Sunday, October 14, 2012

Should You Be Afraid Of What You Can't See?

Should you be afraid of what you can't see?

That would be a resounding..........YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned "that the United States was facing the possibility of a cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.
Think about it, just about everything you come in contact with during a typical day is computerized, you go to the bank, grocery store, pumping gas, even checking out a book at the library is now done on a computer.

Mr. Panetta was also pushing for legislation on Capitol Hill. It would require new standards at critical private-sector infrastructure facilities like power plants, water treatment facilities and gas pipelines  where a computer breach could cause significant casualties or economic damage, but let's face it....

Do you honestly think a foreign country cares about our "legislation" and they WILL find a way around it.

Mr. Panetta also went on to say“cyber-attackers launching several attacks on our critical infrastructure at one time, in combination with a physical attack would cause physical destruction and the loss of life, an attack that would paralyze and shock the nation and create a profound new sense of vulnerability.”

What Mr.Panetta is saying in a diplomatic way is........WELCOME TO SHTF

Now the United States is also guilty of being the cyber attacker. Although it has never publicly admitted it, the United States has conducted its own cyberattacks against adversaries. According to an article in The New York Times in June 2012, during President Obama‘s first few months in office, he secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on Iran’s computer systems at its nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons.

So what can you do?

*Something I do to retain the information that I want is very simple...I print it out and put it in a 3 ring binder. I pay for ink, paper, and the binder.
*I also buy actual books, not kindle ebooks......books.
* I practice to understand whats in my binders and books so if for some reason I don't have them I remember how to do it.
* I only keep enough money in my bank account to pay my bills. Any extra money I have goes toward my preps because lets be real, when the economy tanks I would rather have food to eat over a greenback that is worth nothing. Same goes for gold. I know so many preppers buying gold and silver. WHY? If you go to barter with me for gold for food I'm gonna laugh at you! Unless  you have something I want that is going to actually benefit my day to day living such as a gun, ammo, livestock etc to me your Gold and Silver are worthless.

So take a step back from your computer and begin weaning yourself from it now. Put in to practice what you read on here. Actually do the manual end of prepping not just reading about it or watching it on You Tube because that screen you stare at, the light switch you flip, the faucet you turn not always going to be there.

Be prepared, not sorry

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Threat Of All Show And No Go

My grandpa used to have a saying about people who tried to pass themselves off as something they wasn't and that was "All show and no go". In the prepper community we have that and unfortunately they are going to be what I think, a huge threat. These individuals have the mind set of the most guns and stored food will survive and that may true for a "limited amount of time"....

But what happens when WROL goes into overtime?

With no skills to grow food, hunt, improvise or barter what will these people do? A hungry pseudo prepper is going to be a very dangerous person. I always use the aftermath of Katrina as an example because that's what it will be like. Being hungry, thirsty with just enough tactical experience and the moral compass lowered to the mentality of "It's you or me" they will, by force try to take what they need. If they have a military background they also know that strength lies in numbers and may recruit their own private army.

The harsh truth...

I'm sorry but the truth is harsh and a WROL situation is not going to be going back to the Little House on the Prairie days, its going to be survival of the fittest and the most adaptable. Within hours of Katrina blowing thru the looting, rape, and murder began. This past summer with the unbearable heat people were using their AC at astronomical rates and there was a suburb in Wisconsin where the power grid went down for three days. Within only three hours of that grid going down there were armed gangs that began robbing and looting. That was was only three hours what happens when it months or years?

Don't show your hand..

If your like me I like to attend the prepper conferences and network with other preppers but I always keep in mind not to give away too much and choose carefully who I network with. This also goes for the survivalist boards etc. because I have met some pseudo peppers that quite frankly scare the hell out of me and I don't want to be around them right now let alone in a WROL situation. But on the other hand I have met some fantastic preppers that I have learned so much from and very grateful for it. The reason I started this blog was to help women take an active roll in prepping and their survival but still I don't give away information that would put myself in danger in the future.

Skills, Skills, and more Skills...

As I wrote earlier I believe it will be survival of the fittest and the most adaptable that will survive. When I say the fittest I don't mean that so much in the physical sense but the person that knows how to hunt and fish, how to grow food and preserve it, how to barter, how build shelter and fire, first aid, and has tactical sense. I am always trying to learn new skills because you can never in my opinion have enough knowledge. Many preppers play and rely on their strengths because they feel that will get them won't. You have to be adaptable and the skills to adapt to the given situation. My strengths are hunting, fishing, and farming but yet I know this will not carry me thru. I need the tactical experience to protect myself and what I have so, I continue to learn. Work right now the skills you are lacking in so when the time comes you are not "All show and no go"

Be prepared, not sorry