Many of my readers have been asking about the upcoming Jade Helm exercise. Naturally, citizens should have a healthy suspicion of any military exercises and especially ones that appear to target a domestic threat. However, is the hysteria really warranted or is it all being overly hyped? I have remained mute on this issue because I was hoping the military would through official channels come clean and explain the true nature of the exercise, which is better described as an operation. Of course this has not happened and there are deliberate reasons why the military has remained opaque. As such, I want to explain the operation in a way that to date hasn’t been reported. The truth about the exercise is it is really an operation and there are reasons for real concern, but also, there is a large degree of hype that has clouded the public’s understanding. Nonetheless, Jade Helm is just a symptom of far bigger conspiracies unfolding across the US government. To be prepared, you will need to understand the dynamic currently afoot, which is far bigger than any one exercise. Read more
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In addition to my more in-depth posts, I will be routinely adding short bulletized points to keep our readers up to date on global issues. If you would like more details on a specific issue, please post to comments or email me directly at LMS.
April 20, 2015
- US sending warships to “prevent” Iran from providing arms to Houthis in Yemen. The US has greatly contributed to the crisis in Yemen and engaging in a stand-off with Iran over support to each country’s respective proxies is a losing card for the White House to play. The US (aside from special interests) has nothing to gain from this conflict. The only possible winner will be AQAP (Al Qaeda). Yemen’s US backed “president” in exile will never be able to return to “effective” power after using foreign militaries to bomb and kill Yemeni civilians. Further, the Houthis, which pose no threat to the US will be weakened, but not pushed from power. The US will no doubt dupe itself into another disastrous conflict. The end result will be prolonging the chaos in Yemen and AQAP gaining significantly more power. Just as I warned, the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia/Qatar in Syria would eventually engulf the entire region and turn hot. If the US policy in Yemen was to create greater Middle East conflict, empower Islamic extremism, and further destabilize global oil markets, it has achieved its objectives.
- US arrests suspects attempting to join ISIL. The US acts as though this was a great crime fighting/anti-terrorism win; however, it is a sign of deeper problems that have been self-inflicted. Minnesota in particular is a hot bed of Islamic activity because of the suicidal domestic immigration policies that favor and actually import tens of thousands of people into the US annually from countries known for radical Islamism such as Somalia. In short, it is a self fulfilling prophecy that has been used to justify an unnecessary domestic spy/police state and draconian legislation such as the “Patriot Act.”
- Iraqi military backed by US and Iran fails to retake key cities from ISIL. Contrary to rosy claims by the Obama Administration, the Iraqi Army has only scored marginal victories against what appears to be a far more dynamic and better led ISIL force. Specifically, government forces were able to seize some key areas around Tikrit, but have so far failed to effectively secure the city. Further, while the Iraqi military was focused north in Tikrit, ISIL has appeared to have shifted its fighting strength to the Ramadi area where it has gained ground in recent weeks. As predicted, the violence and bloodshed in Iraq will continue and grow as long as the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia continues to burn. As one side gains ground, the other side will bolster its support for its proxy until the conflict has grown so big and so violent it will directly involve its original sponsors. The end result will be a disaster for both the Middle East and the US.
- Drought in California continues at record levels. If you haven’t planted a large garden this year, plan to pay more…a lot more, at the grocery store. As warned in previous articles last winter, food prices have continued to rise. This price inflation isno where near at its peak with beef prices skyrocketing. The conditions that continue to cause price hikes will persist. Crops largely grown in California will see some of the largest spikes such as nuts and lettuces.
- High taxes and over regulation finally ruining Virginia. Northern Virginia, an area historically known for its strong economy and growing population has begun to feel the pressure of increasingly socialist governmental policies. Naturally, the region draws on people working for the federal government and the big bureaucracy mindset has metastasized across the Potomac into the Commonwealth of Virginia. High taxes, oppressive regulations, and stifling over population have all been the result. This caustic bureaucratic recipe has led to a fed up population that is now leaving in droves. Ironically, many of these people leaving were responsible at the ballot boxes for the socialist turn in governance. Perhaps they learned their lesson and will not repeat their same mistake in the future, but that is doubtful. As the population growth levels out and then begins to drop, local governments will soon realize budget deficits are growing and they are unable to provide the services originally programmed. Without undoing what has become a socialist style of governance in the enclave, Northern Virginiais doomed to double down on its current failures and create another communist utopia on the banks of the Potomac.
By Guiles Hendrik
I wanted to take a moment to simply say, “your welcome” to the good people that took the time to write and thank us for our Bug Out Part 2 – Los Angeles/Southern California. Although we did not plan to release the post just before the heavy rain storms that are causing wide spread damage across California, it indeed proved to be timely. I hope every one of you were adequately prepared for the rains, flooding, and mudslides that are currently affecting California. Please stay safe.
We hope that our posts help our readers and we will continue to release future Bug Out specific editions over the coming weeks.
In case you have been asleep for the last five years or somehow managed to not buy any groceries, you should know that the price of groceries has quadrupled over as many years. For the rest of us feeding our families, we are intimately aware of how much more we have had to pay for groceries in recent years. It has gotten so bad that many families that used to be able to purchase roughly a shopping cart of groceries for $100 now are paying upwards of $400 dollars for less food of less quality. Coupled with high prices of gas and energy, most of us have experienced a large net loss of our purchasing power as our disposable income has all but vanished. Of course this directly contradicts the Obama Whitehouse’s assertions that there has been little to no inflation and economically things are better. Ask yourself this, do you actually have more disposable income than you did just a few years ago? Has your quality of life improved? Sadly, the answer is more often than not a resounding “NO” as the numbers of individuals on government assistance programs like food stamps has exploded. This article will discuss the basics on how to weather the coming food price crisis.
You must understand that our current state of decay is just the beginning as things will get much worse in the United States. For starters, California is experiencing historic drought that is decimating its agricultural industry as we outlined in our previous article. Far worse is that our government is moving closer and closer to a totalitarian state run by left leaning Marxists heavily influenced by global bankers and corporate elites that care nothing for you and are only focused on increasing their power, wealth, and control over you. Add to this the fact the Federal Reserve continues to counterfeit over a trillion dollars a year and then bills you, the taxpayer, for the created debt even as you suffer from the very real devaluation of the dollar because of the Federal Reserve’s engineered inflationary measures. These few issues are by no means all inclusive, but illustrate some of the major drivers pushing costs higher and higher as your wages and real earnings are decimated. These government programs will only intensify as higher taxes, fees, and penalties are lumped on by local, state, and federal governments to offset their rising operating costs, which rob you of any remaining disposable income. Thus, it begs the question that many are asking…. “How will I be able to feed my family and still pay my bills?”
Fortunately, the answer is neither new nor complex. One must become self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is the same solution our forefathers intuitively recognized and the maxim most farmers, pioneers, and Americans lived by up until the last half of the 20th Century. Many thought the time for small farms and garden plots was gone for good, but the crisis of increasing food prices has driven Americans back to rediscovering that the old ways were in fact better. So, if you have been saving your survival seeds for when things get bad, you should seriously consider planting them this year and procuring new seeds for future crops while you still can. Once things go beyond the tipping point to a full blown crisis, it will be too late to plant, grow, harvest, and use your seed stores. The garden will provided you affordable, healthy, great tasting, fresh food when no one else can afford or find it in grocery stores. Further, any excess can be sold or used to barter for other goods you may not have in surplus.
A healthy garden takes years to fully develop to its maximum potential so starting now allows you to experiment with crops, fail (yes, you will have failures), build a tool inventory, and begin building an inventory of food stores via dehydration (drying) and canning. You will learn what varieties of plants grow best where in your soil. You will also get to taste various vegetables and decide which are best suited to your family’s palate. Devising a pest control strategy that works will also be vital. All of this takes time, sweat, and practice. There are no real shortcuts to this so get started now.
To begin, select the best land you can for your crops. This may mean moving to a new location with better soil, water access, and sunlight or simply developing your backyard. For you folks still imprisoned in the cities, you may want to invest in hydroponic systems or rooftop gardens. Having the right tools will be critical. The best hand tools are not the ones made today, but old antique hand tools with solid steel implements. You can often find these cheaply online or at flea markets and yard sales. Make sure you have redundancy. You will also need an ample supply of good seeds. I recommend that you stick with quality heirloom seeds that have been optimized for your growing conditions. Make sure you get a wide variety of seeds so that you can experiment with different crops. For example, if one specific variety of tomatoes does poorly, you may find a different variety does very well saving you from a total crop loss for the season. You will also need to devise a method to protect your crop from pests such as animals, insects, and diseases. I have found solar powered electric fences are the best method for keeping out animals like deer that will wreck an entire garden in a single night. The solar powered electric fence is very easy to set up and affordable. Dusting crops like beans and potatoes with lime does well at keeping insects back while preventing nutritional diseases. I also found using a torch around plants to kill weeds is an effective organic solution to weed control. When it comes to fertilizers, bone meal and manure are two of the best organic solutions. Just make sure any manure you use is seasoned well so that you don’t introduce invasive weed species to your soil.
For those of you looking to grow gardens or enter into small farming operations, you may also want to employ low profile or clandestine methods. Many of our readers live in suburban neighborhoods with unconstitutional and oppressive home owners association (HOA) covenants that ridiculously forbid gardening. In these areas fencing in your yard may be your easiest option. If that isn’t possible, many people have turned their basements into mini greenhouses, but run the risk of drawing attention of local authorities that may mistakenly suspect illicit marijuana grow operations are afoot. In this case it may be best to actually let local law enforcement know what you are doing to prevent a mistaken and highly dangerous SWAT raid on your home. However, if the wrong people know you have food, they may target your residence to steal your crops so discrete is good. Those of us lucky enough to be in rural areas do not have oppressive HOAs and can grow large gardens, but could become subject to crop confiscation. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has steadily increased its efforts to identify all farming operations throughout the country and many suspect that in a time of crisis the government could use this information to confiscate crops to feed the masses. As protests in Kiev turn violent, an important, illustrative lesson from the Ukraine’s history comes to mind. During the period between 1932 and 1933 when the Ukraine fell under Soviet control, an estimated 12 million Ukrainians were intentionally starved to death as a result of resisting Stalin’s takeover of power and government mismanagement of agricultural policies. During this period, the communist government forced confiscation of all household foodstuffs and restricted the population movement to other areas all while shipping off, warehousing, destroying, or leaving unharvested millions of tons of grain that could have fed the Ukrainians. The urban populations suffered the worst and died by the millions of starvation and disease while the rural populations were demonized and blamed by the communists for the government’s actions. If you have any question as to why this genocide was carried out, Henry Kissinger succinctly explains it when he stated that if you want to control the population, control its food supply.
This Ukrainian lesson illustrates how a centralized government like ours that mismanages policies and is continuously seeking greater power could seize your crops during a crisis to effectively control our citizens. To avoid this, don’t report your crops to the government. Further, plant multiple gardens and crops in various areas throughout your property. One garden would be overt while the others would be hidden and made to “NOT” look like a standard garden. In fact, if your garden looks like a fallow field of weeds or just a part of the forest it will draw little to no attention. In addition, cultivate wild crops and livestock considered “weeds” and wild animals so that they go overlooked even by the most zealous commissar sent by the government to inspect, record, and confiscate your crops. This technique is highly successful and practical for preppers since even the most savvy of government bureaucrats are generally idiots in respect to anything that actually requires real work or true practical knowledge. The average USDA inspector couldn’t tell you the difference between spinach and burdock and certainly wouldn’t recognize chicory and dandelions as a staple food crop. Wild leeks (ramps) and asparagus also would be passed over by even many country folks. They also wouldn’t recognize your cover crops that feed a disproportionately large deer herd, but certainly would be able to tag, number, and seize every chicken and head of cattle you may possess. Fish ponds are also nice additions because unless the bureaucrat is ready to dig out and drain your pond or spend a lot of time learning to fish, any fish you have stocked will also go under reported. Fruit and nut trees interspersed with the forest also will most likely go unnoticed so look at planting stands of these trees in small clearings vice large orchard settings.
On the backside of raising your crops, you must secure your harvest. The very best way I have found to accomplish this is by building multiple low profile root cellars away from your house. A root cellar can be very simple (essentially a hole in the ground with an insulated cover) where root crops, fruits, and canned goods can be stored for long periods of time. These natural storage vessels can be constructed in a way as to be virtually invisible to all but the most astute observer. By utilizing outdoor food storage locations, you prevent your food supplies from being looted or confiscated in their totality while building a strong alibi respective of “having no food.” Anyone doubting you would certainly search your home and after finding only the minimum staples would be forced to conclude that you indeed have no food and thus, could not be growing additional food since it would have to be stored somewhere.
In summary, you have been warned of impending food price spikes even as your wages are diminished by our central economic planners. Your choices now are to either run the risk that all will be well and government that created these problems will suddenly fix them or implement your last minute survival food production plans. I am recommending to all of our readers to plant every inch of land they can this year since I have become convinced that our economy is teetering on the brink of its greatest economic collapse in history. Food will become scarcer and prices will rise with every coming month. This is a certainty. If you decide to plant the worst outcome would be to have an overabundance of food come the autumn harvest and critical practice and experience growing a garden for real. Although we preach last “minute” survival, “minute” is very relative in respect to gardens where a more apt description would be last season survival. Failure to plant your crops this spring will delay any chance of a food crop by not just a year, but a year and a half because of the lead-lag time between planting and harvesting. Time is wasting so get busy!
By Guiles Hendrik
February 18, 2014
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As California’s drought stretches into years, the situation according to California’s Governor Jerry Brown is becoming dire. “Today I’m declaring a drought in the state of California,” said Brown. “We’re facing perhaps the worst drought California has ever seen since records began being kept about 100 years ago.” As a result, incremental actions to restrict water use have been placed into effect. Most recently, Governor Brown announced last Friday that they won’t send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland. The restrictions in water use will be particularly detrimental for anyone involved in agriculture where irrigation is vital for California’s crops raised primarily in arid regions. The result of this drought and necessary restrictions to California industry and agriculture will mean a spike in food prices and even greater job losses in California.
People fall over themselves lauding the wonderful weather Southern California offers its residents. However, what Southern California doesn’t offer is adequate fresh water to support the state’s massive population. Fresh water is the most basic resource for life; yet, over 38.3 million people call it home even though natural sources of freshwater are far inadequate. Historically, the snow pack in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains has filled reservoirs to supplement California’s water demand, but with record low snowfall, no relief is in sight or expected. More alarming is the fact that climatologists are warning that this drought could continue anywhere from a couple decades to two hundred years based on California’s historical climatic cycles. If indeed this drought persists unabated, it could mean that California will be entering a historic dust bowl situation that could effectively collapse the state.
Further compounding the problem is that California leads the country as the largest producer of agricultural products (crops and livestock), accounting for more than 11 percent of the national total, based on the 2007 Census of Agriculture. To support this, approximately 80% of California’s freshwater is used for irrigation. Given the shortages, California cannot provide freshwater for its inhabitants and agriculture and industry. As such, the tap will be turned off first for California’s farmers. In fact the mere threat of water rationing has already forced many farmers to leave fields fallow and write off this year’s crops as a total loss. The situation is even worse for fruit and nut orchards where the water restrictions could kill productive trees that take years to grow to fruit bearing size. Livestock too will not survive without water so cattle, swine, and poultry populations will be slaughtered and not replaced. As farmers shutter their operations until conditions improve, the businesses that sprung up around California’s agricultural industry are also going out of business. This will cost California billions of dollars in lost revenues and further exasperate the already high unemployment in California.
The result of the drop in California’s agricultural production will restrict food supplies even as demand globally is growing causing food prices to skyrocket this year. This will result in major shortages of products that California produces for the United States such as artichokes, lettuce, spinach, peaches, and strawberries. Many other products such as tomatoes, bell peppers, and carrots, which California produces 1/3, 1/2, and 2/3’s of respectively, will see major price spikes. Meat prices will also spike after cattle, swine, and poultry populations are slaughtered since herd numbers are already at historic lows. If not already bad enough news, inflation will continue to erode the purchasing power of the dollar compounded by the dollar’s weakening status globally as a currency. Add this to a nation with an economy already in collapse and its citizens watching any remaining disposable income vanish as their quality of life descends down a toilet bowl lined by socialist and Marxist economic policies and we have a very real recipe for social unrest.
In case the impact of California’s drought hasn’t caught your attention yet and you still don’t see why it matters, let me be clear. The drought in California will cause your grocery bill to double again this year. If you are an average, struggling, middle class American, you will be forced to cut even more from your already bone thin budget and for the first time actually have to go without when it comes to many food items so that you can pay your most basic bills. This will further reduce the disposable (what if any is left) income Americans have to spend, which will put even more retailers out of business this year. This will lead to a cycle of more layoffs and higher unemployment as the US economy enters into a collapse of historic proportions.
Taking a page from the government, this impending disaster offers opportunity for those savvy enough to foresee it and take action. For starters, it would be wise to enter into direct agreements with cattle and pig farmers for set amounts of beef/pork now before prices spike. Buying a steer or hog now at current prices that will be slaughtered later in the year will save you hundreds of dollars if not more later in the year when prices spike. To illustrate the already rising prices, the prices of beef have already spiked 16.8% this year and bacon is up 22.8%. Further, if you haven’t started a sustainable garden you need to begin now. Invest in a large quantity and variety of heirloom seeds suitable for your growing conditions. Gardens are not something that happen magically after tossing a few seeds into the yard. As we have said many times, gardens take time (years), work, and experimentation to perfect. Anyone waiting to the last minute to plant a garden “when things get really bad” will fail miserably. Invest now in a garden that will produce beyond the needs of your family and it will reward you handsomely with tasty, healthy food at a price you can afford. If you don’t have the land, make a deal with someone who does so that you can gain access to fresh produce. Further, any additional produce not needed can be sold or bartered at a premium price later this summer when the shortages and price hikes really begin to be felt.
In summary, California is entering a period of drought that may last beyond our lifetimes or end next year. Either way, the water shortage will cause grocery bills to spike to record high levels. This will further destabilize the already sick US economy. To protect oneself, the smart prepper will invest in food products and sustainable food production capabilities such as good land, farms, livestock, and gardens to insulate his family from the upcoming price hikes and shortages and turn misfortune into a money making opportunity.
By Guiles Hendrik
February 17, 2014
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