The last month or so has seen a lot of news stories in various media outlets about the highest end shelter market and who is planning, installing, or using the most premium of available shelter technology in preparing for possible threats in the future to families, belongings, and investments for the wealthy. The following article comes from Forbes.com, and mentions a lot of technological marvels in home shelters, panic rooms, and overall home security systems.
You may ask, why am I sharing stories about the rich using EVERYTHING available to stay safe, when most of us are doing with just the most basic of home security systems, and potential expedient shelter options?
Well, for one thing, there are a LOT of ideas included in the article that are worthy of further investigation...because while the most expensive hardware and software they might be using can be duplicated for a fraction of the price THEY pay, by shopping, researching, and finding alternatives that accomplish the same end goal of the overall system, you can have the same safety and security with an investment of your time and much smaller portions of your hard earned income.
So, with that in mind, read the following article, take some notes, and let's talk about alternatives to Rich People's Survival Space.
Oh, and please comment if you feel so inclined.
Rich homeowners buying peace of mind with panic rooms, security systems
Wealthy families are opting for everything from pepper spray sprinklers to luxurious bunkers to protect themselves from burglars, natural disasters and nuclear war.
Billionaires are taking home security to a new level.
Affluent Americans are transforming their mansions into apocalypse-proof abodes with secret passageways and hidden panic rooms built to withstand every kind of disaster and attacker imaginable.
Al Corbi's California home, for example, has a security system straight out of a sci-fi flick, according to a Forbes report. He and his family rely on biometric recognition software instead of keys, have a system that unleashes disorienting smoke or debilitating gas at the first sign of unwanted company, and can seek solace in a bunker that doubles as a wine cellar.
Even walls can serve as secret doors to panic rooms and secret bunkers.
"If you saw this stuff in a movie you would think it is all made up," Corbi told Forbes.
Wealthy homeowners are sparing no expense when it comes to outfitting their homes with the latest James Bond-like gadgets.
Some are going beyond the fingerprint scan and installing software from companies like FST21 that use facial and voice recognition as well as behavioral biometrics to unlock doors.
Others are using infrared cameras like those from FLIR Systems that can detect humans in hiding places anywhere from one to 15 kilometers away, depending on the model, Forbes reported.
Pepper spray shooting Burglar Blasters can be installed into ceilings and walls to stop would-be crooks in their tracks.
Smoke machines are another popular security addition. The Corbis family's system can release fog designed to confuse an intruder, or a noxious gas with effects that last up to 24 hours.
Millionaires are also buying unparalleled peace of mind by having panic rooms, hidden passageways and emergency bunkers added to their homes.
In true Scooby-Doo fashion, any shelf or wall could open to reveal a secret living space that could withstand natural or man-made catastrophes.
Companies like Creative Home Engineering have built all kinds of covert portals that appear behind revolving fireplaces or rotating bookcases. Its engineers have even rigged some so they open when a certain book is pulled from the shelf or a specific chess piece is moved to a spot on the board.
American Saferoom Door Company specializes in bullet-resistant doors with electromagnetic locks. The company sells between 50 to 75 doors, which start at $20,000 a piece, every year, founder Gary Paster told Forbes.
To all my friends and acquaintances...I bid you a safe and joyous Thanksgiving. If you can, spend time with your family. Phone those that can't be with you. Get back in touch with those that have dropped out of your life for whatever reason. Life is too short to let petty things become cold steel divots in your heart.
Above all, give thanks for all that is in your life, including those things that seem to be heavy and burdensome. Every day is a challenge, to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason.
Do the hard thing, instead of the easy thing...always. See each challenge as an opportunity to solve a problem in your life that CAN be over come, given some time, some thought, and some action. Anything is possible.
At this moment, on this day, our world is in chaos. Our nation is at war...with itself.
We...are all WE have.
Today, I remind you...give thanks for all you have...right now. Next year, you're probably going to have less. You already know, by who's hand.
Prepare for next Thanksgiving, by enjoying your meal and fellowship today. Then, get to work. Make your actions support your heart. Make your work support your future. Make your passion support your destiny.
Make your family become your treasure.
You are the descendant of your family roots. Only 3 or 4 generations ago, the average lifespan of your ancestors was only 35 to 40 years. In just 150 years, the average lifespan has doubled. You...are responsible, completely, for your lifespan.
Only you can make sure you enjoy a full and complete life. Only you...can leave a legacy of hope, love, and hard work.
The future is yours. You will find only pain living in the past. You can learn from the past, and please do...it's actually good to know your roots and learn from them...just don't live there, or get lost...
But, back to the message of the day...
Give thanks...for the life you have, the family that you love, for the chances you have been given...and the choices you will be able to make for your foreseeable future.
It's all in your hands. Make the best of it. Follow the path of respect, of trust, of loyalty, and of faith. Know that you can make a difference, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem right now. Do the right thing at the right time for the right reason.
You will succeed.
How do you know it will all turn out well in the end?
You heard about the EBT (food stamp) fiasco down in Louisiana? The Walmart in two cities decided, when the network that verifies and validates EBT funds crashed this past weekend, to allow buyers to basically put unlimited purchases onto EBT cards...and that was followed by a mad rush of hundreds of EBT users literally EMPTYING the entire grocery and meat section of the store. Walmart managers called corporate, and corp said "ring'em up" at those two stores, who are now being told that WALMART will be held libel for any overages not covered by EBT. And, each EBT user's purchases WERE recorded via the system, so the feds know WHO got how much over. 16 other states were affected in this EBT crash, yet only Louisiana got smashed and grabbed.
Here's the thing...there was a panic, when the EBT cards did not work. We, the people that actually PAY the taxes that gets forwarded to actually pay for these EBT debts, saw in TWO HOURS what happens when the food stamp system crashes.
Now..think about the government shutdown. The USDA is offline due to the congressional shit storm over paying for government costs (shuttered because Reid and Obama ... the two largest assholes in the world ... WON'T accept ANYTHING that does NOT fund Obamacare).
That shutdown is creating the NEXT crisis...the USDA funds the food stamp program, and there are movements in the direction of NOT being able to FUND EBT cards for November.
Now, think of Louisiana...gone NATIONAL. Breakdowns of civil life and society in grocery stores all over the nation. Riots. Looting. Stealing. Homicide? Murder? Where does it stop?
Why do I bring these things up?
Because of this....
"The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue operations and eligible households will still receive monthly benefits for October. The authority to make October benefit payments comes from the Recovery Act, through which Congress provided “such sums as are necessary” to finance the SNAP benefit provided for in the Recovery Act. In addition, about $2 billion in contingency funding will be available and could be used to support State Administrative activities essential to continue the program and issue and process benefits. These contingency funds were provided in the FY 2013 appropriation and do not expire until the end of FY 2014."
Read this....(the currently shuttered agency that administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) memo obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center in Utah carries in it a very disturbing warning for the 46+ million Americans currently on foodstamps.
To wit: "understanding the operational issues and constraints that States face, and in the interest of preserving maximum flexibility, we are directing States to hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to State electronic benefit transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice." In other words, as Fox13News summarizes, "States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice."
You've probably seen the two pocket/wallet survival tools in the image here, in many prepper, survival, self reliance, and even conservative news websites the past few months. A few folks are selling them for the cost of "shipping and handling", which in reality is making them $10 to $15 per sale. From personal experience, both of these tools are the cheapest Chinese-made pieces of crap you'll find on the market.
While I consider both of these tools at least usable for some tasks, carrying one around in your wallet, pocket, or whatever...is just a bad idea.
Why? Well, let's look at some reasons...
1. You get stopped by a cop for whatever reasons, and that knife is in your wallet...hmmm...concealed weapon. 2. You are confronted by bad guys....anywhere. They want your wallet. By the time you pull it out and go for your knife, they've just grabbed it out of your hand. 3. LEO, Corrections, and lots of similar groups already know about these weapons, and yes, they are weapons. Get caught with one in the wrong place, at the wrong time...you're going for a ride. 4. If you feel the need to carry either of these "tools", then carry the real thing. A REAL tool box, a multi-tool, or a concealed or open carry weapon (check your local laws first of course). 5. Small, concealable...probably ineffective the first time you really need it? Pretty much guaranteed. (see #4) 6. The same kind of people that would consider these really usable, probably shop from Johnson Smith or BudK catalogs. Real high quality....not. 7. If you MUST get these tools, DON'T buy them from an individual or front company advertising on ANY site. Go straight to eBay. You can get both, for a fraction of the price including shipping from Hong Kong. 8. Think hard. Really hard. If you were using either of these toys, who do you think would be the first to have their blood drawn...that's right....YOU. 9. A compact tool for any unique reason must be highly effective. Neither of these qualify. A Gerber or Leatherman style multi-tool, costing 20 times as much as ONE of these tools, WILL save your life in you're ever in real need of a knife, saw, punch, pliers, scissors, etc. Whether it's escaping a flooding car, trapped hanging upside down in your seatbelt, stuck somewhere way off road, or something similar, do you think these two wannabee survival tools will survive much past first use? No. 10. Top tenth reason to not get these POS wastes of real cash? First time you pull one out around your REAL friends, they'll see that you ARE a dumb ass.
Memorials in New York, NY; Washington, DC; and near Shanksville, PA
September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance
Photos, recovered objects, and eyewitness accounts from 9/11
Emergency preparedness efforts
This single event in American History is one of our darkest hours, yet one that proved our astounding resilience as a nation.
Please help all the people in your life to remember to take a moment of silence for those we lost on this sad day, and say some prayers of support for those in our nation still working to bring the evil to an end, which allowed this to happen in the first place.
Never forget...that we were attacked on our own soil in an orchestrated, determined, and effective attack that decimated so many.
Never forgive...those that helped make this event occur, or supported those that did. We've made great headway in finding many who supported it. We still have a long way to go to catch the rest. But...in a world full of strife, war, and terror...we can never forgive those that kill the innocent.
Never, never, never, never give up (as Churchill said during World War II)...even when things get darkest. To think that what occurred on 9/11/01, could never occur again, is strikingly ignorant.
As the Iraq, Afghanistan, and other middle eastern wars and battles show us, with Syria now appearing in our cross hairs (no thanks to Obama), the sheer numbers of collateral damage deaths while hunting out the bad guys, is now in the millions.
We, as a nation, NOT you and I, have created huge numbers of foreign nationals who see the USA as a predator...a behemoth...and imperialistic machine that can not be stopped...except by lone wolf terrorists, suicidal maniacal walking bombs, and the evil henchman that will lay IEDs all over the middle east, and if given the chance, the entire land mass of America.
We're creating more terrorists, by political hacks and graft making decisions based on wrong thinking, and personal enrichment and wealth manipulation, instead of OUR national security. It's all about "Continuity of Government"....NOT safety and security for each and every citizen of our nation. That idea changed in the late 1960's, and BOTH parties are responsible for the result.
Who suffers, and will suffer, because of these selfish, narcissist, arrogant assholes playing with OUR lives?
That's right. You and me.
Never forget what happened 12 years ago.
But, never let it happen again. Stop those that bring death to our doorsteps. We're the only ones that can. The biggest thing that 9/11 proved to the world?
We're on our own to deal with terror, when it gets by faulty and lackadaisical security and military measures.
Think about that the next time terror hits these shores, whether it's a skyscraper and a plane, or a Muslim doctor in Fort Hood. It's terror...and it must be stopped...by us.
I shared my thoughts on this story on my FB page this afternoon and said...
I say let people live where they WANT to.
When you force things like this, you wind up with Katrina and Rita refugees moved by the tens of thousands to Houston and Dallas, both of which created HUGE increases in crime, homicide, corruption within municipal government, and similar events.
For those areas that are truly segregationist, then sue them into complete and utter destitution. Simple...and the government is VERY good about that suing part....REALLY good.
What Obama is REALLY planning here is completely diabolical insertion of socialist operators into the historically conservative areas to AGAIN put all the votes needed in ALL precincts into his pocket to illegitimately change the election outcomes...again.
....but he's calling it this bullshit name of "stepping up racial standards".
Am I the ONLY one that sees what's really going on here?
This *new* effort of the government to FORCE, what amounts to INTEGRATION, where it's NOT needed in most of these Unites States, is a complete and utter sham.
Think upon the evil that was perpetrated in the election of last year. Look at the maps of the most dangerous counties (homicide counts) in the entire US, and lay that map over the counties that went to put oh-blow-me into a second term.
2012 Elections. Blue counties went to Obummer. Red counties went to Romney. Blue equals high poverty rates, low income housing, huge welfare contingents.
Blue counties represent the highest crime rates, most violence, AND strictest gun laws in the nation.
Notice an uncanny resemblance? A huge mass of humanity BRIBED to vote for the incumbent, with welfare, food stamps, Obama phones, and extended unemployment benefits. Where's the money coming from to pay for all this? Nowhere. It's being printed as fast as our politically run government printing presses can run...and because of that, you'll see triple digit inflation within 5 years in the U.S...if not sooner.
Now, read this from the heading of the story above...
“Make no mistake: this is a big deal. With the HUD budget alone, we are talking about billions of dollars.”
-- Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, in a July 16 speech to the NAACP about a new regulation and database aimed at adding “protected classes” into predominantly white neighborhoods.
This is not about "adding protective classes"...it's about upsetting, EVEN MORE, the ability for conservative areas to vote their wants and wishes, by going FEDERAL on the method of GERRYMANDERING (look it up).
This particular story is TYRANNY WRIT LARGE.
Stop a moment...think on those three words above.
It continues...every day.
It hastens...the overthrow of our republic.
It SUCKS away more freedom from each of us...with every hour that we do nothing.
I have mentioned before that "Nothing will stop them from total tyranny...unless we Americans stand up ....and die....for it" in other places on the web. That comment now stands out ever more so...to each and every one of us.
Regular folks...honest folks...former operators...current operators...retired vets....current active duty...and of course, all our public safety workers coast to coast...and all the rest of we constitutional conservatives....we must stand for what is right, just, and true in this time....in OUR time.
I want to take you on a little journey into the past.
The year? 1649. The event? The execution of a king. It's called "Regicide".
Visit this page, and you'll see the definition of that word as...
"The broad definition of regicide (Latin regis "of king" + cida "killer" or cidium "killing") is the deliberate killing of a monarch, or the person responsible for the killing of a monarch. In a narrower sense, in the British tradition, it refers to the judicial execution of a king after a trial. More broadly, it can also refer to the killing of an emperor."
Note the list of victims of this method of execution, but particularly Charlie the First. Clicking on the link below his name takes you here...
There's a big, long list of folks that signed his death warrant, including (unbelievably) one of MY ancestors... No, really...he did!
Examine, if you will, the list of signees of the death warrant for Charlie...
There were 59 participants of the tribunal, which "was composed of three hereditary peers, four aldermen of the City of London, twenty-two baronets and knights, three generals, thirty-four colonels, the twelve judges of the High Court (who all declined to serve), three sergeants-at-law and representative members of various principalities and the House of Commons."
Scroll down to number 45.
Yep...that's one of my ancestors...right there...
George. He signed that warrant, and helped put Oliver Cromwell into power (and if you don't know who he is, again, look it up). 11 years later, Cromwell "went away", and the restoration of the monarchy occurred. Check out what happened to those hapless fellows who pretty much signed away their lives years earlier...
"At the English Restoration in 1660, six Commissioners and four others were found guilty of regicide and executed; one was hanged and nine were hanged, drawn and quartered. In 1662 three more regicides were hanged, drawn and quartered. Some others were pardoned, while a further nineteen served life imprisonment and three already dead at the time of the Restoration had their bodies desecrated."
Now, you are pretty much asking, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT WITH ALL THIS HISTORY CRAP?
You know what happened then...we became a nation....after war with England, the deaths of thousands of Americans, and the events that transpired afterwards, to each signatory of the precious constitution and eventual Bill of Rights...
While some prospered, many suffered for their support of the creation of this great nation...
SO...getting back to the POINT of this post...
I am, in NO way, shape, or form....suggesting or doing ANYTHING BUT pointing out that history, going back hundreds of years, suggests that we do things the hard way to create a better world for our children and descendants....SOMETIMES.
As the particular history above shows, making huge investments of our lives (as our ancestors did above) to change the course of history because of evil, powerful, vicious tyrants who rule ruthlessly through mandate and force...sometimes does require signing away one's life to help move the right movement forward, even if we can't or won't FULLY comprehend those checks our bodies will have to cash eventually....just as the modern, and historical, military soldier does every day of service of their lives.
Current events in this great nation of ours, are trending towards the evil that men will do, to a subservient, easily manipulative, populace...the Low Information Voter...as Rush mentions so often everyday. It is creeping upon us, and many of us sit here, watching it approach, sitting in our homes or bugout locales, hoping the mess that IS coming, won't make it as far as WE are away from the Golden Hordes.
Believe me, if it goes down, there will not be a square mile in this nation that evades the hell that will come, when the crash goes full retard.
Understand THAT...and adjust YOUR plans accordingly. You're meat for the grinder, either way...either overrun, or defending all that you have, against an endless mass of crazed humanity. Lone wolves will disappear from the planet before it's over. It is really going to suck big time. I can't tell you just how much I *don't* want ANY of this to happen.
I know my family history going back hundreds of years, including the fact that my g-g-g-g-grandfather Zachariah had TWO land grants in 1838 in the REPUBLIC of TEXAS (in 1838 he came to Texas as a 17 year old and applied for a Republic of Texas land grant. Original certificate #287 of Houston Co., Republic of Texas was issued Sep 7 1841 for 320 acres. This certificate was later replaced and augmented to 640 acres because of his marriage and issued as # 350 on Oct 29 1846.)...that is, when Texas was a NATION.
I have an ancestor named William the Recorder who served the monarchy of England decades before Grandpa George. I've got ancestors from England, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, and even Switzerland, only three generations back...my mom's, mom's, dad. My great grandfather Dominica Fuchs, who emigrated from Switzerland, coming into the country via the port of New Orleans.
I've had ancestors fight in every war fought by the US since we became a country, as do many of you.
Hell, my younger brother spent 26 years in the AF, now works for a contractor, and goes in country 3-4 months out of the year...sis served as well, and my work was in defense electronics throughout the 80s, supporting our military with the tools they needed to do their jobs.
A leg injury in a 1975 wreck kept me out of the military, even though I finished Army ROTC in high school. Sucked, but I still did everything I could in my life to help support others.
You would be surprised that, even at this very moment, I am personally helping two homeless vets to keep moving forward. That is how much I support these guys that do what must be done.
Here's the bottom line. As that award winning movie about the oil era a few years ago was titled, "there will be blood".
The media wants it.
The tyrants want it.
The multi-term Politicians expect it.
The many and various regimes of this and every other nation, large and small, PLAN for it.
It comes down to one thing. You.
What side will you be on?
What will you be willing to do when The Horror comes to your town... and comes breaking over your neighborhood like a giant and uncontrollable tsunami of demons and soulless humanity?
Are you going to invest in saving this nation, or let it go...just like a throwaway comment to an already forgotten question?
We all know shit's about to get real. That's why we're here...in this place...at this time...in history. We, we unfortunate few, we proud and courageous Americans, are on the cusp of a paradigm shift like this world has NEVER seen.
The date? Now. Tomorrow. Fall 2008. It's already happening. Look around and try to convince me otherwise...
Again I say...What will you do?
By the way, Grandpa George luckily evaded being hung, beheaded, and drawn and quartered, unlike many of his compatriots. He spent many years in the Tower of London. He eventually was released, and disappeared into America...where my story begins.
Keep watching the news...ALL of it. Figure out how to use YOUR Spidey sense. Learn situational awareness.
Think of those 19 volunteer firefighters that died recently on that horrible afternoon in Yarnell Hill, Arizona, when nature did something completely unexpected, even though that crew had a good and well trained lookout watching the growing flames, and who had set trigger points for the team, that when the fire/wind/whatever reached a certain point, he could give them the heads up to get out of the danger area.
Those crews down in the gully could do 2-3 miles an hour hiking up to the point. They received the warning to get to safety. The flame front that hit them was going 50 miles an hour...an unheard of, much less expected, speed of travel in wildfires. They died, because they were in a bad place, on a bad day, doing what they were trained to do. The survival shelters they each carried, just for such an occurrence, were just not enough for the heat in those flames.
Nature had absolute control, and Arizona lost 19 of its bravest that sorrowful day.
You need to figure out what YOUR trigger points need to be...for you...for your family...for your life. You need to be able to act on those trigger points. You need to be able to follow through...completely.
If you don't, won't, or can't...well, you already know the outcome.
Let's hope that all those supposed FEMA guillotines that the conspiracy theorists are always clamoring about...really don't exist.
Why these groups? Militias are always going to be seen as a threat from those in power. Survival groups...same thing. Doomsday preppers? On the lists of the FBI and DHS as threats. When you focus on the real threats to the average family, such as severe storms, hurricanes, floods, accidents, or technological breakdowns, you need to develop a very good set of time proven and evidence driven skills, based on learning first aid, CPR, basic EMT skills, and first responder training. Those are the most needed skills in a true, dire emergency. Once learned, you can always update your skills as knowledge and facts get updated.
Be part of the local system. Get the skills to help other people when things go south, starting with yourself, then your family, and THEN your community. Talk to your neighbors...get a feel for their concerns for local safety...and their skill sets. Be honest, but be neutral. Going out and trying to start a survival or preparedness group can be very tricky, or even dangerous. Joining a group that's already been around for a while can also be just a worrisome. Do your research, some background checks, or even watch from afar before really getting involved. Think outside the box...and know that the feds are always wary of people who just want to be left alone.
Get your family and yourself ready to deal with the most obvious threats, be it weather, natural hazards, local crime issues, or breakdowns in infrastructure (electricity, water, sewer, food shortages, fuel issues, etc). When you've got your family all on the same page, then is the time to expand to local families that have the capacity to back you up, and vice versa.
There are prepper groups around the nation. Try Meetup for some of these groups. If you visit any of them, go in and observe for the first few meetings. Get a feel for the real goals behind this local group. Pay attention to your local news, events, government, and elections. Become part of the system that cares, instead part of the system that just takes. There ARE many honest, caring, folks with mostly good intentions, who do think of the bigger picture. But, there will always be the sly, deceitful, and criminally minded people just aching for a chance to make another score...and preppers are BIG scores when targeted by the dark side.
However, there are new things to be concerned about in this time of fiscal insanity, soaring crime rates, and financial woes in city, county, and municipal areas. Cut backs and even bankruptcies across the nation are affecting the public safety sector greater than every before. Police departments, Sheriff's offices, and even fire departments are seeing cutbacks in service and availability. What used to take officers a few minutes to respond to when an emergency occurred, now may take up to an hour or more in some cities. Rampant crime, violence, and domestic disputes are at levels never seen before. Strangely, or maybe not so strange when you actually think about it, the largest and highest crime rates are in the cities with the highest levels of gun control, such as Chicago, Washington DC, and even Denver.
In this area, you really need to think of home security and self defense for you and your loved ones. Visit local gun shops and shooting ranges, and even talk with your local police department about your local laws, crime issues, and so forth, and then do your homework and purchase guns specific to your needs, whether it's a pistol, shotgun or rifle or all three. You don't want to the be the person to show up at a gun fight with a knife, in other words.
Ranges are a good place to actually make friends with similar interests, but as above, listen and ask simple questions. Try to leave politics out of your first few conversations. Let conversations take a natural flow, but keep your guard up until you feel comfortable enough to share more information. Never disclose to complete strangers your own prepping skills, supplies, or even your home location. There are too many people out there who, in a bad situation, will take advantage of just such information when it suits them.
Finally, develop the skills, the confidence, the mindset and the ability to deal with any possible scenario that might affect your or your family. Practice...practice...practice. EVERYTHING. Do the things that you need to know instinctively...over and over and over again. Develop muscle memory...so your body automatically reacts with the right action at the right time.
I'll let Sheriff Clarke have the last word here. Memorize it...and plan accordingly.
“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.” — Dorothea Brande