Blood is thicker than water…

Yes it is but it means the opposite of what most people think it means – that family ties are stronger than other ties. The complete meaning though is blood of the oath is thicker than water of the womb – in other words, an oath tie (at least a blood oath) is stronger than “blood” relations. I can verify this through personal experience. My sister’s (or as I fondly refer to her as ex-sister) has no loyalty to the family. She opposes us on everything, especially religion and politics, and is always anxious to point out how “wrong” we are about, well, just about everything. Then at the slightest little push-back starts ranting about how we’re all “personally attacking” her, “don’t respect” her, and how she feels alienated from the rest of the family. Guess what bitch? You are. When you walk away from kin, openly mock the values you were raised with and attack family members for defending those values, you ARE alienated from your family. As far as I’m concerned you are no longer kin. We didn’t alienate you, you removed yourself by your thoughts, words, and deeds. Hence EX-sister.

That explains it…

Yep, white people really ARE inferior…

“Whiteness is not humxness, in fact, white skin is sub-humxn,” she wrote. “All phenotypes exist within the black family and white ppl are a genetic defect of blackness.”

Now we know why white people are stuck in dead ends like getting an education, holding a job, and not knocking up every skank who will spread her legs…

Just think how much better we’d all be if only we had known. The “black way” is better. We could all just sit at home, bitch about “crackers,” and be “baby-daddies” to as many crack hoes as we want, all the while collecting government checks and plotting the death of whitey.

Prepper vs Survivalist

Prepper vs Survivalist… what’s the difference? It depends on who you ask, and everyone has an opinion. Most over complicate it. It’s easy to see why…

“Preppers” after all are just basically responsible adults. They can see what is coming and prepare for it, just like a responsible adult SHOULD do. “Survivalists” are either gun-crazy, SOF wanna-be’s or weird guys that think they can escape the coming doom by hiding in the forest…

Well, not really. In my experience, preppers tend to focus on things. Might need a knife? Better have 3 or 4. Use electronics? Better keep them in a Faraday cage (emp you know…). Guns? Maybe but if yes than not just guns, but thousands of rounds of ammo, reloading gear, and the means to make your own black powder – just in case. A year’s supply of food is of course a given. And of course, endless debate about whether it’s better to be a lone wolf or join a group. If joining a group, what is the “best kind” to join, etc… Not that preppers don’t place value on skills and knowledge, it’s just that the ones I’ve met place a lot of value on having the right stuff…

Survivalists otoh (at least the ones I’ve met) seem to place more value on skills and know-how. Not that tools (“the right stuff”) aren’t important, just that they’re not as important as your brains and muscle.

Which is better – prepper or survivalist? At this point in my journey, I think they’re both wrong and both right.

What did you do to prep this week – April 10 thru 16?

Last week I ordered a book, The Reluctant Partisan Volume One which got here Monday so I started studying it. This is a fascinating book. I don’t agree with some of the author’s views on the desirability of tribalism, but he’s 100% spot on on what is going wrong in our Republic. It’s heavy on fighting tactics and the need to be fit and strong. I liked it so much I ordered Volume Two and his third book, Forging the Hero – Who Does More Is Worth More. If I have time, I’ll review these…

I attended the local prepper group’s monthly meeting. The topic was “Communications for Preppers.” There was lots of information but too much navel gazing. I get the need to prep for an EMP event and how to prep for it, but discussing the “why” – shifts in the earth’s magnetic core, etc – seems like a total waste of time. Kind of wish the group would shift back to more practical application stuff instead of all the “what if,” “why is this happening,” and assorted “dark swan” BS.

Finally, I took and passed my Technician Class amateur radio license exam. Woohoo!!! As soon as I got home from the test I started studying for my General Class license. The test is in 2 months and I’m going to pass it the first time too…

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of standards in a prepper group lately, and while the page I’m linking focuses on “what,” the takeaway for me isn’t what gear is best, but as a determination of effort and commitment to the group. Buying shit doesn’t necessarily demonstrate effort or commitment, but requiring people to do something that takes time and effort – let’s say, oh… getting licensed in something… demonstrates at least a minimal level of effort and commitment. If I have something to say about the standards of any “formal” prepper group I join (and I will, or I won’t join) at a minimum I’d insist that members of the group have (a) a technician class or higher amateur radio license, (b) a concealed carry permit, and (c) some level of formal first aid training.

What did you to to prep this week – April 3 thru 9?

For me, not as much as I’d hoped. I’m taking my Technician Class license test next Saturday, so I was planning on studying at least 2 hours a day. Due to work and some health issues, I didn’t get that done. It might have been a blessing in disguise though since I started monitoring my BP after not doing that for too long and found I’m having a problem with it again. So most of my preps for the past week were health related:

Started daily monitoring of my blood pressure
Switched doctors and made an appointment with the new one. Last time I saw a doctor was over 2 years ago, which is kind of stupid considering I have issues with high BP and cholesterol. My old doctor sucked, hopefully the new one will be better.
Got a book on working out without weights, Convict Conditioning. I love this book – starts you out slow on six basic exercises (with many variations of each) without the hype of most workout books. Worth a try…
Cleaned out my garage enough to access my work bench
Got the back yard about half ready for planting vegetables in a few weeks

I also checked out a few prepper blogs (more to follow on those) and decided to sell my AR15. Where I live, a .22 would be a lot more useful and the funds from the AR will easily pay for a Ruger 10/22 with enough left over for ammo and targets. Hopefully NEXT week I’ll be able to spend a lot more time studying for the license exam since it’s next Saturday and I don’t want to wait 3 months for the next exam.

What did YOU do to prep this week?

What are you prepping for?

If you want to get strange looks, suspicious glances, maybe even see people physically recoil, just casually mention to friends or family that you’re a prepper or at least interested in prepping. I get funny looks from both my wife and my mom whenever the subject comes up. I know sometimes prepping gets a bad rap, but of all people you’d think my mom and my wife would know I’m not a “crazy”…

The first time happened when I told my wife I wanted to get five cases of distilled water. She couldn’t imagine why we needed it, after all we have tap water. I asked her what happened if something went wrong with the tap.

“Well, if that happens we’ll just go to the store and get some then. Besides, you don’t have room to store it.”

So I explained that if everyone went to the store at the same time to get water as us, the store might be out of water and we wouldn’t have any.

“Oh come on. That’s not going to happen.”

So I asked her if she didn’t think it was a good idea to have some water on hand just in case, to, you know, be prepared?

“Prepared for what?”

The next time happened when we visited my mom. I’d just gotten a copy of Preppers Blueprint and I took it along to read. My mom noticed the book and asked what it was. I told her it’s a book on prepping.

“What is prepping?”

So I told her a little about it and why I am interested in it.

“Oh, what are you prepping for?

Well, what am I prepping for?
First of all, I’m not a doomsday prepper. I don’t believe there is a coming zombie apocalypse, and if there is large scale nuclear war I think I’d be better off at Ground Zero than living through it and dealing with the aftermath. That’s just me, YMMV. I’m more into prepping for things that are likely to actually happen to me or my family. Boring things like what if there’s a major snow storm and I have to get home from work, pick up my kid from school, and make sure my wife can get home safely from her job. Or the power going out for a few hours or a few days. Silly things like getting a fixing a stuck toilet valve (do you have any idea how much it costs to get a plumber just to take a look?). I’m prepped for a house fire. Major illness. Financially, I’m taking steps to make sure we could survive either or both of us losing our jobs. Putting a plan in place to communicate with family and friends even if the internet is down and the cell phones aren’t working.
When I think about it, most of what I’m doing to prep wouldn’t have been called “prepping” 30 years ago, it was just what people did back then so it didn’t even have a name. I guess if you’d asked somebody to call it something back then, they might have just called it “common sense.” So maybe I’m not really prepping at all, I’m just practicing “common sense” – which doesn’t seem to be very common these days. Maybe that’s why id needs a special name. It’s not an action, it’s just a mindset that leads me to do certain things. And even though I’m not prepping for TEOTWAWKI, I think my mindset and the things I do because of that mindset will help me and my family survive most big events that could happen. Well, except maybe a zombie apocalypse or large scale nuclear war.
What are YOU prepping for?

Prepper Comms…

How do you communicate? Probably lots of ways 🙂 Face to face is the most reliable, explained here (first paragraph) better than I could explain it myself.

Besides talking to someone face to face, your choices are phone, radio, snail mail, or over the internet. Snail mail is slow and sometimes gets lost on the way. Phones (esp. cell phones) and the internet rely on infrastructure that you can’t control and can be shut off whenever on someone’s whim. Radio OTOH can only be jammed. Because of this, I think radio is the best choice next to direct communication.

Assuming radio is the second best choice, what radio should you get? There are lots of choices, which one is the best for a prepper? That depends on a few things. Radios fall into several types. Some radios require a license to operate legally. Range depends on frequency, output power, antenna type and size, and quality of the radio. I really believe the “best” radio for a prepper is one that operates on the amateur bands, i.e. Ham Radio. The only downside is a license is required to legally operate on the Ham Radio bands.

Since some preppers don’t have and won’t get an amateur radio license, I want to talk about unlicensed radio use. Radios that can be legally operated without a license include Citizens Band (CB), Family Radio Service (FRS), and Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) radios.

CB radio is legally limited to 4 watts of transmitter output power, which is plenty for local communication if you have a good antenna. In my area, almost no one is using CB, so the band is pretty much wide open (other locations might not have it so good). Some CB radios can also operate in Single Sideband (SSB) mode, which increases the legal transmitting power to 12 watts and has other characteristics that increase the range of a CB in SSB mode over one operating in standard (AM) mode. In my oppinion, the only currently available CB radios worth considering are the Uniden Bearcat 980SSB and the and the Midland 75-822. The 980SSB is a mobile unit that can be set up as a base station if you have a 12V DC power supply. It can operat in both AM and SSB modes, and can also receive NOAA Weather Alert frequencies, which is a nice feature. It doesn’t suffer from frequency drift like the SSB CB from Galaxy. The 75-822 is a hand-held unit (walkie talkie) that can also receive the NOAA weather channels. Range with the “rubber duckie” antenna sucks, but still better than the Uniden PRO401 (which I also have). It only operates in AM mode (no SSB), but there is an available car power adapter and tuned roof mount antenna, so it can also be used as a mobile CB. Assuming a good antenna and maximum legal power output (4W), the range of a CB radio operating in AM mode can be up to 10 miles and possibly more. CB radio has 40 channels allocated. By regulation, Channel 9 is reserved for emergency communications, and by convention SSB is generally used only on Channels 16 and 36 – 40.

FRS radios are legally limited to 500mw output. They also operate on UHF between 462 and 467 MHz, so they’re basically line of site. That means if there is anything (a hill, lots of trees, buildings, etc) between you and the person you’re trying to talk to, you might not probably won’t be able to communicate. Some makers advertise a range of “up to 36 miles,” but that is under ideal conditions – like mountain top to mountain top with nothing in between. Real life performance is more like 1/2 to 1 mile. FRS has 14 channels allocated, 7 of which are shared with the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) band.

MURS radios operate on VHF between 151 – 154 MHz and are legally limited to 2 watts of transmitting power. Only a few companies make MURS transceivers, so they tend to be more expensive than CB or FRS radios. The frequencies they operate on work better in rural terrain than FRS radios but not quite as good as CB. On the other hand, MURS radios operate using frequency modulation (FM) which is more immune to radio noise than CB radio, so the range can be as good as CB in spite of the lower transmitting power. MURS has 5 channels allocated.

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My choice is CB. The band is pretty much unused in my area, so there is almost no interference. I also like the potentially longer range and that there are 40 available channels instead of just 5 or 14.

Joining a Survival Group – Are You Worthy?

My second Prepper Group Meeting was a couple weeks ago. There were more people than the first time which was kind of nice since I like the chance to get to know people before I decide whether (or how much) to throw in with them. A couple of guys were brand new to the group, more about that in a bit…

Being in a prepper or survival group is kind of important, because in a WORL (With Out Rule of Law) situation it might be difficult or impossible for a Lone Wolf prepper to survive. BUT you need to make sure you and the group you want to join are compatible. It would really suck to find out about “irreconcilable differences” after it’s too late to change your plans. Before you decide whether others are worthy of you though, you need to assess whether YOU are worthy of being in a group…

Do you have good character, a willingness to learn, and dedication? Are you willing to train? Are you selfless or selfish? Are you arrogant and prideful or thoughtful and modest?  As a famous Person once said, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Before you go looking for a perfect team, ask yourself what YOU bring to the team. Are you a hard worker, or are you lazy? Have you let yourself get out of shape? Are you working on physical conditioning? What about learning new skills that would be helpful in a survival situation? Do you have any issues with drugs or alcohol? Are you the type that can’t function without a cup of coffee or a cigarette? Are you willing to put yourself into a subordinate position, or are You Always Right About Everything? Is your word your bond? What about personal and spiritual growth?

Take some time and assess yourself. Correct any shortcomings. Don’t be too prideful to ask for help if you need it. I’ll be honest here, I drink too much and I’ve let myself get into poor physical condition. I’m also lazier than I should be, and sometimes I don’t carry through on what I tell someone I’ll do. Those are things I need to change before I’ll allow myself to be a part of any Survival Team.

As for the new guys in the group, one seemed very prideful and “right about everything” and the other whipped out his knife to show off at first opportunity and talked (bragged) too much about how he’s a “protector,” “sheepdog,” etc…

The lone wolf prepper

I’m new to prepping – lots to learn so I’ve been doing a lot of reading. Some of the stuff makes sense and seems like valuable information, but a lot of it seems like just common sense, designed to sell somebody’s book (or get you to go to their web site and buy an over priced “tactical pen”). One thing that really rankles me is the idea of the lone wolf prepper. I get the appeal – I like to spend time alone more than I like spending it with others most of the time, and in a survival situation I’d have a hard time deciding who to trust and who not to.

News Flash: Wolves travel in packs, and in a survival situation you’re going to need to be part of a pack. I’m not even talking about TEOTWAWKI – just ordinary situations that can and do happen. Here’s an example – a major snow storm hits and the schools close early for the day. Your wife’s car doesn’t have 4WD so she’s stuck at work. You’re considered “essential personnel,” so even though your truck has 4WD, you’re also stuck at work. OK “lone wolf,” who picks up your kids from school?

What about social unrest? That could never happen in the USA, right? Wrong, Pollyanna. If a large crowd is rioting and picking out people to beat up, do you think you can protect yourself, your family, your home, or your business all by yourself? Maybe if you’re Bruce Lee, but otherwise it would probably be a really good idea having some people who will watch your back.

So with that in mind, I recently joined a local prepper group. The first meeting I went to was this week. In some ways it was better than I thought and some ways not as good as I’d hoped. The people all seemed friendly though and there were no whack jobs, so I think it was a good way to spend the evening.

It’s hard to talk about prepping. A lot of people have negative impressions about preppers and prepping. To tell the truth, after seeing some of the people practicing open carry around town and talking to some “preppers,” it’s no wonder that prepping gets a bad rap. In the end though, it doesn’t matter to me. I know that my chances are better if I’m part of a group that shares my values, has my back, and I theirs. Even though it’ll be hard, I’m going to find a group of preppers I’m comfortable around and that I trust.

WTF (why the fishing)???

The more I learn about prepping, the more I see why prepping gets a bad rep. There are lots of things to be outraged about in the prepper world, but my current focus is on fishing…

Fishing? Really? WTF???

Seriously… WTF???

Why the big deal about fishing??? OK, I admit that I’m new to prepping. I want to learn, so I read to learn… survival and prepping blogs, survival equipment reviews, survival channels on YouTube, etc. and I notice a common theme: according to many, You Absolutely Need A Fishing Kit In Your Bugout Bag. Really? Please… WTF???

Don’t get me wrong. I love fishing and I love the taste of wild caught trout. When I was a kid, there were a few summer vacations when I fished EVERY SINGLE DAY (it was great growing up in Bishop…). I’m sure in a perfect world, or at least in a perfect survival situation, having a fishing kit can not only keep you alive, but fed like royalty. Except… it won’t.

If you live in the Owens Valley where I grew up, a fishing kit will help you catch fish in some of the smaller streams, but you don’t really need a “fishing kit” in those streams, just build a dam and drive the fish into it. Easy. Of course you might need to try the Owens River, but most of the “fishing kits” I’ve seen (especially the ones included as part of a “survival kit”) are too limited to do you much good on larger waters (and the Owens River isn’t really large).

And… what if your bug out (or bug in) location in in the Mojave Desert? High in the White Mountains? Somewhere near Gerlach? South Central LA? I’m pretty sure a fishing kit won’t do you much good in any of those places… so WTF do so many “experts” make such a big deal about having a “fishing kit” as part of your survival gear? I’m thinking it’s a circle thing… someone notes that in SOME SITUATIONS a fishing kit would be helpful, maybe even essential. Then, a company that makes survival gear decides to put a “fishing kit” in one of their bug out kits or maybe even in the handle of their “survival knife.” Next, a survival blogger or author notices the kit and writes favorably about it. More survival gear companies read about it and decide to put fishing kits into their stuff. Other bloggers notice the trend and start writing more about it. More companies read the “news” about “how important” fishing kits are, and… more bloggers assume the fishing kits are REALLY IMPORTANT because more and more people are writing about them, more and more companies are including them, and…

That’s it for now. Next post will be about survival guns. Got two ideas in mind. First is why you only need a 22 LR in Alaska since SHOT PLACEMENT IS EVERYTHING, second is why you NEED a 375 H&H Magnum even if the biggest game animal you’re likely to see is a jack rabbit or a feral cat. Stay tuned…