This is CNN telling us to prep for disasters….featured story on the front page right now. heh heh
Atlanta (CNN) — Ranee Roberts feels lucky to have survived the impact of a tornado that hit her Alabama convenience store in April. “Before the twister hit, I sent a last text to say ‘I love you’ to my best friend, and then the building began to come apart around me,” said the 34-year-old from Henagar.
Roberts said she knew only about two minutes before impact that the twister was heading toward her store. The tornado was rated an EF-4, with estimated winds peaking at 175 mph. “There was no time for preparations, only prayer,” she said. “I felt utterly hopeless thinking I might be spending my last moments on Earth curled up on the stockroom floor.”
Looking back, she was ill-prepared for the storm and its aftermath. She felt that she got off extremely lucky walking away with “just a few scratches” to her body.
She learned from her harrowing experience to keep a first-aid kit, flashlight, bicycle helmet, battery-powered radio, power generator and Meals Ready to Eat in her storm closet.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a record 14 weather and climate disasters in 2011 caused $1 billion or more in damage, including the Alabama tornado that Roberts survived. At least 669 people died in these storms and thousands were injured.
“In my four decades of tracking weather, I have never seen extreme weather like we had in 2011,” said Jack Hayes, NOAA’s assistant administrator for weather services and the National Weather Service director.
Although no two years are alike, Hayes said, it’s important for Americans to be prepared for the worst. “The U.S. population has almost doubled since 1954, and trends such as urban sprawl and conversion of rural land to suburban landscapes increase the likelihood a tornado will impact densely populated areas,” he said.
“We have also become more vulnerable to coastal storms and hurricanes as more people are living in coastal areas.” Hayes said the 2011 Southern drought and floods across the northern U.S. represent the extreme temperature and precipitation swings that climate scientists project will become more common amid a warming climate.
“You’ve got to be proactive in preparing for extreme weather,” she said. “An extreme weather condition, like the tornado I experienced, doesn’t care if you are rich, poor, young or old,” said Roberts. “What does matter is how prepared you are and how quickly you react when time is of the essence.”
Rescue workers rushed Tuesday to get aid into flooded communities in New Jersey and Vermont, where many residents remain stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Marc Leibowitz, a New Yorker, went to Vermont over the weekend to get married. The wedding went off without a hitch, he said, but now he is stranded in the town of Pittsfield, with no roads to get him and his guests out. [72 hour bag for the car anyone?]
Residents have food and drinkable water, but resources are limited and won’t last forever, Leibowitz told CNN’s “AC 360.”
I have two boys, both in grade school. I teach them about the woods and nature. I make them take a martial art to defend themselves against bullies. I teach them how to fish and how to shoot BB guns and the .22 as I was taught at their age. I talk to them about the world and we sometimes discuss war because they like video games and it’s gotten them interested in history.
I even show them the food I have stocked and we discuss what we all might do in case of an emergency. I want them to feel safe, and know that I’m protecting them and worrying about all the bad things in the world so they don’t have to.
I do NOT talk to them about things like the “end of the world” or economic collapse. I don’t talk to them about things that fundamentalists, nutjobs, and conspiracy theorists think are going happen.
The post below from dinosaurbreakfast made me think about how things like this can affect how young people develop. I grew up as part of a fundamentalist Christian family who was expecting the Rapture at any moment. I was heavily impacted by it. It’s part of the impetus for my continued interest in Apocalyptic thought. I no longer expect an Abrahamic-style “End of Days”, but I see how much it continues to influence modern society.
I’m not here to criticize or judge how other survivalists/preppers raise their children, but I am noting that these kinds of thought patterns can build complexes in your children that they may later resent you for.
You may think it’s preparing them for the real world and helping them deal with reality, but isn’t that what we are supposed to insulate them from until they are old enough to have to bear those burdens on their own?
I want my boys to live a happy, carefree childhood, unfettered by fears of nuclear attack or collapse of economic systems. I want them to know that Dad is standing in the gap for them and that they can depend on me if anything bad ever does happen.
I worry about these things so they don’t have to. That’s why I became a survivalist in the first place.
It’s very strange, watching the world go mad from the comfort and safety of my parents’ kitchen. My survivalist father keeps up his whispering, “Something’s coming, something’s coming.” So, he prepares, builds and stores and makes plans, like a bear getting ready for winter.
I don’t think I want to be a bear, though. I think I want to try staying out in the winter cold. I can hibernate when I’m dead.
I have said that I would stay non-political on this blog and just present the stories. I may lose some readers by writing this, but it may not have been the right blog for you anyway.
I follow stories on lots of survivalist and financial blogs run by folks who think the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and perhaps it is, but I don’t agree with many of their arguments.
Many of them seem to be heavily influenced by the Tea Party movement and express their anger at the gross expenditures of the federal government. I also see them frequently take up for the wealthy and perpetuate the system that enslaves them while railing against the elite and the NWO. It is a dynamic I don’t understand.
Let me get this straight. You rail against the “elite and NWO”, Wall Street Bankers, the Fed, and everyone else who is rich and in power, and then you take a stand on defending them when it comes to their money? We are being robbed blind and the Republicans lead the charge when it comes to protecting bankers, financiers, and corporate interests.
I am flabbergasted. I cannot understand why those of us who are hurt most by the manipulations of the elitists and super rich continue to perpetuate their survival and enable their tactics by defending them and electing them.
How many of you yelling about Government entitlements are using medical benefits and equipment funded by Medicare/caid?
Early on in Rand Paul’s campaigns
he denounced Medicare as socialized medicine. Then when confronted with reducing Medicare payments to Doctors, a man ostensibly so against government power in all its forms that he wants to gut the Americans With Disabilities Act and abolish the departments of Education and Energy, was unwilling to reduce his own government compensation, for a very logical reason. “Physicians,” he said, “should be allowed to make a comfortable living.”
I get it. You are angry. You don’t like the way things are going, but you’re still buying into the same bullshit and hypocrisy that got us to where we are today.
BLITZER: But let’s talk about — most people going to see this movie who don’t like you are going to say, you know what? Michael Moore has done pretty well in this capitalist or free market system. You’ve become a fairly rich guy yourself.
MOORE: So, yes. Your point was, I have done well. Yes, for a documentary filmmaker, I have done very well.
MOORE: Isn’t the question better put — and I’m not trying to do your job for you — but wouldn’t the question better be, gee, Mike, you have done so well. Why don’t you just kick back at the lake and enjoy life? Why are you caring about all these people losing their health care and their jobs and all that? You’re not losing yours?
I wonder if there was like a Wolf Blitzer like 200 years ago who asked Thomas Jefferson or John Adams or George Washington, hey, you know, you guys are wealthy landowners. You have benefited from the king’s system. What are you complaining about? What is this revolt all about?
It’s like, sometimes, people, even people who have actually had the good fortune and blessings in life to not have to struggle with worrying about their health care, whether or not it’s going to be here tomorrow or the next week, sometimes, those people actually are willing to take great risks and create sacrifices for themselves, in the hopes that others will have it just as well.
BLITZER: That you have made a lot of money in this free enterprise, capitalist system, and now you’re railing against it.
MOORE: I know. Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that amazing, that I actually — I actually, with a high school education, through my hard work and my ideas, have done OK, and then — and that I still want to do these things to help people who have it worse off than I, that I’m actually following through on the religious principles that I was raised with that I will be judged by how I treat the least among us?
I want an economic system that’s run with democratic principles and has a moral and ethical core to it. I want you and I and all the people watching to be able to have a say. And when you say, oh, we get to elect or representatives, well, you and I know the truth of that, that hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year on lobbying Congress.
And you and I don’t have that kind of money to spend on that. So, the average person doesn’t get to see the things they would like to see happen. Otherwise, the 75 percent who want universal health care would have universal health care right now.
At the :34 mark in this video the speaker calls the people in the Wisconsin protests “mobs disrupting the legislative process because they didn’t like the outcome”.
ARE YOU SERIOUS?
This is the same rhetoric that could be used to discredit any protest. If this hyperbole were used against Tea Party protests you would scream bloody murder. Voltaire said “”I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.”
Wake up! The more you back corporate power and super-rich politicians, the more they laugh at you as you enable them.
At a time most employees can barely remember their last substantial raise, median CEO pay jumped 27% in 2010 as the executives’ compensation started working its way back to prerecession levels. Workers in private industry, meanwhile, saw their compensation grow just 2.1% in the 12 months ended December 2010. Source
Forgive my sarcasm, but by all means, let’s cut my 74 year old Mom’s Medicare and continue to protect the rich 10%.
I think it captures the zeitgeist of the conservative tendency to want to limit government spending, intervention, and taxes, while protecting the corporate wealth interests who continue to rape the working class on a daily basis.
In the Tea Party narrative, victory at the polls means a new American revolution, one that will “take our country back” from everyone they disapprove of. But what they don’t realize is, there’s a catch: This is America, and we have an entrenched oligarchical system in place that insulates us all from any meaningful political change. The Tea Party today is being pitched in the media as this great threat to the GOP; in reality, the Tea Party is the GOP.
What few elements of the movement aren’t yet under the control of the Republican Party soon will be, and even if a few genuine Tea Party candidates sneak through, it’s only a matter of time before the uprising as a whole gets castrated, just like every grass-roots movement does in this country. Its leaders will be bought off and sucked into the two-party bureaucracy, where its platform will be whittled down until the only things left are those that the GOP’s campaign contributors want anyway: top-bracket tax breaks, free trade and financial deregulation.
This, then, is the future of the Republican Party: Angry white voters hovering over their cash-stuffed mattresses with their kerosene lanterns, peering through the blinds at the oncoming hordes of suburban soccer moms they’ve mistaken for death-panel bureaucrats bent on exterminating anyone who isn’t an illegal alien or a Kenyan anti-colonialist.
The world is changing all around the Tea Party. The country is becoming more black and more Hispanic by the day. The economy is becoming more and more complex, access to capital for ordinary individuals more and more remote, the ability to live simply and own a business without worrying about Chinese labor or the depreciating dollar vanished more or less for good. They want to pick up their ball and go home, but they can’t; thus, the difficulties and the rancor with those of us who are resigned to life on this planet.
Of course, the fact that we’re even sitting here two years after Bush talking about a GOP comeback is a profound testament to two things: One, the American voter’s unmatched ability to forget what happened to him 10 seconds ago, and two, the Republican Party’s incredible recuperative skill and bureaucratic ingenuity.
This is a party that in 2008 was not just beaten but obliterated, with nearly every one of its recognizable leaders reduced to historical-footnote status and pinned with blame for some ghastly political catastrophe. There were literally no healthy bodies left on the bench, but the Republicans managed to get back in the game anyway by plucking an assortment of nativist freaks, village idiots and Internet Hitlers out of thin air and training them into a giant ball of incoherent resentment just in time for the 2010 midterms. They returned to prominence by outdoing Barack Obama at his own game: turning out masses of energized and disciplined supporters on the streets and overwhelming the ballot box with sheer enthusiasm.
The bad news is that the Tea Party’s political outrage is being appropriated, with thanks, by the Goldmans and the BPs of the world. The good news, if you want to look at it that way, is that those interests mostly have us by the balls anyway, no matter who wins on Election Day. That’s the reality; the rest of this is just noise. It’s just that it’s a lot of noise, and there’s no telling when it’s ever going to end.
Real Americans are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who.
There’s just one element missing from America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the Wall Street sugar daddies who are bankrolling it and who have been doing so since well before the “death panel” days.
Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch, who owns - among other things - Fox News via it’s parent company, NewsCorp.
The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers really are.
Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdoch’s, go well beyond and against the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates ever gain power, and given the recession-battered electorate’s unchecked anger and the Obama White House’s strategy, they might.
All three tycoons are the latest incarnation of what the historian Kim Phillips-Fein labeled “Invisible Hands” - those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R. with a coup d’etat attempt.
According to the nonpartisan website Source Watch, “Reports indicate that the Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. Is appears that money to organize and implement the Movement is flowing primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works.” Those two entities are “lobbyist-run think tanks” that are “well funded”, providing logistics and organizing for the TEA Party movement nationwide, ThinkProgress.org has reported.
Media Matters, a nonpartisan site founded by a conservative, reported that FreedomWorks receives substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, and the conservative Koch Family FoundationsMedia Matters reports that the Koch family has given more than $12 million to CSE/FreedomWorks between 1985 and 2002. In addition, Media Matters lists the Sarah Scaife Foundation, which is financed by the Mellon industrial, oil and banking fortune, as having given a total of $2.96 million in funding to FreedomWorks, the major backer of the TEA Party movements.
This is why I started this blog. Survivalists and preppers are pervasively conservative and affiliated with the Tea Party. They encompass large numbers of religious fundamentalists and anti-Zionist conspiracy theorists. On the other side, the liberal “survivalists” are ecologists, organic farmers, and green activists; back to the earth people who think it can all be fixed by changing our lightbulbs, growing local, and using alternative energy.
Where is the moderate in the preparedness movement? Why is there such polarization? Why are those most oppressed deluded and persuaded by right-wing progaganda into believing that rich corporate power houses will work with their best interests in mind?
I maintain that one can believe that the situation is dire, and prepare appropriately without embracing extremism. That is why I write here. That is why I ever remain the Skeptical Survivalist.
I notice often, as a result of numerous keyword searches, that Survivalist and Preparedness spam and ads are increasing.
I see one tweet come up a lot from multiple accounts. Its starts off like this “Survive Anything (new) Top Converting: The survivalist market is hot.”
One Tumblr advertizing blog for a food storage company has a website that repeatedly mentions that cannibalism is a result of extreme hunger. In big bold print it mentions cannibalism SEVEN times. WTF!!?
I hate this kind of advertising. Instead of relying on the virtues of their product they use the most horrific of scenarios to sell their wares to the unprepared.
Beware these vendors. Fuck them. Buy from a company with the decency to spam you without resorting to fear.
After some years now of reading internet bulletin boards, I think I’ve got the pros and cons of possible SHTF rifle choices figured out. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the following is my analysis based upon the wisdom of numerous gun board gurus (you know them, they’re always the first ones to tell you a particular model gun is “junk” and enlighten you as to why they have made the only logical purchases)… Read the full piece - don’t forget it’s satire.
I often wonder how the people I interact with every day are dealing with the things happening in the world today. A great number of them have their own immediate worries to deal with, Personal Dramatic Change Events such as the loss of a job or a loved one.
A co-worker shared with me today that she’s likely being laid off because of an injury she sustained that prevents her from meeting the requirements of her job. 8 years before retirement. If she’s lucky she’ll only get a significant demotion.
This video presents a quick overview of the sobering dramas confronting us, and addresses our apparent generalized apathy. I recommend watching, if for nothing else than a quick perspective change.
I’m not a Doomer, but it does appear to me that things are very serious. Perhaps more so than at any other point in my life of 36 years. Wake up. Don’t concern yourself about the causes. Take the practical approach. Prepare for emergencies such as job loss, natural disasters, etc. Basic preparation steps will protect you against most of the scenarios. If that whets your appetite for feeling secure, there’s more you can do.
Normalcy bias - The normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.
This is a perfect example of why it’s important to prepare before a disaster - everyone will have the same idea if the Shit Hits The Fan.
Though kaidame (hoarding) has been in full swing for the past week, the effects tend to be relative. People react predictably to any crisis. They go to the store and stand in line for supplies, invariably causing shortages of certain essentials.
The Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry is reporting that sales of bottled water have increased 10 times over since the earthquake. Rice sales have risen 60 percent and canned goods threefold. Milk and bread are being diverted to tsunami-stricken areas, so consumers buy more of each if they can find it. Natto (fermented soy beans) has flown off the shelves at three times the normal speed, since the natto sold in Tokyo is from a region closer to the disaster area and is now mostly being sent to those areas.
Once people get in kaidame frame of mind they buy anything that’s cheap, not to mention easy. Foods that can be stored and require the least amount of preparation are most in demand, which means canned tuna, retort curry, pasta and instant ramen are as difficult to find as batteries and cooler boxes.
Sendai, Japan (CNN) — Long lines at grocery stores and gas stations along with continued aftershocks and power outages greeted many in Japan on Sunday morning, nearly two days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left hundreds dead and missing.
Supplies of food and gas were running out in Sendai, the northern coastal city close to the epicenter of Friday’s quake. Those who survived the earthquake and chose to remain in the city were enduring two-hour waits at the supermarket, according to a CNN iReporter in Sendai with the username joeyjenkins.
“They have waited for I don’t even know how long to get gas, as the gas station manually pumps the gas since there is no electricity,” joeyjenkins wrote, adding they were without power until early Sunday.
Schools and hospitals and Sendai have been turned into shelters, and volunteers were handing out bottles of water, CNN correspondent Kyung Lah reported from the city.
Fears of power outages in Tokyo, about 200 miles south, sparked a run on flashlights, said iReporter Jessica Tekawa, 26.
“I think last night, there must have been something on the news about a power outage,” she told CNN, “because when we went, with my friend, we were trying to get flashlights and they were sold out everywhere.”
Water, too, was sold out in every store she went to after similar reports of possible water contamination, she said.
“People who lost their homes, or the people who are still needing help, they are the ones who need help,” she said. “We don’t have any electric, water, gas, and the city just announced it could take 30 days to get gas set up for everybody. But we definitely need water and food, but please help the people who lost their homes and still … on top of the buildings asking for help.”
Prepping is not something you do, it is the way you live. In everything you do you have to think to yourself… “am I prepared for…?” that dot, dot, dot, may mean, did I bring the lawn chairs for the kids ball game? What about a first aid kit in case there is a skinned knee. It may also mean do I…
A new breed of survivalists is emerging in this country. I affectionately refer to them as Suburban Survivalists. She (yes, she) is most likely a minivan driving soccer mom who spends most of her time running the household, brushing up on her survival skills by watching Bear Grylls, and practicing target shooting on the weekends.
Survivalists are subject to negative stereotyping - with good reason. However, we aren't all tin-foil hat wearing, conspiracy theorist Chicken Littles.
My Goal: Provide a skeptical, balanced, and rational environmental scan of current news and commentary about Dramatic Change Events (DCE).
About me: A tolerant, socially liberal, gun owning, food-stocking, information science professional and former native of eastern Kentucky who questions everything, but doesn't ignore the signs that dramatic changes are happening all over the world - every day.
Who cares about speculation on the causes at this point, I'm watching the symptoms.
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