Friday, September 28, 2012

Survival Food Preparation and Storage



No matter what crisis befalls us, whether it is flooding, fire, zombies, or any other catastrophe, you need food in order to survive. There are plenty of ways to ensure that you have plenty of food for survival. It is important to think about your own specific needs and resources in order to pick the best option.

Without food your body will begin to break itself down, starting with the muscles. This sounds counterproductive from a survivalist standpoint, since muscles are what help keep you strong and protected. However, they also consume the most calories, which is why your body needs to break them down first. This is because once this process begins you will start to feel lethargic and exhausted. Depending on the circumstances, this could drastically cut down your chances of survival. Once the muscle is gone, your body will then go into the fat reserves. Humans can survive for approximately thirty days without food, assuming there is water. However, people who are active and burning calories will have much less time.

Most people feel safest with a stock of food. This food obviously needs to be preserved, stored, and maintained to suit your needs. For example, someone stocking a bomb shelter will have different specifications than someone traveling through unpopulated areas. Keep in mind that some food needs to be prepared in a special manner. Freeze dried meals will need hot water, for example. Think about what other resources you will have available. Once you have determined what kind of food storage you need, it is time to start stocking it.

Sometimes it can be difficult to get started. There are companies that provide survival food packs. These contain plenty of meals that can be stored and maintained for years. Click to learn more about foodinsurance.com for an excellent resource. If you are on a budget you can stock your food supplies with protein bars, bottled water, and dried fruits and veggies. Freeze dried food will last much longer, but again, it needs hot water before you can eat it.

Do not succumb to starvation. Protect yourself and your family by being prepared. Carefully consider what kind of food will suit your needs. Consider your options, such as buying food stock kits or by creating your own. Without enough calories you will greatly lower your chances of survival, so make sure you are prepared no matter what calamity may strike.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Surviving Out of Your Pockets



by Shane White

I am thinking this article might be geared a little more towards men because women have a slight advantage when it comes to carrying capacity then men do. Women usually have a purse and men usually only have their pockets. That doesn't mean that women can't get some ideas from this list, however.

This list is just few items that you can carry in your pockets, stuff in your wallet, wear on your wrist, or just basically carry on your body somehow that can come in useful in a crisis.

Paracord - Paracord, or 550 cord, is basically just a lightweight rope that used to be used on parachutes in World War II. Soldiers found that there were many more uses for paracord, and it caught on. It is used for quite a lot of applications today. If you need a bit of rope, keep some of this on you. You can buy or make things like keychains, bracelets, necklaces, and shoelaces so you will always have a bit of rope with you at all times.

Pocketknife or Utility Tool - Try to cover as many situations as you can. A pocket knife or a utility tool is jammed full of different tools that you can use when you don't have your roll around tool chest handy. Keep one of these in your pocket or on your belt at all times.

Micro Flashlight - Those little novelty single LED flashlights can actually put out quite a bit of light for those times when you really need it. Some of them actually seem to last a while too. Keep one on your keychain or in your pocket. Optionally, many smartphones can use their LED camera flash as a light with the proper app, although this will only last as long as your phone's battery.

Credit Card Tool - These look like they are junk, but just having a couple extra tools around can come in handy. It is a low profile way to compliment your pocket knife's tools. Keep this in your wallet.

Money - In a credit card world, nobody carries cash anymore. Stash some cash on yourself somewhere so you will have some if you cannot use your plastic for a while. A hidden compartment in your wallet is a good place. If you don't want anyone to find it, consider a less obvious place, like a utility tool holster, or in your shoe. Just remind yourself that it is for emergency use only. Replace quickly if you spend it.

Gun - If you are in an area where you can do this, get your required permits, and holster a gun somewhere on your body. A gun is an excellent deterrent for would be troublemakers. Pepper spray or tasers also work, but please check your local laws on these as well.

Tactical Pen - I have seen these around on the internet, but have not used them. What they are is a hardened pen with a sharp end for self defense and sometimes the other end has something that will break glass or something like that. I may get one in the future. It seems to me that if you are carrying around a pen that you might consider one of these. I would put them in the optional category until I get one or two and try them out.

Fire Starter - There are some fire starters that you can put on your keychain. Usually just flint and steel on a keyring, or a lighter. It could come in handy someday, but more likely will just make your pockets bulge more. If you feel you need a fire starter with you at all times, consider this item. I would put this item under optional as well. Consider learning to start a fire without tools. Fire is your friend.

Emergency Water Filtration Straw - There are many types of these water filtration straws. It is basically just a straw with a filter in it. Research them before you buy. Some are much better than others. These are small enough to keep in your shirt pocket. I am undecided as to whether I would carry one with me all the time though. If you carry too much stuff, it can get awkward getting poked every time you sit down. I would put this in your optional list.

Just another note for the women out there. Make sure your purse is secure at all times, especially if you are keeping all your survival tools inside. Don't let a purse snatcher strip you of all your survival gear. Consider something with a sturdy strap that can stay with you more securely. Always pay attention to people around you. I recommend having a bottle of pepper spray in your hand if you are walking somewhere you feel less than totally safe.

These items are not intended to replace your survival bag. Just a backup plan in case you are not able to get to your supplies.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Essential Apps for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse



5 survival tools to help you face a real brain-thirsty army of living dead OK, so I just finished watching season 2 of The Walking Dead so I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot about what to do and what not to do if I ever found myself smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. For instance, I’ve learned that if zombies should attack, luring them with sound (i.e., for instance a gunshot) into a gas soaked barn and setting it on fire can help your chances of escape (smart thinking Rick). While I’ve also learned that even if a zombie is stuck in the mud, you do not, under any circumstances, throw rocks at it (I’m looking at you Carl).

However, the fear and chaos that would go down if you were facing a real brain-thirsty army of living dead would call for some serious survival knowledge back up. For instance, those living in a society overrun by flesh-eating zombies would require tools to detect other zombies, safe zones, food, first aid knowledge, and survival skills to live in remote locations and find shelter until government scientists found a cure.

Therefore, I’ve put together the following five essential apps to help us all, heaven forbid, survive a zombie apocalypse…

1. Motion Detector Pro (Free – for Android)

The Motion Detector Pro app is essential when you don’t know if you’re encountering man or a brain-hungry zombie. Simply launch the app and your phone’s camera will scan an area and detect any motion whatsoever. If motion is detected it will raise an alarm and snap a quick photo of what it saw so you can run and take cover and view the image to clarify whether it’s friend or foe.

2. U.S. Army Survival Guide (Free – for Android)

No one knows survival like the U.S. Army and when it comes to being “all you can be” during a zombie apocalypse, this app offers practical survival tips—ranging from finding a clean water source to physically surviving a catastrophe and from living in the outdoors to tips to catalogue oneself from enemies, in this case flesh-eating dead walkers.

3. Twitter (Free – for Android and iPhone)

The world has gone to heck, but if phones are still up and running) you can count on Twitter to tell you what’s going on—and fast! Once the news networks go dark, you can look to Twitter as an up-to-date, accurate resource to help protect your family. Use the popular social media network to locate safe-haven, stay clear of high outbreaks areas, and reconnect with friends and family.

4. Glympse (Free – for Android and iPhone)

If you’re trying to ban together as a group of survivors to build a new life, the Glympse app will be your ally, helping track your location for up to four hours as well as the location of fellow family or your team members. I can already see the benefit of this app if you happen to get swarmed by a zombie heard and separated from you group. Your loved ones can launch the app to monitor your location remotely or vice versa with a collection of T-Mobile Android phones used as tracking devices.

5. ZombieBooth ($0.99 – for iPhone)

The question that comes to mind for me, if there should ever be a zombie day of reckoning, is how can you identify humans from zombies (or humans that have been infected by a zombie bite)? The Zombiebooth app might be just a fun, novelty app at the moment, but if the day comes when zombies are trying to eat your brains, it might be the key to your survival. Simply launch the app and snap a photograph of the person in question. The app will turn their likeness into how they would look when infected so you can compare visuals. If they have been infected…you know what to do to protect yourself and your family…

Bio: Jane Johnson is a staff writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone news, commentary, reviews and more.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Dead (2010) - From a Preppers Perspective



by Shane White

If you love watching Zombies getting killed, this is your movie. It gets straight to business with zombies everywhere.

This movie is a very serious movie in which the hero crash lands off the coast of Africa and into the middle of the zombie apocalypse. I was a little disappointed that they didn't go into the history with news flashes here and there or any real explanation of what happened, but I guess considering where the story takes place, it would probably be unrealistic.

This movie made me think quite a bit about how to protect yourself if you are stuck out in the open with zombies wandering all over the place. It made me consider weapon choices, food, water, where to sleep, and can you even stop moving for a brief moment since zombies don't sleep.

Our hero is in the military and seems to have enough survival experience to get by, but he also learns some as he goes. In a similar situation, I imagine we would also learn as we go, or we would be zombie fodder. It is also helpful that he is an engineer and is familiar with what he needs to do to make things work. He also uses his brains, probably more than anything else. Probably the most important tool you can have.

If you are in an area that you are not familiar with, it helps to make friends with someone who is familiar with the area. Staying moving is also easier if you have a buddy with you if you can so you can alternate sleep while the other is driving. Sleeping in the trees out of sight of the zombies is also effective in this scenario.

Overall, I thought the movie was very interesting. Not your typical zombie movie with a bunch of people with minimal survival skills who get picked off one by one, but people who practice their survival knowledge through the whole movie. This movie also doesn't have a lot of drama or even much dialog. If you like gore, this movie does it right. Realistic looking gore effects. Realistic amounts of blood and body parts. It is not lacking in suspense either. The plot and story are a little bit weak because of the scenario but I still liked it.

I will be generous and give this movie a 7 for story, a 8 for effects, and an 8 for lessons in survival. I found it to be a nice twist to the zombie movie genre.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How can you minimize the Impact of the Debt Deal on Your Personal Finances?



Unemployment is an epidemic holding the entire globe as a hostage with a certain ratio of almost every country falling prey to it. While things continue to take a devastating turn, financial security is something every individual is concerned about. Since any efforts you make in that direction may backfire, starting from square-one to return to a position where you can claim financial security may seem like a daunting task. First of all, it is important to understand that financial freedom or security is not something that will come overnight. It will take considerable time and effort. There are certain milestones that have to be achieved that will not only facilitate your journey but will also ensure that you go about the process with minimal hassle.


Seven Stunning Rules on Your Journey to Financial Freedom

While there are countless ways to ensure that you get the ball rolling in the right direction, but for permanent and long-lasting results, the following are milestones you have to achieve to get relief from all sorts of financial predicaments.

1) Its Time To Get Self-Sufficient

While this may come across as a little harsh, if you are unable to earn enough to at least pay your bills, you are turning into an unemployed bum. The worst part is that being one is not going to get you anywhere. Having fun being engaged in your hobby may seem nice at first, but eventually you will be screwed. Determine how much you need to earn each day to pay for all of your expenses and make sure you achieve that goal so as not to end up eating sweet corn.

2) Earn Enough To Become An Independent Worker

When it comes to judging how much one should earn, a reference you can use is that you should be earning enough if you were to be working independently. More importantly, if you are to ever start a business, you should make enough money you think will be sufficient if you are ever going to be your own boss. This is a nice measure of how successful you are at any point in your life.

3) Self-Actualization

There are times in our live when you wonder if this is where you should stop or if the destination is still far away. Self-actualization is one of the most important factors influencing your financial security. If you are unable to judge how much income is sufficient for you, you will find yourself in a problem. One should asses, plan and then work towards achieving goals.

4) Do It Yourself

The fourth milestone to be achieved is realizing the importance of relying on no one but oneself. When self-sufficiency is mentioned, it is not just about finances, but also other aspects of financial planning as well.

5) Maintaining Balance

If you fail to achieve balance in your life, nothing you do will ever make a difference. Importance of maintaining balance in the context of finances cannot be stressed enough. It is recommended that you balance your income and expenses, but at the same time, you should be on a constant lookout for means to supplement your earning.

6) Be Prudent When Investing

Investments are a smart move on the road to securing financial freedom. However, what you need to understand is that investments are an art where your success vastly depending on whether you know about the right time to sell. Do not rely on guess work. Go for more trustworthy resources that can help you get a clear picture of what might work for you.

7) Focusing On Fundamentals

An important aspect often overlooked is the influence of current events and happenings on the economy and one’s personal finance. Since everything is related, one should keep an eye open for any events that can negatively reflect on your finances.

With these seven milestones, you will find minimal hassle on your road to achieving financial security.


Author’s Bio

The author holds is a loan advisor with Consolidated Credit and is interested in helping individuals achieve financial freedom.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Planning for the zombie apocalypse – things that won’t get you eaten

Mikaelh V Taylor


Last year Leicester City council admitted that they had no plans to prepare for a zombie attack, which many people thought was quite funny. Then the American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their own zombie pandemic awareness pack, showing that us Brits are very unprepared for a zombie apocalypse, which is more than a little worrying. Luckily, you don’t need any government-created contingency plans. Just follow these tips and you won’t get eaten.

Choosing the right weapon

Anyone in your survival party who thinks that using a katana, machete or sword to dispatch of zombies is a good idea, get rid of them before they do everyone harm. If the zombie outbreak has happened because of a virus or parasite, then chances are it’s going to be a blood-borne disease. If you’ve got a wannabe Bruce Lee on your team, slicing and dicing like there’s no tomorrow, how much blood do you think is going to be flying around? It’s only a matter of time before someone gets bled on and before you know it your survival party is trying to chew your face.

Always opt for blunt force trauma when getting rid of zombies at close range. A cricket bat, sledgehammer, even a frying pan if that’s all you have. The functioning parts of a zombie brain (the basal ganglia ‘reptilian’ brain and the brain stem) are tucked away inside the rest of the brain tissue, so you’ll need a lot of force to destroy it.

Choose your hideout carefully

Zombie shelters need two things to work – defence and sustainability, so you’ll need access to clean water, at least three days’ worth of food and a decent level of fortification. Your best bet is to stay away from any large centres of population and go as far out into the rural areas as you can. Food will be scarcer, but so will the zombies. An abandoned farmhouse with attached land is an excellent spot to use - secluded, easier to defend and the land can be used for growing food, rearing livestock and creating defence barriers such as a moat or a perimeter fence.

At a push you can fortify your own home against a zombie attack, even if you’re in the city centre. Barricade all but one of your doors and windows, and make sure the remaining access points are closely guarded. An easy method to stay safe from the hungry undead is to destroy your stairs and reach the first floor using a ladder instead. Once the ladder is pulled up with you, no zombies can get at you.

Don’t fall for the common myths

Get your head in the right place and you’ll survive. Don’t listen to those common zombie tropes that the movies use. For starters, water doesn’t pose much of a barrier for zombies because they don’t breathe. Sure, zombies are more likely to get swept away by a current or simply wander around the bottom of a lake, but be under no false allusions that being on an island makes you completely safe. Zombies are relentless, and sooner or later they’ll find you.

Also, never think of going it alone. You aren’t Bear Grylls, you aren’t going to make it without help. People who try to be tough and fly solo end up being eaten at the first opportunity. If you’re in a safe location, a good survival group should be about ten strong, and should be people you know and trust (and who are useful). Don’t forget that people are unpredictable, and you might find that your biggest threat comes from within.

Jamie Gibbs is the resident blogger for home insurance comparison site Confused.com. His zombie plan involves going to the Winchester, having a nice cold pint and waiting for all of it to blow over.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Protect Your Basement From Biblical Floods



When it comes to home disasters, which do you fear most? For many if not most people, it's fire. Fire not only turns our possessions into ashes, but it threatens personal harm as well. We fear fire, which makes it feel that much more devastating. Yet He did not cleanse the earth with fire. No, He cleansed the earth with water. Take it from the Big Man himself: floods can cause untold devastation.

Home flooding is most common at the foundation. In other words, in the basement. Perhaps an anecdote from my own past can help illustrate the how flooding can happen without notice, and how it can ruin everything you have stored in your basement. And for those who own homes with basements, it might contain plenty of possessions.

As a youth all my friends gathered in Alan's basement. Alan's parents were the most generous folks. Not only would they allow upwards of a dozen adolescents to take over their basement, but they'd feed us as well. Late one summer, as seemingly happens every summer, we were issued a hurricane warning. In the Northeast United States these are typically nothing major. It would rain a bunch and we'd experience whipping winds, but rarely does property suffer major damage up here. And so we all rushed to Alan's house before the downpour started. We used the hurricane as an excuse to eat pizza and play video games.

We heard the rain pattering on the basement windows, and it was coming down quite heavily. But we paid no mind. There were wrestling games on the N64, and we cared much more about beating each other than with the weather. At one point our friend Sam, who sat on the floor, stood up and said, "what the hell?" He looked to where he was sitting and saw a puddle. "Who spilled their drink?" he asked. We all thought it odd right then when Alan sprang from his seat and bounded up the basement stairs. But then someone else caught on.

The basement had started flooding.

Never having a basement in my own home, I did what any clueless adolescent would do: I grabbed a roll of paper towels and started to sop up the puddle. But by the time I started sopping the puddle had grown. This clearly was not going to cut it.

What to protect when flood strikes

If you're fortunate enough to be around when your basement starts flooding, you might find yourself overwhelmed. Fire might disintegrate your possessions, but water can deal similarly irrevocable damage. Here's how we, along with Alan's parents, determined what needed saving.

  1. Electronics. Leave them under water and they're dead for good. Since they're expensive, they typically go first.
  2. Paper products. If you store paper files or any other physical documents in the basement, these have to go as well. They can survive some water, but not submersion. Even files stored in a cabinet are susceptible to leaks and permanent water damage.
  3. Mattresses. Ever try to sleep on a mattress that was once water logged? No? Good. May you never.
  4. Wood items. These can sometimes take a licking, but leave them underwater too long and they'll get water logged and perhaps start rotting after time.


Of course, at some point this stops mattering. If your basement is flooding you have very little time to save possessions. Before you know it the water will be up to your ankles and you'll have to do something, anything to stop the water from getting too deep.

Why basements flood

As we scurried to save video game systems, computers, and paper files, Alan's father went to check the sump pump. At the time I didn't even know that there was a pump that kept water out of the basement, never mind that it was called a sump pump. When I first saw it, I thought the failure was obvious: the thing was too small to handle this much rain. But I was wrong. These small little sump pumps can handle a ton. The problem was that Alan's was broken.

His parents had never experienced a basement flood before and therefore did not think to purchase a backup sump pump. That meant his father had to trek down to the Home Depot, in the pouring hurricane rain, and pray that it was still open. There he'd have to drop a few hundred dollars on a pair of sump pumps and then drive home. All considered, it took him nearly two hours. The Home Depot was less than five miles away. The lack of a backup pump meant we couldn't really get things under control until he got back, or the rains stopped.

The rains did not stop.

The bailout team

I shudder to think what would have become of Alan's basement had we not had a dozen strong young men on the scene. Not only were we able to save more of his family's possessions, but we were able to prevent the flooding from getting too out of control.

The water was past our ankles when we we began the bailout process. Armed with buckets and deep shovels, we scooped as much water as possible and then ran it out across his front lawn to the street, where there conveniently sat a storm drain. Even with this effort the water level had reached our knees before it plateaued. But by that point we could ditch the shovels and just dunk the buckets under water.

With a veritable assembly line we sent bucket after bucket out to the storm drain (Alan's mother smartly set down a tarp so we didn't leave a layer of mud through the house). That gave Alan's father enough time to get back and install both sump pumps. We collectively sighed with relief as the water level slowly dwindled, still aided by our bailout efforts. A few hours later we were laying down every towel they owned, trying to dry out as much as we could manage.

Preparing for flood

In this case, as is the case for almost all basement floods, the sump pump was the linchpin. Alan's parents had no idea it was broken. They also had no idea that using two sump pumps could come in handy. That is why the No. 1 way to prepare for Biblical floods is to make sure you buy a backup sump pump. If the original breaks, the backup can provide immediate assistance. If the rains prove too much for the original, the second can provide some extra pumping power.

You might also consider rearranging your basement as to get flood-prone items off the floor. We lost a perfectly good video game system in the ruckus. Getting them on raised platforms can help. Leaving loose documents, such as those stored in cardboard boxes, on the floor is also a bad idea in a basement. Get them to higher ground. This will buy you more time in the early stages, when the water is low and you can still salvage some things.

Other than that, there's not much you can do. Like fires, floods can spring on you at any moment. And like fires, floods can cause untold damage. In fact, we still don't know the extent of what Alan's family lost that day. Make sure that your family doesn't incur such loss.

Joe Pawlikowski writes, edits, and consults for several blogs across the web. He keeps a personal blog at JoePawl.com.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Five Reasons We Are Doomed Financially



Everybody knows that the impending financial collapse of the world is upon us. The frightening thing is that it is currently taking the form of one huge elephant in the room, that no-one wants to discuss. As usual with things that are blatant even to a person who is blind and deaf, everyone will turn a blind eye and then we will have an outcry of mock surprise when the worst finally happens.

That aside, we looked at five of the biggest reasons why we will all soon meet a gruesome financial doom.

1. The Eurozone Crisis

Could the Eurozone crisis continue for any longer? One minute Greece are on the verge of going bankrupt, the next they will be okay, then the next day Italy and Spain are also on the cusp of a financial collapse. Quite frankly, and we will visit this in more detail in a wider point, the dithering being shown by the politicians involved will see those countries get exactly what they deserve.

2. Politicians

We might as well get this one out of the way now, but the politicians of the world should really hold up their hands and take responsibility for much of what we are now seeing. Perhaps the most ironic, hilarious, and downright ridiculous thing we are hearing from them at the moment is how it is down to the global community to grasp the nettle and start spending again to get their countries moving, all while they sit around and tighten the purse strings. Lots of sense made there!

3. Lack of Regulation

Whether it is the banks pleasing themselves, large businesses not paying business tax, or handing money to corrupt regimes in the name of aid, the lack of regulation and policing has been nothing short of disgraceful. Recent reports suggesting that there is trillions of dollars in unpaid taxes hidden away around the world is a sad indictment of Governments, as is the number of corrupt Middle Eastern and African administrations carrying out criminal acts with either money or arms provided by leading global economies previously.

4. Impetus Initiatives

Whether it is quantitative easing, printing more money or any other initiative designed to get the economy moving, it simply isn’t working. Money is being released at the top of the food chain, so to speak, and nothing is filtering through to the people at the bottom who could actually use it!

5. Profit Opportunities

As long as things such as spread betting and market gambling can continue, people will simply not care about the global state of the economy. If Joe Bloggs can sit on his laptop and make thousands by betting on a commodities crash for himself, what does he care if the rest of the country slides towards the abyss?

DealMarket is an online private equity software that shows businesses where to invest.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Over Half Of Britons Trust Themselves More Than The Authorities

New Survey Suggests That UK Citizens Have Lost Faith In

The Country’s Key Public Services


London, 4 September 2012. A new study commissioned by National Geographic Channel, the home of factual programming in the UK, revealed today that over half of British citizens would trust themselves in a time of global crisis rather than putting their faith in the country’s authorities.

The survey, which was commissioned to mark the launch of National Geographic Channel’s series, Doomsday Preppers, starting on Wednesday 5 September at 10pm, investigated how the people in Britain and Europe would react to an impending global disaster.

When questioned on how they would act in the event of an apocalyptic catastrophe, a staggering amount of Britons (55%) stated that they would rather rely on their own resources and skills rather than relying on key public services such as the police, army or NPOs. Less than a third of us (33%) said we would trust the authorities to provide assistance in the event of a cataclysmic or natural disaster.

When faced with impending doom, the survey acknowledged that most Europeans would do things differently if they knew that something terrible was going to happen. Over a quarter (26%) declared that, when faced with a disaster, they would eat everything they wanted and a cheeky 25% admitted that they would have more sex. The same percentage also claimed that they would stop working.

The study also revealed that the main disaster keeping Brits awake at night is economic collapse (30%), proving more of a concern than the devastating effects of criminal decline (23%), terrorism (13%) and global warming (5%).

The results of the survey, which was carried out in 16 European countries, also conclude that the British consider Germany the safest country against economic collapse and the UK best protected in the event of natural disaster. However, Britons are almost half as concerned about the prevention of a natural disaster (23%) in comparison to the rest of Europe (40%).

Saturday, September 08, 2012

The Precarious Position of U.S. Today



The U.S economy is in a state of utter pessimism. While a few people may disagree with this view, a majority are digesting this fact. Otherwise, the job growth would not have been so poor. The progression in profits of corporations would have been decent. The trillions of dollars that the Federal Reserve has put into its economy have not been enough to revive the economy. Is this an indication of the financial collapse of the U.S?

In the housing sector, there are a huge number of resale homes that have been foreclosed. After the year 1963, the year 2012 has recorded the lowest ever figures of sales of new homes.

Under-employment in the U.S. remains a cause for problems ahead. The present figure of the same is 15%. It has remained so since quite some time now. The debt crisis in Europe has cost the American banks about $1 trillion. The banking figures resultantly are not satisfactory. All these may be factors contributing to the aforementioned financial collapse.

Currently, the U.S. government owns / and or guarantees about fifty percent of the residential mortgages in the country; thanks to it finding fault with the former owners / guarantors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . Presently, the number of U.S. home mortgages that are in the foreclosure process or that cannot pay their over-dues is approximately five million. To add to these losses of the U.S. government, politicians have appended trillions of dollars; hoping that the economic situation will gradually ease. It is estimated that the national debt will be about $100 trillion; almost 150% of the gross domestic profit this year.

With a downgraded credit rating, forty four million people are utilizing the food stamps program to buy food at subsidized rates. Internet jobs are not very promising. The U.S cannot boast to have a globally leading manufacturing industry; the positions have already been clinched by Mexico, India and China.

The stock market is showing great volatility. There is an increase in the price of commodities and also in precious metals like gold, with the devaluation in the U.S. dollar. The rates of interest have been reduced to almost zero figures. Inflation has indeed badly affected the Americans. With such a dismal background, how can the U.S. government cruise through the next recession?

Historically, a few months hence, with the ensuing bear market phase, the stock prices will go below their March 2009 lows. The government may be forced to increase interest rates to combat inflation. This will be disastrous for the U.S. housing sector. It will be a virtual caving- in of the economic situation. Does all this not hint at the U.S economy heading towards the path of an unavoidable financial collapse?

Read more about this topic in www.profitconfidential.com

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Prepare Your Car for Nature’s Worst



If you live in the Snow Belt, the Southwest, along the Atlantic coast, on the banks of the rivers of the Midwest or within Tornado Alley, then chances are you know firsthand the effects that winter storms, dust storms, hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes can have on you, your house and, unfortunately, your car. While there’s nothing you can do to actually prevent these phenomena from occurring, there are ways to prepare your vehicle in the event of a weather emergency to help minimize the damage and ensure that you can quickly move past the crisis.

Winter Storms

Ideally, you should start preparing your car for inclement winter weather before the first big snowfall. This involves getting your vehicle up-to-date on maintenance. Fluids (oil, transmission, even windshield wiper) should be topped off or changed, as necessary, and you should make sure the air pressure in your tires isn’t getting low. Get an idea, too, of where your brakes stand, as worn brake pads or warped rotors are dangerous in the best of weather. They’ll only get worse as the winter goes on and you could end up seriously in trouble if a storm catches you by surprise.

Check that your windshield wipers are in tip-top shape. Wiper blades that are older than six months could stand to be replaced; this is a pretty inexpensive swap to make. Also, you could end up with a great deal of muck and slush in your interior; putting down some heavy duty mats will help keep the flooring from getting too stained or otherwise abused.

One more thing: to be really prepared for the worst, keep some emergency essentials in your trunk. This includes blanket, jumper cables, first aid kid, gloves, a small shovel and even a small bag of kitty litter. If you’re feeling really ambitious, keep chains and possibly flares in your car. Accidents can happen in the winter, no matter how carefully you drive. Don’t end up stranded and vulnerable to the cold.

Dust Storms

Dust storms weather can be predictable, so be aware of the weather forecast if you’re going to be driving through a hot, arid part of the U.S. You can keep bandanas at hand so that if you get stuck in a dust storm and have to pull over, you have something to cover your mouth and nose with. Keep bottled water close by, too – making the bandana damp helps keep dust from penetrating. Close all the doors, windows and vents, to prevent as much dust as possible from entering the interior. And while it may go against intuition, turn off all your car lights; in a dust storm, active lights coupled with limited visibility can confuse other drivers into thinking you’re still moving on the road and they could then end up rear-ending you.

Hurricanes

Your car is one thing you do not want to be rocked like a hurricane. If you can’t evacuate and the storm is approaching, keep your car parked as close to the house as possible, whether that’s inside the garage, in a carport or just along one side. You might try a canvas cover, especially if the car is outside, in order to prevent debris from scratching it; if you can figure out a way to secure it, all the better!

Flooding

Flood water can rise faster than you can imagine, so if a dangerous time is approaching, get your car to a gas station as soon as possible and fill up the tank. That way if there’s an ordered evacuation, you’re set to just get away to high, dry ground. If you’re in the car and you get caught in a flood, abandon ship immediately and head on foot for high ground. Flooding only has to be about six inches high before it poses an immediate threat to your vehicle.

Tornadoes

Unfortunately, when you are at home, there isn’t much you can do for your car. If it’s in a garage, that’s your best bet for keeping it safe. If you know you’ll be driving through severe weather, have the foresight to pack an emergency kit with nonperishable food, water bottles and medical supplies or a first aid kid. Should you be confronted with a tornado while driving, grab your kit, get out of the car and head for the nearest ditch. Do not attempt to outrun a tornado in your car. You are not in “Twister” and the results could be dangerous, if not deadly.



This article was written by Chester Mellon. Chester advises that ether can wreak havoc on your car and its components. Investigate the best parts for your car, on sites such as http://www.partsgeek.com/parts/shocks.html and stay abreast of any weather developments!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Doomsday Preppers - UK



PREPARING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT…

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S NEW SERIES DOOMSDAY PREPPERS GETS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THOSE STOCKPILING FOR SURVIVAL

2012 APOCALYPSE; NUCLEAR WINTER; SUPER-VIRUS PANDEMIC; NATURAL DISASTERS; FINANCIAL COLLAPSE – THESE PREPPERS HAVE A PLAN TO OUTLAST AND OUTLIVE IN ANY SCENARIO


Following a year when the daily news cycle has been dominated by financial instability, government coups and the latest disaster footage, one group of people believes this year could be their last. Whether anticipating a natural disaster like an earthquake or massive solar flare, or a manmade catastrophe such as economic collapse or nuclear winter, these men and women stand united in their unshakable certainty that we will soon faces tougher times – times when grocery stores are empty, water is in short supply, and electricity is unavailable.

National Geographic Channel delves into the lives of otherwise ordinary citizens who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it in the new series Doomsday Preppers, premiering 5th September at 10pm.

Doomsday Preppers goes inside the prepping subculture, uncovering a wide assortment of prepping styles and approaches, meeting preppers on their own turf, examining their methods and tracking progress as they think through every logistic and contingency plan. Preppers come in all shapes and sizes – men and women, young and old, they live and work like others. But their ultimate life goal is preparing for the end.

While stockpiles of food and weapons may seem over the top preparations to some, for doomsday preppers they represent basic responsibility and peace of mind. They will go to whatever lengths deemed necessary to make sure they are prepared if basic services should falter, and chaos and violence become the order of the day. Though unique in their beliefs, motivations and strategies, these preppers are planning ahead for a time when hardship and hunger turns citizens against each other.

Each prepper also receives an expert assessment from Practical Preppers, a company founded by long-time preppers who share their experiences and knowledge through teaching, training and consulting. The experts analyse the preppers’ chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality and they have to put their plans into action. Viewers are left to make their own decision as to whether the preppers are practical planners… or just plain paranoid.

Episodes Include:

Doomsday Preppers: Bullets, Lots of Bullets
Paul Range and his wife, Gloria, have constructed a home out of nine shipping containers, and are preparing for a day when the North and South Poles swap places, resulting in dramatic climate changes and natural disasters. The two have stockpiled in excess of 23000 kilograms of food, maintain a concrete tank with 14,000 litres of rainwater, and practice an evacuation drill that they plan to implement on Doomsday. Chris Nyerges, who at first glance may seem like your average Californian living near Los Angeles, demonstrates how he is prepared to live off the land — even in an urban jungle — by foraging for food and drinkable water in the event a massive earthquake shuts down the food supply chain. Unlike most women twenty-somethings, Megan Hurwitt is prepping to survive a catastrophic oil crisis. She has filled every nook and cranny of her studio apartment with food, water and medical supplies, and is training to defend herself against attackers, learning how to shoot and hunt. Megan takes viewers on a nighttime trial run of her “bug out” plan, set against the backdrop of an urban skyline.

Doomsday Preppers: I Hope I Am Crazy
Meet four individuals who prove that preppers do not come in just one shape or size. Kellene Bishop, a self-described foodie, amazes her friends by whipping up a dinner party entirely from shelf-stable foods, proving she will not sacrifice the finer things in a financial disaster. She also teaches a quick-draw shooting class and a hand-to-hand combat class that will help women protect themselves in case a massive economic collapse should breed lawlessness. Dennis Evers has trained his children with special skills to withstand a catastrophic financial collapse. His oldest son shows us how he can fashion bows and arrows for security, his daughters weld and stockpile fuel, his wife cans massive amounts of food, and his son-in-law is working on a solar-powered satellite system that will allow the family to communicate if chaos should break out due to hyperinflation. From his farm, prepper David Sarti calls himself the “hillybilly prepper.” Should our nation’s communications and transportation systems falter after an EMP — an electro-magnetic pulse, or sudden burst of energy caused by a solar flare that can take out any electrical appliance on a nationwide scale — he is prepared to use his home as a communications hub for post-Apocalyptic America, using amateur or Ham Radio which requires no phone lines, no internet and can be run completely on battery or solar power. And Kathy Harrison is a self-described New England liberal, preparing for “the big one.” In the event of a massive earthquake, she and members of her like-minded community are working together to garden, sew, can, and generally prepare for a world where supermarkets and retail stores are a thing of the past.

Doomsday Preppers is produced by Sharp Entertainment for National Geographic Channel (NGC). For Sharp Entertainment, executive producer is Matt Sharp and co-executive producer is Alan Madison. For NGCI, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content is Hamish Mykura.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Your Car as a Mobile Fortress



The worst has happened, the end is here. You and your family have escaped the with the help of your last remaining ally; the family car. With nowhere to go to and the cold outside as big a threat as the one you have just rescued your family from. The cumbersome family transporter becomes your relief, your salvation and your saviour. Here is a list of tips to help you turn your reliable car into the fortress and the potential difference between life and death.

Don't let the Battery Die or Fuel Run Out

This may seem like an extraordinarily obvious point but rather than just not using excessive fuel; be sure to save it and the engine wherever you can. It is likely that amongst the panic to escape the most at risk areas there will be heavy traffic surrounding you and travel may be limited for long periods of time. Kill the engine. Try you hardest not to panic and sit there revving the engine, knuckles white from gripping the wheel, swearing at the kids. Be smart about consuming the car's battery. In the long run; this could be the difference between escaping and being trapped. You don't know where or when the next injection of fuel with come. Don't fill the car with anything unnecessary; additional weight with use more fuel. This brings me to the next point.

Load the Car Smartly

Important survival items don't need to be large and obtrusive; this means that they can be kept in your car at all time. A tool kit can be important in many situations. From fixing things to helping you enter otherwise off-limits areas. Replace any large heavy tool boxes with a lighter shoe box. Saving space and reducing the weight. Also pack a small first aid kit; unless you are a qualified medical practitioner then don't bring items you are not confident using. They can create as many problems as they solve and take up precious room.

Bring the Kitchen

Keeping tinned foods in the car at all times is an important exercise. These goods last a long time and could be necessary if you are extradited for a long time. Likewise if you are leaving your home in a rush you can bring most food types and prepare them using only the car. Meat, fish and vegtables can all be prepared using just your car's engine. This utilises everything that you have at your disposal and helps increase spirit amongst the camp.

There are however a few important rules to remember in regard to cooking with your engine. Firstly, you do not want to risk breaking the engine as the car is still the most vital part of kit that you have. Avoid placing food on moving parts of the engine. Using stationary components you can guarantee a safe cook. Likewise avoid yanking and moving wires.

Avoid food with liquids; whilst you are trying to maintain decent morale it is important to realise that you have to confine your whims to what is practical. Always place the food before the engine is started, this helps avoid any nasty accidents and injuries. Make sure that you give the accelerator linkage a wide berth. Jamming this will result in the car refusing to start, or stop! Similarly don't block the airflow and this will lead to suffocation of the engine.

In regards to actually placing the food. Make sure that the food is flat and low so there is comfortable room for the car hood to close. Finally make sure that you always triple wrap the food in foil. This creates a tight package and helps the food cook evenly throughout. The last thing you need in a crisis is food poisoning. After that its a case of making the mot of what food you have available to you.

Only Use a Car That Belongs to You

Whilst survival is the main aim here; it is redundant if there is no plan upon surviving. Try and guarantee that life will return to some form of normality once the incredible circumstances pass. By using your own car and your own goods; you can play by your rules. Do not go stealing from other people in the same situation. Car loans mean that today anyone can own their own automobile and potential life saver. Many companies such as car loan 4U can provide guaranteed car loans for anyone regardless of their situation. It is survival of the fittest and the smartest; not just the richest.

Finally... Shelter

Whatever you are are fleeing from, it will find it harder to reach you if you are hidden from the elements. Additional blankets are necessary for keeping the cold and the complications that come with it at bay. The sense of safety that comes from being inside something is all important for your mental safety as well.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Doomsday Giveaway for September 2012!

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