Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Episode 62. Bugging Out in an Emergency


Last show, we talked about the "Suburban Prepper", and what you should do if you plan to stay in your suburban home when the SHTF.

In this show, I talk about how you should plan in the event that you have to leave your home base and "bug out".

The topics for this important show include:

- How to decide when you should bug out. What are the conditions sufficient AND necessary to pull the trigger and leave your home base?

- How many routes should you plan to take to your Bug Out Location, assuming you have one, and why?

- Which navigation methods should you use to assure you arrive where you want to go?

- What are the important (and unimportant) characteristics of your Bug Out vehicle, and why? (BTW, that is NOT my BOV pictured!)

- What tools and supplies must you "not leave home without" in your Bug Out vehicle?

- Bug Out Bags--what should be in yours, and why?

- Additional bug out supplies--what else should you consider taking with you, and why?

- What self-defense preparations should you make when bugging out?

- How should you practice "bugging out"? What weather situation should you watch for in order to have a realistic bugging out dry run?

- When should you bug out even when you don't have a Bug Out Location?

It's a lot of ground to cover in one show, but it's important stuff. Listen to this show, and then do your own planning for how you will bug out, how you will decide when to leave, what routes you might take, and what you will bring with you.

And don't stop with thinking and planning. DOING is what matters here. We don't know when the stuff is going to hit the fan, but it is better to be prepared early than to be one single minute too late.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Episode 61. The Surburban Prepper

The clock is ticking down to next crash of the stock market, and the economy, and it could well be The Big Collapse we’ve been expecting. With so many of us living in suburbs, what should we be doing to prepare?

The 'Burbs might not be the best place to ride out the Collapse, but they're not the worst either. If you lack the resources needed to set up your own "bugout location" way out in the country, this show is for you.

In this podcast, you will learn:

- The liabilities of the typical suburb in a survival situation
- The unexpected ASSETS present in most any suburb when the SHTF, and how to put them to good use
- What assumptions you are making when you decide to ride out the Collapse in your neighborhood
- How to do a SWOT analysis of your neighborhood--a balanced assessment of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
- What threat to a suburban neighborhood must you prepare to defend against?
- Should you keep your preparations secret from your neighbors, or should you talk to them about prepping?

These are tough but vital questions you have to answer for your own situation.

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The Mugging FED Apologizes for Mugging Us

From a Reuters story that appeared today:

The United States is on a fiscal path towards insolvency and policymakers are at a "tipping point," a Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday.

"If we continue down on the path on which the fiscal authorities put us, we will become insolvent, the question is when," Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said in a question and answer session after delivering a speech at the University of Frankfurt.

"The short-term negotiations are very important, I look at this as a tipping point."

But he added he was confident in the Americans' ability to take the right decisions and said the country would avoid insolvency.

"I think we are at the beginning of the process and it's going to be very painful," he added.

This is like a mugger telling you, during your mugging, which he is committing, what a terrible shame it is that you are being mugged.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Episode 60. Shrugging Out, One Year In (1st Anniversary)


Hard for me to believe it, but this is the one-year anniversary since I took to the microphones for the first time to start a new podcast called "Shrugging Out".

The subject of this show was suggested by a listener, who suggested that it would be of general interest to listeners what it was that led me to my current understanding of liberty and current events, as expressed in these shows.

I consider myself to be a regular person, just making his way through life in modern America, and so it took a little convincing that this would be an interesting subject, but he was persuasive, and so here is the result.

Preparing for this show took me back a long ways, and so as not to bore you with a personal story, I tried to relate my own evolution to how yours may have unfolded.

A surprising number of people have written me over the past year to tell me how much they appreciate the show, and how it gives them useful information at times, at other times something provocative to think about. Others have told me that it gives them comfort to know that they are not alone, that other people share their views on the state of the world today, and what we believe is coming. This gives me tremendous satisfaction, as you can imagine.

If you like listening to the show, take a second to write me a quick e-mail, at shruggingout@hotmail.com. I'd like to hear from you, and hear what you are concerned about. Also, if you like the show, please consider forwarding a link to the website to a couple of people you know who might also appreciate it.

Lots of interesting events happening around the world--plenty to talk about in the next show.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Episode 59. "Rollback" by Thomas E. Woods

This podcast is not about advocating books, and there is no kickback from any of the authors whose books I’ve advocated now or in the past.

But occasionally a book comes along that is incredibly informative and timely. Rollback by Tom Woods is such a book.

Dr. Thomas Woods is a senior scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He’s an American historian who has studied the history of the economy.

I overview Rollback in this podcast, chapter by chapter, reading brief excerpts and commenting. It won't spoil the book for you or cover more than a fraction of the ground it covers, so don't worry about that. But you simply must be aware of the facts laid out about our federal government and, "our wise overlords" as Woods refers to them.

Topics covered in the book:
- Is it already too late to avoid the collapse?
- What is the real story of the Federal Reserve?
- Pentagon spending--at least that is money well spent, right?
- But we need the government to protect us from unsafe workplaces, poisonous food, and dangerous consumer products, right?
- How exactly can we roll back the federal monster before it's too late?

The first chapter of the book is also available as a free PDF. By itself it's a great read. But get the book and bone up for the upcoming battles with the collectivists on alternatives to the ridiculously overgrown government we have now.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Episode 58. Don't Hate the Collectivists, Scorn Them

Ah, Collectivists. They're everywhere. And they’re infuriating, yes, but try to enjoy their tantrums. Pity their weaknesses. Look forward to their comeuppance. Don’t let them provoke you into doing something foolish.

Labor unions (including public sector unions, such as the Wisconsin state employees) are infuriating, but they are going to lose, I think. Whether they do or not is important politically. If Wisconsin, and Ohio, and Indiana and the other states can defeat them and enforce reductions in their benefits and restrictions on collective bargaining, the reduction in government worker union power will continue. If on the other hand the unions win, the crash will simply come a bit sooner.

Robert Samuelson, the economist, provides the history of labor unions, which are in serious decline in the private sector, but growing when it comes to government employees. Carl Rove cites a significant and growing wage gap between unionized and non-unionized government workers, in favor, of course, of the unionized workers.

Collectivists aren't just in the unions. Senator Diane Feinstein weighs in with a whiny, whimpering column about a cut in federal government subsidies for "green energy" programs in California. Too bad, so sad.

And Don, a long-time listener to this podcast, provides a scholarly piece on the federal debt, interest on the debt, and what makes its reduction mathematically possible but politically all-but-impossible.

Finally, ditch the term "New America", folks--the collectivist Left is about to grab it for themselves. Let's go with "Free America" instead. Something they're less likely to steal, it's more explicit about what post-crash America will be all about, and it even works as a noun and a verb.

Free America. I like it! Let's make it happen!