The SurvivalRing Ezine
“Study Yesterday…Prepare Today…Live Tomorrow.”
–> By Richard Fleetwood + 12.01.09 + Early Winter 2009 <–
[Volume TWO, Edition Two]
SurvivalRingEzine: ISSN 1548-7504
In this SurvivalRingEzine newsletter…
Happy Holidays from the Fleetwood Family
As we all move towards putting yet another year in the record books, and celebrate a couple of national holidays, including Thanksgiving this past week, and Christmas in just a few weeks, my family and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a most wonderful Thanksgiving, and a joyous and most fulfilling Christmas holiday.
It’s very important to remember on this day what we are truly blessed with and thankful for. Times may be bad for some people, but that’s life. Things do get better, if you let them, and understand it does take some effort. But bottom line, your ARE blessed in many ways. So be thankful!
We wish the best to you and your family.
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H1N1 – Shots, Fears, Realities
The biggest fear and controversy in our nation (besides the socialist Democratic agenda) is the current global health crisis surrounding H1N1 swine flu.
More than once in the last few months, I’ve had personal contact with people who either were just getting H1N1, or had it much later after our paths crossed. On top of that, my career as an Office Support Specialist for the Wyoming Department of Corrections minimum security prison facility brings me in contact with hundreds of inmates from all over the state. These inmates are either short timers or less classified but still in need of prison programming opportunities. This means just as many, if not more, chances for sharing of viruses, colds and other yucky stuff.
Most of you know that one of the keys to avoiding infection by these illnesses is practicing proper hygiene. This includes regular hand washing, and wiping down common area surfaces like tables, counters, doorknobs, and water fountains. In other words, what many people in the course of a day may come in contact with. You should also protect yourself and others from coughs and sneezes (and the airborne spread of these germs by the aerosol mist caused by a sneeze) by coughing or sneezing into your elbow (held up against your face) to stop the spread. An entertaining and informative video on coughing and the spread of germs can be seen at www.coughsafe.com
Keeping hand sanitizers with you (remember, with a 62% alcohol content or better!), clorox-type wet wipes (generics are available at any grocery store), and eating well will all work towards keeping you and your family well and healthy through the cold and flu season. More information on how to stay safe in the midst of this pandemic can be found at the Center for Disease Control H1N1 flu website at www.flu.gov
Regarding the H1N1 shots…I’ve been watching the news and reading a lot online about what H1N1 vaccination will do and don’t do, who should get them, what the aftereffects of getting the shot are, and the potential for illness from just getting the shot. I’ve also seen a lot of conspiracy theories and just plain stupid rumors abound on the internet about “Don’t do it!” (take the shot).
With a spouse who is disabled, and three grand kids we regularly take care of, I made the decision and opted to get the H1n1 shot when it was offered at work to all staff members. Even after I made this decision , and before I received the shot; I was still a bit hesitant.
I’m not really sure why, other than all the negative conspiracy crap that abounds even to this day. I did get the regular seasonal flu shot at my doctor’s office a few weeks before. I was a little grouchy for a day or two after the shot, but had no lasting ill effects. I got the H1N1 shot at 6:45am on a Thursday morning several weeks ago. Like the regular flu shot, I did get a little grouchy, developed a stuffy nose and sore joints for a couple of days, and then nothing. Everything was normal. No heart attacks, no increased blood pressure, no pneumonia, no nothing. Everything is copacetic…all is well in the world.
My suggestion to you? Get vaccinated. While H1N1 is not the deadly pandemic that the Spanish Flu was in 1918, it has the potential to escalate to a more potent version. Recent H1N1 deaths in the Ukraine,Norway and France showed evidence of more virulent mutations of the currently circulating virus. A receptor within the gene sequence of some of these recent fatal cases appears to allow the virus to invade the lungs and bronchi more deeply; thereby causing more severe pulmonary problems. This is a new development; just discovered within the past two to three weeks. For more info on H1N1, as well as other diseases try the ProMed site at www.promedmail.org . This site is run by the international society of infectious diseases and is quite comprehensive in the depth and detail of H1N1 coverage.
Back to the past for a minute though…… For those who have only heard about the Spanish Flu, let’s look at a few pertinent details about it.
The “Spanish” influenza pandemic of 1918–1919, which caused ≈50 million deaths worldwide, remains an ominous warning to public health. Many questions about its origins, its unusual epidemiologic features, and the basis of its pathogenicity remain unanswered. The public health implications of the pandemic therefore remain in doubt even as we now grapple with the feared emergence of a pandemic caused by H5N1 or other virus…
…An estimated one third of the world’s population (or ≈500 million persons) were infected and had clinically apparent illnesses during the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic. The disease was exceptionally severe. Case-fatality rates were >2.5%, compared to <0.1% in other influenza pandemics. Total deaths were estimated at ≈50 million and were arguably as high as 100 million .
Source – CDC
Remember, the 1918 epidemic was caused by an H1N1 virus as well. This current H1N1 virus is of similar genetic makeup to the 1918 strain. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t until the early 1930’s that the H1N1 flu strain that caused the 1918 epidemic was actually discovered!
Current CDC reports for the US give official H1N1 infections as of November 20, 2009, 11:00 AM ET, positive Influenza Laboratory-Tests hospitalized infections of 26,315, and verified lab-tested positive deaths of 1,049. (Source CDC)
These numbers DO NOT take into account the tens of thousands of non-hospitalized infections, nor the non-lab tested deaths of this flu strain. The estimated case numbers are extrapolations; estimates based on computer generated infectious disease models. Remember, regular lab testing to determine H1N1 infection was effectively stopped in July of this year in the US .The CDC figures account for hospital admissions only. For that, we can take a look at this pdf from the CDC.
Note the bottom line there on this snapshot of page 2 of the above pdf. The number of cases could be as high as 34,006,384. 34 million Americans…way over one tenth of our population. Not good. You can keep track of national mortality and morbidity figures at another website CDC has; this is the weekly morbidity and mortality report and is available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr .
Here are some more things to consider regarding H1N1. People are expressing concerns over the safety and efficacy of the H1N1 vaccines the government has contractors churning out by the millions of doses. Here are some facts you may not have heard about the current crop of H1N1 vaccines.
All of the currently available H1N1 vaccines available in the US are made in the EXACT same manner as a seasonal flu shot. The LAIV (“live attenuated inactivated vaccine, I.E the “nasal spray vaccine”), the Sanofi Pasteur, the Glaxo Smith Kline (known as the GSK vaccine), the Novartis and Medimmune vaccines; all are made in the same FDA approved manner.
I’ve heard concerns about the addition of thimerosal (a mercury based preservative) to the vaccines. There is less than 25 micrograms of thimerosal contained within multidose vials (required by FDA regulations)-and NONE in the LAIV (nasal spray) and single dose prefilled syringe vaccine; which incidentally is being promoted to use in children 2-49 years of age with no underlying health conditions. Thimerosal usage in the multidose vials has less quantity than the active ingredient in ONE inoculation. IE one shot of vaccine essentially has trace amounts of thimerosal. Here is an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal of October 19, 2009 that may be of interest to you.
“ All H1N1 nasal spray vaccines are free of thimerosal, as well as some shots in single-dose syringes, she said. She said she couldn’t specify how many of the 251 million doses the government has ordered will be free of the preservative, however.
The U.S. government has ordered vaccine from five manufacturers, including 75.3 million doses from Sanofi-Aventis SA. But it hasn’t yet told Sanofi how many doses it wants in multi-dose vials, which must contain a preservative, said spokeswoman Donna Cary. All of the pediatric doses that Sanofi is making are packaged in syringes and are thimerosal-free, she said.
AstraZeneca PLC, whose MedImmune unit makes an H1N1 vaccine delivered in a nasal spray, says its vaccine doesn’t contain thimerosal. The U.S. government has ordered about 40 million doses from AstraZeneca. Its vaccine is licensed for people two to 49 years of age, but isn’t licensed for use in pregnant women and hasn’t been studied in pregnant women, said George Kemble, vice president of research and development at MedImmune.
Vaccine opponents have also voiced concerns about the safety of adjuvants, or ingredients used to boost the immune response a vaccine generates. While adjuvants will be used in many H1N1 shots outside the U.S., they aren’t being used in the U.S. vaccine, officials said. Vaccine makers say their adjuvants have been studied extensively and are safe.
So what’s the bottom line here? We definitely have a health risk from this rather widespread health issue. The government and various health agencies are doing all they can to track and contain the problem. And finally, the makers of the H1N1 meds are finally getting up to speed on the mass production of the medications, while the various government agencies at the state, county, and municipal levels are putting into action plans made months ago for H1N1 clinics, where injections are offered to thousands of people at a time.
Will all the planning, work, attention to threats, and overall response be enough to quell this minor outbreak, before it mutates into the next 1918-sized pandemic? Technology is on our side in this fight, but at the same time, with high speed mass transportation (trains, airlines, etc) available to millions of people a day, are we really going to be in time to avoid large jumps in infection rate on a global scale?
Time and history will tell us if we’ve averted a global disaster. But remember, at this point, everything YOU do to help stop the spread of simple colds and viruses by washing your hands and thinking clean thoughts, will actually make the biggest difference in stopping the infection rate before it gets out of hand.
Check it out and bookmark it to add to your situational awareness kit.
Moving – An entire household & business – Doing it yourself. Big View..
After many, many years, my wife and I finally found The House for our potential retirement and permanent settling down locale. We moved in exactly a month ago, and we’re loving it. Our place is miles out of town, sits on ten acres, literally sits up against a wildlife habitat, is 1000 feet away from a huge lake, has million dollar views, and the nearest neighbor is barely visible from our house. Oh, have I mentioned yet that we’re 150 miles from the nearest Interstate Highway?
Before I give you the details, I want to explain that to get here, we had to keep doing what we’ve been doing for our entire 28 year marriage. I also want to share our requirements that we were looking for in a house/land, and how we actually made it happen.
Moving is serious business. There must be some requirement in your life for a different home. A change in lifestyle, a different job, a return to educational action, or even finally settling down after a mostly nomadic career. Many choose to purchase a home early in life, once income and family reach levels that support the buying of the roof over your head.
In our case, we’ve lived in apartments or rented homes and raised three great kids to adulthood that way. Early on, my wife and I decided we didn’t want a tract home, in suburbia. Our dream was privacy, wide open vistas, and room to grow and add as we choose, without limitations of home owners associations, stringent municipal codes, or neighbors peering through the cracks in the fence. We also wanted as near off grid we as could get, even starting out. We studied and planned on what we needed to have in place if we were to actually find our dream home on a piece of land.
We didn’t have much savings toward our dream, but did have the ability to do whatever was needed to make the place our own, including any repairs needed, lease to own, and decent credit . Most of our power that led to our finding this home came to us by luck…fate…karma, or whatever you want to call it. We would know our destination when we found it. Those things we did during our lives up until now included living as frugally as possible (a theme you may notice throughout my writings), and practicing the “do it yourself” lifestyle in everything.
Our needs in a home, besides the off grid dreams, were a single level home (dear spouse uses a cane inside the home, and a wheelchair outside), roomy living area, decent sized kitchen, and mostly in good repair. The bonuses of this home were a good well, mature trees for windbreaks and summer shade, a two car garage, a septic system in good order, and even a poured cement patio with an outdoor wood burning decorative stove and a basketball goal. Having a wildlife habitat over the back fence, and a lake for year round fishing? Priceless.
My wife and kids have learned a lot over the last several years, as I’ve put more and more effort into helping other people prepare for a better future. We’ve lived frugally, stretched the budgets with coupons, sales, thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. We’ve bought used vehicles since we could drive, normally paying cash. We’ve learned how to do nearly all our own repairs…vehicles, home, plumbing, electrical…you name it. We even home schooled our kids up until high school, and that was the best decision we ever made.
This habitat area is managed primarily for waterfowl production. This warm water lake with depths to 31 feet is situated between the Owl Creek Mountains and the Wind River Range. There is a wide range of habitats, from arid sagebrush grassland and cultivated croplands to permanently wet marsh and open water. You will find geese, ducks, sandhill cranes, pheasants, mourning doves, cottontail rabbits, mule deer, muskrats, raccoons, red foxes, mink and skunks.
This Lake is best known for its waterfowl and pheasant hunting. Between 1,500 and 2,000 pheasants are released each year to supplement native bird populations. There are also dove and small game hunting opportunities, as well as trapping opportunities. If you like to fish, there are plenty of walleye, trout, bass, crappie, perch, bullhead and ling.
A LOT of hard work, long days, longer nights, and beating the sidewalks to have found the job I currently have with the best benefits I’ve ever had in a job…all came together to get us here.
Prepping and Disabilities
My family and I have been in prepping mode since the early nineties. Upon our move from the Dallas, Texas area, to central Alabama, we learned that bad weather we had grown up with in Texas, took on a whole new meaning in the deep south. Yearly tornado activity threatened us closer than ever before, including an F5 twister in April 1998. Two hurricanes, Danny and Opal, caused major damage all around us, including losing some VERY mature trees in blow downs, that we had to deal with. Flooding, hail, oppressive heat and humidity, and everything… starting off with the 1993 storm of the century, that affected the entire east coast…two weeks after we moved from Texas. The WEATHER made us preppers.
With all these storms and yearly damage and destruction in those parts of the state, I began that life long plunge into PREPARING for the INEVITABLE.
We developed plans, stocked up on basics, including tools, batteries, water, and basic comms…just in case we got trapped in the house for a few days. The 1993 storm, with 20 inches of snow in our yard, had us without power for nearly a week. We moved our entire family into our master bedroom, used a propane heater to cook meals with, cracked the windows open for fresh air. We started off our journey into preparedness by NOT being prepared during a regional disaster.
Also during this time, in late 1993, my family and I were victims of a car accident, a high speed rear end impact. I received several fractured vertebrae, and Annie had her left hip severely damaged, and the kids all received injuries at impact. Today, 16 years later, Annie needs that hip replaced. My back is always sore, and although I was able to avoid surgery, I do have physical limitations I have to work around every single day.
The accident could have been avoided, if the young lady driving the car that hit us, had applied the breaks in a timely manner, instead of putting on eye makeup and not watching the road at the time of impact.
Years later, physical limitations very much come into play when it comes to a preparedness lifestyle. I’m sure that every prepper considers many life event scenarios while doing the things that provide our families with “live” insurance, but I’m not at all sure how many throw in some suggestions of limited mobility, severe health issues, or unplanned for accidents or injuries.
Our new home was chosen because it was conducive to most of our physical needs. I will be adding a wheelchair ramp, and creating a closed in front porch that includes the ramp area, next spring. In the coming years, we’ll also be adding onto the house and creating accessible bathroom and kitchen changes, and updating throughout the home for full ADA accessibility needs.
Most people will never have to do this. Some families, however, especially in this economy, will move in elderly parents or family members with needs, into non-compliant homes. Considerations for those physical needs of any level of disability is important, and if you truly care about providing GOOD care to your family in need, you’ll do a little research and see that it’s actually not much work to change a few doorknobs, sink knobs, and clear some paths in the home of trip hazards. A wheelchair ramp may or may not be needed, but if you do have stairs in your home, you’ll have to take them into consideration in the big plan of adaptability.
Many other considerations to think about in a family with very young, very elderly, or physically disabled members, including meds, nursing needs, and transport to higher care levels in real emergency situations, either localized or region wide. Workable plans can be created for any eventuality in your home town, from tiny events to earth shattering catastrophes. Most will be workable, some will be truly horrible, but any outcome can be positive if patient research and thoughtful consideration is spent.
FEMA and other national and lower level emergency management planning postures now include training and responses that help people with limitations. Take time now, between disasters, to read up on current thoughts and suggestions for preparedness for your family needs, for all ages and abilities.
For those of you lucky enough to not have disability as part of your life, or who have not had much interaction with folks with issues, I found this nifty Senate.gov pdf file, which gives some good tips on how you can help or assist folks who may cross your paths in the future.
In The News…Personal Awareness
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Bruce Beach newspaper RECONSTRUCTION OF SOCIETY AFTER NUCLEAR WAR – Now In Stock!!
The papers are here! The papers are here! I now have possibly the last stash of Bruce Beach’s newspapers that may exist. Twelve full boxes worth, all in pristine condition…hundreds and hundreds of copies.
“Bruce wrote and published a newspaper several years ago, called RECONSTRUCTION AFTER NUCLEAR WAR. Dozens and dozens of cases of these newpapers went out across North America, and were handed out freely to interested folks. Over the years, the availability of thes papers dried up, as there was only one very costly printing of I believe 10,000 copies.Well, I’ve hit the proverbial jackpot. Through Bruce, I made contact with a gentleman named Mark, who had I believe the last 12 cases of Bruce Beach Newspapers. They’ve been shipped, and should be in my hands shortly. Once they arrive, I’ll again be shipping copies to everyone who orders anything from me. If you’d like JUST the newspaper, I’ll be posting the details about how you can get your very own copy directly from me.Stay tuned. Oh yes…you can read the digital version here….
Our “Retreat” – We’re bugging in…How to…
Under this doctrine, some 150 million people would evacuate from urban areas and other probable targets to rural host communities. The population of the latter would stay put to assist the relocatees. Local communities would be responsible for the welfare of up to ten times their normal population for an indefinite period of time.
Source – Environmental Management
TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity….
2012 – The movie, the reality, the science…what’s up with that?
A couple of reviews, and then MY comments.
From my good friend Jodi, in PA.
2012- A review by Jodi Cornelius
2012 has a lot of action-packed roller coaster rides once the earth starts to “erupt”. The movie begins with a quick year by year synopsis leading up to the year 2012. John Cusack plays Jackson Curtis, a writer down on his luck, working part-time as a limo driver who is late picking his kids up from his ex-wife’s house to go camping. There are quick scenes of “small” cracks developing in California where they are located while he’s racing to get to his kids.
The storyline, while it has its moments, is a bit mushy, unrealistic, and totally unbelievable. That said (I’ll explain it in a moment), I do recommend you go see the movie in the theater if you can. The special effects are AWESOME. This would have made a great 3-D movie!
Though I don’t want to give away any spoilers, I have to say that there is a LOT of unbelievable things happening. The first one is when California is about to fall into the ocean. Jackson Curtis calls his ex-wife to get the kids ready because “the big one” is about to happen and he has a plane ready. She basically hangs up on him after telling him to calm down because the Governor has said the earthquakes have stopped completely. Almost as soon as she hangs up, the big one starts. Jackson arrives with a limo and hurries everyone into the limo.
Now the big ride comes – lots of “defensive” driving, while making for good special effects, that is totally unbelievable. Jackson gets to the airport only to find the pilot of the plane he had rented dead. But wait, Jackson’s wife’s husband, Gordon, is a pilot who has taken a couple of lessons on a single engine plane and this is a small almost commuter sized multi-engine plane. And lo, and behold, he can fly it!! Not only fly it but land it as well. He can maneuver the plane as if it was a toy.
And that’s only one of the unbelievable parts of the movie. But if you go to just be entertained, it is one of the better special effects movies I have ever watched.
I was also kind of disappointed that they didn’t focus more on the Mayan Calendar aspect of it. They mention it a little bit along with the Hopi Indians but that’s it. So if you are looking for some in depth info on the Mayan Calendar you will be disappointed.
It’s a bit hokey in parts but I think the acting is good. Woody Harrelson plays a whack job that actually knows what he’s talking about but he’s crazier than a bedbug on a hot matchhead.
So there you have it – awesome special effects (though some are unbelievable), decent acting, good storyline (again some parts unbelievable) and all in all good visual candy. I give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.
Now for my comments on 2012…both the movie, and the year. I’ve seen the movie. I consider it first rate action flick. Yes, the special effects were absolutely stunning. The story line…well….meh. The acting over the top. I’ll add it to my DVD shelf when it comes out … to make fun of, if nothing else. As for connection to reality? I think its about as real as Independence Day, Men in Black, or even the Terminator series. It’s ENTERTAINMENT, people. Nothing more.
As for the foretold events that could occur in 2012, mostly are in regards to the Mayan calendar starting OVER. Bunk, myth, legend, and so much tripe as to be nauseating. No comets, no Planet X, no aliens, no supernovas….no nothing. It’s another year people, barely a year away. We have more important things to do, family to raise, futures to create, and memories to record.
Focus on the real…not the imagined. Please?.
Still have some Radiation Monitoring Equipment…Dosimeters kits
The Socialized Survivalist…Facebook, Twitter, and more…adding to your SitRep…
I mentioned in our last newsletter about the hugely popular social internet websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others. These sites are amazingly powerful, and are great tools to stay in touch with family, friends, and businesses and their customers. You can even use your cell phone to post, read, browse, and connect with your online friends and family.
I’ve been using them for a few years now, and have seen them grow some pretty darn good tools that help maintain that human connection to our loved ones. And, having watched the technology mature (with a few bugs and technical bumps along the way), I see some technology that can be applied VERY easily to preparedness and survival uses. In times of real emergency or disaster, if the cellular and/or phone systems were able to be kept intact, family could stay in constant contact, with real time updates, and help could be offered, or called for, as needed.
If you’re NOT on any of these website networks yet, I would like to recommend to you right now, to take the time to get involved, take action, and join them. Like a hammer or a screwdriver, a computer (or network capable phone, ipod, or other device) is an enormously flexible TOOL. Learning how to use that tool in more and easier ways, gives you another way to stay safe, offer your assistance, or increase your knowledge and educational ability. These social sites provide the framework for any of us to create, manage, and grow our own awareness group.
News agencies, emergency management agencies, and other governmental entities are just starting to add this technological capability to their toolbox of power and information. Join them, and enhance your PQ…preparedness quotient. You’ll find it a great way to improve your situational awareness.
The Economy – Making your own recovery, and making it stick.
- Flea markets — Most flea markets are near large metropolitan areas and larger cities. Some are in rural areas, and quite a few are inside all kinds of different buildings. You’ll find literally anything under the sun if you visit several over time. These places are also great places to rent a stall or space and sell your unneeded stuff, gear, crafts, or home made products. Very little investment in the space, although some larger markets can rent by the day, week, month or year. Great way to save money, or make money, in a short time.
- Garage Sales — Everyone has been to one of these. Easy, quick, and sometimes quite profitable. Buying or selling, these types of sells are a great chance to find good things cheap, or sell anything you can fit in your yard.
- Thrift stores — One of my favorites. I’ve spent hundreds of hours in thrift stores over the years, going right to the book racks before anything else. Rare books, cheap classics, entire encyclopedia sets, magazines, and more…pennies on the dollar. You’ll find clothes, lawn equipment, electronics, bikes, office supplies, artwork, shoes, and literally anything else…most of the time sorted, cleaned, priced cheaply, and usable.
- Farmers Market — If you’re lucky enough to have a farmer’s market near your home, you can pick up farm fresh veggies, organic stuff, and even eggs and cheese at some markets. Prices are cheaper than most grocery stores, and if you have your own garden, you’ve got a place to sell your surplus and make a profit.
- Ebay — Love Ebay…been ebaying for over 10 years now. I’ve bought and sold tens of thousands of $$$ in books, hardware, clothes, car parts, and a truck load of resellable digital items. Some people start a business helping others buy and sell on ebay, while others create a virtual storefront using ebay’s seller tools. Much easier than you might think to use, and the feedback method on buyers and sellers does help weed out the scammers and thieves.
- Freelance — got a talent you’d like to make money with, such as painting homes, car repair, lawn work, or any of a million skills? Hire yourself out to your neighbors via the classifieds, word of mouth, cheap radio ads, or even business cards. Do as much, or as little business as you can handle. In times like this, with skills to barter, you can sometimes trade your skills for someone elses offerings, depending on your needs.
- Turnkey businesses — On the magazine rack at any grocery store, you’ll find dozens of “how to make money” magazines, chock full of ads for turnkey business opportunities, methods, fullfillment agencies, and even outsourced wholesale items. These are a good place to get ideas, but only the most active and engaged person should persue these methods. You can buy a business in a box, but only you can make it work right, for YOU. I personally have thousands of web based turnkey websites, complete with sales copy, downloadable products, and even audio and video training. Any ONE of these could be the foot in the door for your own business. Watch for more on this as I get my BunkerBiz project online next month.
- other opportunities — when you need ANY income, and need it now, you can’t hold out for a better offer to come along, if you don’t have food, rent, and basic necessities. When I had to start over in 2001, in a small rural town, I had to take any job I could find after a few weeks of nothing. I started flipping burgers at McDonalds to feed my family. I hated it, but I did it. I also took the opportunity to work there because there was an upward path that would bridge my family to where we REALLY wanted to be. I moved up to shift manager, and then general manager with my own store in only 9 months. I still didn’t enjoy it, but it got my family back into a home, paid the bills, and got us back on our feet. I excelled at sales goals, and made the job work, earning corporate recognition.
- My point? Take any job that opens the door to SOME income, and build on it. Never give up. Suck it up, do the work, and keep looking forward. Stick with it, and you’ll still reach your dreams eventually.
Geek Survival Tools…The iPod Touch
Online Resources…building your virtual survival library.
— GARDENING, WILD FORAGING AND SELF SUFFICIENCY —
The City People’s Book Of Raising Food
Encyclopedia of country living Carla Emery
The complete book of self sufficiency by John Seymour
Vegetable Gardening Encyclopedia With Special Herb Section
Gardening Without Irrigation – Dry Farming
Intensive Gardening For Profit And Self Sufficiency
Joy of Gardening
In Closing…this month’s thoughts…
We’ve delved into some serious areas this issue. Mass casualties, Mayan prophecy, deadly flu mutations, geeky gadgets, and heartfelt concern for you to take action in being prepared. My passion in helping others through this website project continue to grow with each day, and each new challenge that we, as human beings, all must deal with in our lives.
You can take it all with a grain of salt, or you can actually invest time and energy, and educate your mind, body, and soul with real science, real goals, and real opportunities to NOT be a victim of the next disaster. Most of the downloadable files we offer here at SurvivalRing come DIRECTLY from our government…the “horse’s mouth”. Most are from the years of our republic, where civil servants actually served, and didn’t profit.
The nuclear preparedness data and information, fallout shelter math and do it yourself shelters, and all those other things, represent investments of billions of US dollars, and millions of man hours of science, experiments, and proof of concept. You can read them, download them, print them, or pass them by. But, if you do pass them by, you’re on that slippery slope of pacifism and denial…of giving up, when you could have fought to live…of passing on a life, that should have made a real difference to the world.
This is just ONE area of expertise and FACTS you can find here on SurvivalRing. Deal with hurricanes or tornadoes or earthquakes, or flooding…regularly? Well, we have the facts on EVERY natural disaster free for the asking. Stop. Think. Do. Or give up. It’s your choice.
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Appreciation and thanks to these good friends in producing this issue ..
- DC Friend, and his assistance with the H1N1 data
- Jodi, and her review of 2012, written just for the newsletter
- Jim Rawles, for his continued outstanding work on SurvivalBlog, covering all areas of preparedness and self reliance
- Morgan Clements of GlobalIncidentMap.com, for his suggestions