information in it. My second seminar explains what Natural Law is and teaches you about your natural rights. Knowing what your natural rights are is essential for spiritual freedom.

My second seminar also exposes the secrets of the legal system and shows you how to defend your rights.

The video below does an excellent job of exposing the fraud of the legal system and the criminal activities of the United States, Inc. A must watch for anyone who wants to learn how to restore humanity’s freedom.

Kurt Kallenbach: Season of Treason II – America’s Cancer

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Did you know…

…that just 3 days before the start of the history altering genocidal tragedy that was World War 2, Adolf Hitler pleaded for peace with Britain and France. His sincere overtures were ignored as the Allies, under the phony pretext of “protecting” their aggressive and militaristic Polish ally, declared war first!

the headlines of the Hitler-hating newspapers of Britain and America confirmed that it was the Allies who declared “a long war” on Germany while Hitler continued to plead  for peace and calm. Note the sub-headline in Image #3 “Blunt Reply to Georing’s Peace Try On”…a reference to Britain’s refusal to even talk with Germans (Hemann Georing was the #2 man in Germany)

Below is the abridged text of the thoughtful and logical letter which Hitler wrote to French President Edouard Daladier…just days before the outbreak of the war with British-French Poland–a letter which The New York Times published on its front page, and cannot now deny.


You won’t see this letter on the History Channel or in a Ken Burns PBS crockumentary!  


August 28, 1939


Hitler Note and Paris Communique

The text of Chancellor Hitler’s letter to Premiere Daladier of France:


Chancellor’s Letter


Commentary and images added

pdf of original article 8/28/1939



My dear Minister President:


I understand the misgiving to which you give expression. I, too, have never overlooked the grave responsibilities which are imposed upon those who are in charge of the fate of nations. As an old front line fighter, I, like yourself, know the horrors of war. Guided by this attitude and experience, I have tried to remove all matters that might cause conflict between our two peoples.


I have quite frankly given one assurance to the French people, namely, that the return of the Saar would constitute the precondition for this. After its return I immediately and solemnly pronounced my renunciation of any further claims that might concern France. The German people approved of this, my attitude.


Under the terms of the post-World War I Treaty of Versailles, the Saar region was to be occupied jointly by the United Kingdom and France for 15 years. The Saar’s coal production was controlled by France. In 1935, a referendum was permitted and the people of the Saar region (which borders France) voted, by a margin of 91%, to return to Germany. 



After the Saar vote to happily reunify with the German fatherland was held as promised, Hitler declared that Germany’s western borders were fixed.




As you could judge for yourself during your last visit here, the German people, in the knowledge of its own behavior held and holds no ill feelings, much less hatred, for its one-time brave opponent. On the contrary, the pacification of our western frontier led to an increasing sympathy. Certainly as far as the German people are concerned, a sympathy which, on many occasions, showed itself in a really demonstrative way.



This is 100% true. Throughout the 1930’s, neither in the German press nor among the happy German people, does one find any expression of animosity towards France or England. This is remarkable given what was done to the defenseless nation after World War I (territorial losses, crushing monetary reparations, hunger blockade, occupation, theft of resources, etc).


1- After many years of humiliation and suffering, the German people under Hitler had obtained happiness. The last thing they or their government wanted was for another destructive war against France and England.


2- Former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George visited Hitler in 1936, and then wrote:


There is for the first time since the war a general sense of security. The people are more cheerful. There is a greater sense of general gaiety of spirit throughout the land. It is a happier Germany. I saw it everywhere and Englishmen I met during my trip and who knew Germany well were very impressed with the change.


The idea of a Germany intimidating Europe with a threat that its irresistible army might march across frontiers forms no part of (Hitler’s) new vision.” (here)



The construction of the western fortifications, which swallowed and still swallow many millions (of Marks) at the same time constituted for Germany a document of acceptance and fixation of the final frontiers of the Reich. In doing so, the German people have renounced two provinces which once belonged to the German Reich, later were conquered again at the cost of much blood, and finally were defended with even more blood.


I believed that by this renunciation and this attitude every conceivable source of conflict between our two peoples that might lead to a repetition of the tragedy of 1914-1918 had been done away with.



Hitler makes a very logical point here. If someone builds an expensive fence along a certain line on his property, common sense tells us he has accepted that line as his property line, and everything on the other side as his neighbor’s. By spending millions of marks on border fortifications at a certain location, Hitler’s verbal renunciation of additional territory was supported by actual deeds as well.



In order to diffuse any possible tension between France and Germany, Hitler renounced any claim to the stolen provinces of Alsace-Lorraine and built Germany’s defense fortifications behind the region.



This voluntary limitation of the German claims to life in the West, can, however, not be interpreted as an acceptance of all other phases of the Versailles dictate. I have really tried, year after year, to achieve the revision of at least the most impossible and unbearable provisions of this dictate by way of negotiation. This was impossible.


In this sense I have tried to remove from the world the most irrational provisions of the Versailles dictate. I have made an offer to the Polish government which shocked the German people. Nobody but myself could even dare go before the public with such an offer. It could therefore be made only once.



The man is telling the truth, again! In its September 2nd issue, the New York Times will summarize the details of the generous offer that Germany made to aggressive Poland. Among other concessions, Hitler offered to give Poland a 1-mile wide highway running through German territory so that it would always have access to the Baltic Sea. Poland’s answer was to increase the abuse of Germans who were stranded in Poland due to the post-World War I land grab.



Western Prussia was stolen at gunpoint under threat of starvation after Germany was deceived and betrayed into unconditionally surrendering during World War I. The ridiculous Danzig Corridor handed the region to the newly-created state of Poland and cut off Eastern Prussia from the rest of the Reich. Germans trapped in the Corridor and the “free city” of Danzig (Image 2 / today Gdansk, Poland) were horribly abused and denied the right of self-determination.



I am deeply convinced that if, especially, England at that time had, instead of starting a wild campaign against Germany in the press and instead of launching rumors of a German mobilization, somehow talked the Poles into being reasonable, Europe today and for twenty-five years could enjoy a condition of deepest peace.


As things were, Polish public opinion was excited by a lie about German aggression. Clear decisions that the situation called for were made difficult for the Polish government. Above all, the government’s ability to see the limitations of realistic possibilities was impaired by the guarantee promise that followed.



Hitler was not the only one to accuse the British press of warmongering. Among others, Lord Beaverbrook, the biggest newspaper man in England, made this same observation in a pair of 1938 private letters. Beaverbrook:

“There are 20,000 German Jews in England – in the professions, pursuing research. They all work against an accommodation with Germany.”

In a subsequent letter, Beaverbrook added:

“The Jews have got a big position in the press here. . At last I am shaken. The Jews may drive us into war.”



Media mogul Beaverbrook wrote privately what he dared not say publicly.



The Polish government declined the proposals. Polish public opinion, convinced that England and France would now fight for Poland, began to make demands one might possibly stigmatize as laughable insanity were they not so tremendously dangerous. At that point an unbearable terror, a physical and economic persecution of the Germans although they numbered more than a million and a half began in the regions ceded by the Reich.



In regard to Poland being propped up and encouraged to fight Germany, again, Hitler can be corroborated by an independent source. From Count Jerzey Potocki, Polish Ambassador to the United States, written privately in 1934:

“Above all, propaganda here is entirely in Jewish hands. When bearing public ignorance in mind, their propaganda is so effective that people have no real knowledge of the true state of affairs in Europe … President Roosevelt has been given the power.. to create huge reserves in armaments for a future war which the Jews are deliberately heading for.”


1- Polish Ambassador Jersey Potocki leaving FDR’s White House.


 2- Marshal Rydz-Smigley was the effective military dictator of Poland. Backed by the UK, France, & FDR, the “brave” Smigley (who later fled from his defeated country) was very outspoken in his warmongering against Germany. (here)



I do not want to speak of the atrocities that occurred. Suffice it to say that Danzig, too, was made increasingly conscious through continuous aggressive acts by Polish officials of the fact that apparently it was delivered over to the high-handedness of a power foreign to the national character of the city and its population.



It’s true, again! As the Polish government “looked the other way”, Germans suffered extreme abuse at the hands of Bolshevik terror gangs. The September 3rd massacre at Bromberg, which propaganda historians have tried to mitigate, but cannot deny, gives a clear indication of the malevolent and envious hatred directed towards innocent Germans. At Bromberg, as many as 3000 Germans, including women and children were tied up, tortured, bludgeoned, mutilated, butchered or shot – and it wasn’t the first time that such events took place in the Corridor.





May I now take the liberty of putting a question to you, Herr Daladier: How would you act as a Frenchman if, through some unhappy issue of a brave struggle, one of your provinces severed by a corridor occupied by a foreign power? And if a big city – let us say Marseilles – were hindered from belonging to France and if Frenchmen living in this area were persecuted, beaten and maltreated, yes, murdered, in a bestial manner?


You are a Frenchman, Herr Daladier, and I therefore know how you would act. I am German, Herr Daladier. Do not doubt my sense of honor nor my consciousness of duty to act exactly like you. If, then, you had the misfortune that is ours, would you then, Herr Daladier, have any understanding that Germany was without cause to insist that the corridor through France remained, that the robbed territory must not be restored, and that the return of Marseilles be forbidden?



The logic of Hitler’s question to Daladier is impossible to refute, which is why propaganda historians have edited the existence of the Danzig Corridor, as well as the abuses and murders which took place within it, out of the history books and off of the TV crockumentaries.



Daladier (left) meeting with Hitler in 1938 to peacefully diffuse the Sudetenland controversy.




Certainly I cannot imagine, Herr Daladier, that Germany would fight against you for this reason. For, I and all of us, have renounced Alsace-Lorraine in order to avoid further bloodshed. Much less would we shed blood in order to maintain an injustice that would as unbearable for you as it would be immaterial to us.


Possibly we, as old front fighters, can best understand each other in a number of fields. I ask you, however, do understand this also: That it is impossible for a nation of honor to renounce the claim of almost two million human beings and to them maltreated at its own borders. I have therefore set up a clear demand to Poland. Danzig and the Corridor must return to Germany.
I see no way of persuading Poland, which feels herself as unassailable, now that she enjoys the protection of her guarantees, to accept a peaceful solution.  If our two countries on that account should be destined to meet again on the field of battle, there would nevertheless be a difference in the motives. I, Herr Daladier, shall be leading my people in a fight to rectify a wrong, whereas the others would be fighting to preserve that wrong.




Touche! The Fuhrer got you on that one, Monsieur Daladier! Care to respond, Eddie? Eddie? Hello? (sound of crickets)





That is the more tragic since many important men, also among your own people, have recognized the insanity of the solutions then found (at Versailles) as also the possibility of maintaining it lastingly.


That our two peoples should enter a new, bloody war of destruction is painful not only for you, but also for me, Herr Daladier. As already observed, I see no possibility for us on our part to exert influence in the direction of reasonableness upon Poland for correcting a situation that is unbearable for the German people and the German Reich.


– Adolf Hitler


Nearly 7 years into Hitler’s reign, at a time when Europe was still at peace and Jews were living well and prospering in Hitler’s Germany (it’s true!), Hitler’s logical, thoughtful and truthful attempt to avert disaster fell on deaf ears. Neither the French nor the British even attempted to refute Hitler’s claims. Instead, just like modern day ‘court historians,’ they simply ignored the irrefutable points which Hitler expressed; and then babbled on about “the rights of Poland.”

By now, the warmongering pressures on French President Daladier and British Prime Minister Chamberlain were too much to hold back. Thus emboldened, the militaristic and ultra-nationalist government of Poland allowed ultra-Nationalists and Jewish Bolshevik Partisans to escalate their border provocations of Germany; culminating with the September 1st German counter-attack against Poland, followed by the liberation of the Corridor and Danzig.

Britain and France declared war on Germany, yet did not lift a finger to help Poland. Having been played for ‘chumps.’ Poland was soon discarded by the Allies as Stalin’s Soviet Union then invaded Poland from the east. While continuing to ignore Hitler’s pleas for peace, the Allies will spend the next eight months plotting Scandinavian-based maneuvers and deploying a massive mechanized fighting force in northern France, in anticipation of invading Germany via “neutral” Belgium and Holland, sometime in the Spring of 1940.  

The rest, as they say, is history.




The delirious people of German Danzig greet Hitler as their liberator. Britain & France went to war and unleashed hell over this?!



The UN’s Plan to Halt Population Growth by Turning Nature Against Us



Business as usual at the United Nations includes plans to subvert fertility and increase mortality

by Christina Sarich, Waking Times

The United Nations has been planning a depopulation agenda for decades according to many ‘conspirators’, but few have been able to describe so clearly, just what that plan entails, until now.

Even with open admission from the UN’s Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, that depopulation is part of the ‘green’ agenda to save the planet from global warming – an agenda one should adopt cautiously before jumping aboard its trains of doom – many have called the depopulation idea quackery.

If a plan to subvert fertility and increase mortality among all the world’s citizenry, ‘quacks,’ then those naysayers can have their day, but a different picture becomes clear when looking at facts the UN would likely not want circulated.

“Greg Dalton, founder of Climate One: A related issue is fertility rates and population, a lot of people in energy and environmental circles don’t want to go near that because its politically charged, it’s not their issue, but isn’t it true that stopping the rise in population could be one of the biggest levers in driving down the rising green houses gases.

“Christiana Figueres, UN: We all know, we expect 9 billion by 2050, so yes obviously less people would exert less pressure on the natural resources.”

Overcrowding vs. Overpopulation

First, the overpopulation issue is used often by those who want an excuse to cull the masses. Overpopulation describes a situation where the number of people exhausts the resources in a closed environment such that it can no longer support that population.

In a closed environment – that means one which relies on keeping people in poverty, using fossil fuels, and by dumping every possible toxic poison and chemical possible where people must live, wash, breathe, and reproduce.

The overpopulation argument also simply blames people’s numbers for the problems we collectively face instead of holding individuals and groups (like corporations who largely are running the UN) accountable for their actions.

The ‘We Don’t Have Enough Food’ Lie

The lie, for example, that there isn’t enough food comes from a notorious ‘over-population’ man, the father, you might say, of the Bill and Melinda Gates eugenics plan, and quite the pessimist – Thomas Malthus.

He believed in the 1800s that the world was doomed if it out-populated its food sources, but we have numerous scholarly articles proving that we waste several hundreds of tons of food every year, and though biotech engineers promised genetically modified organisms would save us, they don’t produce more food to solve this ‘fake’ crisis.

According to a recent report by the World Resources Institute (WRI), about one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems.

We do, in fact, produce 17 percent more food per person alive today than we did 30 years ago. The real problem is getting all this food to the people who need it and the greed which would keep people hungry, thirsty, and imprisoned with poverty.

The ‘We Don’t Have Enough Water’ Lie

The same is true of the ‘we don’t have enough water’ myth. Sure, if you want to privatize water and make it a commodity, then there certainly isn’t enough – again its about utilizing resources effectively.

The world, if you hadn’t noticed, is sitting on loads of water. It’s called an ocean. There are multiple oceans, too.

This is a humanitarian issue, not an overpopulation issue. Aside from the fact that companies like Nestle are pumping our aquifers and lakes and then selling it back to people living in drought conditions, there is plenty of water.

We could keep allowing a single corporation to steal 80 million gallons of water from one city per year and then sell it back to them, or we could create water capture infrastructure, like this man did in India to get fresh water to 10,000 people, or use desalinization, and water conservation.

The Gates’ don’t have a patent on the idea that the world needs fewer people, but they are certainly helping to promote it.

The first thorough exposition of eugenics was made by Francis Galton, who in Hereditary Genius (1869) proposed that a system of arranged marriages between ‘men of distinction’ and ‘women of wealth’ would eventually produce a gifted race.

This sounds like Illuminati talk if you ask me. Nonetheless, the American Eugenics Society, founded in 1926, still has a hold over ‘leaders’ in today’s world.

Bill Gates himself has admitted it “is unusual for a member of the philanthropic sector to be given the opportunity to address heads of state at the United Nations,” yet his influence, among other Malthusians is great.

Subvert Fertility Promote Morbidity

Founder and Director of the Center for Global Consciousness, Kevin Galale writes that the UN’s ‘sustainable development goals’ are nothing more than a collection of contradictions, absurdities and inconsistencies. We face more ‘pandemics’ than ever, and the fertility rates of the poorest nations are in decline.

As Galale states[1]:

“…we are led to believe by an international system that relies on health threats to manufactured fear that is then capitalized on to manufacture pesticides, drugs and vaccines that have a dual purpose: heal or protect against a particular infectious disease while at the same time induce sterility and/or increase morbidity, as the need may be.”

For example: A comparison of the 1985 with the 2016 map of global epidemics suggests that the explosion of infectious threats around the world in the past three decades cannot possibly be the result of nature gone haywire.

He states appropriately:

“Six decades later, we find ourselves dying, both literally and figuratively, in a dystopian and alienating society anchored in totalitarian and dehumanizing institutions that are empowered to commit Orwellian abuses and free to ignore Kafkaesque absurdities birthed by giant and global bureaucracies that are fiercely protected by the tacit support of the world’s spiritual leaders, the implicit collusion of nearly every government on the planet, and the active involvement of an ever-growing and ever-more intrusive military-industrial complex to be able to continue to pursue desirable and constructive social outcomes through undesirable and destructive acts of structural violence.”

And should you peruse the many charts showing reproductive rates in this epic paper, “Turning Nature Against Man: The Role of Pandemics Vaccines and Genetics in the UN’s Plan to Halt Population Growth,” you will likely stand, mouth gaping, at the facts.

Pregnant women who are supposed to take H1N1 influenza vaccines, are just the very scary beginning.

Add to these charts the manufactured Zika virus, bird flu, countless vaccinations, aims to weaken religious objections to family planning, forced sterilization, global geoengineering program that sprays millions of tons of metal oxides in the upper atmosphere supposedly to prevent global warming, deforestation plans, genetically modified food sprayed with enough toxic chemicals to choke Godzilla, and the skyrocketing rates of cancer, endocrine disease, diabetes, etc., and it seems quite obvious what the UN ‘peace-keepers’ are really up to.

Now that you know, its time to do something about it. SPREAD THE WORD, and if you have the time, read this amazing paper that outlines everything I’ve written here in much greater detail.

“We have shut down their ability to commit genocide by turning man against man through the misuse of the institutions of state, concealment of vital information, abuse of the rule of law, perversion of science, and falsification of facts.”

References: [1] Galalae K (2016) Turning Nature against Man: The Role of Pandemics, Vaccines and Genetics in the UN’s Plan to Halt Population Growth. Epidemiology (Sunnyvale) 6: 232.  doi: 10.4172/2161-1165.10002

The 6 Cartels that Rule America and the World



Americans have been programmed to fight amongst themselves along partisan political lines, always pointing the finger at the other side of the phony left-right paradigm.

Divide and conquer is the broad tactic being used to keep people from recognizing, focusing on, and targeting the truly diabolical agents in our world who hold real power over all of us at once.

We are not ruled by Republicans or Democrats, but rather by the not-so-hidden hands of institutions which have consolidated a tremendous amount of power.

Our world is deeply colored by these cartels, and they impact every area of our lives, constantly maneuvering to make more and more dependent on them for our needs.

In short, these are the organizations which rule over us. These are the great forces in our world which prevent positive change and ensure that we continually slide downward into tyranny and self-destruction.

1. The International Banking Cartel

The geopolitical financial elite have for centuries been organizing to consolidate the mechanisms of wealth into the hands of a very few. The Rothschilds are the popular face of this cartel, but the banking and financial corruption goes far, far beyond their influence.

“The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from its profits or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class.” — Rothschild Brothers of London, 1863

Banks are in a unique position of power in our world, and can generate extraordinary profits without actually producing anything.

Through the issuance of currency and credit, they can control the amount of money available to the economy and create economic booms and busts, seizing titles to land, homes, businesses, and property.

They hold extraordinary influence over government for their role as financiers of everything from public works to war, and enjoy extraordinary pecuniary advantage and privilege.

Combine this with the new influence of supra-national organizations like the Bank of International Settlements and the World Bank, and you realize that the world is on the cusp of falling into the greatest trap of all time.

The banking cartel is the primary source of war, destabilization and military grade destruction in our world today.

2. The Medical Establishment

Human health has been hijacked by the medical establishment which forces people into an extraordinarily expensive program of dependence on insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and other health services providers.

Interestingly, the medical industry is also a major cause of premature death for Americans as malpractice, drug overdoses, botched procedures and poor patient care contribute to these statistics. Medical errors alone are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Additionally, the government deliberately serves these corporate interests by limiting and preventing information and access to services and healing modalities which may produce positive results without dependence on hospitals and physicians.

Furthermore, this cartel actually contributes knowingly to human misery by pumping deadly drugs like opioids in our world, scheming to get as many people as addicted as possible in order to cut a greater profit.

3. The Energy Industry

The raping of the planet for fossil fuel energy is something that has been going on for decades, but is finally now beginning to create substantial blowback as environmental destruction is proving to be something that cannot be ignored any longer.

The nuclear industry is perfectly content to continue the pursuit of nuclear power even in the face of catastrophes like Fukushima which demonstrate that nuclear energy simply cannot be contained and is a threat to all life on planet earth.

We are witnessing major growth in the sectors of renewable energy, but the traditional energy industry has a long history of interfering with the release of alternative technologies, even going so far as to actively suppress technologies.

This cartel has shaped our world in dramatic ways, most notably by creating near universal dependence on the automobile as the primary form of transportation, which has shaped both our cities and our mindsets.

The never-ending push for oil exploration is killing the most precious environmental resources we have left, but the influence of the energy cartel is so great that it can practically buy entire nations, such as Ecuador, where foreign oil ventures are allowed to press ever further into the Amazon.

4. Agricultural Chemical Producers

The industrial agro chemical giants have completely changed the face of farming on planet earth within the last 75 years or so.

Family farms continue to go under at a record-setting pace, and it is clear that the endgame of companies like Monsanto is to own the patents to all food seed, lording over a planet where people are prosecuted for planting food crops.

This is quite startling, and when couple with the fact that seed biodiversity is collapsing around us, it may only be another ten years before this endgame is realized.

In addition to seed, these companies are polluting the world in incredible ways by pressing for the overuse of toxic chemicals like glyphosate and other herbicides which are killing pollinator insects, destroying the soil and causing horrible health problems for people living near farms.

5. The Information Industrial Complex

This institution is the newest in our world, consisting of what is now commonly referred to as ‘Big Data,’ meaning the corporations and government agencies which collect data points on everything in our world and use this information strategically for their interests.

James Corbett of the Corbett Report remarks:

“Half a century ago, outgoing President Dwight D. Eisenhower coined the term “military-industrial complex” to describe the fascistic collusion between the Pentagon and America’s burgeoning armaments industry.

“But in our day and age we are witnessing the rise of a new collusion, one between the Pentagon and the tech industry that it helped to seed, that is committed to waging a covert war against people the world over. Now, in the 21st century, it is time to give this new threat a name: the information-industrial complex.”

Corbett’s recent video explains the rise of this all powerful institution in the following presentation.

6. Religion

Religion is important for American politics because religion is important for Americans.1 Yet, there are factors in American political life that amplify the role of religion in a way that is not seen in other developed countries.

For a developed country, the U.S. is extraordinarily high on religion. Thus 65 percent of Americans say that religion is important in their daily lives compared to just 17 percent of Swedes, 19 percent of Danes, and 24 percent of Japanese.2

Why America is more religious than Europe
There are several likely reasons why Americans say that they are so much more religious than Europeans. One may be that they exaggerate their own religiosity in the same way that they claim about twice the attendance rates relative to people actually showing up in church.1

There is also a large immigrant population, many of whom hail from countries that are poor and comparatively religious. Immigrant groups that happen to be linguistically isolated may remain quite religious even if the broader society becomes increasingly secular.1

Life is more difficult in the U.S. than in Europe by several measures even though Europe is currently in an economic decline.3 Problems here range from health problems and lower life expectancy, to higher crime rates, and relative lack of involvement in the community.4 All of these problems are bound up with inequality – with a chasm between the living conditions of rich and poor.4 This gap has widened in recent decades and reveals holes in social safety nets relative to Europe.5

So Americans feel far less secure economically, and in relation to their health and well-being than the overall wealth of the country in terms of GDP per capita would predict.4 This existential insecurity provides a fertile ground for religion.1

Historians are fond of attributing American religiosity to historical factors such as the Puritan founders. Yet history counts for little in these matters given that virtually every country has a devout past — specifically the currently secular countries of Europe.

Why religion is emphasized in American politics
Religion influences American politics to a degree not seen in other developed countries. Despite the constitutional firewall between church and state, national politicians hardly ever give a major speech without invoking religion.

The president is forever asking God to bless America, sending his prayers to victims of disasters, hosting religious leaders, and extolling religious values. Such advocacy of religion is unheard of in Europe but that may be because the majority is no longer religious and because voting members of the native population (as distinct from immigrants) are not very devout.

In America, religion is much more a part of public life whatever the constitution says. There are various reasons for this. One is that evangelical Christians under the banner of the Moral Majority made a determined push to influence political leaders since the 1970s and to inject religion into political debates. This broad agenda animates contemporary right-wing media including talk radio personalities such as Rush Limbaugh and TV channels such as Fox News.

The religious propensities of immigrants mean that they are receptive to the conservative religious message and can be induced to vote across class lines. In doing so they support an agenda that favors the wealthy and makes them even poorer.

Given this threat from the religious right, Democrats feel pressure to emphasize their own religious credentials, or risk losing a chunk of the poorer immigrant population who make up their natural constituency.

So religion is embroiled in American political life and that magnifies the apparent significance of religion in people’s everyday lives. According to wits, U.S. conservatives went to war in Afghanistan to separate religion from politics abroad while striving to unite religion and politics at home.

American politicians talk a lot about religion. Yet, they have no more in common with theocrats like the Taliban than ordinary Americans have with the religious fervor of ordinary Afghanis.

Many poor people in America undermine their economic interests by voting for Republican politicians who are interested in further concentrating wealth in the hands of the affluent. They do so, in part, because the Republicans appeal to their religious propensity.

That religious propensity is strengthened by increasing insecurity in the lives of the poor because difficult living conditions are associated with increased religiosity.1 So the worse their living conditions become, the more likely they are to follow a self-defeating voting pattern. That seems like another great reason for really separating church and state.
Final Thoughts

There are very few, if any, honest politicians or organizations working in earnest to spread the benefit of industry, technology and prosperity in such a way that actually eliminates the great problems humanity faces such as hunger, environmental stewardship, health freedom, and more.

These are the cartels which represent the greatest threats to our collective well-being and the prosperity of future generations.

Empty Shelves


Organizing your corner of an American Apocalypse

A quick, “how to” guide that helps the average American weather the storm of a national crisis.
It’s a workday afternoon and the power has just gone out in your city. You have no cell phone, a quarter tank of gas, and you don’t know how to contact your children. You haven’t done a single pushup in the last five years. The radio in your car is only picking up emergency broadcasts. You have some difficult decisions to make in the next 48 hours that will change your life forever, and you’re not ready. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. You are about to become an “armchair survivalist.”
If you are like a lot of Americans who work behind a computer, this is your worst nightmare. What you only thought could happen in the movies is your new life. You’re not nearly resourceful enough to go to the woods and “live off the land”. Forget all that nonsense about skinning your own rabbit and eating insects. You’re going to go back to your home and be with your family.
So make the most of it. There are plenty of supplies within walking distance of your house that will help make life bearable during the dark hours. You will learn to move without the mob, to band together with friends and neighbors if possible, and to keep everything you hold dear safe from the raging population that will develop into a destructive mob before your eyes. You can do this. You now have help.
1. Hell in a hand basket
2. The cards you’ve been dealt
3. Band of Neighbors
4. The important things
5. One man’s trash
6. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em
7. Rock paper scissors gun
8. Hot and cold looting
9. The trading post
10. When the bullets run out

The text you are about to read was initially designed for the worst case scenario, one where the power goes out, leaving the average person “in the dark”. The full version covers everything leading up to that point, and a lot of theory regarding the current state of the country and what the average citizen would see during a severe national crisis.
After the initial text was completed, I started working on an audio version which was accompanied by a slide show for effect. This was eventually going to be uploaded to Youtube as an instructional series.
Then I read a very disheartening news story about how 75% of the people that went back to New Orleans after Katrina didn’t bother to keep emergency supplies on hand. Let me say that again. The city drowned and many people suffered greatly because they didn’t have a backup plan. When everything dried out and they went back to their homes, they STILL didn’t prepare for a worst-case scenario.
So this project was shelved until the 2008 financial crisis got into full swing. Friends encouraged me to start it up again, despite my objections that a “financial crisis” is not the end of the world.
Or is it?
The United States power grid is run mainly from a combination of coal, hydro-electric, and nuclear plants. If all the banks fail at once, the lights will still be on. You may not have a job, but the television stations will still broadcast. The internet will still be up.
It’s the things we can’t think of that worry us. What if there is another severe oil shortage, or massive terrorist attack, anything large that disrupts food or energy supplies? That is the risk that you have to decide for yourself. Your family, your friends, your lifestyle is important to you. If you went out of your way to get life and homeowners insurance, maybe you should think about taking a few extra steps to insure you and the ones you love can weather the unpredictable storms, in whatever forms they take.
What you will read starts with a basic scenario, just to give you a frame of mind. It then covers bare bones needs, what you can do to make things more comfortable, and how to protect it. After that comes some advanced urban survival tricks, along with a longer term plan, all in language the average American can understand.
If you are reading this during an actual crisis, then God be with you,
Mark Sargent
Chapter 1: Hell in a Handbasket
“In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.”
-A. E. Housman
No matter what crisis develops, you are at best, an “armchair survivalist”. The country you live in has so many layers of convenience, so many basic needs that are taken for granted, so many interconnected systems of daily living that we are dependent on, describing them all would take volumes. Suffice it to say that we are a land of luxurious, easy to use, hands free, soft touch product users. It has taken us about 80 years to reach this wonderful pinnacle of “runaway consumerism”. Our Internet is tied to our phones, which is tied to our banks. We can now use the cable company to watch television, use Internet, and phone lines, all on one bill. With even a moderate amount of money, and some online shopping, we now never have to leave our homes to survive.
Even though I grew up when the CD and computer were new, it is still a marvel to watch the new technological toys we are putting out every year. Our businesses are tied to elaborate wireless email and networking systems. Our cars now have built in DVD, GPS, and push button roadside service. Our boats have the ability to determine global location at all times. You can track your loved ones plane flight from gate to gate. Packages can be rerouted in transit, with a single text message.
America has, for all intents and purposes, made it as easy as it’s going to get. Congratulations red white and blue, you have done what all other nations have aspired to achieve! You’ve created a society of out-of-shape, lazy, Madden playing, pizza ordering, latte chugging, “text anywhere” zombies who at the first sign of trouble will probably just start chewing off their own arms for food.
Maybe I’m being too critical. Americans can deal with a crisis, as long as it’s small, and the inconvenience is short. Several years ago, in Boulder, Colorado I witnessed my first “true” power outage. The entire Western United States grid had gone down, and our software office had gone dark. It was the middle of a summer afternoon; the sun was still beaming through most of the windows.
Our office phones were dead, along with the Internet. Cell phones were up, for a while anyway. With the systems down our office manager didn’t know what to do with the employees, so we were given the rest of the afternoon off. I took a short walk down to the main drag where the highway ended and Main Street began. I watched, as cars in a large intersection didn’t know exactly what to do. The stoplights were out, and it was hard to tell who arrived at an intersection first, what with six lanes on each side. Some cars just went for it, some stayed longer than they should. Tempers were raised, and honking horns were frequent.
Bank employees just stood outside in the parking lot. The grocery stores were forced to let people abandon their carts while they escorted them out of the store. The aisles were too dark to see where to put back the items.
The city of 90,000+ was at a standstill, and it stayed that way for the next 4 hours. In less than an hour local police went to the busiest intersections within the city limits and directed traffic by hand. It had probably been a while since any of them had used their whistles, but they did a pretty good job.
Store managers stood in front of their shops and turned people away. Some simply locked their doors. Everything went fairly smoothly. I did see a few people try to enter the grocery store closest to me, each time the manager explaining that the cash registers couldn’t ring them up. Not that it mattered; the back of the store was pitch black.
Sometime later that afternoon the lights came back on, and everyone went back to what they were doing. In some ways it felt like a large fire drill. Everyone calmly walked outside, milled around quietly, and waited for it to be over. What makes this situation different from the nasty version that starts looting and puts human life at risk?
Most of the people in town didn’t know why the power went out.
It’s the unknown that gives people pause. It’s the mystery that forces people to stop and think about their decisions. Within an hour after the lights stopped working, people in their cars listening to radio stations still broadcasting found out the entire Western power grid was in the middle of a rolling blackout. There is still some debate on where exactly the breakdown occurred. The important thing was that the authorities didn’t tell anyone exactly what happened, or how long it would take to fix. It’s good policy. Never give the public information they could use against you.
To put it another way, if a teacher walks out of a classroom, the kids will have one impression. When that same teacher runs out of the classroom, and is then seen getting into their car and
driving away, the children then develop a very different attitude.
Compare the West Coast grid failure, or any East Coast Blackout, with one where the reason is exposed immediately like the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake.
Watching CNN during the first few days after that particular California quake was surreal. There was some stunning video footage. Dark beauty as water mains gushed from the streets, fire burning in the middle of the water through an ignited gas main. I sat in mild shock as I watched Korean gun shop owners standing on the roof of their store, firing wildly at looters that came within 100 yards, the police nowhere in sight.
And then there were the shopping mall videos. In any modern structure, there are some backup systems when the power goes out. Hospitals have generators that can keep a surgical team going for a short duration. Many buildings have some sort of emergency lighting, and a few select ones have cameras with battery backups, catching everything that people do when they think they aren’t being watched.
The Northridge California earthquake proved something we all know, but rarely admit. For a great many of us, we do what we can get away with. Cameras caught the looting action as it unfolded. The earthquake hits, the lights go out. Within seconds, the inner hallways of the shopping malls erupted in chaos. People of all ages ransacked the shelves with greedy abandon. What surprised me wasn’t that they did it, but the speed at which everything escalated. The looting was immediate, reckless, and illogical. Electronics, shirts, shoes, alcohol, everything stripped from the stores except the basic necessities.
No one stole water or food. They stole cigarettes and alcohol. They didn’t steal batteries, they stole cell phones. Why?
Because the public was armed with very valuable information and then their short-term instincts took over. They knew eventually the city would get the power back on. The gas and water mains would be repaired, and sooner or later, the police would be able to protect the stores, just not right now. The looting masses knew that this crisis was limited to their part of California, and it wouldn’t last forever.
Food, water, anything that might help them in a real emergency was the furthest thing from their minds. The luxury items were the main target. Anything that was expensive or sellable was priority. These items were important because they knew the currency would still be valid when the lights came back on. The physical dollar would still have value because only part of California was affected. As long as the currency remains intact, there is a good chance that normal life will continue, provided of course that active food distribution lines exist.
The aftermath of Katrina showed us an even darker aspect of economic disruption. The earthquake was replaced with flooding, and again, the power was out for an extended period of time. The city population realized that the hurricane and large amounts of standing water caused the blackout, and looting began immediately. The same patterns started, but then evolved.
At first, the looting, like in Los Angeles, started with luxury items. Electronics, shoes, cigarettes, liquor, and firearms, were taken quickly. After a while, as the water didn’t subside, and there were no signs of National Guard, the basic items became much more attractive. Food, water, batteries, the things that could keep you alive, these replaced everything else.
Law enforcement officials were overwhelmed, and the water hindered their mobility. In LA, most of the streets were still drivable after the earthquake. In New Orleans, some of the streets had water higher than the roof of a truck. On foot, the police and sheriff’s department became fatigued quickly. A number of them just gave up and deserted their posts, or worse, they joined in with the looters.
Some of the authorities did have a plan. Before the winds had even died down, a local SWAT team had been dispatched to an outlying Sam’s club with orders to secure it for “local forces”. During a state of emergency, authorities have broad powers to take private supplies and buildings for their use. The storeowner was contacted and a list of all supplies taken was to be billed back to the New Orleans police department. This debt was eventually forgiven once the extent of the disaster was known. While some would condemn this law enforcement unit for what could potentially be branded as a “selfish act”, it hardly compares with a different division of the same police department, which was accused of breaking into a local Cadillac dealership and driving out of the city with 40 new cars while the city quickly filled up with water.
At night, gangs roamed the dark streets, creating anarchy wherever they went. During the day, the masses emptied the stores of anything and everything. It was a limited exercise in chaos management. What would a general population do if left on their own without outside help for an undetermined period of time?
The only thing that couldn’t be measured was the same population ‘without hope.” All the New Orleans residents who gathered around the superdome had some faith and were counting on aid. There was a small army of reporters on the scene who had flown in on helicopters. The news teams and camera crews constantly reminded the people that help was eventually coming. This and the fact that the cameras were recording many sections of the city probably helped save it.
What would happen to that same city if the reporters weren’t there, and the citizens knew that the National Guard wasn’t coming?
It’s the one thing in America we haven’t seen yet. What happens without help from the outside? Everything we have dealt with until now has been contained, been compartmentalized. An Earthquake happens in San Francisco, we send help. The Mississippi overflows and we send help. Like a giant immune system, we absorb and adjust. The question still remains: At what point are we stretched too thin, and can the American culture pull itself back from the brink?
To be sure, not all of America is vulnerable. For sake of argument, we’re going to leave out all the remote farming communities because they are remarkably self-sufficient. If you live in one of these very small agricultural groups, you still might be able to get something out of this, such as what the nearest large town closest to you might be going through, what random groups of cars might be thinking as they drive up your long country road, or more importantly, what kind
of essential goods you might be able to trade for, and where the nearest place to get them could be.
In a long-term environmental disaster, farms stand to lose more than others, depending on the situation. If the natural catastrophe in question were a comet, it would suggest that crops would have a hard time growing. If that’s the case, then livestock and perishables should be traded away as quickly as possible. A farm has a lot of assets going for it, though most would be short term.
If you happen to have a survival cabin somewhere in the North West states, such as Montana, Idaho, or the Eastern part of Washington, then you already know this drill, and quite frankly, have probably spent a huge amount of time preparing for the worst. You are therefore excluded from most of the chapters. Enjoy your powdered milk and cured meat sitting next to your propane or wood stove. I’m sure you’re very content.
The only other people I have to exclude is anyone currently living or about to move to Utah. For those of you who don’t know, “practicing Mormons” keep at least a year’s supply of food and water on hand for each member of their family. It’s a religious obligation. Sounds a bit strange I know, but from a “survival” standpoint, I can’t really argue the logic. With this in mind, and I can see some of you cringing already, if America starts collapsing in on itself, Utah will most likely be the last to go quietly into the night. It’s simple math. They already have an extra year’s supply of food right out of the gate, in non-rationed portions.
The rest of us live in a suburb, our own version of “Elm Street.” You have at least one strip mall close by and maybe a full size indoor shopping center down the road. There are fast food chains within a mile or two, and then the usual restaurants like Chili’s, Cracker Barrel, etc. Outside that you have a bulk store like Sam’s Club or Costco, or both. The neighborhoods interconnect endlessly, and gas stations are plenty. You know the names of some of the neighbors on your street, the name of your children’s school, but probably couldn’t say who the mayor was.
Most of your bills are paid online, and most of your direct purchases are done by credit card, which by the way is carrying a balance most months. You have car payments, a mortgage (or two), and have either been divorced, separated, or are seeing a marriage counselor.
You have a 20% of being a smoker, and a 67% chance of being at least 20 pounds overweight (33% that it’s 50 pounds or more).
You could have some relatives in state, some out of state. You may have a pet, probably at least one dog, or a few cats. If your yard is big enough, it’s possible you plant a small garden when the weather is nice. You have a favorite restaurant or bar that you frequent.
Your office is 10-20 miles away. You either have a large cubicle or a smaller office with no windows. You work hard, but think you’re underpaid. This may, or may not be, your life.
What do all these things have to do with the scenario? In a major crisis all of these little details will affect your outcome in one way or another. These are the cards you have to play with. The
dealer now shows their hand.
Chapter 2: The cards you’ve been dealt
“He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened”
– Lao Tzu
You are at your office. The power has just gone out. Cell phones work, but you are having a hard time getting an outside line. You leave your cube, walk down the aisle, and look out the window. All the office buildings next to you are out as well.
If you are like many offices, upper management will assume that the outage is limited to a few blocks. They will wait a while to see if things come back on. The emergency lights in the bathrooms, as well as the plumbing, still work. Everyone at the office is bored, because all computers and phones are down. A few people try their laptops, but they can’t get out to the Internet.
Boredom turns to annoyance as an hour goes by. If it’s before lunch, management may wait another hour. If it’s after lunch, they probably just call it a day and send everyone home.
Traffic is a little slower on the drive back. Rush hour will be staggered because of the outage. All stoplights are down, and single police units direct the cars through busy intersections. You get home. The lights are of course, out, but the water is running. You have natural gas, but the power to run the furnace isn’t on. You have a wood stove, but only a few logs.
Your spouse isn’t home yet. Maybe he / she went to get the kids. The dog looks at you for attention. Another hour goes by. Your family arrives. The kids go upstairs to their rooms, which are lit through the windows by the afternoon sun. They try to entertain themselves using portable electronics. It wouldn’t have been their first choice, but at least it’s a distraction.
Two more hours go by, and you start to get curious.
There are no portable radios in the house, so you use the one in your car. Most of the stations aren’t broadcasting. The few that you do find are playing an endless loop of the emergency broadcast system. There are a few other people on the block doing the same thing. You tell your spouse. The kids overhear, but don’t understand. The dog still wants attention.
These are the cards you’ve been dealt. You have some decisions to make, and they can’t wait. Don’t worry. You’ll be fine. Follow the steps.
Step 1: Gain some confidence, right now.
Get yourself in the right frame of mind, and do it quickly. Don’t assume the worst, because it will eat you up. Try not to cover all your bases right away. Organize your priorities. As of right now you don’t have any appointments or meetings. You don’t have any flights to catch.
Your primary concern is the comfort and safety of your immediate family. They are looking to you for support, for reassurance, for guidance. Show confidence at all times. The old military posture still applies: For good or bad, be confident in your decisions. If the decision was wrong, then change direction, but do it with confidence. Nothing makes people lose faith quicker than watching their leader waiver when important things are on the line.
Confidence gives you strength. Confidence gives you the ability to do things without much question from others. Confidence allows you to walk the edge, or cross the line if needed. If you’re committed that it’s a good decision and you can confidently explain why, there is a solid chance that others will follow you, back you, and defend your ideas in your absence.
Step 2: Don’t rush.
In the long term, seconds aren’t going to make that much of a difference. Moving faster than normal gets the blood levels up, and teases the adrenalin factor. It also helps induce panic, and with it some bad decision-making. Don’t do it. Be brisk, but be calm. Keep the energy levels at a managed pace. Don’t drag anyone anywhere. Speak to your family in low tones, but be serious. Don’t yell. It doesn’t help. If your children don’t want to listen, try to explain what’s going on, but do it logically. “Just because I said so” probably won’t fly. Think of something else.
Step 3: Should you stay or should you go?
It’s a difficult choice, and you may or may not have to make it. Is there somewhere you would rather be? Do you have family members that live within driving distance, and by that I mean how far you can go with the gas that’s in your tank right now. If they aren’t within range, you’re not going. If you’re thinking of a round trip and you don’t think you’ll make it back, you’re not going. The only exception here is if you have a neighbor who you’re close with, someone you can borrow a vehicle from.
There is some breathing room here. If you have a pretty good idea that your tank will run dry within a few miles of your destination, and you have no intention of coming back, then discuss the plan with your spouse and make the call. Keep in mind your betrothed may want to go to his / her relatives house, or have them come to you. This needs to be decided first thing. The window for these options gets closed fairly quickly in the grand scheme of things. Deciding in the next few hours will make the situation a lot easier on you.
If you do decide to vacate your house, there are a few things you need to take care of. Assume that you won’t be coming back for a while. This means you should take everything that you might find useful. Leave a few lights on so that if the power comes back there will be light if needed, and contrary to what others may tell you, don’t lock anything. The average house is designed to deter crime, not prevent it. If your door is locked, and someone really wants to get in, they will just choose a window, or sliding glass door.
You’re not prepping your house for when you go to Europe. When you’re touring France, neighbors and friends back home don’t usually ransack your home looking for supplies. When these groups eventually figure out that it is vacant, they are coming in, locked door or not. If it’s unlocked, and you do return, at least you won’t come back to broken glass and shattered deadbolts.
Think carefully of other family members who might be in driving distance. Will they be trying to get to you? Do you have close friends with no family in the area who might look you up? If you answered “maybe” to the question, then play it safe and leave a few simple notes. One on the kitchen counter is good. If you want to give the neighbors a heads up, tape a quick one to the door. Something like:
Went to parents farm in Arlington,
451 East Maple Drive
Left May 14th
Jason, Carol, Timmy, Julie
The names may seem unnecessary, but it’s good to let people know who was in the group.
So go already. Load up the family and pets. If the pets aren’t that important, leave a back door open so they can come and go as they please. Animal’s survival instincts are honed a lot sharper than yours oh balding monkey. They also don’t have a conscious to deal with.
Good luck in your journey, and when you get there, read on!
Step 4: Taking stock.
At this point you’ve either decided to stay, or have already arrived at your destination. See? You’re making decisions already, and you haven’t even thought about eating people!
Seriously, you’re doing great. The next step is figuring out what you have, and in most cases, what you don’t have but need. This is probably the most time consuming part of the beginning,
but it doesn’t have to be full of anxiety. To make it easier, I’ve come up with a few easy to follow lists. These lists include a comprehensive set of “must haves”, “should haves”, and “why nots” that you should be at least thinking about prior to this day of reckoning. Before we get to that though, let’s see if there is anyone close by that can help you in acquiring the items on your list. It may be time to make peace with the lady who consistently lets her lab take a big dump on your lawn.
Chapter 3: Band of Neighbors
“True friends stab you in the front”
– Oscar Wilde
A survivalist in a suburban setting, is a strange paradox. On one hand, standard Rambo type doctrine preaches that the survivalist must be alone, because there is no one that can be trusted. They should live a solitary life, filled with religious discipline and sacrifice. They are a human fortress. They are a piece of metal. They are emotionally devoid of mercy and kindness.
I appreciate that the “true survivalist” is committed to their trade, much like a serious method actor. You are not this person. You are a social creature. After half a day sitting home alone you are climbing the drapes, looking for some interaction with the rest of the community. Then again, maybe you just play computer games all day long.
For you people who consider solitary confinement the ultimate torture, I will share a secret with you. The chances of you and your family living longer than the lone individual increases dramatically if you can get by with a little help from your friends. There is safety in numbers. You will find a better variety of skills with a group. A group has a collective mind, and if set on
a goal, can come with creative ways of accomplishing it.
But there’s a catch. You have to pick the right people, and after that, no one joins the club unless the entire group is in agreement. Trust is everything here. The wrong people join the group, and it can fall apart. I’ll use a friend of mine as an example. Her approach to the neighborhood group is a good model of what can be expected.
The neighborhood of Renaissance, Colorado
The power goes out, and right away it looks like it could be a long time before it, and order, is restored. A single mother in her late 30’s starts the chain. She only contacts people she can trust, and all of these people have a useful skill that can benefit the group. She looks up a contractor to improvise repairs when things break or are destroyed She finds a doctor to treat minor wounds, and assess major ones. She tracks down a good friend who is handy with firearms, because not everyone knows how to shoot. She contacts women who have a strong survival instinct. These are women who would fight to stay alive. No “girly girls” or useless “blob men” allowed. Everyone in this ensemble is motivated, and willing to do what it takes to weather the storm. Everyone chosen has something to bring to the table. In this situation, everyone’s got game.
They all meet at one house, and decide the best place to “hold up.” They decide to pool their resources and take shifts sleeping. Most importantly, they form a pact, and swear never to turn on each other, no matter how hungry, or how tired. Without this pact the group is vulnerable from within. There can be no “secret stashes” kept by anyone. To function as a single unit, everything has to be laid out on the table, right now. Any personal issues should be cleared up within 24 hours. They agree on a total of 8 people. This group could function as well with even 12 if needed. If members are added, and the social dynamics take a downward turn, then it needs to be changed, but done fairly.
They end up combining supplies from two houses that reside next to each other. They have battery powered 2 way camping radios, and use them frequently. At night, the groups are split evenly, in case of an emergency. Things work better than they had hoped. One of them gets an older power generator working, and another finds a way to hook it up to the direct TV. The doctor breaks into his own hospital and gets enough medical supplies to hold them for the duration. The gun enthusiast teaches everyone how to shoot with purpose.
The group decides against trading with other neighbors to increase inventory. It was a close vote, but in the end, the added risk of unwanted attention outweighed the additional supplies it generated. Their strategy is simple. Gather as many supplies as they could in the first few days of looting, then barricade themselves in their homes and keep a very low profile. Create the illusion that they are as desperate as anyone else. Giving the rest of the hungry community a small target is a solid plan. The neighborhood leaves them alone for the most part. Confidence is high that their friendship and wits will get them through this, and they may be right. It’s a good start. – – –
I’m not going to go so far and say something cheesy like “with friendship anything is possible”. It does help. I suppose a better saying is: People are sometimes at their best when things are at their worst. How I wish that were a consistent theme. There are a hundred things that could go wrong with the Renaissance group. There could be a hidden affair between couples. Someone with a criminal past could be exposed. There could be a psychological disorder that has been buried. There could be a unknown pregnancy.
There are also the routine survival problems. One couple is hording food for the kids; accusations of not giving their share, letting someone get hurt, etc. Any situation involving drama is possible, but then again, it could happen in a single family as well. The odds say that in the short term, the group scenario has some great advantages, both in resource gathering and protection. As supplies get thin, it can get more difficult. If the bonds of friendship are strong enough, the group has a chance of staying together to the bitter end, a great testament to the human spirit.
If you really want to be multiple steps ahead of the pack, then talk about this very scenario every few months over drinks during a neighborhood party. Feel the different people out, and see who would be up to the task. Make a mental note of whom you would choose, why you would choose them.. Ask them about what they would do in a major crisis, and where would they go. As long as the topic doesn’t have a dark, brooding tone, your run of the mill neighbor will probably have an opinion on the subject. No need to be secretive, those not chosen will probably ignore this little “block conspiracy.” Even if they do remember, they will be in no position to take advantage of it. You will have the better numbers.
A little trick would be the “bar fight buddies” scenario. Imagine yourself walking into a strange bar far out of town with a small group of people. Suddenly, a mild misunderstanding turns into a full-blown fight, and everyone in your party is going to get roughed up. Who would you want to be there with you, and why? Try not to think about who throws the best punch, but who can handle the stress without being traumatized. After the fight, who tries to take charge and who comforts whom? Look past the action; see who the best under stress. This should help.
Chapter 4: The important things
“Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches”
-Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Over the years I have poured over many different survival lists for just about every disaster known. Aside for the ones that deal with different types of terrain, they share a lot of common threads.
We’re not going to touch different types of landscapes and what you might need for each one. You’re not in the mountains, or in a deep forest, or walking around in some high desert. You’re probably in an average wood framed two-bedroom house with an unfinished basement at the end of a cul-de-sac. If your surroundings are more urban, you might be in a condo or apartment building. If you’re a business traveler, you’re most likely in a hotel. The dynamics are still the same. It’s America, and there is a huge mish-mash of resources scattered for miles around. Some of these resources will be in your residence, and many will not.
There have been countless debates about the priority of “the survival list”. The top ten, the top 20, what resource counts more? To make it easy to read and understand, I will cover each topic and group it into one of three levels (Priority, what you need right now), (Secondary, quality of life items), and (optional / tradable, which covers just about everything else, including things that aren’t on my list, but could be on yours)
Each item or group of items will be given a detailed explanation and some will have examples. The hope here is to allow your mind to think of things as “resources” rather than items. Things that may not be of value to you may be in high demand by others. Each explanation will also cover where you can acquire the item in question, and when it might be available. Please keep in mind that in your environment, there will be many other people who will eventually want the same things you do. The difference here is that you will know exactly what you want before it happens, and you will have a very good idea of Where to get more before others do. Timing is important.
1. Water / consumable liquid: (Priority)
Yes it’s obvious. Yes, it’s critical. It’s number one with a big bullet. You’ve heard it mentioned in movies, television, and books. We’re made up mostly of water, and without it we won’t last long. It’s also taken for granted, and in many reported survival cases, overlooked early. Don’t just skim past this, there are some things you need to know about the most common element on the Earths surface.
The human body is basically just a large contained mass of water. All of our functions, from blood flow to digestion to neural activity, are encased in it. Water consumption is of course based on your weight, metabolism, and diet. Environment will also factor in to some degree. The basics remain the same.
You can only be away from water for about 72 hours, give or take. It is the one resource that is highly recommended not to be rationed. There have been many studies suggesting that drinking a normal amount and then running out is much easier on the body than cutting your drinking in half, then half again. When it comes to water, it’s better to just pull the band-aid off quickly than to peel it slowly off your skin.
Water consumption is also affected by humidity. If you live in a really balmy environment, say, Florida, you will be breathing in water vapor as well as expelling it, so there is a little wiggle room. In an average urban environment, water is your prime concern. Everything else comes second.
The good news: Even if the power goes out state wide, a lot of water stations are tied into backup generators, and some even directly to the source, like a dam or power plant. These generators can keep things moving as long as the fuel holds out.
The bad news: Eventually, if the grid isn’t repaired, the water will stop, and you will have to get more.
There are two paths that need to be considered: Is the water still on, or has it stopped? If it’s still on, then that’s fantastic news for you. This gives you a chance to create reserves. Fill up every plastic and glass container you can think of with water and put a lid on it. If there’s no lid put some plastic wrap over the top. If you have containers in the garage, fill them up, and label them “do not drink”. These can still be used to run toilets if needed (See chapter X). If you have 2 bathtubs, put a rubber stopper in one and fill it up. If you don’t have a rubber stopper use anything to make it watertight. The bathtub water can be used for various things, but I wouldn’t necessarily use it for drinking or cooking, unless your tub is spotless. If you’re like me, it’s not often.
Once you have filled up everything you can think of, go back and see what you left out. Cups, sports bottles, empty soda or wine bottles. If there is a residue that excludes it from cooking or drinking, label it. Don’t forget your washing machine. It may be a bit awkward to get to, but it can hold quite a bit.
This is your base, your backup, and your insurance. If the tap is still running, then rotate water supplies slowly every few days. Water is life, and you now have a good supply. I’m not going to regurgitate all the other guides that want you to use the water tank at the back of your toilet or from your hot water heater. You’re not a caveman for Gods sake.
The taps still running, which means you can be liberal with other things. You can flush your toilet as usual. You can take cold showers. If you don’t like cold showers you can fill up your other tub half way with water, let it warm up a bit, then use a washcloth. You can wash dishes, pots, and pans in the kitchen sink.
Life in this area is just a notch or two below normal, until…
“Honey, there’s no water coming out of the faucet”.
You knew it was going to happen sooner or later. If the water was off when you got home, or just stops, or more than likely, the flow becomes weaker and weaker until it’s just a few drips, then you’re going to have to see what consumable liquids you have in the house, and then start planning on where to get some.
Search every cupboard, every cabinet. If it’s drinkable, it’s useful. Bottled juice, seltzer, and diet soda. It doesn’t matter if it tastes good; just find out how much you have. Chances are, it’s worth something. Some exceptions would be liquids that contain a large amount of salt, like spicy tomato juice or bloody Mary mix. It may taste good, but the added salt will increase the rate of dehydration.
Note: Alcoholic beverages have some water in it, but probably not enough to counteract the dehydrating effect of the alcohol itself. The only exception that you can pull off for a while is beer with its low alcohol content. A case of juice is worth a lot more than a case of beer.
Rationing: None. Don’t do it. Drink your normal amount on a daily basis and try to find more. Keeping your body running at regular levels is very important. Also, don’t eat anything if you have no water. You’re body needs water to digest food and it will only dehydrate you further.
Where to get more: There is an entire section dedicated to looting, so techniques on acquiring it, as well as keeping yourself safe is covered later. For the sake of the list, the “where” is almost entirely centered on locations close to your home. How you get in and what you might face is later. You will start forming these questions on your own as you work your way down the items.
Where: Numerous places, in many forms and in different levels of usage. One rule of thumb is that closer is better. This is because water is heavy. Surprisingly heavy. You’re made out of water, think of how heavy you are, cow. Now try carrying someone like you for a few blocks.
The water next door: No you can’t kill your neighbors, yet. Find out who’s not home, and by that I mean who’s left with a note on their door. Search the house the same way you searched yours. Organize your supplies in the afternoon. Carry them back at night.
You’re subdivision may have an artificial lake or pond. It’s probably not safe to drink, even if attempts are made to purify it. If you want to boil it or better yet, boil and save off the steam into another container, it may be ok. Water from a neighborhood pool is a little better. Water with chlorine isn’t supposed to be consumed regularly, but it will work in a pinch.
I mention these not-so-attractive options because they are closer than the nearest strip mall, convenience store, or gas station. For higher quality consumable water, you will need to explore these other locations.
The obvious choices: Grocery stores, bulk food stores, pharmacies, the corner gas station, convenience stores without gas. All these places will have pure water, consumable liquids, or both.
Secondary choices: Restaurants, Athletic clubs, office water coolers, commercial building vending machines, educational cafeterias.
Alternates: Collected rainwater. There is no real trick to this. Any plastic sheeting, tarp, even your gutters will work. Rainwater can be pretty clean, depending on where you live. All you have to do is hope for rain. If there is a concern about any contamination, it can be boiled, or partially purified by adding 4 drops of bleach per gallon.
2. Food (Priority)
Water may be life, but food is energy. Calories are literally units of heat. Food keeps your body warm, it drives your system, and it gives you the strength to endure in times of stress. Unlike water, the average human body can go without food for quite some time. Even a fit person with a small amount of body fat can survive for 30 days or more on just water.
Question: Does this mean that fat people will live longer during the apocalypse?
Answer: Unfortunately, Yes. I can’t tell you how much this upsets me. Overweight people have a pretty good chance at living longer than your fitness instructor neighbor!
Like many things, there’s a catch. For those of you who are say, 50 pounds or more overweight, there is a flip side to this coin. If you have a large supply of water and no food, your body will start tapping those vast fat reserves of yours, and you will start to lose weight instead of dying, but your energy will drop dramatically, to less than 20% of their current levels. You will be colder, because there is nothing in your stomach to generate heat. You will have a constant headache, because your blood sugar will be at an all time low, and most of all, you’ll be really hungry. I mean really starving. Your thought process will be skewed and blurred. In short, you’ll survive, but suffer the entire time. You’ll look at everything and everyone and see food.
My only hope is that if you do outlive all your friends and get rescued by the government, you’ll be grateful enough and use the respect of your loved ones to have a salad every once in a while!
That being said, food needs to be gathered, counted, and estimated. Even 1000 calories a day can keep you around for a long time. Do the math, and figure out how long you can keep going with what’s in your house.
Eat all perishable foods first. These include fruits and vegetables, anything in your deli shelf, milk, anything that will expire in the next week. Then, eat everything in the freezer. Cook what you can, use a pan in the fireplace if you have to. Once these items expire, they are useless to you, so eat and overeat (the only time I will endorse this).
Have all perishables been eaten? Good. Now you can spread out your canned goods, the rice, flour, popcorn, oils, condiments, anything with calories counts, and the higher the better. Sweets too. I could break down the food into smaller groups, but eventually, it’s all going to be eaten.
The good news: Starvation fools the palette. Up until now, eating for most Americans has come down to: “What am I in the mood for”. There is so much cheap food in this country it just staggers other nations. There are many tasty varieties in unlimited supply; it’s no wonder we’ve been blowing up like balloons over the last 30 years. Maybe this “end of the world” situation is a good thing. Maybe a good chunk of the United States population will make it through this tribulation because we’ve neglected our bodies for so long.
When you get really hungry, just about anything tastes good, so if you want to have a bowl of rice with a mix of mayo and ketchup, it will do just nicely. Old candy? No problem. Your body will adjust and every meal you have will have the most vibrant flavors. This won’t apply to foods you already hate.
Try to mix fats and proteins and carbohydrates. Your body wants them. Mix the basics equally if you can. Try not to spend a week eating nothing but canned beets. You’re body will not be happy with you, and really, eating beets for a week is just weird.
Be a member of the clean plate club. Eat everything out of the can. If there is some packing water, see if you can cook with it. Lick everything clean as soon as you can. Don’t get caught going through the leftovers later.
Food requires water to digest. If you are going to finish off the last of the bread, be prepared to have a generous amount of water. If you don’t have the water, don’t eat until you find some. Salty foods require even more water. Look at both your water and food supply before you go to town.
Store your food in a cool dark place if possible. Heat tends to shorten the expiration date of anything, including canned food. I know the powers out and the only light is the sun through your living room window. You can sort them there; just move them into the shadows when you’re done.
Keep a list of your food. You should really keep a list of everything, but at least do this for food. This is done for two reasons.

1. You can do some math in your spare time, and figure out at length how long it will last you and your family.

2. You can see if any food is being consumed outside of your knowledge.
Put your empties in trash bags, just as you do now. No reason to change your patterns there. Keep the full bags in the garage if needed. They will be fairly light and will take a while before they pile up.
Rationing: Almost limitless. Your energy levels will be reduced the more you ration, but you can greatly extend your time by rationing.
Where to get more: Abandoned homes, Grocery stores, bulk food stores, pharmacies, the corner gas station, and convenience stores without gas.
Secondary choices: Restaurants, Athletic clubs, office water coolers, commercial building vending machines, educational cafeterias.
Alternates: Places you wouldn’t expect like arts and crafts stores, specialty shops that have chocolate. Any shop that you can remember that has candy at the front for the kids will work. Gift shops and novelty stores are good examples of these. The average office or cube drawer has a variety of snacks that should keep for at least a few weeks.
Note: Food manufacturing plants are a source of supplies, but will be covered under looting: What not to do.
Food footnote: A word on cannibalism
There is a nearly 100% chance that you will not become a cannibal during the apocalypse. You are a good person and don’t like to eat people. You do not have peer pressure from friends who
eat people. There is a lot of cheap flavorful food available in America, most of which tastes better than people. Also, in order to eat another person they have to be either dead or held hostage. One way or another, you have to start with murder or kidnapping. Things tend to go downhill from there. You are neither a heartless killer nor a terrorist. You are also not a vampire, and receive no mystical powers from consuming human flesh and drinking human blood.
That being said, human flesh is edible meat like any other mammal, and does contain a generous amount of calories that your body can digest. Gross right? You would never in a million years, no matter how much money, no matter what the situation, eat your friends. I agree, I would rather resort to suicide rather than eat another person. The human drive to survive is extremely strong, and can in some cases, override the dignity in taking ones own life, instead turning to an act that even now I can only describe as “barbaric”.
In most cases, an excruciating, drawn out physical hunger that blinds the palette and appetite, precedes the act of cannibalism. In these circumstances, people have been known to eat rotting food out of trashcans within one week. During the 900-day Siege of Leningrad (World War 2 Russia), people first turned on pets, birds, and rats. After this supply was exhausted, groups of starving Russians sought out lone individuals. These unlucky souls were then killed and summarily eaten. The city police had to form special units to deal with this problem.
The slippery slope from rats to people happens in a relatively short amount of time. A Rugby team crash-landed their plane in the Andes mountain range with no food, but they did have an unlimited supply of water in the form of snow. They remained there for 72 days. After several weeks they realized the search parties weren’t coming. After a while longer, with no other resources, some turned to the frozen bodies of their dead teammates. It kept them alive long enough for the season to change. A small group then ventured out of the mountains to the nearest town. The movie based on the true story is called “Alive”.
Tips for eating people: Try to do it in a cold environment. Snow is especially good for preserving all meat. Cooked meat keeps longer than raw, and can be stored for a short amount of time. I don’t have any tips for curing human meat.
Question: If I do actually eat my neighbor, what will they taste like?
Answer: From documented reports, people taste almost identical to veal. Remember that the next time you’re at a restaurant.
3. Light Sources (Priority)
There are many survival guides that will tell you the third most important thing is either medicine or weaponry. I consider this to be utter crap. The third most important thing is a light source. You are in the dark. Without light you will be handicapped during the day, and crippled at night. You need to read labels, to read numbers, put things together, let alone see your family’s faces. Light is critical. Light is reassuring. We are drawn to it instinctually, and it makes us feel better to have it around. Light is great for morale, and morale is key during a time like this.
It’s why you have nightlights, streetlights, and hall lights. People don’t like the dark, the blackness. The darkness reminds us of the unknown, it feeds on our imagination, and not in a good way. Horror movies take place mostly at night. Where do monsters and bogeymen jump? The black of the shadows.
If the power goes out, there are several places in your own home that will very dimly lit, even during the middle of a sunny day. Interior bathrooms are normally dark, so are closets, basements, some entertainment rooms. Bigger houses have even more dim places. You need light when you search for supplies, no matter where you go.
And this is just during the day. At night, you will be totally dependent on artificial light.
So don’t let the lights go out. Even low light is better than no light. Today you’re in luck. While America is known for it’s ample food, it is also known for it’s plentiful array of portable light sources.
Light comes in many different forms, both bright and dim. Some are mobile. Some are not. Since some light sources are good trade material, we’ll look at each one individually and you can determine what value can be placed.
Portable. Powerful. Directional. There is a huge amount of high quality flashlights at reasonable prices, most of which use LED bulbs. LED’s, or “light emitting diodes”, are a heavy-duty solid-state bulb, which are technically classified as a low-level laser device. They never burn out, are practically indestructible, and draw much less power from the battery.
Because of this versatile technology, LED flashlights have exploded in recent years. There are basic lights, lamps, headgear, penlights, key chains, they’re everywhere! And they’re all good! Lucky you, it’s a great time to be alive in the world of portable light.
The only drawbacks to this kind of light, (you knew there were going to be some), are 1. The light emitted by an LED is more of a “moon light” rather than sun, so colors won’t be as true. 2. As mentioned above, LED’s are considered to be a laser device, and shouldn’t be used to look into people’s eyes, nor should they be looked directly into. Long-term exposure may be hazardous.
Everyone should have at least one good flashlight lying around. The more common the battery it needs, the better. One theme that will be stressed both here and in several other item descriptions is “common usage.” The majority rules, and you should follow it. This means that whatever most people use in their house, like the basic battery types, you should use as well.
When it comes to flashlights, the most common batteries are: D (Toys, radios), C (toys, radios) AA (remotes, small toys), AAA (thin remotes, very small toys, laser pointers)
Most people will have some or not all of these battery sizes. Pick one or more types and buy a good flashlight, either LED or standard
Where to get more: Hardware stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, Sporting goods, outdoor stores, ski shops, novelty stores, the sharper image, gadget stores, just about everywhere! Getting a flashlight shouldn’t be that hard.
A good second choice for light sources, and they also come in wide ranges, some for camping, and others for in house use.
For a long time, lanterns came in only one flavor, which was the oil and wick type of the 1800’s. Some of these are very collectable now. These shouldn’t be your first choice because of their mostly glass housing. If these tip over and break, well, then you’ve got the Chicago fire all over again.
Since the 1970’s, lanterns were also built to run off butane and propane. In the 80’s fluorescent bulbs were introduced. Now, we have LED lanterns added to the list.
A lantern’s main purpose is to have non-directional light for a wide area. This is good for just sitting around, going through inventory, and in some cases looking into dark places. The only drawback for a lantern is that the light shines everywhere, including into your eyes, which makes looking into distant dark places a challenge.
It also illuminates your face, so people can see who you are sometimes before you can see them. This can either be a good or a bad thing, depending on the situation.
Lanterns also have a wide base, so you don’t need to be holding it for maximum effect. Flashlights can be awkward if you need both hands. Lanterns are a good tool to fill this gap.
Where to get them: Your choices are pretty limited for this type of item. Camping and sporting goods stores are the first choice. Some bulk and general stores may carry them. The occasional specialty store that carries some random camping gear isn’t bad either.
A secondary source if needed is abandoned houses. Lucky for you, a great deal of Americans try camping at least once, and then store all the sleeping bags, tents, and lanterns, in the attic, garage, or basement.
Ah, candles, the most romantic of the survival items. It’s also the oldest type of lighting still around. The light is hypnotic, and nothing soothes the nerves quite like the light of a solid candle flame. The candle and all it’s variants have followed the human civilization through the centuries. If there is one thing you can say about the candle, is that it is universal.
They are a solid replacement for the lantern, last a lot longer, and many give off a pleasant scent that can help mask some of the unpleasant aroma of the apocalyptic world.
The only real drawback to candles is the ones we always see in the movies or on television. The candle is a mobile open flame, which can ignite other materials. It also can be blown out without much effort. This is by design, but it can also work against you.
A candle should be your last resort if you are searching a dark area and need a mobile lighting device. Because your forward motion produces a relative wind, your speed is limited. No one gets to run away with a candle. It goes out, you trip and fall, and the masked serial killer gets you from behind with an axe.
Also, searching with an open flame can be hazardous: “Oh look! A gas main!” Queue explosion.
In America, good candles have gotten so trendy in the last 15 years that large stashes of them can be found in just about any decent sized town. They come in many different sizes, from tapered table to Giant five wick monstrosity living room candles that can burn for weeks. Chances are, you have candles tucked away in drawers that you don’t even know about. Go look!
Where to get more: Grocery stores, drug stores, department stores, general stores like target, wall mart, exotic furniture stores. There are even certain stores that sell nothing but candles!
Secondary choices: Abandoned houses should have a small supply of candles, whether it be dinner, table. Even birthday candles have some value!
Light sticks
This type of technology is only a few decades old, and in my opinion should be further along than what we have today, but any light is better than no light, and the light stick does have a few advantages that no other one has.
For those of you new to this light source: A light stick is a chemically created light encased in a clear flexible plastic tube. The tube is filled with one chemical. A second chemical is inside a small glass vial within the liquid. When you bend the plastic tube, the glass breaks, and the two chemicals mix like epoxy adhesive. Presto! Hours of low level, usable light.
They currently serve some specialized functions. One being they can be thrown into dark areas and stays lit no matter what. This can be helpful if you do not know how far down the rabbit hole goes, or even how deep a particular dark body of water is. They can also be hung off of items as markers. If storage is limited, a bag of these can be very handy.
I’ll admit, they science part is very cool. The drawbacks of the light stick are too many to consider it a primary light source. The light only lasts a short time, and is color skewed similar to the LED. The light isn’t very bright and would be difficult to read by. They stick itself isn’t rechargeable and has to be disposed of entirely.
However, having a few around isn’t a bad idea, and here’s why: Ease of use. Bend and shake. That’s it. No switches, no flame, no batteries.
Note: White should always be your first choice. Also, their chemical compounds break down over time. Treat them no different than batteries. Check the expiration dates and replace them every so often. The reaction in light sticks is temperature sensitive. The warmer you make the stick, the brighter it gets. This will diminish its glow time however.
Where to get more: Some camping stores, hardware stores.
Road flares
Standard issue road flares are more useful than you might think. Road flares have a limited range of environments. As a light source, they aren’t the best because of the dark red flame, which is deliberate as an emergency warning sign during traffic accidents.
They also can’t be used indoors because of the substantial smoke that is generated from the pyrotechnic compound burning. One exception to this would be in starting a fire in the fireplace. The smoke just goes up the chimney. As an ignition device it is pretty handy. 30 minutes or so of high temperature flame, which can be positioned by holding one end of the flare.
It is also the only flame-based device that can be waved back and forth safely if you wish to signal someone. You can also run with a flare if needed. Remember to hold the flare to the left or right of you while moving forward, to keep the smoke away from your face.
Road flares are also one of the only flame-based items, which need no ignition device. The top is like one giant match, and just needs to be rubbed briskly against something. This can be invaluable if water has drenched everything and you can’t get a dry fire started.
In a pinch, road flares can be used as a poor mans fuse. The flare burns uniformly at a steady rate. Attaching an item at some point on the flare will ensure that it will ignite. Keep in mind that the flare is bright, so if you are planning on using this as a timing device to “blow something up”, you may want to conceal it.
Note: Road flares shouldn’t be confused with “Marine” or underwater flares. Marine and underwater flares burn much hotter and give off a brighter light, sometimes being white rather than red. These flares create more smoke and if dropped in water, will keep burning. They can be extinguished by impacting them heavily onto a hard surface like cement, the hope being to knock off enough of a chunk of the burning tip that the underlying surface doesn’t catch. Road flares are not waterproof, and will go out if doused in water.
Where to get more them: Hardware stores, auto part stores, some general goods like target, Wal-Mart. Grocery stores with an automotive section, although some automotive sections are of
the light variety and only carry things like air fresheners and quarts of oil.
Marinas will carry marine flares. Specialty shops that deal with scuba supplies will also have marine flare and underwater flare devices.
Lighters / Matches:
In most cases this will be your last source of light. We take matches for granted. The self-striking match has been embedded in our culture, especially when it comes to the smoking population. Because of them the apocalypse will most likely never be without matches. Thank you smokers!
Who cares about matches? You do if you don’t have any lying around. This shouldn’t be a problem. Everyone has matches, or lighters, or both. Even if you don’t smoke you probably have candles, which by default need matches. Older model gas fireplaces and stoves need matches. Birthday candles need matches. Fireworks need matches!
So if you smoke, and this is the only time I will encourage you, good job! You’ve got this one covered!
Lighters and matches are basically short-term candles, and the same rules apply. Don’t go wandering around a big closet filled with fireworks with a box of matches. Don’t crawl down a badger hole with a lighter. These are bad ideas.
Where to get more: Grocery stores, drug stores, specialty stores, restaurants that still allow smoking, general stores, convenience stores, all gas stations and truck stops, most bars.
Secondary locations: Abandoned houses, abandoned factories, abandoned meeting places of every kind. Special bonus hiding place: office drawers. You’ve got a 1 in 5 chance of finding
some there. In the end of the world, those are good odds.
Note: Some matches will be more valuable than others, such as waterproof camping versions, or water resistant military version. The actual value may be off set by the huge abundance of lighters. Current estimates of lighters in America range from 50-200 million.
Still, even with the large numbers of lighters produced, it can’t hurt to several fire making materials. Pick up a few extra when you get a chance.
Vehicle headlights
The common automobile headlight is a paradox of sorts. It is by far the most powerful lighting device you own. It can light up a broad area for hours, it has a huge long life battery, and it recharges itself!
All that doesn’t do you much good while it sits inside a garage or out on the street. If you want to light up your basement, headlights aren’t going to help. Vehicles are mobile, which can give you some breathing room if needed. You have an outside project, which needs to be done at night. Using the headlights will be much more efficient than rigging up something with a lantern or series of flashlights.
Headlights are also great for security if the need arises. Criminals by nature tend to avoid bright light areas. Maybe a large beam of white light conjures up images of God exposing their sins. Nothing scares away intruders quite like high beams at short range. If you have a decent sized yard, the average vehicle can be moved into different positions facing the house, and can be used to illuminate areas that are next to a large glass door or window. Remember to run the engine every so often to keep the battery from running down. Low beams uses less energy than high beams, and will do the job just as well. High beams are good for illuminating large areas at some distance. Keeping your lights on is recommended if you are going to be using your vehicle for
sleeping. Intruders are less likely to approach a well-lit vehicle.
Tip: When sleeping in your car, set an alarm every two hours. You can use the lights without a running engine for the first two, then turn on the engine for the next two. Repeat as necessary. Your battery will stay charged. This is important in case you need to make a quick exit.
It’s unlikely, but there is a chance you don’t have any portable light sources at all. The fireplace will have to do. It can also supplement your light if you are low on batteries, candles, or other devices. If you haven’t used it in a while, make sure the check that the flue is open. If it’s not, the first few minutes of your fire will be filled with smoke and coughing. Using a fireplace screen is always recommended to reduce the chance of embers popping out and burning things close to the brick.
Fireplace Tips: You’re using your fireplace as much as possible. You’ve gone through the logs, and the lower branches on your trees, and your neighbor’s trees. You need something to burn! If it’s heat and light you need, and you absolutely have to have it, then you will have to turn to paper products first, then possibly furniture you don’t care about.
Look first to your recycle bin. It’s ok; the truck isn’t going to pick it up this week. Roll up the paper first. If you have rubber bands, you can make small paper or cardboard logs. If rubber bands are too small, try string or wire. Paper products will create more ash; so make sure to clean the fireplace more often. Other paper products you can use: Catalogs, the yellow pages, and older books. I wouldn’t recommend burning the Bible, God hates that. Go through your closets, your basement, and your attic. Maybe you have a collection of National Geographic.
Note that if you have Pornography tucked away, chances are someone in your family is going to find it. Better burn that when they’re asleep.
After paper start looking at wooden shelving. Most of it is made of particleboard anyway. It should burn quite well. Try to stay away from plastics. They have the potential to create toxic smoke, and I don’t want to see anyone hurt. Do not under any circumstances try to burn old tires. Tires create a huge amount of black smoke, they don’t fit well in the fireplace, and they are difficult to extinguish. Burning a tire in the street as a distraction is ok, and would give you a real good idea of what it could do in your living room.
This fits into the light source category more than others, mostly because anyone that fires up a generator will probably try to get some electric lights working first.
Pros: The obvious. You have light again. You have power again. At the very least you can plug in multiple electrical items, like a freezer, a microwave, floodlights, power tools, air compressors, etc. In a best-case scenario, you could have your generator hardwired to
a fuse box, and if there were enough power, you’d hardly even know the lights went out in the first place. The power is yours, but how long can you hold onto it?
Cons: Generators use fuel, which is limited. How long you can use it depends on the fuel supply on hand, and what you can acquire. Generators can be noisy, and in a very quiet neighborhood, absent of all the white noise that used to drown out something like a generator, you will stick out like a sore thumb.
Drawing attention to your house isn’t exactly a good thing in a tense situation. People covet, people envy. Your neighbors want what you have and they don’t. Generators have to be placed in well-ventilated areas, which usually means they are outside. They are also fairly light. Two people can walk at a good pace carrying a generator. They can be disconnected easily. These things mean that yours will be outside, making noise, and giving you light, which also draw attention. Potential predators can see this from literally a mile away.
This isn’t to scare you or make you paranoid; it’s just the facts. Anyone with a generator has to acknowledge that it is a target of theft, or maybe worse. A smart thief will know that anyone who prepared enough to have light and power will also have other things, and now this motor running outside your house is covering the sound of their footsteps.
Where to get more: Hardware stores, some camping store, some bulk stores.
4. Batteries (Priority)
Like ammunition, batteries could be lumped with their main flashlight counterparts. What makes them different is that batteries have multiple devices that can be used. This item listing was created to define types, brands and potential devices, as well as the best place to find them.
Top 2 things you will be using batteries for: 1. Flashlights. 2. Portable radios.
Batteries equal light, and as discussed above, light will be a hot commodity, one that can be bartered for. Batteries are based on metal and dense chemicals, so they are heavier than other supplies. Keep this in mind before throwing a couple hundred D cells into a large container. Try
picking that box up quickly without using your legs.
Batteries hold a charge for a limited time. The technology has gotten better, and right now the average lifespan of a good battery is about 6 or 7 years. In some cases a high-powered battery can go a year or two past that. Battery type means everything when it comes to lifespan. The more power the battery claims to have, the better it is. Your lights will be brighter, and your radio will last longer.
Brand names count for a lot when it comes to batteries. You get what you pay for. This isn’t like knockoff designer jeans where a fake can look almost like the real thing. Look for batteries by name. The two brands that quickly come to mind are Duracell and Energizer. Both are outstanding, and in blind taste tests, really can’t be told apart from one another. Everything else is a distant cousin, such as generic Eveready, ray-o-vac, and Kodak brands.
Many electronic manuals will tell you not to mix high power with low power batteries. While this is true in the civilized “why doesn’t my DVD remote work from the kitchen” world, it doesn’t hold water now. Mix away. You can even combine dead batteries with live ones in a pinch. You will get lower performance, but it’s better than nothing at all.
Batteries seem to get cheaper every year, and bulk packs are everywhere. Having some spares in the basic four flavors is recommended. The most popular being D, C, AA, and AAA.
Tip: Battery testers can be found in a variety of places now, and can really be handy in an emergency situation. They usually run about $15 and can tell you if a battery is holding high, medium and low power. The testers run off of calculator batteries, which are quite common as well. In a trading post scenario, they are essential, because the average person can’t tell good from bad when it comes to batteries, unless you were thinking of having a series of flashlights, and can judge based on the light output how valuable the battery really is.
Where to get more: Look around your house first. You will have some of what you need. Most of your remotes will use either AA or AAA. Large toys will use D and C. Small toys will use AA and AAA. Adult toys will use either AA or C.
Secondary choices: Grocery stores, Hardware stores, pharmacies, general store, bulk food outlets, electronics stores, toy stores, any place that sells any electronic devices will carry a supply of batteries.
5. Receive only radio (Priority)
What’s going on in the world? Don’t you wish that, somehow, you knew the answer to that question? World events don’t mean much to you right now. You’re sitting comfortably on your plush sectional, flipping between stations on your digital cable, knowing with reassurance that at any time you can go to one of 50 different channels dedicated to the freshest and most interesting stories. You literally have news on tap, 24 hours a day.
And what if you don’t have access to the TV right now? Maybe you’re family is hogging the remotes, pouring over entertainment delights. You still have the high speed Internet, with millions of different pages, telling you within seconds what’s going on in every part of the globe.
If and when the power goes out, all that changes. Some of you may have already experienced this once or twice in your life. In those situations a radio or portable television is your only lifeline to the outside world. This is the information that could affect your course of actions. People will crave it more than the season finale of American idol. It is the one constant source of hope. You must find the signal, the message that lets you know the government is coming to help, keeps people going, keeps people motivated, and most importantly, helps keep people from turning on each other.
This is the one item that you won’t have to worry about. If you don’t want to spend any effort, money or thought on a radio, then you don’t have to. There is a 95% chance you already have one, specially built with a rechargeable battery, multiple bands and preset stations. Heck, it’s even got heated seats! Yes, your car / truck radio is the easiest choice to find out what you want, when you want. Just get in, hit scan, and keep one ear glued to the dash.
The drawbacks for this convenience are glaring. You’re now in your car, and not in your home. Cars can be vulnerable, especially if they are parked in the street. All vehicles have the ability to
run the radio from inside the garage. This will be a relatively safe place to listen to world events. Remember to charge the battery by running the engine every so often. The radio doesn’t draw much power off of a large car battery. Running the car for 20 minutes once a week should be fine to keep the energy level high.
Again, if you run the engine in the garage make sure that either the garage door is open, or you leave the garage while it’s running. The carbon monoxide that a car exhaust creates tricks the brain into “not panicking” when your body starts to run out of oxygen. In short, you would just go to sleep and never wake up. It’s estimated that around 1800 people a year, mostly intoxicated, accidentally fall asleep when they return home to their garage, with tragic results.
A car is the easiest of all radio solutions, but it is far from optimum. There are hundreds of different portable radio devices, some designed specifically for survival situations. The best radios cover frequencies other than the basic AM and FM. If you get a chance, pick one up that can deliver basic television audio as well.
Portable radios extend their battery time by using a small earpiece instead of a speaker. Ipod type headphones also work well with portable radio jacks. Having a few different radios gives better coverage when scanning all frequencies. They also come in handy if you are looking for something constructive your children can be involved with. A radio is after all, media based, and your kids will be anxious to hear about what’s going on as much as you.
If you have the extra money, picking up a digital radio with auto scan (similar to scan in your car) is worth the extra effort. Scan means more hands free time that you could spend doing other things. Very helpful if you’re alone, or when everyone else is asleep.
Where to get more: Electronics stores, general stores, bulk stores, camping stores, hardware.
Secondary locations: – Office buildings (most will not have batteries inside), Abandoned homes, look for small radios such as Ipods or older Walkman types.
6. Fire Extinguisher: (Priority)
This device is constantly overlooked, but in an emergency situation it’s potentially a lifesaver. If you still have water pressure during a fire, then using water to extinguish flames isn’t a big deal. If the water is off however, the last thing you want to do is use up your remaining water supply to fight a fire. Chemical fire extinguishers can put out the flames without any liquid, saving you resources. If the fire spreads too quickly and you’re pretty sure that you won’t be able to contain it, then move what supplies you can out of the house, because there won’t be any fire engine sirens in the distance.
Fire Extinguishers can also be used as a non-lethal weapon in a desperate situation. Pointed at the face, it can temporarily blind or disorient the attacker. Note that it isn’t tear gas, and after the person takes a few moments to clear their eyes, they will most likely be even more enraged, so hit them with an iron skillet or get the hell out of there!
The supply items mentioned so far are essential, and if you have a decent amount of all of them, you can keep going for weeks, months, or more until help arrives. Congratulations, you get to live longer than your neighbors! Now it’s time to look at items that add to the quality of life.
Chapter 5: One mans trash
“Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool”
– Seneca
Once the priority items are taken care of, you need to look past just “living” and see how close you can get back to “normality”. It’s never going to be exactly the way it was, but with a little creative thinking, and some luck, you may be able to forge a comfortable niche for yourself. This is relative contentment. All the items in this next section fit this bill in some fashion. Again, these are not listed in any particular order, because the level of importance will depend on the group or individual. For example, first aid has been burned into our brains since childhood of being a necessity, and it can be, for small pain relief or minor injuries. A first aid kit is going to do little against a deep cut, let alone a bullet wound. It does however offer some psychological comfort and reassurance that someone can be helped if injured.
Others who are very “bathroom conscious” may see a portable toilet as holding a higher rank than say, a power inverter. After all the “creature comforts” come the vices, which again, depending on the individual, may be ranked number one. This is due mostly to the huge psychological impact of their addiction to the substance, for it provides distraction and comfort in real life. In a crisis situation like this, the level of comfort will be magnified many times, distorting the decision making process.
Cigarettes for example, slightly dull certain pain centers of the brain. Alcohol can repress short-term memory, judgment, and make pressing matters seem rather trivial. Prescription painkillers can alter reality to where the individual has forgotten their current situation entirely. As illogical as it seems to be taking these substances in a crisis situation, their value is considerably high, especially for those who have lost hope.
A word on Recreational Vehicles
For the suburban “armchair survivalist”, this represents the ultimate in apocalyptic luxury living. This was going to be a miscellaneous item, but it covers so many needs, both primary and secondary, that it’s considerable value in a crisis situation needs to be addressed.
The “RV” has evolved over the decades from a meager bed and chair to what now resembles a “rolling house”, fully equipped with multiple bathrooms, very comfortable seating and sleeping quarters, kitchen, and a myriad of electronics.
If you have one of these vehicles, or know a good friend close by who has one, consider this the primary living quarters for the duration. The recreational vehicle has several advantages over a house during an “end of the world situation.
Built in power conversion: All late model RVs have an advanced power grid, which converts electricity from its petroleum engine to regular current. Everything you need is already hard wired into the bus. As long as the engine has fuel, everything will function like it does in “normal” life. This is what the RV was designed to do, create a home like environment in places where there is no power and plumbing.
The metal home: Except for the fuel supply, RV’s are much more resistant to extremes than homes. They are designed to hold up well against wind, rain, and heat. They are also made of metal, which means the chances of an exterior fire breaking out are reduced.
Advanced information: In addition to the standard radio frequencies, many RVs have communication bands. Higher end models may even have a direct television dish, which can run if a neighborhood power grid is disabled. This will give the RV owner visual news that other homeowners will not have access to.
Hot meal ready: Mobile homes like the one pictured above have a self contained cooking facility which will run one either electricity or gas. Meals can be cooked at leisure. If the gas runs out, the on board microwave can be a suitable substitute.
Extended lifespan: It is true that RVs get terrible gas mileage, and the fuel can be used up quickly if there is no place to refill. If the vehicle is running the engine without moving, the fuel will be consumed at a much slower rate. An RV tank is generally many times larger than that of a common car. This will provide power over a long period of time if rationed wisely.
Mobility: In the event of an added emergency, like a fire, earthquake, or flood, the RV can be moved to a safer location. This can be very convenient if a neighborhood is located with better protection than your own.
Entertainment: A minor benefit in a crisis situation, but always good for morale. The RV’s entertainment systems, be it music, DVD, or video games, are still functional as long as the battery and engine have power. These things can significantly lower stress levels of yourself and your family.
Note: RVs are not bulletproof. Their metal skin can slow down and sometimes deflect small caliber ammunition, but it will not protect you against larger caliber rifle rounds.
First Aid (Optional, but important)
You’re out of your element, out of your routine. You and your family will be doing things inside the house they don’t normally do. Lifting, pulling, dragging, sorting, opening, filling, all the while in environments that are different than what they are used to. Mistakes will be made. Someone will drop something, run into something, or more likely, something will run into him or her.
Cuts, bumps, bruises are all part of the game. A first aid kid helps not only physically, but also psychologically. A band-aid does wonders for the soul, especially in children. Now if they could only package a kiss to make it better.
First aid kits vary in size from the pocket version to a full blown med kit, which can treat moderate wounds. Pick up a few, one for the home, and one for the car. Good ones include multiple size bandages, gauze, some aspirin, alcohol pads, and maybe a few lower end surgical tools.
Where to get more: First aid kids are limited in general population. General stores, camping stores, anything dealing with the outdoors.
Secondary choices: Most companies, regardless of size and type, will have at least one first aid kid on the premises.
Light Pharmaceuticals (Optional)
Never underestimate the power of low-grade painkillers. They take them for headaches, backaches, stomachaches, arthritis, joint inflammation, and sometimes even stress. Speaking of stress, did I mention that you are involved in what could quite possibly be the end of civilization as we know it? Something tells me that the over the counter painkillers are going to be a popular item.
Brand names will matter at first, but will lose their preference over time. Start out with the well known. Tylenol, Excedrin, and all their variants. Aspirin will never go out of style. Antihistamines, allergy relief, stomach relief, anything you can remember seeing a commercial for has value in this bizarre reality you now live in.
Where to get more: The usual suspects, grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, general stores, gas stations. Should be easy to find in generous quantities.
Power inverter (Optional)
For those of you who haven’t seen these, they are a great substitute for a full-blown generator, and here’s why: The power inverter plugs into the cigarette lighter of your vehicle and coverts it so that you can plug in regular household items. The premise is that your car / truck already has the engine to generate the juice; all you need is the adapter. They cost about 1/4 the price of a generator, and weigh about the same as a laptop computer. I can’t say enough about this option. If you want quick power, without worrying about theft, this may be for you.
Let’s look at it a little closer. Say you need to use a power saw to cut or build something critical next to, or in your home. You just start the car in the garage (garage door open), hook up an extension cord, hit the car alarm and away you go. If you have to go some distance, you just get in the car and drive there. Generators need 2 people to carry it easily. Best of all, you can use the power even if the car isn’t running. Be careful though. Once your car battery is drained, you will need to jump it from another vehicle.
Where to get more: Very limited supplies. Specialty camping stores, RV dealerships, some boat dealerships. Your best bet is online.
Secondary locations: None. You’re best bet when the power goes out is to steal the whole RV or large boat, because they have them built in!
Water purification tablets (Optional)
Water purification tablets are small aspirin size tabs that can be added to a suspicious water source, killing most of the harmful germs that can lead to some intestinal problems. The value of these won’t be high during the first week. Most bottled water and confirmed safe water will be used up first. After that will be rainwater. This should be purified just to be safe. Drinking your rainwater today might be completely harmless. A few weeks after a crisis situation, without accurate news to tell you of potential contaminants, can produce problems.
Purification tablets are a good trading item. Everyone will want piece of mind when it comes to drinking water. It’s a safe bet that if you stock up on these, they won’t go to waste.
Where to get more: Very limited supply. Camping stores, hardware stores, and some general stores.
Substitutions: 4 drops of generic laundry bleach per gallon of water, mix well. Boiling water can help in a pinch. In a perfect world, everyone would own an old type still, used to make moonshine. This still can make purified water (with a heat source to boil), hence the term, distilled water. Distilled water creates no residue when it dries, because the particles are too heavy to be carried with the water vapor that is created.
Sleeping bags (Optional)
Bedding in America is plentiful. Sleeping bags fall somewhere in between optional and priority, especially with families. We learn as both children and parents that when things get scary, the family likes to sleep in the same room, most commonly the parent’s bedroom.
This instinct will be even more prominent in a long-term power outage. A good place for the entire family to sleep could be the bedroom, but more likely it will be a living or family room, wherever the fireplace is. People sleep around campfires, and the light from inside the fireplace will have the same mental effect. It’s light, it’s heat, and it’s reassuring.
Sleeping bags have different temperature ratings; so pick one that is suitable for your climate. Most homes without heat will drop to near outside temperatures within a few days, regardless of the type of windows. An active fireplace will help, but if it’s 55 degrees outside, expect 59-60 inside.
Sleeping bags are also portable. They can easily be moved from one house to another, or from a house to a refugee center. Bags that can withstand lower temperatures will be thicker and heavier to carry. Keep that in mind if you plan to travel anywhere on foot.
Where to get more: Limited locations. Camping stores, some bulk stores, some general stores.
Secondary locations: Abandoned homes
Substitutions – Bedding from existing sleeping quarters, extra blankets lying around.
Tip – If you use existing bedding, don’t bring everyone’s mattress into the living room. It will make it difficult to walk around during the day. Try to treat this area like a camping situation.
Tents (not recommended)
Tents always seem to pop up in survival documents. I agree they have usefulness, if you’re in the woods or other environment without pre-built structures. This isn’t that place. You’re an average American. You’ve most likely been camping what, once or twice in your life? No need to start going down that road now. Tents provide no protection in a suburban environment. I don’t even recommend them if your house has a big hole in the ceiling and it’s raining on you. You simply can’t see enough once you’re inside. With the front flap closed you are blind.
If you’re huddled on the side of a mountain, hoping the reach the summit in a few days, then great, a tent is just what you need. I still think you’re a little nutty for going up the mountain in the first place, but then again, I can’t understand ice climbers either.
Gasoline (Optional)
I’ve had a few people ask me if I was going to add this to the list. I had mixed feelings about it. It is by far and away the most important resource from an economic standpoint. Gasoline is a strange product, almost ethereal in a way. It isn’t electricity, but it can generate it if needed. It’s not a battery, but it can charge one. It can be both used to make medicine and weaponry.
It is the sole reason our civilization, especially the United States, has achieved so much growth over the last 100 years. In a severe crisis situation, it will probably be consumed so quickly, be used up at such an alarming rate, that within a few weeks, only very small pockets will exist in an average American city.
But then again, maybe the decrease in supply will be slower, more methodical. It all depends on what the average Joe does. As mentioned earlier, you will either stay or leave your current location in favor of one that gives you a better chance. If you go, the fuel in your car, which is the only fuel you have on hand, gets used during the drive. If you stay, you will have anywhere between 1 to 20 gallons of gasoline sitting in your vehicles tank.
Other than power generators, which will be few and far between, this gas, will be used to power your vehicle. It can be transferred to another car via a siphon (hose). It can also be stolen using the same siphon (see looting). Cars mean mobility, and this mobility has value. Gas can be stored in a car without any problems for 6 months or so. By then there will be a lot of siphoning going on. I’m still trying to work out the potential logistics because there is a real unknown factor to be considered. Where would you go if you had a full tank of gas? If family were more than a tank away, then it would have to be local. There is no work commute. You aren’t dropping the kids off at school. Most looting is done on foot, unless you have a group to do it with.
Gasoline is the unknown factor in the grand equation. There will be a large supply available, but
it will be broken up into hundred and thousands of smaller supply groups. If a trading post could be established, gasoline would still be the most sought after resource. People would trade things for gasoline, and fill their vehicle. They would then have options and the freedom to go places. They wouldn’t have direction though. I suppose they would be trading for the mobility option alone. In case they needed to take off, they could. There will be some people who will create Molotov cocktails (glass bottles filled with gasoline, a small piece of burning cloth attached to the bottle) they have very few practical uses in an apocalyptic situation.
Where to get more: Gas stations (good luck getting that with a siphon), marinas, private airfields, any abandoned car, truck, boat, or plane.
Tip: Airplane fuel is a higher octane and shouldn’t be used in car engines if possible. In a pinch it can be mixed with regular gasoline. Your engine will run hotter, and should not be used to tow objects or climb steep hills during that time.
Tip: Larger trucks run on diesel fuel, which will not work in regular gasoline engines. Diesel fuel smells much different than gasoline. It is still valuable for larger vehicles.
Gas Siphon (Optional)
Gas Siphons haven’t changed much over the years. In the old days, and by that I mean ever since the car was invented, people used a short length of hose to siphon gas from vehicles. All you need is suction (usually human powered) to get the gas flowing, and then you could run it into a container outside the car.
The unpleasant drawback is that the person doing the sucking is going to get a mouthful of gas when it first clears the tube, no matter what. No one tells you that part; sort of like the person getting CPR has a 90% chance of throwing up in the mouth of the person resuscitating them. Gross. Gasoline won’t kill you, even if you swallow it. I don’t recommend drinking it. It tastes terrible, much like a bad moonshine! Gas Siphons are built with a small hand pump, which does the sucking for you. If you don’t own one already, and you think you will be using or trading gas, you may want to invest the 20 bucks. If not? Get a short piece of garden hose and get ready to start sucking.
Tip: Do not think you came up with a clever idea and use a wet / dry vacuum to start the suction process out of the car. The vacuum does suck liquids, but it also runs on a motor. The motor has internal sparks. The gasoline vapor may catch fire, burning up the dry vacuum and spreading to the car.
Where to get more: Auto parts store.
Gas cans (optional)
This was going to be included with the siphon, but there are some important tips here that should be mentioned separately.
Tips: Proper gas cans will either be heavy RED plastic or metal in nature. Look carefully at the container to see if it has warnings about storing gasoline. If it does, you CANNOT use it to hold fuel for extended periods of time. Here’s why: Petroleum is one of the major ingredients in most plastics. Because of this, it has a tendency to break down and dissolve lower level plastic containers. Tupperware will not work. Milk or water jugs will buckle and burst. You should only used “marked” gasoline containers.
Where to get more: Auto parts stores, some general stores, any store with an automotive section. Gas stations will have a limited supply of mostly 2-3 gallon containers.
Substitutions – Any metal container with a small top opening. I do not recommend large 5-gallon metal paint containers because they have such a large top lid.
Cash (Optional)
Even in the late 1970’s, cash was one of the top ten things to include in a survival pack. Today, it’s value declines to almost nothing within 72 hours.
Here’s why: Most stores, no matter what type, run on advanced electronic registers. They use laser bar code scanners and registers that calculate tax automatically. When the power goes out, the stores will be crippled. A Mom and Pop shop may run manual calculators and take cash. The problem is that no one will have it. People rarely carry any substantial amount of physical currency. Credit cards are the rule of the day. The ATM machines need power to run.
I still don’t keep any cash lying around. I do this because the grocery store, pharmacy and gas station within walking distance will just shut down in the event of a power loss. Everyone will just wait. The only situation I can think of where money might be helpful is using the cash to bribe someone who 1. Works at a place that has something I need, and 2. Is dumb enough to take it, not knowing that within a week, food and water will be the new currency.
If you doubt this, and some will, try this exercise. Imagine you had $500 in 20 dollar bills tucked away in a shoebox. Try to spend all of it in the first 72 hours of a long-term power outage. Then try to spend the rest of it a week later.
Where to get more: Just find a cash register, and open it. Banks are good too. If I see someone actually looting a bank a week or two in, I’m going to ask them what exactly are their long-term
plans. Chances are they won’t have any.
Extra clean clothes (optional)
All your disaster movies seem to have the heroes looking dirty and tattered after a short time. Real life news stories seem to mimic this in different ways. The point is people get grubby in a hurry. The world is full of dirt and grime. Your everyday clothes are vulnerable. They can get wet; suffer smoke damage, and get covered with mud. Don’t let the end of civilization stop you from looking your best!
That’s not just shallow advice. People feel better when they’re clean, except for maybe football linemen, mud wrestlers and bikers. Keeping a few changes of clothes in a sealed plastic container is always a good idea during situations like this. You’ve just been running away from zombies for the last 2 hours, you stink! How do you think you’re self esteem is going to hold up when you try to hold your son or daughter and they say, “Mommy, you smell like ass”.
Even a few outfits, something simple like jeans and a t-shirt (always a good apocalyptic classic), some socks, underwear, would be enough. Put them in a garbage bag; store them in a box or high shelf of a closet.
Where to get more: All clothing stores.
Secondary choices – Abandoned houses will have lots of extra clothing, although you may end up wearing a God awful Hawaiian Muumuu or a t-shirt that says something like “I’m with stupid”, which is oddly appropriate now. I think entire families should wear those shirts, would be a great gag.
Backpack (Optional)
You may need to make a quick exit. A backpack is just common sense. You only have two arms, and that Batman style utility belt isn’t going to hold everything and the kitchen sink.
Lots of kids carry backpacks now, from primary on up through college. Go take theirs. It’s not like they were learning anything.
Tip: When loading a backpack, try to keep the heavy items at the bottom, and things you need to get to quickly towards the top. A weapon doesn’t do you much good if you’re doing that whole back scratching movement, flailing to find something you can’t see.
Where to get more: Camping and outdoor stores, some general stores, some bulk stores.
Toilet water (Optional)
Remember that toilets work on gravity. They don’t need incoming water to function. Without running water they will need to be filled up. It may seem like a luxury, until you’re copping a squat in a bucket. Do what you can to keep the toilet working. Trust me, it’s the little things that matter.
The good news: You can use just about any liquid to fill the back of the toilet. Pond water, stream water, rain water, you name it. Just get a container and fill it from time to time. I know it’s heavy, but you’re motivated.
Tip: If there is a large supply of pond water, get it during the day, and let your neighbors know what you’re up to. They may follow your example, and their houses will smell a bit better too.
Tip: Conserving water is a good idea, but don’t wait too long to flush. Your mood will already be bad enough without having to flush an apocalyptic toilet. Ick.
Where to get more: Any place that has a generous amount of non-potable (not drinkable) water.
Toilet paper (Optional?)
Logic dictates that you should be eating less as food resources start getting scarce, but you will need to use the lieu from time to time.
Someone once wrote: “the apocalypse doesn’t officially start until the toilet paper runs out”. I love that quote. It’s meaning is simple: We take for granted the little conveniences that make our lives easier, and when these things are removed, it just pisses us off. Toilet paper is one of these. We use it every day for various tasks. We fight over who left the empty roll on the holder. We laugh as the cat discovers that it spins! We watch Seinfeld as Elaine asks if she can spare a square.
You’ve just run out, oh crap! There are no easy answers here. You either have it or you don’t. Ration out your squares people!
Where to get more: General store, grocery, pharmacies, bulk stores, some convenience.
Secondary locations: Abandoned homes, any abandoned building with a bathroom.
Sub 1 – Kleenex type tissue. This type of tissue is softer than toilet paper, but doesn’t dissolve well in septic systems. You are now free and clear to use these at will.
Sub 2 – Paper napkins / Paper towels. Depending on the type and brand, tend to be rougher than normal TP. They also don’t dissolve well in sewer systems.
Sub 3 – Any other regular paper product from newspaper to copy machine stacks. Brace yourself. If you are the tender backside type, it is going to be an eye opening experience. The good side is that you will never complain about generic toilet paper again.
Advanced tip: If you absolutely cannot find any paper products, you can use small squares of
cloth, but don’t flush them down the toilet. They tend to jam up pipes quickly. Treat them like dog poop in a city. Put it in a small bag and tie it off. After a while you may think about burying or burning it.
Sponges (Optional)
After a few days of not taking a shower, you’re going to start getting pretty gamy. A few days after that and your dog is going to think about rolling in you. Do yourself and the people around you a favor, and wash up. What? No running water? No problem! This is a very old trick taken from the healthcare community. Sponge baths! Bucket of water, some soap, and of course, a sponge.
Go into the bathroom with maybe a candle, preferably scented, and scrub yourself down. This may even be fun with a spouse involved, or maybe not. Get the kids washed up too. You don’t want them catching anything. Just about any sponge will do, big ones hold the most water. You can also use them to get water on top of your head. It’s soothing, relaxing, and gives you a chance to unwind a bit. Yes you are vulnerable while partially or completely naked. If you’re worried about a break in, consider that the least amount of crime occurs at sunrise and sunset.
.Where to get more: General stores, some convenience stores, some bulk stores, any place that sells cleaning supplies.
Secondary locations: Abandoned homes (Make sure to rinse out any sponges that smell like cleaning products), any company’s janitor closet.
Substitutes: Washrags work just about as well, but don’t hold as much water.
Portable stove (Toasty)
You can eat your food cold, but why? There is a reason why they call them hot meals, it’s because they taste better than cold meals. Heating up food is a time-honored tradition. It improves morale. Imagine smile on your children’s faces as they are eating a hot bowl of, raccoon casserole. I’m kidding. It’s squirrel.
A portable cooking station is a great way to bring people together. The heat lets the aroma out, gets peoples appetites up, and even makes the food seem better than it really is. Think of all the fond kitchen memories you have of someone close to you cooking a delicious meal and the smells surrounding it.
Anything that runs propane is a great choice, because it can be set up anywhere. If you do acquire one, make sure to get extra fuel for it. This is by far the most relevant quality of life item, because even though rations will keep you alive, it’s little things like hot cooked food that make life worth living.
Where to get more: Camping stores, some bulk outlets, some hardware stores:
Substitutes: You have a couple, so no excuses; fix your family a hot meal!
Sub 1. Gas grill, if you have it. The propane in those tanks should hold you for a week or so. Use pans on top and cook with lid closed to increase heat efficiency.
Sub 2. The fireplace. Burn the wood or paper under the grating, and use a pan with a lid to keep any stray ash out.
Portable toilet (Smelly)
These vary in shapes and size, but the cheapest and easiest to make and use are standard 5 gallon buckets with a cheap plastic lid in the shape of a toilet seat. The portable toilets are meant mostly for hunters who think it’s fun to spend their Fall days getting drunk in the woods while sitting in a deer blind. Good times! They work with a garbage can type liner that collects the good stuff. You then tie off the bag and bury it. I recommend burying it somewhere the dog can’t get to it. You’d rather have your canine rolling in an old moose carcass than bringing one of those bags back into the house. “Daddy, the dog’s breath smells worse than you do”!
This is a “just in case” item. If the power runs out your toilet will still work as long as the water is on. When the water is off you can still fill the tank. All well in good, but maybe there is an earthquake, and the toilet cracks, making it unable to hold water? That is where the portable version comes in. Let’s hope you never have to use it.
Where to get more: – Camping stores.
Secondary locations – Abandoned houses of people that hunt.
Substitutes: Does a yuppie crap in the backyard? They will if they don’t have a toilet.
A good hat (hats are back in)
This may seem like a ridiculous item. It’s not. I don’t have a lot of hair and I still bought one. I’m not thinking of me here, I’m thinking for those people with good hair. You know who you are. I hate you, and yet, I still try to help. You good hair types are going to be taking sponge baths now, and washing your hair isn’t going to be high on your list of things to do. Fend off zombies, check. Steal gas from neighbor’s car, check. Wash hair, nah.
Hats get hair out of the way. Hats let you do more active things without worrying about it. Ever been river rafting or seen pictures of people river rafting? People wear a lot of hats. Hats give you some protection. You could go with something more elaborate, like a bike helmet, but then people will just ask “where ya headed”? You could wear a plastic construction hat, and then people will ask you to help them with their water or power because they think you work for the city. How about an army style helmet? Eh, probably too militant for your neighborhood. Stick with something simple. Your kids may also like hats; it’s like dress up!
Cloth baseball type caps are good. Try to stay away from the nylon and foam types. Darker colors are better because they don’t show grime as much. White foam caps that say “keep on truckin” or “best friends forever” are right out. I will be looking for you people. Black hats with a Harley Davidson eagle are bad ass.
Where to get more: Sporting good stores, camping stores, clothing stores, especially towns with a college. College kids love hats.
Secondary choices: – Abandoned homes, Some companies will give these out as promotional materials to clients, although, the more I think about it, don’t loot a company warehouse just for hats, that’s silly, unless it’s a Harley Davidson hat. That’s bad ass.
A good pair of work boots (butch)
Good shoes. Should I say more? A good pair of footwear can mean all the difference. The world is burning around you. Those 8-year-old flip-flops with the broken strap aren’t going to cut it. Neither are those 4-inch pumps. I don’t care if they’re more comfortable than they look. It’s dark. You’re going to be stubbing your toe into all sorts of new things. You’re going to drop a variety of items from chest level, and they are going to land somewhere near those oh so delicate clodhoppers of yours. Protect them, with a solid pair of shoes.
Pretend you were going to go camping. You never go camping, I see. Just pretend! What would you wear? Put those on now, and keep them on. No, snow boots are not the same thing, neither are galoshes. High top basketball shoes are better; something with a steel toe would be nice. Of all the items of clothing, this should be the first choice when looking around.
Where to get more – Shoe stores, camping stores, some hardware, some ski shops.
Police scanner (because you are a bad person)
Some years ago I ran into a group of guys who on a regular basis, would get drunk on happy hour martinis, eat a bunch of oysters, and talk about robbing a bank. Invariably, one of their items in this robbery fantasy was a police scanner.
This is a very optional item. As mentioned earlier, local law enforcement is going to go offline within a few days. There may be a crusader or two out there trying to keep the streets safe. This device allows you to listen into all emergency band frequencies within the city limits. It’s a pretty safe bet what you will hear is an increasing level of activity immediately after the blackout, which keeps building until there is a head to head conflict with a mob of some sort. This is where the intensity peaks, followed by a sharp decrease as law enforcement either deserts or moves to a safe location. After a while, you might hear some civilians on those channels as police units are stolen.
It’s an intriguing item. They are pretty expensive for what you get out of them. Tapping into the emergency bands of a town could tell you a great deal about where trouble is, and more importantly, where emergency vehicles are. You could use this information to find the nearest fire or police vehicle in case you had injured or sick people in your party.
Or, you could find out where the police and fire units were not.
Where to get more: Specialty electronic stores, Radio shack, some pawnshops.
Earplugs (What?)
Soldiers wear them. The firing range requires them. Your long-term hearing is important. Then again, so is your short term. Anyone who has ever fired a gun without hearing protection, or had a very loud explosion noise go off next to their head doesn’t need an explanation. To the rest of you, I’ll explain. A firearm round is not only propelled by a small explosive charge, but most bullets break the speed of sound right out of the barrel. Sound travels like ripples on the water. If they are used outdoors, the sound disperses quickly, depending on obstacles next to you. Inside a house, they dance around and play havoc with your eardrum.
Trust me when I say this. Firing a shotgun in a hallway or bedroom has a chance of disorienting you. The sound will bounce off the walls and seem to come at you from all sides. Your ears will ring loudly, and that ringing won’t fade for some time. Make it easy on yourself and take the sound out of the equation. You don’t need the added distraction of a temporary hearing loss. The flash of the gun, the shock of it pushing against your hand or shoulder, will be quite enough.
Having hearing protection also can give you an added advantage in a gunfight that takes longer than 10 seconds. If your opponent isn’t using any, he / she will be hearing impaired after their first shot. You will be able to hear their footsteps or their weapon action. They may even be dumb enough to yell over the ringing at anyone behind them. I recommend wearing them every time you’re carrying a firearm. Can’t be too careful.
Where to get more: Hardware stores, some auto parts stores.
Secondary choices: Manufacturing plants, shooting ranges.
Manual Can opener:
At one point I think I had five different can openers in storage. Over the last ten years, food-packaging technology, especially in convenience-oriented America, has gotten a lot better. Most soup cans now have pull-tab tops, which require no tools whatsoever. This is the same for some canned meats and vegetables, tuna fish, etc. I would expect that within the next five years, just about all cans to have this type of opening system.
However, this is not necessarily true for large bulk food can items you might find at Costco or a restaurant supply house. These items haven’t seen an increased demand for ease of use. As long as there are regular can tops out there, you should acquire one or two can openers. Why?
Because your electric can opener doesn’t work any more.
Where to get more: Hardware stores, Grocery stores, some bulk food stores, some camping supply stores.
Secondary choice: Abandoned homes.
Two way radio
Two-way radios have improved a great deal in the last 30 years, with some models running up to 25 miles or more. They’re small in size, and usually come with cool extras like power saving features, hands free talk options, and multiple channels for security. In short, they are cell phones that can be used within city limits.
If you plan on being alone the whole time, the two-way radio isn’t going to be of much use, unless you’re really bored. If you have a friend, and I really hope you do, then you now have long distance communication that can be helpful during scout missions, looting, defending, just about anything. Don’t overlook this item. All law enforcement units, including special weapons teams use them. You should too.
Deck of cards (Go fish!)
There is something I need to tell you about the apocalypse. There is no net flix. You can fiddle with your Play station controls all day; it’s not going to work. Americans are addicted to entertainment that is based on electricity. Without it, some people will really think the world has ended.
It’s times like these we have to return to the basic forms of entertainment that kept all the generations before us occupied. Board games, physical games, and of course, cards. There are hundreds of different card games and some believe or not, are pretty engaging! It wasn’t that long ago that my family spent the evenings teaching me all the rites of passage in old school entertainment: Yahtzee, Boggle, Sorry. Maybe those are too easy. How about Trivial Pursuit or Pictionary? Want something that takes a long time? Get the kids into a 4-hour marathon of Monopoly or Risk.
A little leisure goes a long way. It distracts you from the rest of the world. Who wants to think about giant radioactive spiders all day? Games are as old as humanity. The only difference in this type of world is that we have to take a step back and adjust to having fun without electronics. Oh yes, there will be holdouts. The game boys will be used until the little screens go dark. Some people will fire up generators just to play Madden 2010.
This is especially for the kids, who are going to create their own games if none are provided. You do not want them making up stuff like “pin the tail on the giant three-headed rabbit” or “who can hit the mutant with the most flaming tennis balls”. It just angers the mutants and that’s not fun for anyone.
Keep your urchins (and yourself) busy with a wholesome family game. Winners get extra rations. Losers get a cold sponge bath, or have to use bathroom tissue made out of copy paper. Let them pick. It adds to the fun.
Where to get more: Toy stores, general stores, any place that sells games. Some convenience stores.
Secondary choices: Abandoned homes.
Chapter 6: Smoke em if you got em:
“There are two infinites: One is the Universe, and the other is mankind’s stupidity, and I’m not sure about the Universe”
– Albert Einstein
No list would be complete without a small group of bad habits. In most end of the world movies where human vices survive, there is still a high demand for them. Why? Because they’re addictive! They’re bad for you. In a world where people are scrapping to live to the next day there is no logical reason for these things to exist!
Some of you will argue whether or not this section has any value. Who does it benefit? Today I can say with a great voice of confidence that it benefits you! Here’s why. You don’t have a vice. Fantastic. The opportunities for you and your family are nearly endless.
In times of high stress people turn even harder to things that make them feel better. In a situation where the stress never ends, the breaking point for people with addictions will be much quicker. When they finally snap, they will turn to whoever has what they need for help. If the people holding what they need are weaker, they will be overcome. If they are stronger, the addicts will barter. The addicts bartering abilities won’t be done with a clear head. They will be desperate, and in some cases will trade almost anything. Use this to your advantage, and bring them to their knees!
You feel sorry for them. There is nothing wrong with that. Pat yourself on the back, because you’re a good person. If you want, go ahead and give them some sensible words of advice, but do it after the trade. Don’t feel bad because they’re walking away with a few moments of relief, while you just gained weeks worth of supplies. You were more prepared. You were “stronger willed”. You are the ant. They are the grasshoppers.
It’s the vices that will be snapped up first, grabbed off the shelves in a mindless fury by the desperate. Your best chance at taking the upper hand here is to buy some now and store it away. These bottles and small boxes could mean the difference between starving and salvation. They could buy the time you and your family need.
Liquor (Vice)
Government sanctioned, population approved. Alcohol has been by our side for thousands of years. It is the cause of, and solution to, many of life’s problems. It is sought after by the young, and used as a crutch by the old. Almost everyone I know has a good (and bad) alcohol story.
Alcohol itself, in whatever form it takes, is by definition a depressant. It dulls the senses and reaction time. It dissolves the edge off of urgency. It impairs judgment. It has been called “liquid courage”.
It really has no place in a pure, organized survival structure. The last thing you want is to have alcohol mixed in with a group of people carrying weapons. The results could be disastrous. It ebbs the chain of command. Orders are ignored, respect takes a back seat, and basic instinct takes over.
My favorite alcohol based saying is from old Russia. “What’s on a sober mans mind is on a drunk mans tongue”. Drunk people say things they shouldn’t, and lose perspective. You don’t want tempers flaring. Not now. You and your group are barely holding on as it is.
Trade the alcohol off to the masses, otherwise known as the morons. Choose your trades wisely. Keep it away from people you like.
There is a time for everything, and I agree that people should eventually get a chance to cut loose. Alcohol does facilitate that. If you want to use it yourself, then save it for later, after the dust finally dies down.
Alcohol’s strength is based on proof, or measurement of alcohol content. The closer the proof number is to 200, the more pure alcohol it has. The higher the proof, the more potent the beverage is. As the potency gets higher, it takes less to get someone intoxicated. A bottle of whiskey is more valuable than a case of beer. It weighs much less. You need to drink less to receive the desired effect. For this reason alone I recommend sticking to hard liquors as a trade material. Any hard liquor is worth more than a bottle of wine. And to a lesser extent, a bottle of wine is worth more than a few cans of beer.
Note that all alcohol tricks the body into releasing excess water through urination. This is why you feel dehydrated later. Alcohol can never replace actual water. The low alcohol content of beer means you can drink more of it, but you’re still going to be thirsty afterwards.
Advanced tip: The most valuable alcohol in this situation has seen a recent comeback. It is government-sanctioned moonshine called Ever clear. Some of you will remember the name from social gatherings of your youth. It is 190 proof, the highest alcohol content available for legal sale, and about 10 states still aren’t allowed to sell it. It cannot be consumed without a mixer. It must be diluted with something else, like water, juice, or tonic. It has no smell or taste. Ever clear can be purchased at most liquor stores, and is inexpensive at $15 for a large bottle.
What makes Ever clear different from all other alcohol products is it’s ultra refined properties. It is pure alcohol, and is extremely flammable. It can be used in certain camping stoves. It can be used to start fires. Ever clear is sterile, and can be used to treat wounds if needed. Because of it’s very high alcohol content, it cannot ever freeze, and can be used to de-ice metal parts. One bottle can last a long time, in more than one capacity.
Where to get more: Depending on what state you live in, Alcohol may only be sold in liquor stores, or it could be sold in grocery stores and possibly bulk food stores.
Secondary sources – Abandoned home liquor cabinets.
Cigarettes (I have a bone to pick with you people)
For five years I told myself I wouldn’t bring this item to the trading table. It has done so much damage to our country. I can’t overstate it. Everyone knows someone who has died or is dying of cigarette related cancer. Everyone knows exactly what the product can do, and yet 30 years after the ads have been banned from television and radio, this country still has over 50 million people who smoke.
Maybe Dennis Leary was right. At this point you could put the cigarettes into a black pack with a skull and crossbones on the front, and people would still buy them. No matter what we do, there is a very large group of people out there who have decided that dulling the pain centers of their brain in small amounts is more important than the huge health consequences.
Once the cigarette trucks stop moving, their value will skyrocket. You think your smoker buddies light up a lot now, just wait until their stress levels jump up about five notches.
This item will be looted first, even before alcohol, because of its lightweight and convenient pre-packed portions. You will not be able to find cigarettes a week after the lights go out.
I have a challenge for the smoker reading this. You have the chance to live longer than most people. All you have to do is save the cigarettes you have, the cigarettes you just bought, and trade them later for needed supplies. Cigarettes can get you food, water, medicine, weapons,
anything. Just stop smoking when the power goes out. Lock them in a chest and hide the key. Put them in a plastic bag and bury them in the backyard.
Where to get more: Grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, bulk food.
Secondary choices: Vending machines, Office drawers, Vehicle glove boxes, abandoned homes.
Prescription drugs (Vice)
There are certain medicines that can be helpful to treat sick people. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, etc. For every one of those that are another five currently being abused in this country. Most of the culprits fall into the painkiller category. In normal circumstances they relieve extreme forms of pain. In regular doses, they can help with surgery recovery, muscle tears, broken bones and torn ligaments. That’s what they were designed for.
If taken by a healthy individual, the person feels a great sense of euphoria. In short, they get high, and could care less about anything. They are powerful escapism drugs, as strong as most black-market items. In a low resource environment, they will be more valuable than alcohol and cigarettes combined, because they can produce several mind-altering effects simultaneously.
Normally I would only recommend them for injuries. However if their value increases enough, it might be wise to see what you can get in trade. Prescription drugs, being chemical based, have an official expiration date of maximum potency. It’s value will slowly decrease after this date is reached, until the drugs effects are nominal.
The most popular types of prescription drugs include painkillers, mood stabilizers, and ADD or hyperactivity drugs.
Examples of Painkillers–sometimes referred to as narcotics—are morphine, codeine, and related medications. Morphine is often used before or after surgery to alleviate severe pain. Codeine is used for milder pain. Other examples of opioids that can be prescribed to alleviate pain include oxycodone (OxyContin) (Darvon) (Vicodin) (Dilaudid) (Demerol), which are used less often because of its side effects. In addition to their effective pain relieving properties, some of these medications can be used to relieve severe diarrhea (Lomotil, for example, which is diphenoxylate) or severe coughs (codeine).
Examples of mood stabilizers–Barbiturates, (Mebaral) (Nembutal), which are used to treat anxiety, tension, and sleep disorders. (Valium), (Librium), (Xanax), which can be prescribed to treat anxiety, acute stress reactions, and panic attacks. (ProSom), can be prescribed for short-term treatment of sleep disorders.
Examples of Stimulants– (Dexedrine) (Ritalin) Stimulants increase the levels of these chemicals in the brain and body. This, in turn, increases blood pressure and heart rate, constricts blood vessels, increases blood glucose, and opens up the pathways of the respiratory system. In addition, the increase in dopamine is associated with a sense of euphoria that can accompany the use of stimulants.
Where to get more: Very limited supply. Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, or any grocery store with a pharmacy.
Secondary choices: Abandoned homes, more specifically, medicine cabinets and bedroom nightstands.
Prostitution (Just say no!)
The oldest profession in the world. This millennia old industry has been a part of every world city, both large and small. In an unstable environment like a breakdown of general society, it’s best to stay far away from anything that has to do with it. There are just too many unknowns, all with potentially horrible results.
Here’s just a few:
Safety. Pimps in a city full of armed stressed out people? Are you kidding? They wouldn’t last an hour, which means no protection for the woman, and you’re not a pimp!
Disease. Condoms are going to be in short supply, and it’s a safe bet that tricks will be turned without them. Bad idea. Hospitals and clinics will have bigger problems to deal with, assuming that they are still operational.
Predators. With the streets turning very violent, don’t be surprised to see some women just get thrown into the back of a truck, and then never seen again.
I don’t want to say that you can’t have sex at the end of the world, but trying to sell or trade it in this new environment is a poor choice. That being said, it is still a commodity for women who find themselves in a dire situation. Would you sell your body to save your child? Would you sell your body to save yourself? Some would say yes.
All I can say to you brave souls is to be careful. I mean it. Men are especially dangerous in a high stress environment with few laws, and double-crossing you is an easy decision. If you have a regular place for sex then place a weapon under a pillow or mattress. You don’t need much. A knife, ice pick, or big pair of hedge clippers will do the trick. Having someone to watch your back is better.
Black Market Drugs
This would include any illegal substance that is bought on a street level. It’s not a realistic trade item, with the exception of Marijuana. Overseas drug runners deal in cash, and in this scenario the dollar has plummeted to nothing. Distribution lines will be cut. Local Meth labs need raw materials, which will dry up fast. Marijuana requires sunlight, or grow lights, which need large amounts of electricity. There are better things to spend your generator juice on.
For those of you who still want them, there will be some small pockets of marijuana, mushrooms, and other organic drugs surfacing in more rural areas where farmable land is available.
Chapter 7: Rock, paper, scissors, gun
“The quickest way to end a war is to lose it”
– George Orwell
This topic raises a lot of eyebrows, and passions. Americans are so divided on the issue of gun
control and lethal weapons in general, it deserves it’s own section. I’ll be as objective as I can. You can decide your own defensive options.
The point of this item / section is that everything you have accumulated so far, which hopefully will have been water, food, and light sources, needs to be defended at all costs. First, we need to find you a weapon of choice. Further down we will cover the attitude around combat for the average American. Right now we just need to pick something off the rack.
Let’s start with a quick test to see where you stand when it comes to weapons. Try to do this in an empty house without your family. If your family is there, try not to look obvious; otherwise they might think you’re having some sort of breakdown.
Use your imagination, and picture a person banging at your front door and yelling. You don’t know who it is, or how many people might be there with this person. What you do you for sure is that they intend to cause you some sort of harm. If it makes it easier, pretend it’s a burglar with a violent side. We’ve all entertained that thought at one point or another. You need to defend yourself, right now. You have 60 seconds before that door comes crashing down. Drop the book, take 60 seconds, see what you would go for, and then come back.
… Really, not kidding. Get off the couch and pretend this is real. It will give you a new perspective on what might happen.
… If you did go and come back, then kudos. If you just “imagined” yourself getting off the couch, then you’re in worse shape than I thought, and probably aren’t taking this very seriously. I will do my best to shed some different light on the topic in hopes that it will motivate you.
Did you immediately go to the kitchen and fumble around for the biggest knife you could find? Did you grab a tire iron you had sitting in a closet, or a big wrench? A pair of scissors perhaps? When you got this life saving device, did you think of where you might be standing when the door opens, what to look for? Are you going to hold the knife with both hands in front of you, waving wildly like the wife in “the shining”, or perhaps go charging in like Glenn Close in “fatal attraction”. You’re protecting your family from an unknown threat. This person isn’t going to go away. The weapon you chose, do you really think it’s going to stop whatever is behind that door?
I’m not asking you to buy a gun. You may hate guns. You may be, or know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence or some other violent crime. This section isn’t meant to offend you.
I’m also not going to offend the red meat eating gun enthusiasts, some of which have an unnecessarily large stockpile of firearms, and think that it’s their right to accumulate even more.
The attempt here is to try to find a happy medium, one that will keep you safe, without looking so militant that people think you’re going to start a revolution.
This is about weapons, any weapons that you are comfortable with and will use if someone tries to take something that is yours. We are assuming here that if someone says: Please hand over your food and water, you won’t just roll over and say “God bless you”. That would be a pretty silly ending to your efforts.
If you are into baseball bats, then grab a bat. If you are into knives, grab a knife. If you think you can hold your stash with a 9 iron, by all means, go to the back of your Range Rover and get one of those.
Sooner or later, and in this country it means sooner, one day, you will bring a knife to a gunfight. If the other party is of even average skill, you will lose. It’s just that simple. Rock, paper, scissors, gun. Gun wins. Remember where you are. This is America: Land of the crazy, and home of the armed.
Fine, you are a bow hunter, and are very skilled at it. To you I say first: You get one shot, then you’re trouble scale goes way up. Second, I have yet to meet a bow hunter who doesn’t also own a firearm. The same goes for you crossbow people. Don’t get cute; I’ve heard all the arguments a thousand times.
If you are so against firearms and are so stubborn that you absolutely will not use one, then at least pretend, and get one of those high-end air soft “replica” toy guns that look like the real thing. Even that will give the person across from you pause. If they see a kitchen knife, the fight is over.
Demographics say if you’re reading this, the idea of a firearm in any form isn’t totally out of the question. For you I offer this: Make your choices wisely. Your life depends on it. The over used KISS principle of sports (keep it simple stupid) applies even more so in mortal combat situations. Try not to get fancy or exotic. Exotic when referring to firearms often means complicated. If you’re the type who has a problem running a television remote and eating a bag of chips at the same time, stay away from the complicated weapons.
Complicated weapons are sexy. They are cool; they are deadly, in the right hands. Let’s leave the complicated firearms to the military and the police special weapons unit (note the word special). We are Plumbers, middle managers, and programmers. We are ordinary business people who spend more time with their families than at firing ranges. You need something you can actually use, not something that looks good on a “my space” page.
Your weapon should suit you and you only. Don’t plan on a universal weapon that others will use. Don’t plan on your spouse using it. They can get their own. I’ve been studying small arms for 25 years, and there is a lot to consider before purchasing one. Forget the magazines say and forget what your buddies down at the gun shop tell you. Treat this decision even more carefully than you would in buying a car. It’s that critical. This small piece of metal and plastic could save you, your family, and everything you hold important, from tragedy.
The highly revered George S. Patton, decorated General of the US Army during World War 2 once said: “The basic principle of war hasn’t changed. It is to deliver the maximum amount of firepower in the minimum amount of time”. In layman’s terms, fire the biggest weapon you can that holds the largest amount of shells.
The concept, though now 60 years old, is still valid. From a single person point of view, it comes down to body weight, muscle, and the energy your firearm delivers. It’s common sense that a 120 woman would be hard pressed to fire an elephant gun on a regular basis without suffering some heavy bruises or maybe even a dislocated shoulder. On that same line it would be a waste to have a 240-pound man firing a tiny pistol designed to hunt rabbits. In a stressful situation, shoot the biggest thing that you can, comfortably.
Numerous survival guides will tell you that in the long term, you should own at least 1 rifle, 1 shotgun, and one handgun, with a generous amount of ammunition for each. This is not bad advice, but a little hardcore for the average citizen. Let’s reduce it down a bit, and again, keep it simple.
One rifle or shotgun, and one handgun.
If you have to choose between a rifle and a shotgun, I’d probably choose a shotgun for an everyday neighborhood environment. Rifles have greater range, hit harder at greater distances, and can carry more shells. Shotguns hit much harder in the first 50 yards, but aren’t good at long range, and hold fewer rounds.
You, me, and just about everyone else isn’t that accurate at longer ranges, so a rifle isn’t going to help you much there. You’ll have a chance to hit things from far away, but the percentage isn’t very high. Rifles also have a double-edged problem, and that they can penetrate house walls very easily. Shooting at something inside a house and missing means that it will most likely go through several other rooms, exit your house and go into someone else’s. No need to start creating accidents that will haunt you later.
On the other hand, if you are convinced that in a gunfight you will be blind with panic, and totally out of control, a semi automatic rifle may be your only real answer. There is something to be said about pulling the trigger and letting 30 bullets fly in front of you. You’re bound to hit the bad guys once, right? There is logic there. Just remember that any time you miss, the bullet has to go somewhere, and a rifle will be sending bullets hundreds of yards in that direction.
Choice 1: Shotgun
You’ve chosen a shotgun. Good for you. Shotguns haven’t changed much in the 100 plus years that they’ve been around, and there is a wide selection to choose from.You also need to choose between Semi-automatic, which means you just pull the trigger and the weapon fires each time, or pump action, in which each shot needs to be chambered manually. You will need to choose the size of shell you want to fire. I’ll help you along the way.
Pros and cons of semi-automatic: They are more expensive by a few hundred dollars. They have
a narrower selection. Semi-automatic is usually found in bird hunting shotguns. If you want a good one that holds the maximum amount of shells (at the time of this writing, 9) it can run you up to $1000. One obscure drawback of the semi-auto is its inability to fire “non-standard” shells, ones made by custom ammunition makers. The semi-auto mechanism, which ejects one shell and inserts another, is based on a minimum amount of powder to power the action. If there is not enough power, the action jams. If the action jams and what you’re shooting at is still standing, that’s bad.
Pros and cons of pump action: Less expensive, holds the same maximum amount of shells. Wide variety of models can fire any type of shell, standard or non-standard. One drawback is that you will fire slower because of its manual operation. This may or may not help you, and here’s why: People tend to shoot too many times when pumped up on adrenalin. That’s much easier to do with a semi-automatic. A pump action slows you down a bit, giving you time to think as you deliberately cycle the shells. A pump action also will let you know you’re out of ammunition about a second later than an automatic, because of the extra pump, but this may not affect much.
By far and away the most popular shotgun caliber is the 12 gauge round. It is the current US military caliber, and is preferred by all types of hunters and law enforcement. There are millions of rounds of 12-gauge ammunition in circulation, with many different purposes. Please see Item (Ammunition) for types and potency.
Tip: There are some slight differences in shotgun shell sizes when it comes to 12-gauge ammunition. The variance is in length. 12 gauge comes in 2 ¾ inches, 3 inches, and some a little longer. Make absolutely sure that your shotgun can handle the length of the shells. A shotgun labeled 2-¾ inch cannot take 3-inch shells. A 3-inch shotgun can however, take the shorter rounds. The majority of ammunition made is in 2 ¾, but since they look almost identical, it’s always good to go with a larger chamber, just to be sure.
All other calibers in the shotgun category should be considered distant seconds. This includes .410, 16, 20, and 10 gauge models.
Choice 2: Rifle
You’ve chosen a rifle. Rifles have been around even longer than shotguns, hundreds of years in fact, and being the murdering warmongers that we are, we have created everything from low-level plinkers to bristling monstrosities that can rip down small buildings.
The same topics apply for the rifle as they did the shotgun. Semi-auto vs. manual, and the size of shell you want to fire. Let’s get the easy choice out of the way. Choose semi-auto. I’m not saying this because there is anything particularly wrong with manual, bolt-action rifles. There is just a huge fundamental difference between bolt action rifles and say, pump shotguns. Bolt action is
where you have to lift up the bolt lever, pull the spent shell back, push it forward, and swing the bolt down again. This is four movements versus two for the pump shotgun, which is just pull back and push out.
All the movie and television scenes where the guy with the bolt-action rifle screws up and jams the weapon under high stress, that really happens! Don’t be like them and get eaten by the dinosaur, or the giant crocodile, or the mutant rat, or whatever else seems to know that you are using a bolt-action rifle in a life or death situation.
Whether it’s a $400 off the shelf bolt action, or a $10,000 gold inlayed, custom made, elephant killing bolt action, it still works basically the same. Soldiers don’t use bolt action, general police don’t use bolt action. The only people that really use it are snipers. Why? Because bolt-action rifles are consistently more accurate at long ranges, on a target that is only in there for one shot.
If a bolt action is all you have, then try not to engage anyone at close range. If you do, chances are you will have one shot. Treat your strategy like you’re using a musket.
The semi auto rifle comes in all sizes, and being that we’re in America, you have an enormous selection in front of you.
Here’s why: Back in the early 1980’s some Hollywood producers realized that the popular Clint Eastwood series “Dirty Harry”, had increased the sales of the .44 magnum revolver by leaps and bounds. In collaboration with the major US and then later foreign manufacturers, Hollywood started giving every leading man a sexy gun of some kind, and the firearm makers in turn, started churning out “civilian” versions of the same weapons to the public. They fired the same shell, held the same number of bullets, and looked identical. The only difference is that they weren’t “machine guns”, weapons that fire multiple shells with one pull of the trigger.
Public response was very enthusiastic and the general public bought everything in sight. Every year up until the Brady gun bill was passed the gun makers created more and more exotic weapons for the public. Some of these included drum fed shotguns, plastic pistols that held 100 shells, rifles with shotguns bolted to them.
One side effect of this, whether deliberate or not, is that America has now the most well armed civilian population on the surface of the Earth. Not exactly an appetizing target if you were going to invade. There are as many firearms in circulation as there are Americans, the downside being 17,000 domestic gun related deaths a year.
As with the shotgun, there are some military calibers to consider. Our current US army rifle cartridge is the 5.56 mm, .223 inches. Many companies make the civilian version of the US army weapon. They range in price from $600-$2000. If you weigh less than 160 pounds I highly recommend this caliber. If you are over 160 pounds, you may want to look at the larger military caliber 7.62, .308 inches. The selection is fewer, but the shells reach farther, and hit harder. Both domestic and international companies manufacture them. They range in price from $400-$3000 and are well worth looking into. If money is an object, but you still want a popular round, try any of the civilian AK-47 variants that are in high supply in today’s market.
The choice of a one handed firearm is simpler. While it is true that there are a large variety of handguns manufactured in this country, the decisions of what to use in a crisis still come down to the two same basic options. Semi auto or revolver, and the caliber used.
An old, tried and tested technology. A revolver is what we grew up with, played cowboys and Indians with. Movie after movie, year after year, used the revolver. It holds six rounds; and in most cases has no safety. Cops used them, criminals used them, and the Lone Ranger had one that fired silver bullets. Dirty Harry used one for most of his career. It is by far the most comfortable in our hands. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some of the cartridges used have been manufactured for over 150 years.
Pros and cons: In the majority of revolvers, you have six shots as fast as you can pull the trigger. If you have to reload, the cylinder has to swing out and shells ejected manually. Revolvers have regained some popularity recently because the shells stay in the gun. No shells, no fingerprints or DNA. Professional assassins gravitate towards these weapons in certain discrete situations. The revolver doesn’t have a safety. To combat this, some users keep at least one chamber empty to prevent an accidental firing.
The revolver has one very important advantage. It’s instinctual in a crisis situation for the common man. You point and shoot. You don’t cycle a round, you don’t throw in a clip. A revolver doesn’t jam, and it is one of the few weapons that can fire repeatedly underwater if needed.
Until the mid 1980’s, all law enforcement in America used the revolver. When the military type weapons began entering the civilian population, law enforcement found themselves in firefights where the criminals were doing most of the shooting. This wasn’t good, both for police mortality rates and morale. It was then that law enforcement switched from .38 and .357 revolvers to their semi auto counterparts, evening the odds.
Some popular revolver calibers in include the .22, .38, .357, .44, and .45. Each has it’s own purpose which will be explained in a short listing at the end of this section.
Semi Auto Pistol:
Until the mid 1980’s, the predominant semi auto pistol in America was the legendary Colt 45. All war movies up until that time used them. A beer was named after it. George Patton carried a customized .45. Their legacy dates back to 1911 when a refined version entered service. It uses a very slow bullet; so slow in fact the sound could be silenced completely if needed. The first weapon “silencers” were based on this round.
After 1980, the civilian market saw a huge influx of semi auto pistols, first with the ex-Nazi 9-millimeter round, and then followed by slightly larger versions such as the .40, the 10 millimeter, and then the heavier rounds like the .357 and .44 mag. The most popular of these was the 9mm, mostly because is was the current US military round. In 1985, it replaced the US army .45 as the official American army sidearm. Almost every sidearm company in the world makes a 9mm pistol, despite its reputation as a “wounding round”. The concept behind a “non-killing” bullet was very similar to the .223 rifle round used in the American M-16, in that an army that wounds more soldiers than it kills will eventually win the war, because wounded men used up far more resources than dead ones.
The semi auto pistols of today have seen very few modifications in the last 20 years. The pros and cons now are the same as they were then. The semi auto holds many more rounds, and in the hands of an experienced user, can be reloaded more quickly than a revolver. The semi auto can jam in certain situations. It can be fired very quickly because the action keeps the next shell in “ready” mode, which requires a lighter pull on the trigger. Semi auto weapons come with a variety of safety features, includes some that will not allow the weapon to fire without a strong grip on the handle.
The two most popular calibers for semi auto pistols currently are 9mm, and .45.
Where to get more: The manufacture and sale of new and used firearms is controlled (sometimes loosely) by the federal government. Because of this, the number of places firearms can be acquired is limited and monitored. Because of their dangerous nature, everyone and every place that sells firearms implement safety precautions.
Primary: Firearm shops, Some hardware and sporting goods stores, pawn shops, gun shows, private firearm dealers, online manufacturers, and of course, online private owners through the classifieds.
Secondary locations: Abandoned homes, security offices of some companies, abandoned police stations, National Guard armories.
You don’t use firearms on a regular basis. The range fees can be expensive, ammunition isn’t free, and quite frankly, we’re normally way too busy to be playing with things that we’re never going to use in a practical situation anyway.
Get real. Stress and panic turns us all into idiots. The reason they put push bar levers on auditorium doors is because when people panic, they forget how to use things, like door handles. Learn the basics, get to a range, and practice every once in a while. If you’re reading this by flashlight because the powers already gone out, and you have yet to fire a gun, then you have some things to think about.
Don’t freak out. You’re holding a gun, not a cobra. Both are deadly, but this one is built to
protect you.
Make sure the safety is off when you are ready to shoot. The whole point of the safety is to keep you from shooting things accidentally, like your underwear drawer. If you think you’ll forget, then take the safety off and leave it off for the duration of the apocalypse.
Aim for the legs. This was taught to me decades ago and I firmly believe it is the best method for house-to-house fighting. Shooting the legs means there is a good chance your target doesn’t get to stand up any more. It puts your enemy on the ground, where they are much slower. Shooting the legs doesn’t kill them right away. This should make you anti-killing people feel a little better. Shooting them in the legs creates an obstacle for the person behind them. It gives you options. All the targets and training about hitting someone in the torso talk about hitting vital organs. This is good advice, but it doesn’t cover body armor. Even if your adversary is only wearing a t-shirt and you hit their stomach they’re still going to be standing for a little while longer. Shooting someone in the foot will produce better results than hitting them in shoulder.
Count your shots. If you’re not yelling out some movie inspired Viking battle cry, then try to count how many shots you’re firing. It sounds juvenile. I agree. Counting your shots lets you know how close you are to being empty. Being empty is bad. Most studies of small arms combat have proven time and time again, that in a one-on-one gunfight, the person who runs out of bullets last usually wins. Count your shots; reload if you have the time. Don’t be the one standing there with when the gun goes “click”, instead of “bang”.
You can let them live. Survivalists all over the country are screaming No! My history teacher from 10th grade was one of the first to tell me that if an intruder comes in with the intention of sending you to the grave, your only logical choice is to shoot them as many times as possible. I used to like this advice. I will probably follow this advice. This advice isn’t perfect, and here’s why. You’re not a killer! Ok, some of you are, and I hope you don’t live next to me. The rest of you aren’t expected to end anyone’s life.
Guns and the images of death follow each other everywhere. You can do what you want with your gun. You can fire a warning shot into the air, you can fire a warning shot next to their head. I’m aiming for the legs. If you wound them, and they retreat, they’ll carry their sorry butts out the door. If you empty 20 bullets into them, guess what, you have to drag them out of your place. This is America. There are some heavy burglars out there. If the person weighs more than 200 pounds, you may not be able to move them, and then what?
If you haven’t figured out the most important reason to ‘wound them and let the burglars run out the door”, here it is: They can’t get their wounds treated anyway! The hospitals aren’t operational! The first aid kits are far away, and can’t do anything for bullet wounds!
So fire away America, your conscious is clear!
Ammunition (Priority)
Normally this would be embedded inside the weapons category, but ammunition in itself is both a tool and a tradable item. There are many calibers you could acquire but not need. At the same time they could provide a huge value for someone else, either as an asset or a trade item.
Tip: All ammunition has value, and its trade range can vary widely.
Firearm manufacturers in the last 30 years have made it so that calibers that used to be exclusive to pistols and rifles are now interchangeable. Because of this the list below is not broken down into rifles and pistols, just calibers and what can use them. Note that Shotgun shells are forbidden by the general public to be used in a pistol.
Sawed off shotguns (barrels under 18 inches) are considered a federal crime, punishable by a minimum 10 years in prison without early release, which means if you were planning on sawing off the top part of your hunting shotgun, be sure to do it after the end of the world has started.
You don’t have to read the ammunition chart below, it’s just for reference.
Most popular ammunition types (most valuable)
.223 – Current allied forces rifle round. Small bullet, fast speed. Can penetrate most house walls. Medium range.
.9mm – Current allied forces pistol round. Medium bullet, medium speed. Can penetrate car doors. Low range.
.308 – Current allied forces heavy rifle round. Medium bullet, fast speed. Can penetrate standard body armor. High range.
12 gauge – Current allied forces shotgun round. Heavy bullet, medium speed. Can penetrate car doors. Very low range.
.45 – Older allied forces pistol round. Heavy bullet, slow speed, Can penetrate car doors. Low range.
.762×39 – Current Russian military rifle round. Medium bullet, fast speed. Can penetrate lower body armor. High range.
Secondary ammunition types (very tradable)
.30.06 – Older allied forces rifle round. Medium bullet, fast speed. Can penetrate most non-plate body armor. High range.
.38 – Older police pistol round. Medium bullet, medium speed. Can penetrate car doors. Low range.
.357 – Older police pistol round. Medium bullet, medium speed. Can penetrate car doors. Low range.
.44 – Older hunting pistol round. Heavy bullet, medium speed. Can penetrate most non-plate body armor. Medium range.
.40 – Current law enforcement pistol round. Medium bullet, medium speed. Can penetrate most house walls. Medium range.
.454 – Popular hunting pistol round. Heavy bullet, medium speed. Can penetrate most non-plate body armor. Medium range.
.22 – Older rifle / pistol round. Small bullet, medium speed. Can penetrate most house walls. Low range.
.50 – Older allied forces machine gun round. Heavy bullet, very fast speed. Can penetrate plate armor. High range.
Miscellaneous ammunition types (some trade value)
.380 – Popular light pistol round. Small bullet, low speed. Can penetrate some house walls. Low range.
.25 – Popular light pistol round. Small bullet, low speed. Can penetrate some house walls. Low range.
.22 mag – Popular light pistol round. Small bullet, fast speed. Can penetrate most house walls. Medium range.
.41 mag – Popular pistol round. Large bullet, medium speed. Can penetrate some body armor. Low range.
You will only be using a few calibers from the above lists. If you do come across any of the others, keep them for later. You never know when they might prove useful.
Note: Ammunition has almost no expiration date. As long as it isn’t stored underwater, shells can stay preserved almost forever. At the time of this writing there is still ammunition manufactured in the 1960’s currently being sold around the world.
Tip: Please remember that ammunition should be treated like an explosive. If ammunition is thrown into a fire, the brass or steel casing will heat up quickly and ignite the powder inside. The bullet will then fire in whatever direction it is facing. If you see a fire that you know contains a stash of ammunition, get to cover as quickly as possible!
Where to get more: Ammunition isn’t under strict regulation by the government, and can be acquired quickly from many locations. Large quantities are kept in: Firearm shops, sporting good and hardware stores. They can also be purchased online in many states without paperwork.
Secondary locations: Abandoned houses, abandoned police stations, National Guard armory (only for military calibers)
Chapter 8: Hot loot, cold loot
“Honey, I think we’re out of toilet paper”
– Your Spouse)
You’re like most of your peers. By the objective standards of the law, you qualify as a good person. You don’t rob banks, or shoplift, or kidnap. The most trouble you’ve seen in the last 10 years are a pair of speeding tickets and a slightly guilty feeling in your stomach that you took too many tax deductions.
Or, you could be squeaky clean. I mean shiny sparkly. You don’t miss a Sunday of church. You have never looked at an Internet site full of naked people. You take your family to Disney every few years. You have parental locks on the television. You respect authority, and in turn condemn anyone who doesn’t.
Convincing you that the brutal basic human instincts still lie within your DNA will be difficult, but not impossible. In this crisis scenario everything is possible, including turning your overly righteous and judgmental butt into a logical and sensible survivor that will look past the unthinkable, barbaric actions of the masses, someone that will see yourself and family as priority number one.
Believe it or not I used to be the most law-abiding person around. I feared authority, and did everything I was told. I respected all laws, and tried to stay out of trouble. Circumstances change. People change. You will change.
You yell: “I would never!” How many times have I heard that? Remember the first time you watched a news broadcast during Christmas, you know the one, where the rare toy gets released, the one that all the kids want? The department store only had 60 cabbage patch dolls, and there are 500 people outside. The doors opened, and chaos ensued. Mothers pushed and shoved, Fathers cursed and threatened. Kids were trampled.
It was Christmas, and this was a toy for God’s sake. These are your neighbors in action.
Maybe that was an isolated incident. Did you watch the home run king Barry Bonds as he hit those last five shots deep into the stands? Each ball was worth thousands, and when each landed, the crowds went berserk. They punched, kicked, screamed. People bled. People went to jail. This was about the chance, just the chance, to sell the ball on Ebay.
These are your friends banging on your door.
When the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake took place, the looting started within seconds.
When Katrina hit, the looting didn’t stop for weeks. Even the police were taking things from the stores.
You may be a good person, bordering on saint hood. You may be so perfect that it is difficult to gaze on you directly. Your sense of righteousness may be the size of a city bus, but you are still human. Humans in a survival situation act in very similar and predictable ways.
Imagine just for a second, that you’ve been wrongly accused of some minor crime and are thrown in a jail cell. You’re getting hungry, and the jailer opens the mail slot at the bottom of your door. He shoves a sandwich through, and a dirty glass of water.
You’re not really a sandwich person. To make things worse, it’s a Spam sandwich, with spicy mustard. You hate both Spam and spicy mustard. You just sit and stare at it. Now pretend that the jailer isn’t coming back for a few days.
After a while, that sandwich starts looking better and better. You are like a vampire. You hunger, you thirst. You fight it, but your mind starts playing tricks on you. Unless you are the most stubborn and overly dignified person on earth, or maybe British, you will eat the sandwich. Your instinct will override all other bias, all protests, and all objections.
Now, imagine one more thing. Pretend that your life depended on it. Pretend that your family’s life depends on you breaking the rules. Deny it all you want. The quicker you accept that you are a part of the masses, the faster you can stay ahead of them.
To be clear, I am not officially endorsing the looting process. In a perfect world, authorities would distribute resources evenly. In some places this might actually happen. In most they will not. People will have to fend for themselves. The criminal element will act first. The people with injured or sick family members will move second. Those with younger families will follow that.
Let’s take a look at will probably happen to an average strip-mall over the first few days of a power outage.
0-24 hours: This scenario assumes that there is loss of power only with no hint of why or when it will return. At first the power outage is seen as a curious anomaly. Everyone is on stand by. Order is contained. Routine burglaries see an increase. Some outlying liquor stores are robbed, as well as some smaller stores that sell small, expensive electronics such as phones and portable music players. Hospitals automatically switch over to backup generators, with a limited amount of fuel. Their clock is ticking. Most of the gas stations close. Large amounts of local law enforcement are allocated to traffic control. A number of intersections have officer’s running lights with LED batons. Grocery stores pack what they can in ice, and close their doors. Some smaller shops attempt to stay open with calculators. Convenience stores along major roads begin to raise prices on popular items.
24-48 hours: Assuming the emergency broadcast system hasn’t been activated, burglaries involving luxury items increase dramatically as criminals realize alarm systems are down and the backup power supplies have been exhausted. Confused individuals drive around town, looking for any store to be open. There are small gatherings outside of supermarkets. This is the critical point where state and local authorities dictate the actions of the population. If the emergency broadcast system is running, and instructions are given over major radio stations, it will buy a few days for protection to be put in place. For our scenario we will imagine that any available National Guard troops have been dispatched to other locations. Your town has to depend only on local law enforcement for security.
By design, local law enforcement is not equipped to deal with martial law. Their first priority, like at Katrina and Los Angeles, is to protect human life. SWAT teams are few and far between. Your average sheriff or traffic officer is not going to spend their days firing rounds into angry mob. They just aren’t equipped for this type of situation.
By the end of the second day, people will start becoming resolved on their next course of action. They will want solutions from the authorities, and the authorities won’t have the best answers. We are waiting for the state or federal government to issue instructions. This waiting doesn’t feed your children. There are people around you who have run out of diapers, soap, and toilet paper. Toilet paper!
48-72 hours: The resolutions will manifest as day breaks. At first light, friends and neighbors will again start gathering in front of the larger supermarkets. They will start congregating in front of Costco and Sam’s club. The things they need are in the darkened stores. Supplies are just sitting there. The registers don’t work, so the items can’t be paid for. The aisles are very dim, so it isn’t safe to shop. The general population won’t care. The only thing sitting between them and the things that power their comfort zone is a single law enforcement unit.
The bold individuals will approach the lone officer, friendly at first, asking questions about when the store might be open, casually suggesting ideas about letting a few people in, taking names and phone numbers so that the store can be reimbursed later. Those sales pitches will start to get old after the first few dozen times. The officer will use the radio occasionally, to show the growing crowd there is backup if needed.
Unfortunately, this scene is being played out all over town, and there is no backup to send. The police and sheriff units are stretched too thin, and the officer knows it. Hour by hour the crowd gets more agitated. The strain is starting to show. By midday, his / her hand is constantly at rest on their sidearm, and with good reason. Then, a loud, desperate voice from the crowd demands that the people be let through to get what they need. Threats come from the masses. The corresponding threat of reprisal by the officer is impotent. After all, how many people can they arrest and still protect the store?
The situation is not a stalemate. The officer will lose. Even if the officer has civilian friends that come to their aid, they will get pushed aside or fall. The reason is simple. Law and order can only function as long as the public is at relative peace with itself. The population’s needs must be met, and those needs are insatiable. A bullhorn can’t compete with the yelling of hundreds.
72+ hours: The officer stops responding to questions. Only the mob is yelling now. A sound comes over the police radio. One of the stores at the other side of town has just been overtaken by a large group of people. The police chief orders all units to pull away from what they’re doing and converge on that particular supermarket. The chief’s logic is flawed. He can only save one store with the manpower he has, and it is already being overrun. They will lose the store, people will be arrested, and officers potentially injured. All the while the rest of the town is being taken apart.
The lone officer gets into the car and drives away quickly, siren blaring. The crowd doesn’t even wait until the police unit is out of earshot before smashing through the grocery store glass. Within 60 seconds there is already fighting in the aisles. Within an hour, that same store will hear gunfire.
This scene will have different variations of tempo, but the theme is constant. It will happen. The general population is not very different from man’s best friend. Your family dog is loyal. It hunts with you; it plays with your children and licks your face. If it is not fed, given enough time, your dog will turn on you as food.
You could easily be one of the mob, but you’re better than that. You’re smarter than that. The mob runs off of pure instinct. Collectively, their decisions are childish, brutal, and reckless. The only way to beat the mob is to become your own animal, one that is more cunning, logical, and level headed.
In order to be one step ahead, the group mentality needs to be understood. Once you have the knowledge, and can predict what a mob will do before hand, Everything will play out like a well-executed crime movie. All eyes are looking in one direction, but you and what you need to do, will be somewhere else. Somewhere secret.
Most people are creatures of habit. We take the same route to work, even though multiple streets are available to us. We watch the same television shows each week, have lunch at the same group of restaurants, use the same ATM, and most important to this topic: We shop at the same grocery store, month after month.
The community mentality runs on simple rules, and survives on a very primitive mindset. We are out of food. Where do we get more food? I shop there. We need to go there. Where are you going to get food? I am going there. I am going there as well. Let’s both go there, to get food.
You’d think we just learned to walk upright, heading out of our caves to kill a mammoth. It just gets worse from here. Food store closed. Dark. Locked. Lots of glass. We don’t need to use door. Angry person with gun in front of store. We will wait.
The sentences may play out a little better than that, but not much. Some may think of other stores, only to find a different group of people, and the same law enforcement units. The clever people will do the math and deduce that with that amount of people in front of the store, no one is getting out with a cart full of anything. There aren’t enough goods in the aisles for that. They will start thinking of the obvious alternatives; the most obvious being the bulk food outlets.
There is one thing about following the mob mindset. If you’ve thought of it, others have to. Of course, Costco! People will be slapping their heads by the hundreds. There is way more food and supplies there. We need to hit that place! Let’s go!
You should have stayed at the grocery store. Costco is a literal fortress compared to the average supermarket. Have you ever been parked outside a Costco and just stared at it? It’s a stone and metal warehouse, with giant rolling steel doors. The small doors are steel too, with windows too small to squeeze through.
Yes, it is filled literally to the ceiling with every kind of supply you could think of. Forget for a moment about how solid the building is. Another problem is that all these great supplies are in the middle of a giant room with few windows, and no light. Throw in the fact that you will have about 1000 people sitting outside it trying to find a way in. Do you have a plan of getting a large amount of food out of this building? Here are a few bad ideas to consider.
Attempt 1. You force open a smaller door on the back loading dock with pry bars and portable drills. A bottleneck is now created. You would need armed guards to keep people out while you went in, filling a flatbed cart with everything you could in about 10 minutes. Word spreads through the crowd in the front, and hundreds of people flock to the back to see if they can get in on it. You get the cart back to the door, and try to load up your truck for the escape. If you were smart you pull the guards off the door and let people flood in, distracting them from your getaway. For this you need at least five people, armed, who you can trust, and who are willing to open fire if things get ugly. This will be difficult with a group. If you don’t have the manpower, then the bulk food store isn’t a valid target. It doesn’t matter how many firearms you carry by yourself, there are some things a single person can’t do.
Attempt 2: You get a backhoe or front loader and just plow through one of the front steel doors. Once down, you set up armed guards to keep people from getting in, and use the same plan of attack from before. The same amount of people are required, plus you need the bulldozer, which you don’t have. Because of the large opening, there is a good chance that warning shots will need to be fired if you expect to keep other people out of the area.
Attempt 3: You wait until someone else breaches an entrance, and then try to find what you can. This is called a “hot loot” situation, and is only recommended as a last resort.
“Hot loot” refers to an area that is either 1. Being looted by two or more people at the same time, or 2. Being looted, even though there are defenses present. Stores that are being mobbed are hot loot zones. Stores that are being protected by owners are also Hot Loot zones. Homes with owners inside are a hot loot area.
These areas are dangerous, because they are filled with unpredictable people. You don’t know if the person next to you wants that same 5-pound container of peanuts. If they go for it, what are you going to do? Grab it back? Hit them? Start shooting? Hot loot zones are chaotic, full of noise and panic. Adrenalin is up, and everyone is moving quickly, because the faster you move, the faster you can pick up things. It’s like a giant game of musical chairs, but you don’t know where the chairs are, everyone has guns, and if you can’t find a chair when the music stops, you starve.
Pushing a cart is a waste of time. The store is dark, flashlights the only way to see anything. You get to a section you were thinking of, and it’s been cleaned out. You can’t carry enough. Did you bring a backpack? Some people a few rows over start fighting, and a gun goes off. People scream, some run. The smart ones stay. You go into that row and have to step over a body to see if there’s any more beef jerky. This isn’t where you should be. Someone shines a flashlight at your backpack, then into your eyes. You hear the cocking of a weapon.
You are better than this, more clever. The last thing you need is to be spending your time running around dark hallways fighting for scraps. Look, listen and learn. The mob is like a swarm of angry bees, moving as a single unit, like a virus, consuming everything it touches. It is something to be feared. It is also something that can be manipulated.
The best thing, what you and your family need, is a “cold loot” situation. A place that isn’t either a primary or secondary target. A place that is so far ahead of the mob that they can only wish they thought of it first. Cold loot refers to a stash of supplies that can be acquired alone, or with a group you trust. There is no competition here. It can be emptied at your leisure. It is ahead of the curve. When the tentacles of the mob finally reach it, they will find only empty shelves. More importantly, they will not find you. Imagine yourself blending in with the mob. Feel what they feel. See what they see. They are a blunt instrument looking for resources. All their targets, every single one of them, will be a hot loot situation. Every stash they find will be by definition, a danger zone. Understand their primary and secondary targets.
Week 1: Mob Primary targets
Grocery stores – The lifeblood of any community. They contain food, water, batteries, and toilet paper; everything needed to keep an average household operational.
Pharmacies – non-perishable food, water, batteries, toilet paper, enough to keep an average household operational.
Bulk food stores – Food, water, batteries, toilet paper. Everything needed to keep an average household operational, and it’s in large, easily transportable amounts.
Convenience stores – Non-perishable food, water, batteries, enough to keep an average household operational.
The first week of the outage is an orgy of acquiring consumption materials. The grocery stores will be bare, emptied in a frenzy of consumer madness. The adjoining pharmacies will be hit almost simultaneously. As discussed earlier, the bulk food stores will be the biggest challenge, and most likely produce the highest amount of casualties because of the higher concentration of people combined with a collision of well-laid plans. Some people will try to drive into the store, others will try to access some of the food and supplies placed 20 feet above the floor. Forklifts will tip over. Lots of people will make mistakes.
There are huge stashes of basic supplies in a bulk food store; enough to last well organized group years if rationed well. There will be more than one group that will make a play for it. There will be in store skirmishes. Can you imagine what it would be like to be an average family walking into that giant dark place? There is a gun battle raging in one corner of the warehouse, and all the while supplies that could keep them alive for months are within an arms reach.
The only good thing to say about convenience stores is that each one is so small; a single vehicle would be able to empty out the entire place in less than 30 minutes. It could be done with twenty garbage bags and vehicle headlights to illuminate the store. The process would be relatively painless. Either you’re there alone, or you’ve missed your window. Note that many convenience stores are franchise owned, which means the owners / employees will probably just move in and live off the inventory.
Week 2: Mob Secondary targets
Gas stations – Some non-perishable food, some water, batteries. Enough to keep an average household alive.
Restaurants – Some canned food, some water, and misc items. Enough to keep an average household alive.
Hardware stores – Some non-perishable food, some water, misc items. Enough to keep an average household alive.
Specialty shops – Some non-perishable food, some water, misc items. Enough to keep an average household alive.
Sporting good stores – Some non-perishable food, misc items, including firearms. Can supplement household supplies.
As the primary targets are being depleted, first level alternative stores become more attractive to the mob. Even the smallest gas station carries a substantial supply of candy and chips. Restaurants vary in the different types of canned food, but the rule of thumb is, the better the restaurant, the better the stash. Note that a large share of restaurants have alcoholic beverages (tradeable) as well. Fast food franchises still suck in the apocalypse, with the majority of their supplies coming in large cans of sauces and a huge amount of perishable frozen food that will
become useless once thawed.
Hardware stores carry a large supply of batteries The smart looters will ignore the shelves, and go into the back stockrooms where everything is packed into large boxes. Some sporting good shops will carry not only camping gear and power bars, but also a generous supply of non-military firearms. The mob will have some trouble with acquiring these weapons. Security devices for guns have gotten better over the years. Some firearms contain a special lock that covers the entire trigger section. It can only be unlocked with a key. The average person cannot make the gun function without the aid of power tools. The other, more popular option for securing store firearms is to run a long steel cable between all the triggers. This can be severed easily with a set of bolt cutters.
Week 3: The first sweep
By week three, there will be some organized groups using trucks. They will be searching business to business, looking for anything consumable. They will find the water cooler bottles, the vending machines, and the factory cafeterias. If the groups have anyone efficient running the operation, they will go from location to location until the truck is filled, and then head back to a rally point. Running the sweeps during the day will make it easier to find things, save battery time, and make it easier to coordinate personnel. Night sweeps are risky. In a dark world, headlights can be seen for miles away. Ambushes will be frequent. Some of the smaller teams might work at night with minimal lighting in order to avoid the larger groups. The successful ones will be fast, mobile, and have the ability to work with smaller lights, or even night vision.
Week 4: Leftovers
By the end of the first month, all the visible targets will have been exhausted. All stores and shops that contain supplies that can be seen from the street will be gone. Soda machines will have been forced open. Specialty shops with small amounts of candy next to the register. All office refrigerators containing non-perishable liquids, all the snacks in Blockbuster, every candle at Williams Sonoma. The camping sections of any hardware store will be decimated. Every can of food in the hotel kitchens will be gone. The juice bar at the local spa will be bare.
The only things left now are misc items hidden away in all the drawers, cabinets, and cupboards within office buildings. If your coworkers are as consistent as mine, there still is quite a bit to be had. God bless us, for there is food in almost every cubicle. It will just take more energy to find it.
The general mob finally runs out of motivation at this point. Their wave crests here. The shopping spree is over. The looting of commercial and corporate America has come to and end. Unfortunately, some of the smaller, more hardcore groups are still alive. If they are to survive, they can only do so by taking on the homeowners. Personal residences are the final targets. The predators are forced to try their luck against the everyday citizen. This is the unknown scenario which even government models have a hard time predicting. Is the house that is being raided occupied? Will the owners fight back? Are there casualties? When do the looters give up?
When it comes to long-term predictions, there has been much debate in the survival world. Some
think that it will develop into a “Thunder dome” scenario, where limited trade is restored. Some think that larger groups will venture out of the city, hoping to find a better outpost. Their purpose seems aimless. Yours is not. You still have hope; have faith that the government who used to be in charge will return to help their population to restore order. This is what you can cling to, and with some organization, can create a protective bubble that can keep those who you care about safe.
You now have a rough blueprint of targets that a garden-variety town mob will take to secure resources. Do you see the pattern? Have you figured out the trends, and what you could do to take advantage of this?
The mob attacks the obvious, and keeps hitting it until the resource is exhausted. They then move to the next big thing that sticks out. In short, the mob is a bunch of slack jawed mouth breathers who couldn’t make a good decision if their life depended on it. You’re much better off without them.
Your window lies in the small gaps that the mob overlooks. Your chance is hidden between the huge waves of chaos these people create. The timelines mentioned above will have some variance, but it will give you the chance to get what you need, without the added pressure of looking over your shoulder.
Your edge, your angle, is a cold loot target that only you know. Forget the mobs first choices. They are the choices for the masses. All their focus will be the immediate three targets closest to their homes. Take the easier path. Sieze your chance and hit a well thought out cold loot target.
The target chosen could be anything from a secondary mob choice, or something special you came up with on your own. If your decision is well thought out, there won’t be any law enforcement or lights. Look for a back service entrance or loading dock, something that faces away from the street. Expect the unexpected. Employees of this establishment, especially kids, will come up with the idea to hit their own store shortly, and may move on it. Have at least one backup selection, and maybe two.
To get an idea of what you should look for; be overly observant the next time you are driving through town. Look for some interesting stores. Here’s what I mean: Pick a supermarket or any good-sized grocery store. Now look right across the street and see what’s there. Maybe there’s a convenience mart, coffee shop, radio shack, or a restaurant, all with service entrances that are not visible from the grocery store parking lot. This is the place where your knuckle dragging adversaries will be. The restaurant has canned food. Radio shack has equipment. The coffee shop has bottled everything. The decision is yours.
This is your sweet spot. You won’t need much motivation. The crowds making that incredible ruckus should get your blood pumping. Go at night, and bring the smallest portable light sources you have. Did you have your tools prepared? Are you ready to make the score that could buy your family weeks or months that they need until help arrives?
You’re not ready yet? C’mon, let’s get the tools, pack your bags, and get psyched! This is the
moment of truth, the all or nothing night of your life! Are you going alone or bringing a friend to help you keep your nerve? Look over your gear once more:
Looting equipment:
1. Nylon or leather bags. Try to find a balance between weight and strength. Standard travel luggage is a bad idea, and don’t even think about using something with roller wheels! Those damn things are loud enough on a perfectly smooth airport concrete, and you want to roll this thing down a mile of city grade asphalt? Backpacks aren’t terrible; just make sure you leave them mostly unbuckled for a quick getaway. The size of the bag will work itself out naturally. If you choose one that’s too large, and notice that after it’s filled that you can’t lift it, then you are holding the proof that you’ve made a bad decision. Take some stuff out and try again.
2. Entry tool. These can be more valuable than weapons. Good examples are crowbars, pry bars, bolt cutters, the sturdier the better. They are all heavy steel, and you need to lug them to the location. That’s bad. The flip side is you can either bring them back with you on the first trip, or leave them until the last trip. The crow bar and pry bar are used to wedge into door jams, in order to force them open, breaking the lock. The bolt cutter is to punch through steel cable, padlocks, or chain link fences. When it comes to bolt cutters I recommend anything over 36 inches in length. That size will sever most steel barriers.
3. Light source. Don’t grab your giant flashlight. This is supposed to be a covert operation. The only reason you’re bringing any light at all is to see what is being stuffed into the bag. Penlights are a good first choice, unless you have night vision goggles. If you are wealthy and crazy enough to own these, then you’re way ahead of the game. You should already have a solid plan of your own. Use your lights only if you are unsure of the terrain. If there is an obstacle in your way, light it up and check it out before trying to hurdle it.
4. Be Defensive. You run into trouble, you have to look at the odds before making a move. One person? Size them up fight club style, and decide if they can be bargained with, or will it turn into a skirmish? Did you see two or more people? You may have to cut and run, even if they’re younger and smaller. If you are thinking about taking on one of them, the other may be running for help. There is no honor among thieves.
5. Distraction device (optional)
Head out at dark, not dusk. You don’t want anyone in your immediate vicinity following you. If you know the area well enough, then try to travel without any light. Walk down the middle of the street if you have to. Walk quickly, but quietly. This new world has some long stretches of silent streets. No need to give yourself away. If you consider yourself adept on a mountain bike, then you could save some travel time. Note that large bags will throw off your balance, especially when filled. The extra weight will make it harder to start and stop, but you will be able to outrun people on foot.
Take small detours to avoid any other people you hear up ahead, and remember where they were for the return trip home. Anyone that has a bonfire going will work to your benefit. The light
from the fire resets their night vision, making it almost impossible for them to see at any distance in the dark. Don’t take the long way around just to avoid a fire.
When you arrive at the entrance of the store, force it open as quickly as possible, but use some stealth. If you need to hammer in a window, wrap the hammer in cloth to muffle the sound. If the back door needs to be worked over with a pry bar for a few minutes, take a break every once in a while to check your surroundings. If it’s going to take 15 minutes, you may want to consider a distraction.
Distraction techniques: Sometimes, it is like the movies. Distractions are used in warfare, but are called diversions. There are times where you need to divert your opponent’s attention to something else. Use the environment around you, and try to keep it simple. If it’s dark, use something that involves light. If it’s quiet, create something that makes a lot of noise. A few examples:
Fire is your friend. Despite what your parents have told you, it’s ok to play with fire. We are moths to the flame. We sit around campfires and stare into the glow. We watch apartment buildings burn. In a world without electric lights, fires become a magnet, the bug zapper of the apocalypse. People will gather around and stare at a burning house like it was a giant beach bonfire, and why not? There are no fire trucks to put it out.
Don’t get fancy. Find some flammable liquid. It can be gasoline, paint thinner, lamp oil, a strong alcohol. Locate a wood structure, preferably with smaller pieces. Set the blaze quickly, and then head over to your cold loot target. The fire doesn’t have to start big; a little goes a long way.
Car alarms. Did you ever think you would see the day you would welcome the sound of a car alarm? Find some vehicles a few hundred yards away from the store you want to get into. Hit them hard with a blunt object. If the car / truck doesn’t start making noise after a few whacks, move to the next. Once the alarm goes off, high tail it out of there and get to work.
Once the distraction is set, you enter the coffee shop, or specialty store, or whatever you have chosen. Use your lights sparingly. Even if you use the front door as an entrance, try to use the back door as an exit. Fill up the bag with what you can comfortably carry, then calmly walk out and start heading home. If you are wearing a watch, start keeping track of how long it takes you per trip.
Rinse and Repeat:
When you do get back to home base, check your watch again, and see how many more times you can hit this store before the sun comes up. As the sky starts to get lighter, you are done. I mean it. Stop. Take inventory of what you now have, get some rest, and if you’re up to it, begin again the next night.
If the plan goes wrong:
Sometimes, you can’t just go home. You are on your third trip back, and there are some people following you. If you’re lucky, they won’t know the area as well as you do. They are tailing you, waiting to see where you will crash for the night. Do not under any circumstances lead them to
your home and family. If your bag is heavy, look for a quick place to stash it. Hide it in some bushes, underneath a car, some place that you can get back to in the daytime. As soon as you ditch the bag, move faster, take an unusual corner. Don’t panic, just lose them, anyway you see fit. If you think you can set up a quick ambush and scare them off, then do that. If you have to fight, then fight.
Dangerous zones
“Extreme hot loot zones”, only recommended for groups of 10 or more people.
In every state, there are manufacturing facilities. Taking the odds into consideration, most of these places will be making and storing products like distributor cap parts, plastic vomit, or lawn furniture. These companies will only be useful for supplies you can get out of the cafeteria, vending machines, or office drawers.
Then there are the gold mines, the warehouses that have literally lifetimes of supplies. They include things like, a Campbell’s soup factory, a Nabisco plant, a grocery store distribution center, a Wal-Mart shipping hub. Do not try to approach these places alone, or even in small groups. The logistics are too large for you. Imagine a Costco, only 10 times as big, with everything needing a forklift to move, in pitch-blackness. Now imagine all the employees that work there, day after day, who will approach this facility within 24 hours.
Any employee with keys to the main gate will fill a truck by the end of the second day. After that, anyone working in the immediate industrial park will try to get some groups together and take their shot. After that, the public will catch wind of it, and things will start to get crazy.
These factories and warehouses are normally located in industrial zones, which are some distance away from residential areas. Using a car or truck is a good idea. A tractor-trailer rig is better, with a large group of people to guard it. A well-armed group could get in and get out without too much trouble, and it could be done quickly if someone knew how to run a forklift.
Some brave souls may move some of the supplies into a more secure part of the building, and just try to live at the warehouse. That would be a 24/7 job, constantly patrolling the area. With enough troops it could be possible. These specialized stashes are rare, and shouldn’t be considered a viable option for most people. Military or law enforcement groups have the best chance of securing these, for whatever purpose they see fit.
Tip: There are only a few places that should be considered “too dangerous” to approach. One example would be small gun shops run by private owners. Most firearm stores are like this. They only sell firearms and firearm related products. Some of their employees carry side arms during normal business hours. When the power goes out, they are instructed to immediately go to the store and stand guard. This store has a lot to lose. These owners will shoot first, and ask questions of your body later. They have more guns than you do, and enough ammunition to start a small war. You can’t bargain with them, and sure as hell can’t out gun them. Go away, and never think of it again. Some of your heavily armed pawnshops also fit into this category, although they aren’t as dangerous in an extended fight because of their limited supply of
One other dangerous location is any privately owned army/navy surplus store. Some of these places carry firearms on site. The owners of these shops are survival oriented. They will be armed, and they are already convinced anyone approaching the store is a looter.
The Mormon supply house:
Weeks after the power goes out, when all the stores, factories, and vending machines have been licked clean, there will be house to house skirmishes. The supplies acquired from these poorly organized neighborhood battles almost don’t seem worth it, because the average family won’t have much of a stockpile.
Well that is, except for the Mormon families living outside of Utah. I don’t want to pick on the Mormons, I really don’t. I’d like to think of myself as treating everyone equally. I’d like to state officially that I don’t have anything against the Mormon faith. Freedom of religion is a right in this country. I happen to respect that this religious group practices what they preach and prepares for their version of Armageddon. Great job! You have at least a year’s supply of food for every member of your family, and weeks after the power has gone out; some of your neighbors just remembered that little nugget of information. For you, it’s time to start sleeping with one eye open!
Unfortunately, this version of the grasshopper and the ant doesn’t end well. Outside of Utah there are way more grasshoppers and the ants don’t have nearly enough guns to keep them out.
To be fair, I’m going to give help to both sides; I don’t want to play favorites.
If you are a practicing Mormon living outside of Utah, you should consider upgrading your security. This means more fire extinguishers, bigger rifles, and more ammunition. You may want to have a safe room built, one that can withstand fire. There should be some walls in certain areas of your home with steel plating or heavy stone. Bomb shelters are an excellent fall back position. Shoot first and shoot often. Keeping your opponent off guard and off balance is important. Have faith that the neighbors will lose their nerve and go away!
If you are living in a large neighborhood and are planning on attacking a Mormon house: You had better be ready for a drawn out fight. These families have God in their hearts, and will not give up willingly. Luckily for you, unless a few families have banded together, you’re probably looking at three guns or less coming at you. The best way to breach the house is to back a car into a living room wall at about 20-30 miles per hour. Note I said back in you monkey. Why would you drive in nose first and wreck your engine? Think people! Back the car / truck through the wall, then drive forward, exposing the hole. There is your access point.
Yes, you could just burn the house down. The drawbacks are that it takes almost 24 hours before you can even begin to start sifting through the wreckage, and you’ll have to move that out of the way to get to the basement. The smoke won’t affect any canned goods, but the heat might. If they are storing fuel in the basement, then all bets are off, and there may not be anything to
salvage. Better stick with the car idea.
Also note that a gun battle in your neighborhood will draw huge amounts of attention, even blocks away. If or when you are victorious, and start carrying out all that hard fought cache of supplies, you will now have become the new Mormons. You also are walking around the street holding food and water instead of weapons. I hope for your sake that God is on your side now.
Chapter 9: Advanced: The trading post
“Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.”
-Benjamin Franklin
The concept of the trading post is simple, but the implementation can be challenging, and end badly if you’re not very careful. An organized barter system is the best, and worst of both worlds. It can be a windfall of essential resources, especially if used with specialized looters. It will also draw some unwanted attention to your location, including potential thieves who may make a move to take over your new enterprise.
A trading post can be started within 72 hours after the power goes out, and if well secured, will be one of the last places with access to needed supplies. A trading post brings a sense of order, as well as a familiar gathering place. If it’s completed quickly, it can bring a community together, give it perspective, and allow organized barter to replace the chaotic roar of the mob.
The trading post can be as simple, or as complex as you want, depending on your manpower, stockpile of items, and location. Keep in mind that the more complex and spread out it is, the harder it will be to defend. The quick rules of the trading post are simple. 1. Acquire and distribute needed supplies, and 2. Defend the stash at all costs.
Once completed, the trading post will provide you will potential goods, manpower, and most importantly, information. It will become the general store where people come to gossip, trade,
and lament about their situation. All of these bits of information can become useful to you. The key in any trading post is to be consistent, organized, and always project confidence in what you are doing, whether you have it or not.
You can set up a barter based system with as few as two people, but I recommend four. To start, you need a good trade building, one that isn’t your current residence. The building should be solid, with as much brick and stone as possible. Brick and stone are resistant to gunfire and impacts from vehicles (Remember the Mormons!). More stone means less wood. This means it can withstand fire, and fire related products. It doesn’t have to be a large structure. You’re not running a Costco, nor do you want to. This is a neighborhood trading post, which will cover an area up to, 2-3 square miles. This is the maximum walking distance you should expect any one person or group to travel to your location.
Bring the inventory you want to trade to the location, and then create a trading post sign. The larger the sign is, the better. The sign should be moveable if possible. Don’t just get a can of spray paint and write on the side of the building: “Trading!” What happens if you move? Better to take a wooden door off its hinges, use that as the sign, and then lean it against the building. When the post closes for the night, you simply lay the door down. Keep it mobile!
The important part of the post structure is where exactly the trade takes place. A window that is big enough to pass through goods is a great start. Treat it more like a ticket window at a ballpark, or a bank teller. People give you money. You give them the ticket. No one is behind the counter but you. Your total inventory should not be visible from the ticket window, only the goods you are trading. The window doesn’t get left unattended, ever. Give the impression that you have a number of armed people inside the building, project threat. Be serious, but be fair. The trading post is not only there to help you, but to build the trust of the community. You are not there to loot and pillage. You are providing a service. You are providing some order that people recognize. You are providing hope.
I recommend doing all trading through a window or on a trading table outside the front door. One thing you should stick to, and I cannot stress this enough: Never use the front door for anything. Put furniture in front of it, nail it shut, or better yet, cut holes in it big enough to stick out gun barrels. The front door is the visible access point. No one should see it open. All inventories should be brought in through the back door. Again, treat this like a ticket window, or if it makes it easier, a bank teller window. The average customer should leave with a sense of mystery.
They should be doing anything else but thinking about how to rob you. Your group should appear strong and organized. You are the shopkeepers. The force you represent is unknown. People fear the unknown. When people do business with you, they will do so without thinking of crime.
Display your firearms, real and fake. Replicas or props will work fine. You want an honest trade, and so do your customers. If you feel safer with more than one person running the ticket window, then use more. What’s important here is that they are polite and civil, and know how to spot the BS. People with customer service skills are good. Bartenders are good. People who
know how to deal with crap on a regular basis are what you need.
You have your inventory sitting somewhere hidden in some type of solid structure which can’t be crashed into with a car / truck. You have a few friends or neighbors, people you can trust, running the trade window. You place random guns in visible distance and look as intimidating as you can. You raise up the painted door sign and you are open for business!
At first you hear nothing but crickets. What did you expect? Did you want a local celebrity cutting a ribbon on this grand opening? People will not be bursting out of their homes, running with hands in the air, cheering the fact that there is finally a store open. Give it time. Be patient.
The great thing about a trading post in this scenario is that everyone’s a potential regular customer. If you can get them to deal with you even once, they will come by almost every day until the end. The process starts slow, but gains momentum. The people wandering streets need things, your things. The dialogue is always the same. What the first customers want will dictate the specials list.
What do you have to trade? What to you need? I need water. I need food. I need bullets. I need cigarettes. Everyone is looking for something, and you may or may not have this something. If you think you might be able to trade it later, add it to the need items list, and post it outside the window. You may also want to post a “Robbers will be shot”, in an attempt to keep people honest.
Most of the first people that come to window are just the curious types walking around. They aren’t carrying anything. They have nothing to trade, except maybe a weapon, ammunition, or water. They’re going to be holding onto those things. The old saying is true: We want most that which we cannot have. They will be looking to you for something they need, maybe a few AA batteries for their flashlight? You have them, and let them know. Now comes the barter. What do they have? What they bring to the table has to correspond with your needs list. You give them a business card with your needs list on the back-side. This is something they can take home with them. The trade rate isn’t on the list, just the items. This is how the process starts.
They go home, and start looking through their inventory. They don’t know how much you have, because it isn’t visible, so they aren’t thinking (for now) about robbing you. They debate, they fret. What is important to them? Their decision process is extensive. The next day they show up with a bag of goods, hoping to trade for some AA batteries. What are they bringing? Canned food? Candles? Other batteries? Now the barter process kicks in, and haggling starts. Don’t be unfair on the priority goods. See what it is worth, and what you can gain from it. These trades should be as honest as possible. Your profit will come from another source. The person in question gives you three cans of food for 4 AA batteries that expire in a year. Always try to trade the earliest expiring items first. The exchange is made through the window. You inspect the cans, they inspect the batteries, maybe even try them out in the flashlight. Everyone is happy, and they go on their way. No fuss, no problems. You’ve just made a solid customer, maybe even a friend. Given enough time, this person may even work for you.
The barter system is whatever you see fit to implement, but there are some guidelines in the new
world you should pay attention to, especially when it comes to priority items, and vices.

Examples of possible trades:
1 can of food = 1 battery or 3 rounds of ammunition or 1 cigarette (non filtered)
1 bottle of water (sealed) = 2 cans of food or 6 rounds of ammunition or 2 cigarettes
3 cigarettes = 1 shot of hard alcohol
The combinations for trade are endless. Try to be as consistent as possible. It’s going to be tough, because demand is going to change. This is a cross between a general store and the stock market. Someone may try to buy you out of AAA batteries, or all of your light sticks. Don’t completely empty your inventory. Those last scraps will turn into gold. One day a can of food might be worth a few batteries, then someone who looted a warehouse tries to trade more water than you could use in a few months. Weigh the trades carefully. You have the time. If a line forms, then try to assure the people that everyone will be serviced as soon as possible.
Don’t try to scam any of the fair trade people, especially if there are others in line. Your reputation is everything. Word of mouth is crucial. Your ability to function as a vendor is the most important thing in the world. You have the option of allowing people to trade with each other in line. This doesn’t hurt you. In fact, you may want to encourage it. Your trading post will become a gathering place, a hub of activity.
Days go by. You bring in items, you trade out items. Maybe you develop a relationship with a regular customer or two, and some of them are handy with other things. In exchange for letting them be part of the group, they help you with different functions. They can you help with security, they can help with bartering. Your supply chain is becoming more efficient and helpful. The people you deal with are grateful for what they have. The trade itself gives them purpose, gives them some meaning in this difficult time.
The people that will make the real difference to you are the stragglers that have little or no supplies, but are hoping you can help out. There is no charity in the Apocalypse. There are only contracts. The people who have nothing to lose will be your greatest asset.
The Carders
“Obviously crime pays, or there’d be no crime”
-G. Gordon Liddy
The saying goes: “All any person wants is something to love. If you can’t give them that, give them something to hope for. If you can’t give them that, then just give them something to do”. The potential free time after a power outage is immense, but it shouldn’t be leisurely. Time is money. Time is resources. For the downtrodden people walking the street, time may be their only bargaining chip.
As the trading post develops, your inventory will neither grow nor shrink in any great amount as long as the trades are fair. If people are desperate, then they will make trades to your advantage. You will also be consuming resources which will balance these things out. Where the inventory
starts to expand is with the loose contracts you make with people who have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
We’ve already established that you are a good person. You take care of your own. You, your family, and your friends are fed, safe, and are now part of the only business in your area. There are others not so lucky. People who need guidance, who need a way of life to follow. The trading post will be their new temporary church. You will offer them purpose, and they will be grateful.
You are looking for loners. These are your valuable assets. The conversations start the same, and require a delicate touch. What do you have for trade? Us? We have almost everything, what do you have? Me? Not much, a saddened look crosses their face. Look, (handing them the loot list card) this is what we need. If you can get any of these things, we can do business.
If you want, hint that some of the houses in this area appear to be abandoned. For the first time in weeks, they have hope in their eyes. They turn and head down the street.
24 hours later, you see the same person, carrying a large bag over their shoulder. They have items for trade. These items are worth something to you. You deal. They smile. Once trust is gained, you offer them something else. Your makeshift supply bank. A chance to store their stash while they’re out looking for other supplies, for a small fee, of course.
The Bank
The supply bank is an easy to learn concept, and it only works if there is trust on both sides. The person looting is having a hard time carrying the stash they have. If they try to hide it in a house it could be stolen, and then they will have lost everything. You offer to keep their stash for them, inside the secure trading post, at a rate of 25-33 percent, or 1/4 to 1/3. Translation. For every 4 cans of food they store with you, the post keeps 1. For every 12 rounds of ammunition, you keep 4.
I recommend an inventory list, like a bank book, which they sign off on every time they leave the post. They can view the inventory list at any time, but cannot come inside to look at the goods physically. If they insist you can offer to bring it around to the main window, but this shouldn’t happen too often.
1. Rate of contract is established and set for all “carders” (People who have a bank account) If you set it at 25%, then that is what is will stay at. Carders will run into each other from time to time. They should all have the same rate.
2. The inventory sheet should be on hand for them to view. They can deposit, withdraw, or close an account at will. You will not stop them. This freedom establishes trust. Trust builds relationships. You need allies.
3. Carders have to check in to the post every three days to confirm existence. This is a nice way of saying that they have to prove they haven’t gotten themselves killed. If check in isn’t completed in three days, the house lays claim to the entire inventory of the carder. Three days is
plenty of time and should be acceptable. Date the inventory sheets and keep good records of them. If a carder is gone for 5 days, then shows up out of the blue, they will still lose their inventory. You have an option of replacing this with a starter account that gives them enough water and food to last them another three days. This will keep them going while they get back to work. This is to reestablish trust.
4. Looting is strongly recommended in abandoned homes. If a house is occupied, the carder should leave at once and seek another location. Imply to others that you are a socially responsible organization.
5. Carders must respect other carders. If two are looting the same house, they should identify themselves to each other immediately. Whoever had entered the house first has priority over the other. Any deals cut between the two looters are outside of the post. Disputes will be settled between the members. The post will not be involved in general looting matters.
6. Exterior conflicts will not be brought to the post. The idea here is that eventually, a carder will stray into an occupied house. Let’s say for arguments sake, that an occupied house contains four families, and a bunch of guns. They chase the carder back to the post. One of the home’s occupants is injured. They demand justice. You now need to be a temporary judge. This is a potential situation and needs to be considered. Less than 2 months ago you were crying because you’re laptop didn’t have Internet, and now, you’re presiding over a domestic violence case. Nothing happens inside the post. For security reasons, all disputes are handled somewhere outside the main building.
Judging isn’t that hard without a jury. You listen to both sides, determine a course of action, and then make a decision. Did the carder hurt anyone? What were the circumstances? What do the homeowners want for compensation? Do they want to trade? Are they a current customer? Do they want blood? You get to decide. If the carder is a real problem or has been a thorn in your side, then you could hand them over to the group, but that’s not really fair. Exile may be better, maybe a running head start? I suppose you could just open fire. It’s your decision; choose wisely!
The odds say that these carders will be taking chances you wouldn’t. They may enter a house and get shot. They may fall down some stairs and get mauled by large dogs, they may get chased away from another group. Your goal is to make sure that either way the post benefits. You’re not exactly rooting for their demise, are you? I didn’t think so. The great part about this system is that it is driven by basic instincts. They are hungry, and there is no credit at the trading post. To eat, they have to forage for supplies. They become the perfect employee. No loafing, no clock punching, no long lunches. Sounds like a sweet deal doesn’t it? Time to kick back and enjoy your success. It will be an easy ride until help arrives. Think again.
The flip side of the trading post is unwanted attention. As time passes, different groups will think about how they can get in to your supplies. Every location has a weakness. They are looking for it, and you can’t let your guard down for a minute. They will send carders who seem like honest people. Beware of carders who want to come inside and take a look. Keep a close eye on everyone that’s working for you. Remember the story about the dog. Everyone is trustworthy until they get hungry enough. As time goes on, and you become the only game in town, you are
almost guaranteed to have at least one standoff. A group will move past the line, armed, and want to take what you have. You and your sentries will be outnumbered. Don’t back down. They don’t want to start shooting. Hell, some of those guns may not even be loaded. Ask them what they want to trade for, but be prepared to take action. If you lose the post the game is over. Quick words can sometimes save the day faster than quick guns.
Chapter 10: When the bullets run out
“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you”
– Eric Hoffer
Something very serious has just happened, and it doesn’t involve toilet paper. You’re out of ammunition. This is not a happy thing. In fact, for a lot of survivalists, it’s the scariest time of all. Resources are running low! You might actually have to get your hands dirty in a real fight! All your years of learning computer programming has not prepared you for this! What the hell are you supposed to do now!
This is not the time for a “stay calm” speech. You play this too cool and you’re going to be having a personal conversation with the Lord. There are literally thousands of self-defense styles, with so many practical techniques I can’t begin to scratch the surface. Teaching you how to fight is not what you need. You need huge amounts of bring-to-bear confidence.
You have to believe that even without a firearm, you can do enough damage to the other person that they either collapse in a blubbering pile of pathetic Jell-O, or run away at top speed, screaming in pain, thinking of the one adversary they never want to meet again, you!
There just isn’t that much I can teach you in a few short paragraphs. Some things will come naturally. Your adrenalin will kick in; giving you enhanced strength and reflexes. You will attack with everything you have, and with a little luck and God’s blessing, you will be the last one standing. If you have friends and family, think of them, and how you are their last line of defense!
Of course it also helps if you are willing to fight dirty, and have some cool tricks to back it up. Let’s review some items that might give you an edge in a hand-to-hand fight.
Brass knuckles:
Your hands are soft like a baby’s bottom. You haven’t done a hard day’s work in your life. There is no way that you will transform into a seasoned union dockworker in the next 10 seconds, so stop with the fantasy. Any martial arts training will tell you to hit someone with the base of your palm. It saves you a lot of pain and still will deliver a good impact. You won’t remember that though. All your fight training was in grade school, or maybe you learned from the movies, which means you will hit with fist closed, knuckle to chin. Make it count, but if you can help it, get something that will protect your hand. Go online and pick up a cheap pair of brass knuckles.
This little toy is a solid piece of metal with holes to stick your fingers through. It rests tight enough in your hand that you can hit something with a full swing and the only thing that strikes your target is the metal wrapped around your knuckles, hence the name. The beauty of this item is that you can miss your opponent and strike something solid like a wall or your refrigerator, and you won’t break your hand!
For decades, this product was strictly a black market item like it’s cousin the switchblade knife. You can really hurt someone with a pair of brass knuckles. It’s like getting a small pipe to the face; only it fits in your pocket. There were extra legal penalties if the police caught you with a pair. Then someone figured out you could mass produce them, call them paperweights, and presto! Brass knuckles you can buy over the Internet!
Aluminum bat
Feed off of your childhood. Everyone has held a baseball bat at one point or another. It’s a playground regular. It doesn’t matter if you were chosen almost last on your elementary school teams; you still got to hold the bat. It was built to be swung and to hit things. They can be found in many places, you don’t need the Internet for this. Aluminum bats are best because they don’t break easily. When it comes to size, the smaller the better. Remember that if you are swinging inside the house, there are walls, furniture, and knickknacks. A long bat will just get in your way, and will slow down or even stop if you over swing and hit a solid object. A dark colored bat is better than a light colored one.
You are now a part of history! Humans have been hurting each other with knives ever since they
lumbered out of the caves and started carving them out of flint. We’ve come so far! Yep. Pretty straight forward, and I mean that literally. The sharp point goes into the bad guy. Note I said point, not blade. Short strong thrusts forward, not side-to-side. Don’t start waving that thing around wildly. If that happens, there is a good chance you’ll also cut yourself in the fight.
Flammable liquid, and a match:
This defense technique is kind of tricky, but the principal idea is taken straight from the prison yard. Take 8-12 ounces of a flammable liquid and throw at target. Then throw a lighter, match, or candle at target. Target catches fire. Target then either rolls on floor yelling something about “being on fire” and “how much it burns”, or they run down the hall and out of the building, fanning the flames, and drawing attention to them.
Martial arts:
You are not Chuck Norris. No one is. If I see one more amateur attempting martial arts in a real fight I swear I’m going to go insane! Martial arts are a discipline, not an absolute. Martial arts create a fighting style, not a guarantee that you will win, or even that you have an edge. Every wonder why those reality cage fights on television aren’t filled with a lot of guys jumping and twisting, trying to land that perfect palm technique? Watch a match and you’ll see. Each fight is different depending on your opponent! If you are trying some Matrix style drunken boxing, and your opponent wants to wrestle that will end your movie real quick.
You can’t do spin kicks in your entryway. There is no flying tiger inside a bathroom. There is no karate kid crane technique from the other side of a dining room table. Just hit for the head, sternum or genitals as hard as you can. Box their ears, try to smack the base of the back of their neck, there is a big nerve cluster where the shoulder meets the neck. Claw at the eyes; try to hit their Adams apple. So it’s not a pretty, visually entertaining fight, the goal is to win, not to look good!
Throwing things
When I was growing up my sister used to throw anything she could at me. I learned quickly when to catch, and when to dodge. You are not a professional baseball player. If a major league pitcher has someone coming through their front door they have permission to throw the high fastball. You throw slowly, because you are a sloth. Being a good video game player doesn’t mean your reflexes will help you hit someone from across the room with a book. If you have something good to throw, like a bowling ball, or an all steel crock pot, then get close to the door, and hit them from 4 feet or less.
Note on throwing things: Do not throw your gun at the target! This is a bad lesson taught by bad guys in the movies! Just set it down or put it back into your pocket. You never know when you might find extra ammunition.
Stun Guns
Due to the bad memories this item brings up, and that I’m not a fan of less than lethal devices, I can say only this: Hit the intruder with the stun gun and don’t let go of the trigger. The disruption that they have on a body’s electrical system is somewhat cumulative, and really taxes the brain if you give them an extra dose. Hit them long enough, and they will stay down for 30 minutes or more. Just to be sure, just empty the battery on the target.
Pepper spray
There have been many documented cases about the use of pepper spray and there is some bad news. You spray your enemy with mace, and you will get some on yourself. It’s like spraying underarm deodorant on another person. No matter how careful you are, you’re going to smell it. The difference here is that mace stings a great deal. If you don’t mind some tears and shortness of
breath, then this one is for you.
This goes against our basic “fight or flight” instincts. You may have been great at hide and seek as a child, but hiding under a pile of clothes, or under the stairs with your pornography isn’t going to do much this time around. Remember that this is a low resource scenario. All those televisions programs where the mob guys toss the apartment looking for the stolen drugs, that’s amateur hour now. People will be going through everything, and unless you have an Anne Frank style piece of furniture, they’re going to find you, in which case you’ll have to choose something else mentioned above.
Playing dead
It works on bears, doesn’t it? Sometimes it works on bears. It works on people sometimes too. The cases that seem to have the most success involve a large-scale military conflict, and there are a lot of bodies. People hide underneath them, and try to blend in. Do you have a lot of bodies in your home? If you do, then you have some larger issues, and the looters are just your next victims. I’ll make sure to stay clear of your place.
If you are alone and trying to play dead, you may want to consider a few things before putting on your best “open eye and open mouth” dead movie face. First, the person coming in the door is looking for things, but they are also looking for you, to see if you’re a threat. If they have a lot of extra ammunition they may just put a bullet into you. If bullets are scarce, they may poke you with something and check for a reaction. If they try to check your pulse, the jig is up, and I recommend using their close proximity to hit hard and fast.
Say however, that your performance is convincing, and they think you’re really taking the big dirt nap. You are still going to have to deal with this person going through all your pockets. Let’s hope you’re not ticklish.
Acting crazy
I like this idea, even though I can’t pull it off. Start screaming and flailing about, acting as insane as possible. For some of you, this will be quite easy. The idea is that a really noisy, scary person may not be worth the trouble. This is recommended even before they come in the room. The motivation is to pretend you are a human car alarm. If you make enough of a ruckus, the stealthy attacker may just move on, and kill your neighbors instead.
To summarize:
If you are out of bullets, find the best weapon you can come up with, and ambush your attacker with everything you’ve got. The best places to do this are either directly by the door they are entering from, or behind a blind corner inside the house. I don’t recommend trying it from underneath the bed. Everyone knows there are monsters under there.
The End?
That’s it, everything you need. Water, food, light, weapons, tactics, and some sensible advice that could save your families life.
You are now officially versed in the wonderful world of urban survival. The majority of you reading will have found it mildly entertaining. It was a small distraction in a never ending series. A short time from now you will be back to watching something on network television. In a week you will have forgotten most of what’s been said here.
A smaller number of you may discuss some of the concepts casually with other people, pondering the possibility of a national crisis situation. Your friends and coworkers will have not read the guide, and therefore will condemn it as some extremist nonsense. You will feel relieved at this and return to some form of quiet contentment.
There may be a few that actually get something out of this guide. To those individuals who know deep in their hearts that the worst can happen, or have survived limited catastrophes of their own, I say this: Start small and follow through.
You don’t have to drive at top speed to the nearest bulk food store and stock a spare bedroom floor to ceiling with freeze-dried goods. The secret, the KEY to this whole idea, is to start small. Buy a footlocker sized plastic container, make a small list of things you might want to have if your house was say, hit by a tornado, and start filling the container.
Once the list is checked off, and your footlocker contains the things you need, you might just stop and call it good. Mission accomplished, you’ll never think of it again.
Chances are though, that as you make the effort to acquire your items, you will think of others, and those other things will give you more ideas. It can snowball. Before you know it, you have a nice corner of your basement ready for anything.
And while you’re putting things into your plastic containers, why not include this manual as well?

The Anunnaki in the Bible



The most widely read book in all of history, the Bible has pushed the faith of billions of people and has shaped the very world that we live in. 

But what if there was something that was not drastically clear in the way that people decipher the Bible.

What we’re going to discuss is the Annunaki in the Bible.

These are very important parts of Scripture that often go overlooked by readers, but shed some light on a different side of the Bible and the very faith that billions of people believe in.

Before we jump into the scripture itself, let’s try to clarify what we know about the who they Annunaki were.

Who Are The Annunaki?

Annunaki is a word that has been made famous by Zecharia Sitchin.

Found within many of his famous books, Sitchin explores ancient mythology, megalithic structures around the world and various books to demonstrate that an extraterrestrial race visited the planet.

What’s interesting is that these were the gods found within the Sumerian tablets.

The Annunaki were actual deities and their names come from the old god of the sky “Anu.”

But when you look deeper into the Sumerian tablets, you start to notice that there is a stark comparative relationship between the Bible and what these ancient cultures believed in.

When you begin to look deep into the Bible, you’ll see that there are some similarities that often go overlooked by even the most religious people.

Such occurrences include Giants in the Bible.

Must-Read: Who Were the Real ‘Gods of Eden’?

Sumerian Tablets

The Sumerian tablets were written by the Sumerians. This was a society that invented writing, and had advanced knowledge of mathematics, science and astronomy.

According to these tablets, the Anunnaki, or Anannge, were angels.

These were people that were technologically advanced and actually lived on earth around 8200 BC in the Middle East.

Ninill and Enlil were at the center of the stories. Ninill was the goddess that ruled over the land, and Enlil was her husband. The God of War, Ninurta, was the son of Enlil and Ninlil.

These gods are very similar to the gods that you would know from ancient Greece and Rome, and this is the first time that we hear about the garden of Eden. This is the same Eden that we know from the Bible.

Within the Sumerian tablets, Ninlil asks the Council of seven to create what is called “Eden.” This is a heavenly garden.

The Annunaki were also tied to the Watchers which are found in the Book of Enoch. Not surprisingly, the Watchers were in charge of watching over “Eden.”

Related: Let US Make Man in OUR Image – Who is ‘US’ and ‘OUR’?

The Book of Enoch

A book that is an ancient Jewish religious work, the Book of Enoch is the tradition of Enoch, and is closely tied to Noah.

As you already know, Noah was in charge of saving all the world’s animals, and it was his great-grandfather who wrote the Book of Enoch.

Much like the Bible, the Book of Enoch is really a series of different books.

Inside of the book, you’ll find the following:

  • The Book of Watchers
  • Book of Parables
  • The Astronomical Book
  • The Dream Visions
  • The Epistles of Enoch

This is a very important read if you want to delve deeper into religious text. Now the reason that we’re talking about this book is because of:

  • The Watchers
  • Nephilim
  • Bane of Angels

The Watchers fell to earth and are our form of Angels who fathered the Nephilim. What is interesting is that many of the names found within this text correlate directly to the Bible:

  • Azazel
  • Raphael
  • Gabriel

And while the book is not considered part of the Bible, many believe that it is one of the texts that does hold religious significance.

There are many such books to have not made it into the Bible that you and I know today. Why?

It could be that these texts go against what the church has been telling us for centuries.

What we’ve seen so far is that these two ancient texts seem to meld into each other perfectly. But it goes even deeper than that with the Annunaki.

The scripture that is of the main importance is [Genesis 5:18]. Within this text, you’ll find Enoch who fathered Methuselah, who fathered Lamech, who fathered Noah.

This is within the holy Bible, and directly correlates with the two texts The Book of Enoch and the Sumerian tablets.

Interestingly, the Annunaki Fallen Angels would mix with indigenous people as stated within The Book of Enoch.

Related: Mankind’s Forbidden History Holds the Answer for the “Missing Link”

Giants in the Bible

Where do Giants fit into all of this? Well, the Annunaki began to mingle with the indigenous people, and this union led to the hybrid race that were called Giants.

The Giants can be found in Chapter 7 of the Book of Enoch. The exact wording is: “And the women conceiving brought forth giants, whose stature was each three hundred cubits.”

The Book of Enoch is not the Bible, but the Bible does talk about Giants.

You’ll find Giants in the King James Bible, and also within Genesis. Genesis 6:4 states that:

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”

But keep in mind that this all occurred before the great flood that Noah is known to be a part of in biblical history.

There was a war in heaven that caused the Watchers to mingle with the women on earth that eventually resulted in the Giants being born.

You’ll also find that in Deuteronomy [2:10-11]:

“The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims.”

Keep in mind that this occurs after the great flood, meaning that these giants must have roamed the earth even after the flood occurred.

There are several occurrences of Giants in Deuteronomy, which you can find in Deuteronomy:

  • 2:20-21
  • 3:11

Joshua 17:5 also mentions Giants in its text:

“And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.”

What is very important to understand is that the Annunaki are not the creators of the world, or the human race.

Instead, these are fallen angels that were created by God. You’ll also find mention of Enki, which is a Sumerian God who is considered the Lord of the earth.

Looking deeper into mythology, you’ll also find that there are giants mentioned in many texts. This doesn’t just occur in one part of the world.

Mentions of giants have been found all throughout the world, including Rome, India and Egypt. Virtually every corner of the world has some mention of Giants or similar race that co-mingled with humans.

Just to name a few, you can find Giants in the following:

Norse Myths: Jotunheim, a land of Giants. Different types of Giants are also mentioned, such as the Jotun and Iotun. Fire giants even lived in Muspelheim.

Hindu Texts: Interestingly, the Giants known as Daityas fought against the gods because they were jealous of their half-brothers.

Greek Texts: Two great giants named Ge and Tar’taros are mentioned in an attempt to storm heaven. It is stated that these giants were thrown to earth with the help of Hercules, and lay buried underneath Mount Edna.

It’s not so far-fetched even looking at today’s world. There are some people that are exceptionally tall. We have people, such as Bates, that stood 7’11” tall, and even Charlemagne, whom they say was 8 feet tall.

John Middleton was said to stand 9’3”, and the British Strand magazine posted a photo in 1895 of a grave that was uncovered in Ireland with a person that stood 12’2” tall. This person who have had an arm span of 4’6”.

While the giant’s remains used to be on display in exhibitions, no one yet knows what exactly happened to this proof that Giants existed.

The Annunaki have left some strands of evidence that they existed, and the link to giants is one of the many that are still explored today.

Even in our own Bible, we see that there is some proof behind the Annunaki that many people shrug off as a mere myth itself.

We know this is controversial for many to read, but we are asking those with open minds to consider the scriptures in a different light.

The Complete History of the Freemasonry and the Creation of the New World Order



The creation of the New World Order (NWO) agenda was put in motion by the infamous character, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the one who decided to control the entire planet by any means necessary.

Of course, this meant: deception, control, financial enslavement, blackmail and murder… but also far graver things, like: wars, famine and depopulation… a genocide unlike any other before it.

If you want to better understand just how powerful and black-hearted the Rothschild family is, then you must read their complete history HERE.

They are the richest clan in the world, and their empire was built on mountains of bones and sufferance.

1773 – Mayer Amschel Rothschild assembles twelve of his most influential friends, and convinces them that if they all pool their resources together, they can rule the world. This meeting takes place in Frankfurt, Germany.

Rothschild also informs his friends that he has found the perfect candidate, an individual of incredible intellect and ingenuity, to lead the organization he has planned – Adam Weishaupt.

May 1, 1776 – Adam Weishaupt (code named Spartacus) establishes a secret society called the Order of the Illuminati. Weishaupt is the Professor of Canon Law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria, part of Germany. The Illuminati seek to establish a New World Order.

Their objectives are as follows:

1) Abolition of all ordered governments 
2) Abolition of private property 
3) Abolition of inheritance 
4) Abolition of patriotism 
5) Abolition of the family 
6) Abolition of religion 
7) Creation of a world government 

July, 1782 – The Order of the Illuminati joins forces with Freemasonry at the Congress of Wilhelmsbad. The Comte de Virieu, an attendee at the conference, comes away visibly shaken. When questioned about the “tragic secrets” he brought back with him, he replies:

“I will not confide them to you. I can only tell you that all this is very much more serious than you think.”

From this time on, according to his biographer, “the Comte de Virieu could only speak of Freemasonry with horror.”

The insignia of the Order of the Illuminati first appeared on the reverse side of U.S. one-dollar bills in 1933. One can read, at the base of the 13-story pyramid, the year 1776 (MDCCLXVI in Roman numerals). The eye radiating in all directions is the “all-spying eye” that symbolizes the terroristic, Gestapo-like, agency set up by Weishaupt.

The Latin words “ANNUIT COEPTIS” mean “our enterprise (conspiracy) has been crowned with success.” Below, “NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM” explains the nature of the enterprise: a “New Social Order” or a “New World Order”.

1785 – An Illuminati courier named Lanze is struck by lightning, and killed while traveling by horseback through the town of Ratisbon. When Bavarian officials examine the contents of his saddle bags, they discover the existence of the Order of the Illuminati, and find plans detailing the coming French Revolution.

The Bavarian Government attempts to alert the government of France of impending disaster, but the French Government fails to heed this warning. Bavarian officials arrest all members of the Illuminati they can find, but Weishaupt and others have gone underground, and cannot be found.

1796 – Freemasonry becomes a major issue in the presidential election in the United States. John Adams wins the election by opposing Masonry, and his son, John Quincy Adams, warns of the dire threat to the nation posed by the Masonic Lodges:

“I do conscientiously and sincerely believe that the Order of Freemasonry, if not the greatest, is one of the greatest moral and political evils under which the Union is now laboring.”

1797 – John Robison, Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh University in Scotland, publishes a book entitled “Proofs of a Conspiracy” in which he reveals that Adam Weishaupt had attempted to recruit him. He exposes the diabolical aims of the Illuminati to the world.

1821 – George W. F. Hegel formulates what is called the Hegelian dialectic – the process by which Illuminati objectives are achieved. According to the Hegelian dialectic, thesis plus antithesis equals synthesis. In other words, first you foment a crisis.

Then there is an enormous public outcry that something must be done about the problem. So you offer a solution that brings about the changes you really wanted all along, but which people would have been unwilling to accept initially.

1828 – Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who finances the Illuminati, expresses his utter contempt for national governments which attempt to regulate International Bankers such as him:

“Allow me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who writes the laws.”

1848 — Moses Mordecai Marx Levy, alias Karl Marx, writes “The Communist Manifesto.” Marx is a member of an Illuminati front organization called the League of the Just.

He not only advocates economic and political changes; he advocates moral and spiritual changes as well. He believes the family should be abolished, and that all children should be raised by a central authority. He expresses his attitude toward God by saying:

“We must war against all prevailing ideas of religion, of the state, of country, of patriotism. The idea of God is the keynote of a perverted civilization. It must be destroyed.”

Jan. 22, 1870 – In a letter to Italian revolutionary leader Giuseppe Mazzini, Albert Pike – Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry – announces the establishment of a secret society within a secret society:

“We must create a super rite, which will remain unknown, to which we will call those Masons of high degree of whom we shall select. With regard to our brothers in Masonry, these men must be pledges to the strictest secrecy. Through this supreme rite, we will govern all Freemasonry which will become the one international center, the more powerful because its direction will be unknown.”

This ultra-secret organization is called The New and Reformed Paladian Rite. (This is why about 95% of the men involved in Masonry don’t have a clue as to what the objectives of the organization actually are. They are under the delusion that it’s just a fine community organization doing good works.)

1875 – Russian occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky founds the Theosophical Society. Madame Blavatsky claims that Tibetan holy men in the Himilayas, whom she refers to as the Masters of Wisdom, communicated with her in London by telepathy. She insists that the Christians have it all backwards – that Satan is good, and God is evil. She writes:

“The Christians and scientists must be made to respect their Indian betters. The Wisdom of India, her philosophy and achievement, must be made known in Europe and America.”

1884 – The Fabian Society is founded in Great Britain to promote Socialism. The Fabian Society takes its name from the Roman General Fabius Maximus, who fought Hannibal’s army in small debilitating skirmishes, rather than attempting one decisive battle.

July 14, 1889 – Albert Pike issues instructions to the 23 Supreme Councils of the world. He reveals who is the true object of Masonic worship:

“To you, Sovereign Grand Instructors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st and 30th degrees: The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine.”

1890-1896 – Cecil Rhodes, an enthusiastic student of John Ruskin, is Prime Minister of South Africa, a British colony at the time. He is able to exploit and control the gold and diamond wealth of South Africa.

He works to bring all the habitable portions of the world under the domination of a ruling elite. To that end, he uses a portion of his vast wealth to establish the famous Rhodes Scholarships.

1893 – The Theosophical Society sponsors a Parliament of World Religions held in Chicago. The purpose of the convention is to introduce Hindu and Buddhist concepts, such as belief in reincarnation, to the West.

1911 – The Socialist Party of Great Britain publishes a pamphlet entitled “Socialism and Religion” in which they clearly state their position on Christianity:

“It is therefore a profound truth that Socialism is the natural enemy of religion. A Christian Socialist is in fact an anti-Socialist. Christianity is the antithesis of Socialism.”

1912 – Colonel Edward Mandell House, a close advisor of President Woodrow Wilson, publishes “Phillip Dru: Administrator”, in which he promotes “socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx.”

Feb. 3, 1913 – The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making it possible for the Federal Government to impose a progressive income tax, is ratified. Plank #2 of “The Communist Manifesto” had called for a progressive income tax. (In Canada, the income tax is introduced in 1917, as a “temporary measure” to finance the war effort.)

1913 – President Woodrow Wilson publishes “The New Freedom” in which he reveals:

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”

Dec. 23, 1913 – The Federal Reserve (neither federal nor a reserve – it’s a privately owned institution) is created. It was planned at a secret meeting in 1910 on Jekyl Island, Georgia, by a group of bankers and politicians, including Col. House.

This transfers the power to create money from the American Government to a private group of bankers. The Federal Reserve Act is hastily passed just before the Christmas break. Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. (father of the famed aviator) warns:

“This act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this act the invisible government by the money power, proven to exist by the Money Trust Investigation, will be legalized.”

1916 – Three years after signing the Federal Reserve Act into law, President Woodrow Wilson observes:

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

1917 – With aid from Financiers in New York City and London, V. I. Lenin is able to overthrow the government of Russia. Lenin later comments on the apparent contradiction of the links between prominent capitalists and Communism:

“There also exists another alliance – at first glance a strange one, a surprising one – but if you think about it, in fact, one which is well grounded and easy to understand. This is the alliance between our Communist leaders and your capitalists.”

(Remember the Hegelian dialectic?)

May 30, 1919 – Prominent British and American personalities establish the Royal Institute of International Affairs in England and the Institute of International Affairs in the U.S. at a meeting arranged by Col. House; attended by various Fabian socialists, including noted economist John Maynard Keynes.

1920 – Britain’s Winston Churchill recognizes the connection between the Illuminati and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. He observes:

“From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, to those of Trotsky, Bela Kun, Rosa Luxembourg, and Emma Goldman, this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence and impossible equality, has been steadily growing.

It played a definitely recognizable role in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the nineteenth century, and now at last this band of extra- ordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads, and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.”

1920-1931 – Louis T. McFadden is Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Curency. Concerning the Federal Reserve, Congressman McFadden notes:

“When the Federal Reserve Act was passed, the people of these United States did not perceive that a world banking system was being set up here. A super-state controlled by International Bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure.

Every effort has been made by the Fed to conceal its powers, but the truth is – the Fed has usurped the Government. It controls everything here, and it controls all our foreign relations. It makes and breaks governments at will.” Concerning the Great Depression and the country’s acceptance of FDR’s New Deal, he asserts: “It was no accident. It was a carefully contrived occurrence. The International Bankers sought to bring about a condition of despair here so they might emerge as the rulers of us all.”

1921 – Col. House reorganizes the American branch of the Institute of International Affairs into theCouncil on Foreign Relations (CFR). (For the past 60 years, 80% of the top positions in every administration – whether Democrat or Republican – have been occupied by members of this organization.)

December 15, 1922 – The CFR endorses World Government in its magazine “Foreign Affairs.” Author Philip Kerr states:

“Obviously there is going to be no peace nor prosperity for mankind as long as the earth remains divided into 50 or 60 independent states, until some kind of international system is created. The real problem today is that of world government.”

1928 – “The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution” by H. G. Wells is published. A former Fabian socialist, Wells writes:

“The political world of the Open Conspiracy must weaken, efface, incorporate, and supersede existing governments. The Open Conspiracy is the natural inheritor of socialist and communist enthusiasms; it may be in control of Moscow before it is in control of New York. The character of the Open Conspiracy will now be plainly displayed. It will be a world religion.”

1933 – “The Shape of Things to Come” by H. G. Wells is published. Wells predicts a second world war around 1940, originating from a German-Polish dispute. After 1945, there would be an increasing lack of public safety in “criminally infected” areas.

The plan for the “Modern World State” would succeed on its third attempt, and come out of something that occurred in Basra, Iraq. The book also states:

“Although world government had been plainly coming for some years, although it had been endlessly feared and murmured against, it found no opposition anywhere.”

Nov. 21, 1933 – In a letter to Col. Edward M. House, President Franklin Roosevelt writes:

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government since the days of Andrew Jackson.”

March 1942 – An article in “TIME” magazine chronicles the Federal Council of Churches (which later becomes the National Council of Churches, a part of the World Council of Churches) lending its weight to efforts to establish a global authority.

A meeting of the top officials of the council comes out in favor of:

1) a world government of delegated powers;
2) strong immediate limitations on national sovereignty;
3) international control of all armies and navies.

Representatives (375 of them) of 30-some denominations assert that “a new order of economic life is both imminent and imperative” – a new order that is sure to come either “through voluntary cooperation within the framework of democracy or through explosive revolution.”

June 28, 1945 – U.S. President Harry Truman endorses world government in a speech:

“It will be just as easy for nations to get along in a republic of the world as it is for us to get along in a republic of the United States.”

October 24, 1945 – The United Nations Charter becomes effective. Also on October 24, Senator Glen Taylor (D-Idaho) introduces Senate Resolution 183, calling upon the U.S. Senate to go on record as favoring creation of a world republic, including an international police force.

Feb. 7, 1950 – International financier and CFR member James Warburg tells a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee:

“We shall have world government whether or not you like it – by conquest or consent.”

Feb. 9, 1950 – The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee introduces Senate Concurrent Resolution #66 which begins:

“Whereas, in order to achieve universal peace and justice, the present Charter of the United Nations should be changed to provide a true world government constitution.”

1952 – The World Association of Parliamentarians for World Government draws up a map designed to illustrate how foreign troops would occupy and police the six regions into which the United States and Canada will be divided as part of their world-government plan.

1954 – Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands establishes the Bilderbergers: international politicians and bankers who meet secretly on an annual basis.

1961 – The U.S. State Department issues Document 7277, entitled “Freedom From War: The U.S. Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World.”

It details a three-stage plan to disarm all nations and arm the U.N. with the final stage in which “no state would have the military power to challenge the progressively strengthened U.N. Peace Force.”

1966 – Professor Carroll Quigley, Bill Clinton’s mentor at Georgetown University, authors a massive volume entitled “Tragedy and Hope” in which he states:

“There does exist and has existed for a generation, an international network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so.

I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims, and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies, but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.”

April 1972 – In his keynote address to the Association for Childhood Education International, Chester M. Pierce, Professor of Education and Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University, proclaims:

“Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances toward our founding fathers, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being. It’s up to you, teachers, to make all of these sick children well by creating the international child of the future.”

July 1973 – International banker and staunch member of the subversive Council on Foreign Relations, David Rockefeller, founds a new organization called the Trilateral Commission, of which the official aim is “to harmonize the political, economic, social, and cultural relations between the three major economic regions in the world” (hence the name “Trilateral”).

He invites future President Jimmy Carter to become one of the founding members. Zbigniew Brzezinski is the organization’s first director.

There are three major economic areas in the world: Europe, North America, and the Far East (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, etc.).

If, under the pretext of having to join forces to be able to face economic competition with the two other economic regions, the member countries of each of these three regions decide to merge into one single country, forming three super-States, then the one-world government will be almost achieved.

Like Fabian socialists, they achieve their ultimate goal (a world government) step by step.

This aim is almost achieved in Europe with the Single European Act (Maastricht Treaty) that was implemented in 1993, requiring all the member countries of the European Community to abolish their trade barriers, and to hand over their monetary and fiscal policies to the technocrats of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

In January, 2002, all these European countries abandoned their national currencies to share only one common currency, the “Euro”. Moreover, the Nice Treaty removed more powers from countries to give them over to the European Commission.

What begun innocently in 1952 as the EEC (European Economic Community, a common authority to regulate the coal and steel industry among European nations), finally turned into a European super-state.

Jean Monnet, a French socialist economist and founder of the EEC, had this in mind when he said: “Political union inevitably follows economic union.” He also said in 1948:

“The creation of a United Europe must be regarded as an essential step towards the creation of a United World.”

As regards the North American area, the merger of its member countries is well under way with the passage of free trade between Canada and the U.S.A., and then Mexico.

In the next few years, this free-trade agreement is supposed to include also all of South and Central America, with a single currency for them all.

Mexico’s President Vucente Fox said on May 6, 2002, in Madrid:

“Eventually, our long-range objective is to establish with the United States, but also with Canada, our other regional partner, an ensemble of connections and institutions similar to those created by the European Union.”

1973 – The Club of Rome, a U.N. operative, issues a report entitled “Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System.” This report divides the entire world into ten kingdoms.

1979 – FEMA, which stands for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is given huge powers. It has the power, in case of “national emergency”, to suspend laws, move entire populations, arrest and detain citizens without a warrant, and hold them without trial.

It can seize property, food supplies, transportation systems, and can suspend the Constitution.

Not only is it the most powerful entity in the United States, but it was not even created under Constitutional law by the Congress. It was a product of a Presidential Executive Order.

An Executive Order becomes law simply by a signature of the U.S. President; it does not even have to be approved by the Representatives or Senators in the Congress.

A state of “national emergency” could be a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, or a stock market crash, for example. Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years, and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:

# 10995: Right to seize all communications media in the United States.

# 10997: Right to seize all electric power, fuels and minerals, both public and private.

# 10999: Right to seize all means of transportation, including personal vehicles of any kind, and total control of highways, seaports, and waterways.

# 11000: Right to seize any and all American people and divide up families in order to create work forces to be transferred to any place the Government sees fit.

# 11001: Right to seize all health, education and welfare facilities, both public and private.

# 11002: Right to force registration of all men, women, and children in the United States.

# 11003: Right to seize all air space, airports, and aircraft.

# 11004: Right to seize all housing and finance authorities in order to establish “Relocation Designated Areas”, and to force abandonment of areas classified as “unsafe”.

#  11005: Right to seize all railroads, inland waterways, and storage facilities, both public and private.

# 11921: Authorizes plans to establish Government control of wages and salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions.

1991 – President George Bush Sr. praises the New World Order in a State of the Union Message:

“What is at stake is more than one small country; it is a big idea – a new world order… to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind… based on shared principles and the rule of law… The illumination of a thousand points of light… The winds of change are with us now.”

(Theosophist Alice Bailey used that very same expression – “points of light” – in describing the process of occult enlightenment.)

June, 1991 – World leaders are gathered for another closed door meeting of the Bilderberg Society in Baden Baden, Germany. While at that meeting, David Rockefeller said in a speech:

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

Oct. 29, 1991 – David Funderburk, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, tells a North Carolina audience:

“George Bush has been surrounding himself with people who believe in one-world government. They believe that the Soviet system and the American system are converging.”

May 21, 1992 – In an address to the Bilderberger organization meeting in Evian, France, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger declares:

“Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence.

It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.”

July 20, 1992 – “TIME” magazine publishes “The Birth of the Global Nation,” by Strobe Talbott, Rhodes Scholar, roommate of Bill Clinton at Oxford University, CFR Director and Trilateralist (and appointed Deputy Secretary of State by President Clinton), in which he writes:

“Nationhood as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single global authority… All countries are basically social arrangements… No matter how permanent or even sacred they may seem at any one time, in fact they are all artificial and temporary… Perhaps national sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all… But it has taken the events in our own wondrous and terrible century to clinch the case for world government.”

1993 – A second Parliament of World Religions is held in Chicago on the 100th anniversary of the first. Like the first convention, this one seeks to join all the religions of the world into “one harmonious whole,” but it wants to make them “merge back into their original element.”

Traditional beliefs of monotheistic religions such as Christianity are considered incompatible with individual “en- lightenment”, and must be drastically altered.

July 18, 1993 – CFR member and Trilateralist Henry Kissinger writes in the “Los Angeles Times” concerning NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement):

“What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system…a first step toward a new world order.”

1994 – In the Human Development Report, published by the UN Development Program, there was a section called “Global Governance for the 21st Century.”

The administrator for this program was appointed by Bill Clinton. His name is James Gustave Speth. The opening sentence of the report said:

“Mankind’s problems can no longer be solved by national government. What is needed is a world government. This can best be achieved by strengthening the United Nations system.”

May 3, 1994 – President Bill Clinton signs Presidential Decision Directive 25, and then declares it classified so the American people can’t see what it says.

(The summary of PDD-25 issued to members of Congress tells us that it authorizes the President to turn over control of U.S. military units to U.N. command.)

Sept. 23, 1994 – The globalists realize that as more and more people begin to wake up to what’s going on, they have only a limited amount of time in which to implement their policies. Speaking at the United Nations Ambassadors’ dinner, David Rockefeller remarks:

“This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and interdependent world order might be built, will not be open for too long… We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the New World Order.”

March 1995 – U.N. delegates meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss various methods for imposing global taxes on the people of the world.

Sept. 1995 – “Popular Science” magazine describes a top secret U.S. Navy installation called HAARP (High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) in the state of Alaska.

This project beams powerful radio energy into the earth’s upper atmosphere. One of the goals of the program is to develop the capability of “manipulating local weather” using the techniques developed by Bernard Eastlund.

(The program has been underway since 1990.)

September 27, 1995 – The State of the World Forum took place in the fall of this year, sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation located at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Foundation President Jim Garrison chairs the meeting of who’s-who from around the world, including Margaret Thatcher, Maurice Strong, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and others.

Conversation centers around the oneness of mankind and the coming global government. However, the term “global gov- ernance” is now used in place of “new world order” since the latter has become a political liability, being a lightning rod for opponents of global government.

1996 – The United Nations’ 420-page report “Our Global Neighborhood” is published. It outlines a plan for “global governance,” calling for an international “Conference on Global Governance” in 1998 for the purpose of submitting to the world the necessary treaties and agreements for ratification by the year 2000.

2003 – The world is on the verge of another global war, the “state of emergency” looked for by the one-worlders to impose martial law and the universal microchip under the skin… But with the global shift in awareness, they will not have the last word!