Entries for June, 2012

The United States is Dying

The United States is dying a slow painful death, and it is the fault of the people.  The voters have failed to elect people who represent the needs of the people. Instead, the people have elected scumbags that bow down to wall street and the bankers.

The U.S. government owes more money then the tax payers can ever hope to pay back.

Obama is killing U.S. citizens overseas.  Anwar al-Awlaki was a U.S. citizen, and he was killed with no due process.  he was never brought to trial, he never had his day in court, he never had the chance to hire an attorney.  What does that say about society when we pick and choose who gets their day in court?

U.S. citizens are now required to purchase health insurance.  Who does that benefit, the insurance companies, or the customers being forced to purchase a product?

Congress is powerless to hold eric holder responsible for his actions.

Communist China is getting pissed off about the containment policies of the U.S.  In other words, the U.S. is encroaching on Communist China.

Russia is pissed off about the U.S. missile defense shield in Europe.

Our infrastructure is decaying.  Our roads and bridges are falling apart, and nobody seems to have the money to fix anything.

Our college graduates are over burdened with student loans.  How are students supposed to pay back loans with junk degrees?

Colleges are pushing useless degrees.  What are graduates supposed to do with a degree in pottery?

News media pays more attention to celebrates then to elected officials.

Obama is picking which laws will and will not be enforced.

Millions of illegal immigrants are given amnesty.

China continues to get tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.

Free trade is still an issue.  Where are our factories?  Why aren’t ipads and ipods made in the USA?  Unemployment is dragging our economy down, while companies in communist china hire more people to build computer parts.  How are we supposed to fight a war if our circuit boards and computer chips are made overseas?

The federal government is expanding its power, and limiting states rights.  Take a look at what has been going on between the federal government and Florida and New Mexico.  New Mexico can not even protect its borders from the flood of illegal immigrants.  Florida tries to purge illegals off the states voting polls, and the justice department sues.  Really?  The justice department sues over Florida trying to make sure everyone that is registered to vote is eligible to vote?  Thank goodness a federal judge upheld Floridas right to secure its ballot boxes.

What the hell is going on here?  An illegal immigrant can walk across the border, get caught, have an anchor baby, and then get 18 years of benefits. And nobody sees a problem with this?

Banks get a bailout, while the middle class is being taxed into non-existence.

How is the middle class supposed to get ahead when we have to take care of everyone from banks to illegal immigrants?

Could the Dark Ages happen again

With our modern society, what would it take to cause another Dark Ages?

Right before the dark ages, the Roman empire was the most developed nation this world had ever seen. China and the middle east had well developed cultures and societies. What happened in Europe for society to lose its advances?  Simple stuff, like running water to the cities was lost for hundreds of years after the fall of the Roman Empire.

What could cause our modern society to collapse upon itself? What could take our space age society and cast us back into the iron age?

I think there are three events that could potentially cause mankind to go into another Dark Age period – nuclear war or some new disease (event of Biblical Proportions), total financial collapse, climate change or a lose of government.

Event of Biblical Proportions, for the sake of discussion lets include everything that can kill millions of people rather quickly. This would include outbreak of a new disease, meteor strike, nuclear change,,, something that can wipe out 1/3 of the worlds population like what happened with the Black Death in 1348 – 1350.

Our modern technology has been developed over hundreds of years. We have to have trained professionals to teach the next generation. What happens when you remove a generation? Who will teach the next generation?

How does society replace tens of thousands of works to get basic services up and running again? How do we replace the people who run the refineries that make the fuel? How do we replace the people that ran the power plants? How do we replace the people who ran the oil wells?  How do we replace the people who ran the rail road?

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Self-Centered Preppers

Preparing for the end of the world as we know itFor this article, the term “Self-Centered Preppers” means people who only think of themselves while preparing for TEOTWAWKI.  All they are concerned about is themselves, and “maybe” their close family.  No consideration goes into planning for friends, or anyone outside their immediate family members.

A prime example of Self-Centered Preppers might be people who plan on bugging out to the wilderness.  How is your family going to deal with the sudden isolation?  How are you going to deal with being cut off from friends and family members?  How are your friends and family members going to handle a sudden loose of contact with you and your family?

If humanity were to suffer some kind of long term SHTF situation, my family would turn to people such as my dad, and myself for guidance.  It is my resp0onsiblity to make sure my family has plenty to eat, protected and that they will be provided of.

Self-Centered Prepper does not care about anyone else.  What about your grand kids?  What about your kids that can not afford to stockpile food at this time?  What about your parents, brothers, sisters, close cousins,,,,?

Friendships are an asset

No man is an island, Rome was not built by a single person, if you want to survive a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation, you will need friends, team members and family members.

Apply Synergy to your plans – the sum of the whole is greater then the parts combined.

There is nothing that you can do that a small team can not do better.

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Being a burden on those around you

Before we begin, there is a difference in someone who gets down on their luck and needs some help, and someone who is always having some kind of issues.

Being a Burden – We all know someone who is always broke, always has some kind of legal problem, always drunk, always broke, never has a job, always has some kind of drama in their lives,,,,.  Every time you talk to the person, they need this or that.  Having a party, ask everyone to bring a little something, they bring a small bag of chips, or 1 or 2 soft drinks,,, just enough for that person and whoever is with him or her.

These are the people that are never quit able to improve their financial, drug, alcohol, drama, baby mama, baby daddy,,, issues.

Have you ever seen the movie “Catch me if you can” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken? Through the whole movie, Christopher Walken is having some kind of financial issues with the IRS. Its the same story every time Christopher Walken appears in the movie, the IRS is trying to take everything, and he is going to sue the government. Its the same story over, and over, and over,,, through the whole movie.

Surely we all know someone like the character Christopher Walken played, always having some kind of issues or drama in their life.

Why is it that some people can not move past drama or problems? One of the goals in life should be to live stress free. But there seem to be a group of people who thrive on stress, and why is that? Why do some people “have” to have stress in their lives? Does stress give them a rush, or a type of high?

My opinion on people like that, they never mature past 16 or 17 years old. They are stuck in high school and are unable to make progress in life.

Either they never mature, or they thrive off drama. I am sure we all know someone who loves drama.

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Survival Gear Preps Second Quarter 2012

Stockpiling SHTF Survival GearWhile stockpiling survival gear for a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation, I think it is important to pause, review, and then move forward.  It does no good to stockpile the same thing over and over, while overlooking other essential preps.  The changing of the seasons, a new year, or every 3 – 4 months are good times to do reviews.

January, February and March of 2012 were dedicated to buying a Remington 1911 R1, stockpiling 45acp, collecting some some books on chickens, buying some chicks and building my chicken coop.  The 1911 is for personal / property defense, and the chickens are for a sustainable food source.

Related Forum ThreadMy Chicken Coop Project

April, May and June of 2012 were dedicated to expanding my ability to purify water, some new cooking gear, expanding my stockpile of brass cased 223, buying some 308 Winchester, diversifying my stockpile of 22 long rifle and expanding my first aid supplies.

Purifying Water

If water purification is not at the top of your long term survival plans, it should be.  Without safe drinking water, life as we know it can not exist.

My recent additions were two Berkey black filters and a SteriPen Sidewinder.

The Royal Berkey I keep at the Bug Out Location has 2 black filters.  Each filter has a life expectancy of around 3,000 gallons – depending on water quality.   With the addition of 2 more filters, I can now filter an estimated 12,000 gallons of water.

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Effects of Globalization on Global Conflicts

With tensions with china and the U.S. on the rise, what would happen if we went to war with china?

When you buy a product, do you read to label to see where it was made?  How many “made in china” products do you see?  I am willing to bet the majority of products you buy are made in china.

What do you think would happen if everything made in communist china was suddenly cut off from the U.S market?

Clothes, computer parts, shoes, toys,,,,, just about everything we consume is made in Asia.

What would stores like Best Buy and Walmart do without shipments of made in communist china products?  How would the public react if they could not buy the latest and greatest tech toys?  How would the auto industry react if they could not get parts?

How are we supposed to fight a war if we can not even make engines, transmissions, brake pads, computer chips, circuit boards and wheel bearings? How are we supposed to build ships without steel mills?

In the movie Patton starring George C. Scott, Patton made a comment that he knew the Germans were finished.  The Germans had been defeated because they were using horses and wagons instead of armored vehicles.

Think about that for a minute, Patton knew the Germans were defeated when the Germans could no longer manufacture or maintain their vehicles.

Since communist china makes a lot of parts for the U.S.auto industry, where does that leave us?  Will china only have to fight half a war?  1 – stop shipments of parts to the U.S.  2- destroy the limited manufacturing capability we have left.

National security has been sacrificed on the alter of free trade

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Where would humanity be without religion

Over the past few decades there has been a move away from religion. The mindset seems to be, who needs religion when we have science?

Science does not unify people under a common idea, science does not teach a code of morals and values. How many atheist charities are there compared to religion based charities? When a family needs assistance, does the local atheist take up donations?

Where would society be today if religion never existed? I figure we would still be in the iron age, or about 20% behind where we are today.

100,000 – 8,000 years ago

Something happened around 6,000 or 8,000 years ago that made mankind stop roaming the countryside looking for food. What made mankind set down the seeds of civilization? We raised livestock, we planted gardens, we formed communities, we formed nations, we formed governments.  Why did it take humanity over 100,000 years to go from hunter gathers, to building nations?

Why was mankind on the planet for 100,000 years, then all of a sudden there was a growth on society in the past 6,000 years? What about the other 94,000 years? What happened for society not to develop?

Why did humanity all of a sudden develop over the past 4,000 – 8,000 years?

Why didn’t we have cities and government 50,000 years ago?

What changed between 100,000 years ago, and 6,000 years ago?

Our modern human civilization began when we moved from a hunter / gatherer, to a farmer / gardener.

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Why Chickens Are The Perfect Pet

Looking for the perfect pet?  Look no further then the chicken.

Why is the chicken the perfect pet?  That is a good question, so lets talk about it.

House training

Chickens can not be house trained, so you know you have to keep them outside.  Dogs on the other hand, they have “accidents” where they piss and crap on the floor.  A cat has to have a litter box.  But with a chicken, you keep it outside, so it never crap on the floor.

Chickens make eggs

What does your dog make, besides piles of crap?

What does your pet fish make, besides a dirty fish tank?

What happens when you get tired of your pet? (this is the good part)

You get tired of rover barking and crapping on the floor, so what do you do?  The humane thing to do would to find a loving home to take your pet off your hands.

This is where chickens blow all other pets away.  Get tired of your chickens?  Make it into friend chicken, or chicken gumbo.

Friend comes over, ask where your chickens are, you say we ate them last weekend.  Nobody cares.

Friend comes over, as where your dog is at, you say you ate it last weekend, friend freaks out.  Do what?  You ate your dog, that is sick!!!!

No barking at night

Unlike your dog, chickens will not wake you up at night howling and barking.

But then again, chickens will not let you know when there might be a prowler.

Well Rounded Ammunition Stockpile

Stockpiling ammunition for a long term survival situationAs I was stacking a new box of 30-30 Winchester (Remington core-lokt 150 grain) and a box of 12 gauge slugs on the shelf, I started thinking about having a well rounded ammunition stockpile.

When talking about ammunition, we need to realize that there is no perfect answer.  I live and hunt in southeast Texas, my longest shots are in the 125 yard range.  200 yards is a long shot for this area.  The only place we get to see 200 yards, much less shoot that far is either on a pipeline or a highline.

In New Mexico, west Texas, Arizona, Colorado,,, 200 yards might be a short shot.

Talking about stockpiling firearms and ammunition for a long term SHTF survival situation is like talking about trucks.  Do you need a truck to pull a boat down to the local boat launch, or do you need a tractor trailer rig to pull 60 tons?

Someone in the south with dense timber will probably do just fine with a 30-30 or 308.  Someone making 200 and 300 yard shots may need a 25-06, 7mm magnum, 300 Winchester magnum, 30-06,,,.  Someone in Alaska where grizzly is an everyday threat, maybe something like a 338 Winchester Magnum, 375 H&H or 12 gauge slug.

Lets use this article as a generalization, rather then an exact science.

To kick off the discussion, lets start with the two boxes I bought today:

1 box – 30-30 Winchester (Remington core-lokt 150 grain).

1 box – 12 gauge 2 3/4 inch Winchester 1 ounce slug.

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I Used To Build Heat Exchangers

Kevin Felts, fitter and welderIf you do not know what a heat exchanger is, they are like radiators for chemical and oil refineries.  “Radiator” is not a good term, because heat exchangers can heat or cool, depending on what needs to be done.

It was around August of 1987, I left a hell hole of a company where the owner exploited and ass raped the employees every chance he got, to a company that worked its employees into the ground.

I do not want to name names, as I do not want to get sued for saying stuff the company may not like.

Heat exchanger companies are there to serve the petrochemical industry.  If some oil company needs an exchanger striped and retubed, the human cattle work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week until the job is finished.

I worked so many hours, there were times when I had to ask people what day it was.  Time just blurred together.

I saw my kids maybe 2 or 3 hours a day,,, if that.  When I was working night shift, I would wake up around 12 noon, or 1 pm, eat lunch, then have to leave at 2:30 to be at the job by 3:30pm.  Good thing my kids were little and not in school.  If they were in school, I would not have seen them for 4 – 6 weeks at a time.

The shift rotation was absolutely terrible.  2 weeks on days, 2 weeks on nights, 2 weeks on days,,,,.  If we were working 7 / 12s, the shift rotation was suspended and you just stayed on whatever shift you were on.

The dumb-asses in management could not arrange the shift rotation on the weekends off.  There were times when people had to leave at 8pm or 10 pm, and be back at work at 5am.

For some reason we could not work shifts like police do and get a 7 day break on our rotation.  It was like the upper management loved to ass rape the employees every chance they got.

Terrible Benefits

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Politically Correct Racial Terms

If blacks are called african-americans, then why aren’t:

whites called euorpean-americans;
mexicans called central-american-americans, or better yet, spanish-central-american-americans;
brazilians – portuguese-south-american-americans;

Maybe mexicans should be called spanish-americans, instead of latinos?
Canadians should be called French-Americans.

Since we do not want to discriminate against any certain country, mexicans could be called european-native-americans.

What about people of mixed race? I am Scottish and English. Should I be called Scottish-British-American?

My wife had a hysterectomy part 1

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistMy wife, her name is Kristy, had a hysterectomy last week.

There are two types of hysterectomies out there:

1 – The woman has a hysterectomy for some none medical reason.  Such as not having a monthly period to interfere with her sex life.

When I was doing some work in kingwood Texas area back in the early 2000s, some of the rich women told me they had a hysterectomy so they could provide sex to their husbands without a monthly period.  The women worried if they were on their period, their sugar daddy husband would look for sex elsewhere.  You would not want to lose your free ride now would you?  Hysterectomy, boob job, tummy tuck, and that saggy 50 year old rich women might be able to hold onto her lying cheating sorry ass husband that brings home $500+k a year.

2 – The woman needs the hysterectomy for a valid medical reason.

Kristy fit under #2.  Her left ovary was the size of a baseball, was growing, and had been causing shooting pains for well over a year.  Also, I do not make enough money to pay for a boob job or tummy tuck.  Our relationship is built off love, and not how much money I bring home.

After having 4 children Kristys bladder had been pushed out of position to the point where she some urine leakage.  Kristy could not even walk to the mail box without her bladder leaking.  The doctors were supposed to fix the leakage issue at the same time as the hysterectomy.  I asked for a free tummy tuck for Kristy, but the doctor said no.

I was resistant to the idea of Kristy having a hysterectomy.

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Human Cattle

Kevin Felts blogger and survivalistThis might piss some of you off, but too bad.  If you are a member of the middle class, you are nothing but human cattle.  And the bad part, you put yourself there.

The industrial revolution and the formation of unions gave rise to the middle class.

Free trade and unbridled capitalism will destroy the middle class.

One reason why the middle class developed is because companies were forced to pay a liveable wage.  A lack of skilled workers and collective bargaining through unions led to higher wages and benefits.

What happens when there is a surplus of labor, and companies can have their products built by cheap overseas labor? Do you really think the middle class will continue to exist?

Where do we lay the blame?

Do we blame the democrats? Do we blame the republicans? Both parties deserve equal blame for the economic situation the U.S. is in.

bill clinton promised not to sign NAFTA. What did the crawfish do after being elected? He signed NAFTA.

What kind of real change has obama brought to the nation? Mandated everyone purchase healthcare, signed into law that U.S. citizen can be held without due process. Which is nothing new. franklin roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that allowed Japanese-Americans to be held without due process.

obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act.

franklin roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.

Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong and Vladimir Lenin were probably proud to see the U.S. adopt such socialist and communist ideas as detaining U.S. citizens without due process. After all, isn’t that what the nazis did to the Jews in world War II? Didn’t the nazis round up the Jews like cattle and send them to the camps?

Stalin and Hitler followed through with their plans. obama is being cut off at the pass by the U.S. supreme court.

Lets not forget the republicans and their crimes against humanity, such as using torture.

William Howard Taft (a republican) introduced the income tax. Everytime you pay your property tax or income tax, you can thank the piece of trash william howard taft.

What president in the past 50 years has not committed some kind of crime against humanity? What U.S. president in the past 100 years has not committed some kind of crime against humanity?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 which forbid the hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates. In other words, fdr stripped long term wealth from the U.S. population and handed it over to the banks.

Why are the major two parties a viable option?

Why does anyone vote for the democrat party? Why has anyone voted for the democrat party for the past 100 years?

After that piece of trash taft introduced the income tax, why has anyone voted for the republicans?

People vote for the same two parties over and over because they are afraid of real change.

If you want real change, vote like it

This means you vote for a political party besides the democrats and republicans.

Personally, I vote straight line Libertarian Party. After bill clinton did a flip-flop on nafta, I knew that regardless of what political party we voted into office, we would never have real change.

The only solution is to kick both parties out and start over.

How many times has the Libertarian Party raised your taxes? How many times has the v voted to take your rights away? How many times has the Libertarian Party voted to detain U.S. citizens without due process?

If you want the middle class to die, keep voting for the two major parties.  Until you vote for someone besides the democrats or the republicans, you will never have real change.

Why Do People Get Into Prepping

Kevin Felts, survivalist and bloggerWhy do people get into prepping?

I think it boils down to “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”.

The question that begs to be answered is “what is the the worst?”. What is the worst case situation that we should prepare for?

For some people “the worst” might be losing their job. For others it might be a wildfire, for others it might be a hurricane or flood. Then there are the people that plan for a complete collapse of society.

Does being a survivalist mean you have to prep for a complete collapse? No, it does not.

To understand survivalism, we need to understand what drives a survivalist. One of the highest levels of human thought is to think about what we think about. Why do we do the things we do, why do we think about what we do, why do we act a certain way, why do we make certain decisions.

Nobody is born a survivalist. Joining the survival community is a conscious decision we make. As with everything else in life, our decisions are influenced by the way we were raised, culture, society, events in our life,,,.

Why do people get into coin collecting? Why do people get into stamp collecting? Why do people get into the hobbies they do? Do they find the hobbies challenging, maybe a way to occupy their free time?

Survivalism is a practical hobby. Grow your own food, preserve and store your own food, just like people used to do decades ago. Maybe survivalism should be considered as a return to basics?

There was once a time when people grew their food during the spring and summer. Then preserved the food to last the family through the winter.

Today, families keep just a few days of food on hand.

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The Survivalist Monastery Theory

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistWhile reading “The Civilization Of The Middle Ages” by Norman Cantor (which I do not recommend the book by the way), on pages 150, 151, 152, 153, 154,,, the author discusses how monasteries became a source of education in the middle ages.  Monasteries were not well rounded education establishments, as they were only interested in teaching Latin and scripture.  Creating literature outside of the Holy scripture was suppressed.

One thing that monasteries did do, they preserved scripture.  One of the reasons why we have certain books in our modern Holy Bible, is because some scribe copied the books during the the middle ages.

Monasteries preserved scripture.  The monks in the monasteries taught people how to read Latin, and thus how to read scripture.

How does this monk, monastery and scripture stuff tie in with survivalism?

As monks taught holy scripture, so should survivalist teach self-reliance.

As a survivalist, it is your duty to go forth and spread the knowledge of self-reliance.

When people hear the word “monk”, thoughts of living in silence, or roaming the country side preaching the gospel to peasants comes to mind. That is not how things were like. Monks lived in the monastery, some tried to isolate themselves from the outside world, they were educated, copied holy text (scribes), and tried to live a life separated from the outside world.

How is the life of a monk, and the life of a survivalist that much different?

Maybe this should be called “The Survivalist Monk Theory”?

For the sake of discussion, lets focus on the effect we have on those around us, and not what fills our head.

Where a monk may have spent a great deal of time in prayer, he also had a profound effect on society. As survivalist, what effect do we have on those around us? Opsec says we have to always consider security when dealing with others. Let us apply the idea of a monastery to our group.

Everyone inside the walls of the monastery are the people inside our group. These are the people that we can talk to, communicate with and share our plans with.

Everyone outside the walls of our monastery are the strangers. Those are the people we do not know, or fully trust.

While a monastery had walls of brick and mortar, survivalist have walls of trust and relationships.

Just as monks educated the people inside the monastery, so should survivalist train and educate the people inside their group.

Unlike monks that tried to isolate themselves from the outside world, survivalist stay knowledgeable on current events.

The monastery is part of society, but also separate. We live on the fringe of society, on the outskirts, ever visible, but in the distance, just a blink from sight.

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