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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Best time to prepare


Poor Man Survival

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Best time to prepare

Did you know that ChatGPT and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is a "doomsday" prepper with a stash of gold, guns, and gas masks?

That's the headline, anyway.

The truth is that mainstream America is gradually beginning to embrace the need for preparations from natural disasters and international threats that have become increasingly frequent and devastating. This is good news — but there's a lot more to be done. And an "apocalypse" isn't the reason to be prepared.

According to research published by Pete Riley, senior scientist at Predictive Science in San Diego, Calif., in Space Weather, there was about a one in eight chance that the Earth would be hit by a massive solar mega-storm last decade. The event did not happen… but we know statistically that means it's merely more likely to happen now with every passing year. Such a storm would likely fry electrical components and cause trillions of dollars in damage.

Solar flares are caused because the sun goes through an 11-year cycle of increased and decreased activity. During solar maximum, sunspots and enormous magnetic whirlwinds erupt from its surface. Sometimes, the flares burst outward from the sun, spewing a mass of charged particles out into space.

The biggest solar event ever to affect Earth, the Carrington Event, occurred in 1859. Astronomer Richard Carrington watched an enormous solar flare erupt from the sun's surface, emitting a particle stream at the Earth traveling more than 4 million miles per hour. When the energy reached the Earth's atmosphere, the particles generated the intense ghostly ribbons of light known as auroras. tells us "The colorful displays were so bright that people in Missouri could read by the atmospheric light after midnight, according to an 1859 report in the Weekly West newspaper. Gold miners in the Rocky Mountains woke up and made coffee, bacon and eggs at 1 a.m. local time, thinking the sun had risen on a cloudy morning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)."

Sparks flew from telegraph machines in Paris, and operators in D.C. got massive electrical shocks.

A 2008 report conducted by the National Research Council concluded that in today's electronic world a similar event could spark: "disruption of the transportation, communication, banking, and finance systems, and government services; the breakdown of the distribution of potable water owing to pump failure; and the loss of perishable foods and medications because of lack of refrigeration."

That's merely one scenario. There are hundreds of others I do not need to conjure up for your imagination. The good news is that with warmer months just around the corner, you're entering the best time of the year to begin getting ready to mix your preparedness planning with outdoor recreation activities.

Prepping involves a great deal of serious business, to the extent it includes gathering the skills and supplies to help you and your loved ones survive anything. But that doesn't mean all of your prepping activities should center around the drudgery of filling supply rooms and bugout bags.

The potential for danger to your life, financial security and family's well-being is everywhere. That reality, of course, shouldn't consume you… what a miserable life that would create. But would it hurt to take some small steps to protect yourself and your loved ones against uncertainty? Of course not.

You can learn a lot about your ability to handle real-world survival situations by taking on activities that you may not associate with prepping. Taking a walk through your city on a spring day or spending some leisure time in the woods affords you an opportunity to look at the world with a preparatory mindset. If you're serious about situational awareness, this is probably something you already do. If not, now is a good time to start.

In the city, think about which routes, whether on foot or in a vehicle, would allow you to best make it to safety in the event of a natural or man-made emergency. Where do you expect panicked masses to flee, clogging up streets and walkways? Are there alternative routes? Would you be best off traveling away from the danger by foot or in a vehicle?

In rural settings, there are even more ways to hone your skills during leisure time. Expert Gaye Levy suggests that the next time you go on a camping trip, for example, you take a pencil and notepad with you and write down some of your observations on what you need to do differently when it comes to your emergency supplies.

Another great way to enjoy the weather while becoming a more proficient prepper is spending time in the woods learning to identify different varieties of plants that could help you survive an emergency situation.

Spring is also an excellent time to brush up on your target practice, which will give you a hunting edge in the event of a long-term emergency that requires you to find your own food.

The thought of the alternative — facing a real natural or man-made disaster with no food and no hope of getting any for weeks — should cause much more heartburn than the idea of spending a few hours and a few dollars on a self-made insurance policy that could mean the difference between life and death.

This is why I set up a special website so that you can buy emergency food at a discount, and why I urge you to buy a weapon and practice, practice, practice. And don't forget to get trained by a reliable professional for any weapon you buy.

Robyn Sandoval from suggests, "The first step is to learn where your instructor received training and make sure that you're getting quality and correct information. Modern gunfighting skills have not changed too much in the past decades as far as standards of safe gun handling and points of marksmanship.

 There are leaders in the firearms industry who set the standards of exceptional training. Some people are fortunate to have trained with these individuals and share their knowledge throughout the country. Be wary of instructors that modify these techniques and believe that they are being innovative with their own style or interpretation. Avoid instructors who rely on YouTube for training."

Those luxury super-bunkers and massive hideouts stocked like Sam Altman's are out of reach for most of us, but also unnecessary if you simply start working and keep at practically preparing for potential disruptions in civil order or natural disaster.

Yours for the truth,

Bob Livingston
The Bob Livingston Letter®




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There are a couple of downsides to ration bars, though. They usually don't taste very good, and they're not very nutritious. In fact, you could say they are downright unhealthy since the ingredients are mostly flour, sugar, and shortening. Yes, they will keep you alive, but you probably won't feel well.

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Brandy said...

Life has become a hornets nest with too many busy bodies attempting to screw with America.

Cal said...

In our area there are many who seem concerned about the lousy state of health our nation is in-yet, others continue to shop & spend money like it's '1999'

Mike said...

We should all think of prepping for a possible war w/ China too-odds increase each day.

Kathy said...

Just saw an article in which 56% said bidenflation is hurting their family-so gladwe stockpiled so much when we did. It's save us a lot of money just his year!

Lou said...

The best time to prepare is BEFORE you need to-not like most idiots who flock to the market on the day of a disaster.

Lars said...

Great cartoon, great post!

Brad said...

Inflation continues to soar as tax revenues plummet, US economy on the brink