Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills



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Updated 8/15/17: The concept of private barter and alternative economies has been so far removed from our daily existence here in America that the very idea of participating in commerce without the use of dollars or without the inclusion of corporate chains seems almost outlandish to many people. However, the fact remains that up until very recently (perhaps the last three to four decades) barter and independent trade was commonplace in this country. Without it, many families could not have survived.

Whether we like it or not, such economic methods will be making a return very soon, especially in the face of a plunging dollar, inflating wholesale prices, erratic investment markets, and unsustainable national debts. It is inevitable; financial collapse of the mainstream system ALWAYS leads to secondary markets and individual barter. We can wait until we are already in the midst of collapse and weighted with desperation before we take action to better our circumstances, or, we can prepare now for what we already know is coming.

In today’s “modern” globalist economy, we have relied upon centralized and highly manipulated trade, forced interdependency, senseless and undisciplined consumption, endless debt creation, welfare addiction, and the erosion of quality, as a means to sustain a system that ultimately is DESIGNED to erode our freedoms not to mention our ability to effectively take care of ourselves. We have been infantized by our financial environment. In the near future, those who wish to live beyond a meager staple of government handouts (if any are even given) will be required to make a 180 degree reversal from their current lifestyle of dependency and immediate gratification towards one of self sufficiency, personal entrepreneurship, quality trade, and a mindset of necessity, rather than unfounded excess.

This means that each and every one of us will not only be driven to form barter networks outside the designated confines of the mainstream, we will have to become active producers within those networks. Each and every one of us will need to discover practical goods and skills that will be in high demand regardless of economic conditions. Being that our society has all but forgotten how this kind of trade works, let’s examine a short list of items as well as proficiencies that are sure to be highly sought after as the collapse progresses…

Top Priority Goods

To be sure, this list is a summary of items that will have high value during and after a breakdown scenario. I welcome readers to post their own ideas for trade goods below this article. The following is merely a framework which you can use to get started, and was compiled using actual accounts of post collapse trade from the Great Depression, to Bosnia, to Argentina, to Greece, etc. These are items and skills that people were literally begging for after financial catastrophe occurred in numerous separate events.

Water Filtration:

water purificationStock up on water filters. Learn how water filtration works. Even make your own water filters using cloth, activated charcoal, and colloidal silver. Everyone will want to trade with you if you have extra filtration on hand. During economic breakdowns, especially in countries like Argentina, and Bosnia, which had more modern, city based populations, the first thing to disappear was clean water. Always. In some cases, the tap water still runs, but is filled with impurities, and needs to be boiled. Boiling does not remove bad tastes or smells, however, and clean filtered water will be in demand.

Seeds:

Non-GMO seeds are a currency unto themselves. They can last for years if stored properly, and everyone will want them, even if they don’t have land to plant them. Get enough for yourself, and then purchase twice as much for trade.

Fresh Produce:

Ever heard of scurvy? Probably. Ever had scurvy? Probably not. Believe me, you don’t want to have it. Your body essentially begins to fall apart slowly, and the result is an ugly boil and sore filled complexion, the loss of teeth and hair, and the eventual failure of internal organs. Don’t think you can live on beef jerky and canned beans for months on end. You need fresh vegetables and fruits, and the vitamins they supply. Anyone with a well managed garden and a few fruit trees is going to do very well in barter. Vitamin supplements would also be a practical investment.

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Long Shelf Life Foods:

This one should be obvious, but you may be surprised how many preppers, even though aware of the danger in the economy, do not have ample stored foods. The rationalizations abound, but usually, you are dealing with a person who has a heavy hunting background, and believes he will be able to procure whatever food he wants whenever he wants with his trusty bolt action rifle and a few hours in the woods. Don’t fall into this foolish trap. Thousands if not millions of other hungry, destitute people will likely have the same idea, combing the forest for deer, only running into (and perhaps shooting at) each other. In every single account of modern economic collapse I have read, the people involved kick themselves brutally for not stocking more food that didn’t require refrigeration. Even those that were moderately prepared stated that they wished they had stored twice as much as they did.


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Sealed food kits would be highly valued trade items, as long as they contained necessities like grains (wheat or rice store well), salt (the human body will not function without salt), honey or maple syrup (the body needs sugars), and powdered milk, peanut butter, or any other foods with fat content (the body needs fats). Prepackaged freeze-dried foods are more expensive to stock, but they are, of course, easy to trade.

Food Producing Animals:

life-of-chickensChickens are great for eating, but they also produce eggs. Cows and Goats can be slaughtered, but they also produce milk. Sheep can be easily herded towards your dinner plate, but they also produce wool. Rabbits make a good stew, but they also produce lots of other rabbits. In terms of barter, these animals will be life savers, as well as a solid source of trade income. Dual purpose livestock are really where it’s at for those who have even an acre of land, and many of them (except cattle) tend to feed themselves easily if left to wander your property. You can trade eggs, milk, wool, etc, that they produce. Not to mention, fetch serious value for trading the animal itself.

Solar Power:

Solar power is so overlooked by most barter organizations and survivalists in general that it’s astonishing. If every home in America had at least two large solar panels on the roof, I would not be half as worried about collapse as I am today. My suspicion is that many preppers believe that after a breakdown, we will all return to some kind of Agrarian pre-electric age where everything is lit with oil lamps. This is silly. If I have my LED lamp with rechargeable batteries, I’m certainly not going to rely on less effective burning lamps that depend on a finite fuel supply. And, I’m certainly not going to give up the advantages of nightvision, radio communications, or refrigeration if I can help it. The key is to ensure that you have a continuous means of diverting electricity to these goods. This already exists in the form of solar power.

Depending on your budget, you can purchase solar panels that can be folded and carried with you for charging batteries, or, you can purchase entire arrays and battery banks that run your whole house. Those without electricity WILL want electricity, and solar is an excellent barter item. Wind generators, as well as water driven generators (as used often in Bosnia) are also a consideration. People that have the knowledge to set up these systems for others will not have trouble finding trading partners.

Firewood:

Even with solar power, home heating will become a major concern for every household during and after a breakdown. If you can avoid running your battery bank out on inefficient space heaters, you will. The best way to do this is with a wood stove, or a fireplace. Those without any electricity will scour their immediate areas for loose wood, then move on to chopping down random trees for fuel. This is one of the few instances, ironically, that those in urban environments would have an advantage, being that dry wood for burning is literally everywhere in the city. During the Great Depression, families would often sneak into abandoned homes and apartment buildings to dismantle sticks of furniture, or even the walls, to use as firewood.


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A small, well insulated home can be heated with as little as two cords of wood every winter. Larger drafty homes require as much as twenty cords per winter. A “cord’ of wood is a stack of split timber around four feet wide, four feet high, and eight feet long. This wood is “aged”, or dried for at least a year after being cut, so that it burns cleaner, and creates much more heat than freshly felled timber. When the general public begins to rediscover the need for aged cord wood, those with timberland will have a prized commodity on their hands for barter.

A disciplined cutting routine would be essential. Only cutting enough timber (of the right maturity) to create a decent supply while not erasing the whole forest for a single year of profit. Those traders with the correct knowledge will do very well in a barter economy.

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Gasoline And Oil:

This is a tough one, because its hard to predict how much petroleum the U.S. will be able to import or produce on its own during a collapse, and its very difficult to store for long periods of time. If you hear news that the wars in the Middle East have expanded even further, or that OPEC is decoupling from the dollar, you might want to run to the nearest station and fill as many storage cans as possible, along with a little bit of added ‘gas saver’ which helps keep it stable longer. Initially, people will be dueling to the death for gas and oil. I have little doubt. After the price hits $15, $30, $60 a gallon due to hyperinflation, and a little time passes, I think people will begin finding ways to live without it, or they will reduce its use to emergency tasks.

Desire for gas will always be there, especially in agricultural areas where one tractor could help sow the seeds that feed an entire town. But beyond storage, I would suggest learning ways to distill your own corn ethanol and alcohol based fuels. This is where the real barter potential is.

Silver And Gold:

I placed precious metals in the middle of this list for a reason. Concerns in a collapse situation will be varied, and the manner in which a derailment progresses will also determine the order of needs in a barter community. In a Mad Max scenario where there is little to no community, or the construction of any semblance of economy is impossible; sure, gold and silver will not be very high on most people’s lists. Has this ever happened in recorded history? No. Gold and silver have remained common currencies for thousands of years despite any catastrophe. This is why I have to laugh at those people who undercut precious metals or claim that because you “can’t eat them” they will not be important. In Argentina, in the midst of complete meltdown and monetary chaos, when people were shooting each other in the streets for food on a daily basis, gold and silver became king, and still are.

Barter networks that have formed in Argentina love to trade for anything made out of gold or silver, because precious metals are the only tangible form of currency in existence there. Being able to trade goods is fantastic, but sometimes, you may not have what another person wants. Do you go out to find someone who does, trade with them, then, try to find the guy who turned you down? No. If you have any meaningful localized commerce in place, then you should also have a common medium of exchange, and precious metals are the only thing that safely fits the mold, because they cannot be artificially reproduced or fabricated. Their rarity and their longevity make them the perfect method of common trade. Even if the worst of the worst occurs, rebuilding will result in the immediate resurgence of trade, and the immediate need of a new currency. Gold and silver will come back, as it always has, and always will. Every potential barter network should be including gold, silver, and maybe copper, on its list of accepted alternative currencies, and the values of said metals should be weighed by the inherent supply and demand of the community. The “official” market value ( which is very manipulated) should only be used as a loose guide.

Firearms And Ammo:

gunAnother obvious one. The problem is, the selection of calibers is so varied within the U.S. that stocking anything that will be needed by everyone is very difficult. The only recourse is to stick with common military calibers, such as 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, .223, 7.62 by 39, 7.62 by 51 (.308), 12 gauge, .410, and 20 gauge shotgun shells, and the ever pervasive .22. Stocking these calibers will result in a much greater chance of trade.

I can think of no instance of societal disintegration that did not lead to horrible violence. In places where firearms are outlawed, the carnage is always much worse. Criminals easily get their hands on weapons, while law abiding citizens are left defenseless. Governments take liberties with the people, while the populace cowers. Accounts of torture, rape, murder, and genocide, are abundant in the face of hard economic times. EVERYONE should be armed, and as reality sets in, even those who clamored to outlaw guns will be clamoring to get one.

Of course, laws today very strictly regulate our ability to barter firearms, but post collapse, no one will care much.

Ammo reloading will be a useful skill in light of the fact that homemade manufacture of ammo is very difficult. The nationwide ammo supply will dwindle very quickly, except for those pockets of people who smartly stockpile for trade.
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Body Armor:

That’s right. Any kind of body armor is as good as gold in a collapse environment. People in countries across the world wish they had it, and would trade almost anything for it. When you live in a place where a random gun shot (a minute by minute occurrence in many countries), from a criminal’s weapon, or more likely a police or military weapon, could bounce off the curb or through your car windshield, and into your chest, you begin to respect the necessity of Kevlar. The fact that body armor is relatively cheap and is easily obtained in the U.S. should be taken advantage of by barter networks. This advantage may not exist in a couple of years.

Tasers And Pepper Spray:

Easy to purchase and stockpile here in America. Better than nothing when facing armed attackers. Disables without death (in most cases), and easier on the conscience. Trades well.

Various Tools:

A garden hoe may be a novelty item to most suburbanites and city dwellers now, but soon, it will be a mainstay tool. If you have extra, they will come to you for barter. I’m not going to list every tool in existence here, but I suggest using common sense. What tools do you see being required for daily use? What would YOU need post collapse?

Pesticides:

I’m big on organic food and healthy eating, but if my life is on the line, I’m spraying my crops down with whatever poison I can find. Unless you have years of experience with natural pest deterrence methods, then I suggest you do the same, especially in that first year of calamity. A hoard of locusts could annihilate your crop within a day given the chance, and should be dealt with using the most powerful means available.

Cockroach and rat poisons will also be huge sellers, guaranteed. Vermin thrive in unkempt human environments, whether in the country or the city, and with them comes disease. Diseases you thought had disappeared off the face of the Earth, like bubonic plague or small pox, will make a comeback in cities, where streets of death and sewage act like enormous Petri dishes (remember New Orleans after Katrina? Imagine if that had never been cleaned up).

Stock pesticides, even if they offend your environmental sensibilities. You’ll use them, trust me. And, people will trade whatever they can for them.


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Warm Clothing:

The world is awash in textiles and clothing. Using clothes as your primary means of trade is not necessarily the best plan. However, most of the clothes made around the world are very poor quality, and are not designed for harsh environments. Clothes made specifically for harsh cold or rough wear are harder to some by, and are often very expensive. This is where you would want to focus your investments.

Gortex, for instance, could give you incredible bartering potential. Wool socks are a rarity (how many people do you know with more than two pairs of wool socks?). Water resistant and water proof jackets and overcoats, boots, well made hiking shoes, and waterproofing chemicals and sprays will be needed within trade networks. The ability to make these items, or repair them, will also be valued.

Medicines:

how to make homemade cough syrupThis is another difficult item to procure, mainly because doing so often gets you flagged as a possible drug dealer. Certain items aren’t too hard to come by and store, though, and could be life saving barter material in the future. Antibiotics are handed out like candy by doctors today, so storing any extra you have away for trade may be a good strategy. Painkillers are another medical miracle that doctors seem to sprinkle out of helicopters without a second thought. With the risk of injury increasing one hundred fold after a financial tsunami, I suspect even mere aspirin would put a smile on the face of any barter networker.

Eventually, natural medicines and herbs are going to have to move to the forefront, as industry medicines begin to disappear, or become so expensive they are unobtainable. Stocking such herbs and vitamins would be smart, for protecting oneself, not to mention, its savvy business sense.

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Toiletries:

Yes, yes, we all hear about how great toilet paper will be as a barter item, and how preppers plan to demand cows, trucks, and beach-front property, in return for packages of the silken quilty-soft huggable rolls of goodness. I don’t disagree that it will be highly desired at first. People don’t change their habits that quickly. But let’s face it; toilet paper is a luxury item in a post collapse environment, not a necessity. People are going to eventually go back to older methods of hygiene, like using strips of washable cloth. It might sound gross to us now, but hey, did you think we were going to start using poison ivy and pine cones?

Stock toilet paper, but don’t treat it as a priority. Focus more on cleaning items like soap, toothpaste, and bleach, as well as chemicals that cause human waste to quickly biodegrade. Staying clean is VERY important, because the alternative is catching a nasty bacterial infection that may kill you, when in more peaceful and comfortable times, it may have just given you slightly irritating intestinal distress. The rest of the country will come around to this way of thinking in short order, and many people will come to you for the cleaning goods you stockpiled.

Specialty Items:

There are many circumstances that are hard to predict, circumstances that could severely affect barter markets and what items come into demand. For example; a nuclear event, as is in progress in North Korea, could just as easily strike the U.S. There are 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S., not to mention the threat of a small nuclear attack (or false flag). The market for goods such as potassium iodide pills and Geiger counters would explode (potassium iodide suppliers were inundated with orders from around the world after Fukushima). How many people do you know with a Geiger counter? I’m one of the few I know with one, and I know preppers across the country! In the wake of a fallout situation, knowing what is contaminated with radiation and what isn’t, knowing if it’s even safe to go outside, is imperative. Having an extra Geiger counter could help you barter your way into any number of goods.

A biological event might bring medical grade particulate masks to the top of people’s lists, as well as disinfectants and even hazmat suits. It’s an ugly thing to imagine, but for those who plan to engage in independent trade, it’s a likelihood that must be considered.

Top Priority Skills

Provided below is a brief list of skills which have served people well in various economic downturns, and will do the same for you in this country. Keep in mind that almost any skill that other people cannot do well has potential for trade, but some skills are more sought after than others. In my research, it is those people who are able to produce their own goods as well as effectively repair existing goods that have the greatest potential for survival in a barter market. Next, are those people who have specific abilities that are difficult to learn and who have the knack for teaching those abilities to others. If you do not have any of these skills, or perhaps only one, then it would be wise to begin learning at least one more now. Keep in mind that competition will very much exist in a barter economy, so knowing as many skills as possible increases your chances of success.

Again, there are definitely many more trades of value that could be learned. This list is only to help you on your way to self sufficiency and entrepreneurship in an Alternative Market. Unfortunately, too many Americans have absolutely no skills worth bartering in a post collapse world.

Bringing Back The American Tradesman

Barter networking is a powerful tool for countering the affects of depression, hyperinflation, stagflation, globalization, and beyond. But, networks require that participants actually have necessary goods and services to trade. In only half a century or less, American culture has been sterilized of nearly all its private trade skills. We have lost our desire to produce, and have been relegated to the dregs of a retail nightmare society dependent entirely on consumption and debt. This is going to change, one way, or another.

We can change on our own, or we can wait until fear and desperation force us to make hard choices. I would rather forgo the desperation and the painful fall into the gutter. It makes little sense.

The bottom line is, if you wish to survive after the destruction of the mainstream system that has babied us for so long, you must be able to either make a necessary product, repair a necessary product, or teach a necessary skill. A limited few have the capital required to stockpile enough barter goods or gold and silver to live indefinitely. The American Tradesman must return in full force, not only for the sake of self preservation, but also for the sake of our heritage at large. Without strong, independent, and self sufficient people, this country will cease to be.

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Interesting Facts on Lightning



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Lightning has always intrigued me.. so much power concentrated into a tiny space with the ability to cause a ridiculous amount of damage and pops up seemingly out of nowhere. I recently stumbled across a video where lightning hits a creek and literally displaces the entire water bed with its sheer force.

Most of us know enough to keep away from water bodies in a lightning storm and avoid situations where we might be struck but how many really know where it comes from and how it works? Check out this great infographic below to learn some interesting facts about lightening.

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Potassium Iodide



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Toxic Radiation Warning symbolUpdated: 8/16/17 Did you know that in a nuclear fallout emergency having something as simple as potassium iodide tablets on hand could actually save your life?

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With talk of WW3 and nuclear strikes from North Korea all over the news this week I really started thinking about how important it is to make sure we have sufficient supplies on hand to protect our families. This kind of thing is not easy to find; if a warning were issued the nuclear fallout was scheduled to hit your area in a matter of hours or even days everyone would be scrambling to make sure they have their preparations in order. Most regular retail stores do not carry potassium iodide or anti-radiation tablets. Some specialty health food stores, survival stores and possibly camping supply stores may carry them but their inventory would run out quickly in the face of a nuclear fallout threat.

That’s why I went ahead and ordered a couple of extra bottles yesterday. I figure it never hurts to have extra on-hand for the neighbors or whoever might need them since obviously I don’t need them all for myself.

Sources are reporting that local health food stores have been  completely wiped out of all potassium iodide tablets and  many suppliers are sold out as well.  As word of the potential nuclear war has spread, people have been emptying the shelves of potassium iodide and alternative solutions.

After making some calls, I did not find any potassium iodide tablets for sale locally. However, I did end up with some good advice on alternative therapies and even some suggestions that the potassium iodide tablets may not work for the type of radiation we would experience from a fallout. The CDC has a great article with all the facts on potassium iodide, what exactly it does inside the body and what it can and can not protect you from. However there are also some rumors flying around the web that there are some serious side affects from taking this drug, ironically one of them is cancer – the exact thing it’s supposed to prevent.  Be sure to do your research and make an informed decision on your purchase.

There are still a few places left to order Potassium Iodide tablets online. But I wouldn’t doubt if they’re quickly on their way to being sold out as well.

I like to take a multi-pronged approach when it comes to survival so here’s what I found out in case you’re looking for a little more assurance against radiation poisoning.

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Alternatives to Potassium Iodide


Kelp

Several sources suggest that Kelp may be used to treat the affects of radiation on the body. Many “green foods” such as kelp, seaweed, wheat grass or any other source of chlorophyll will have similar properties.

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Rosemary

In two separate studies, scientists in Spain found that nothing fights radiation damage to micronuclei like a simple garden herb known as rosemary.

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Spurilina

“In Chernobyl, for instance, spirulina was used to help save many children from radiation poisoning. By taking 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days, the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk even proved that children on this protocol experienced enhanced immune systems, T-cell counts and reduced radioactivity. Israeli scientists have since treated Chernobyl children with doses of natural beta carotene from Dunaliella algae and proved that it helped normalize their blood chemistry. Chlorella algae, a known immune system builder and heavy metal detoxifier, has also shown radioprotective effects. Because they bind heavy metals, algae should therefore be consumed after exposure to any type of radioactive contamination.”

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Miso Soup

When Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed with nuclear weapons in WW II, a
follow-up study was done on the health of the Japanese people. The fact that many did
not have as serious health repercussions as expected was attributed to the regular
inclusion of miso soup and seaweed in their diet.

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Niacin

Researchers claim that niacin had been a definite point of study as an antidote to radiation exposure and has also proven to be an extraordinary effective catalyst for the discharging of radiation.

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Read about the effects of radiation on the body here.


SOURCES:

Bioterrorism and Drug Preparedness

Benefits of Sea Kelp Tablets

Effects of Radiation on the Body

Niacine Antidote to Radiation Exposure


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We Are In An Abusive Relationship With Society (And We Refuse To Leave)



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The one piece of advice that is commonly shared with someone who has landed themselves in an abusive relationship is- “get out before it is too late” or “he/she (the abuser) will never change” it is an almost universal piece of advice. Maybe a less shared piece of advice, but still as significant is the one who is being abused plays a role in the relationship: meaning if you are in a position to get out of an abusive situation and you allow it to continue- you are enabling the abuser. This is not said to point the finger at the person being abused, as it is understandable why someone who is in fear would allow something like this to continue, however it is only the abused (the most likely candidate) or the abuser that can break the cycle.

Another example to use is that of co-dependence- if there is an alcoholic, and their parents, partner or friends support their problem in some way, they are enabling the problem to continue. Ultimately it is the choice of the one with the problem to stop, however the enabler becomes in part responsible for what is happening.

Both work as a perfect metaphor for society: Society is abusing us- making us work 40+ hour weeks and calling it normal. Selling us crap we do not need, that is often unhealthy- at the expense of humanity. Upping the retirement age constantly. Taking human rights and extorting us to buy them back. Monopolising shelter and charging us more than we make in 50 years of average wage to own a space.

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We can continue to point the finger and blame those who are doing the oppressing, however, we are the enablers. As a collective we kneel down and allow ourselves to be walked upon. Sacrifice our health so we can keep up with unreasonable demands. We all commit war crimes every year by allowing the government to put their hands into our hard earned money and use it to kill innocent civilians across the globe.You see the oppressors are the narcissistic, manipulative, abusive spouse: but we as the people have become the meek and passive abused- and should we not leave this abusive, codependent relationship we are going to end up getting badly hurt or worse – dead.

You see the abuser never changes, but when the abused becomes empowered they cease to continue to be able to control. That first moment of separation is scary for the abused and the abuser will throw the tantrum and do their best to try to keep the abused in the situation. They will scream, shout and throw punches. The will beg, plead and promise they will change, but they will never deliver on that change for more than a short period of time.

Here are 6 main points in which society is abusing us, and why we need out!

Financial System, Government and Corporations

It’s all a big lie which starts with the financial system- this is the power plug off all the abuse. A bit like the steroids of the over pumped abusive man. This system creates an imbalance from the off. One pound or dollar automatically has interest places upon it; due to this- me and you must compete, as it can never be paid back. The only way debt is ever paid back is through bankruptcy and foreclosure. It is a giant ponzi scheme that eventually crashes, as we have seen in recent years with the financial crash. Think about that for a moment, there is a debt- and the debt will never, ever be paid- with the current system.

We then have the government (using the US as the biggest example)- the government cannot come into a place of power without a huge amount of money. Meaning that money has to come at the expense of others. Most presidential elections rely on campaign contributions, which are basically legal bribes for agendas. Basically corporations monopolize finance, health, agriculture and all the assets of society, then give some of that money to the government in exchange for preferential treatment. It is a bribe, there is no arguing this. Just a bribe hidden behind legal jargon and legislation.

Health Care

Health care is no longer working, it is controlled by pharmaceutical companies who make more money if people are sick, than if they are healthy. Most medical grants, institutions and scientifically accepted medical studies are controlled by pharmaceutical companies.

People are more sick than they have ever been and health care has become symptom management. Health care has made great advances in terms of fixing bones and putting people back together, however a good nutritionist will understand health far more than most doctors.

All money is taken away from anyone who has an agenda that is not in line with the narrative that mainstream health speaks from. A recent example being pharmaceutical companies lobbying against cannabis until they could no longer contain it. Now that it has been accepted as a legitimate cure/ailment for many illnesses they are trying to cash in on its use.

 

 

Property

Free your mind for a moment from any conditioning and old ways of thinking, then ask yourself: Why do we have to pay for property? Why do a small group of people own everything and the majority must spend their lives working to own a tiny little piece? Then eventually if you manage to own your own little piece, the government will want to take a huge tax when you die and pass it down to your children.

There is enough land for everyone to have a piece, it would just mean we would not be tied to a system that was built to oppress us. Imagine we all had our own space, with a little bit of land and no debt. We could actually live free, grow our own food and survive (if you wanted to this is).

So again I ask: Why do we have to pay for property?

Education

Given the agendas that exist, do you think it is most likely that we would have an education system that is built to foster growth in children or a system that is built to continue to grow the system?

Of course it will build the system and this is shown in the fact that education stifles creativity, leads children to a 9 to 5 existence and discourages autonomy. They have made it illegal or very difficult in many places to homeschool and place a huge amount of pressure on attendance- meaning should you want to take your child out of school for a while to travel and educate them on the road, you will be punished, in some cases you can face heavy fines and even prison.

You have to ask yourself why? Why are they so frightened our children may miss a part of the indoctrination. Again it is like the controlling partner who tells you what to do, how to think and/or how to be. Society is trying to mould the future generation into workers- who do not ask questions, and if they do they are punished.



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Global Economy And War

Tying this in with the global economy- we in the West have so much, because we abuse the rest of the world. Every time we make certain buying decisions we are contributing to destruction elsewhere. This is the codependency part, as consumers we empower corporations to abuse the globe.

This runs from the phones we buy, to the furniture we use, to the gas/petrol in our cars. This has many levels to it- using gas/petrol as an example. The oil in our gas/petrol is the biggest financial motivation for us being at war. So us pumping petrol irresponsibly is killing children all over the globe. The next level to this is the environmental impact that gas/petrol has, it is also destroying our environment.

A moment ago I said oil is the biggest financial motivator for war, this is not entirely true, war itself is the biggest financial motivator for war, actually by a long shot arms sales of $611 billion were racked up in 2015 compared to a $129 billion Oil trade in the states and guess who picks up the bill? Taxpayers, meaning we have no money for education or health for citizens, but lining the pockets of greedy arms companies to fight for outdated fossil fuels is okay. This is global abuse that we are empowering by just sitting back and allowing it to happen.

The Environment

One of the big tragedies is the state of our environment, this is not a debate about global warming or what causes it. Really that is irrelevant for this argument. There seems to be a lot of focus on this, however, what about pollution? The extinction of species? The destruction of our air supply?

Using air supply as an example- again such a multi layered problem- first we have poorly ventilated towns with too many co2 emissions, creating poor air quality. Then you have the lungs of our planet being cut down at an alarming rate, just so we can consume flat pack furniture and excessive meat.

Not just this- species are dying at an alarming rate in the jungle because of this, fish and marine life are being killed in the oceans and children across the globe are being put in sweat shop- all so we can consume.

The worse thing about all this is we throw away more than we physically consume. All this war, destruction and mayhem- just so it can all end up in landfills all over the globe.

We are in an abusive relationship with society and it is time we broke free: I said earlier- The one piece of advice that is commonly shared with someone who has landed themselves in an abusive relationship is- “get out before it is too late” or “he/she (the abuser) will never change” and I say it again, it is up to us individually to get out of this unhealthy, codependent abusive relationship- as when we do the change starts to ripple and we encourage others to do the same.

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The Relative Power of Nuclear Weapons



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This chart shows the terrifying power of nuclear weapons.

This infographic designed by Maximilian Bode and posted on fastcodesign.com illustrates the terrifying power of today’s nuclear bombs. Each red block represents a ton of TNT.

It breaks down the difference between bombs of the past, such as the Little Boy dropped at Hiroshima, and ones more recently detonated by the U.S., like the Castle Bravo.

Check it out:

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SOURCE: http://kitup.military.com/2012/07/relative-power-nuclear-weapons.html

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Survival Planning on a Budget



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I’ve seen so many great DIY articles on survival topics lately

which I find very inspiring. The only thing holding me back at any given time is usually finances more than motivation. This video gives some great ideas for prepping on a budget.

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Build Your Own Curved Garden Chair



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Build your own curved garden chair and impress your friends with your handywork.

Today’s furniture stores are filled with pieces of furniture that pretty much look a lot alike, which makes it more and more difficult to find just the right ones that will go with your home decor.

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9 Rural Security Techniques

Anyone living in a rural area knows of or has suffered from theft, destruction of property and
vandalism. In these hard times, it seems to be getting worse than ever before.
But for those of you that currently live in a rural area or would like to, there are some solutions to deter trespassing and thievery.


Note* For people who own a rural property but do not live there year-round, your property is the most at risk. Whether you are monitoring or not, criminals perceive your unoccupied property as a “safe zone”.

1. Razor Wire

Barbed wire works great for cattle, but nothing intimidates like razor wire. Just the thought of getting snagged could be enough to deter most. For the full intimidation effect, It works especially well around your primary gates and entrances.

concertina wire

*Be sure to check your state and local laws before using this product

2. Signage

While a sign won’t stop a determined trespasser, it will deter most of “opportunists” from entering. Going onto a well marked property versus going onto an empty dirt road are two very different things for the would be criminal/vandal.

trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again

3. Barricade Bars

Give structure entrances a little extra protection with a steel barricade bar. Nobody will be kicking in your doors with these on.

barricade bars

4. Driveway Alarms

Know when you have “company” before they get to your front door. Knowing beforehand could make all the difference.

wireless driveway alarm system

5. Motion Sensor Lights

Just like some of the other deterrents on this list, motion sensor lights let bad guys know that this property is occupied. They will have to be really motivated or stupid to ignore lights like this.

Solar Powered Security Light

6. Dogs

Dogs are one of the best possible ways to deter intrusion. They offer several benefits such as, the ability to physically match and intimidate intruders, senses that aren’t vulnerable like electronics, intuition (helps discern the intruders intent) and last but not least, they are on guard day or night.

dog chases man up tree

Can’t accommodate a dog into your life? Try the electronic equivalent, the watchdog alarm system.

 

7. Automated Turret

Having an automated turret changes the security game around. You’ll have intruders and predatory animals running for cover with one of these guarding your property. For those who are handy (and living in an apocalyptic world) , the paintball gun could easily be replaced with a real one.

M4/M16 automatic turret

8. Automatic Timers

I know what you’re thinking, who hasn’t thought of using automatic timers before. It sounds played out, but there is still validity to the use of timers in security setups. Like we’ve said previously, most rural property crimes are based out of opportunity. Don’t let them think no one is home, even for short trips away from the house.

automatic light timer

9. Security Cameras

It used to be that cameras were too expensive to be a practical security solution. However, todays’ security cameras are much more affordable than they used to be, and more sophisticated to boot.

surveillance cameras

If real cameras won’t work for your situation, dummy cameras can help serve as a deterrent in tandem with your signs and fencing. Make sure to place these in plain view locations that are not easily accessible.

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How To Make Homemade Cough Syrup

cough-syrupBack in the days, it was totally acceptable for parents to give their children a cap full of whiskey to sooth a sore throat. Even the over the counter cough syrup you bought at the pharmacy often contained cocaine, heroin or cannabis to help with pain relief.

These days if you gave your child a drink a whiskey for a cold you’d likely have a couple of government workers banging down your door to haul you off to jail. And while cough syrup no longer contains illegal substances, that has been replaced with a myriad of synthetic chemicals that we can’t even pronounce. So what alternative do we have?

Before you grab for that bottle of Robitussin, check out this proven recipe for homemade cough syrup.

Things You’ll Need:

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons water
Small Jar

Step 1

First you will need to wash out any small jar with soap and hot water. I used a small jam jar that I no longer needed. Dry it out with a paper towel.

Step 2

Now add all of the ingredients to the jar and shake well. Make sure the ingredients are well incorporated.

Step 3

Take 3 teaspoons of the syrup as needed for cough and/or irritated sore throat.

Step 4

Keep any unused portion in the refrigerator.

I will go ahead and warn you that the taste is not pleasant but it will get the job done.  I have found this recipe to be particularly useful in treating that persistent cough that wants to hang on long after the cold is over.

Also see:

The Surprising Benefits of Honey

Alternative Medicine in a Survival Scenario

***Disclaimer*** I am not a medical doctor and this advice is not to be considered a replacement for professional medical services.  If you have a cough that persists for weeks or is accompanied by a thick yellow or green mucous you should seek professional medical attention.

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I Am Your Worst Nightmare

by Jeff T.

I am the leader of a band of 8-to-12 looters. I have some basic military training. We move from place to place like locusts devouring everything in our path. My group is armed with light weapons and can develop and follow simple plans of attack. We take what we want by force of arms. We prefer none of our victims survive because that could cause problems for us in the future.

It has been six months since the grid went down. You and the other five members of your party have settled into what may be a long grinding existence. The every day tasks of growing and gathering have now become routine. The news from the outside is extremely limited but you don’t really miss it much. Life is simple but physically demanding.

Although things may seem stable you will need to keep your team focused and alert. This is your first and most important layer of defense. You should hold an immediate reaction drill once per week. Keep things simple. Practice a specific response to such threats as injury, fire, attack and evacuation. Despite the challenges you must maintain contact with those around you such as neighbors for vital clues that trouble is brewing. Regular monitoring the radio will be critical in providing an early warning of trouble. You may be able to safely interview refugees with risking your party. Keep in mind the information you get from them may not always be reliable.

While you have been farming I have been learning the best tactics to employ to seize your property and your goods. I have been refining them since we hit the road right after the lights went out. I have conducted eight “hits” so far and have been successful seven times. Here are some of my “lessons learned”.

Intelligence gathering and target selection is critical to my success. Targets include those who have large quantities of fuel, food and other valuable supplies. My posse is constantly questioning anyone and everyone we contact searching for this our next victim. Anyone who has ever had knowledge, even second hand, of your preparations is someone of interest to me. I may approach them directly or indirectly. If anyone knows something I will find out about it. Who seems well-fed? Who still has transportation? Who has lights? Who was prepared? Where are they exactly? Somebody talks, either in person or on the radio. They always do.

We search for victims night and day. During the day we are listening for the sounds of machinery, cars, tractors, gunfire or generators. Day or night without a lot of wind those sounds can carry for miles. At night I look for any sort of light. Even a small flash indicates somebody with electricity and that means a rich target. I always have somebody listing to the scanner for any news, leads or insecure chatter.

Operational Security is an important concept for your entire group to understand and maintain. If somebody outside your circle doesn’t have a real need to know about your plans, preparations or procedures then they shouldn’t know period. Develop a cover story and live it like was a bulletproof vest. It is no less important to your protection and survival. During an event you need to blend in with the surrounding environment. Carefully observe noise (such as generators and other engines) and light discipline especially at night. If you need to test fire weapons do it in one sequence to avoid a prolonged noise signature.

Once I find and target you reconnaissance of your retreat is my next step. Only a fool would try to rush in and try to overwhelm a group of “survivalists”. We had a bad experience with that during our second hit. Now we spend at least a day or two trying to size up a large opportunity and the best way to take it down. I will observe retreat activity from a nearby-concealed position. I will get an idea of your numbers, weapons, routines and so much more by careful surreptitious observation. If your group seems alert, I will try and trigger a false alarm with a dog or child to watch your reaction to a threat. That helps me know how you respond, where you are strong and how to attack. I may also obtain a topographical map of the area to identify likely avenues of approach and potential escapes routes you will try to use. I may coerce your neighbors into uncovering a weak spot or access point or other important intelligence. I also have a Bearcat handheld scanner. I will be listening for any insecure chatter from your radios.

Regular patrols at irregular intervals focused on likely observation points and avenues of approach could keep me at bay. You could put down sand or other soft soil in key choke points as a way of “recording” if anyone has recently traveled through the land. Dogs, with their advanced sense of hearing and smell are able to detect and alert you to intruders well in advance of any human. Motion sensing IR video cameras as a part of a security plan could play a part in your layered defense as long as you have power. A 24 hour manned observation point equipped with high quality optical tools is a must. It should be fortified and if possible concealed. It should have a weapon capable of reaching to the edges of your vision. Seismic intrusion devices, night vision and thermal imaging are phenomenal force multiplying tools. They can give you critical intelligence and warning. You should use them if you have them. Understand they are not fool proof and I can often neutralize them if I know you have them.

These tools and techniques provide you reaction time. Time to plan your response and time to execute that plan. Recognize that a “defender” is always at a disadvantage. By definition a defender will be reacting to my attack. Modern warfare has emphasized the ability of the attacker to operate faster than opponents can react. This can be explained by the OODA loop. Below are the four steps of the classic OODA loop. These are the steps a defender goes through when under attack.
1. Observing or noticing the attack.
2. Orient to the direction, method and type of attack.
3. Deciding what the appropriate response will be.
4. Acting on that decision.


As an attacker I will try and operate at a pace faster than you as a defender can adjust to. I will change my direction, pace, timing and method to force you to continue to process through the OODA loop. This creates confusion and wastes your precious reaction time. As a defender you will need to disrupt or reset your attackers timing with a counter-attack. When you are successful you become the attacker. Your defensive plans should utilize and exploit this concept. Here are a few scenarios:

Snipe & Siege

I will begin the attack when I can engage at least half of your party’s military age personnel in one coordinated effort. I will infiltrate my team into concealed positions around your retreat within 50 to 75 yards. I will target any identified leadership with the first volley. Two thirds of my people will be engaging personnel. The other group will target communications antennas, surveillance cameras and any visible lighting assets. I want your group unable to see, communicate or call for help. The members of my band will each fire two magazines in the initial exchange. Two thirds of my group will change to new concealed positions and wait. One third will fall back into an ambush of the most likely avenue of escape. We will stay concealed and wait until you come out to attend to your wounded and dead. We repeat the attack as necessary until any resistance is crushed.

Ensure you adjust the landscape around your retreat so that I don’t have anyplace offering cover or concealment within 100 yards of your residence. You can create decorative masonry walls that can be used to offer cover for personnel close to your residence. Fighting positions can be built now and used as raised planting beds and then excavated for use in the future. These can be extended or reinforced after any significant event. These structures or other measures such as trenching must be sited carefully to avoid allowing them to be used effectively by an attacker if they are overrun.

Trojan Horse

For one hit we used an old UPS truck. We forced a refugee to drive it to the retreat gate. We concealed half our group inside the truck. The truck was hardened on the inside with some sandbags around the edges. The other half of our group formed an ambush concealed inside the tree line along the driveway. We killed the driver to make it look good and had one person run away. Those preppers almost waited us out. After nearly three hours they all walked slowly down the driveway. They were bunched up in a group intent on checking out the truck and driver. It was like shooting fish in a barrel.

They could have worked together as group to sweep the area 360 degrees around the truck and they would have surely found us. A dog would have also alerted the residents to our presence. They could have taken measures to eliminate the vegetation offering us concealment on the road near the gate. They could have used CS gas or something similar to “deny” any suspicious areas. Lastly they could have done a “reconnaissance by fire”. Shooting into likely hiding spots, including the truck, trying to evoke a response. They should have established an over watch position with the majority of their group. This over watch group would have provided visual security and an immediate response if there were an attack. They were not expecting any additional threats. They didn’t consider that there might be additional danger lurking nearby aside from the truck and they died.

Kidnap & Surrender

A few weeks ago we surprised and captured a couple of women out tending a garden. It was totally by chance. We were traveling through a very rural area on our way to another town when somebody heard a tractor backfire. We immediately stopped and I sent a small team to recon the noise. They bumped into a small party tending a field at the edge of their retreat. They seized two women and immediately dragged them back to our vehicles. We began negotiations by sending a finger from each one back to the retreat under a white flag. The rest was easy.

This didn’t need to happen. Better noise discipline would have kept us from discovering their retreat. Some simple boundary fencing or tangle foot could have delayed us. The women should have been armed and aware of such a threat. If they has established an over watch for the garden they could have engaged us before we took our hostages or at least alerted the others that there was a problem. They also could have had a quick reaction SOP developed prior to this incident. That Quick Reaction (QR) force could have followed the kidnappers back to our vehicles and set up an ambush of their own. Rural retreat security is a full time job. If you snooze you may lose everything.

Fire and Maneuver

I don’t like this option but sometimes the prize is just too tempting. We typically infiltrate quietly at night to prearranged start points. We begin our attack just before dawn when your senses are dulled by a long night watch or from sleep. Based on our reconnaissance we divided your retreat into positions or zones that need specific attention. We prepare for battle by using an air rifle to target any lights or cameras. Our first priority is to engage any LP/OP site and destroy or degrade them as much as possible. I split my forces into two supporting groups. One group keeps the target position under constant fire. The other group also fires and maneuvers, closing on the target and destroying it with gunfire or improvised weapons. Many times these positions only have one occupant and the task is relatively easy. Often these positions are easy to spot and are too far from each other to provide any effective mutual support. We will work from one position to the next. In the darkness and confusion most of the defenders are disoriented and ineffective. They fall like dominos. We have also used motorcycles to negotiate obstacles and speed through cuts in the perimeter fence. Then throw Molotov Cocktails into any defensive position as they roar past. If you fall back into your residence we will set up a siege. If we can maneuver close enough, perhaps by using a distraction, we will pump concentrated insecticide into your building or we may introduce LP gas from a portable tank into the house and ignite it with tracer fire.

If there was enough warning time from your OP you could execute a pre-planned response. Your planned response should be simple, easy to understand and execute. Half your group occupies your fighting positions, two to a position. The rest of your party establishes an over watch and concentrate its fire at the enemies trying to fix your positions. If you had more than enough prepared positions the enemy might not know where to attack. It would also provide more flexibility in your defense based on the direction of attack. I would use Night Vision if available or illumination from flares or lights as a last resort. Rats hate light.

Usually people keep main access points blocked from high-speed approach. Likely avenues of approach should also be blocked or choked and kept under observation. Remember though what keeps me out keeps you in. Typically the common techniques of parking vehicles in roadways will only delay my approach not stop it altogether. An ordinary 12-gauge shotgun, shooting slugs, can stop most types of non-military vehicles at close range.

Don’t forget the threat of fire or other non-traditional weapons in your defensive plans.

You could create the illusion of a “dead end” for your main access road by positioning a burned out trailer home or a couple of burned out cars at the false “end” of the road. Concealing the fact that the road actually continues to your residence.

Lastly, develop a plan to evacuate and evade capture. When faced with a significantly superior force it may be the only viable option. This should include simple, reliable communications or signals such as three blasts on a dog whistle. Your fighting positions and barriers need to be constructed to allow coordinated withdrawal in an emergency. You should establish a rally point and time limit to assemble. I believe this should be a priority in your practice drills. During a real emergency you may be able to rally, rearm and plan your own version of the “snipe and siege” to retake your retreat.

Key messages:
Your rural retreat defense can be visualized as a set of concentric rings:

Location – Location – Location: High and remote are best
OPSEC – Think of it as a form of armor or shield: Practice it and protect it.
Observation Post / Listening Post: Your first best chance to counter attack
Gates / Fences / other barriers: May slow me down. Might keep you in.
Fighting positions: Must provide mutual support and allow for evacuation.
Residence: Last line. Don’t become trapped
People, Planning and Practice

Remember:

An aggressive and unexpected counter strike can win the battle.
Stay alert for multiple threats or diversionary tactics.
Criminals excel at feigning weakness to lower your guard.

Don’t underestimate me.

[Thanks to Don, a Survival Spot reader, for this story]

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