The Disrespect is Stunning

Few will need a reminder that on September 11 2001 terrorist filth attacked four targets from the air in America. The attacks resulted in nearly 3000 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries. Not counting the later disablement and deaths that occurred way in the emergency crews and civilians caught up in it.

For my wife, who was working for an American Bank at that time, it’s going to bring back horrible memories with the loss of friends in the World Trade Center. 20 years is an important milestone and a grim reminder.

Meanwhile, on the 20th Anniversary of that day, and across the media, will be ‘London Pride’. A celebration of all things LGBT whatever. To me, they had 51 other weekends to pick from but this one sums up their ‘self importance’  and disrespect for everything else. There again it is London, and it’s Mayor Sadiq Khan who would have authorized this.

Wanna know what I think about that when I think about what 9/11 means? The disrespect of my country shames me for letting this happen on that weekend.

And now I’m thinking really evil thoughts.
They won’t be bothered about little things like social distancing, let alone masks. After all this is the self important LGBT ‘whatever’ movement we are talking about.

I guess payback for their disrespect will happen a couple of weeks later. As a surge in Covid numbers and deaths among their ‘community’.

Only it won’t be limited to them.
Many others who attended that weekend will fall sick as well and the knock on from that will catch many others who were never there.

London. Shouldn’t be allowed.
Take that however you want.

Iraq, Afghanistan, an add on.

An add on to the post The naivety of Biden (or is the US Mil)?

I said in that post:- It’s like you never learn.
The East’s ethos, belief’s, traditions, or whatever, don’t work the same way as the West. 

I was prompted to check out these.
December 9, 2019 Washington Post report Afghanistan (Reuters)

“We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing,” Douglas Lute, a three-star general who was given a central role in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. President George W. Bush, told interviewers in 2015, the Post said.

In 2010, then-Major General Michael Flynn, deputy chief of staff for intelligence in Afghanistan for the U.S. military and its NATO allies, sharply criticized the work of U.S. spy agencies in Afghanistan, calling them ignorant and out of touch with the Afghan people.

Huffington Post, Dec 2015 about Iraq.
Lt. General Michael Flynn .
“It was huge error,” he said. “As brutal as Saddam Hussein was, it was a mistake to just eliminate him. The same is true for Moammar Gadhafi and for Libya, which is now a failed state. The historic lesson is that it was a strategic failure to go into Iraq. History will not be and should not be kind with that decision.”

I have no idea about the respect the US has for these two officers, and, to put it bluntly, I’m not particularly worried who thinks what. Unhappily, it would appear that my thoughts have been right all along.

And, as said:-
The US really don’t understand the Middle East’s ethos, belief’s, traditions, or whatever…

So now I’m hoping you’re done throwing munitions around.
Because in the Middle East world of tit for tat,
You haven’t learned a thing from your previous mistakes.

What worked yesterday is censored today

Google’s censoring goes into stupid mode.
And it starts like this:-

So what have we got here?

This has been cropping up a lot when viewing my usual pick of video channels on YouTube and as a result, I’ve unsubscribed from those channels that trigger this invasion on my privacy and gone elsewhere to view their content.

That is if there is an elsewhere.

So, they want your name, address, and photo.
Or your credit card details.

Why would anyone be so stupid to give these WOKE CORPORATE IDIOTS either of these. They aren’t law enforcement. There is no law that demands they do this.

Who the hell would be stupid enough to give CORPORATE GOOGLE, based in the US, ANOTHER COUNTRY, your personal details?

This is overreach in a most spectacular way by Corporate Google, an invasion into your privacy, a banking security nightmare, and yet another nail in the coffin lid for YouTube is hammered home.

The site I was visiting today? Active Self Protection.
A site I watched regularly.
Watched? Yep, watched.
As they have just lost another subscriber.

When a definition is not defined.

(Guardian). Commission for Countering Extremism says possession of terrorist material should be a crime.

This article is all about extremism, but what’s the point of focusing on one thing, and I feel a case of the UKGov and the security services using MISSION CREEP for their own ends.

Anyway, what exactly is terrorist material? See UK Terrorism Act 2000. Section 58 Collection of information.

(1)A person commits an offence if—

(a)he collects or makes a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism,

(b)he possesses a document or record containing information of that kind, or

(c)the person views, or otherwise accesses, by means of the internet a document or record containing information of that kind.]

(1A)The cases in which a person collects or makes a record for the purposes of subsection (1)(a) include (but are not limited to) those in which the person does so by means of the internet (whether by downloading the record or otherwise).]

(2)In this section “record” includes a photographic or electronic record.

(3)It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that he had a reasonable excuse for his action or possession.

(3A)The cases in which a person has a reasonable excuse for the purposes of subsection (3) include (but are not limited to) those in which—

(a)at the time of the person’s action or possession the person did not know, and had no reason to believe, that the document or record in question contained, or was likely to contain, information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or

(b)the person’s action or possession was for the purposes of—

(i)carrying out work as a journalist, or

(ii)academic research.]

So there you have it. Horribly vague, and a huge “That sucks” as the skill set that is prepping and survivalism, is not listed as a reason for having the libraries we all collect as we learn to survive, what to do, and how to counter threats.

Here’s a few items to muse about:-

  • I’m driving past a military or public airport snapping away at the aircraft. Would that be good Intel for a terrorist with a hand portable SAM? Possibly.
    Could he do the same thing? Definitely.
  • Careful to not miss the last bus or train from a city terminal, I list the opening times, what’s there in case I need a late night drink and, as inner cities are dangerous at night, I list everywhere I could seek help and the entrances and exits I can use at that time. Good Intel for a terrorist planning a spectacular? Possibly. Could he do the same thing? Definitely.
  • Being a prepper, I obtain a list of local and district water sources (lakes and reservoirs). Good Intel for a terrorist poisoner? Possibly. Could he do the same thing? Definitely.
  • Lastly, I served in the times of the IRA and bombing campaigns. So, to keep up to date, I include the latest offerings of what to look out for that could ruin your day. Good Intel for a terrorist? Possibly as it helps them redesign something so you won’t alarm up when you see it. Could he do the same thing? Definitely.

Now I can go on forever with this including keeping medical and dental facilities opening hours, access, and their services. All stuff the astute prepper builds up just in case of an emergency. Good Intel for a terrorist? Possibly, as a source of radiological material. Could he do the same thing? Definitely.

Thus taking pictures, making notes, learning to survive, and becoming informed becomes a crime. So who judges what I have in terms of terrorist useful resources? We now enter the shady world of spooks and the anti terrorism gerbils.

Thus the scene is set for preppers, survivalists, and those who are aware of the dangers around us, to be accused of collecting resources and data which a terrorist could use, and all part of the UKGov preferred way of doing things.

MISSION CREEP.

It seems I have a choice like everyone else. Play nicely or be shut down.

Last night, by email, I was warned by friends citing cases where folk (including them) have ‘transgressed’ from the terms of service, on a wide variety of platforms, and been shut down.

Only when they ask why, they aren’t getting a response.

The collective thought is ‘THEY’ are making things up on the fly as the whole cancel and woke culture, gender and LGBT whatever, religion, race, and a whole host of other previously unlisted crimes are being committed.

Which makes life a ‘little’ confusing as you never know what will offend someone, somewhere, somehow, and it seems it’s also historical entries are also being used to hang people (whoops) I meant suspend their access.

Now I have no proof, only hearsay and irate comments on message boards I also subscribe too. Except mixed into those comments are a few (dunno what to call them, politely) who don’t exactly need banning, more like culling.

I’ve got a choice to make.
Everyone who knows me is aware that I’m not exactly politically correct, use ‘mild’ profanity, and don’t give a toss about some sectors within society.

So am I going to toe the new official, very grey, and not clearly defined line?

Nope.

Sigh. And it’s been so much fun these last 27 years on various platforms. So, if I go silent key and paulsprepping goes ‘pop’, you’ll know what has happened.

Only remember this.
The Internet is the last bastion of free speech.
Even for those living under strict censorship.
It is a source of considerable knowledge.
It informed, it taught, it made governments think twice.

Now it’s not only the bad but also the self appointed guardians of human rights that are shutting down platforms, silencing voices, and censoring content. ESPECIALLY political comment, information, and protest against wrongdoing.

Some will say you can’t fight that. I sort of agree.
To take on a government is to take on a Hydra.
To kill a hydra needs a Medusa.
Which is not currently available in stores.

However, every government in the world uses mission creep to extend their controls. Soon it’ll be a case of the government policy is now this and we will target anyone who comments or objects. Perhaps to a level that everything you say and think will be scanned by AI to a set of rules provided by people who want something covered up. Like COVID was.

Thus you may want to make a choice.
Toe the official line, become subservient, and join the uninformed.
Or, stand up and be counted by using free speech before you lose it.
This is NOT a call to arms or revolution.
This is just a reminder of what you take for granted today, you might lose tomorrow.

My voice is tiny, and I know that.
Only I know that when you give in to tyranny.

Tyranny will win and others will lose.
Some of them BIG TIME.

Global Censorship and Financial Controls.

For the third time the U.S. Congress has summoned the CEOs of social media companies to appear before them, with the explicit intent to pressure and coerce them to censor more content from their platforms. (Link)

Only this is not a US centrist act.
Europe and  the UK is building a framework of censorship and the West’s censorship programs are as draconian as they are wide in their mandate. Their scope follows the lines of the Soviets, Middle and Far East, plus Australasia.

I reckon if you go away and review the public access material (Google), it should be screaming at you, that the Internet’s non censorship, freedom of speech, opinion, and thought, is about to go all Orwell 1984.

In the UK the DWP, has already got access to your banking activity, and the following can access your internet browsing and I would presume all your communications, line and digital.

Global Totalitarian Takeover is on the horizon folks as far as the Internet is concerned and I’m thinking it’s time to build the old systems of peer to peer message boarding and ciphers.

To that I’ve got to add the control of money.
The continued push to do everything digital allows for control and monitoring of your spending. As such it has little to do with crimes like money laundering at the little people level as most of that still happens in the world of cash rich businesses. No, this feels like preparing to steal money and issue worthless paper and not too unlike what happened in Malta 2013.

Besides, there is always digital money which is also under attack because the governments of the world cannot control that AT THIS TIME.

Incidentally, are you aware of the shortages of gold and silver in the UK banks? Something called liquidity and there isn’t much of that apparently.
That’s way above my understanding so I’ll leave you to look that up and what it means to us, the little people. When you’ve worked it out, please let me know WTH it all means.

So that’s personal freedoms, communications, censorship, and money control.
Something I discussed in the post about the New World Order.

Except I think, NO, I know I got it wrong.
The danger isn’t solely from the Uber Rich in the New World Order, but from governments of all flavors and persuasions. The problem being is they are all trying to achieve the same thing, total control over their populations.

This can only end in two ways.
We the little people lose, or the people take back control away from those ‘we’ appointed to ‘look after us’.

Both suck, will be painful, and I’m not really sure I want to be a part of either camp. Ho hum, life was so much simpler when we lived on our boat.

The first coal mine in the UK for 30 years.

And this is the reaction of a UN scientist.

30 years ago there was little said about climate warming.
There weren’t stupid little girls telling off world leaders.
The word Woke hadn’t even been thought of.
And prats like this fool were scrabbling around for something to object to.

And today’s target is one poxy hole in the ground
to give a whole region a living.

Still the climate protesting following must be paying well.
Nice shirt, smart tie, cuff links. All made by some sort of industry, possible from abroad. Using fuel to make, raw materials that were grown, with insecticides.

Or is that shirt silk? Poor little butterfly larva.
Boiled in their cocoons to extract an ultra thin thread for those with money.

Still, industry wove the cloth and it’s very possible that a sweat shop made the shirt. I’m also betting he drives, flies, and has a house full of technology.

See where I’m coming from?

Shame about his hair but it was obviously his hairdressers day off. There again it does fit in well with the wild and woolly look of these geeks.

Gawd how I HATE the intelligentsia and the climate protesters.
They would deny people access to what they use everyday, and a job that many grew up without,  for some half baked notion that the big boys in industry around the world blatantly ignore and dismiss.

I was reminded about the New World Order today.

Way I read it is that now the Demigod has been deposed in the US, the New administration will be throwing it’s weight around in military terms.

Or, to put it another way, taking on China!
I’ve spoken about that in the post,  The hype is in, It’s WAR between China and the US. Add the advertised ‘peacekeeping’ in Iraq, which you could see is an escalation of the destabilizing effects of the new US administration.

That may be so but ultimately what is a new administration in real terms anywhere in the real world?

Leaving out the references to the deposed DemiGod,
I wrote in response to the NWO prompt:-

New World Order? Pah.
Governments change only one thing.
The name plates on doors as ultimately it’s just a different take on the same shit on a different day. (And generates a new crop of millionaires).

Which is also why NATO (and how I hate that tag as NATO now operates WAY OUT OF IT’S ORIGINAL REMIT) is building up to ‘peacekeeping’ duties back into Iraq and I find myself wondering which US ‘consultancy on oil’ (and friend of the new administration) is getting it’s knickers in a twist about the danger to profits if the wrong faction get into power?

Iraq will be turn into the sequel ‘Syria 2’.
NATO butting in where they have already lost.

That will bring in Russia, Iran, and friends, to sort out the inevitable fk.up wherever NATO try to impose their B.S.

So, what of the future? What of the NWO agenda?
Basically Covid has allowed ALL governments to run roughshod over freedoms and liberty and the current attacks on freedom of speech by the woke culture are getting more and more troubling.

Or, as my SWMBO said, “If you don’t tow the line ‘THEY’ will probably end up shooting you.” This from someone who is, by nature, one who avoids conflict.

After all the key ways of controlling a nation under a totalitarian government are

  • Disarm the masses
    (Done years ago),
  • Control freedoms
    (Ongoing),
  • Control access to public services
    (Ongoing thinking medical)
  • Deny access to all but government sanctioned news
    (Getting there),
  • A complete lack of democracy (√),
  • Absolute control over the economy and the money supply
    (Getting there, and I’m watching what our UKGov are maneuvering towards with respect to money, savings (I wish), and all other things financial),
  • Massive censorship including ‘Wokery’
    (In play),
  • Mass surveillance
    (Just about complete wrt digital services and communications),
  • Widespread use of state terrorism.
    In the UK, that’s taken the form of making as many as possible dependent on state ‘welfare’. (√√√)

Basically ‘George Orwell 1984’ brought up to date because of the headlong rush to digital everything and the subsequent loss of control of the masses as they became better informed.

NWO? (A correction to my original post  21/2/21).
Although I feel the NWO is just a bunch of very rich geriatrics and other assorted a-holes who are frightened that they have lost control of everything THEY THINK they built and own. To me it’s going to end up a lot more ‘dangerous’ to us little people as it involves our governments.

Thus I feel that the NWO is going to be one of a loss of freedoms, and I mean BIG TIME.

The only problem being that by the time their full agenda is uncovered, it might just be too late to do anything about it via the ballot box or ‘peaceful’ means.

The hype is in, It’s WAR between China and the US.

Um. Isn’t it time to tell the Chinese?
After all, it kinda seems sneaky to talk about going to war with someone before telling them. After all, they may have a hairdresser appointment booked.

OK, NON POLITICALLY CORRECT COMMENT STARTS.

Is everyone in the senior ranks of the Western alliance of gerbils (aka NATO) and the ‘associated with’ NATO governments totally and utterly STUPID!

Or did they all skip old age and leap into senility?

You will lose, BIG TIME, and it’ll make the death toll for COVID in the USA look like chump change if it goes to a nuclear exchange.

I think I know what this is all about.
The US-led NATO have lost any claim of a successful outcome in anything they have done in the last 30 years. They have back pedaled from taking on Russia, lost big time in Syria, been run off by the Afghans, and scared stiff to take on North Korea as they have nukes. As for Iran? Na, they have too many battle hardened, really scary friends.

Besides, their latest folly is going back into Iraq as peacekeepers. I’m thinking this will be like Syria where everyone is just someone else’s foe. Thus they’ll do what they do best, more and more troops to achieve less than nothing.

Anyway, with that sort of a record, I’d be looking for something to boost my street cred.

However, to take on the most (arguably) powerful military and economy in the world just to prove they have the biggest dicks?

Come back Hillary.
It’s the current lot in power who are insane, not you.

Friend or Armed Foe?

The Police and Military when SHTF – Friend or Armed Foe?
(DPN Richard Andrews)

Have a read first. I thought it a good article.
Very focused on the US, I thought I might put forward a view from the UK.

Who are the enemy here?
Without a doubt the UK Government and by way of their more visible agents, although there are other more clandestine security agencies to consider.

Anyway, the police would seem obvious, but that thin blue line has a lot of ground to cover and are few in number. So, whatever they have in mind is going to be targeted and, like everything the UK Gov / police do, it will be woefully inefficient if they are forced to work FAST following a government diktat.

HOWEVER, there are a few disadvantages to those who own firearms and that comes in the form of PAPERWORK. Still some will ‘loose’ their weapons, licenses, (and ammo safe) to a break in, report the loss, lament greatly about the same, and freely let the police search the house plus let them provide a crime number and help in filling out the insurance forms.

Of course that calls for being forewarned and there will be plenty of that as the new ice age will arrive quicker than the UK Government can make decisions. Let alone organize anything.

So how could they speed up the process? Bring in the military.
Unlike the US, there is no mandate preventing their deployment in the UK.

Would I trust them NOT to act? NO and hell no.
Mainly because they would be the muscle but acting as support to the police.

As for foreign forces?
In my mind I cannot conceive the UKGov using foreign forces BUT, as all good preppers know, you should always plan for the unexpected.

Plus the media. They write what they are told to write and it will demonize preppers, survivalists, gun owners, free thinkers, and anyone else the government don’t like.

After that the main worry would be the sheeple, the do-gooders, wets, liberal, woke, and other assorted idiots. Not forgetting the nations super intrusive public CCTV network.

Sorry state of affairs isn’t it.

Except not everyone in the UK possesses firearms. Some have alternatives and those are not licensed (yet). Having said that, I’ve a feeling that the forewarned will react accordingly as, unlike popular belief, some of the many UK preppers and survivalists aren’t all numpties and most have plans in place for when the KGB knock. Mainly because the level of trust in the UK Gov from preppers and survivalists is at an all time low because of the Covid virus and that in itself has sharpened the minds of many.

God, country, and family?
Not anymore.
In the hopelessly divided UK, it’s more a case of Self and Family first.

The West cocked up the first time, and will do so again.

Hundreds of British troops will be sent to Iraq in the biggest increase of UK soldiers there since the last Gulf War. The decision is expected to double or even triple the current numbers later this year.

Apparently under a new NATO mission, they could also be used in a security role – which could bring them into direct conflict with militia groups.

Oh lookie here:-
That would be moderates, not so moderate, probably a few terrorists, criminals, the good, the bad, and something in between, factions, gangs, ethic groups, tribal values, and I read a while ago about ISIS regrouping there.

Only think on this, In total 179 British troops lost their lives in Iraq following its invasion in March 2003 to 2018. Nine by friendly fire.

Why?
Why send our nations best back to an even worse mess than ‘what was’! Back into the con job to remove Saddam but was actually all about the oil.

I still remember footage of a family scrabbling around for something to eat and water with the father saying something on the lines of “Saddam was bad, but at least the water flowed”.

Iraq has been in a mess ever since the end of the ‘regime change’ with infighting for power that never seems to stops.

[Link] Political divisions in combination with high unemployment and devastating wars have made Iraq one of the most unstable countries in the Middle East. The federal government in the capital city, Baghdad, is now dominated by the Shiite Arab majority, and Sunni Arabs, who formed the backbone of Saddam Hussein’s regime, feel marginalized.

Iraq’s Kurdish minority has its own government and security forces. The Kurds are at odds with the central government over the division of oil profits and the final status of mixed Arab-Kurdish territories.

There is still no consensus on what a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq should look like. Most Kurds support independence, joined by some Sunnis who want autonomy from the Shiite-led central government. Many Shiite politicians living in oil-rich provinces could also live without the interference from Baghdad. On the other side of the debate are the nationalists, both Sunni and Shiite, who advocate a unified Iraq with a strong central government.

The potential for economic development is huge, but violence remains endemic and many Iraqis fear continued acts of terrorism by jihadist groups.

All in all a shining example of why the regime change agenda, and interfering in the Middle East, by the “Western Alliance” sucks!

HOWEVER, my basic thoughts are,  it’s nothing to do with us now and shouldn’t have been from the ‘get go’, it’s not in our backyard, and nothing will improve there because the idiots in our government send in a few soldiers. In short it’ll end up like everything else in the Middle East.

One almighty

Speculation, Hype, and ‘Lets Scare the Cat’ Rhetoric

Another irreverent look at the scary things ex-spurts are saying.

I’m reading so much negativity on the web, in the news, mainstream and alternative media. The West, the old money, is apparently finished and about to fail economically and socially.

My comment? Whoopee do, and about time.

With some of the masses already thinking they are beaten because of the prepping, survival, corporate and financial experts. Not forgetting the mainstream and alternative media. They, harping on the whole time about how doomed you all are. Before ANYTHING has happened.

Why doesn’t everyone run for the hills now?
Or just emigrate.

That’s something else being suggested by a few of the so called intelligentsia.

Some may be thinking about doing that.
Sheeple mainly (and yes there are sheeple to be found in the prepping and survival world).

Sheeple are those unable to think for themselves who blindly believe the government (LOL) and the financial ‘I know everything’ lot. (ROTFL)

After all their arguments and reasoning are so persuasive and backed up with multicolored charts. AS SEEN ON TV and YouTube! (Wow).

Not forgetting they are all experts in their fields.
(Or is it their own minds).

Thus the misinformed sheeple may blindly follow the political and financial ideologies, the sponsored media lies, and those who were bought off by the REALLY big money. Not forgetting those who for $22.99 will sell them the answer on how to not lose their wealth. Even if it leads them to their financial death.

Thank Gawd for preppers and survivalists. Or, maybe not.
Because, as said, some of the weaker minded lot may be buying into this crap about RUNNING ANYWAY. Or raiding their savings and changing everything into precious metals or gems. All at inflated prices of course.

So, pretty please.
I would ask a couple of things of them of those who are going to run. Leave your houses and whatever unlocked and otherwise accessible. Carefully stack all the crap you can’t carry so us foragers won’t have to work too hard after you’ve gone.

Just look at it as a free house clearing service.
After all, you won’t be coming back will you?

There have been many financial and social crashes in the past and one thing was consistent in all of them. THEY ENDED!

And I’m wondering why all these
so called ex-spurts never mentioned that?
If that doesn’t make you stop and think!

Bye Bye!

A thoughtful scribble.

Be kind, for some you meet are fighting a battle
you know nothing about.

Many go through life pretending to be happy, content, free in heart and at peace with themselves. Yet for some that is a facade, a pretense, a shield to protect themselves and perhaps others.

Yet, in an instant some are elsewhere, still fighting to survive or seeing the loss of another. Sometimes feeling physical remorse as “Why them and not me”.

In their dreams, as they lie unprotected by conscious thought, their dreams become reality in sight, sound, pain and smell. Reliving what happened yesteryear but for them it’s today, now.

Sometimes they sit and look unfocused beyond you, seeing not what is but what was. The only clue maybe a tear, a tic, or a tightening of their jaw.

Are any of them sick? Maybe some, but some experienced a horror, pain, or even a betrayal that few would be able to comprehend, let alone cope with.

Except when you are kind but wary.
Some you meet may not want to be your friend, need a confidante, or your help. They may resent your attention which might provoke a reaction. Some may become embarrassed, scared, or enraged on being uncovered.

Some may eventually trust you enough to let you in.
How far in is going to be up to them but it’s unwise to probe deeper. It’s also unwise to pass judgement and especially share a confidence. To approve or disapprove an act may not be what they need. To share a confidence is always betrayal.

Some others may be evil pretending to be another.
So be wary of all when you first meet.
Trust needs to build slowly and those who would quickly shower you with gifts and become possessive of your time, if not your life, and may have an ulterior motive or evil intent.

However some would be seen by others as evil.
Yet what is evil?
Is killing evil to stop the killing of innocents evil?

Evil sometimes comes from your own as returning soldiers are spat upon and shunned. They are treated as dangerous, disturbed, or wanton killers. For carrying out their duties in the defense of others. Some even celebrate the death of a soldier.

Yet when evil comes to hurt those very same ‘good’ people, they cry out for those very soldiers they spat on.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. Those men we call soldiers, police, and watch keepers.

A nation should be judged how they support their defenders. The soldiers of today and the veterans of yesteryear.

So, be kind.
For some you meet may still be fighting
a battle you know nothing about.

A message at sea.

The military’s of Iran and Russia (plus a whisper that China may join in) are holding joint naval drills in the Indian ocean. The drills are expected to last for three days, and the Indian Navy will also join in. (Various sources)

Um. Sort of gets you thinking doesn’t it Prime Minster Johnson and the newly minted POTUS Biden.

There you are with a weakening NATO coalition and it’s wayward member. Few liking you but are happy you’re equipping them on the cheap. Half of them don’t have Navies worth a spit, verses the combined forces of Iran, Russia, Indian, Syria, and China if it suits them.

Then there are their combined land forces.
Not to mention their ballistic and cruise missiles, subs, air forces, and their many, many friends.

Way worse odds than taking on the Afghans goat herders isn’t it? Hang on. You lost against them as well, and many of our best died because of your political whims and aspirations.

I wonder, are you ready for world war and the consequences of that? Will you stay conventional or foolishly loose off a new nukes guaranteeing the destruction of our countries?

The new world order is out there and gathering momentum fools. It’s communicating, has formed lasting financial and trading bonds, and its military are practicing together. They have their own bank and the USD could be ditched in short order.

Know thy enemy.
They already know their limitations and strengths.
Worse for you, they know yours.
Do you?
Or are your military briefings so blinkered and full of B.S. that you actually think you could win?

Only will you heed their message and butt out? I doubt it.
It’s always “Stupid is as stupid does” with politics.
After all it’s always going to be someone else’s blood.
Never that of the politicians.

Sweeping Statements Just Don’t Work.

As does ex-spurt advice from those who know the theory and are trying too apply it to every conceivable financial scenario.

Amalgamated Quotes (From mainstream, some alternative sources).
Financial collapse is imminent (What again!). You will loose access to your folding money, credit, and the ability to own anything unless it is bought through a bank account thus the government knows what you have. Apparently it’s also time to get a flight out of (Enter Country Name) to somewhere financially safer. That and ditch money, convert everything into Gold, other precious metals, and gem stones.

I think that just about covers it.

Funny thing about TEOTWAWKI financially, and the collapse of the rule of law, is you’ll not be much safer long term if you flee your country or run for the hills.

Escaping.
Taking a flight to a half way civilized country will still see you probably facing a government controlled FIAT currency. That and they will welcome you with open arms. Right up till the point where they find your precious metals, stones, or everything folding, that you distributed around yourself , family, dog, cat, and the money you transferred via the SWIFT transfer system into their banking system. Two words DUTIES and TAXATION! Or, perhaps you’re a lover of bitcoin. Only the government of your new home monitor all digital transactions and you end up in jail, or worse.

As for those lucky enough to getting some form of state support now? Good luck getting that to the same worth where you are going quickly enough to keep you going.

As for running for the hills. Why?
Over a third will die in the first winter.
Another half in Winter two if you go too far North.
The why is if money is withdrawn and your assets and credit locked out. How are you going to buy what you need? Plus, funny enough, you can never seem to find a dealer in precious metals or stones when you need one.

And please, no comments about you all being experts in off grid living. Everyone needs something eventually and that will need to be paid for.

Besides. What are they going to convert your PM/S into and what will be their cut of what your stuff is actually worth? After all governments and markets set the prices for most PM/S. Except there will be no money and probably trading in PM/S will be outlawed.

As for medical care including drugs wherever you go!
That will need money.
Only your currency no longer has the support of the country you fled from thus it is worthless. Credit won’t work, so how exactly are you going to pay for things? PLUS, as above, you can never find a dealer in precious metals or stones etc.

There is another minor point to consider.
How exactly can you get blood out of a stone?
When you tell EVERYBODY, rich or poor, that what they worked for all their life is going to be taken away “for the common good”.

How do you think they are going to react?
Who exactly is going to stop THAT REACTION as the enforcement that is being ordered to suppress them is going to be in the same boat. No tangible pay, no housing they can call their own, and everything they used to own is now the property of the state.

Just think, the US got itself into a super scared, ongoing, state of alarm and that was only about your guns.

Now imagine a government man turning up on your door with a piece of paper saying “The state now owns everything and the agent present is there to inventory your belongings and take everything of value in case you hide it”.

Your reaction would be . . . .

1990, UK, the most hated unfair tax ever (aka the poll tax) would have had us all paying the same rate. Rich and poor, the, same rate (sort of).

On 31 March 1990, people began gathering in London. Between 180,000 and 250,000 arrived. From there on it was all down hill and by 4pm it had fledged into a full on riot. What happened in the end? The tax was scrapped.

Now here’s a thought for you gun slingers.
Apart from melee and weapons of opportunity, we had no guns.

A final thought.
There is always going to be a cause for concern with anything a government may do as you can be as confident as hell it’ll never touch them, only you.

Yet you can only push folk around for so long before they react.
So I’m wondering.
The US, to name just one country, has a population something around 330 million. What if a couple of million went to the streets of the capital and not just a ragtag group of Trump supporters. Does anyone other than me think B.S. would be changed that same day, before lunch?

After all the politicians have just lived through a failed insurrection that saw the hallowed sanctums of government breached!

And like a dog that has tasted blood, the fear of doing so again has been diminished.

A lucid moment so I’ll be quick.

Me, Silent Key?
No, just a little pause.
Another bout of sickness has hit.
All because of bad doctoring.

The major surgery I had has failed
So once again things get worse
And as for the prognosis and a dream?
That’s truly, as yet, unknown.

Then to cap it all I ate the wrong meal and WHAM!
To hospital I went.
Prodded and pricked and a morphine high
Coming home I felt really well.

Only Morph never lasts and everything’s sore
And bad doctoring ‘s making things worse.
So soup it is for a few more days more.
BUT Ow, it bloody well hurts.

One more week and I talk to the knife.
Who promised all, yet left me worse than before.
A catalogue of failures and probably apologies for what they are worth.
Which will leave me wishing for a miracle (and more Morph).

So I ask to forgive my silence
My hands are shaky and my mind’s well blown,
High as a kite and thought’s a bit hard.
And now, dear friends, as I feel the buzz!

I’m wishing you all good night.

 

 

 

Nothing Works

It’s difficult to come to terms
With yesteryear live in your dreams
Of that sudden blow of powerful air
And the force of hitting that wall.

The high pitched howling in the ears
The daze of movement I can’t hear
My helmets off and at my feet
I try to move but nothing works.

The smell I breathe sears my chest
My eyes they weep in tears of red
My nose drips the same onto the dirt
I need to move but nothing works.

I sit and watch as bullets strike
I watch them stitch along a wall
And the shredding of our truck
But still nothing in me works.

Then suddenly a switch was thrown
My legs were moving, my head alert
I stood up quickly to fall down
It’s working now but none too well.

I lay there then and sucked the dust
I see the doc is mouthing words
That sodding buzz now fading fast
And at last I hear, “Welcome back”.

Canada to give in to drugs?

CANADA is considering decriminalising heroin, cocaine and all other hard drugs after a record year for overdose deaths, a government official has announced.

This I could believe of the UK Gov where if they can’t beat a particular crime, they legalize it.

Personally I see junkie deaths as a blessing.
For them and their families.
As do a lot of ambulance crews.
There are quicker ways to end life than sniffing, smoking, swallowing, and injecting sh’t into your body. PLUS there is the knock on effect of their pathetic self abuse on families, friends, and the general public in terms of crime, right down to needle sticks in toddlers playing in their own gardens.

Still, the politicians know best.

I was reminded today on how bad the world is.

Why? The age of woke is upon us!
Personally I preferred when we had only a few enemies.

Now we have to put up with Bible / Koran punching, cancel agenda, commies, knitting groups, old spinsters, ban everything, domestic terrorism, possible civil war, milksop appeasement politics, lousy governments pandering to the minority and NOT the majority, the self entitled, the super rich and mouthy celeb’s, racists, bankers, big business, history re-writers, culture cancelling, nationalists, state and social censorship, so many laws that even reading them IS AN OFFENSE, police enforcing government policy and not the law, kids wearing black pajamas, (did I mention the anti whites?) Oh yeah I did mention the RACISTS, and my all time hate (Yet another US import that has landed on our shores) Karen’s.

Not to mention Covid, vaccines, Covid deniers, and the EU, (Darn it I just did).

Hell I nearly forgot the global warmers, tree hugging, environmentalists, stupid politicians, celebs, religious leaders, the WHO, WWF, Green whatever, and local government, all trying to stop me burning my domestic waste, and use insecticides on my home grown veggies! Let alone banning log burners and drilling down to make my own well from the ground water that is only 30 feet below us!

Jeez.
Just stop the world as I want to get off!
Either that or nuke the planet and let the cockroaches rule at last!

Come too think about it, I need to clarify that one too in case I offend a minority group.

I’m talking about the insect version of cockroaches
and not the political variety.

What sort of a prepper am I?

Why is it I keep on being asked this??
Probably because I keep on using the statement:-
Why worry about what can kill you in 10 years time
When there is so much that can kill you today.

So, to answer the post title question.
Pretty poor (money wise) would be the first comment.
What STYLE (if there is such a thing) am I would be the starting point.

What I’m not is a traditional ‘FORTRESS’ prepper.
That sort of prepper lays in extensive stocks and equipment to survive “most anything”, living ‘comfortably’, within their own home or a custom hardened shelter or BOL Bug out Location, until the scenario returns to normal OR someone comes to save them.  I gave up that notion some 14 years ago.

I’m not a run for the hills prepper.
Because I think that’s pretty stupid unless you are forced to do so as living off the land indefinitely is a young person’s game and not practical in a CBRN or a highly regulated and police state that you’ll find in the UK. Plus we are definitely not ‘young’ anymore. 

However this doesn’t mean I won’t bug out (self evacuate).
BUT, I will only use that option if all else fails.
If I do have to bug out, I will revert to another aspect of prepping (if not survivalism), foraging for what I need. 
If that is caused by flooding, it is unlikely that we would return to our home apart from recovering items.

That foraging would include the prepper mantra of Adequate Shelter, Clean Water, Adequate Climate control, fuels, Sanitation, local supplies, Personal Meds, and Security.

So where and what is me?
We do prep in the conventional way.
We have laid in supplies which has kept us sustained well over the last year. Although it’s been a rolling use and replace system.
We have good shelter (our home), basic equipment, water storage, sanitation and security. Yet, we do live in a historically vulnerable place for flooding. i.e 500 m from the sea. So bugging out or self evacuation is on the agenda if required.

What’s missing? What’s the extra?
Life experience has equipped me with the skill set to forage for what I need (As per the prepper mantra listed above) IF I CAN’T GET IT ANY OTHER WAY.

Can I questions.
Can I live off the land? Yep, I have good field skills.
Can I trap and fish? Yep, as well as shoot.
Can I gain access? Yep, If required. Into hardened facilities? Yep.
Can I defend us? Yep if required.
In short I’ve a scary set of practical foraging  and other skills.
Most of which aren’t age or physical ability restricted.

Prepper or survivalist.
A prepper lays in supplies and equipment in order to survive the forthcoming storm. They will then use their skills to survive that storm with what they have stashed away until rescued or the scenario has finished.
A survivalist will keep a minimal stock of essential items to survive the same storm but trains to live off the land by foraging for what they need. Thus they will generally remain mobile and that means their lifestyle will be basic, a little harder and uncomfortable, and arguably more dangerous, than a fortress prepper.

So, who and what am I?
I’m a prepper with what some would say is a questionable set of morals because I will take what I need to survive if I cannot source it from anywhere else.

Any questions??