Nov 17

a Heart with Fear

sailingstormsLooking for wisdom to navigate the days ahead has been a challenge. The experiences of the past shroud the mind and heart with fear.

News media streams are filled with images of a crumbing America causing apprehension and worry leaving the viewer little hope. It is a season we must push off the darkness around us and remove the heavy burdens of past failures however once this is done we clearly see the battle raging all around us and once again retreat into the rabbits hole. At least the darkness and burdens of the past are familiar. We know what to expect there and how our emotions respond to its weight.

It is not a season to hold but rather time to advance. To move out and regain the ground an enemy has stolen from our lives and that of our families. You can’t stay here any longer but must launch out in the deep unknown. It is a season to seek wisdom and then cry out for discernment of the wisdom given.

If you spoke with a Jewish Rabbi and told him you were crying for biynah (bee-naw) from Prov. 2:3 he immediately know you were seeking discernment or knowledge from G-d and that the word you spoke had a meaning of, “that Israel would never be exposed to another foreign language which is difficult to understand.”

In this season we are seeking the voice of God and His clear direction. His sheep hear His voice and don’t follow a foreign one. Pray that we/you are not exposed to a foreign voice which navigates us in the wrong direction. Stay focused and close to the heart and wisdom of Holy Spirit and let Him direct your paths. It is the only way we will navigate this coming season.

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Feb 16

Will You Survive?

empty shelves It is always difficult to image a worst case scenario or what if’s, but WHAT IF.  Considering the civil unrest that is brewing at a micro level in this country it would only take weeks and the right situations for it to escalate. Having gone through a major hurricane recently we experienced first hand the emptying of shelves in stores and the basics, VERY basics of survival.

The following article is from Casey Research’s David Galland We can’t recommend their investment advice enough.


The situations in which survival skills become desirable or even necessary cover a wide range of possibilities.

For example, if you are in what is euphemistically referred to as the “Golden Years,” and your own government decides to manipulate interest rates to the point that the fixed income you rely on to survive falls into negative territory, survival skills will quickly come in handy, but survival skills of a different sort than, say, those required to stay afloat in a failed economy such as Zimbabwe. On that front, we’ll hear from a Zimbabwean a bit further on.

Taking things to an entirely different level, there are the extreme frontiers of a complete breakdown of civil society, such as is recounted in Words from a Bosnian Survivalist reprinted later.

Simply, in the case of the oldster, surviving will likely include some or all components of the following:

  • Cutting back on non-essential spending.
  • Moving earning assets out a bit further on the risk scale (for example, by selling CDs and putting funds into high-quality dividend stocks).
  • Taking a job, almost no matter how menial, to provide some small offset against the daily cost of living.
  • Going hat in hand to a well-off relative.
  • Taking out a reverse mortgage (but only after having done your homework, of course).
  • Using spare time to learn useful new skills, starting with how to be a better investor. But also, perhaps, how to produce a marketable craft or repair household appliances – anything useful.

By contrast, as you’ll read shortly, a person caught in the middle of an apocalyptic fight against determined foes in Sarajevo will be better served with skills such as:

  • Shooting straight.
  • Traveling quietly at night.
  • Having a winning personality and/or a big family so you’ll have people available to help you fight off intruders.
  • A willingness to eat rats, or pretty much anything else that offers a modicum of nutritional value.
  • A basic understanding of how to treat various types of wounds and illnesses.
  • Etc.

As with so many aspects of our human existence, however, there are nuances to this topic.

For example, anticipating when survival skills may be necessary. If, as is the case with so many people currently living in the civilized, developed countries, you have grown up in a period of almost unbroken economic prosperity, it is only natural that you will not anticipate the need to develop the skills required to survive in a collapsing economy.

And while the United States has been at the center of pretty much every shooting war of any consequence since the end of WWII, these wars have all taken place in someone else’s back yard. Thus, for an American, the pressure to learn the skills necessary to cope with physical threats from an opposing force is nonexistent.

As a result, the biggest blowback from 9/11 has been the country’s panicked and mind-numbingly expensive and destructive scramble to defend itself against the bogeymen who are determined to bring the forever war to US shores.

The Israelis, on the other hand, know to the level of DNA that they live in a dangerous neighborhood and have developed all the necessary skills to keep the barbarians off the gates. That these skills involve dirty deeds done right is beside the point. The first rule of surviving is to survive. Being sensitive to the damage done to those you feel are a threat ranks somewhere pretty much right at the bottom of the list.

Likewise, if you came to believe that running around a foreign country playing cowboys andnative indigenous first nations’ peoples with real bullets would be a good use of your talents and so signed up for duty in Afghanistan, you would certainly pay close attention during boot camp. For the simple reason that you would anticipate needing the prerequisite survival skills being taught in the near future.

In contrast, if you were to believe the politicians and their cronies on Wall Street (or is it the other way around, I can never keep that straight) and come to believe that the economy is on the mend and will only be enhanced by the current flood of funny money, then you will be steadfastly unprepared for the coming inflation that will decimate your net worth… then decimate it again, year after year.

Fortunately, there is a system that professionals in the survival business have developed and refined that can help you anticipate levels of risk and adopt the correct level of preparedness. I have written about that system in the past, but as it was some time ago and is appropriate to today’s musings, I’ll mention it again.

The Cooper Color System

While the government, in its usual fashion, has bastardized Cooper’s Color System to the point where it is now largely a laughingstock – you know, the “Alert Level Yellow” signs in airports – the idea of the original system, developed by ex-Marine and pistol fighting expert Jeff Cooper is very sound.

The color codes developed by Cooper were designed to assign an appropriate assessment to the level of risk inherent in any given situation and, more importantly, to trigger a level of mental preparedness to handle the risk.

The basic levels are:

White – no risk. For a pistolero, this would be akin to having a gun with no chamber loaded, no magazine, and the safety on. In other words, you assess that there is no risk whatsoever. In the event that you were mistaken, therefore, you would be the proverbial sitting duck.

In terms of economic threats, this is the state most people in the developed world are in.

Yellow – relaxed alert. While you sense no specific threat, you might be out of your house in an urban mall or a strange part of town. Generally, this state of mind reflects the basic truth that the world can be dangerous, so you keep your eyes open and remain prepared to act if necessary. In other words, unlike White, you are mentally alert to the potential of needing to take action if a threat suddenly arises.

In terms of economic threats, an equivalent might be deciding to have 10% of your portfolio in gold – “just in case.”

Orange – specific alert. In this condition, you recognize that something is wrong and that you are facing a specific threat. Using the pistol analogy, in this condition you would chamber a bullet, though still keep the safety on. As mentioned above, though, the most important aspect of Cooper’s system is that the alert status is meant to trigger in the individual a mindset that is appropriate to the threat. In the Orange alert status, the mindset you might adopt is, “If that person does ‘X’, I will need to stop them,” and be fully prepared to do just that.

From an economic-survival perspective, you might adopt the Orange alert level based on observing the actions of the Fed and the government over the past few years. For example, by saying, “If the Fed adopts open-ended quantitative easing and the politicians make no serious attempt to reduce the deficit, then I’m going to buy gold and gold shares on dips until they make up 30% of my portfolio. Furthermore, I’m going to begin trading my fiat currencies for other tangible assets, including property, spread throughout a number of jurisdictions.”

Likewise, viewing things from the perspective of a person who values personal liberties, you might shift to Orange status when the government approves using drones for domestic police actions and mentally prepare yourself by saying something like, “The first time an American is killed on domestic soil by a drone, I’m getting the hell out of here.”

Of course, you’ll have to define what constitutes your own line in the sand – my point here is that if you don’t take the time to think this stuff through, you are far more likely to be caught by surprise.

Red – fight. In this case, you have a bullet in the chamber, the hammer is cocked and your safety is off. Your mindset at this point is that the condition for taking the next action in the Orange level has been met, and your next move is to take out the threat.

From an economic perspective, your equivalent action would be to take the steps you mentally prepared to take above, or others that are more appropriate to your circumstances.

From a personal-liberty perspective, the options are fairly narrow. In my view, moving to less threatening environs is pretty much the only rational choice, if you can manage it.

Be Prepared

As I have tried to demonstrate, Cooper’s Color System can be adapted for a wide range of circumstances where threats may arise… including those involving personal safety, economic security and threats to your individual liberty.

In terms of the biggest threats I see at this point, there are two.

  • The failure of the global fiat monetary system – alert status Orange with tinges of Red. Monetary scholar Edwin Vieira has studied the life cycle of monetary systems and found that, on average, they collapse after about 27 years. Nixon’s closing of the gold window, which set the dollar completely adrift from an underpinning tangible value, occurred in 1971 – so the current dollar-based global fiat system is now about 41 years old, pretty much at the extreme end of the range. All the signs that the endgame is near are now evident, with the world’s central banks united in adopting massive money printing and engaged in what is essentially a currency war.Confirming me in my opinion is that, according to a just-released report by the World Gold Council, central banks are now purchasing much more gold than the gold ETFs. The central bankers see what’s coming and are preparing for it.What would cause me to shift my assessment to Red? When US interest rates begin to rise uncontrollably, and the government begins to take increasingly draconian measures to buffer itself from collapsing under its massive debts and unfunded obligations.

    The chart shown just below, snagged from the just-released edition of The Casey Report, shows the clear downtrend in US bonds and gives rise to the potential that the long bull market in bonds may be coming to an end.

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    The question of interest rates is, of course, of monumental importance. Once the government’s monetary machinations and manipulations lose their effectiveness, it’s game over for the bond bubble.

    As far as taking action to survive the collapse of the bond bubble, and with it the fiat monetary system, the single most up-to-date and useful way to understand the situation is found in the current edition of The Casey Report, released this morning.

    In addition to the technical work done by Dominick Graziano in identifying the trigger points to watch so you’ll know that the bubble is burst, Casey Research Chief Economist Bud Conrad goes all out with a slew of proprietary charts and data to help you understand when and how the end to the government’s manipulation of rates will come about, and the consequences thereof.

    The edition is topped off with “Decline and Fall” by Doug Casey, in which he talks about the fundamental roots of the Greater Depression now gripping the world.

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  • A transition in the United States to a police state – alert status Orange. In my view, the country is one or maybe two headline-grabbing incidents away from completing the transition from a country where individual liberty is sacrosanct to where it is granted entirely at the leisure of the state. Yes, you may fly, but only if your papers are in order and you haven’t tripped an algorithm from some secret agency. Sure, you can buy a gun, but only if you pay a big tax, pay for special training, have a clean criminal record (no DUIs allowed) and pass a government exam that assesses your mental health.What would cause me to upgrade my alert status to Red? The next 9/11. Since the World Trade Center went down, the US government has spent an incredible amount of  resources developing and distributing expensive hammers (drones, surveillance systems, high-tech weaponry, body armor, laser weapons, etc.) for every institution from the military right down to the local constabulary. All that’s missing now is the right nail.Importantly, as was seen this week, the odds of the next attack coming from a US military veteran are high. Which means when the hammers start to come down, they will be coming down on home turf.

Summing up, it behooves us all to do our own personal threat assessment. For example, do you live in or near a big city that might experience problems should the government’s ability to continue redistributionist policies be hindered?

As one hard-ass ex-military type recently reminded me, one of the key tenets of personal security involves physical distance from the threat. Even if you don’t decide to move away from the city, you should at least go through the mental exercise of determining, in advance, what would trigger a move and then be fully prepared to act should that trigger be tripped.

Likewise, you need to develop financial strategies, held in reserve, should the moral and fiscal debasement in Washington DC (and other world capitals) continue unchecked. Personally, I am already at the Orange alert level, which is no small part of the reason why I am writing you looking out the window on the street of a happy little town in Northwest Argentina, not just far from the maddened crowd but incredibly successful thanks to the steady influx of tourists and the booming wine business.

(Speaking of which, the annual Harvest Celebration is close to selling out. If you’re interested in escaping the Northern Hemisphere winter and joining in on the festivities, March 14-19, drop Dave Norden a note at and he’ll rush you out all the info.)

While we all hope that things will turn out for the best, and they very well might, I suspect that, like me, most of you sense that something is fundamentally wrong in the world today.

Trying to ignore the risks, effectively keeping your alert level at “White,” leaves you woefully unprepared. Now is the time to think this stuff through, while you still can do so calmly.

Now, moving on, I want to share with you stories from two individuals faced with severe disruptions in the norm – one from old friend Roger S. from Zimbabwe, who reports on the current state of things there and the other from an individual who survived the war in Sarajevo.

Update from Inside Zimbabwe

By Roger S.

It’s been just about four years since Zimbabwe’s coalition “inclusive” government was formed and hyperinflation was stopped in its tracks with the abandonment of the Zimbabwe dollar and the adoption of a “multi-currency regime,” effectively the US dollar.

But although hyperinflation can be stopped abruptly in this way, it takes much longer to fix the economy. In the 2011 Human Development Report, Zimbabwe was ranked 173 out of 187 countries; Foreign Policy magazine placed Zimbabwe sixth in the 2011 Failed State Index; the country was #132 out of 142 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2011/12, and in the World Bank/IFC Doing Business Report 2012, Zimbabwe was ranked 171 out of 183 countries.

Most manufacturing industries ground to a halt during the years of hyperinflation and irrational price controls, and now that there is no exchange control, it is much easier for retailers to import finished goods from neighboring South Africa than to wait for industry to start up again.

In fact, few industries are in a position to do so, as their machinery and equipment are in need of upgrading or replacement, they have lost skilled and experienced staff to the diaspora, and they have lost their markets. Trade figures for 2011 suggest that the manufacturing sector imported more than five times as much as it exported.

But the absence of exchange controls since dollarization has enabled those with money to move it around. And 90-day term deposits on the money market can earn at least 7%, with up to 11% apparently available for longer-term investments.

The political situation is such that, although the environment is not as unstable as it was a few years ago, there is not a great deal of confidence in the future at the moment. Parliamentary and presidential elections are due to be held later in the year, but it still seems unclear whether they will produce a conclusive result.

But Zimbabweans have gotten used to living in a kind of limbo and “making a plan” for whatever might come next. We always expect that “next year will be better”!

David again. Roger and his wife Cheryll remained in Zimbabwe throughout the entire Mugabe regime, a despised minority in an economy where inflation was measured in the millions of percentage points. His demeanor is quiet and unassuming, go along to get along, and despite all the travails, he always remained an optimist even after being tossed in jail twice for pushing back against a corrupt government official.

However he managed, he did indeed manage. But I suspect his survival skills in a collapsing economy would have been sorely tested in the next scenario, that of the collapse of civil society.

Words from a Bosnian Survivalist

Translator’s note: This tale had originally been recorded in French and then translated by two Russian survivalists who met the man. The Bosnian is anonymous for reasons which will soon be made clear from reading the articles. –MicroBalrog

I am from Bosnia. You know, between 1992 and 1995, it was hell. For one year I lived, and survived, in a city with 6,000 people, without water, electricity, gasoline, medical help, civil defense, distribution service, any kind of traditional service or centralized rule.

Our city was blockaded by the army, and for one year life in the city turned into total crap. We had no army, no police, we only had armed groups – those armed protected their homes and families.

When it all started, some of us were better prepared, but most of the neighbors’ families had enough food only for a few days. Some had pistols, a few had AK-47s or shotguns.

After a month or two, gangs started operating, destroying everything. Hospitals, for example, turned into slaughterhouses. There was no more police. About 80% of the hospital staff were gone. I got lucky – my family at the time was fairly large (15 people in a large house, 6 pistols, 3 AKs), and we survived (most of us, at least).

The Americans dropped MREs every 10 days, to help blockaded cities. This was never enough. Some – very few – had gardens. It took 3 months for the first rumors to spread of men dying from hunger and cold. We removed all the doors, the window frames from abandoned houses, ripped up the floors and burned the furniture for heat. Many died from diseases, especially from the water (two from my own family). We drank mostly rainwater, ate pigeons and even rats.

Money soon became worthless. We returned to an exchange. For a tin can of tushonka, you could have a woman (it is hard to speak of it, but it is true). Most of the women who sold themselves were desperate mothers.

Arms, ammunition, candles, lighters, antibiotics, gasoline, batteries and food. We fought for these things like animals. In these situations, it all changes. Men become monsters. It was disgusting.

Strength was in numbers. A man living alone getting killed and robbed would be just a matter of time, even if he was armed.

Today me and my family are well prepared, I am well armed. I have experience.

It does not matter what will happen – an earthquake, a war, a tsunami, aliens, terrorists, economic collapse, uprising. The important part is that something will happen.

Here’s my experience: you can’t make it on your own. Don’t stay apart from your family, prepare together, choose reliable friends.

1. How to move safely in a city

The city was divided into communities along streets. Our street (15-20 homes) had patrols (5 armed men every week) to watch for gangs and for our enemies.

All the exchanges occurred in the street. About five kilometers away was an entire street for trading, all well organized, but going there was too dangerous because of the snipers. You could also get robbed by bandits. I only went there twice, when I needed something really rare (list of medicine, mainly antibiotics, of French origin).

Nobody used automobiles in the city: the streets were blocked by wreckage and by abandoned cars. Gasoline was very expensive. If one needed to go somewhere, that was done at night. Never travel alone or in groups that were too big – always 2-3 men. All armed, travel swift, in the shadows, cross streets through ruins, not along open streets.

There were many gangs 10-15 men strong, some as large as 50 men. But there were also many normal men, like you and me, fathers and grandfathers, who killed and robbed. There were no “good” and “bad” men. Most were in the middle and ready for the worst.

2. What about wood? Your home city is surrounded by woods, why did you burn doors and furniture?

There were not that many woods around the city. It was very beautiful – restaurants, cinemas, schools, even an airport. Every tree in the city and in the city park was cut down for fuel in the first two months.

Without electricity for cooking and heat – we burned anything that burned. Furniture, doors, flooring – that wood burns swiftly. We had no suburbs or suburban farms. The enemy was in the suburbs. We were surrounded. Even in the city, you never knew who was the enemy at any given point.

3. What knowledge was useful to you in that period?

To imagine the situation a bit better, you should know it was practically a return to the Stone Age.

For example, I had a container of cooking gas. But I did not use it for heat – that would be too expensive! I attached a nozzle to it I made myself and used to fill lighters. Lighters were precious.

If a man brought an empty lighter, I would fill it and he would give me a tin of food or a candle.

I was a paramedic. In these conditions, my knowledge was my wealth. Be curious and skilled. In these conditions, the ability to fix things is more valuable than gold.

Items and supplies will inevitably run out, but your skills will keep you fed.

I wish to say this: learn to fix things, shoes, or people.

My neighbor, for example, knew how to make kerosene for lamps. He never went hungry.

4. If you had 3 months to prepare now, what would you do?

Three months? Run away from the country? (joking)

Today I know everything can collapse really fast. I have a stockpile of food, hygiene items, batteries… enough to last me for 6 months.

I live in a very secure flat and own a home with a shelter in a village 5 kilometers away. Another six-month supply there too. That’s a small village, most people there are well prepared. The war had taught them.

I have four weapons, and 2,000 rounds for each.

I have a garden and have learned gardening. Also I have a good instinct – you know, when everyone around you keeps telling you it’ll all be fine, but I know – it will all collapse.

I have strength to do what I need to protect my family. Because when it all collapses, you must be ready to do “bad” things to keep your children alive and protect your family.

Surviving on your own is practically impossible. Even if you’re armed and ready – if you’re alone, you’ll die. I have seen that happen many times.

Families and groups, well prepared, with skills and knowledge in various fields – that’s much better.

5. What should you stockpile?

That depends. If you plan to live by theft – all you need is weapons and ammo. Lots of ammo.

If not – more food, hygiene items, batteries, accumulators, little trading items (knives, lighters, flints, soap). Also alcohol of a type that keeps well. The cheapest whiskey is a good trading item.

Many people died from insufficient hygiene. You’ll need simple items in great amounts. For example, garbage bags. Lots of them. And toilet paper. Non-reusable dishes and cups – you’ll need lots of them. I know that because we didn’t have any at all.

As for me, a supply of hygiene items is perhaps more important than food. You can shoot a pigeon, you can find a plant to eat. You can’t find or shoot any disinfectant.

Disinfectant, detergents, bleach, soap, gloves, masks…

First-aid skills, washing wounds and burns. Perhaps you will find a doctor – and will not be able to pay him.

Learn to use antibiotics. It’s good to have a stockpile of them.

You should choose the simplest weapons. I carry a Glock .45, I like it, but it’s a rare gun here – so I have two TT pistols too (everyone has them and ammo is common).

I don’t like Kalashnikovs, but again, same story – everyone has them, so do I.

You must own small, unnoticeable items. For example: a generator is good, but 1,000 Bic lighters are better. A generator will attract attention if there’s any trouble, but 1,000 lighters are compact, cheap, and can always be traded.

We usually collected rainwater into 4 large barrels and then boiled it. There was a small river, but the water in it became very dirty very fast.

It’s also important to have containers for water – barrels and buckets.

6. Were gold and silver useful?

Yes. I personally traded all the gold in the house for ammunition.

Sometimes we got our hands on money – dollars and deutschmarks. We bought some things for them, but this was rare and prices were astronomical – for example a can of beans cost $30-40. The local money quickly became worthless. Everything we needed, we traded for through barter.

7. Was salt expensive?

Yes, but coffee and cigarettes were even more expensive. I had lots of alcohol and traded it without problems. Alcohol consumption grew over 10 times as compared to peacetime. Perhaps today it’s more useful to keep a stock of cigarettes, lighters, and batteries. They take up less space.

At this time I was not a survivalist. We had no time to prepare – several days before the shit hit the fan, the politicians kept repeating over the TV that everything was going according to plan, there’s no reason to be concerned. When the sky fell on our heads, we took what we could.

8. Was it difficult to purchase firearms? What did you trade for arms and ammunition?

After the war, we had guns in every house. The police confiscated lots of guns at the beginning of the war. But most of them, we hid. Now I have one legal gun that I have a license for. Under the law, that’s called a temporary collection. If there is unrest, the government will seize all the registered guns. Never forget that.

You know, there are many people who have one legal gun – but also illegal guns if that one gets seized. If you have good trade goods, you might be able to get a gun in a tough situation, but remember, the most difficult time is the first days, and perhaps you won’t have enough time to find a weapon to protect your family. To be disarmed in a time of chaos and panic is a bad idea.

In my case – there was a man who needed a car battery for his radio, he had shotguns – I traded the accumulator for both of them. Sometimes I traded ammunition for food, and a few weeks later traded food for ammunition. Never did the trade at home, never in great amounts.

Few people knew how much, and what, I keep at home.

The most important thing is to keep as many things as possible in terms of space and money. Eventually you’ll understand what is more valuable.

Correction: I’ll always value weapons and ammunition the most. Second? Maybe gas masks and filters.

9. What about security?

Our defenses were very primitive. Again, we weren’t ready, and we used what we could. The windows were shattered, and the roofs in a horrible state after the bombings. The windows were blocked – some with sandbags, others with rocks.

I blocked the fence gate with wreckage and garbage, and used a ladder to get across the wall. When I came home, I asked someone inside to pass over the ladder. We had a fellow on our street that completely barricaded himself in his house. He broke a hole in the wall, creating a passage for himself into the ruins of the neighbor’s house. A sort of secret entrance.

Maybe this would seem strange, but the most protected houses were looted and destroyed first. In my area of the city there were beautiful houses, with walls, dogs, alarms and barred windows. People attacked them first. Some held out, others didn’t – it all depended how many hands and guns they had inside…

I think defense is very important – but it must be carried out unobtrusively. If you are in a city and SHTF comes, you need a simple, non-flashy place, with lots of guns and ammo.

How much ammo? As much as possible.

Make your house as unattractive as you can.

Right now I own a steel door, but that’s just against the first wave of chaos. After that passes, I will leave the city to rejoin a larger group of people, my friends and family.

There were some situations during the war… there’s no need for details, but we always had superior firepower, and a brick wall, on our side.

We also constantly kept someone watching the streets. Quality organization is paramount in case of gang attacks.

Shooting was constantly heard in the city.

Our perimeter was defended primitively – all the exits were barricaded and had little firing slits. Inside we had at least five family members ready for battle at any time, and one man in the street, hidden in a shelter.

We stayed home through the day to avoid sniper fire.

At first, the weak perish. Then the rest fight.

During the day, the streets were practically empty due to sniper fire. Defenses were oriented towards short-range combat alone. Many died if they went out to gather information, for example. It’s important to remember we had no information, no radio, no TV – only rumors and nothing else.

There was no organized army, every man fought. We had no choice. Everybody was armed, ready to defend themselves.

You should not wear quality items in the city – someone will murder you and take them. Don’t even carry a “pretty” long arm, it will attract attention.

Let me tell you something: if SHTF starts tomorrow, I’ll be humble. I’ll look like everyone else. Desperate, fearful. Maybe I’ll even shout and cry a little bit.

Pretty clothing is excluded altogether. I will not go out in my new tactical outfit to shout: “I have come! You’re doomed, bad guys!” No, I’ll stay aside, well armed, well prepared, waiting and evaluating my possibilities, with my best friend or brother.

Super-defenses, super-guns are meaningless. If people think they should steal your things, that you’re profitable – they will. It’s only a question of time and the amount of guns and hands.

10. How was the situation with toilets?

We used shovels and a patch of earth near the house. Does it seem dirty? It was. We washed with rainwater or in the river – but most of the time the latter was too dangerous. We had no toilet paper, and if we had any, I would have traded it away.

It was a “dirty” business.

Let me give you a piece of advice: you need guns and ammo first – and second, everything else. Literally EVERYTHING! All depends on the space and money you have.

If you forget something, there’ll always be someone to trade with for it – but if you forget weapons and ammo, there will be no access to trading for you.

I don’t think big families are extra mouths. Big families means both more guns and strength – and from there, everyone prepares on his own.

11. How did people treat the sick and the injured?

Most injuries were from gunfire. Without a specialist and without equipment, if an injured man found a doctor somewhere, he had about a 30% chance of survival.

It ain’t the movies. People died. Many died from infections of superficial wounds. I had antibiotics for 3-4 uses – for the family, of course.

People died foolishly quite often. Simple diarrhea will kill you in a few days without medicine, with limited amounts of water.

There were many skin diseases and food poisonings… nothing to it.

Many used local plants and pure alcohol – enough for the short term, but useless in the long term.

Hygiene is very important… as well as having as much medicine as possible. Especially antibiotics.

David again.  For the record, I included that article not because I think things are going to get anywhere near as dire in the West, but rather because I thought you’d find it interesting, too.

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Nov 13

Post Election-Where Are We?

The following is an excerpt from Chuck Pierce of Glory of Zion. His contact information is listed below. Wisdom is needed to navigate the coming years. Much prayer and much wisdom. Do not be disheartened. Pray and believe.


The Election… A New Era!
After the election night and my early morning quiet time on Wednesday, I went to review my email and found the email that Steve Strang of Charisma sent out. This was the first synopsis of review for this national event that I knew I was to read.  I love people like Steve, that hold the ideals of what was developed through the early wars for freedom in this land as the plumb line for our future.

However, I then had to stop, reflect, and remember before the Lord what the Lord showed me on May 31, 2008.  I have shared this vision since that time in most states and eventually will publish what I saw in a book to reveal what each State’s future aligning covenantal relationship with a Holy God looks like for the future.

Let me review this visitation: The Vision! 
On May 31, 2008, I was preparing to speak at a large gathering at Liberty State Park in New Jersey near Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  Suddenly, the Lord gave me a vision of our nation.  He took me three years into the future and began to let me hear and see what our future would look like. He first showed me my own bloodline and the glory and iniquity of its history. He then showed me three years ahead and the two iniquitous spirits that would try to capture my children and children’s children.

In Redeeming the Time, I wrote the following:   “On May 31, 2008, the Lord showed me His triumphant reserve. He raised me and showed me the nation of the United States of America. First, He revealed His remnant and where they were positioned. Next, He showed me their strength from state to state to state. He showed me how many were moving over into the enemy’s camp of religion. He showed me how others were aligning around race and gender as opposed to mission call and gifting.

Then He showed me high places. These were altars that had been built by the enemy and positioned strategically throughout the land. I saw how the sacrifices on these altars were empowering and keeping an atmosphere held captive by ruling hosts. Next, the Lord showed me the atmosphere. In this vision, He showed me different layers of the atmosphere in relationship to His presence versus the demonic spiritual rule in that particular area or region. (Some areas have already been taken over, and darkness actually rules those areas.) There were ten ruling centers already developed within the United States. Then He showed me the communication systems between these centers. I saw how one sacrifice empowered one dimension of an evil presence, and then that presence would communicate to another center as together they networked their plan of control. (I could go into great detail here, but I will wait for another time to do this. As a matter of fact, I believe it would be unwise to share everything I saw. In the next book when we are dealing with worship, perhaps I will share more.)

The Lord also showed me covenant roots. He actually showed me the level of nurturing that was still grafted to His covenant root, which He had developed from Abraham’s obedience. He showed me how this nation had first been nurtured by that root, but now lifelines from the root system had withered. Actually, some of the lifelines in parts of this nation had dried up, and the root system of that part of the nation had changed, allowing a different root structure to be formed.

He then showed me our conflict between the root systems. These conflicts in the next several years would determine what sort of fruit would be brought forth in this nation. He showed me that the conflicts would multiply and intensify. I actually saw orchards of contention. The interesting portion of this vision was that different people groups in each orchard created a different type of fruit than had been tasted of in past seasons. The only thing I could relate to biblically was the church that came out of Antioch. The Antioch church was an international church that came about for kingdom advancement for that season in history.

Next, He showed me how the communication system in the United States was linked with systems internationally and how a new form of global communications was forming in the demonic world. This communication would control financial and legal structures.

However, He showed me that His remnant was building new freedom outposts or apostolic centers. He called this remnant His ‘triumphant reserve.’  I saw twenty-three freedom outposts in twenty-three states. He then showed me other outposts that needed to form in some places, and still others where the spiritual atmosphere was now not conducive to freedom. A new type of war would have to develop to regain that portion of the land. He actually showed me how prayer strategies from the last season would be of no effect in this season. Nazareth and Capernaum are good examples of this in Jesus’s day. I also thought of how the Lord told the disciples, ‘This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting’ (Matt. 17:21).

He then showed me new calls being extended from heaven and angels bringing those calls into the earth. The intercession and travail of today are opening the gates of heaven for these calls to come to the appropriate individuals who will lead in this hour. Next, He showed me His new leadership. This was a leadership of not just the young generation but also realigned generations. It was as if David’s mighty army for this hour was being chosen in a threefold generational alignment. When they aligned, their hearts became one with His, and the strength to overcome was released. God has deposited revelation and vision within you that will be called up for such a time as this.”  (pp. 58-61)

The last three years, the Lord has been developing and identifying Apostolic Centers for the future. These Centers will be used to produce a threefold generational Kingdom Advancement.

The Lord showed me after the first three years into President Obama’s first term, America’s covenant alignment would polarize and the America as we know would no longer exist but begin to fade quickly. That occurred in May, 2011. President Obama made a statement that was overlooked by most that set all of this in motion. Next, He showed me that by within three years (by May 31, 2011), a statement would be made regarding Israel in this nation that would realign the nation and determine the future of this land.  (With President Obama’s speech of mid-May 2011 endorsing thePalestinians’ demand for their own state based on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, I believe that statement was made (this returns us to the warfare dimension of that season and time in U.S. History!)   I sense that three years into this last term there was a shift to turn America from its current covenant aligned form into a new form.

I then saw a massive storm hitting the East Coast. This storm would be sent as a sign for this shift that would come on the East coast and water would cover Atlantic City.  (I visited this area again in June, 2012, reiterated the word, and the prophetic team mobilized prayer up and down the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware.) The Lord shared that when this city went under water, this would signify the beginning of a necessary infrastructure shift that would begin in the East Coast. This would not only greatly effect New York and New Jersey, but then Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Saint Louis, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Miami Dade County metroplexes. These mega structures would rearrange their governments in a confederation that would not promote Christianity as the first spiritual influence of the land, but embrace other forms of religious alignments that would make handshakes politically to control their regions. After this, the West Coast would begin to shake from San Diego to Seattle.

By 2016 there would have to be a revolution of revelation attached to the apostolic centers. These Centers, or outposts, will be known as contending governmental influences very much like in John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Apostles day. Once again, the Lord’s warning to “beware of the Pharisees and Herodians” will become a reality! The covenant rights of this land will once again be contended for.

However, the battlefields will not be the present battlefields. These contending governments will address the IRS and Electoral College structures. They will address the current ruling power of the Federal Reserve System. They will address the Health Care Structure that presently is meant to take away our freedom to heal and be healed. They will address and propose a New America with redistributed power! Texas will be Central in the redevelopment of this over the next 4 years. Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, and Tennessee will arise and be leading contenders of freedom.

Are we ready for this? We must be if our children’s children are to have any opportunity for covenant freedom in this next season. In these next three years, the church will return to its First Love, secure its candlestick, receive incredible compassion and be ready for the war ahead.

I see a new prophetic intercessory movement ahead to help us make this shift into Kingdom alignment. I see media forces like Charisma instrumental in this shift. The voice of the Lord must be restored to our land. There is no need to pray for the America we have known but we must begin to pray and intercede to develop a New Wineskin America. The inalienable rights that were promised in the original covenant that was made with Godly men and women in this land, will have to be dusted off, untangled, and replanted for other generations to enjoy. This new wineskin must be  developed so God can pour  revelation into us to war for a covenant that  still exists, but is no longer in functional relationship with Him.  He longs to visit here in the earth realm in the land that has been called America. He still has a plan of fullness, but the war and leadership for this plan are now taking a drastic transformational shift.

Chuck D. Pierce

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Nov 08

Is God “Daddy”?

Ever have something “bug” you only later having to repent for it?

For years I heard those in my circles call the Father God DADDY.

Just the sound of that word was more than could be fathomed applying it to a all knowing, all seeing King of Glory. “I was praying the other day and daddy revealed to me….” and “daddy loves you..” Sounded childish and UN-reverent.


The kicker came while reading Psalms 68 vs. 5, “ A father to the fatherless..” In the foot notes Strong’s definition of this word is:


“Father; forefather; producer of a certain thing. A very simple word, ab is supposed to be one of the first words a baby can speak. The Aramaic form of ab is abba which has become common in modern Hebrew as the word Israeli children use for DADDY.”


The definition started turning my heart but reading further in Strong’s, “Jesus applied this toddler’s word to His divine Father in Mark 14:36” and “The Holy Spirit teaches us to call God Abba or DADDY in Romans 8:15” Ok…getting the point here. The word ab could be studied deeper revealing a creator, builder and architect but the main point was calling the Father, the Creator of Life and Lord of Glory DADDY.


What really sparked some thinking was “the first word a baby can speak.” In our so called modern times of fatherless homes and single moms the first word babies speak is “mommy”. Something is missing…


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Nov 01

Prophecy from “Journal of the Unknown Prophet” Oct 9 2012

This prophecy came from Journal of the Unknown Prophet. Permission to share is listed. The website is



The Lord woke me up in the early hours of the morning last week before the bailout was passed – It was around four am in the morning and I kept hearing one sentence over and over again and that sentence was ‘EYE OF THE STORM – EYE OF THE STORM..’ and then I started to hear Psalm 91 as well, and I said to the Lord – ‘Father – your people are very familiar with Psalm 91,’ but I sensed this was DIFFERENT – there was such a specific and powerful rhema anointing on this Psalm concerning the current financial situation. “He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the almighty whose power no foe can withstand. You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night nor of the arrow, the evil plot slanders of the wicked or the NASDAQ OR THE DOW JONES THAT PLUMMETS by day. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand but it shall not come near you because you have made the LORD your refuge.”

And I sensed that the Lord was so deeply moved by the prayers and cries of His children regarding the current economic turmoil and I believe that He is talking to some of you right now and He’s saying – BELOVED CHILD – BELOVED SON – BELOVED DAUGHTER BECAUSE YOU HAVE MADE ME – THE LORD – THE MOST HIGH – YOUR REFUGE AND YOUR DWELLING PLACE. I SHALL PROTECT YOU –






And I remembered a prophecy the Lord had given me so many years ago in 1999 in the Journal of the Unknown prophet part of which had said –


And so great terror shall strike at the heart of those who have ruled the nations by control and manipulation- by trade and by extortion- as their idols collapse before them. And so the great shaking and the judgements upon the Earth shall begin. They exchange the worship of Me, the Living God, for that of stocks and shares and gold and bonds- for the worship of oil and armaments. They have exchanged their souls for that which cannot save them. For so it is that as their life expires, all they have amassed in the high places of the earth, all their idols shall stand silent.




And I knew with a great dread that part of what we were all experiencing in the tumult of the world economic shake up was actually the Lord’s JUDGMENT on the trading systems of the world – But at the very same time, I sensed His great mercies start to flow and His overwhelming compassions and fervency of His love for His own Household – for YOU His child. And it seemed to me that the Lord was saying a very different thing to His children.


And He said, Wendy – I want you to tell my people that THEY DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR.


Things will get ROUGH


Things will get TURBULENT




Tell my people – It is time to fly by the instruments by the weapons of their warfare


It is time for them to fly by FAITH






FOR THEM TO WALK IN THE OPPOSITE SPIRIT OF THE AGE BECAUSE they have set their love on me, the Lord said


BECAUSE they have set their heart on me,


BECAUSE they have set their substance on me,


SURELY I will deliver them and the Father said to me


I am MOVED – I am greatly MOVED FOR my people and BY the prayers of my people at this time.







And then I saw the word BABYLON and I saw Babylon above WALL STREET and THE FEDERAL RESERVE was there above Wall Street. Then I saw a noose that was around the necks of the bankers, many bankers, institutions in the city and in Wall Street and then I saw the spirit of Babylon just pull on that noose and it started to get so tight around that noose and then I saw Jesus.


Jesus Christ was there walking through Wall Street and he noted every Christian, every follower of His and there were many followers who were actually IN banks and institutions.







I saw believers there who were PRAYING and then I saw a spiders web, a huge spiders web, and I saw the spiders web go from Wall Street and it went to Washington and it went through Congress and the Senate and then up to the White House.


And then I saw a very strange thing I saw two huge FUEL LINES I did not understand( A day later I sensed strongly they represented OIL) and these two fuel lines came directly from Wall Street into the White House and into the Treasury, I saw the word TREASURY in large black capitals.






And I felt that the Lord said there are HIDDEN AGREEMENTS – HIDDEN COVENANTS and I knew that the Lord said that we as Christians and believers need to pray at this time for TRUTH and to PRAY FOR EXPOSURE OF DARKNESS. That’s what the Lord said. And He said that THERE IS GOING TO BE A SHIFT AND A SWAY – THERE’S GOING TO BE A GOD EXPOSURE OF PEOPLE’S ROLES THAT I BELIEVE WILL CONTINUE EVEN INTO THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION.






And then the Lord said He is calling now for TEMPERANCE-


He is calling for SOBER MINDEDNESS


He is calling for MEASURED WISDOM


And then He started speaking about the ELECTION.


And about the SPIRIT ON THE MEDIA in this election and I sensed the Lords grieving – that it was time for us a the Lords own to rise in prayer and bind the JEZEBELIC SPIRIT on the media and the BEGUILING SPIRITS and SPIRITS OF WITCHCRAFT that have been released – It’s a showman spirit on this election.






And I sensed the Lords displeasure with the divisiveness and attacks and devouring taking place between the parties in the Election – It was hard for Him to RELEASE HIS FULL BLESSING when the spirits operating over the parties in the Election were the opposing spirit to the KINGDOM OF GOD.


And I sensed the enemy’s pleasure over the divisiveness. I sensed many other things concerning the election –




It was imperative that as the Body of Christ we were not praying our own agendas but the Agenda of the ONLY ONE WHO TRULY KNOWS AND READS ALL HEARTS – AND TO PRAY FOR THE FATHER’S WILL AND ONLY THE FATHER’S WILL TO BE ACHIEVED IN THE ELECTION.

No matter how much we feel we understand and know we still see through a glass so darkly.

And I heard the same words again – Temperance – Sober mindedness – Measured Wisdom.

He said many other things which I will share if the Lord releases me to do so in the weeks ahead but I am not led to share them at this time. However I sense with a great burden that the Lord is calling for His people to cover the election with heaven directed prayer.


And finally I saw this huge tornado and it was the financial situation upon the earth.

And I saw it come and there was a whole city and it just went through the whole city and the city was devastated and I saw these houses that stayed and they were beautiful and they were completely intact.

The eye of the storm passed over these houses but they were completely intact. Nothing was touched. Not their gardens or fences.

And the Father said ‘For those of you who have loved Him

For those of you who have served HIM

For those of you who have set your heart on Him

And he keep saying who have kept your substance on Him

He said the destroyer will pass over them because the Blood of the Lamb, the living Blood of the Lamb was over all of those houses which represent the people who have truly loved the Lord and their substance is set on the Lord.

And it was like a canopy, the protection of the Lord that even as the eye of the storm passed across your life, your finances, your mortgages, passed across the banks –


“And thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand but it shall not come near you.” Only a spectator you will be.

This is an excerpt from the Unknown Prophet written many years ago but for all who have served the Lord faithfully with their substance. The Lord said

‘ But for those who have been found faithful to My Father in the monetary matters of the earth, to those who have not set their heart upon the possessions and the riches that I have blessed them with, but have laid up their treasures in Heaven and have given of My substance to feed the poor and those of lesser fortune than themselves- for those who have poured out My substance through the vehicles that I have raised up to preach the gospel in these end-times and have given of their generously and joyfully with a thankful heart- to these ones comes a multiplication, a multiplication not as in the past. For in the past it was a multiplication of five and of tens, but in this coming time, says the Lord, I shall multiply My substance supernaturally upon these ones that it shall be a hundred and a thousand fold. And I shall yet open up unseen riches that until now have been hidden in the secret places of the Earth. And to these ones I shall pour out upon the gold of Ophir and the treasures of Solomon. I shall pour upon them the gold hidden deep under the earth and the oil, even the oil shall come into their hands. These will not have to tremble when My Judgment falls for I shall keep their substance safe in the eye of the storm. For their substance is indeed My substance and their inheritance is My inheritance. For they are the proven ones, the ones whose treasure is fixed in Me.

And so in these latter days you shall see them come forth as guiding lights rising from within the world system but rising from out of the world’s system. Yes they shall rise. Watch now and see if they will not come forth. And through them My ministers shall be blessed, and shall yet be financed and shall be preached through all the nations of the Earth. So be it. Amen

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