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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Civil War Scenario


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A Civil War Scenario

Despite support from the Kool-Aid guzzling party faithful/hard core fundamentalists on the far Left who have already convicted [without due process] Pres. Trump and want his removal for whatever crime[s] they, in their delirium, think he committed it is apparent they’re not interested in maintaining low taxes or a healthy economy and jobs environment.

American people [at least the rational ones] can see through the charade:

 

  • We know the President didn’t commit any crimes
  • We know there are no high crimes or misdemeanors
  • We have seen the transcripts of President Trump’s phone call with the President of Ukraine, showing no quid pro quo 

We present the following fantasy scenario for your consideration!

The year is 2023. President Elizabeth Warren has just ordered the deployment of National Guard forces to Syria, to join the regular troops already fighting a widening war there.

The governor of Wyoming is refusing to comply with the order, absent a congressional declaration of war — something Congress hasn’t done since World War II.

Warren has dispatched federal troops to northern Colorado, poised to sweep up Interstate 25 and enter Wyoming at any moment to enforce the order. “America will not abide this lawlessness,” she declares. She has the support of Wyoming’s lone Congress member — House Speaker Liz Cheney.

The troops will meet resistance from the Wyoming Guardsmen, joined by antiwar protesters from out of state. Some of them are armed. Many are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Many more were chanting “Bring them home!” at Donald Trump rallies in 2020. They’re forming human chains around Wyoming’s National Guard armories.

From time to time this year we’ve entertained the possibility of a new American civil war. Today we present what seems a plausible scenario for how it might break out.

As we approach year-end, the topic has gone mainstream: As you might have seen on The Drudge Report this morning, The Atlantic is devoting an entire issue of the magazine to the topic.

Throughout the year, one question has nagged at us: For all the tensions between red and blue, rural and urban, nationalist and globalist… what would be the defining issue of a new all-out conflict?

Supreme Court nominations and border walls seem like weak tea compared with slavery... or independence from Great Britain. (The historian Michael Vlahos says the Revolution was America’s first civil war, and he has a point.)

Today, we present one possibility. We hope, we pray, it doesn’t come to pass. We hope the protagonists in the tale that follows can achieve their ends without setting off a bloody backlash from this country’s power elite.

But if they can’t, consider yourself warned...
 

A majority of veterans surveyed by Pew Research believes the Iraq and Afghanistan wars weren’t worth fighting, “considering the costs versus the benefits to the United States.”

Sixty-four percent say that about Iraq. Only slightly less, 58%, believe the same about Afghanistan. Among those who served on active duty after Sept. 11, 2001 — roughly one in five veterans — the numbers are about the same. Ditto for the public at large.

At the very least, a separate poll of troops and veterans by Smithsonian finds 84% believe the U.S. presence in those two countries has “been going on too long.”

The current president knows how to tap into that sentiment — perhaps because he knows it helped him get elected.

Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi recalls Donald Trump testing out applause lines at his rallies in 2015, seeing whether war weariness would sell. It did — even in military-heavy South Carolina, where he won a crucial early primary.

After Trump’s victory in the general election, researchers at Boston University and the University of Minnesota took a deep dive into the results from three key states that were “blue” in 2012 and turned “red” in 2016.

Their conclusion? Communities whose sons and daughters suffered a disproportionate level of military dead and wounded appear to have flipped the election to Trump. Those voters took to heart his campaign-trail rhetoric about an end to “stupid wars.”

“There is a significant and meaningful relationship between a community’s rate of military sacrifice and its support for Trump,” the researchers wrote. “Our statistical model suggests that if three states key to Trump’s victory — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — had suffered even a modestly lower casualty rate, all three could have flipped from red to blue and sent Hillary Clinton to the White House.”

Trump is again tapping into that sentiment during the 2020 campaign cycle.

Speaking at a rally in Dallas last month, he said, “American combat troops should not be at the center of ancient sectarian conflicts all over the world. Bring our soldiers back home. Bring our soldiers back home.”

The crowd broke out in a chant…

 



And that’s the message a group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is bringing to Washington, D.C., this week.

They hail from 24 states, organized by a group called Bring Our Troops Home. Its founder is a former Idaho National Guardsman who served in Afghanistan, Dan McKnight.

McKnight quickly found support in nearby Wyoming from the majority whip in that state’s House of Representatives — Republican Rep. Tyler Lindholm, a Navy veteran. Lindholm reached across the aisle and found further support from Democratic Rep. Andi Clifford.

In all, state legislators from seven states will join the veterans for briefings and panel discussions tomorrow morning at the National Press Club. Then in the afternoon, the group will fan out across Capitol Hill to press their case with their home-state federal lawmakers.

They’re keen to make the point that they’re not Vietnam-era hippies. Or as former Army Ranger James Lechner tells the Washington Examiner, “It’s not Code Pink or any crap like that.”

"We have a simple message,” Wyoming’s Lindholm tells the Rawlins Times: “Support the president’s efforts to withdraw American troops from war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, and bring our troops home.

“Then, before American troops are sent into combat overseas in the future, return to the constitutional standard of requiring a formal declaration of war by Congress, as stipulated in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution."

Lindholm’s encounter tomorrow with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) ought to be, ummm, interesting.

Cheney shares all the most hawkish impulses of her father, the former vice president. After Iran shot down a U.S. drone last June, she called for Washington to bomb Iran.

“That’s insane,” said Lindholm on a radio talk show in Casper. “We essentially lost a pickup truck. It's folks like Rep. Liz Cheney who are keeping us at war even though she has never been at war herself."

(And yes, the buzz in Washington is that Cheney has her eye on becoming House speaker if the GOP regains the majority. Unless she runs for the Senate…)

It’s one thing for the veterans to seek redress of their grievances in Washington; we suspect they won’t get far. But it’s their efforts back in their home states that open up the potential for our chilling scenario.

Bring Our Troops Home has drawn up model legislation for all 50 states. It forbids a state’s National Guard units from being deployed to combat zones unless Congress approves a formal declaration of war.

The imperative for such legislation is not only constitutional… but practical.

Thanks to Dave Gonigam, editor of the 5 Minute Forecast

Yours in Freedom,

Bruce ‘the PoorMan’


PARTING THOUGHT


In 2019, Trump has attached his administration completely to the performance of markets with endless Twitter comments, taking full credit for the financial bubble that he once criticized. He has also now called for the Fed to bring interest rates down to zero to artificially support the economy once again (Obviously we have to ask the big question – If this is the “greatest US economy ever”, then why would Trump want the Fed to introduce more stimulus to prop it up?).

 
Note: From what I read & hear it seems unlikely an impeachment hearing will make it out of the House.  If Dems are stupid enough to proceed it highly unlikely the Senate will remove Trump from office.  If they did, there will be a lot of unhappy citizens marching in the street, or worse.
 
 


Cities are taking over the world, so to speak. More people live in them than ever and more of them are popping up all over the world. Learning to survive in a dense urban environment is becoming an ever more important skill.

 To help you better prepare, we have put together this civil war preparedness series to give you a quick down and dirty overview of what survival in a city will entail. This is the third part and it deals with your physical security.

 "The heightened importance of urban spaces results from demographic developments, with the global population advancing toward 70 percent living in urban areas by 2050, and from recent trends in terrorism, counterinsurgency and stabilization efforts. Both people and the fight are converging on cities..."


 

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 And it won't necessarily be a nationwide disaster that causes this to happen. In a local disaster such as a powerful hurricane or earthquake, the power will be out which means the banks will be closed. And if they don't reopen, there won't be enough cash to go around.

In any of the above scenarios, people will be forced to barter with one another until power is restored or a suitable currency emerges. In case that ever happens, it's a good idea to have a wide assortment of barter items. That way if someone has something you need, you're more likely to already have something they need...


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The president’s reelection prospects appear to be a motivating factor for potential voter turnout.


 

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Communicating When Cell Phones Won’t Operate


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Communicating When Cell Phones Won’t Operate

 

When it comes to an emergency: your cell phone probably won't work.

 

Yes, those networks have backup generators... but that doesn't matter.

 

See, the first thing people do in a big emergency (and that could be a power outage, wildfires, a flood or hurricane, or just about anything that affects a large area) is call their loved ones.

 

Almost nobody owns a land line any more, so that means all those people are calling on the wireless telephone grid at once... and that crashes the grid faster than you can say "Can you hear me now?"

 

Now, even though people forget about the cell phone grid going down in a disaster, this isn't the "commo" mistake I mentioned - it's just the cause.

 

The mistake is actually something a lot of us make when trying to gear up to solve the problem!

 


Well, there are three different areas of communications you should have covered for survival:

 

1. 2-Way Radios

 

A lot of preppers carry GMRS/FRS radios.

 

These two-way "walkie talkies" are great for communications among members of your family or group.

 

They work even if the cellphone grid is down because they don't depend on an outside tower and, while they're "public" to anyone else on your channel, there are a lot of channels.

 

Having a set of these so that members of your party can talk to each other when in close proximity just makes sense.

 

But just know that they're not very strong, so they don't have much range. 

 

2. Police Scanner

 

When an emergency happens, first responders, police, fire, and other EMS services are going to be very active.

 

If you can listen in on what they're doing, you can get advance notice of important events and threats.

 

(This will give you the advantage when it comes to bugging out, and allow you to make better survival decisions.)

 

Many police scanners are "base stations", which means they're meant to sit on a desk, so you'll want to make sure you pick up portable model instead.

 

There's another portable solution, though - "outlaw" programmable Chinese radios, like the "Baofeng" radios, that are... well, pretty much illegal.

 

In a real widespread disaster, one of these programmable radios might be just what you need to stay in touch with members of your family or survival group... while doing double duty as a scanner for your local police and EMS frequencies.

 

They give you a lot of options and, depending on the antenna and battery pack you choose, a lot of power.

 

Right now, you can still buy them, but you need a special license to use them if you don't want to get in trouble.

 

That's because, while they let you listen to lots of frequencies, they also transmit on frequencies that you and I aren't supposed to be on.

 

(Some of these can even "step on" emergency services calls, which is very much not good!)

 

3. AM/FM Radio

 

The third thing you have to have to keep survival covered is an AM/FM radio.

 

You need to have some way to learn about what's going on in the outside world.

 

Even in a widespread power outage or other disaster, your local AM/FM stations have backup generators and will be broadcasting important alerts. 

 

The Emergency Broadcast System will be transmitting through them, too.

 

But that brings me to 1 simple mistake a lot of people make when gearing up for survival communications, and it really comes down to your choice of AM/FM radio.

 

Lots of people already know they need one... but they go too big when they buy it, because so many of the survival radios on the market are freaking HUGE.

 

Especially if you have to bug out and take your stuff with you, space and weight are really going to matter.


But the massive survival radios on the market take up too much room in your bug-out bag, and they're waaaay too big to carry on your body.

 

(Some of the hand-crank models could turn your right arm into something out of a 1980s Schwarzenegger movie - and all for about a minute worth of power!)

 

There are survival radios that even have shortwave, so you could listen (especially at night) to transmissions from around the world... but that's overkill, honestly, unless you're tracking a global alien invasion (ha ha).

 

If your survival radio is too big, in other words, it isn't convenient for moving around, and it uses up space in your pack that could be devoted to other, critical gear.

 

That's why, for survival and bugging out, you want an AM/FM radio that's as small as possible.

 


You need to get ready for communication in a disaster or emergency... but you also want to make sure you don't weigh yourself down.

A power outage in summer can be uncomfortable. A power outage in winter can be fatal. Without electricity, you’re not going to have heat. Going without heat for a day is one thing. Imagine not having heat for several days or even several weeks.

 In this video, Canadian Prepper talks about how to survive a power outage in the winter. He breaks it down into ten steps. Here they are:

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Yours for a Socialist-Free America!

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 

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A few weeks ago, I shared an article on Facebook about the potential for an economic collapse in the near future, and someone left a comment saying, “Why do I keep hearing this warning over and over and over for years, and yet nothing ever happens?” Good question. When people keep saying that the sky is falling and it never does, it’s hard not to be skeptical.

 As I said in my response to him, “After the stock market crash in 2008, everyone started claiming an economic collapse was about to happen, but what they didn’t realize is that it DID happen… in 2008. Since then, the economy has slowly been recovering. But the systemic problems that led to the crash were never corrected, and the bubble has been re-inflating. It can’t re-inflate forever.”

 Just like in the years leading up to the Great Recession, people have too much debt and not enough wealth. Meanwhile, the stock market has soared to new heights, as it always does before it comes crashing down...


As the size and regularity of our cities expand across the globe, we must learn what it takes to survive in these environments. War and disaster have not stopped just because our urban areas have grown—in fact, a look at the last century will tell you just how integral (and deadly) cities have been for humans as conflict seizes the land.

 More and more of us live in these places, so we need to start educating people on how to survive and protect themselves in such situations.

 The heightened importance of urban spaces results from demographic developments, with the global population advancing toward 70 percent living in urban areas by 2050, and from recent trends in terrorism, counterinsurgency and stabilization efforts. Both people and the fight are converging on cities...


Cities are taking over the world, so to speak. More people live in them than ever and more of them are popping up all over the world. Learning to survive in a dense urban environment is becoming an ever more important skill.

 To help you better prepare, we have put together this civil war preparedness series to give you a quick down and dirty overview of what survival in a city will entail. This is the third part and it deals with your physical security.

 "The heightened importance of urban spaces results from demographic developments, with the global population advancing toward 70 percent living in urban areas by 2050, and from recent trends in terrorism, counterinsurgency and stabilization efforts. Both people and the fight are converging on cities..."


 

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