The Default State

I received a text from a friend of mine yesterday that illustrates how unprepared 99.9% of us are.

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My friend, lets call her “Roxy” texted me the following:

“Oh my God. I’m on the freeway and pretty much stuck in traffic.  Barely moving at all. It’s 3:30pm so it’s kinda weird for this much traffic.”
“I just had 4 or 5 military convoys go passed…this could be the end.  This is how it all starts in the zombie apocalypse movies.”
“my bug-out bag is in the garage.  I’ve been meaning to put it back in my car and now my gas light is on.”
“it could be that people are just getting off work early on a Friday, or it could be a deadly virus………I just don’t know.”

My friend then related how she was using her smart phone, trying to look up any headlines in the news to find out what was going on.

This is exactly the unprepared state most of us are in at all times.

You could call it our default state.  Humans don’t change unless we are forced to do so.

It’s gotta be painful in order for us to change our ways.

Here is the list I gave to my friend to have in her “go-bag” that stays in her car.

* 2 Large water bottles. (with water)

* Extra Jacket/windbreaker.

* Good Shoes to walk in.

* Ball cap (for the sun)

* Light stocking cap (even in the summer)

* Leather work gloves.

* Safety Glasses in a case.

* N-95 dust mask.

* A Map of your area. (have friends and family “safe-houses” located on the map)

* Small compass.

* Swiss Army Knife or multi-tool

* Aluminum Baseball bat or hiking stick.

(local laws may not permit you to carry a firearm and not everyone has a carry permit and not everyone is comfortable with a firearm)

* Candy/energy bars.

* Toilet Paper roll (in a zip-lock bag)

* 2 Bic lighter.

* Very small 1st Aid kit.

Now I know you can add to and modify this list.

However, I caution you in doing so.

Weight is a factor here and for your normal person, they don’t hike with a back-pack on a regular basis.  The water alone is most of the weight.

Keep in mind this is just a back-pack to get you home or to a location of safety. 

Keep it small.

Also, plan for your cell phone to not work. But there are apps to get alerts for traffic problems in your area.

Knowing is half the battle.

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Most importantly, you should put a copy of my book “The SHTF Art of War” inside your go-bag.  It is designed to be read in less than 45 minutes.

It’s a slap-in-the-face reality check and has a chapter called “SHTF Traffic Sucks” that covers exactly what you need to know if you’re stuck in a 100 mile traffic jam.

The unknown causes fear and panic.  Fear and panic will cause you to make bad decisions.  Bad decisions may get you hurt or killed.

A go-bag in your vehicle will give you peace of mind knowing you at least have the ability to walk out of a disaster area.

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

-Yoda

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Best Advice.

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The best advice I can give.

Stop giving a shit about getting likes on social media!

I know this may sound counter productive to selling my book.

However, I’m under no illusion of how few books I would sell on my literary journey.

(according to all my hate mail, and the book being banned by a 7,000 member Facebook survival group, I know it’s most defiantly not a book for everyone. Especially if you have no sense of humor)

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“I assure you that this book will not be on the New York Times best seller list.”

It was never intended to be.

It was designed to be a slap-in-the-face reality check that could be read in less than 45 minutes when you find yourself in a SHTF situation.

Get away from the internet and get busy.

“Here’s the 5 best pieces of advice I can give someone.”

1. My best advice is to put your time and energy into having some cash on hand when the current credit mechanism of buying goods and services shuts down, banks temporarily shut their doors and ATM’s are empty.

A new monetary system will be put in place by the powers that be.  What that will be is anybodies guess.  You just need to get through that period of time where the current system is not operating.

2. My best advice is to have a short and long term food plan.  I recommend you buy a couple extra items of what you already use in your house when you go to the grocery store.  Invest, yes invest in putting up some meals in a jar.

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Garden.

Even if it’s just a tomato plant or radishes.  The time to learn how to do this is not after a disaster.

3. Get together with a Disaster Buddy or two and work up a mutual assistance plan to help each other out in a disaster or emergency.  Grow this into a small mutual assistance group.  Establish a communication system with your Disaster Buddy/Group.

4. Have a way to store or acquire and purify water.

Check out Berkey Water Filters

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Or make one yourself using this new filter system.

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5. Have a means to defend yourself.  Firearms are an insanely and hotly debated topic in the prepper/survival community.

I always say to get the best gun you can afford for the environment you are in.

Ok!  I know that sounds like I’m side stepping the “best gun” advice for you gun nuts, so I’ll tell you what I would prefer if I could only have one gun.

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It would be a Savage Model 24.  That’s a single shot, rifle shotgun combo.  I’d want a .22 caliber rifle barrel with a 20 gauge shotgun barrel.

That would suit my needs for my lifestyle and environment.  You may have different needs and live in a more hostile environment and require a different tool.

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The last thing I’ll advise is for you to immediately get my book.

Even with advanced warning of an impending winter storm or hurricane, the News routinely shows people running, last minute to the store for basic supplies. Humans for the most part, are unprepared, reactionary creatures and store shelves don’t hold enough supplies for everyone.

When people suddenly need life saving knowledge on survival, and warfare, they’re going to be desperately scrambling for that information.

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This book covers those controversial, real world subjects you never think about unless you live in a war zone or an underdeveloped country. It pushes your mind into an uncomfortable way of thinking.

It’s stripped down to quickly deliver the reader information on topics such as how the criminal element will conduct their reign of terror. It covers how to pick a winning survival team, how to prepare for a stay at a FEMA camp, what to expect in a 100 mile traffic jam and what it takes to be a post apocalyptic scavenger. It also provides a list of post collapse professions that ensure you’re essential to a grid down community. Plus a whole lot more.

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Cardboard Signs on Sticks

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Every protest seems to be the same.

There’s no collective.

You have other protesters with their own agenda riding the coat tails of another protest with a different agenda.

It becomes a melting pot of non-sense.

It’s confusing and people have very short attention spans.

Every protest now is viewed by the your average working class citizen (who have bills to pay), as a bunch slackers wanting something for nothing.

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Angry protesters

The message is lost in the white noise made by discontented cry babies.

Adding insult to injury, you have all these anarchist kids causing trouble at “peaceful” protests.

These black clad amateurs have upped their game lately though by blocking intersections, pepper spraying a few people, smashing windows and burning a car or two.

As long as these rookies do not become a collective and unified, they are just piss-ants who are an annoyance.

However, if a charismatic leader, shows up and uses their ability to inspire and motivate followers to perform at high levels, and to be committed to the cause, chaos will ensue.

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Pepper spray and cardboard signs on sticks, will escalate to time and energy dedicated to destroying specific targets that cause power outages and delays in basic services.

THAT will get peoples attention.

Our unprotected electrical grid and “just-in-time” inventory systems of our grocery stores are painfully easy targets.

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You Ain’t Moving in With Me!

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Here’s a refugee intake worksheet so you know who’s who and who’s got what, when those people you say “You’re Not letting In” arrive at your bug-out location.
Like it or not, you’re going to have people who show up at your door during a SHTF disaster.
You’ll have friends, family and acquaintances showing up in your drive way looking for a handout.
Shutting the lights off and pretending your not home won’t work.  They ain’t going nowhere.  You’re stuck with them.
The way you should look at this is like the old saying about life giving you lemons.

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No!  No tequila shots for you.
You’ve got lots of work to do.  You need to put a tribe together and fast.  People do much better in groups.
You now have a labor force desperate for help.
Here’s your FREE downloadable refugee in-processing worksheet for when your guests show up at your door.  “PDF Refugee Intake Worksheet”

Here’s some things to keep in mind.

People will arrive with their decision making ability compromised. They will be suffering with mental trauma and stress.
Blood is thicker than water but you need to stress community before family.

Inventory

What are they bringing with them?
-Illnesses and special needs.
The number one issue will be feeding everyone.
Confiscate all their supplies. You’re a tribe now.
The number two issue will be keeping your food.
Inventory guns and ammunition.
Who can do what?
What talents are they bringing?
Immediately establish a Work Detail.  Assign jobs to people. Preferably jobs that suit their talents.  You’ll need security, medical, sanitation, communication, food prep, and day care.  The list goes on.
You’ll have to tailor your tribe to your specific needs and vision.  But don’t forget to have a second in command man or woman and some captains.
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You can’t do it all yourself.  You’ll burn out fast and lose control of your tribe.  Make sure you delegate.
If you haven’t read “The SHTF Art of War” yet, and want to know how the bad guys are going to operate when the lights go out, fear not. You can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE.
It’s also available in a Electro-Magnetic-Pulse resistant Print format.
Written for the procrastinator in all of us that waits for the last minute to do anything.
It’s also written to keep those with “Attention Deficit Disorder” entertained.
Get your copy today while you still can.

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Everyone For Themselves

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The average citizen is clueless to their surroundings and has never entertained the idea of what they’d do in a disaster or life threatening situation.

These individuals will lose half their IQ points as soon as the emergency tones go off on their radio.  Tunnel vision and panic will cause them to freeze up and be in your way.

When panic sets in, your average person gets tunnel vision and their field of vision can shrink up to 70%.

Stress hormones are like hallucinogenic drugs that compromise their decision making capability.

You, assuming you’re of the preparedness mindset, will be surrounded by average citizens in complete denial about their reality and they will not be able to cope, adapt or overcome.

“Did you know that the biggest threat to your life if you survive a plane crash isn’t the fire or the smoke?  It’s your everyday average citizen blocking the isles and exits as they try to get their carry-on luggage out of the overhead bin.”

What is your disaster personality?

Will you endanger yourself or your family to help others?

Will you be able to push women and children out of your way to get to safety?

Or will you be the person to allow just one more person into the lifeboat so that it sinks?

If you haven’t read “The SHTF Art of War” yet and want a slap in your face reality check, fear not. You can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE.

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You’re Not a Grey Man.

Here’s how I spot the failed grey man.

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Those idiotic para-cord bracelets.

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A hat with velcro patching.

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Mil-spec boots.
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A knife clipped to the pant’s pocket.
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A shemagh. (you might also be a hipster)
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A dive watch that you think a Navy SEAL would wear.
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Anything that says “Don’t Tread on Me.”
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Oakley sunglasses.
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And the biggest give away is if you’re wearing anything from the 5.11 tuxedo collection.  If you’re wearing 5.11 attire, that tells me you’re a cop or some kind of wanna-be cop or contractor wanna-be.
What does all this mean to me?  It means if I spot these telltale signs of tactical-ness, I put you into three categories.
  1. A cop or worse yet a young cop.
  2. A Dueshbag wanna-be cop or blackwater wanna-be contractor who spends too much time on youtube watching gun videos.
  3. A Military serviceman who hasn’t been taught how to be low profile when off duty.
My situational awareness radar has a default setting that red flags and lumps anyone wearing this tacti-cool garb into the category of “moron-with-a-gun” until proven otherwise.

Depending on the scenario, you offer me these assets and liabilities.

You’re the idiot that’ll pull a gun at the wrong time and make a bad situation worse at 200 mph.
Or the bad guy will recognize these failed grey-man clues and shoot you first.
The plus side of that is that you’ll put a spot light on where the bad guys should shoot and buy me time to exit the kill zone.
Don’t get me wrong here.  I like the rule of law and the men and women who bravely enforce it.  I’m pro 2nd amendment and absolutely for an armed citizenry.

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My concern is that the majority of gun carrying Americans do not have the training to engage bad guys effectively.  I hope and pray that if I find myself in an environment where armed resistance is needed to stop evil, that whoever pulls a gun that day, can perform that task with professional skills and confidence.
However the reality is that the odds are against that actually happening and so for now, I’ll be looking out for number one.

It pays to be the smartest guy in the room.

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SHTF Women Trouble

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If society has collapsed, the old rules will become more prevalent than ever.

During a civilized society ending disaster, there will also be the dissolution of the welfare state.  The cash and prizes the government gives out to women divorcees and single mothers for not being able to provide for themselves will cease to exist.

Without a government, the rule of law and the welfare state, women will have to look to men to protect and provide for them.

Communities will band together and your local feminists will abandon their cause and demand that they are owed provision, protection, help and support just because they’re women.

Groups of people will become physically closer.  Family members, friends, acquaintances and even strangers will be in close proximity without the electronic social devices to distract their attention and keep human interaction at a distance.

Socializing at this new intimate “face-to-face” level will bring out or better put, reveal many aspects of human nature that will be new to both male and female.

Things will get primitive.

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Problems will start first with the females.

I’m generalizing here of course, but take heed that on a biological level, women are hypergamous.  Hypergamy is neither good or bad, it just is.  It’s also very important for the woman to have this hardwired into her brain during primitive times where resources are not plentiful.

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Hypergamy: Is the instinctual desire of humans of the female sex to discard a current mate when the opportunity arises to latch onto a subsequent mate of higher status due to the hindbrain impetus to find a male with the best ability to provide for her OWN offspring (already spawned or yet-to-be spawned) regardless of investments and commitments made to a current mate.

I’ll explain.

If a man gets a woman pregnant, he can leave the next day, never have any involvement, and his genes will still propagate.

If a woman gets pregnant, she’s stuck with the burden for a minimum of 9 months. On top of that, for the child to be successful, she has to invest at least another few years.

Since having a child requires so much work from the woman, it’s vitally important to her that she get the best possible genes for the father’s half of the baby.

Enter hypergamy.

Her brain subconsciously drives her attraction to the absolute best man available in a particular group.  This happens regardless if she’s currently in a committed relationship with someone or not.  Mother nature is a bitch.

Now there’s a Special Note about attraction:

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The attraction (or sex) drive is different than the relationship structure preference. Women have a hypergamous sex drive and men have a polygamous sex drive.

When it comes to relationships, men have a primary preference for monogamy and woman have a primary preference for polyandry.

What does this mean?

It means women are, by nature, not very good at being loyal to the tribe or their man.  They’re quick to seek the favor of men who are stronger and more dominant, whether those men are a part of their in-group or not.

In general, the problems within your brand new survival group will originate with the female behavioral spectrum of the survival group.

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It’s a mistake to be angry about this or at women directly.  It’s ingrained/hardwired into the species.  It’s a biological imperative, evolutionary trait.  It’s the reason you’re here today.

What you should be aware of is that not everyone understands this about human/female nature.  But there are those who do understand.  And among those that do, there may be some that’ll use this knowledge of female nature as a weapon.

Just like all men don’t act on their male nature to propagate the species with as many females as they can. Not all women act on their nature to be with the strongest man in the room.

However, with that being said, in the savage new world after the collapse of civilization as we know it, you men will have to up your game and bring more to the table.  I mean that literally.  You’ll be expected to provide your women more than just a big pay check if you expect sex in exchange for resources.

That brings me to Briffault’s Law.

It would also behoove all you males to understand Briffault’s Law.

Briffault’s Law

“The female, not the male, determines all the conditions of the animal family. Where the female can derive no benefit from association with the male, no such association takes place. – Robert Briffault

The Corollaries to Briffault’s Law:

1 – Past benefit provided by the male does not provide for continued or future association.

2 – Any agreement where the male provides a current benefit in return for a promise of future association is null and void as soon as the male has provided the benefit (see corollary 1)

3 – A promise of future benefit has limited influence on current/future association, with the influence inversely proportionate to the length of time until the benefit will be given and directly proportionate to the degree to which the female trusts the male (which is not bloody likely).

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When it comes to women, it’s not about everything you’ve done for them before, it’s completely about what you are doing for her today.  So you better think very hard about whether or not the juice is worth the squeeze.

If this is the first time you’re hearing this, you may want to check out my two posts called…

Women Will Have The Most To Fear

A Post Apocalyptically Adjusted Romantic Life.

Believe me!  It pays to be the smartest guy in the room.

If you haven’t read “The SHTF Art of War” yet, fear not.  You can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE or get it in a popular EMP resistant print copy.

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