Silence Is Better Than Bullshit


Enjoy Your Thanksgiving.

I encourage you to take a moment and be thankful for what you have and maybe start simplifying your life by getting rid of some of the crap you don’t need.

I know I will only reach a few individuals who are already on their own program and not a part of the herd.

However, I will still ask those few I do reach to take a step away from the materialistic   “I Must Have It And Have It Right Now” social structure that has you dancing like a Circus Monkey on Black Friday.

Here’s a quote I like for this holiday season.

“Advertising has these people chasing cars and clothes they don’t need.  Generations have been working in jobs they hate, just so they can buy what they don’t really need.”

 ~ Chuck Palahniuk


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The Death of Customer Service.


If your (local) business serves food and drink and depends on customers spending their hard earned money on that service in your facility, I highly suggest you take a hard look at your employee cell phone policy.

The Cell Phone is the Death of Customer Service.

Nothing is more infuriating than watching you waitress fiddle with their cell phone while they neglect their basic customer service duties.

I am taking customer service back and encourage you to stand up and do the same.

The percentage to tip a waitress or waiter usually depends on the level of service received. Tip a waitress 15% for average service. For exceptional service, a tip of 20% is expected.

It’s also recommended that poor service should be tipped at least 10%.  I say bullshit.  I will not reward bad service.  That’s encouraging bad service and also a big part of the problem.

I’m putting the servers on notice.  If I catch you fiddle-farting around with your cell phone instead of providing customer service, I not only will withhold your “TIP” I will personally let you and your employer know why you are letting “TIP” money stay in my pocket and walk out the door.

And now to help solve this customer service crisis…

My advice to the Waiters, Waitresses and Bartenders of the world.

-Business owners make money when their business is successful.

-Great service makes customers feel special. Customers that feel special keep coming back and spend money where they get that feeling.

-Never underestimate or pre-judge your customer.

-Your reputation is your responsibility.

-Your goal should be to have people come back to the place you work and look for or request you. (and give money to you)

-Laugh and smile. Especially at yourself when you screw up.  It makes people realize it’s unintentional. That your mistake wasn’t personal.

-Make eye contact.  Acknowledge people.  Let them know you are aware of them.

-Sell them drinks. A customer should never be with an empty glass.  Sell them another drink before they need one.

-Stay off your cell phone and get your ass out from behind the bar.

-If they are paying with cash make sure you bring them enough singles for them to leave you a gratuity.

How does this relate to the book called “The SHTF Art of War”?

I conclude my book with a list of 22 Post Apocalyptic Professions.  In a Grid Down environment customer service will mean more than ever when your life depends on it.

Feel free to pass this on to your friends who are dissatisfied with the downward slide in customer service or someone you feel could benefit financially from my advice.

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The Perfect Survival Knife.

My “Go-To” Knife.

Knives are a very hotly debated topic!  Especially the debates on the so called tactical knives.

Hunters and gatherers have had a personal opinion about which cutting instrument is best since the first flake was chipped off an obsidian stone.


After all, the knife was the tool that allowed us to climb quite a few links up the “food chain”.

I’m not going to debate which knife is best.  That’s entirely a matter of personal preference based on lifestyle and occupation.  If you want that sort of thing, there are plenty of knife forums on the web to keep you reading for the rest of your life.  Probably 2 or 3 lifetimes.

This writing is about what knife I find I most carry.

I have found my go-to “Goldilocks” knife has been my Cold Steel, Hold Out 2.


Goldilocks, meaning it’s not too small and not too big.

In my experience, you need to be able to get a lot of grip (real-estate) on a knife handle to actually do knife chores with it.  This knife offers that.

Small knives are fine when you’re out and about at some fancy shin-dig with your lady friend and don’t expect to need a big blade.  However, for everyday man work in the working world, a knife needs to be relied upon to handle some tough duty.  Sometimes that duty may require the blade to go above and beyond its call.

The Cold Steel Hold Out 2 is a very solid knife.  The “Tri-Ad” lock has no play (wiggle) after 2 years of heavy use.  I’m an avid hunter and outdoors-man and this knife is a constant companion.  This knife sees plenty of field use.

The knife sports a 4 inch blade and an overall length of 9 inches.  I find 4 inches of blade seems to be just the right length for just about any knife job I run into.  If I run into a job that’s bigger I go get my axe or machete.

I’m also not a big fan of serrations on a blade.

A word about the AUE-8 Steel that this knife is made out of.  It works.

I’m not a knife maker or metallurgist.  I’m a regular fella that likes a knife to cut what I want it to cut.  I keep things simple.  Sure, I agree, there’s better steel out there for a knife blade than AUE-8.

However!  I think the first rule of owning a knife should be to learn how to sharpen that knife on a stone.  I believe this is a skill that’s not being passed down.  If you own a knife you should know how to sharpen it on a stone.

I think too many people buy a knife that’s sharp right out of the box and use it until it’s dull. They then get one of those cheap little knife sharpeners that you pull the blade through and screw up the angle of the cutting edge.  They then complain that the blade won’t hold an edge.

Learn how to sharpen a knife.  Don’t be afraid of looking bad when you’re learning something new.  Just like learning how to ride bike for the first time, no-one looks good learning something new.

I’ve always said that in life all you need is a good knife and a good plan, however, there’s no substitute for knowledge as well.

So obtain the best knife you can afford.  Keep it sharp and carry the damn thing.

If you haven’t read “The SHTF Art of War” yet, and want to know how important your knife will become when the lights go out, fear not. You can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE.

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P.S.  I am a self diagnosed “knife-oh-holic” and would love to hear from others about what blade they find to be their “Go-to” blade.

Surviving Progress


“We are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history. Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill. But our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million.

~Steven Hawking


If you feel desperate people will be aggressive during a societal collapse, I highly suggest you read “The SHTF Art of War”.

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22 Post Apocalyptic Professions From The SHTF Art of War.


What value do you add to a group of people trying to survive and rebuild after the collapse of society as we currently know it?

What makes you worth the group’s precious food and water you’ll consume?

If you say you’ll help with the security because you have an AR-15, you better think again.

Security and manual labor are vitally important to a community rebuilding after a collapse.

However, any idiot can pull security, shovel shit or dig a ditch.

In my book “The SHTF Art of War” I discuss the importance of being an asset and not a liability.

You’ll need to work on securing your place within the group.  Having some kind of medical, technical, mechanical, or other practical skill will go further than being a Starbucks Barista, customer service technician at Walmart, bank teller, or salesman.

To be a real asset to a survival group or community rebuilding after a societal collapse, you’ll need to bring more than your bug out bag and tricked out assault rifle.  You’ll need to bring something more substantial to the survival community or group.

In fact, if you walk up to a desperate survival group and want to join and have no other value to that group other than your shiny new assault rifle, you may not own that rifle for long.

The leader will look upon you, judging whether you are an asset or liability to the group.  He’ll have to consider whether or not you’re worth the precious food and water it will take to keep you within the group.  The leader will more than likely assign a value to you.  Increasing your value to the group also increases your overall survivability within the group.  You goal is not to be on the expendable list.

In a collapsed world that’s reliving the dark ages, there will be plenty of needs to fill.

In no particular order, I have compiled a list of 22 post apocalyptic professions listed in my book “TheSHTF Art of War” for you to consider.



Gardener, Botanist, Herbalist

Well Digger


Cobbler or Shoe Maker

Seamstress and Tailor


Bait Shop Owner

Knife maker

Blacksmith/Metal Worker


Candle Maker

Bowyer and Fletcher


Muzzle Loader Specialist


Soap maker

Laundry Washer


Brothel Owner

The world’s oldest profession has been a part of every civilization since the dawn of man.  Prostitution is still making people money on every continent today.

Trading Post

In the past, trading posts in general were of great importance.  Trading posts were not only a place for buying, selling, and exchanging goods.  It was a place for people to meet and exchange the news of the world or simply the news from their home territory.  In a world where the internet and other forms of information are non-existent, these new trading posts along routes of travel will be a hub of activity.  Owning one of these trading posts, in the right location will put you in midst of information and in the middle of the flow of trade goods.

During the California gold rush, most of the money wasn’t made by the masses of would be miners flocking to the Sacramento Valley in early 1848.  The big fortunes were made in land speculation and services provided for the miners. Few of the men who actually toiled for gold made lasting fortunes. Even when they found large quantities of gold, they were swiftly parted from their fortunes. Who became rich? It was the storekeepers, riverboat captains, women of ill repute, laundry workers, card dealers, and more.

If you don’t have a skill or service to offer a post collapse community, I highly suggest you read “The SHTF Art of War” and start becoming an asset.

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Noah, the original Doomsday Prepper!

NOAH, the original Doomsday Prepper!


A new movie about the biblical character Noah is set to hit theaters in 2014.  The movie stars (Maximus Decimus Meridius) aka Russell Crow.


“Are you not entertained?!!!”

Noah being the Christian bibles Original Doomsday Prepper, it will be interesting to see how Hollywood has Noah deal with all those that ridicule him for his “prepping activity”… and how he turns away those that rush last minute to the closing doors of the Ark.

“when they come, they will be desperate and they’ll be many.”

If you haven’t read “The SHTF Art of War” yet, and want to know how the unprepared desperate and many are going to come after you and your Ark, let not your heart be troubled. You can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE.

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The Divide Between Survivalists.


The divide between those who talk the talk and those who walk the walk.

I find there are two kinds of self-reliant people these days.  Those who’ve actually lived and worked in those 3rd world (SHTF) environments and those who have not.

However, those who haven’t had practical experience, still do everything they can to try prepare for such an environment.

They just lack that practical experience.


I feel both groups can learn from each other.

Being one who has lived and worked in these 3rd world environments, I can say there is absolutely no substitute for real world, hands on experience.  Some things just cannot be taught in the classroom.

I think the divide amongst the two groups is this.

The actual experienced group realizes that your Mindset, Ingenuity and Resourcefulness are what really matters when you’re faced with SHTF challenges in life. Their way is a philosophy of “adapt to” and “flow” with the new culture and environment.

Those who’ve not been challenged in those real world SHTF environments rely on Guns, Gear and Talking Points from their favorite Prepper/Survivalist bolg or youtube channel.  Their way is to bunker-in.  To “isolate themselves” and “fight against” the change in culture and new environment.

Groups that don’t allow new ideas into their organization and push back against the social structure they live in always seems to have a negative outcome.  When your 1st World environment changes to a 3rd World one, fighting against it may not help your survivability factor.

Answer this question.

If you were going to be dropped into an alien (3rd world) environment, who would you want with you?

Someone who has a theory about how to survive in that environment but has never been in that environment or someone who has lived in that environment before?

I conclude my book “The SHTF Art of War” with the following;

In a disaster of any kind, our ego is our enemy.  Be honest about your limitations and don’t take unnecessary chances.  I believe there are things we can change and things we cannot.  Situations we can prepare for and situations we can’t expect.  There are just some situations we can’t possibly foresee.

Your greatest survival weapons will be your adaptability and how fast you can react. 

Do the best you can to be reactive to the environment and flow with the situations you encounter.  You can start training your mind now by replacing the words “How can I” whenever you want to say “I can’t”.

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Ass Clown or Legitimate Threat?

Like it or not, there are criminally minded prepper/survivalists and groups out there. Just like the latest NatGeo featured “Doomsday Prepper” Tyler Smith.

Smith, 29, is the leader of Spartan Survival. The group has more than 80 dues-paying members. Smith founded the organization in 2005 to train and prepare others on survivalism.

Tyler states;

“We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming.”


It’s a mistake to disregard them as overweight, crazy survivalists that pose little threat.

Make no mistake about it. Misguided as they are, these groups are organized and criminally minded.

By design, they will be operational almost immediately.  Based on historical fact, the criminal element will be on scene way before any FEMA outreach program can be of assistance to the desperate, hapless, woefully unprepared populace.  The bigger the disaster the faster these looters/marauders will be on scene and the more embolden they will be.

While they may not be a crack SEAL Team 6 commando unit, they are still armed and very dangerous.  They will use historically proven ambush tactics of surprise and violence to catch the unprepared off guard.  They won’t go toe to toe with a stronger group.

Disregard these marauder types all you want.  But history shows that “TAKING” is always easier than actually working for something.

I for one take them seriously.
As silly as they seem to be, they will have a list of priority targets for the area they live in.

If you have a group like this in your area, I’d suggest putting them on your “Naughty List” and be prepared to deal with them accordingly.

I’ve come across scores of people who are hoping and praying for an apocalyptic event that brings society into the Middle Ages again.  While researching for my book “The SHTF Art of WarI’ve spoken with young men in their early twenties who feel society has not dealt them their fair share of the pie and are very angry.

Their only preps are weapons and ammo and a plan to take others stuff to survive.


These young men are attracted to violence and power.  They are ripe to become true believers in a leader that gives them permission to take what they want.  This greatly concerns me, because if that charismatic person leans towards the evil side of the spectrum and they provide security and food for their followers, a whole lot of innocent people are going to suffer.


If this seems farfetched to some people, I would ask them to consult some history.  You would have to look no further back than February 25th of 2013 to see the charismatic, Nation of Islam Minister, Louis Farrakahn, giving a controversial speech to roughly 10,000 people.  During Farrakhan’s speech, he called upon the Chicago cities gang-bangers to serve a better purpose by training to become soldiers who protect his group’s assets.  He stated that since gang members are “natural soldiers,” they could be instructed in “the science of war” and taught to protect the Nation of Islam’s property and assets.

I suggest you check out my earlier post about gangs having an SHTF plan.  You can click HERE to educate yourself some more.

If you want to know how these assholes are going to operate when the lights go out and you haven’t read “The SHTF Art of War” yet, fear not. You can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE and it’s also available in a Electro-Magnetic-Pulse resistant print version.

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What choice did I have?

You can wish and pray for peace all you want.  But when the SHTF, it is always every man for themselves. The most common phrase spoken by those who commit acts of violence to survive will be…

“what choice did I have.”


The Philippines suffered their worst case scenario in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. More than 600,000 people were displaced by this storm with no food water or medicine.


No food, water, power and limited shelter amongst the stench of rotting dead bodies in the ruins of their cities.  The death toll reached over 6,000.

Lessons in human nature (good & bad) can be learned by studying this disasters rescue and recovery efforts as survivors scour the streets for food and mobs attack aid trucks.


More on this disaster can be found at the

If you’d like to learn more about how the criminal element (and regular people trying to survive) will take advantage of a grid down environment and make a bad situation worse,  you can read “The SHTF Art of War.”

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